Course Details

Where: Primarily in Colorado Springs with field trips to other locations (ex. Westcliffe). At a different site each weekend, we will visit a variety of urban, rural and commercial design sites in order to integrate principles, ethics and technologies and Permaculture design techniques.

When: 3rd weekend of months April, May, June, July, August, September, October and November; Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

What: Facilitated by Becky Elder, exceptional instructors will come from all over the state to teach and share valuable information to help you to understand and apply permaculture to everyday living. We will have educational hands-on projects, inspiring lectures and opportunity to take what you’ve learned into the community.

Each student will also participate in designing a real site using the skills being learned. We will cover such topics as ecosystems and forestry, rainwater harvesting, small animal husbandry, bee keeping, vermicomposting, food forests and growing food, appropriate technology, urban permaculture, greenhouse design, aquaculture, community building and more!

Meals: The course will provide all meals, beverages and snack foods.  Students will be asked to provide two homemade dishes during the course. We do our very best to accommodate dietary preferences and restrictions. If your diet is restricted, you may want to bring some food to supplement our efforts.


Course Cost

$1,250 – fee includes: field trips, curriculum material and wholesome organic meals. We offer the following discounts:

$1,150 if registered early.

Couples will receive $100 discount off two tuitions

Tuition includes course material, textbook “The Permaculture Handbook” by Peter Bane, delicious food, and access to Pikes Peak Permaculture resources. Sound pricey? We will make every effort to keep money from being a barrier to your permaculture future – read on!


Financing the Course

A $100 nonrefundable fee is due with registration. That gets your seat and book reserved, with full tuition due at the deadlines mentioned above. Some work/study half-scholarships are available based on skills and financial need. The tuition can be broken down into monthly installments. If you are passionate about this new world of permaculture, see “Financing the Course” for more details.

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