2017 Boston Permaculture Design Course (Six Weekends, January - May)


Be part of creating a better future.

A six-weekend format for the internationally-recognized full Permaculture Design Certificate Course (PDC), running January through May 2017 at the beautiful Hawthorn Youth & Community Center in Boston (http://www.hyc.center/).

This PDC is a great value: 13 full days, more than 120 direct contact hours with experienced permaculture designers, facilitators and teachers... all for about $100 per day! Discount ideas can be found below.

This course, which will carry an urban and suburban focus, is recommended for home-owners and renters, educators, school garden organizers, farmers and gardeners, activists, landscape professionals, planners, architects, engineers, tradespeople and anyone interested in charting a new course for themselves and their communities.

This course is co-sponsored by The Boston Food Forest Coalition (http://www.bostonfoodforest.org/).


Expected 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 piece of land 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 around you.

Read Testimonials from Recent PDC Participants (http://wp.me/P6qtFE-y)

2017 Permaculture Design Certificate Course Details

Where: This course will take place at the Hawthorne Youth & Community Center, a newly renovated site in Roxbury MA situated on a beautiful green block near public transportation and plentiful street parking. The site will also be basecamp from which we'll make several field trips to sites relevant to permaculture.

When: This course will be held over the course of six weekends (including one final 3-day weekend), January through May 2017.

Course dates are: Jan 14/15, Feb 18/19, Mar 18/19, April 8/9, May 6/7, FINAL 3-day DESIGN WEEKEND May 19/20/21. Plus hold March 25/26 as a "make-up date" in case we get snowed out earlier in the course. This works well for those who cannot take extensive time off from work or home responsibilities.

Class time generally runs 9am to 7pm on Saturday and 9am to 5pm on Sunday of each weekend. Local homestays can be arranged if traveling a distance to attend this course.

Cost: $1400 - Payment Plans available.

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. One hearty organic evening meal per weekend is provided and lunches will be potluck/BYO in order to keep the course fee down. $250 Deposit holds your spot in this course. Quick Link to Make Deposits or Payments any time: https://www.paypal.me/RESILIENCEHUB

People of Color, First Nations People, and people who identify as queer/trans are encouraged to contact Lisa Fernandes to discuss discounted pricing to support enrollment.

Want to reduce your fee?

• Register and pay in full by October 15th, 2016 ($100 off course fee)

• For every full course participant who says you referred them, receive $50 off your total tuition for this course.

• Consider becoming a Community-Supported-Permaculturist by fund raising a portion of your course fee. Here is a sample fund raising letter (https://files.meetup.com/215138/PDC_Sample_FundRaisingLetter.pdf) that you can modify to suit your needs. Become a resource for your community!

Class Size is limited. This course typically sells out.

What: This course consists of the traditional 72-hour PDC course + approx 40 additional hours = well over 120 contact hours (+ homework and 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 (short readings and some video) before the course and 2-3 hours of "homework" between course weekends. Students must attend all sessions and complete the group design project on the final weekend in order to receive their certificates of completion.


1. RSVP and pay your $250 deposit on this page (or via our PayPal link: https://www.paypal.me/RESILIENCEHUB )

2. Provide your contact details here to receive more class information: https://goo.gl/forms/KSiP67m3X5Pfz4qA2

Topics Include (but not limited to...)

Permaculture Background & Context

Permaculture Ethics & Principles

Patterns in Nature / Pattern Literacy

Reading the Landscape (Multiple Modalities)

Site Assessment & Analysis (Multiple Modalities)

Living Soils & Soil Health

Water and Earthworks Techniques

Urban Soils & Soil Remediation

Sheet Mulching Techniques

"Synergistic Garden" & Fukuoka Methods

Robust Permaculture Design Process

Viewing a Property Through a Permaculture Lens

Permaculture Plants for the Northeast

Polyculture Design, Guilds and Food Forestry

Urban Agroforestry

Animals in the Landscape

Biodynamics & Permaculture

Renewable Energy Strategies

Retrofitting Buildings for Resilience

Affordable Green Building/Examples

Retrofitting Existing Neighborhoods

Social & Financial Permaculture

Urban Permaculture Applications

Becoming Permaculture Resources in Your Community

Design Methodologies and Conventions

Permaculture Connections to the World

Design Practicum + Presentations

Carrying Permaculture Forward

Facilitation team includes: Boston native Lisa Fernandes (http://about.me/lisa.m.fernandes), Jesse Watson (of Midcoast Permaculture), with guests such as Mark Krawczyk (of Keyline Vermont and Burlington Permaculture), Lisa DePiano (Mobile Design Lab) and many other experts from our regional network joining along the way to provide a high-quality learning experience tailored to our region.