CLASSES- Permaculture Design Certification Courses

Austin Community College

February 4th - May 1st, 2014
Learn through doing, create community

This course is broken into two 9-week courses that overlap for six weeks. The second course builds on the first, creating a dynamic PDC course. They meet on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5-9 pm for 13 weeks total. Students who complete both courses earn a PDC certificate, and those who complete Perm I leave with a solid foundation in Permaculture design.

Texts referenced and used in class:
Permaculture, a Designers’ Manual, Bill Mollison; Introduction to Permaculture Mollison, Bill with Reny Mia Slay. (2nd Edition); Gaia’s Garden by, Toby Hemenway; Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture by, Rosemary Marrow; Texas Organic Vegetable Gardening by J. Howard Garrett and C. Malcolm Beck; The Sustainable Vegetable Garden by, John Jeavons and Carol Cox; Slow Money by, Woody Tasch; Toolbox for Sustainable City Living, by Scott Kellogg and Nancy Pettegrew; Permaculture, Principles & Pathways Beyond Sustainability by, David Holmgren

Course Syllabus

Permaculture I 
1)  Intro to Permaculture ethics & principles
2)  Pattern Understanding & Climatic Factors
3)  Site Analysis  
4)  Soil, water, wind and fire
5)  Rain water, earthworks, grey water
6)  Farming/gardening in Austin and beyond
7)  Trees, forests, agroforestry
8)  Class project- area of interest 
9)  Share project with class

Permaculture II 
1) Design introduction 
2) The Cultivated Ecology- zone I design
3) The Cultivated Ecology- zone II, III design/ Creating Food Forests 
4) The Build Environment – house design and natural building techniques
5) Invisible Structures - Creating Community
6) Urban Permaculture, aquaculture, seed saving
7) Permaculture & children/design workshop 
8) Design workshop
9) Presentations and celebration


Austin Permaculture Guild

February 22nd- May 3rd, 2014
Onsite workshops available to the public

Class meets 9:00am – 5:45pm each day at The Whole Life Learning Center; arrive anytime after 8:30 to get settled in. (NOTE: If you can’t make all 10 Saturdays, don’t worry — you can make up the missed days at any of our future “10 Saturdays” courses for no extra charge.)

This course includes classroom instruction from Caroline Riley and Kirby Fry, hands-on projects (including your site design project), presentations by guest instructors, and field trips. For more details about the content, scroll down this page. We look forward to having you in our class!

Feb. 22- Day 1: Introduction to Permaculture Ethics & Principles
Mar. 1- Day 2: 
Patterns in Nature
Mar. 8- Day 3:
 Water & Site Analysis
Mar. 15- Break for Spring Break
Mar. 22- Day 4: Soil & Cultivated Ecology, Zone 1
Mar. 29- Day 5: Trees & Perennial Food Forest Design, Zones 2 & 3
April 5- Day 6: Built Environment & Energy
April 12- Day 7: Urban Permaculture & Animals in Design
April 19- Day 8: Invisible Structures, Design Workshop – 1
April 26- Day 9: Design for Catastrophe & Design Workshop -2
May 3- Day 10: Design Presentations/Wrap-Up
May 11-Graduation & Celebration Potluck

Follow this link for registration and details


14 day Intensive PDC

June 2nd - June 15th, 2014

Hosted at The Whole Life Learning Center in South Austin. More info posted soon!


"I thank you, thank you, thank you for the magical experience participating in the Food Forest workshop this past weekend, where we lovingly fulfilled the dream of a Food Forest at the school. I've learned a lot about myself and what it means to be part of and vital connection with our Earth community. You and Michael are excellent educators/facilitators and have been managing this workshop very well; working well with group dynamics, fantastic specific and practical background information, and lots of fun and meaningful learnin'."

Food Forests For All participant

“Learning permaculture from Caroline was a life changing experience. I've gained a better understanding of how to live in harmony with the natural world. The class covered topics from gardening to rainwater harvesting to building with earth-friendly materials, and all with a perspective of working with instead of against nature to get the job done.”  

~Ann Jensen 
ACC PDC graduate