Permaculture Design Certificate Course 2-Week Intensive

Permaculture is an ethically based whole-systems design approach that uses concepts, principles, and methods derived from ecosystems, indigenous peoples, and other time-tested systems to create human settlements and institutions. It’s also been called “saving the planet while throwing a better party.”

The Santa Cruz Permaculture Design Certificate course includes the internationally recognized 72-hour curriculum, augmented by an additional 38-hours of hands on practice and field trips.

Our course brings in leading designers and teachers from around the region, each experts in different areas of permaculture. The Santa Cruz Permaculture network of instructors, alumni, community partners, and resources continues to grow each season, and by participating in our course, you become part of this network!

Additionally, course participants work in teams throughout the two weeks to design a holistic permaculture plan. The hands-on learning and lessons prepare students with knowledge and whole systems thinking strategies that allow them to create detailed and thoughtful design projects.

We will be adhering to the latest COVID-19 recommendations and precautions.

Camping is available onsite and meals will be provided.


• $1,850 – Full 2-Week Tuition

• $1,750 – Early-Bird Discount – Register Before May 1, 2021 and Save


• $1,650 – Super Early-Bird Discount – Register Before April 1, 2021 and Save $200 • $1,650 – Partner / Spouse Discount – When one partner registers for the full course, the second gets a discount • $1,650 – Teacher Discount – For K-12, College and University Teachers • $1,350 – Youth Discount – When an adult registers for the full course, their youth gets a discount (ages 13-18)


Upon successful completion of this course, graduates will be able to:

• Assess the sustainability of current design systems and practices; • Define permaculture ethics and the principles of sustainability; • Employ natural patterns as a design tool in a wide variety of contexts; • Understand basic soil ecology and implement composting methods; • Design simple water harvesting systems, from home to broadacre scale; • Define and design “guilds” or constructed plant communities; • Understand local food issues and the importance of localization; • Translate ecological principles to a variety of social, economic, and educational settings; • Employ best practices for starting and sustaining intentional communities and Ecovillages; • Apply permaculture methods to educational curriculum design and the creation of school garden programs.

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