Welcome to the Permaculture Education Center. Our mission is to teach, consult, demonstrate, and help spread the word about Permaculture Design worldwide. The Permaculture Education Center is a not-for-profit venture, created by some of the leading Permaculture teachers in North America.
We offer the official 72-hour online Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course and the Introduction to Permaculture Course, complete with tutoring and support from some of the world’s top professional Permaculture designers and teachers.
Our courses are eligible for university course credits and continuing education credits. All of our courses are accredited internationally by the Permaculture Research Institute in Australia.
Our teaching methods are interactive, creative and designed to provide a low-stress and enjoyable experience for students. Both the Introduction to Permaculture course and the full Permaculture Design Course follow the official guidelines for teaching Permaculture as directed by Bill Mollison. The PDC course follows the topics in Mollison’s book, Permaculture: A Designer’s Manual, the foundation text of Permaculture Design.
There are no exams, and students study at their own pace. There are homework assignments and activities that must be completed for each section of the course. The instructors carefully monitor progress and are available to assist students via email when needed. Our instructors are professional, patient and supportive, and are focused on the student’s needs.
We are fortunate to be part of a global network with thousands of like-minded people and organizations, improving our communities and the world through teaching, consulting, and working in Permaculture, Ecological Economics, and related fields.
Our PDC students have a distinct advantage over other online PDC students because our courses are taught by active Farmers, Gardeners, Homesteaders, Small Business Owners, Land Consultants, and Permaculture Teachers. In addition, we actively manage and nurture a network of relationships with hundreds of Permaculture demonstration sites, local guilds, farms, ecovillages, businesses, and individuals - all over the planet. The result is that our students receive the latest up-to-date information, while learning from professionals who are actually out there working on the ground, operating Permaculture-related businesses, working in the community, and making a real difference in the world.
We are opening a new Permaculture Demonstration site and Education Center in Tennessee soon (looking for land). Until then, we often partner with farms, ecovillages, small businesses, and other Permaculture projects to make arrangements for students to visit and have fun getting their hands dirty! "But I Wanna Get My Hands Dirty!"
"But I Wanna Get My Hands Dirty!"The PDC course includes some hands-on, outdoor assignments and exercises. To develop the various skills introduced in the PDC course, and to get more hands-on experience, many people seek out advanced courses and training opportunities. Whether its Natural Building, Aquaculture, or Ecological Economics, every student discovers a subject during the PDC that they want to learn more about. We are uniquely qualified to help PDC graduates at this stage because of our collective expertise and connections within the global Permaculture network and related disciplines.