Permaculture Design Certification

Pikes Peak Permaculture is now accepting registrations for our 2015 Permaculture Design Certification!

Since the early 1980s, permaculture has been taught through hands-on courses – PDCs – with experienced mentors handing down their knowledge to passionate students. Because this is a “design system” with a holistic point of view, fledgling permaculturists need to invest some serious hours in learning all aspects of human habitat and seeing how these elements work together in a design. The word “certification” simply means you’ve met standards set over the past 35 years by permaculture masters. There’s a lot more to becoming a permaculturist than reading a book or looking at a website! Are you ready to change the world?

2015 Course Dates and Times

The Through the Seasons format runs one weekend a month for eight months, starting the third weekend in April and continuing every third weekend through November. The class will meet from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on April 18-19, May 16-17, June 20-21, July 18-19, August 15-16, Sept. 19-20, Oct. 17-18 and Nov. 21-22. Students who miss a day are eligible to make up the work pending consultation with the instructors.

Sound interesting? Click here for more details on content, tuition and financing options.

More Information: Please call Becky Elder (719) 685-0290 or email rselder@comcast.net.


pdc_optLast year, we completed our third “Permaculture Through the Seasons” course, an 8-month certification program recognized throughout the worldwide permaculture community.

Permaculture’s Philosophy is one of “working WITH nature“, and of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than premature and thoughtless action. Permaculture design techniques encourage land use, which integrates principles of ecology and applies lessons from nature. It teaches us to create settings and construct ecosystems, which have the diversity, stability, and the resilience of natural ecosystems. In the spirit of sustainability, it also teaches us to allow natural and designed ecosystems to demonstrate their own evolutions.

Course Topics

  • Permaculture Ethics & Principles
  • Ecosystem Patterning
  • Organic Food Production
  • Alternative Economics
  • Microclimates
  • Forest
  • Medicinal Herbs
  • Full Loop Waste Stystems
  • Alternative Building
  • Earthworks for Water Management
  • Secrets of Building Soil
  • Site Analytics
  • Creating Integrated Systems
  • Animals in Small Systems
  • Cold Season Growing
  • Water Catchments

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