Permaculture Design Certification
Join us in this 6-Month educational course with world-renowned educators such as Stephen Brooks, Penny Livingston, David Holmgren, Starhawk, Rosemary Gladstar, Déva Presence, and many more!
October 24th, 2023 - May 7th, 2024
6 Months, With Lifetime Access To All Session Recordings
Amount of Training
72 Hours of Content, 25 Live Classes, 38 Recorded Lectures
What You Get
International Certification through Ecoversity, Endorsed Permaculture Institute of North America (PINA)
Upgrade your lifestyle and build an earth-friendly career.
Learn with world-leading visionary teachers and be part of the global redesign in this 6-Month Permaculture Design Certification. This course is certified by Ecoversity and endorsed by The Permaculture Institute of North America (PINA). All of our students will learn from permaculture pioneers, exemplifying unparalleled credibility in cultivating resilient and ecologically sound systems throughout the world..
The Human Spirit Aches for a Resonant Relationship with the Earth.
– Alexa Rosenthal, Ecoversity Co-founder
Permaculture is a synergistic design philosophy offering an emergent path forward and solutions for a greener and regenerative future.
At the heart of our comprehensive Permaculture Design Certification program lies a transformative journey that connects you deeply with the Earth and empowers you with essential skills and wisdom to lead the movement in regeneration.
Join us in exploring this deeply rooted wisdom to…
- Confidently apply your skills to take on regenerative land design clients.
- Learn the 12 fundamental principles that underpin regenerative living.
- Master the art of growing your own food & creating a thriving ecosystem.
- Create sacred retreats rooted in the permaculture principles and homesteading havens for resiliency.
- Create regenerative urban and suburban spaces that thrive.
- Harness nature's power to mitigate our changing climate.
- Learn 12+ natural building techniques to create your own home or garden space.
- Discover the secrets of building fertile soil with 15 backyard medicine herbs.
- Work with municipalities to launch permaculture plans for the regeneration of towns and cities.
- Research and develop an ecological community with regenerative planning.
- Harness renewable energy and design energy-efficient systems.
- Develop permaculture classes and hands-on learning for school education and learning opportunities.
- Dig into the art of responsible water and waste management.
- Learn the art of propagating plants for food security.
- Be the driving force of positive change, from your balcony to the backyard and beyond.
Who is this certification for?
- Anyone Who Is Curious About Making Positive Changes In The World!
- Corporate Innovators
- Sustainabillity Officers
- Non-profit Eco-Warriors
- Gardeners & Farmers
- Urban Planners & Architects
- Passionate Eco-Educators
- Community Leaders
- Homeowners & Homesteaders
- Landscape Designers
- Students of Mother Earth
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Permaculture Design Certification.
From green jobs to community leaders and homesteaders - the time is now to learn the practical skills required for us humans to stay here on planet earth. The first steps are equipping yourself with knowledge, growing your community of like-minded individuals, and obtaining mentorship from those that have walked the path before.
Enrollment closed. Please join our waitlist for the next session.
What You'll Learn Inside The Certification
The class is hosted weekly on Zoom with pre-recorded lectures shared in your student portal. The live session includes high-level teaching, case studies, practicum practice, group breakout rooms, and ends with a "happy half-hour" where students can ask questions, share, & connect.
