Our Educational Philosophy

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.

Overview of Course Offerings


Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Courses

This is the foundational 72+hour course for students new to permaculture. We offer several variations of this course.

Short Courses / Topical Deep-Dives

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

Master Design Practicum

An advanced permaculture design course based on the five phases of project development with a deeper level of study of permaculture ethics and principles.

Permaculture Teacher Training

An advanced course for those who wish to learn to teach the permaculture curriculum to others.

Curriculum Development

This course is for teachers to learn how to incorporate the permaculture design principles and methods into their own curricula to enhance traditional education and create programs that promote personal self-discovery in the natural world.