Online Live Permaculture Design Certification
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As Seen on Netflix's Down to Earth with Zac Efron
Permaculture provides you with the toolkit to create the world you dream of living in.
DESIGN YOUR DREAM LIFE
Learn all the tools you need to start designing and living your eco-conscious dream life.
BUILD LASTING CONFIDENCE IN YOURSELF
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.
CREATE NEW MEANS OF TRUE PROSPERITY
Open up new pathways and opportunities to thrive off the gifts of the Earth as you share your big vision with the world.
We know that things are looking pretty grim right now…
You can't help but feel like the world is in absolute shambles.
It seems like the LAST thing people are worried about is the health of the planet.
You find yourself dreaming about another way, but you aren’t sure what to do next.
One minute you’re feeling inspired, and the next you're in a state of panic as you hear about the latest shutdowns, global disasters, the list goes on.
And you can’t help but feel hopeless and helpless.
All you really want is to see the earth and humanity thriving.
You want to see people feeling happy & connected to the world around them.
You want to see nature flourishing once again.
Let’s drop the gloom & doom and imagine a different reality...
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 enroll people in your big vision.
You never worry about having access to clean & healthy food and water, because you’ve set up the self-sufficient systems to have an endless supply.
You’re surrounded by a community of people who share the same vision, and you’ve never felt more supported than you do now.
That feels so much better, right?
This isn’t a pipe dream. It’s our reality and that of thousands of our students around the world. And it can be yours too. You just have to decide.
We used to really struggle too…
“This is just the way it is,” is something that we’d often find ourselves thinking.
Looking back, we can both say that we were really just going through the motions of life.
Not too happy, not too uncomfortable. Just sort of existing.
But we 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 had pivotal decision making moment in our lives. A moments that changed the course forever.
For Stephen it was the moment he saw local indigenous children in Costa Rica being sprayed with toxic chemicals when a banana crop sprayer drove by.
For Penny the call came from a different place. She was a landscape designer, and grew tired of designing gardens for people who just didn't care about them at all. She was longing for something more.
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.
The process we walk you through inside of our LIVE Permaculture Design Certification is a complete life redesign system that will empower you to start living your eco-conscious dream life.
✔️ We want you to feel in control of your life and your destiny. We want you to confidently know how to go out into the world and lead the eco-revolution (whatever that looks like for you!)
✔️ You’ll have the tools you need to finally plan and implement your ideal permaculture system and know how to scale it to fit the needs of you and your family, your community and beyond.
✔️ You’ll have the confidence and security that comes with building a resilient and sustainable lifestyle.
✔️ You’ll be able to create new streams of income for yourself and/or start a business related to permaculture plus you will be legally entitled to use the word “permaculture” in your business and teaching activities.
✔️ You’ll be equipped to completely overhaul your home to live a truly non-toxic lifestyle.
✔️ You’ll be a leader in your community and will have the confidence to support others in implementing permaculture ideas and methods into their existing systems (home, office, business, ecological restoration sites).
And really, that’s all just the beginning.
The sky's the limit once you understand how permaculture really works. Once you know in your bones that it’s the system of the future and that you’re destined to be a leader of the new way.
What You Get Inside the PDC Live Course...
Learn from world-renowned experts, Penny Livingston & Stephen Brooks, during weekly live video instruction with plenty of Q&A time.
Your live classes will be recorded and stored on our student learning platform, so this means you'll have access to the content for life.
Connect with a global community of like-minded visionaries. During these trying times, having a community who supports your vision for the world is truly priceless.
Expert Design Reviews
Receive expert feedback from your teachers on your personal Permaculture design project, so you can bring it to life with confidence! We’re all about the real-world application of the principles and want to see you bring this work to your community near and far!
Workbooks & Support Materials
Everything that you need to make the most of your PDC training.
Completing your PDC Online Certification means you’re ready to teach & legally tell the world you're Permaculture certified. Feel confident in your understanding of the principles so you can support the people who will be helping you bring your dream to life!
The Earth is abundant and when you learn to work with her, you are endlessly supported. This program opens up new pathways and opportunities to create your own self-sufficient, and abundant lifestyle so that you can thrive and share your big dreams with the world.