Introduction To Permaculture & Site Analysis
- Ethics & Principles
- Philosophy & History
- Design Process & Mapping
- Local Ecosystems
- Zone & Sector Analysis
- Climates & Microclimates
Water, Soil, Plants & Bioremediation
- Water Harvesting & Dryland Strategies
- Living Soil & Soil Microbiology
- Integrated Pest Management
- Earthworks & Pond Building
- Aquaculture, Aquaponics & Chinampas
- Greywater, Blackwater & Bioremediation
Design for Disaster, Built Structures, Animals and Carbon Sequestration
- Design For Disaster and Adaptation
- Soil Carbon Sequestration
- Natural Building
- Animals in the System
- Passive Solar Design
Urban and Suburban Permaculture, Renewable Resources, and Herbalism
- Renewable Energy; Appropriate Technology
- Herbalism, Beekeeping & Mushrooms
- Urban & Suburban Permaculture
- Economic Systems & Community Economics
Economics, Community & Invisible Structures
- Eco Village & Intentional Community Design
- Land Access & Trusts
- Homesteading and Suburban Retrofit
- Social Permaculture & Community Building
- The Inner Landscape
- Group Process & Facilitation
Professional Permaculture & Working with Clients
- Ecopreneurship, Networks & Power of Community
- Alumni Inspiration
- Peer Project Review
- Graduation Ceremony
After this program, you'll be able to...
- Confidently utilize and apply regenerative practices from your backyard to the farm.
- Learn and thrive with a world-renowned roster of educators, permaculturists, passionate eco-activists, & visionaries.
- Confidently apply your skills to taking on regenerative land design clients.
- Teach permaculture in workshops, classrooms, or corporate settings.
- Rock real-world skills that light up communities and secure your future.
- Forge a thriving path as a Permaculture Designer with a network that nurtures success.
- Transform your own corner of the world into a lush haven of food, medicine & beauty.
- Understand how to work with and for Mother Earth with integrity.
- Develop permaculture classes for school education.
- Work with municipalities to create permaculture plans for the regeneration of towns and cities.
- Collaborate with developers and pitch your idea of an ecological community with regenerative planning.
Class Format & Scheduling
Program Dates: October 24th, 2023 - May 7th, 2024
Our program meets every Tuesday on a weekly basis and provides you with class materials to review in between sessions. You will also be connected with a global community of classmates to journey together with throughout the program.
Class Length: 90 Minutes
Class Day: Every Tuesday, 4 PM PST
Class Time: (Please see the time in various time zones below):
4 PM Los Angeles PST
5 PM Denver MST
5 PM Costa Rica MST
7 PM New York EDT
8 PM Buenos Aires UTC -3
12 AM London UTC (next day)
1 AM Barcelona UTC +1 (next day)
7 AM Singapore UTC +8 (next day)
8 AM Tokyo UTC +9 (next day)
10 AM Melbourne UTC +11 (next day)
Weekly Live Class with Lead Teachers
This program is hosted weekly, live on Zoom, with your lead teachers. Between classes, you can dive deeper into concepts and recap the key takeaways from the weekly video lessons, home-fun assignments, and module assessments. This course will awaken your passion for regenerative practices and help hone your skills through case studies, group think-tanks, and interactive activities.
Weekly Video Lessons with "Home-fun" Assignments & Assessments
Your wisdom guides have organized potent knowledge into a multi-media experience of education. From weekly video lectures, interviews, and bonus materials - you'll enjoy an array of learning methods. Each week, you'll be invited to complete a home-fun assignment to allow you to practice what you're learning and module assessments to ensure you're retaining the information.
Get The Full Program Guide
Expert Personalized Project Design Review by Penny & Stephen
Stephen and Penny will personally review the design project that you create in the class and provide you with practical improvements to help you as a permaculture designer.
Penny's Permaculture Master Manual
In this 100+ page manual, you'll discover the distillation of Penny's decades of experience in permaculture to reference and shortcut your way to better & faster design projects.
Interactive and Private Community Groups
Get exclusive access to a private Discord community to interact with your class and Ecoversity alumni for job opportunities, shared land projects, and global community support.
Meet Your Instructors
From grass-roots activists to world-renowned permaculture design experts, these carefully selected and deeply rooted teachers are here to learn and grow with you. Our teaching group is always growing; stay tuned for new additions to the roster!
