Permaculture Design Course

Phoenix Fall 2017 Permaculture Design Course

What is a Permaculture Design Course (PDC)?  It is a 72 hour deep dive introduction into permaculture.  This course is designed to give you a whole new perspective on sustainability and regenerative design.  I like to call permaculture ‘the art and science of working with nature’. I look forward to you joining us in the fall for this life changing event.  Greg Peterson.  There is more PDC info below.

Click HERE for the PDC Syllabus • Click HERE for the PDC FAQ

The Phoenix Permaculture Design Course Returns!  This course happens over five weekends every October through December.  Registration for the Fall 2017 course is now open please register below.

Dates for the upcoming Fall 2017 course are:

  • Sept 30/Oct 1, 2017
  • October 14/15, 2017
  • October 21/22, 2017
  • November 4/5, 2017 – Class goes to Tucson
  • November 18/19, 2017
    • Generally, class runs from 9AM to 5:30 PM each day.
At this time the 2017 Fall PDC has 1 Seat Left.  If you would like it email

Your registration investment in the course is $995.

For the course it is highly suggested that you purchase a copy of Introduction to Permaculture by Bill Mollison and Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands Vol 1 by Brad Lancaster.

Dan Dorsey of the Sonoran Permaculture Guild, Greg Peterson, Kari Spencer & their Permaculture Design Team give an incredible course and this one will likely fill, so early registration is encouraged, plus by registering by Aug 6 you save $170. To give a high quality educational experience, we limit the size of the class to 21 participants.

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This Permaculture certification course covers all aspects of sustainable design with a Southwest dry lands flavor, including a balance of hands on experience, classroom time, and design practicum. Dynamic exercises encourage pattern recognition, noticing the links between plants and animals, climate, and landforms that make up natural ecosystems. The course focuses on dry land communities with a strong urban and semi-rural emphasis, addressing individual site and neighborhood “problems”, such as storm water flooding.

Students learn to read the landscape, to map and analyze energies flowing through a site, and to develop integrated designs for sustainable systems. The weekend format of the course makes it easier for people who hold a week-day job to attend and promotes better integration of the course material into daily life. Our course closely follows the standard 72 hour format developed by Bill Mollison and others.

Course topics include agroforestry, appropriate technology, building design, design principles and patterning, site analysis, drylands gardening principles, ecosystem restoration, philosophy and ethics of Permaculture, regenerative community economics, soils and erosion control, village and community design, water harvesting, invisible structures, and many other topics.

The classroom site is in the central/south Phoenix area with a weekend trip to Permaculture sites in the Tucson area. This course is taught and facilitated by Dan Dorsey, Kari Spencer and Greg Peterson, each having many years of gardening and Permaculture experience, as well as our many extraordinary associate Phoenix and Tucson based teachers.

Interested in More information?

Click HERE for the PDC Syllabus • Click HERE for the PDC FAQ

Or Email Greg at