Intro to Permaculture Design

Want to learn more about Permaculture, but not ready for a full design course? 

Permaculture principles and design tools can be utilized to re-envision just about any aspect of human settlements in new and exciting ways that not only meet our present needs, but actually enhance the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.  In other words, Permaculture goes beyond mere sustainability (leaving things no worse than you found them), to regenerativity (leaving things much better than you found them.) 

This workshop, taught over five 2 1/2 hour evening sessions, is intended to give participants a thorough overview of this whole systems approach to the design of human infrastructure, from gardens and housing to work and local economics.  This is the perfect opportunity for folks who have not had the time or resources to invest in a 72-hour certificate course, but would like to obtain a firm understanding of the basic underpinnings of Permaculture. 

Participants will learn about a wide range of permaculture strategies through lecture, slideshow, and interactive activities.  The information taught in the course is, by nature, applicable across contexts and scales, from single urban lots and blocks, to regional planning, as well as many "invisible structures" such as local economies, community organizations, etc.

Topics will include:

  • Principles & Ethics in Design 
  • Zone and Sector Analysis 
  • Urban Strategies 
  • Local Economics 
  • Edible Landscaping 
  • Greywater & Rainwater Systems 
  • Compost and Soil Building 
  • And much more!


Thursdays Jan. 26th - Feb. [masked] from 7:00-9:30 PM (Total of 12.5 hours over five sessions)


Marisha Auerbach has been actively practicing and teaching permaculture for the past 13 years, with experience in both rural and urban areas.  As a food security activist, Marisha’s international permaculture work has taken her to Vietnam, Nicaragua, and Haiti.  Her permaculture teachings are focused on empowering individuals and communities to enhance their self-reliance.

Leonard Barrett is a designer, land planning consultant, and teacher based in Portland, Oregon.  His design firm, Barrett Ecological (, provides design and planning services to a wide array of residential, commercial, and community/institutional projects, ranging from small urban lots to many-thousand acre rural properties.  Leonard has taught at colleges and universities throughout the northwest, and guests lectures at many permaculture and and ecological design courses.  His design work is featured in the best-selling permaculture book Gaia's Garden: A Homescale Guide to Permaculture (2nd Ed.) by Toby Hemenway.



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  • Jacob S.

    Awesome introductory series. Thank you again so much Leonard, Marisha and the others for hosting this. Fed us just enough to keep us hungry for more

    February 24, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Amazing! I'm so thankful to have such knowledgable teachers in my own city me to pass on this priceless knowledge. There needs to be classes like this all around the world.

    January 28, 2012

  • Anat K.

    I loved the speakers. I learned lots and looking forward to the next class!!!!!

    January 27, 2012

  • Teri

    Very interesting and well-presented intro. Looking forward to more!

    January 27, 2012

  • Melinda

    I can't wait for the next lesson. :)

    January 27, 2012

  • Jonell K.

    We look forward to it!

    January 19, 2012

  • Leonard B.

    Hi Jonell, sorry to hear about the conflict. Will probably run it again in the fall!

    January 19, 2012

  • Jonell K.

    That is---offer it again please!

    January 19, 2012

  • Jonell K.

    Please off this again. Conflicts with our Agricultural Entrepeneurship class.

    January 19, 2012

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