Courses and workshops taught by Peter Bane,
Keith Johnson, Rhonda Baird and associates.
Peter Bane (Dipl. Perm. Des. &
publisher Permaculture Activist), Keith Johnson
(Dipl. Perm. Des. & Patterns
for Abundance), Rhonda
Baird, and guests. Midwestern
natives, Peter, and Keith have between them facilitated
over seventy permaculture courses and led groups from
four to over a hundred students and between them have
graduated more than 2300 design students. They have gardening,
building, design, and teaching experience in all regions
of the United States.
Bane published Permaculture Activist magazine
for over 20 years and has taught permaculture design
widely in the temperate and tropical Americas. Author
of The Permaculture
Handbook, he is a native of the Illinois prairie
whose interest in good food and simple living led him
at mid-life to become a writer and teacher of permaculture
design. Peter serves on the board of PINA
(Permaculture Institute of North America).
is also a co-founder of the Great
Rivers and Lakes Permaculture Institute, a regional
hub in the PINA network. He was also drawn into the
arcane world of intentional community as fate presented
the opportunity to help create and build Earthaven Ecovillage
in the southern Appalachian Mountains. There he discovered
his inner architect in the course of building a small
off-grid solar cabin and later took on the more prosaic
job of rehabilitating a pair of suburban ranch houses
in the Midwestern college town of Bloomington, Indiana.
That was the first step toward creating a small suburban
farmstead where he now lives with his partner and apprentices.
A prolific writer in journals and collections on forestry,
building and all things sustainable, he consults
with universities and municipal governments as well
as for private landowners.
Johnson was raised in Michigan’s Upper
Peninsula (where he learned at an early age he was related
to Johnny Appleseed), and has been a commercial landscaper,
stonemason, and organic gardener since 1976 in places
as varied as subtropical Bay Area of California, the
White Mountains of New Hampshire, Michigan, & the
mountains of W. North Carolina. After devouring Permaculture
One in 1978 he continued to learn all he could on the
subject. He’s been teaching Permaculture since
’95, has instructed more than 1200 students, many
of those through Indiana University’s annual Design
Course which began in 2003. He’s taught or trained
with Bill Mollison, Larry Santoyo, Tom Ward, Penny Livingston,
Peter Bane, Chuck Marsh, Andrew Goodheart Brown, Albert
Bates, Starhawk, and Jerome Osentowski and others. Previously
resident in Bloomington, IN (now, Montague, MI), Keith
participated in a number of local activism projects
including the editorial guild of the Permaculture Activist,
the founding of Transition Bloomington (Indiana’s
first Transition Town Initiative), past board member
of the Local Growers Guild, contributor to Bloomington’s
Peak Oil Task Force, member of the Bloomington Permaculture
Guild, past member of the Bloomington Food Policy Council
and the Trillium Horticultural Park Project. A frequent
public speaker and radio interviewee, he works constantly
to share a vision of cultural and ecological regeneration
and continues to provide ecological design and consultation
services via Patterns
for Abundance. He is also web manager and assistant
editor of Permaculture
Design Magazine. Keith holds a diploma in Education,
Design, Site Development, Community Service, and Media
from the Permaculture
Institute and diplomas in Teaching and Design from
Baird is a permaculture educator and designer;
homeschooling mama; and community organizer. She and
her family are nestled in Bloomington, Indiana. Rhonda
is a seventh generation Hoosier, with deep ties to the
forested hills and rivers of southern Indiana. Though
permaculture practice began formally for her in 2005,
she grew up in a working-class family that had multiple
gardens-incorporating fruits, shrubs, and animals into
the patterns and rhythms of those sites. Her family
also preserved seed, propagated young fruits, foraged
on nearby public lands, and was active in forestry.
In 2005, Rhonda “stumbled” into a Permaculture
Design Course with Peter Bane and Keith Johnson and
never looked back. She began apprenticing as a teacher
and after the first year, began working as a designer
and offering independent workshops as well as coordinating
the Bloomington Permaculture Guild. In 2008, she began
working with The Permaculture Activist. In 2010, Rhonda
joined the board of the Association for Regenerative
Culture. Rhonda heads the Field Advisor Working Group
for PINA (Permaculture Institute
of North America). She is also a co-founder of the
Rivers and Lakes Permaculture Institute, a regional
hub in the PINA network. Her design business is Sheltering
Permaculture Course in Teacher Training
March 5-10, 2017, w/ Peter Bane, Rhonda Baird & guests.
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Earth Repair and
People Care grow from the work of permaculture teachers and
designers. The power of holistic problem-solving is all around
us but seen by few. Learn to cultivate in yourself and others
the whole-brain frame of mind that calls the world back to
This course offers
design course graduates the opportunity to develop their gifts
for presentation and organizing both in and beyond the classroom.
