City Repair Presents: An Urban Permaculture Design Course (PDC)

PDX Permaculture
PDX Permaculture
Public group

Planet Repair Institute and Jean's Farm in SE

Sellwood, Springwater Corridor & Johnson Creek · Portland, OR

How to find us

RSVP'ing requires a $100 deposit on the cost of the course. See below for more info. Official course dates are 9 am-4:30pm on Oct 7-8, Nov 4-5, Dec 9-10, Jan 13-14, Feb 10-11, March 10-11, April 7-8, May 5-6

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• Price: $800-$1200 with a $100 deposit

• Dates: Oct 7-8, Nov 4-5, Dec 9-10, Jan 13-14, Feb 10-11, March 10-11, April 7-8, and May 5-6.

• Time: 9am-4:30pm

• Location: Main venues will be Planet Repair Institute ( and Jean's Farm ( but we will also be hosted at various community sites around Portland!

•To Register

• Click here to pay non-refundable $100 deposit

• Click here to fill out Course Cost Questionnaire


WHAT: The PDC often is remembered as the point where everything began to change. In gaining a deep perspective and practical skill set of how we can design our systems and lives to be more fruitful for all, something unexpected happens. We begin to realize that our lifelong yearnings, a hunger for meaningful connection are finally being satisfied without feeling like you have to conform or abandon your values.

You meet amazing people of all walks of life and realize that there's a community of folks just like you, ready for change and waiting for the right place and time to take the leap. Welcome to the rest of your life!

WHO: The permaculture design course (PDC) 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 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.


9am-4:30pm, Oct 7-8, Nov 4-5, Dec 9-10, Jan 13-14, Feb 10-11, March 10-11, April 7-8, and May 5-6


The Urban Permaculture Design Course is now being offered through the City Repair Project, an Oregon charity that aims to improve relationships and the places we live through local, neighborhood-scale efforts. Our teaching team, led by long-time City Repair organizers Mark Lakeman and Matt Bibeau, will benefit greatly from the return of Ridhi D'Cruz (City Repair Co-Director) and Julian Dominic (Witch Hazel Designs & Education), and will feature many of the bioregion’s top instructors of ecological design as guest instructors.

For a glimpse at our course and our lead instructors, check out this video produced by Dana Wilson from the[masked] PDC:


The course will cover topics 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, collaborative design methods and more. 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.

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.


Course cost will vary between $800 and $1200 depending on your ability to pay. To register please complete all the following steps:

• Secure your place in the course by CLICKING HERE TO PAY A NON-REFUNDABLE $100 DEPOSIT (

• Fill out our COURSE COST QUESTIONNAIRE ( and we will be in contact with you to determine an appropriate course fee.


Wholesome, organic vegetarian lunch is included in the course fees (which is amazing!) The course will run from 9 to 4:30 on most days with an afternoon break for lunch.


Upon filling out the questionnaire, we will contact you and will happily refund your registration if a mutually-agreeable cost can not be determined. (So far that's never happened!)


Permaculture Design Certificates are issued after you complete the course and meet attendance and learning requirements. This PDC is certified by City Repair (, hosts of the largest urban permaculture convergence there is, the annual 10-day springtime barn-raiser involving over 30 participating project sites Village Building Convergence-Portland (


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