Permaculture Design Certification Course

Join us to earn your Permaculture Design Course certificate, get introduced to a variety of practical farmsteading skills, immerse into the daily flow of land-based lifestyle, and learn Permaculture Design with stellar teachers in gorgeous Northern New Mexico.

Permaculture Institute has been teaching the PDC in Northern New Mexico for two decades. With a focus on design thinking, social systems, and food production, this course will take place at Owl Peak Farm, a working market farm that works on healthy food security and community development in the rural desert community of La Madera, NM.

Additional educational opportunities are offered, including time spent with traditional farmsteading arts. Nightly movies and/or campfire circles and gatherings are held at the end of the day.

Course material is universal to every ecosystem, and the knowledge acquired in this class is easily applied in other locations and settings. Worldwide participants of a wide range of ages, abilities and backgrounds have been attracted to this class.

Participants receive an internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certificate from the Permaculture Institute. The course syllabus can be found here.

Course Information


September 7th-20th, 2019. Arrival is in the afternoon/evening of September 6th, and departure in the morning on September 21st. 


Scott Pittman, Jason Gerhardt, Leslie Buerk, and local guests. Read about the instructors here.


Permaculture classes are held for six hours every day. There will be abundant time for the life-changing permaculture design course curriculum, hands-on projects, and a real-world design project. There are also inspirational films and hang out time in the evenings and at lunch. This course attracts adult participants of all ages.

There are two days off in the middle of the class when participants are free to explore local attractions, including several area hot springs, Taos Pueblo, renowned museums and art galleries, as well as abundant scenic areas from Wheeler Peak, the highest point in New Mexico to the Rio Grande Gorge.


Those traveling by car can pull right up to the course location. For our more distant students, air travel is into Albuquerque International Airport (Sunport) or the smaller Santa Fe Regional Airport. Shuttle services can be arranged. Contact us for recommended shuttle companies.


Northern New Mexico is an international travel hot spot for its natural beauty, culture, and art. It has been a hot bed of Permaculture for decades. The climate is dry, though summer afternoon monsoon rains do occur. Temperatures are quite pleasant in September, but can have big daytime/nighttime swings. 60’s-80’s are common during the day with 40’s-50’s at night. This is big sky country, people have flocked to this area for centuries for inspiration and healing.


Meals are included and will be prepared for the class. Course participants are welcome to help with food prep and/or garden work when feasible. Reasonable accommodation for food allergies can be made, but please contact us in advance so we can plan for you.


Contact us for help planning your attendance.

Erika HaranoNorthern New Mexico PDC