Permaculture Design Course
What is a Permaculture Design Certificate Course?
This course lets you develop a broad understanding of permaculture and design that uses whole systems thinking, which looks at how everything works together as a part of a larger whole. This can apply to the environment, our internal state of being and our organizations and social systems. In this PINA-recognized Permaculture Design Certificate course, participants learn a standard 72-hour permaculture curriculum toward certification that is recognized around the world. Participants will also gain hands-on experience in designing and transforming a local landscape using design principles and incorporating the use of captured rainwater and greywater systems.
Sustainable Solano PDC 2021 with Lydia Neilsen and Anne Freiwald
The 2021 PDC program will combine online Zoom classes with four hands-on weekends in Benicia. Participants will work in small groups of no more than 10 people and maintain physical distancing as required by current guidelines. For this reason, registration is limited for the 2021 PDC. Register now!
There is always a chance that the program could be postponed if cases surge and new restritions are imposed. We will continue to work with Solano Public Health, California Department of Public Health and monitor CDC guidelines to make sure the program meets the latest requirements.
Friday Focus online classes will be included for PDC participants and open to the public on a sliding scale of $15-$50. Register for the Jan. 29 Friday Focus: Bring Your Soil to Life class here.
Watch these introductory talks:
- Oct. 3: Permaculture 101: Patterns & Principles
- Nov. 7: Permaculture 101: Soil, Water & Plants
- Dec. 12: Restoring the Sleep Well: Parallels Between Sleep and Water
- Jan. 9: Guilds and Community
2021 PDC Schedule
Jan. 29: Friday Focus: Bring Your Soil to Life! (online)
Jan. 30-31: On-site instruction in Benicia
Feb. 4 & 18: Online Class
Feb. 26: Friday Focus: Do It Yourself Water Harvesting (online)
Feb. 27-28: On-site instruction in Benicia
March 8: Online Class
March 12: Friday Focus: Habitat Creation for Pollinators and Wildlife Helpers (online)
March 13-14: On-site instruction in Benicia
March 22: Online Class
March 26: Friday Focus: Create Community in Your Neighborhood (online)
March 27-28: On-site instruction in Benicia
April 10: Design Presentations in Benicia
Online classes will be over Zoom from 5:30-7:30 pm. Weekend classes will be from 9 am-5 pm Saturdays and Sundays in Benicia.
Registration and Tuition
2021 PDC: $1,200 (with $500 deposit at registration and balance due one week before start)
Benicia residents with proof of residency will receive a 10% discount.
Volunteer/trade agreements may be available for discounted tuition based on enrollment.
Youth who have graduated from Sustainable Solano’s Youth Leadership & Workforce Development programs are eligible for a full scholarship to the PDC program. If you are interested in bringing one of these programs to your school, contact Allison Nagel at email@example.com
Friday Focus Classes (included for PDC students and available to anyone interested on a sliding scale of $15-$50/class)
- Friday Focus: Bring Your Soil to Life! (Jan. 29) (Register here!)
- Friday Focus: Do It Yourself Water Harvesting
- Friday Focus: Habitat Creation for Pollinators and Wildlife Helpers
- Friday Focus: Create Community in Your Neighborhood
Meet the Instructors
About Lydia Neilsen
PINA certified permaculture educator, landscape and habitat designer, specializing in water cycle restoration and passionate polyculture.
About Anne Freiwald, MPH
Passionate personal health and permaculture educator focusing on growing food in small spaces, working for over 25 years with individuals and communities on personal ecology and community resilience.