We will practice conveying key concepts from the PDC curriculum,
learn to prepare sessions and whole courses, give and receive
feedback, lead group exercises, and think and act strategically
to promote grassroots education for all ages.
Bane and Rhonda Baird, both hold the Diploma of Permaculture
Peter serves on the board of PINA
(Permaculture Institute of North America) while Rhonda
heads its Field Advisor Working Group. Both are co-founders
of the Great
Rivers and Lakes Permaculture Institute, a regional hub
in the PINA network. Peter was also a co-founder of Earthaven
Ecovillage and author of The
Permaculture Handbook: Garden Farming for Town and Country.
Rhonda is a community organizer, assistant editor of Permaculture
Design Magazine, an advocate for Nature Connection, and
a homeschooling mother of two. Based on extensive design experience,
they have trained hundreds of students for Indiana University
and thousands of others across the hemisphere from Canada
to Patagonia and from the arid West to the Caribbean islands.
The course will
be held in a comfortable community setting in Ann Arbor, Michigan
convenient to air, rail, and road links. On-site lodging is
provided Sun.-Thurs. evgs.; all meals Sun. evg. through Fri.
lunch. Tuition $800 by 3/1/17; $900 after. For information
or to register, contact: Peter Bane, 812-335-0383, PcActivist@mindspring.com.
Feb 1, $832
Feb 1, $936
Design Studio - Tampa, FL
with Peter Bane, Jono Neiger, and Koreen Brennan
March 31 - April 3, 2017
you have taken a Permaculture Design Course, you should have
been introduced to the design process, but even if your first
design was a success, there’s a good chance you would
benefit from a refresher and new insights. In this course
we’ll take on real projects and in a mentored design
studio atmosphere, create, envision, and communicate design
solutions. This is an opportunity to refine and deepen your
design and planning skills. Learn to approach complex, multi-stakeholder
projects and apply permaculture perspective and design approaches
We will engage
in group work to strengthen pattern recognition and language,
develop plant, animal, structural, and technical palettes,
practice system analysis and program development, and put
all these together in a suite of design projects addressing
the varied and dynamic urban region of Tampa, Florida. Mentored
by a team of experienced teachers and designers, we will give
and accept feedback, polish presentations, and explore the
elements of professional practice and community service.
Sponsored by the
and Lakes Permaculture Institute, this course is recognized
by the Permaculture Institute of
North America (PINA).
Neiger is a conservation biologist with nearly two decades
of experience in land stewardship, ecological studies, restoration,
and conservation commission staffing. He served as Lost
Valley Educational Center’s Land Steward and Permaculture
Apprenticeship Program Director in Oregon for five years,
founded and served as Coordinator of the Lost Creek Watershed
Council in Oregon for four years, was Restoration Ecologist
with the Nature Conservancy of California for two years, and
served as Conservation Commission Agent for the Town of Palmer
(Massachusetts) for four years.
teacher and designer since 1996, Jono works to help organizations
and individuals further their goals for stewarding their land
and for creating productive, regenerative human ecosystems.
Currently the principal of Regenerative
Design Group, a permaculture design and consultation firm
in Greenfield, Massachusetts. Jono teaches landscape design
at the Conway School, including primary responsibility for
the surveying part of the curriculum in the fall term.
Brennan has extensive experience in both permaculture design
and in education. She has taught permaculture design at Pine
Ridge reservation, Miami, Los Angeles, the first Florida
Earthship, Tampa Bay, Sarasota, Gulf Coast University, Cuba.
Costa Rica, and Tuskegee University.
She is a sought
after public speaker, and has given hundreds of hours of lectures
on permaculture. Her areas of expertise and passion are food
forestry, small farms and food security, designing for resiliency,
community building, and regenerative economics.
She has been involved
in alternative education for 20 years and has been teaching
permaculture regularly since 2006. She uses a variety of creative
techniques and approaches to address different learning styles.
She focuses on isolating the most important aspects of the
subject - the ones that will create a context for understanding
the entire subject and give students concrete tools they can
and will think with and use. In a society with information
overload, she believes that it is not the amount of information
one has, but the context, relevance and quality of it that
creates competence and understanding. Her goal is to assist
students to achieve a deep understanding of the fundamentals
of the subject that will allow them to apply the techniques
in a broad array of situations, and to make that learning
March 1, $452
March 1, $514
Purpose of the Permaculture Design Course
a world of diminishing resources and increasing stresses
on natural and social systems we must rapidly implement
strategies to restore degraded
landscapes, shelter and feed displaced and hungry people,
and convert our energy-wasteful infrastructure to holistic
and ecological systems that meet their own needs and the
needs of those who manage them. This course
lays the foundation for understanding the
workings of natural systems and for designing human
environments that produce food, shelter, and energy.
