Phoenix Permaculture Design Course

A full 72-hour in-person PDC on permaculture & regenerative design with an emphasis on dry lands and southwest ecosystems.

Registration is CLOSED for the

Spring 2024 Permaculture Design Course. 
This in-person, 72-hour course will take place
over ten days on multiple weekends.

The dates in Feb, Mar, & Apr of 2024 are listed below.

You can save your seat in the next PDC with either a small deposit* now, or a full registration at discounted pricing.

*To secure your spot in the 2025 course, send a check payable to GrowPHX of at least $250 to  PO BOX 10072, Glendale, AZ 85318. Confirm this with an email to

Registration now includes a copy of worldwide preferred textbook Introduction to Permaculture by Bill Mollison.

PDC Spring 2024

Course is 10 days, 9am to 5:30pm. Saturdays & Sundays only in February, March & April.


Key Presentation Dates:

Day 8: Workshop Day with Draft Presentations of Group Research, Site Maps & Evaluation, and Discussion of Proposed Ideas with Feedback from PDC team.
Day 10: Group Final Presentations of Completed Designs

*Deposits accepted before 1/15/25 will secure early registration pricing.

“What is a Permaculture Design Course (PDC)?  

It is a 72-hour deep dive introduction into permaculture.  This course is designed to give you a whole new perspective on sustainability and regenerative design.  
I like to call permaculture ‘the art and science of working with nature’.”   
— Greg Peterson.

2024 schedule:

Days 1-2:   Sat/Sun,  Feb 10 & 11 

Days 3-4: Sat/Sun, Feb 24 & 25

Days 5-6:  Sat/Sun, Mar 9 & 10

Days 7-8Sat/Sun, Mar 23 & 24

Days 9-10Sat/Sun, Apr 20 & 21

This Permaculture certification course covers many aspects of design with a Southwest dry-lands flavor, including a balance of classroom time, permaculture principles reinforcement, design practicum, and some hands-on experience. Dynamic exercises encourage pattern recognition, noticing the links between plants, animals, climate, and landforms that make up natural ecosystems. The course focuses on dryland 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. By the end of the course students will have developed and presented a comprehensive permaculture design on a site of their choosing. Our course closely follows the standard 72-hour format developed by Bill Mollison and others.

Course topics include 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, agroforestry, appropriate technology, building design, and many other topics.

The classroom is a collection of multiple sites in the Greater Phoenix area. This course is taught and facilitated by Don Titmus & Janis Norton, with a team of permaculture-trained presenters to help round out the course.

Have Questions?

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions HERE, and then email us if you still need some clarification.