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 Taos, New Mexico.

Permaculture Institute has been teaching the PDC in Northern New Mexico for two decades. A multitude of locations have been used for this class from ecovillages, long established spiritual communities, and private retreats.

Additional educational opportunities are offered, including time spent with traditional farmsteading arts including home-dairying and cheese-making, herbal medicine, topbar beekeeping, and visits to exemplary and evolving permaculture sites located nearby. 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 Permaculture Institute. The course syllabus can be found here.

Course Information


TBD 2019.


Scott Pittman, Larry Santoyo, 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. Experiential tours of long established Taos area Permaculture demonstration sites are included in this class. 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 get you to Taos for under $50. 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 as well. The climate is dry, though summer afternoon monsoon rains do occur. Temperatures are quite pleasant in summer, but can have big daytime/nighttime swings. 70’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