About This Course
Our Course Dates:
The Permaculture Design Certification Course is offered twice a year with Sowing Solutions Permaculture Design & Education in Western MA, USA. We meet for three weekends in total to complete your PDC. Choose either weekend series course:
Visit Western MA Permaculture Demonstration Sites: Studying permaculture while visiting permaculture homes, homesteads, a world-renowned ecovillage, and local farm sites offers you a chance to witness existing and proven permaculture strategies and techniques. You'll learn first hand about: four-season greenhouses, naturally built homes, forest gardens, annual & perennial raised bed vegetable gardens, community decision making, conflict resolution practices, food storage, renewable energy systems, soil improvement, compost strategies, waste recycling, and more! Our permaculture course offers you an opportunity to observe & evaluate numerous well-established permaculture systems, and learn from them.
Mapmaking, Site Analysis of Sunlight/ Water/ Access/ Soil/ Microclimate/ Experience of Place/ etc., Ecological Design Process, Permaculture Ethics and Principles, Rainwater Harvesting, Soil Improvement Techniques and Strategies, Deep Ecology, Agroforestry Systems, Forest Gardening with Perennial Foods/ Medicines/ Fuel/ Habitat/ etc, Medicine Making, Fungi Inoculation, EcoVillage and Community Life, Seeding and Greenhouse Tasks, Natural Building, Carbon Farming, New Garden Creation, Practical Skills for Permaculture in Your Home, Fermentation and Food Preservation, Nature Connection, etc....
A Permaculture Design Certificate signifies that one has completed a 72 hour design course, a study of the ethics, principles, and design practice of Permaculture. It means the holder of the certificate holds applied permaculture experience and a profound toolbox of permaculture techniques, strategies, solutions, resources, and skills.
Our Course Locations:
We are thrilled to be offering our course at the following local and inspiring locations:
We offer extensive design time and practice, as well as skill shares. In this course you may be: mapping, working with solar light reading tools, sheet mulching, preserving and fermenting food, mixing earth plaster, designing a forest garden guild, making oxygenated compost tea, preparing herbal medicine, tending to a masonry stove or cob oven, etc. During class time we will integrate the methods of storytelling, slide shows, films, discussions, hands-on design activities, etc. During breaks are yoga classes, meditations, dancing, hiking trails, permaculture films, etc.
College Credit is Available:
Our course qualifies for 3 college credits from UMASS Amherst, available to all students who are enrolled in the 5 College Consortium.
Watch this introductory video about our course ~ Made by Emmett Brennan, one of our course graduates and the filmmaker who created the film 'Inhabit, A Permaculture Perspective'!