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Urban Permaculture Design Course

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If you've registered and haven't gotten the course logistics email, check your Meet-up message folder or download it from the PRI website HERE (

The official weekends of the course are September 6-7, October 11-12, November 8-9, December 6, January 17, February 7, March 7-8, April 11-12, and May 16-17, with many other optional evening learning opportunities timed to be relevant to the course offered to the public through PDX Permaculture. Find more detailed info on this course and our unique urban permaculture focus from the Planet repair website (

The permaculture design course is a must-do for anyone trying to answer the call for change in our work and our lives, the way we live and the way we relate with one another to better meet our local needs. More than just an approach to regenerative food production, permaculture design helps us to understand how many efforts unite to form a common cause, while allowing that cause to be specific to the individual as long as the effort supports other people, the planet and the fair sharing of the resources provided by each.

Our course will take place at the Planet Repair Institute as well as at Jeans Farm, two locations along the Springwater corridor in the Johnson Creek watershed of SE Portland. During each session, we explore a different ‘layer’ of the possibilities for neighborhood transformation and ‘block repair’. We consider simple no-cost or low-cost interventions and small scale intensive systems that any neighborhood could implement in order to help transition our urban spaces into thriving social ecologies. Blending the whole system design methods of permaculture with the urban reclamation techniques of block repair, we explore opportunities to reclaim the commons, activate underutilized spaces, integrate water management and energy systems, create vibrant perennial food systems, and localize our economic relations.

We will be hosting many of our bioregion’s top instructors of ecological design who will cover a wide variety of topics, including soil remediation, water harvesting, food systems and forest gardening, natural building techniques, urban ecology and foraging, plant propagation and grafting techniques, small scale energy systems, climate change resilience strategies, ecological patterning, community mapping, drawing and graphing techniques, and collaborative design methods. However, our course is not limited to the classroom and theoretical learning – we will be spending lots time outside and on the farm applying our knowledge, learning from hands-on techniques, and actively implementing systems that will have an immediate direct impact on the neighborhood and on the planet.

Course fees are between $600-900, based on participant's income. We are charging $600 for attendees who had a gross income last year of under $20K; $750 for between $20-30K and $900 for over $30K. Please consider all income. Wholesome, mostly local and vegetarian lunch is included in the course fees (which is amazing, really!) The course will run from 9 to 4:30 on most days with an afternoon break for lunch.