Course Detail: NC-PERMA - Permaculture Design Certificate

The 72-hour Permaculture Design Certificate course will give you a strong understanding of the permaculture design process and how to apply it to real world projects. You will learn important techniques and strategies for permaculture implementation, including regenerative agriculture, forest gardening, soil building, earthworks, water management, urban permaculture, herbal medicine, and much more.

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The Permaculture Design Certificate is offered through a special partnership with the Shenandoah Permaculture Institute. The certificate is designed for those interested in learning design techniques to build a more sustainable community in their backyard, their neighborhood or their city.

Whether you are working in your backyard, farm, community, or city, permaculture will help you design a system that is highly productive, ecologically responsible, and socially equitable for generations to come. Lunch will be provided.

Program Features
  • Team of experienced instructors with backgrounds in organic farming, green building, natural health, counseling and environmental management
  • Field trips to local permaculture projects
  • Collaborative hands-on design project on a site in the Richmond area - work with a client and develop a professional design
Who Should Attend

This program is open to all community members and will be of special interest to teachers, sustainability professionals, landscape designers, farmers and agritourism professionals.

Program Modules
  • Permaculture Design Process
  • Regenerative Agriculture
  • Social Permaculture
  • Water Conservation & Management
  • Soil Management
  • The Built Environment
  • Health
  • Applied Permaculture
Paying for Your Studies

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If you are interested in financing your program of study, we work with Climb Credit, a provider that focuses on financing career-building programs to help students get a high return-on-investment from their education.

Learn more about Climb Credit or start your Climb Credit application right away - the application can be completed in as little as 5 minutes and does not affect your credit score. Most applicants receive an instant decision.
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Course Resources
Climb Credit Re-Application Flyer (PDF Document) : If your initial Climb Credit application wasn't approved, you're not out of options.

 Session Information: ENV223.PERMA

Schedule: In-person class. Class will meet over four weekends: February 24 - 26, March 18 - 19, April 1 - 2, and April 15 - 16.
Times: 09:00am - 06:00pm
Early Bird Price : $1175.00


We are offering a 10% discount for couples and for veterans. Please email Tom Parfitt at for the promo code.


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Shenandoah Permaculture Institute