Permaculture Design Course + Regenerative Land Management

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 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 development, and participants will get to contribute to regenerating the forests, watersheds, and soils of this rolling, beautiful landscape. Confluence Farms is transitioning from decades of continuous row-cropping and associated soil erosion into agroforesty, human-scale market farming, and ecological restoration. Come experience what it’s like to reverse land degradation at the ground floor.

Additional educational opportunities are offered, including site tours with EarthDance Organic Farm School in Ferguson, MO, urban agriculture sites in St. Louis City, and a paddle trip exploring and swimming 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. The course syllabus can be found here.

Course Information


August 9th – 21st, arriving on the evening of August 8th and departing the morning of August 22nd.


Jason Gerhardt and many special 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 activities, and real-world design projects. There are also inspirational films and hang out time in the evenings and at lunch. This course attracts adult participants of all ages.

There is one day off in the middle of the class when participants are free to explore local attractions or relax on the land. St. Louis is full of amazing local farm-to-table restaurants, breweries, and cultural attractions like City Museum, Forest Park, and historic neighborhoods.


Those traveling by car can pull right up to the course location. For our more distant students, air travel into St. Louis Lambert International Airport is very convenient to the course location. Participants can opt to use a ride sharing service or taxi from the airport and be at the farm in 15 minutes! Please be in touch if you have any questions about travel logistics.


St. Louis is a humid continental climate. August is typically warm and sunny, punctuated by occasional cooler spells. Indoor spaces will be air conditioned and cool. The farm has lots of shade and forest, 1/2 mile of Missouri River frontage, as well as wide open fields with incredible views! We will be spending time outside in all weather. Please come prepared with boots, sun protection, bug spray, and an eagerness to explore the forests, waters, and fields. We will be taking an expertly guided full-day paddle trip from the farm among wild river islands, therefore sandals, swim suits, and sun protection will be helpful.


Meals are included and will be prepared for the class with many farm grown ingredients. Course participants will be asked to help with food prep on rotating mornings before class. Reasonable accommodation for food allergies can be made. Please contact us in advance so we can plan appropriately for you.


Contact us for help planning your attendance.

Erika HaranoPermaculture Design Course + Regenerative Land Mgmt