Join us to earn your Permaculture Design Course certificate! Learn a variety of practical farmsteading skills, immerse into 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 development, and participants will experience a course packed with details of how to regenerate forests, watersheds, and soils while interacting with 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 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 and a rooftop farm in downtown St. Louis City, as well as 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.