**This course starts in September and you are welcome to join us at any time throughout the year. See the schedule below for opportunities to get involved!**
Are you ready to immerse yourself in the art and beauty of natural design? This is the course for you! With an extended 9 weekend format covering all the core elements of any certified Permaculture Design Course (PDC) and tons of additional content and hands-on activities, this course is designed to help you turn the knowledge into experience. A total of 18 days spanning all four seasons, our Permaculture Design Course will allow you to experience permaculture with the rhythms of nature. Break out of the daily 9 to 5 monotony and encounter a life full of possibilities.
Click on any of the scheduled weekends to register for each weekend individually OR register for the whole course by selecting the “Register Now” button at the bottom.
Friday, September 15th – Day 1: Introduction, History, & Ethics
Saturday, September 16th – Day 2: Design Principles, Methods of Design, Site Analysis
Sunday, September 17th – Day 3: Natural Patterns & Patterns in Design
Saturday, October 14th – Day 4: Water in the World, Riparian Systems, & Water in the Landscape
Sunday, October 15th – Day 5: Global Climate Systems, Climate Design Strategies, Rainwater Catchment, Greywater
Saturday, November 11th – Day 6: Soil Physical Soil Characteristics, Soil Chemistry, Soil Testing, Hands-on Soil Building Exercise
Sunday, November 12th – Day 7: Soil Biology, Composting, Compost Tea & Bio-Fertilizer, Hands-on Soil Building Cont…
Saturday, January 13th – Day 8: Trees, Forests, Hands-on Forestry Design
Sunday, January 14th – Day 9: Savannas, Agroforestry, Silvopasture, Hands-on Forestry
Saturday, February 17th – Day 10: Sub/Urban Design Strategies
Sunday, February 18th – Day 11: Sub/Urban Design Activity & Presentations
Saturday, March 17th – Day 12: Scale of Permanence, Landscape Profiles, Erosion Control, Hands-on Earthworks
Sunday, March 18th – Day 13: Types of Earthworks, Keyline Design, 3D Hands-on Modeling, Survey
Saturday, April 21st – Day 14: Natural Building, Climate Appropriate Design, Hands-on Building Systems
Sunday, April 22nd – Day 15: Appropriate Technology, 8 Forms of Capital, Natural Building Tour
Weekend 8: Final Design Project
Saturday, May 26th – Day 16: Design Review, Design Tools & Technology, Final Design Expectations
Sunday, May 27th – Day 17: Begin of Final Design Projects
Final Weekend: Design Presentations
Saturday, June 23rd – Day 18: Final Design Presentations & Graduation Celebration Potluck
All modules listed above must be complete in their entirety for certification.
About the Course:
This 9 weekend Permaculture Design Course is designed to fit your lifestyle. Our unique format allows you to take the course section by section. What this means for you is a schedule that fits real life. Break the course up and take as many modules as you want or have time for right now. You can follow up with us and take modules you missed or retake modules you want more engagement with when it’s convenient for you. Only interested in Soils & Composting? Great! Signup for the Soils Weekend (Nov 11th & 12th) and if, at anytime in the future, you find you want to learn more, we’ll be here for you to seamlessly pick up where you left off. This means you get to pay only for the classes you that fit into your schedule, and save the rest for later.
Once you’ve completed all the modules and participated in the final design portion you will be awarded a Permaculture Design Course Certificate of Completion. In the tradition of Permaculture, this certificate gives you the authority to use the Permaculture title in a professional context.
Sliding Scale Tuition
Tuition is based on a sliding scale ranging from $775 to $990. Our sliding scale model makes this course more accessible to more people. We appreciate the people who are able and willing to pay toward the higher end of the sliding scale as they help to support those who may not have the means to take the course otherwise. At Integrated Acres we believe this knowledge is important for everyone, no matter their economic situations, and we hope that you feel the same. Thank you for helping us make this course accessible to everyone.
About the Instructors:
Theron Beaudreau: For over a decade, Theron has been involved in Permaculture Design and education. His talent for engaging education has taken him all over the world and inspired many other quality teachers and designers. In 2014 Theron founded Integrated Acres, a design, consultation and, education firm, in the small ‘Deep East’ Texas town of Douglass. Today, Integrated Acres has been involved with several Permaculture Design Courses, public talks and, the 2016 host of international acclaimed designer Darren Doherty for an Integrated Farm Planning Convention. Theron looks to expand on these successes with a wider diversity of course offerings and engaging community examples of what permaculture can do for our families, communities and economy.
Additional instructors and guest speakers to be announced soon!