Permaculture Design Certification  New York City

Syllabus - Course Description

Our Permaculture design certification course in NYC imparts a positive and empowering vision for social and ecological transformation. We will train you to be a permaculture consultant who can apply the permaculture principles to a diversity of landscapes, scales and issues from rural to urban, and temperate to tropical environments.


Lectures and hands-on work will develop your skills in : creating permaculture designs that enhance bioregional economies and infrastructures, working with the geology and natural history of landscapes, designs that cooperate with nature, the evolution of agriculture, energy and nutrient cycling, watershed health,regenerative city design, natural building, biodynamics, forest gardening, off grid energy and natural water systems, developing springs for drinking water and other uses, sustainable forest management, encouraging maples, apples, inoculating shitake and maitake mushrooms, growing goldenseal and ginseng, and the integration of animals into cultivated ecosystems.


This course is ideal for motivated individuals -- including community leaders and professionals in the fields of architecture, planning, gardening, ecology, agriculture and education -- who wish to use the tools of permaculture in rural and urban environments and for designing sustainable businesses, regenerative cities and new models for economic development that bank on social health and ecological vitality.

Come and learn a new way of seeing the world that will inspire you with the possibilities of today by unveiling a land of missed opportunities with more then enough for everyone!


Day 1

* Formation of Universe

* Earth Geology

* Gaia Theory

* Anthropology

* What Is Permaculture?

*How does it work?


Day 2

* The Permaculture Principles and What they derive from.

* History Of Civilization

* History of Agriculture

* Regenerative Civilizations

* Pattern Languages


Day 3

* Soil

* Water

* Forest and Trees

* Earthworks

* Microclimates


Day 4

* Design Principles

* Natural Local Ecological Buildings

* Forest Gardening

*Ecological "Waste" Water Systems


Day 5

* Biodynamic & Organic Gardens

* Domestic Animals

* Rotational grazing

* Wetlands

* Aquaculture


Day 6

* Designer/Client Relationship

* Designing for Human Nature

* Income Site Analysis

* Weed Ecology & Restoration Ecology

* Villages & Communities


Day 7

Field Trip Day

* Reading The Landscape exercises

* Natural Succession

* Agroforestry

* Wilderness & Wildlife Corridors


Day 8

Field Trip Day

* Suburban & Urban Permaculture

*Rain Water Systems/Community Gardening

*Designing Public Spaces


Day 9

* Bioregional Economies

* Local Wealth/Worker Coop's 

* Pioneer Design & Land Use Ethics

* Consultation


Day 10

* Economics and Budgeting of Consulting and

site development. 

* Mapping & Presentation

* Design time in class


Day 11

* Design Presentations!



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