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Hands on Permaculture Courses in Ellenville, NY 2024


Rain Water Abundance!
Hands-on Workshop
At the Center For Bioregional Living in Ellenville NY

May11th 10am-3pm
Sliding scale $60 to $100 a person


Come and learn how to capture hold and store pure high quality rain water. A free and bounteous gift to capitalize on especially in a place that gets 49 inches of rain fall a year! You can catch .6 gallons per inch of rainfall, for each square foot of roof area you connect to a tank.  From a 2000 square foot roof in one year you will harvest 52,000 gallons of water.

  • We will show you how to:

  • Size your tank

  • The plumbing parts you need

  • How to hook it up

  • Connect your overflow or downspouts

  • Create a series of dynamic diverse flowering rain gardens, havens of biodiversity and beauty!


Celebrate the abundant gift of rain water and solve water problems on your land with one action.

Learn to create gravity fed rain water supplied irrigation systems for gardens and livestock

You will learn how to connect a big rain tank to your house and how to properly plumb it to use for watering needs on your land and for fun! 

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Upcoming Online Permaculture Certification Courses Fall 2024


Exceptional course, low cost, incredible teachers, every session recorded to replay at your convenience with a reduced price, 10% off for all of our PDC graduates in any of our hands-on courses.

Getting trained in Permaculture Design is the perfect place to start to learn to build the world we all know is possible. Deepen your understanding of the patterns in nature by studying permaculture with our internationally known teaching team.

• Payment Plans available
• Flexible Scheduling
• Experienced Teaching Team
• Continued Mentoring
• Learn to Apply Permaculture to Properties, Business Models, Social Structures and Regional Scale Design


This course is the foundational 72 hour Permaculture Design Certification program, endorsed by PINA the Permaculture Institute of North America. Our course offers systemic solutions to the contemporary social justice and ecological issues of our times.

We will train you to be a permaculture consultant enabling you to apply the permaculture principles to a diversity of landscapes, scales, and issues from rural to urban, from temperate to tropical environments.

Our certification connects you to an international world of designers, architects, organic farmers, and communities who all recognize a permaculture design certificate as a legitimate passport to another level of knowledge.

Come find out why our graduates call our Permaculture Design Certification course LIFE CHANGING! We have been holding space for everything permaculture in the greater NYC metropolitan area for over 14 years!

Come and learn with us and join our thousands of students who have set upon their permaculture journey to positively impact life on earth.

Topics Covered:

  • History & Origins of Permaculture 

  • Sustainable Cities

  • Natural Building

  • Best Places To Live & Start Communities and Homesteads

  • Climate Resilience

  • Off Grid Energy

  • Ecological Water Solutions

  • Agroforestry Tropical to Temperate & Starting Nurseries

  • Bio-intensive, Organic & Regenerative Farming


Our Permaculture design certification course imparts a positive and empowering vision for social and ecological transformation.

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Tuesday May 7th @ 7pm

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.



Adriana Magana Co Founder and Permaculture Instructor

Adriana Magaña 
Co Founder | Instructor

Adriana Magaña is an interdisciplinary artist and designer  living with her family in Ellenville, NY. Adriana is inspired by her commitment to co-create a sustainable world with integrity and ethical values; a world based in nature and justice. 

David Harper Permaculture Instructor, Co Director of the Permaculture Lands Trust

David Harper 

Co Director of Permaculture Living Lands Trust has more than 30 years of work with conservation  land trusts, community land trusts and local food and farming organizations, resulting in permanently  preserving 8,000+ acres of farmland, natural areas, and cultural and historic sites in Pennsylvania.

Rhamis Kent Permaculture Consultant

Rhamis Kent

Rhamis Kent is a consultant with permaculture-based  regenerative whole systems design serving as a registered certified Permaculture Design instructor with PRI Australia. He is a former co-director of the Permaculture Research Institute (PRI) 

​Larry Santoyo Permaculture Instructor

Larry Santoyo

Founder of the Permaculture Academy and lead instructor. He has been a teacher and practitioner of Permaculture Design for the 28+ years and spent over a decade studying and teaching with Bill Mollison.


Friday April 19th, 2024 - 7pm

Permaculture Agroforestry
A Diversified food forest for the future, today!... is what we are talking about that is owned by the community and cooperatively maintained.

