6-Month Online Permaculture
Design Certification

with Stephen Brooks & Penny Livingston


Course Overview

Permaculture Design Certification

Class Start Date

November 8th, 2022

Class Duration

6 Months

Amount of Training

72 Hours

What You Get


Upgrade your lifestyle and build an earth-friendly career. 

Learn with world-leading visionary teachers and be part of the global redesign in this 72-hour Permaculture Design Certification course.


As seen on Down To Earth with Zac Efron

Permaculture is an emergent path forward...

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.

Imagine a life where...

  • You’re completely lit up by your desire to be in service to creating a healthier planet, and you know exactly how you’re going to contribute.
  • Your dreams of making the world a better place now have a plan of action behind them.
  • You feel confident and secure in your skills and knowledge, and you happily share what you know with those who are ready to listen.
  • You feel activated to go out into your community and involve people in your big vision.
  • You never worry about having access to clean & healthy food and water, because you’ve set up self-sufficient systems to have an endless supply.
  • You’re surrounded by a community of people who share the same purpose and vision, and you’ve never felt more supported than you do now. 

That feels really good, right?

This isn’t a pipe dream. It’s ours, Penny & Stephen's, reality and that of thousands of students worldwide. And it can be yours too. Permaculture gives you all the tools – and we're here to support you. 

Get Enrolled In The Permaculture Design Certification — 
Enrollment Closes 11/7 at Midnight


To ensure that we serve each cohort at the highest level, we limit the number of spaces available in the program. Enroll now to reserve your spot.

What's 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
  • Local Ecosystems
  • Zone & Sector Analysis
  • Ecological Design Principles
  • Cultural Domains
  • Philosophy & History


Water, Soil, Plants & Bioremediation

  • Climates, Biogeography, & Microclimates
  • The Home System
  • Earthworks: Water & Soil
  • Patterns & Pattern Application
  • Risk of Climatic Extremes
  • Conceptual Design


Herbalism, Propagation & Natural Building

  • Animals & Aquaculture
  • Agroforestry
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Botany & Propagation
  • Polycultures & Food Gardens
  • Medicine Gardens
  • Natural Building


Structures, Energy & Urban Design

  • International Permaculture
  • Urban & Suburban Permaculture
  • Beekeeping
  • Mushrooms
  • Water Management 
  • Renewable Energy


Economics, Community & Invisible Structures

  • Design for Invisible Structures
  • Economic Systems
  • Land Access
  • Design for Function & Design for Disaster
  • Natural Building vs. Green Building


Design Projects, Eco-villages & Presentations

  • Economic Systems in Design
  • Eco-village & Neighborhood Design
  • Intentional Community Building
  • Permaculture Scene & Network
  • Design Projects & Presentations
  • Peer Review
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Bonus #1

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.

Bonus #2

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.

Bonus #3

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.

Hear What Our Students Have To Say...


Meet Your Instructors

Stephen Brooks

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.

Penny Livingston

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.



David Holmgren
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.

Rosemary Gladstar
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.

Brock Dolman
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.

Déva Presence
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.

Kara Alter
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.

Itai Hauben
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.

Mike Zuckerman
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.

Enroll in the Permaculture Design Certification Course Today!

6-Month Online Permaculture Design Certification

$2497 $2247

  • 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


Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Create the world you dream of...

Permaculture Design Systems offer you the tools to transform your inner and outer world.

World-Renowned Teachings

Learn from the best teachers in the world, with over 100 years of combined experience.

Create New Means Of Prosperity

Open up new pathways and opportunities to thrive off the gifts of the Earth as you share your big vision with the world.

Build Lasting Confidence

Develop the self-trust and reliance necessary to know that you will always be safe and supported no matter what is happening in the world around you.

Design Your Dream Life

Learn all the tools you need to start designing and living your eco-conscious dream life.

Past Student Design Projects

We’ve taught students from over 27 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.

Marta Libera is one of 35 approved projects for our Summer 2020 Class, & her vision is from the Sacred Valley of Peru 🇵🇪


Now Is Your Time — Enrollment Closes
 Nov. 1st @ 11:59 PM PST


You're only moments away from taking the first step to change your life and the earth. Enroll now to reserve your spot in class today.

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.