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 2022

    • Weekend 1 – February 19 & 20
    • Weekend 2 – March 12 & 13
    • Weekend 3 – March 26 & 27
    • Weekend 4 – April 9 & 10
    • Weekend 5 – April 30 & May 1


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

The course is $1195 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 20, 2022.
    • 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 20, 2022.
    • Full balance for early registrants due by: February 1, 2022.
    • Full price, late registrations: January 21 through February 15, 2022 – only if spots available
    • Course cancellation announcement (in unlikely event not enough participants): by January 23, 2022
    • Course starts: February 19, 2022
    • Course completed: May 1st, 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 44434, Phoenix, AZ 85064. 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 the scheduled weekends and classes, and you will get the most out of the course if you do. But we understand unexpected events come up. It is up to you if you have to miss part of the course, but if you want your Permaculture design certificate at the end, you will have to pay something extra 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 you may even have to wait until next year’s course to make up the material and get your certificate.

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 wlll be posted soon.

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 only REQUIRED book to purchase would be the Intro to Permaculture by Bill Mollison (2nd edition or later)

Other suggested reading will be included in the syllabus.