Plus Surprise Bonuses
Connect with expert guest teachers and intimate musical performances!
With all of this...
🌎A 72 hour Permaculture Design Course Certificate backed by the Permaculture Institute of North America
🌎 Live Classes with Stephen Brooks and Penny Livingston with Special Guest Teachers
🌎 All classes are recorded with lifetime access
🌎 The opportunity to create your own full permaculture design plan with your design team with support and feedback from renowned permaculture teachers.
🌎 Private Forums, Email Support, and Peer Review
🌎 Group Sharing Circles
🌎 Deep Connection with your fellow permaculture peers
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Online Course Dates:
Live Classes: August 18- Feb 25
Tuesdays at 7PM EST & Thursdays 1PM EST.
*Please note, all classes are recorded and uploaded to student dashboards. These will be forever accessible.
Only 6-Months to Design Your Dream Life
72- Hour Permaculture Certification Modules:
Introduction to Permaculture
✔️ Ethics and Principles
✔️ The Local Ecosystems
✔️ Zone and Sector analysis
✔️ Philosophy & History
✔️ Ecological Design Principles
✔️ Cultural Domains
Design Methods and Process
✔️ Climates, Biogeography and Microclimates
✔️ The Home System
✔️ Earthworks: Water & Soil
✔️ Patterns and Pattern Application
✔️ Risk of Climatic Extremes
✔️ Conceptual Design
Trees, Forests, Plants, and Cultivated Ecologies
✔️ Integrated Pest Management
✔️ Food Gardens
✔️ Medicine Gardens
The Built Environment
✔️ Waste and Bioremediation
✔️ Appropriate Technology
✔️ Design for Catastrophe
✔️ Urban Permaculture
✔️ Infrastructure: Renewable Energy
✔️ Design for Invisible Structures
✔️ Economic Systems
✔️ Land Access
✔️ Energy Conservation
✔️ Design for Function
✔️ Closed-Loop Manufacturing Strategies
✔️ Natural Building vs. Green Building
Design Projects and Presentations
✔️ Economic Systems in Design
✔️ Eco-village and Neighborhood Design
✔️ Intentional Community Building
✔️ Permaculture Scene & Network
✔️ Design Projects and Presentations
✔️ Peer Review
How to Know if the PDC is For You:
✔ You worry a lot about the state of the planet and humanity and wish you could do something about it
✔ You dream about living in deeper connection with the earth
✔ You wonder how we “got here”
✔ You know you’re meant to be a leader in the eco-revolution but you aren’t sure where to begin
✔ You have a desire to lead in your community, city, country and beyond
✔ Systems get you excited, and redesigning systems even more excited
✔ You feel like you’re meant to be a voice for the planet
✔ You spend a lot of time and energy doing research about alternative ways of living
✔ You want to be a part of something bigger than yourself
✔ You’ve tried to start a garden or homestead but didn’t get very far because nothing seemed to be working
✔ You’re tired of feeling confused and disconnected from your bigger life purpose or you just plain don’t even know what your purpose is at all
✔ You get anxious about the current state of affairs and worry about the future for yourself and generations to come
✔ You feel like you could really be thriving if only you had better tools and resources to do it
If you’re a yes to one or many of the above, then you’re in the right place.
We want you to know that you can truly create a vibrant and thriving life where you live in connection with the earth all while making a big impact.
And that’s exactly what we’ll show you how to do inside the PDC.
You’re the leader of your life.
You’re in control of your destiny.
You’re on the leading edge of a new way of living and thriving in this world.
So what are you waiting for?
If not now, when? If not YOU, who?
What our students say about the PDC...
Collectively, we've taught over 10,000 students!
“I took my first permaculture course with Penny sixteen years ago. Studying with her was life changing and life affirming. Penny draws from a rich personal and professional history including projects from around the world and in a diversity of community contexts. From the get go she encouraged me, and believed in my vision of creating a livelihood operating a permaculture program in my region and bringing permaculture into formal academic institutions. She’s powerful and humble, wise and a sacred trickster, hardworking and also knows how to have a good time and make permaculture fun. We’ve always known that change was necessary but now we know that change is possible. Penny continues to be among those at the leading edge of positive change for a peaceful, just and regenerative future.
