Alderleaf offers several permaculture courses. Learn about permaculture design, sustainable living skills, and self sufficiency.
Permaculture design integrates the best of sustainable food production,
natural building, forest stewardship, habitat restoration, water
management, alternative energy, and much more.
Current course offerings include:
Home-Scale Permaculture Course - Join us for a weekend to learn about the basics of permaculture - a revolutionary sustainable design system. The course covers permaculture principles, strategies, and ethics; basic design; and a hands-on tour of permaculture projects in action at Alderleaf. Learn how to get started at home with this ecological approach to designing for green human settlements.
Food Forest Course - Learn how to create a permaculture food forest that provides diverse foods, medicine, and rich wildlife habitat. Using permaculture principles, you'll learn to develop a garden that mimics the natural processes of the forest, where maintenance is minimal and the outputs are diverse.
Two-Week Permaculture Design Certificate Course - Learn how to work with nature to create a more sustainable world and become more self sufficient. Earn a Permaculture Design Certificate while gaining hands-on experience on our permaculture farm and wilderness campus. This two week course focuses on permaculture design principles, ecology, and sustainable living skills.
Nine-Month Alderleaf Wilderness Certification Program - Our most comprehensive course. In-depth training in survival, nature skills, and permaculture. The program prepares you to apply nature skills in a variety of outdoor careers in wilderness education, environmental research, sustainable living, and beyond.
Nine-Month Advanced Wilderness Skills Program - A second year of advanced training for Wilderness Certification Program graduates. The program focuses on advanced studies and applications of each of our core curriculum areas (survival, tracking, ethnobotany, permaculture, naturalist skills, and outdoor leadership & teaching).
Online registration is available for many of our wilderness courses.
Visit the Course Registration page to sign up for classes.