It also provides participants with models of community development
and extension by which they can create
networks of support for themselves and empower others to
do the same.
my mind the very act of enrolling for a permaculture design
course is one of the most political acts most people ever
engage in. Since I have certified over 3,000 people
I feel that I have helped create a small village of active,
engaged and aware folks who now have the tools to change
the reality around them - and many of them are very busy
doing just that.
very act of reading "Permaculture - A Design Manual"
is extremely radical and political as the information
and realizations sink in of the ultimate outcome of following
the permaculture path. The beauty of permaculture has
always meant, to me, that I can travel all over the world,
in some of the most brutal dictatorships, espousing a
revolutionary system of design and I am considered harmless
by the powers that be. That is an incredible advantage
in a world that has become increasingly polarized by the
paranoia of rampant capitalism and lack of ethical guidance.
the ethical guideposts of permaculture are contained all
the political guidance one could need."
agriculture" or "permanent culture,"
a term coined by Australians David
Holmgren and Bill Mollison in the 1970s, describes
a design system for creating
human settlements that function in harmony with nature.
Incorporating traditional knowledge, modern science, and
the ecological patterns of the living world, permaculture
design is applicable to farms, gardens, organizations, housing
developments, towns and villages, or city neighborhoods.
1978, tens of thousands of individuals on all continents
have learned and taught to others the principles of energy
flow and materials cycling, and the simple
appropriate technologies of
self-reliant living: gardening, shelter, water and waste
management, aquaculture, forestry, and how to organize supportive
local economies. The aim of this grassroots
international movement is to
liberate people everywhere to provide for their own and
their communities' needs for food, energy, shelter, and
a decent life without exploitation or pollution and from
the smallest practical area of land.
read David's introductory PDF, The
Essence of Permaculture.
Kinds of People Take Permaculture Courses?
Thousands of people from all over the planet!
by Keith Johnson: Students & teachers at Permaculture
Design Course, VA)
farmers, homeowners and prospective buyers of land and
homes will benefit from the energy-saving and productive
insights of permaculture, while students and professionals
in the fields of ecology, agronomy,
resource management, architecture, and planning will
find their work enlivened by the holistic and interdisciplinary
perspective of the course. Community
development and aid workers, real estate brokers, municipal
officials, and religious leaders will find practical
and creative applications for permaculture design in their
respective fields of endeavor.
Learn simple steps to improve your
home ecosystem and your immediate surroundings while saving
money, resources, and building a healthy habitat for family,
friends and neighbors.
& Managers: Learn how to
integrate sustainable design methodologies into the planning
process using a multi-disciplinary approach for the well-being
of the whole community.
State & Federal Employees:
Improve public service & work efficiency
and community benefits via creative land, water, and air
resource management techniques.
Design & Construction Professionals:
Learn about current practical systems
of natural building, as well as how to integrate
land-use design into the built environment.
Architects, Designers & Gardeners:
Learn principles and techniques of sustainable landscaping,
with an emphasis on functional, edible, and economic
plants, the creation of microclimates for extended growing
seasons, and rainwater harvesting.
Acquire tools for empowerment and
new dimensions in place-based professional practice
applicable to micro through macro
& Community Leaders: Integrate
ecological design, professional networking, and social
marketing approaches to advance your mission and programs.
Explore how ecological models can
be used to design, develop, implement, and manage a sustainable
Integrate ecological systems design and social/environmental
change practices into your academic studies.
Add a whole systems perspective to
your ecological / green ministry.
of the Curriculum
Evidence of the Need for Change and the Ethics of
Principles of Permaculture
Observation and Landscape Analysis
Pattern & Design
Ecosystems: the Models of Nature
Gaian System: Climate and Biogeography
Forests, Trees & Tree Care
Water Harvesting, Management, and Conservation
Building Soil Fertility
Creating the Home System
The Third Skin: Natural Building Design
Waste Recycling and Treatment
Aquaculture and Animals
and Forest Gardening
Useful Plants and Planting Strategies
Feeding Yourself from Home
Garden Design & Establishment
Integrated Pest Management
Tools & Appropriate Technologies
Patterns of Settlement
Cooperative Economics, Money & Financial Systems
Mapping and Design Exercises
A Home in the City
Villages and Neighborhoods, The Hope and the Results
of Practical Design
Landscape and Systems Design
from over 100 countries in all regions of the world and
from all walks of life have called the permaculture design
course "life-changing, transformative,
and enormously affirming." In the lively company
of a diverse group of engaged and motivated women and men
with a common interest in the future of humanity, learning
is rapid, multidimensional, and long-lasting.