“I discovered Permaculture at the Real Goods Solar Living Center Solfest Celebration in 2002 or 2003, at a talk with Penny Livingston. In less than an hour, Penny outlined a way of thinking about and interacting with the world that I had been longing for. Her stories, the way she spoke, the words she used all clarified and illuminated another way of understanding, a perspective based on interconnection, the paradigm shift I had been searching for: Permaculture!
And she said something I would never forget: if you dedicate yourself to this work of healing the earth and people through Permaculture, the doors will open.
I was hooked. I began seeking out opportunities to study with Penny. I love her intuitive style, how she can flow with and respond to the students in her classes in real time, tapping into what is alive in a group and focusing her teaching accordingly, using stories and examples to connect ideas and present the big picture. After a couple of PDC’s and a bunch of dirt time, Penny invited me to join her teaching team. Woohoo! My permaculture career was taking off.
Now, 14 years later, I teach and co-teach permaculture workshops and design courses in Santa Cruz and the Bay Area, as well as consult on, design and install permaculture landscapes. I taught with Penny for 12 years and I still take every course I can with her! I committed to this path and the doors have opened every step of the way, just like Penny said they would. Penny’s perspective, teaching and mentorship have been invaluable to me, and now especially, with Coronavirus restrictions and a global revaluation of priorities, I know that I am in the right place.”
- Lydia Neilsen
I have studied permaculture at RDI (Regenerative Design Institute) with Penny Livingston Stark and found breadth of knowledge and experience in the field to be very inspiring. The work that she has done has been on many continents with large communities and in her own backyard demonstrates her skillful ability to apply the permaculture principles in a variety of effective ways. This quality is invaluable as a teacher. Especially with a practice such as permaculture, which is first and foremost a system of design based on observation. At this moment there is a lot of interest in building profitable farms or self sufficent systems, which is ok. It just needs to start with careful observation of the site and understanding of how natural systems work. In this area, I have seen Penny share creative insights that reveal her intuitive wisdom and experience in the field. A final word of appreciation is for her place as a female trailblazer among the first wave of predominately male permaculture teachers.
- Doug Miller-Fleig
I took my first ever PDC in 2014-2015 with Penny Livingston Stark through her Regenerative Design Institute at the Commonweal Garden in Bolinas, CA. At the end of the 12 month-span of the course, I remember writing on my course feedback form the following note to the next year's class: "This course changed my life, and it will change yours; get ready- because everything you think you know is a lie." Taking that course really did change my life- Penny is truly a remarkable, passionate, and wise teacher and mentor. Through her lifetime of work with the Earth and so many peoples all over the world, she has become one of the people who represents the entire Permaculture/Ecological/Transformative movement and does do with such deep respect for all the world's Indigenous peoples and their knowledge which is of course, where Permaculture comes from.
She uses knowledge, research, song, story, and inspiration to teach her students about how we can help save humanity and live in a healthy relationship with Mother Earth and all her creatures. When she started a lecture, I learned very quickly to put my focus completely on what she was saying because every word out of her mouth was fascinating and taught me something new. She has such a warm and loving way about her that immediately made me feel welcome and like I was an important part of helping the Earth and humanity. She knows how to talk about the seriousness of the situation of our current global catastrophe and also is able to remain positive and lighthearted throughout her teaching. She knows how to mix lecture and hands-on projects in everything we learned. I was so inspired by her that after graduating my PDC, I immediately signed up the following year to work under her and her teaching staff as an assistant, lovingly called an "Acorn". I was an Acorn 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-2019, and this year 2019-2020. As you can see, I became totally addicted to Penny's message and the message of Permaculture. Being an Acorn, I got to work much more closely with Penny and came to respect, admire, and love her even more. She knows how to reach people and she knows the utmost importance of helping humans live more healthily with Mother Earth, and she knows the ultimate power of the present moment in connecting to people or nature herself. Now that she has moved from Bolinas, I miss her terribly but I also feel amazed by my good fortune of being able to learn from her and work under her for almost five years of my life......I really don't know how I got so lucky.”
