Join renowned permaculture instructor Chris Shanks for this annual life-changing 2-week experience. The course covers the core Permaculture Design curriculum and emphasizes creating diverse multi-functional human landscapes based on ecological patterns. Utilizing Rancho Mastatal as a living classroom, the class will mix lectures and hands-on work, exploring design solutions for both North America and the tropics, and concluding with students working in teams to create their own permaculture site design. This course is applicable to anyone with an interest in designing sustainable futures as well as professionals in the fields of architecture, planning, ecology, education and community development. The whole-systems design thinking outlined in the course will give participants the tools to re-design and improve their surroundings, from gardens, farms and homes, to livelihoods, relationships and communities.