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ReGen Permaculture - 72 hour Permaculture Design Course

Become a Certified Permaculture Designer!

ReGen Permaculture Design Course at the Regeneration Park Food Forest Project

Saturday, October 5, 2013

9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Permaculture Food Forest at Sunowa Springs

10732 Ford Rd, BrycevilleFL

We are situated at the point where Plummer Rd becomes Ford Rd. Look for the sign at the entrance to the Sunowa Springs Neighborhood. The Project is this corner property.

ReGen Permaculture,LLC 72 hour Permaculture Design Course (PDC)

Learn how to turn your land into a food production system, with less work, and nothing bought from the store.  You will harvest food from your land while you improve your soil’s fertility!  Come learn what it's all about and become a part of the community of people that are improving their quality of life for themselves and their communities. 

This 72 hour Permaculture Design Course serves as a foundation for your further permaculture work study and, upon completion, results in your receiving  an official Permaculture Design Certificate.

To date, thousands of permaculture designers worldwide have been certified through a course based on the same material that is used in this course.  They now comprise a global network of educators, ecological activists who influence major corporations, individuals creating new business alternatives and groups of committed people working together to change the way we view and design our landscapes.

This course covers regenerative and resilient living systems for a wide variety of landscapes and climates. It includes the application of permaculture principles to food production, home design, construction, energy conservation and generation, and explores alternative economic structures and legal strategies supporting permaculture solutions.

‘You will receive ‘A Permaculture Designers' Manual’ by Bill Mollison as your text book included in the price of admission.

You will receive a printed booklet with all of the materials covered and room to take notes (We’re working on making these booklets from all-natural, permaculture materials, but until then we have to print them with standard print services).

Class Topics

Introduction to Permaculture

- What is Permaculture?

- The Ethics

- The 12 Design Principles 

- The Mollisonian principles

- Concepts, Theory and principles of permaculture

Understanding Our Natural Systems

- Methods of design

- Understanding patterns in nature

- Understanding Climate

- Trees & their energy transactions

- Water harvesting and management

- Drought-proofing

- Soils

- Soil rehabilitation and erosion control

- Earthworks & their use in earth repair

- Climate Design

   - Humid tropics

   - The temperate climates

   - Humid cool climates

   - Dry lands

- Aquaculture

Creating Systems That Regenerate

- The Permaculture Nation

- Efficient house placement and design

- Energy efficient architecture

- Energy saving techniques for cold climates

- Beyond organic, nutrient-dense food production

- Livestock

- Pests don’t exist, just niches that need to be filled

- Strategies for urban and rural settings

- Waste is a net loss to the system.

- Catastrophe preparedness and prevention 

- Money and finance

- Ethical investment

- Bio regional organization

- Legal strategies and trusts

- Effective working groups

- Effective aid


- Bee Keeping using Permaculture Techniques (guest speaker Casey Lane) 

- Working with Cob (Build a cob oven)

- Hot water from compost and wood heat

- Rocket Mass Heater Construction

- Weeds, nature’s gift!  (guest speaker Karen Robinson) 

- Hügelkultur and layered beds

- Composting techniques (Biodynamic and Berkley methods)

The foundation for this course is ‘A Permaculture Designers' Manual’ by Bill Mollison and is distributed to students on the first day. The Manual is included in the cost of the course tuition.

Students are invited to bring details of their own sites or potential sites to consider during the course.

Guest Speakers 

We are happy to announce that we will be visited by several guest speakers who can talk about their projects and other permaculture related subjects during the PDC.  Let's see what other people around the State and the U.S. are doing with Permaculture techniques to improve their worlds and for fun. 

About the Instructor

While interning with Earthship Biotechture in the building of Mike Reynold's Global Model Earthship, Alex found the spark that kicked off his passion.

His passion has helped him to build the local Permaculture Jax group into a network of over 500 members. This group has installed over 20,000 square feet of garden space in 100s of permaculture design projects around and just outside of Jacksonville. He has lectured about permaculture to many groups including The Local Extensions Office, The Sierra Club, Jacksonville’s Permaculture Network, The Survival Network, Health & Wellness Groups and more and has been a contributor to the empire. 

Alexander Ojeda is a permaculture designer and teacher with formal training in permaculture-based regenerative whole systems design.  His training is founded in Bill Mollison’s and Geoff Lawton’s techniques and uses their course materials.

Alex also trains in the use of natural materials to create the necessities of life.  From starting fire with sticks to building self-sufficient homes.  He has taught countless workshops in Permaculture Elements and Natural Living techniques in the Permaculture Jax Network as well as EarthSkills Gatherings in Florida and Georgia.

Alex has worked as an adjunct professor for 3 years at FSCJ while working in the design industry.  His background is design and has been working in this field since 1985. 

Alex, also known as Alexander on the site, is collaborating with Paul Wheaton in projects designed to get the concepts of permaculture into the minds of many more people!  His most recent project with Paul Wheaton is a deck of Permaculture based playing cards.  The Kickstarter is here: 

Alex is presently co-consulting with Valerie Hermann and Eli Bajalia in the construction of a Sustainable living-Permaculture Training Center in Alachua, FL as well as countless other small projects. 