- Sarah Loft
"Learning and practicing permaculture has literally changed my life over the past decade and a half. As a result I actively participate in earth and community healing and resiliency projects which improve food security, water use, soil fertility, bioremediation of toxics, wildlife conservation, racial justice, youth education and more. Internally, permaculture has given me active hope, a positive solution-based worldview which provide the stamina to address local as well as world scale challenges. I'd felt frustrated for years working in natural healthcare at what seemed an insufficient positive impact on communities and ecosystems in most need. As a direct result of the power of permaculture tools, I changed my career and service paths towards permaculture, finally empowered with the skills to make the kinds of difference I'd longed to make. Studying permaculture with Penny was some of the most inspiring, resourcing, grounded, expertise-rich study along my permaculture learning journey. Penny's mastery of the most important aspects of permaculture design and its practical applications, her international experience, multi-climate/bioregion and multi-cultural skills, her ability to both drill into details as well as scaffold the widest terrain with clarity made her teaching compelling. Penny has a great sense of humor, is a crackerjack story teller and song leader and she creates a community learning container full of vitality. She is not only a root teacher and rock star in the world of permaculture, she is a great human with a huge and welcoming heart that she shares generously. Her friendly fierceness made me want to do permaculture more and more permaculture. Anyone would be blessed to be with her and study with one of the most skillful permaculturalists alive. This small recommendation doesn't begin to do justice to what it's really like to study with her. If you feel called to be in greater service to Life, study with Penny! If I had to use one word to describe my experience as Penny's student it would be 'empowering'. I remain endlessly grateful to her and for her."
- Michelle Nemer, Coast Miwok Terriorty, California, US. Eco Socieals & Activits.
"My time as a community member and a Permaculture Design Student left an indelible mark on my life. It furthered my convictions that human care and earth care are intertwined as we strive toward a more regenerative future. I will never forget the lessons the land, the community, and my PDC instructor, Stephen Brooks taught me. This education will always be a home I return to."
- Violet Reed
“I had heard a lot about the PDC, but it wasn't until I discovered Stephen Brooks and his initiatives that I decided to take it! I cannot think of earning my PDC without feeling how my heart smiles, learning and sharing in paradise with such an authentic community, is a complete nourishment for the soul. I am so grateful to my teacher, Stephen for not only transmitting so much knowledge to us but for showing us to actually apply all the theory in different spaces of the land and the community. Education in this way achieves the purpose of the student really integrating what has been studied and generates practical tools rather than just mental concepts. Forever grateful to my permaculture certificate!"
- Sofia Mar
“The permaculture course that I took with Stephen Brooks was like being offered a key to a whole new world of possibilities and information that I didn’t know existed. Not only is it a magical place to truly connect and learn from nature, but it is full of knowledgeable and loving people ready to welcome you into the family. This certification will always be a part of me and I am always looking for reasons to go back!”
- Aaron Jacobson, Owner of La Loma Jungle Lodge and Palmar Beach Lodge in Panama
Meet Your Instructors
Penny has been teaching internationally and working professionally in the land management, regenerative design & permaculture development field for 30 years and has extensive experience in all phases of ecologically sound design and construction as well as the use of natural non-toxic building materials. She is co-founder of the Regenerative Design Institute. She is a certified instructor from the Permaculture Institute of North America and Permaculture Institute USA.
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 founder of 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.
Stephen, also co-founded and co-produces the annual Envision Festival. In addition, he has hosted several television shows on the Travel Channel, Discovery, ABC and guided Zac Efron on his recent visit to Costa Rica for his latest show on Netflix!
The world has come to see dark times. And you know what?
We don't need a miracle.
We need a radical redesign.
We need your passion.
& Your dedication.
Come together with us as we begin to envision the "new normal" that meets our standards on environmental heroism and activism.
We find these values through permaculture. And we invite you to join us.
See you on the inside,
☀️ Stephen & Penny
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