Due to COVID-19, we have decided to postpone this course until 2021. Please stay tuned for 2021 course dates. We’re excited to share our new headquarters with the world!
Join us to earn your Permaculture Design Course certificate! Learn a variety of practical farmsteading skills, immerse in the flow of land-based lifestyle, and steep yourself in the design process of Permaculture at the Great Rivers Confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers.
We will be residing and learning at Confluence Farms, the new home of the Permaculture Institute. This land is at the early stages of permaculture development, and participants will experience a course packed with details and experiences of how to regenerate forests, watersheds, and soils while interacting with this lush landscape. Confluence Farms is transitioning from decades of continuous row-cropping and associated soil erosion into agroforesty, human-scale market farming, and ecological restoration for carbon sequestration, pollinator habitat, and watershed health. Learn these skills and experience what it’s like to reverse land degradation at the ground floor.
Additional experiences in this course include: field trips to EarthDance Organic Farm School in Ferguson, MO, a rooftop farm in downtown St. Louis City, the North Sarah Food Hub, and a full-day paddle trip exploring the hydrology among the wild river islands on the Missouri River. Nightly movies and/or campfire circles and gatherings are held at the end of the day as well.
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 are attracted to our courses.
Participants receive an internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certificate from the Permaculture Institute Inc. founded by Bill Mollison and Scott Pittman. The course syllabus can be found here.