Phoenix Permaculture Design Course
A full 72-hour PDC on permaculture & regenerative design with an emphasis on dry lands and southwest ecosystems.
Registration is OPEN for the Spring 2022 Permaculture Design Course.
This in-person, 72 hour course will take place over the course of
ten days in five weekends.
“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’. I look forward to you joining us for this life changing event.” — Greg Peterson.
Feb 19 & 20
Mar 12 & 13
Mar 26 & 27
April 9 & 10
Apr 30 & May 1
This Permaculture certification course covers many aspects of 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 Phoenix metro area. This course is taught and facilitated by Don Titmus & Greg Peterson, with guest presenters to help round out the course.