Permaculture Design Course

Permaculture Design Course
Program Details:

Dates: Aug TBD, 2015
Location: Monroe, WA
Instructors: Dave Boehnlein, Gabe Garms, and guests
Early Registration Deadline: Apr 30
Late Registration Deadline: Jun 30

Learn how to work with nature to create a more sustainable world!

Earn a Permaculture Design Certificate while gaining hands-on experience on our permaculture farm and wilderness campus. The Permaculture Design Course is a two week course focusing on permaculture design principles, ecology, and sustainable living skills.

Learn about:

  • Permaculture ethics, principles, & strategies
  • Sectors, zones, and micro-climate analysis
  • Food forests & companion planting
  • Organic food gardening
  • Building with natural materials
  • Animal husbandry
  • Mushroom foraging & propagation
  • Rainwater harvesting & water retention
  • Sustainable resources & alternative energy
  • Pond management & aquaculture
  • Plant propagation, pruning, & grafting
  • Soil building & sheet mulching
  • Nature studies & ecology
  • Landscape design & planning

The course blends permaculture principles with a holistic knowledge of nature where theory is put into practice. You gain the knowledge and skills needed to design and implement sustainable living systems in balance with natural ecosystems. Each class day is a blend of instruction and experiential learning with projects on the farm and in the forest.

Through this course you become proficient at applying nature-based permaculture design for both personal and professional use, to promote healthy communities and a meaningful, fulfilling lifestyle. Upon completion of the course, you receive a Permaculture Design Certificate, an internationally-recognized credential for sustainability consulting.

The course takes place at Alderleaf Farm in Monroe, WA. Our beautiful 15 acre property is nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains 35 miles east of Seattle. It is an evolving model of environmental sustainability and features our classrooms, office, two homes, cabins, ponds, a large creek, forested land, pastures, many gardens, chickens, sheep, and food forests.

The Permaculture Design Course at a Glance:

Location: Based out of our campus in Monroe, WA in the Seattle / Puget Sound Region of Washington State in the Pacific Northwest.

Duration: Three weeks / nineteen class days. Classes run all day with optional evening sessions. There are 2 one-day breaks mid-course.

Course Fee: $1795. Includes all instruction, on-site camping, and breakfasts/lunches.

Suggested Reading: Permaculture: A Designer's Manual by Bill Mollison, Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability by David Holmgren, and The New Self Sufficient Gardener by John Seymour.

To Register: Visit our Course Registration Page.

Optional Further Study: For continued study of nature skills and sustainability, the Alderleaf Wilderness Certification Program offers a comprehensive curriculum.

Questions / More Information: Please visit the Frequently Asked Questions page and feel free to contact us if you need further information.

Why complete a Permaculture Design Certificate at Alderleaf?

Having a firm grasp of ecological principles is a vital component in becoming an effective permaculture designer. Permaculture is a design system based on ecology, the relationships between natural systems. What makes the Permaculture Design Course at Alderleaf unique is that ecological principles and nature skills are taught alongside the standard permaculture design curriculum. This key foundation of knowledge enables you to become a more competent permaculture designer.


Dave Boehlein: Dave also instructs the permaculture design component of the Wilderness Certification Program at Alderleaf. He is the principal at Terra Phoenix Design, where he helps clients around the globe achieve their sustainability goals through integrated master planning. He also serves as the Education Director at the 30 year old Bullock’s Permaculture Homestead on Orcas Island, WA. His freelance “gun-for-hire” teaching services are highly sought after by organizations including universities, non-profits, and trade associations. Dave holds a B.S. in Natural Resources & Environmental Studies from the University of Minnesota. He worked in outdoor education for a number of years and while guiding eco-tours in Costa Rica he stumbled upon permaculture design. He jumped in with both feet and hasn’t looked back since. Dave is passionate about plants - especially weird, but useful ones. He also loves mushroom hunting, plays games of all kinds, and works to mainstream permaculture with integrity.

Gabe Garms: Gabe Garms is a core instructor at Alderleaf who also assists with marketing and outreach. Gabe's passions are permaculture, ethnobotany, bird language and wilderness survival skills. He is a graduate of the Wilderness Certification Program, holds a Permaculture Design Certificate, Cybertracker Track & Sign Certification and co-leads Alderleaf's permaculture design curriculum. Before Alderleaf, Gabe also obtained a Bachelor's Degree in both Marketing and Information Systems from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is originally from Chicago and spends his free time birding, gardening, playing music and constantly improving his survival skill set. He also serves as the land steward for the Alderleaf campus.

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