Design Work and Certification
completing this course participants will receive a Certificate
of Apprenticeship in Permaculture Design from the College
of Graduates of Permaculture and will be entitled to use the
term Permaculture in their professional work. Generally, students
are encouraged to apprentice with other designers for two
years. Prospective teachers should aim to gain experience
through a permaculture teacher training course and practice
teaching with others for a comparable period. This course
presents 72 hours of the standard certificate curriculum.
The Instructors: Midwestern natives Peter Bane, Dipl. Perm.
Des., and Keith Johnson have between them facilitated over
50 permaculture courses and led groups from four to over a
hundred students. They have gardening, building, design, and
teaching experience in all regions of the Americas. Both instructors
live in Bloomington, Indiana.
of thePermaculture Course averages about $800 to $1400 with
some charging more for extended duration. The weekend series
format usually costs less because food and lodging needs are
Design Course Syllabus
Principles, and Design, The Key Permaculture Overview (1 day):
of systemic ecological and cultural crisis; derivation and
evolution of ethics; spirals of degradation and the etiology
of health; energy and entropy; the Permaculture innovation
and synthesis; roots of permaculture knowledge; principles
of energy efficient design, language and terms; exercise in
observation of landscape; the nature of pattern in form, orders
in natural phenomena; application of pattern to design; design
process, purpose and methods.
Systems (2 days):
of ecology; energy flux and materials cycling; conservation
and diversity; guilds; cooperation; niches; forests as organism;
climate, global weather patterns, and biogeography; forest
impact on climate and the hydrologic cycle; functions of the
tree; landscape analysis; the nature, sources, and value of
freshwater; water's duties in the landscape; water movement,
storage, and purification; water in the domestic system. The
soil community; oxygen/ethylene cycling and nutrient availability;
soil biota regimes, mycorrhizal associations; carbon/nitrogen
and other nutrient relationships; tropical and temperate soil
conditions; building soil; physical properties of soils and
soil testing; climate near the ground; factors in microclimatic
design; windbreaks; moisture and humidity effects; modifying
sunlight and capturing solar gain; thermal zones and frost
pockets; limiting factors in living systems; exercise building
swales, ponds, trellises, and/or brush fences; use of leveling
Domestic System (1/2 day):
of the home system; zone and sector analysis; placement of
elements for beneficial function; the domestic economy; staging
of development in small permaculture systems; building design,
materials, methods, and examples; conservation of energy;
building as organism; nutrient cycling in the domestic system;
biological treatment methods for human and animal waste: compost,
constructed wetlands, biogas; urine as fertilizer.
of Cultivated Ecologies (2 days):
advantages of aquaculture; designing aquatic systems; water
quality and species composition; animals as energy translators;
their utility and efficient management; self-forage systems;
intensive grazing; silvopasture; agroforestry systems; forest
gardening and farming; alley cropping, coppice-with-standards;
; orchards as floristic communities; principles of pruning
and tree health; useful plants and planting strategies; guild
assemblies; plant identification, plant families, nomenclature;
wildcrafting; establishment of nurseries and intensive small
systems; economics and rolling permaculture. Self reliance
and food security; the year-round harvest; methods of food
storage and adaptation to climate; garden design, establishment,
and methods; exercise in sheet mulch bed preparation; short
design exercise in creativity; tools and their energy implications;
choosing appropriate technologies; favorite tools.
Design, Common Resources, and Larger Human Systems (1-1/2
of human settlement; city and regional design; orders of magnitude;
the village as building block of human community; building
cooperative networks, organizations, and communities; resource
inventories; business incubators; principles of economic design;
how money works; the problems with present financial systems:
interest, corporations, taxes, planning; community-based financial
systems; the use of maps; simple methods of mapping; the integral
urban house; resources in cities; appropriate scale for conviviality,
economy, and security; components of village life; new village
development; designing for human cooperation and interaction.
Resources for further work; the permaculture movement; continuing
education; how to organize locally; making a living; future
visions and participant evaluations.
Practicum (Section Two)
Elements of Practical Design - 2 days
of Ethics and Principles; pattern languages; site analysis
exercise; mapping & field surveying exercise; introduction
to client interview, cost & budgeting, earning a living.
Design Projects - 3 1/2 days
group projects for real clients son or near the course venue;
mentored, hands-on design work involving application of all
presented skills; site observation and analysis, mapping,
client interview, conceptual design, mind mapping, and presentation.
- 1/2 day
of presentation skills; several opportunities for planned
and impromptu presentation to the whole class; formal presentation
in group of the team design with sketches, maps, speech, and
other modes of work.
Landscape and Systems Design - 2 days
and Village systems; farm landscapes; design for wildlife;
restoration and earthworks; economic design including financial
systems; land access, regional strategies.
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