Permaculture Design Certification Course 2019

This course is the foundational 72 hour Permaculture Design Certification program, endorsed by PINA the Permaculture Institute of North America.We adapt our course to the northeastern corridor and to contemporary social and ecological issues in the United States and the world.


Our Permaculture design certification course 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.

Come be inspired by the possibilities of today and not by the fear of tomorrow! 


Permaculture Design is :


  • A design science that provides a new model for economic development.

  • Addressing the major social justice and environmental issues of our times from a whole systems perspective.

  • A worldwide movement that is helping to regenerate local ecologies and economies.


The certification connects you to an international world of designer’s, architects, organic farmers, and communities who all recognize it as a legitimate passport to another level of knowledge.

We look forward to working with the next group of amazing humans ready to transform the world!


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• Flexible Scheduling


• Experienced Teaching Team


• Continued Mentoring


• Excellent Field Trips

• Learn to Apply Permaculture to Properties, Business Models, Social Structures and Regional Scale Designs.

 "In 1953, J. Russell Smith called it “America’s No. 1 Tree Crop Farm.” Bill Mollison used it as a model for temperate permaculture. John Hershey’s Nut Tree Nursery in Downingtown, PA - less than an hour outside Philadelphia - is perhaps the most important collection of fruit and nut trees ever assembled on this continent, and though it was shuttered and subdivided after Hershey’s untimely death in 1967, its surviving trees still stand amidst the suburban sprawl of southeastern 
Pennsylvania. In medians, back yards, parking lots, and overgrown vacant lots you can find towering pecans, blight resistant grafted chestnuts, old nursery rows of grafted black walnuts, the sweetest persimmons, pawpaws, hazelnuts, hickories, sugary pod honey locusts, tannin-free edible acorns, and unsprayed bountiful apples - all of which bear prolifically without any maintenance or care. This treasure trove of trees is North America’s oldest living food forest - a thriving ecosystem, up to a century old in some parts, comprised of the best fruit and nut trees that can be grown here."

Some of our graduate testimonials

Feeling trapped in a corporate job and seeking a new path, I discovered this thing called permaculture that seemed to resonate with my deepest yearnings for myself and the world. That is, a lifestyle that is ecologically and ethically sound and fulfilling. Thankfully, I answered the call and participated in Andrew Faust’s Urban Permaculture Design Certification in 2009. Those permaculture goggles Andrew gave us expanded my view, allowing me to see a bigger picture of how to approach just about everything. It launched me in the direction of my current and ongoing path as an herbalist, healer, earth lover, dreamer, and spirit-being-in-human-form. Thank you, Andrew and Adriana for your openness, kindness, and wisdom. You are a living, thriving model of a truly fulfilling, beneficial, and regenerative culture. - Liz Neves


While taking this class, I found myself describing it to people as Sustainability 101. Before getting into permaculture / taking this class, I knew about various eco friendly practices - organic/local food, composting, gardening, less driving - but this course united all these practices under one broad coherent philosophy underpinned by a set of ethics. One way to frame the ethics, in the words of Bill McDonough, is "how can we love all of the children of all species for all time?" Yes, this may feel ambitious, but it is also hopeful and inspirational. Can we truly respect and protect the land which gives us so much while happily satisfying our various needs? Can we leave the land in better shape after having engaged with it? To both these questions this course answers a resounding 'yes', then quickly proceeds to the practicalities of how to do so, delving into the growing of food, energy systems, water management, the concept of appropriate technology, and more. This course is the real deal and it is refreshing. - Boris Kerzner

I arrived at my first permaculture class with Andrew Faust in the spring of 2014, only a few months after receiving the worst news any parent could ever hear. Learning that the medical issues that our 7 year old daughter was experiencing were due to the “toxic world that we live in” was more than I could begin to cope with because I knew that it would not be an easy fix.  As a parent, it was not enough to find the best therapists, doctors, and teachers because I had to find a way to address the “toxic world” in order to help my child.   The weened classes in Brooklyn were a break for myself to relax my mind, reconnect to childhood memories on my family’s farm, and discover new patterns for living.  As a mom of a child with special needs, talking with other students taught me that I have so much more capacity to receive and give beyond getting ready for another appointment.  I learned that I am still creative, have the capacity to learn something new, and I’m really good at building biodigesters (who knew?!). As I worked through my design for my capstone project, I struggled a lot with designing for my own home because in my mind I wanted to have walls around the property to protect my family from a neighbor.  I told Andrew about my idea of the walls and he told me “no.”  Instead, he taught our class about softening the landscape instead of hardening it and growing boundaries that could feed my family while creating a sanctuary and feeling of safety. 5 years have passed since my PDC and I’ve completed my design that I started in Andrew’s class.  Our homestead includes overlapping systems  of water, energy, and ecology which makes living in peace with ourselves and our neighbors (animals and people) easy.  I grow our own herbs, use biodigesters to recycle our food waste and produce fuel for cooking, keep bees, raise chickens, compost, and have managed to craft our sandy landscape into soil for our fruit trees.  The gift that I never expected to receive from my PDC was learning how to reclaim the safety and well being of my family.  Thank you Andrew and Adriana for encouraging me to work through the process of learning when I had so much doubt and worry. Your class is priceless.

 - Kathy Puffer - Co-Founder & Board Secretary - Solar CITIES, Inc. Member United Religions Initiative since 2016




Center for Bioregional Living courses educate and inform our students  to create true health, wealth and regional self-sufficiency through cooperating with nature. We offer permaculture design courses and consultation services, inspiring hundreds of  graduates in the northeast, and New York’s Five Boroughs.   With over 20 years of experience in design for a wide range of clients, we are your source for permaculture design education and consultation.


Permaculture is an ecological design science based on the resilient patterns found in nature.  It  is a vision of what we would rather see in the world and how to achieve it in a step by step manner.  The ethics, tools and techniques of Permaculture are focused on creating vibrant bioregional cultures and economies providing long term comfort and security for our families, communities and future generations.


The Evolution of Ecological Consciousness

Permaculture designer Andrew Faust of Center for Bioregional Living gives us an inspiring and heady narrative about the evolution of all life and human consciousness on Mother Earth. This is a brilliant condensation of the core of the scientific worldview with the metaphysical implications highlighted along the way.

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