Some of our graduate testimonials

The Center for Bioregional Living's Permaculture Design Certification course exceeded my expectations for online learning. Andrew's ability to energize us through discussions on philosophy, ethics and science provided a unique narrative that informed, inspired, and expanded my understanding of permaculture design principles. Through his stories, his deep and varied experience, and his pictorial account of past project sites I was able to learn how to analyze, evaluate, and then design solutions from patterns to details. His passion was shared by guest lecturers that brought diverse expertise and who provided unique examples of permaculture projects. I came away from the course not just with a certification, but I also gained a mentor, a diverse social network, and most of all, a mission to broaden and deepen my permaculture design skills to face the many challenges in our increasingly divided, shattered and broken world.



Bio: Chris received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Villanova University and then his PhD in Biochemistry from Yale University. He then was a Staff Scientist for the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research at the FDA where he studied virus entry and vaccine design. Following his lab work he became a Program Manager at the Institute of Medicine for the Forum on Drug Discovery, Development, and Translation before transitioning into science teaching. For the past four years he has taught Environment Science, Chemistry, Biology and Engineering Design at Georgetown Preparatory School. He is also the father of an amazing daughter Julia who loves to sing and dance. While not in the classroom, he volunteers on organic farms and hopes to advance permaculture values through his newly obtained Certification in Permaculture Design from the Center for Biological Living. -  Chris Defeo


The online course is 100% worth it! I just completed the online 2020 permaculture certification course and was blown away by the amount of information I gained. The information itself is a healthy mix of bass-tacks-know-how (geared towards the Northeast), theoretical, analytical, biological, philosophical, cosmic, and spiritual. Because of this, the class is suited for anyone who is interested in learning or DOING permaculture. Andrew's knowledge is vast, informative, and sobering. You can't fake that. It becomes very clear within the first few minutes.


If you are living in the North East and want to create a green job for yourself, this is the next step you should take.


P.S. If you have any reservations because it's online, it's not an issue at all. It's not worth waiting for the pandemic to be done with. - Ben Feistmann

Andrew's class opened my eyes to new ways of seeing, as well as provided tools for approaching the challenges of our present day society in a positive and impactful way. His focus on "turning the problem into the solution" is something so needed right now in our society, and has inspired me to approach my art and artistry in a whole new way, as well as my everyday life. 


This class goes far beyond gardening and agriculture, and addresses how we can apply the principles of permaculture to all aspects of life, be it big or small, personal or professional. Taking this class was the greatest gift I gave to myself this year, and I know that I will be living my life in a more meaningful and intentional way because of it. 


This class is for everyone- the activist, the artist, the empath, the curious, the farmer, the urbanite, the teacher, the student -- whether you have a 30 acre piece of land or a small windowsill, you will get such immense value and deep knowledge from this class, and will leave a whole lot wiser.


Thank you so much, Andrew and Adriana, for your dedication to the principles and practice of permaculture, and for being so generous and thoughtful with your knowledge. I am deeply grateful to you both, and for this class - Celia Rowlson-Hall

Begins Feb 22 ends Apr 4

11 Weekend Sessions

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.


Permaculture Design Certification Course NYC 2020

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! 

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.


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Introduction to Permaculture with Andrew Faust

The Brooklyn Commons - 

Saturday February 1st - 10-5pm - $40

  • Healing Yourself With Vital Foods and Conscious Living

  • Eating Locally And In Season

  • Doing More with Less-Making Your Own Ferments

  • Choosing Healthy Products For Your Home and Family

  • Holistic Solutions For City and Country Living

Permaculture is an ecological design science that offers insights and practical techniques for living fruitful and abundant lives.   

Permaculture is addressing the major issues of our day from a whole systems view. It is a worldwide movement that is helping to regenerate local ecologies and economies.


Permaculture incorporates traditional methods, intuition, and in-depth site analysis. Learn how to create beneficial interrelationships in landscapes and infrastructures,create microclimates and design cultivated ecosystems.


Come and learn how to design an ecologically integrated and highly self sufficient Community Supported Farm, ecovillage, homestead, town or region. The confluence of climate change, economic collapse, peak oil and wide spread pollution are all pointing to a need for an articulate and comprehensive alternative.


Learn to live well with the earth!

Andrew Faust, one of New York City’s leading Ecological Design teachers, will describe a beautifully simple and effective way to transition from an inherently inefficient and polluting economy to a healthy and prosperous economy and infrastructure.

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

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