“Earthaven is where the human community is bonding with the Earth in a manner capable of healing the devastation of the past and inspiring a new grandeur for the future. At Earthaven, even for a brief while, we experience what it is to return to ourselves.” –Thomas Berry, author of The Dream of the Earth.

Date: June 12 – 30, 2017 (18 days)
Location: Earthaven Ecovillage near Asheville, NC ~ USA
Fee: $1,800

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Permaculture Design Certification Course (PDC)

Gain experience in systems-thinking and ethics-based approaches to observing, integrating, and creating thriving, bio-diverse environments for people, place and planet. You will learn about ethics, principles, observation, patterns, zones, sectors, micro-climates, site assessment and analysis, mapping and presenting — all as strategies for creating landscape and habitat design that enhances the long-term resilience, beauty, and quality of ecosystems. Upon completion of this 19-day intensive you will gain your Permaculture Design Certificate.


This Permaculture Design Certification Course offers a comprehensive smorgasbord of lectures, slideshows, group design projects, demonstrations and hands-on activities. You will gain tools, skills and experience with integrated design systems; time-tested, earth-based traditions; common-sense approaches that address real-world challenges; and the collaborative development of an integrated design plan for a real community project.

You will gain 120 hours at this Permaculture Design Certification Course, including:

  1. Permaculture History, Ethics & Design Principles
  2. Observation Practices & Nature Awareness
  3. Ecological Patterns in Design
  4. Global & Local Ecological Issues & Human Responses
  5. Hands-On Projects with Bioregional Techniques & Species
  6. Water in the Landscape: Ponds, Earthworks & Rainwater Catchment
  7. Soil Ecology, Biochar, Climate Resiliency & Disaster Response
  8. Agroforestry, Forest Gardening & Diverse Orchards
  9. Perennial Agriculture, Polycultures & Guilds
  10. Mushrooms & Myco-Remediation
  11. Wastewater Systems & Composting
  12. Integrated Animal Systems & the Landscape
  13. Renewable Energy & Appropriate Technology
  14. Eco Building Design & Natural Building Techniques
  15. Ecovillage Systems Design & Urban Permaculture Strategies
  16. Eco-Social Design, Cooperatives, Decision Making & Collaboration
  17. Money, Financial Systems & Project Budgeting
  18. Cooperative & Human-Scale Economics
  19. Presentation & Design Mapping
  20. Student Design Projects

Visit SOIL’s official web page for all Calendar, Location, Curriculum, Food & Lodging, and Application details.


NikiAnne Feinberg
SOIL Program Director & Founder