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Permaculture Design Course

October 11, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

The Phoenix Permaculture Design Course returns!  This course happens over five weekends every October through December. Registration for the Fall 2015 course is full.  Please email Greg@UrbanFarm.org to be put on the waiting list.

Dates for the upcoming Fall 2015 course are:

  • October 10/11
  • October 24/25
  • November 7/8
  • November 21/22 – Class goes to Tucson
  • December 12/13

Generally, class runs from 9AM to 5:30 PM each day. The cost for the course is $895 (Early Registration Discount is $675 by July 10.) It is highly suggested that you purchase a copy of Introduction to Permaculture by Bill Mollison and Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands Vol 1 by Brad Lancaster.

Dan Dorsey & his Permaculture Design Team give an incredible course and this one will likely fill, so early registration is encouraged, plus by registering by July 10 you save $220. To give a high quality educational experience, we limit the size of the class to eighteen participants.

This Permaculture certification course covers all aspects of sustainable design with a Southwest dry lands flavor, including a balance of hands on experience, classroom time, and design practicum. Dynamic exercises encourage pattern recognition, noticing the links between plants and animals, climate, and landforms that make up natural ecosystems. The course focuses on dry land communities with a strong urban and semi-rural emphasis, addressing individual site and neighborhood “problems”, such as storm water flooding.

Students learn to read the landscape, to map and analyze energies flowing through a site, and to develop integrated designs for sustainable systems. The weekend format of the course makes it easier for people who hold a week-day job to attend and promotes better integration of the course material into daily life. Our course closely follows the standard 72 hour format developed by Bill Mollison and others.

Course topics include agroforestry, appropriate technology, building design, design principles and patterning, site analysis, drylands gardening principles, ecosystem restoration, philosophy and ethics of Permaculture, regenerative community economics, soils and erosion control, village and community design, water harvesting, invisible structures, and many other topics.

The classroom site is in the central/south Phoenix area with a weekend trip to Permaculture sites in the Tucson area. This course is taught and facilitated by Dan Dorsey and Greg Peterson, each with two decades of Permaculture experience, as well as our many extraordinary associate Phoenix and Tucson based teachers.


October 11, 2015
9:00 am - 5:30 pm


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