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2016 Maine Permaculture Design Certification Course - 5 Weekend Format

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Price: $250.00 /per person
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Be part of creating a better future.

A one-weekend-per-month format for the internationally-recognized full Permaculture Design Certificate Course, running June through September 2016. Typically sells out.

2016 MAINE LOCATION: We will return to MOFGA's beautiful and spacious facility in Unity Maine (2h drive from Portland).

Co-sponsored by The Resilience Hub ( and the Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association (MOFGA (

This course is recommended for home-owners and renters, farmers and gardeners, landscape professionals, planners, architects, engineers, tradespeople, community activists and anyone interested in charting a new course for themselves and their communities.


Important - This course includes hands-on DESIGN practice as well as hands-on SKILLS practice (i.e. implementation techniques) as part of the learning approach. This course takes the "design" part of "permaculture design course" very seriously and will use a robust and flexible design process as a touchstone theme throughout the curriculum.

Expected Learning Outcomes:

Gain a thorough understanding of permaculture origins, ethics, principles and design methodologies.

Enhance your ability to build soil, capture water, reduce energy consumption, generate energy, grow and store food, read the landscape and create edible perennial ecosystems.

Become a resource for your family and neighborhood, building resilience at the personal, household, enterprise and community levels.

Be able to approach any property and apply a permaculture design methodology and set of applied techniques to achieve increased resilience and true sustainability.

Learn how to start transforming even challenging properties into healthy, high-yielding systems of abundance that require little to no fossil fuels.

Change the way you view the challenges and gifts around you.

Read Testimonials from Past PDC Participants

Permaculture Design Certificate Course Details

LOCATION: MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center in Unity Maine.

SCHEDULE: This course will be held over the course of 5 weekends, June through September 2016. Course dates (mark your calendar now) in 2016 will be:

June 3,4,5 - June 24,25,26 - July 23,24 - Aug 27,28 - Sep 9,10,11

This works well for those who cannot take extensive time off from work or home responsibilities. Class time generally runs 9am to 5pm with films/speakers during the evenings of each weekend. Camping is available on-site at no extra charge.

COST: $1400 ($1300 early registration) for 13 very full days of direct learning contact time (not including homework and/or self-study). No extra charges for camping or meals. Payment plans can be arranged.

Course fee includes full course materials and certification, coffee, tea + am/pm snacks and refreshments, handouts, over 30 gigabytes of course reference materials (digital format), access to the 200+ volume physical permaculture library, field trips, guest instructors and camping on-site during course weekends. One evening meal per weekend is provided; lunches are potluck. Full info packet sent to all registrations several weeks before start of course with details on camping/lodging options, what to bring, etc.

REGISTRATION: $250 Deposit holds your spot in this course. You can RSVP and pay the deposit on this page.


• Early registration discount if you pay in full by March 15th ($100 off).

• Hour Exchange ( (and reciprocal time bank) members can use up to 10 hours toward $200 off tuition (not including the deposit).

• For every enrolled student that you refer, receive $50 referral discount off your own tuition for this course.

• If two adults from the same household register for the course, there is a 10% family discount for both.

• Consider becoming a Community-Supported-Permaculturist by fund raising a portion of your course fee. Here is a sample fund raising letter ( that you can modify to suit your needs. Host a movie night and pass the hat. Use a GoFundMe page. Engage the support of your community and let them know how your education will allow you to "give back" later.

• Many employers have historically reimbursed their employees for some or all of this course fee. Speak to your employer if applicable.

• MOFGA Journeypersons may be eligible to use some of their education funds toward this course.

• We are working with a donor to offer significant discount to persons of color and First Nations people. Inquire with the meetup organizer.

• [WORK STUDY POSITION IS ALREADY FILLED]There is one work-study position available for this course. The work study student pays a total course fee of $350, helps with setup and breakdown of each class day, helps organize the setup and breakdown of meal times and the coffee/tea station and a few other miscellaneous tasks (other students sign up to help at each meal time as well so the work study person isn't "doing all the work."). Requires independent transportation and the ability to reliably arrive to class about 1h early each day and stay about 1h extra at the end of the weekend. Inquire with the meetup organizer.

Class Size is limited. This course typically sells out.

MORE ABOUT THE COURSE: This course consists of the traditional 72-hour PDC course + approx 40 additional hours (plus homework / self-directed study) to ensure we cover hands-on activities, regional examples and timely developments. You will participate in this course through a combination of lecture, hands-on exercises, guest speakers, field trips, homework, video, discussion and a group student design project. There will be pre-work before the course (a couple of articles and a couple of online videos) and 2-3 hours of "homework" between course weekends. Students must attend all sessions and complete the group design project in order to receive their certificates of completion. Attendance policy (

A course information packet will be sent to you a month before the course beings.

Pedagogical Note:

The Resilience Hub runs participatory learning events. Our instructors view themselves as conveners and facilitators of your learning experience, one in which the wisdom of all participants is valued. We believe, based on our experience, that the "social permaculture" of HOW we learn is just as important as WHAT we learn.

Topics Include (but not limited to...)

Permaculture Background & Context

Permaculture Ethics & Principles

Patterns in Nature / Pattern Literacy

Reading the Landscape

Intro to Site Assessment

Living Soils & Soil Health

Sheet Mulching Techniques

Building Your Permaculture Toolkit

"Synergistic Garden" & Fukuoka Methods

Permaculture Design Analysis Methods

Viewing a Property Through a Permaculture Lens

Permaculture Plants for the Northeast

Polycultures, Guilds and Forest Gardening

Keyline Design, Chisel-Plowing and Swales

Coppice Agroforestry

Animals in the Landscape

Water in the Landscape

Biodynamics & Permaculture

Renewable Energy for Home & Farm

Retrofitting Buildings for Resilience

Affordable Green Building/Examples

Retrofitting Existing Neighborhoods

Permaculture & Community "Invisible Structures"

Social & Economic Permaculture

"Broad-acre" Permaculture Opportunities for Farms

Becoming Permaculture Resources in Your Community

Design Methodologies and Conventions

Mycelial Permaculture Connections to the World

Design Practicum + Presentations

Carrying Permaculture Forward

Lisa Fernandes ( and Jesse Watson will be the lead facilitators of this course.

Past contributors have included Mark Fulford, Lisa DePiano, Mark Krawczyk, Kiarna Boyd and many others joining along the way to provide a unique learning experience tailored to our region.