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PDC Earth Mountain, Colorado 2017

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Permaculture Design Course: Earth Mountain, Colorado 2017

Enjoy this “Applied” Permaculture skills PDC, develop practical skills and earn your PDC certification in Earth Mountain’s 2017 Permaculture Design Course (August 21 - September 3). The Earth Mountain Permaculture Design Course is your opportunity to connect with knowledgeable instructors, permaculture activists, and experience 14 days on a genuine demonstration site in Southern Colorado. Live the permaculture lifestyle for 14 days in an ecologically diverse and culturally rich human habitat. Earth Mountain Education Farm has been stewarding the land and educating future generations for more than 15 years.

The 2017 PDC course can be considered a”permaculture skills” course.  Earth Mountain has a lot of great demonstrations of appropriate technology and opportunities for classic hands on learning opportunities such as greywater design and installation, natural building, check dams, guild planting etc.

The Permaculture Design Course uses a PINA curriculum. This offers an in depth introduction to designing truly regenerative ecological systems and human habitats. It blends the sciences of ecology, agriculture, architecture, and landscape design to put human settlements on track to become more ecologically diverse and abundant than our current paradigm of development/settlement might lead us to imagine.

In this course you will learn the foundational elements, ethics, and principles that guide permaculture design and experience firsthand, a variety of applications. You will see how to conduct a sight analysis and how to identify opportunities in any system to catch and store energy and resources and turn it into products that meet the needs of the system.

Permaculture principles can be applied to business, education, garden farming, community building, and in technical fields such as engineering, architecture, and landscape design. The PDC is considered to be the backbone of permaculture education and is recognized throughout the world.

Some topics you can expect to be covered include:

-The philosophy and history of the permaculture movement
-Ecological Systems
-Regenerative design strategies
-Full loop waste systems
-Food forest design and implementation
-Fruit and vegetable production
-Garden Farming and CSAs
-Plant functions
-Greenhouse operations
-Natural Building
-Alternative Energy
-Water harvesting
-Pasture management
-Residential permaculture
-Food Preservation and Storage
-Permaculture in the field of Landscape Design
-Social Permaculture

About the Instructors:
Becky Elder, certified in permaculture design by the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute (2002,) Becky has taken the path toward sustainable design and sustainable living for the future. She returns to the Permaculture Institute each year to teach. Becky also earned the Earth Activist Training permaculture certificate (2005,) at Black Mountain Preserve in Sonoma County, California. Since then, she has obtained an Advanced Permaculture certificates and the Permaculture Teacher’s Certificate. She is working to earn her Permaculture Diploma, the highest level of permaculture study to be awarded. With other permaculturalists in the area, Pikes Peak Permaculture was created and has an excellent website:

Patrick Padden, a graduate of Colorado State University, studied natural systems building design in Namibia and urban food forest implementation in Johannesburg, South Africa (2007). Patrick received his design certificate from the International Permaculture Design Course in Harare, Zimbabwe in 2009 and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Integrative Eco-Social Design with Gaia University. After five seasons of producing naturally grown food for 80+ people at Sunrise Ranch, Patrick is currently living in Fort Collins and is a practicing permaculturalist, consultant, public speaker, and educator. Contact: or call him at 970-999-4306

Natural Building Instructor, Joni Steiner, Executive Director and founder of Earth Mountain Education Farm, has been practicing Permaculture principles and educating since 2002. Joni has practical knowledge in cob, cordwood, strawbale, and log building, along with ecological building design principles.

Cost: $1200 with all meals and camping included. Yurt/tipi accomodations available for a small fee.

Registration is limited so please register now at or send emails and inquiries to
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