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Permaculture Design Cert Summer Session July 29 - Aug 6, 2023

Summer Session

Self-Paced Online Learning:  June 22 - July 20, 2023

5 weeks, 1.5 hour study session, plus approximately 4+ hours of course material per week. Self-paced.

Optional online study meetings on Thursdays 5-7:30 pm.
1.  June 22, 2023
2. June 29, 2023
3. July 6, 2023
4. July 13, 2023
5. July 20, 2023

Through a series of videos, interactive lessons, and weekly study sessions students will gain a foundational understanding of earth systems, the principals of permaculture, and basic design methodology. This material will lay the important conceptual groundwork needed for the hands-on design training. 

Hands-on Training at OAEC: July 29 - Aug 6, 2023

8-days - Saturday, July 29 at 10am through the following Sunday, Aug 6 at 12pm. Includes organic, vegetarian meals and shared accomodations.

The in-person portion of the course will have 2 main goals: to practice hands-on permaculture skills and to undertake a design project. We will use the OAEC site to learn some of the practical applications of permaculture such as conservation hydrology, earthworks, food forests, composting, natural building, renewable energy systems and more. Since we at OAEC practice ‘public permaculture’, the permaculture design project during the course will be on the site of a local community organization’s land-based project.

Cost, Discounts and Cancellation Policy

$2000 is the base cost for individuals, due at the time of registration. Includes lodging and organic, vegetarian meals during the on-site training.

Early-bird discount - $100 off if you register at least 30 days before the start of the course.

Group discounts – $50 off for each person in your team of two or more. Sign up at the group rate and add your teammates' names on your registration form. And yes, you may combine the early bird with the group discount for a total of $150 off each for up to 4 people.

Subsidies for Social-Ecological Justice Movement Groups We partner with a network of organizations to offer courses for groups (not individuals) working on land-based projects centered around social, racial, gender and ecological justice, especially by BIPOC-led organizations. Our funding support allows for these long term collaborations. Unfortunately, we don’t have funding to offer additional PDC scholarships at this time. If you belong to one of our existing partner community groups, please contact the OAEC staff person you are working with directly.

We regret that we cannot accept Americorps Education Awards and are unable to offer individual scholarships or work trades at this time.

Giving this course as a gift? Email us .

For reference, please read our Covid Safety Protocols for Summer 2022 Permaculture Courses before proceeding to registration. These protocols may change for 2023 courses, as the conditions of the pandemic unfold. 

Cancellation and Refund Policy

% Course Fee to be RefundedTerms for Refund
100% refund minus cc processing fee At least 90 days notice before the start date of the online portion of the course
50% refund minus cc processing feeAt least 60 days notice before the start date of the online portion of the course
25% refund minus cc processing feeAt least 45 days notice before the start date of the online portion of the course
12.5% refund minus cc processing feeBetween 45-30 days notice before the start date of the online portion of the course
No RefundLess than 30 days notice before the start date of the online portion of the course

*After registration, you will receive a registration confirmation via email from . Please check your spam folder if you don't receive it.

Registration Type

Early Course Registration for individuals


Early Registration + Group Discount



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