Permaculture Design Course & Education

Attend the Permaculture Design Course (PDC) & Training for Certification 

Location: Sowing Solutions Community Permaculture Hub, Shelburne Falls in Western Massachusetts

Dates: September 9-12,  October 14-16,  and November 10-13

This one-of-a-kind Permaculture Design Course (PDC) is a unique opportunity to gain hands-on ecological design experience while studying with leading permaculture designers from the northeast. You will learn how to:

  • Design for Abundance    
  • Sow Seeds for the Future
  • Practice Land Stewardship Skills
  • Create Resilience in Your Communities 

This Sowing Solutions Permaculture Design Certification Course in Western Massachusetts is celebrating over a decade of Permaculture Education. This course provides an opportunity for you to gain direct permaculture design experience.  Participants conduct a guided design practice alongside leading permaculturists from the northeast. We visit numerous well-established permaculture demonstration sites to study thriving ecosystems, water harvesting, community structures, natural buildings, energy efficiency, and more.

Gaining your internationally-recognized certification with Sowing Solutions is an experience of empowerment, support, inspiration and skill building. All techniques, skills, and resources that you learn and gather in this course can be directly applied at your home.

This course is offered as a weekend course format over a total of three weekends, you can attend either the fall or spring series. Learn all about this permaculture design course and register today!

The Permaculture Design Certification Course is offered twice a year with Sowing Solutions Permaculture Design & Education in Western MA, USA.  We meet for three weekends in total to complete your PDC. Choose either weekend series course:  Summer (May-Aug)  ~OR~  Fall (Sep-Nov)

Visit Western MA Permaculture Demonstration Sites During Our Course  

Field Trip Days: Studying permaculture while visiting permaculture homes, homesteads, a world-renowned ecovillage, and local farm sites offers you a chance to witness existing and proven permaculture strategies and techniques. You’ll learn first hand about: four-season greenhouses, naturally built homes, forest gardens, annual & perennial raised bed vegetable gardens, community decision making, conflict resolution practices, food storage, renewable energy systems, soil improvement, compost strategies, waste recycling, and more! Our permaculture course offers you an opportunity to observe & evaluate numerous well-established permaculture systems, and learn from them.

Course Topics Covered in our Permaculture Design Course

  • Mapmaking 
  • Site Analysis of:
    • Sunlight
    • Water
    • Access
    • Soil
    • Microclimate
    • Experience of Place
    • And more
  • Ecological Design Process
  • Permaculture Ethics and Principles
  • Rainwater Harvesting
  • Soil Improvement Techniques and Strategies
  • Deep Ecology
  • Agroforestry Systems
  • Forest Gardening with:
    • Perennial Foods
    • Medicines
    • Fuel
    • Habitat
    • And more
  • Medicine Making
  • Fungi Inoculation
  • EcoVillage and Community Life
  • Seeding and Greenhouse Tasks
  • Natural Building
  • Carbon Farming
  • New Garden Creation
  • Practical Skills for Permaculture in Your Home
  • Fermentation and Food Preservation
  • Nature Connection
  • And Much More!

The Certification:

Permaculture Design Course Certificate signifies that one has completed a 72 hour design course, a study of the ethics, principles, and design practice of Permaculture. It means the holder of the certificate holds applied permaculture experience and a profound toolbox of permaculture techniques, strategies, solutions, resources, and skills.

Our Course Location:

We are thrilled to be offering our course at the local and inspiring Sowing Solutions Permaculture Community Hub in downtown Shelburne Falls — our new studio and meeting space along the river! It’s the home of Sowing Solutions Design & Education, and will be the design studio where students conduct their work for clients during the guided permaculture design process. Shelburne Falls is famous for the Bridge of Flowers and is home to many avid gardeners, artists, farmers, and craftspeople. There are a number of community and residential sites where our Permaculture Design Course students will have an opportunity to design and install permaculture projects!

This permaculture design course is eligible for 3 college credits with UMASS Amherst for anyone enrolled in the 5 College Consortium. Learn more about our curriculum now.  

Our permaculture design course is led by a stellar team of professional designers and educators from Sowing Solutions Permaculture Design, Regenerative Design Group, and Broadfork Permaculture. Discover more on the experience and expertise of our team of instructors now. 

​Learn more on tuition details, fundraising support, and to register

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We Also Offer Garden Design & Site Planning Services:

Bring your visions for a sustainable, abundant, beautiful, healthy, ecological, low-maintenance landscape into reality! We design, install, and maintain a landscape to suit your lifestyle, and to enhance the unique natural settings around your home. We specialize in edible landscapes, ornamentals, shade gardens, forest gardens, while working with a whole systems design approach. Contact us today to schedule an initial site visit.  

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Big News!
We are offering a series of LOCAL SUNDAY EVENING CLASSES
at our NEW Community Permaculture Design Studio and Community Hub in downtown Shelburne Falls, MA :

Upcoming Events
~$10 Donation Requested~ You are invited!  Please reserve your space by RSVP’ing to PermacultureSeries@gmail.com

SUNDAY AUGUST 27th, 7:30pm:  Movie Night!!    ‘Inhabit, A Permaculture Perspective’
​This film was made by one of our Permaculture Design Course Graduates, and it is the best contemporary film about the permaculture movement!

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 24th, 6:30pm: Sound Healing Along Salmon Falls with Chris Sturk of Binaural Beats!

SUNDAY OCTOBER 22nd, 6:00pm: An Introduction to Orcharding as a Biodynamic Practitioner with Alan Surprenant of Brook Farm Orchard

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 5th, 6:00pm: Five Elements & Healing Plants with Herbalist Tom Matherly of Fox Tracks Healing

Future Topics will include:

Rainwater Harvesting, Plant Spirit  Medicine, Forest Gardening with Perennial Foods and Medicines, Mushroom Cultivation, Native Pollinator Plants, etc…

~ Email us at PermacultureSeries@gmail.com to request the updated schedule of events ~

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