There are several videos produced about our local projects:

Alex’s Front

Alex’s Backyard Part 1

Alex’s Backyard Part 2

Val and Eli’s Permaculture Paradise


A video designed for the developing Children’s Curriculum

Dates and Times

Five Weekend Program (this program runs only on the weekends for five weeks)

9am - 5:30pm Saturday and Sunday (15 minutes break in morning and afternoon, and 30 minutes lunch break).  This program runs for a full 5 weekends, dates below.  Missing a weekend will require a make-up day in one of our future PDCs (at no extra charge).  

October 5th & 6th:  Introduction to Permaculture Concepts, Theory and Principles of Permaculture.  Once you understand the basics, your decisions can begin to save you time and money as well as make you time and money.

October 12th & 13th:  Saturday, all day, Workshop Party.  Come to the First Annual ReGen Workshop Party!  We will build a Rocket Mass Heater, Learn Cob Formulation, Hügelkultur, Nitrogen Fixing Plants, Plant varieties that work great in our climate and soil types, Natural Building, Fermented food and drink for health and more.

October 19th & 20th:  Methods and Patterns, Climate and Trees

October 26th & 27th:  Water, Aquaculture, Soils

November 2nd & 3rd:  Earthworks and Climate design

November 9th & 10th:  Permaculture Business Design and Design Presentations


We will provide a 100% Organic and/or permaculture grown, vegetarian Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, on-site filtered and then distilled well water, and a pressed juice will be served.  (Raw, Vegan and Gluten-free options are always present, but please tell us so we can be sure there’s enough for you.)  We will have coffee (and a very nice fake coffee) as well as teas.

**Note:  For an additional $10 per day, we can provide some 100% grass-fed (wild, perennial grasses, year ‘round, NEVER hay nor grain fed) from a local paddock-shift operation done like Allan Savory or Joel Salatin hamburger beef.  This is a farmer that was raised Amish/Mennonite, so nothing is certified as organic, but they don’t allow chemicals on the property.

Our Cook:  Debbie Erdmann’s family has been in the restaurant business since she was a child.  Debbie truly knows how to put the healthiest food together and make it taste great!  Only Organic foods are on property.

After Class movies.  Every day after classes, starting at 7PM, we will have a thought provoking documentary playing in the class room.


All prices are in U.S. dollars. The fee for the course is $1100  and includes meals.  A non-refundable (though transferable) $300 deposit is required at the time of booking. The balance of $800 is due 15 days prior to the course start date.  Note: Late bookings - those made less than one week before course commencement - incur a late booking penalty charge of 10%.  Please book in advance so we can create the best course we can with the best guest speakers and materials.

Please Pay with a Check made out to:  ReGen Permaculture 

Prices in U.S. dollars

$300   (Non-refundable deposit to lock in booking)   

$1100   (Normal price, including GST)   

$1210   (Late Booking Penalty Price (10% extra) for bookings made less than one week before course commencement)

•Children are welcome for an additional fee of $200 each.  We will have permaculture training on-site for them too.

Please inquire about payment installments.  We can accept a few people and still run the project.  We appreciate that you only ask for this if you need it.  

NOTE:  There are two, skilled, work-trade positions available.  For full tuition trade, we need two people to help prepare for the event.  Please inquire at [masked]

Please pay for your tuition via Credit Card (via phone), Check or Money Order made out to ReGen Permaculture (mailed to 2210 Ernest St. Jacksonville, FL 32204).

***Accommodation and other Details***

If you would like to spend the night on-site, there’s camping space in Regeneration Park, our newest Food Forest Project in the local town of Bryceville, FL.  There are primitive amenities; running water, composting toilets and a compost heated shower.  There are inside utilities in the classroom.

The accompanying farm, Restoration Farms, is a horse restoration operation run by Debbie.  Check out her website here:

  Debbie restores these damaged and sick horses both physically and mentally.  They get physical therapy as well as love and a great diet.  This is a non-paid job that is done out of love.  Debbie and her horses supply our much needed, healthy manure.  The horses are fed only non-treated hay and organic produce.  They arrive overweight, with cancer and other chronic diseases and leave looking like show horses!

For further information for this course please contact [masked] or call [masked]

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  • Toni

    I am wondering if an recreational gardener, who has become more serious about gardening, growing more of my food,vegetables and fruit, would benefit, and could I turn this knowledge into a way to instruct other and possibly make a little money doing it?

    August 21, 2013

    • Cristy A.

      I am. I have done a little teaching and a lot of food growing. I love the principles.

      August 23, 2013

  • Toni

    Wow really would love to do this...thinking....

    August 20, 2013

    • Cristy A.

      Let me know if I can answer any concerns or questions you may have. I love being a Permaculture Designer. This course altered everything I now think and do.

      August 21, 2013

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