(Host) Co-Founder of Alegria Village, Punta Mona, Envision Festival & Ecoversity
Stephen Brooks has been living for the past 25 years in Costa Rica and is a world leader in creating thriving ecological communities, promoting permaculture practices, and fostering sustainable food production models. He is the co-founder of Ecoversity and Punta Mona Center for Regenerative Design & Botanical Studies. In 2006, Stephen co-founded and developed La Ecovilla, a 45 home community in San Mateo, Costa Rica. His most recent addition is Alegria Village, which neighbors La Ecovilla.
(Host) Co-Founder of Regenerative Design Institute
Penny has been teaching internationally and working professionally in the land management, regenerative design and permaculture development fields for 30 years and has extensive experience in all phases of ecological design and construction using natural non-toxic building materials. She is a co-founder of the Regenerative Design Institute. She is also a certified instructor from the Permaculture Institute of North America and Permaculture Institute USA.
Co-Originator of Permaculture
David is globally recognized as a leading ecological thinker, teacher, writer and speaker, promoting permaculture as a realistic, attractive and powerful alternative to dependent consumerism.
13-Time Author, Activist, & Permaculture Teacher
Starhawk is the author of thirteen books on earth-based spirituality & activism, including The Empowerment Manual: A Guide for Collaborative Groups, on group dynamics and social permaculture.
Herbalist, Author & the Founder of United Plant Savers & Traditional Medicinals
Rosemary has been practicing, teaching, and writing about herbs for over 45 years. She founded the United Plant Savers and, in 2018, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate for her life work from the National University of Naturopathic Medicine.
Wildlife Biologist & Restoration Ecologist
Brock is a co-director of OAEC’s Permaculture/Resilient Community Design Program, Wildlands Program and the WATER Institute. He has co-facilitated over 60+ Permaculture Design Certificate Courses since 1995.
Urban Permaculture Specialist
Déva has been teaching permaculture for a decade with experience in diverse climates and a particular focus on urban design. He has spoken in many international permaculture conferences, gives teacher trainings, teaches advance courses, and offers professional design work.
Co-Founder of Alegria Village
Kara is a brand strategist and entrepreneur, committed to designing and supporting regenerative business models. She thrives in launching businesses, community-building, and utilizing her commitment to ecosystem regeneration to co-create Alegría Village.
Integrative Eco-Social Designer
Itai has been working with Permaculture Design, Restorative Agro-Ecology, and Water Retention Landscapes for decades through global landscapes. His rich experience draws from techniques applied on drylands, warm temperate, subtropical and humid tropical climates.
Disaster Relief Specialist
Mike creates spaces and has designed everything from environmental nightclubs to a global network of freespaces. Now, he focuses on the global human migration crisis. He sets up alternatives to traditional refugee camps where the refugees lead in design and implementation of the space.
Environmental Rural Development Specialist
Carmen has worked in the Environmental Science field for over 20 years serving Tribes and rural communities. She is an environmental specialist, water maiden, permaculture designer, and poet who has been dedicated to helping communities heal through reconnecting to nature.
Joy and Eric McEwen
Beekeepers, Authors, and Land Stewards
With a collective career spanning over two decades, this dynamic couple stands as dedicated advocates for organic and biodynamic beekeeping. They are the co-authors of "Raising Resilient Bees," showcasing their unwavering commitment to sustainable apiculture. As the brains behind "Natural Nest Beekeeping," they design innovative beehives while simultaneously caring for 500 colonies. Their role as co-founders of the Adaptive Bee Breeders Alliance reflects their commitment to bee breeding and sustainable agricultural practices. Additionally, their involvement as committee members with the Jackson/Josephine County Farm Service Agency underscores their joint commitment to environmental stewardship and supporting the local agricultural community.
Executive Director of the Suscol Intertribal Council
Charlie Toledo has been the Executive Director of Napa Valley’s Suscol Intertribal Council since 1992. Since then, Charlie has restructured the Council to become one of the local regional, statewide, and international leaders around issues of Human Rights for Indigenous peoples. Charlie continues to inspire, consult and mediate on various Boards, committees, commissions, projects and programs for the benefit of Human Rights issues globally and locally through the organization. She has been closely involved in Native American rights and culture activism.
