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Permaculture Education

“Modern life, with its over valuation of intellectual thinking and its neglect of feeling and willing- especially in education- forms man’s physical constitution in a pathologically one-sided way. This raises once again the deep connection of education and healing…All education should be healing, just as all healing must ultimately be educational.” – Rudolf Steiner


The Permaculture Project LLC believes strongly that life and learning are inseparable. Experience and study provide us with the knowledge to answer fundamental questions. This enables us to live a full and functional life in a changing world. The journey demands constant observation, evaluation, discrimination and introspection. The Permaculture Project LLC teaches and facilitates the learning of skills that encourage and inspire learning throughout life.

Everything in nature, including human beings, grows and develops in stages. The teaching and learning process must remain sensitive to these many stages by shaping lessons and activities that promote and develop skills and traits according to time, place and person in the natural order of growth. The art of Permaculture is a design science that integrates the learning of all traditions and cultures, their life and folkways, and the many forms that appropriate technology takes through the diverse intertwining web that is all life.

Permaculture is experiential and hands-on. It calls forth the skills of the entire person and builds dexterity in all areas of life, focusing on ecological  and environmental well-being.

There is great benefit when study is translated into personal experience and participation. Project-based education enlivens a sense of curiosity and wonder by engaging the entire student in the creative process. Small cooperative learning teams promote teamwork, relationship building, communication, feedback and support an atmosphere of openness, sharing and creativity. As a result of working in small teams, participants will have the genuine experience of community at its most basic and dynamic level. This is ideal for learning.


Wayne participates in and lectures at various conferences around the US each year. He offers lectures on Permaculture and it’s many topics. Additionally, he has specific topical presentations related to plant guilds and forest gardens based on his book, Integrated Forest Gardening. For his current lecture schedule, please click on Wayne’s Schedule. To contact Wayne about speaking at your event, please Contact Us.


Wayne teaches the Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course, Teacher Trainings, Advanced Permaculture Design and other topical courses across the country and worldwide. Click on Wayne’s Calendar to see his current teaching schedule. If you are interested in hosting a course in your location, please Contact Us for more information.

Permaculture Short Courses / Topical Deep Dives

Wayne teaches several topical courses that go beyond the PDC in particular areas such as plants, natural building, appropriate technology and more.

Permaculture Design Certificate Courses

This is the foundational 72+ Hour course for students new to Permaculture.

Advanced Permaculture Design 

This advanced, applied Permaculture design course is for anyone looking to study Permaculture design at a deeper level. Enhance your understanding of the Permaculture ethics and principles and practice applying them to property designs with input and guidance from the instructor.

Permaculture Teacher Training

This advanced Permaculture course is for anyone who desires to teach the Permaculture curriculum to others. This is an immersion course based on practice and independent work with guidance and input from other students and the instructor. Students will work on curriculums, content, and personal presentations

On-Line Permaculture Design Certification Course

An on-line PDC is offered on a limited basis to students who reside outside of the United States only. It entails:

  • A one year, six part course (2 months per segment)
  • Upon completion of a final design the student will receive the Permaculture Design Certificate, sanctioned by Bill Mollison and the Permaculture Institute of Australia
  • Based on personal profile and needs the instructor will send lessons pending completion of previous lessons
  • Recommended readings will be included with each lesson
  • The student will receive a complete 180 page outline, detailed bibliography, Earth Users Guide to Permaculture – by Rosemary Morrow, six recorded Introduction to Permaculture webinars, and 150 self study questions.
  • A tool chest of appropriate observation and design tools for the course will be suggested
  • Communication between instructor and student will take place by e-mail, snail-mail, digital photographs and, if necessary, by phone (this will be limited to “emergency” calls)
  • Fee for one year course: $1800.00 USD (includes course materials) Please visit our eStore to purchase.
  • If the student fails to complete course within the allotted period, there will be an additional fee to complete the course (six month extension)

Advanced PDC Courses with a Hunter-Gatherer Focus

The Three Epochs of Humanity Permaculture Design Certificate Course

The Three Epochs of Humanity Permaculture Design Certificate Course contains the creative and experiential application of living skills passed down by our ancestors into the present time and beyond. The three areas of concentration are: 1) The Hunter-Gatherer Lifestyle; 2) Agricultural Settlement and pastoralism; 3) Appropriate Technology and the Ecological Epoch. The Three Epochs course is designed to teach students to utilize what is available in the immediate landscape in a conscious and ecologically astute manner. By learning from the ground up they become immersed in living history where knowledge and hand skills come together in an integrated, healthy fashion.

Wild Permaculture Design Certification Course: Permaculture Seen Through the Eyes of the Hunter-Gatherer

The keys to Permaculture lie mainly in our ability to observe the landscape, to identify and utilize the resources at hand, located outside the backdoor. The hunter-gatherer relies completely on his ability to read the lay of the land and gather what is needed for food, medicine and utility. A hunter-gatherer gardener gathers plants and animals from the wild, fibers, building materials, water, etc., and creates the practical devices needed for sustenance, warmth and pleasure. This course, “Wild Permaculture”, is a complete Permaculture Design Certificate course and takes place completely outdoors and students learn and experience Permaculture through the lifeways and folkways of the hunter-gatherer.

This course is about complete immersion in the local landscape. It covers the entire Permaculture course curriculum from this perspective: PC methodologies and principles, observation, pattern understanding, climate, soils, water, etc.

Examples of course components are:

  • Studying local native traditions and life ways in order to become familiar with the local region
  • Observation: tracking animals and reading the landscape
  • Animals: tracking, hunting, making traps, making bow and arrows, etc.
  • Gardening: identifying, harvesting and preparing wild edible plants
  • Aquaculture: making fishing equipment (hooks, lines, etc) and fishing, gutting and preparing fish for cooking
  • Shelter: building using local materials found at the site; constructing a primitive village paying attention to orientation for passive solar, mass and insulation, etc.
  • The waste stream: where to poop and pee
  • Invisible structures: the tribe and local tribal custom
  • The origins of agriculture and pastoralism

Students must be healthy and fit enough to participate in this course. If you are interested in hosting a Wild Permaculture hunter-gatherer based course, or attending a scheduled class, please contact The Permaculture Project LLC before registering.

Curriculum Development for Permaculture Teachers

The Permaculture Project LLC offers pre-service training and in-service support for educators in Permaculture that include nature observation, environmental sciences, current issues, hands-on field experience, co-operative learning, curriculum exploration and methods for development, student assessment and evaluation.

In partnership with teachers, The Permaculture Project LLC creates programs that help students penetrate into a deeper understanding of land, plants and animals, springs, rivers, groundwater, oceans, and the effect of human beings upon the landscape. As Thomas Berry states, “There is presently no other way for humans to educate themselves for either their survival or fulfillment than through the instruction available through the natural world.”

Our curriculum development goal is to enhance traditional education by integrating holistic learning into school curricula and create programs that promote personal self-discovery in the natural world by:

  • Encouraging self reflection on nature
  • Intertwining environmental and ecological studies with our daily existence
  • Celebrating change, observing and studying the rhythms and evolution of nature
  • Increasing and defining ecological and bioregional literacy
  • Studying cultural and natural diversity
  • Creating sustainable designs for living within a region of study
  • Recreating the life and folk ways of local prehistoric and historic cultures
  • Teaching global thinking and the spiritual understanding of the natural world