Intro to Permaculture Design - Short Course (Freeport, Maine)

Are you going?

12 spots left

Location image of event venue


What if you could grow food for your family AND support a regenerative ecosystem at the same time? Are you worried about issues in the world and seeking a framework to think about solutions; not just problems? Are you interested in learning how to build resilient systems in your community? Interested in learning about the permaculture design process but not sure if you want to invest in a full-blown design course?

Please join us at the Desert of Maine in Freeport for this popular Permaculture Design Seminar Series which we started offering in 2009. If, after taking this Intro Short Course, you are interested in proceeding to a full Permaculture Design Course (PDC), your full fee for this event will be applied toward the PDC fee. This is an affordable and accessible way to get your feet wet and decide if you would like to learn more about the potential for permaculture design.

The facilitators for this course are Resilience Hub Directors Kate Wallace and Benjamin White.

Dates: Saturday, October 26 and Saturday, November 2
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Participants will meet at the home of our sample "client" to work through a real, live design process. With our client (who will have completed a questionnaire in advance) we will co-create a practical permaculture design based on their specific goals and the assets and challenges of their site.

You will come away with a strong foundation for understanding and applying permaculture ethics and design principles. You will have a framework and a process for approaching a residential property from a permaculture perspective. You will feel confident about taking strides on your own property, if applicable, and will dispel that feeling of not knowing "where to start." You will understand much more about permaculture as a design approach.

Space is limited to 18 students. At least 12 students are needed to run the course.

Some student comments from the last iteration of this seminar:

"It was excellent!!! I left the gathering thrilled and excited by all I'd learned."

“It was a great experience to walk through the initial analysis phase of a permaculture design. I came away with a better understanding of how to approach permaculture design and some of the questions to ask. ”

More Details:

By signing up for this event you are signing up for both days automatically, a total of 12 hours of class time.

Day One

Permaculture Background, Ethics and Design Principles

Design Process and Goals Articulation

Pattern Literacy (Hands-on)

Reading the Landscape and Data Gathering (Hands-on)

Real Life Strategies

[suggested online readings + short homework during the gap]

Day Two

Analysis Techniques and Options (Hands-on)

Strategies: Energy + Shelter

Data Synthesis + Site analysis

Creation of Draft Design

Please wear weather-appropriate footwear and dress in layers. We won't be outside a lot but we will make a couple of short trips around the subject property. Please bring a notebook.

Coffee/tea provided throughout the day. Handouts and copies of all presentations will be provided. Lunch will be potluck - please bring a dish to share and your potluck "kit" (plate,bowl,utensils,etc.) A large selection of permaculture-related resources will be on display for reference and inspiration.

Approximately 12 contact hours


The Resilience Hub ( is a collaborative non-profit organization based in Portland Maine. We are a resource for regenerating land, growing healthy food, and building resilient households and communities. We do this by offering a range of events, education, and projects ( We operate at local, statewide and regional levels (connected to and in support of other local permaculture "nodes.") Our work touches on all the realms traditionally encompassed by Permaculture (land use, energy, water, buildings, etc.) but with special focus on food and creating new economic models. The Resilience Hub ( uses this meetup platform to organize and manage more than 70 events per year.

Contact us ( if you would like to offer a workshop through our group or to request a specific type of event or workshop.