FAQ's: Permaculture Design Course

We’re excited that you are considering joining us for the next Permaculture Design Course.  Committing to this course can change your life in astonishing ways, so we want you to be as excited as possible. These are some of the most common questions that have been asked about our program…

The PDC is scheduled to take place in Spring of 2023

    • Day 1:   SatFeb 11 
      Day 2:  Sat, Feb 18

    • Days 3-4: Sat/Sun, Mar 4 & 5

    • Days 5-6:  Sat/Sun, Mar 18 & 19

    • Days 7-8Sat/Sun, April 1 & 2

    • Days 9-10Sat/Sun, Apr 22 & 23

Breaks include a half hour for lunch.

Attendance in all 10 days are required to graduate from the course.
Class hours are 9 am to 5:30 pm

The course is $1295 for the full 72-hour course and includes the Permaculture Designer’s Notebook & syllabus which is distributed on first day.

    • Hold your spot for $250.
      This deposit will hold your spot in the course if received by early registration deadline.
      We will only accept deposits while spots available.
    • $200 early registration discount.
      Available for registrations paid in full, and deposits received through January 25, 2023.
    • Full balance due by February 1st.
      (minus any deposits and discounts).
    • Registering after early registration date requires full registration amount
      (See next section)

SPRING 2022 deadlines and dates:

    • Early registration ends: January 25, 2023.
    • Full balance for early registrants due by: February 1, 2023.
    • Full price, late registrations: January 26 through February 10, 2023 – only if spots available
    • Course cancellation announcement (in unlikely event not enough participants): by January 28, 2023
    • Course starts: February 11, 2023
    • Course completed: April 23, 2022
    • A $250 deposit to get the discount rate and to hold your place in the course is available until one month before the course starts. Spots fill quickly so this is first-come, first-served.
    • Submit a payment of either the deposit or the full amount through one of the ways described below.
    • If person paying is NOT the participant, then an email to us is needed to give us contact information on the student.
      Refunds:
    • The deposit is non-refundable unless the course is cancelled by us.
    • In the unlikely event the entire course is cancelled, you will receive a full refund of your paid tuition including the deposit within two weeks of the announced course cancellation. See #4 for cancellation procedure.
    • You will receive a refund if you cancel and another full tuition paying student can be found to fill your spot to make a full course before the first day of class. In the event the class has not been fully filled by that date, your spot will not be considered replaced.
    There are three ways to pay and/or register for the course…
    1. By Mail – Checks and money orders can be made out to The Urban Farm. Please mail only checks and money orders (no cash) to: Urban Farm, PO Box 10072 Glendale, AZ 85318. Include your return address, e-mail address, and phone number, and you will be sent an e-receipt confirming your registration.
    2. By Credit Card – credit card payments go through our secure online shopping cart.  See above!
    3. In Person – You can track down Greg (Greg@urbanfarm.org) or Janis (Janis@urbanfarm.org) and give them check, money order, or cash.

Cancelling the entire course requires a written communication to Janis@UrbanFarm.org.

    • 30 days or more before the course begins: Any paid funds will be refunded minus the $250 deposit*.
    • 10 to 25 business days before the course begins: We will refund 75% of what you have paid, minus the $250 deposit*.
    • Less than 10 days before course begins We will refund 50% of what you have paid, minus the $250 deposit*.
    • *However, if the course is full and a person from the waiting list takes your place, you will receive a full refund of all funds you have paid up to the first day of the course.

Not showing up to the first day of class will count as a “no-show”. Refunds for no-shows are on a case-by-case basis and are only considered after receipt of a written request for refund cancellation. 

In the unlikely event that the entire course is cancelled by us, you will receive a full refund for any deposit and other funds you have paid.

We decide refunds or credit in non-emergency situations on a case-by-case basis.

We expect each participant to attend ALL TEN of the scheduled classes, as this is what is required to completed the 72 hours of the course. But we understand unexpected events come up. Missing class time or projects will need to be made up in order to secure a successful completion of the course. Missing more than two days of classes will likely result in the need to retake the course later date. 

It is up to you to request any make-up work and you may have to schedule time to meet with the instructor who was teaching during the missed period if he or she is willing to go over the material. In some cases scheduling make up one-on-one tutoring is not feasible and you may have to wait until next year’s course to make up the material and get your certificate.

Partial scholarships may be available on a limited, case-by-case, basis and proposals must be submitted in writing prior to 30 days before start of course. 

The 72-hour course follows a standard Permaculture Design Course outline with the added elements of Dryland topics.  A general day-by-day outline and syllabus is presented on Day 1.

We will be teaching in classrooms, residences, and a few outdoor settings in locations around the valley in Phoenix, Mesa, Scottsdale and Peoria and one one day we will be taking a field trip to see permaculture examples in the valley.

This course leads to a Design Course Certificate in Permaculture. While this certificate is not recognized directly by most universities and colleges, many of our students have been university or college students, and have worked with their departments at the University of Arizona, Prescott College, and Pima Community College to obtain independent study credit for taking this course. It is up to the individual student to work out arrangements with his/her college and his/her department. Prescott College students have often taken this course for credit.

This Permaculture Design Course is a standardized course (with additional emphasis here in the Southwest Dry lands) given around the world since 1981, and there are currently over 300,000 graduates working in over 100 countries on sustainability issues. Our seasoned team of teachers have been giving this course for over fifteen years together; and as a whole, the teaching team has decades of experience in core Permaculture topics, sustainable development, and other specialized areas of sustainability. It is up to you to determine with your educational institute if this would apply for credit.

For registration, payment, and timeline questions, send an email to Janis@UrbanFarm.org and be sure to use “PDC REGISTRATION”  or appropriate topic in the subject line.

For content questions, send an email to fdpc@4dirs.com.

The REQUIRED books would be

  • Intro to Permaculture by Bill Mollison (included in the registration price)
  • How Green am I by Don Lotter (included in the registration price)
  • Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands Vol 1 by Brad Lancaster

Other suggested reading will be included in the syllabus. 

There will be a group activities and a group presentation at the end to showcase your design planning. The class will be divided into groups on Day 1 as regionally located as possible and group project planning and homework will be expected. The more you meet with your group to study or work on your project, the more you will get out of this course.