Executive Director and Co-Founder of DAR
Hailing from the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Nick is a regenerative designer, farmer, and builder. Inspired by indigenous culture and ancient farming practices, he works passionately to design the future of living systems. In 2015, Nick began farming on a barren and desertified 14-acre parcel of land in rural north Boulder County, now called Elk Run Farm, and the pilot research project for Drylands Agroecology Research (DAR). Today, Nick is working to develop climate change solutions through regenerative farming, working with private and public landowners across Boulder County.
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6-Month Online Permaculture Design Certification
- 25 Live Interactive Classes
- 38 Permaculture Lectures
- 8+ World-Class Guest Teachers
- Graduate Certification Art Print
- Bill Mollison’s Textbook
- Lifetime Access To All Session Recordings
- Design Process Checklist for Land Projects
- Discounts To Partner Resources and Alumni Pricing For Programs
- Bonus #1: Expert Land and Project Design Review by Penny & Stephen
- Bonus #2: Penny’s Permaculture Master Manual
- Bonus #3: Interactive & Private Community Groups
Book a 1-1 Consultation with Ecoversity's Mentor!
Book a free, no-pressure 30-minute call with one of our Mentors. Explore tailored solutions for your learning, get your questions answered & clarify your eco-vision!
Permaculture Institute of North America (PINA)
Penny Livingston, the Permaculture Design Certification Lead Teacher, is accredited through The Permaculture Institute of North America (PINA) to award certifications to our graduates. PINA has unparalleled credibility in cultivating resilient and ecologically sound systems; a history of pioneering research and a network of successful projects attest to its profound impact on the regeneration frontier.
Past Student Design Projects
We’ve taught students from over 47+ countries around the world. To graduate, each student must complete a design project. Together with your classmates, you will develop a design for a REAL-life land project.
Below are our student's land projects from all around the world! Check it out.
Join Our 100k+ Global Community In
47 Different Countries Worldwide
A note from Stephen & Penny...
“This is just the way it is,” is something that we’d often find ourselves thinking. But Penny & I were really worried about the state of the planet. Things were starting to look pretty grim 25 years ago, and we had a feeling they were only going to get worse as time went on.
We both realized that we couldn’t sit back and do nothing. We couldn’t sit back and watch the planet degrade more quickly than we could restore it.
So we jumped off the cliff and landed right smack in the middle of the permaculture movement and never looked back. We hope you’ll take the jump with us.
Diversity Makes Our Classroom Stronger
At Ecoversity, our commitment to accessible education remains steadfast in times of disparity and inequality.
BIPOC & Financial Aid Applications closed for this cohort.
Winners will be announced 10/21.
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Get ready to get your hands in the dirt and dig deep with us into permaculture, regenerative practices & the art of stewarding land for the love of Mother Earth!
7-Day Earth-School Trial
We're confident that you'll find immense value in our Permaculture Design Certification at Ecoversity. However, if for any reason you're not fully satisfied within the first 7 days of class start date, simply reach out to us at [email protected], and we'll promptly process a refund, no questions asked. Your learning journey and happiness are important to us.
Frequently Asked Questions
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When developing Ecoversity,
we asked ourselves to look through a particular lens.
This lens is one of ecological regeneration, diversity, radical inclusivity, and future-forward healing. This means we create a teaching space that fosters safety, courage, and collective liberation. We support all participants by regeneratively embracing edges of identity and social location. In this way, we nurture dialogue and education that is polycultural, not monocultural.
This curriculum is built upon the knowledge of many peoples world-wide. From indigenous cultures to western academics, Permaculture is an amalgamation of many hands at work and hearts on the earth.
We always welcome feedback, and we thank all wisdom keepers before, now, and in the future for sharing knowledge.