Permaculture Design
Certification Course

Permaculture Design CourseRegister Now WA

September 5 – 16, 2018

plus an optional presentation day 

October 27, 2018

Overview of the Permaculture Design Certification Course

This permaculture design course near Asheville, NC, will empower students to integrate permaculture into their lives and landscapes.  What makes this class special is the assimilation of permaculture principles and design strategies into the South’s rich cultural and ecological elements.  Students will receive their Permaculture Certification at the end of the course.

Study permaculture with Laura Ruby and Natalie Bogwalker, along with guest teachers like Luke Cannon, Ben Portwood, Tony Troia, Chuck Marsh, and more...

What To Expect:

This class is appropriate for those interested in pursuing a career in permaculture design, as well as those who want to learn how to apply Earth-inspired philosophies in their own lives.  All students will cultivate a deep engagement with the natural and human systems of which they are an integral part. You’ll learn how to compost and grow organic food and the basics of gardening, homesteading, living off the grid and urban homesteading.

You will learn to integrate a whole-systems approach to human lives and landscapes:

Our whole systems approach in this Permaculture Design Course will dramatically revolutionize how you view and relate to Earth and your everyday life.  This class empowers students to become effective ecological designers, using the tools and knowledge needed to integrate permaculture into every landscape.  We follow the PINA curriculum, adding more time to aspects that we find especially compelling and putting some extra emphasis on design for the South.  You’ll learn the permaculture principles and how they can be applied in designing a sustainable landscape.  We’ll cover:

  • Principles of ecology
  • Introduction to forest guilds
  • Reading the land and observing patterns
  • Plant identification
  • Climates, biogeography, microclimates
  • Understanding zone and sectors
  • Mapping
  • Plant succession
  • Holistic forestry and orcharding
  • Urban farm tour
  • Conservation, waste and recycling strategies
  • Human nutrition
  • Social ecology and invisible structures
  • Client relations and interviews
  • Economics
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Receiving your Permaculture Certification:

Students who complete the course (and submit thoughtful designs and presentations) will receive their Permaculture Design Certification.  Please note that in order to advertise your design skills, you should invest significant time and experience into applying permaculture into real-world landscapes above and beyond this permaculture class.  

The PDC will take place at Wild Abundance (located 20 minutes north of Asheville in Barnardsville, NC) and at the Ruby Roost in Madison County, NC.   One homestead is nestled in community, and the other is a multi-generational homestead; both are fantastic examples of permaculture in action.  Please note that both sites include camping and meal options.

Local Accommodations:

While many locals prefer to commute to Wild Abundance and the Ruby Roost from Asheville, students from the area and out of town are welcome pitch a tent in one of our flat camping spots in the woods or in a field located on our seven-acre property.  We suggest bringing a warm sleeping bag and bedding.  We have a fully functioning outdoor kitchen on site for student use.

If you prefer something more conducive to creature comforts, we suggest browsing Airbnb (there are a few within walking distance of the school) or checking out a local motel within a 10-15 minute drive to Wild Abundance.

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“I feel so inspired to shape my own life using these principles.  [The PDC] has given me confidence, ideas, and tremendous insight.  It’s an experience that has really helped me grow as a person.”

(Permaculture Design Course student 2014)


Permaculture looks to the wisdom of nature’s patterns and cycles to design our gardens, buildings, communities, businesses… principles to integrate into the greater world at large.


Natalie Bogwalker Wild Abundance Instructor

Natalie Bogwalker
Organic Gardening, Agroforestry, Eco-Homesteading,  Permaculture Mapping

Laura Ruby Bio

Laura Ruby
Edible Landscaper and
Creative Permaculture Design

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Eric Toensmeier

Registration Info Register Now WA

Groups of three or more receive a rebate of $100 per student.  Please contact Emily at for info.  Participants can choose to enjoy catered lunches and dinners featuring local foods, or can provide their own food for a lower price.

Registration will be processed when payment is received

  • Now – July 13, 2018: $900 without catered meals/$1,200 with catered meals.
  • July 14, 2018 – August 17, 2018: $1,050 without catered meals/$1,350 with catered meals.
  • August 18, 2018- Start of class: $1,200 without catered meals/$1,500 with catered meals.

To register, please complete the registration form and then make payment.  Registration will be processed upon receipt of payment

Expect to receive a confirmation email within one week of sending payment. Additional emails will cover logistical details as the adventure approaches.  

We strive to make our classes accessible to all who wish to learn.  Some worktrade opportunities exist for this class.  Email us for details at

Click here to see our policy on refunds, payment plans and work-trade opportunities.

If you have questions about this course, please contact or call 828-775-7052
Also, feel free to read our Frequently Asked Questions.