Permaculture Design Certification Course

This course is an exciting opportunity to learn Permaculture Design in a highly urban environment with like-minded individuals. St. Louis, as all cities, are full of potential (as well as amazing work happening right now) and we uncover what it looks like to have a sustainable, stable, and equitable city through group design projects, local and global showcases, and hands-on practice in established urban gardens—all in conjunction with the paradigm-changing Permaculture Design Course curriculum with renowned Permaculture Institute instructorship.

Ample opportunities to experience Permaculture in action are offered as part of this course from farmers’ market production gardens, edible forest gardens, rainwater harvesting systems, urban soil building, placemaking installations, and community building.

Class material is presented through discussion, slideshow, hands-on skill building, touring Permaculture sites, and interactive activities.

Participants receive an internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certificate from Permaculture Institute founded by Bill Mollison and Scott Pittman. The course syllabus can be found here.

Course Information


2019. Exact Dates TBD. Class is held one weekend a month for six months.


Jason Gerhardt is the lead instructor and will be joined by guests Pandora Thomas of the Black Permaculture Network, Molly Rockamann of EarthDance Organic Farm School, Matt Lebon of Custom Foodscapes, and Gibron Jones of Hosco Foods. Read about our lead instructor here and follow the links to learn about guest instructors.


Permaculture classes are held one weekend a month for six months. Classes are 9am-5pm Saturday and Sunday of each PDC weekend. There will be abundant time covering the life-changing Permaculture Design Course curriculum, hands-on projects, and a real-world design project. This course rotates through three locations to maximize exposure to the great work happening in the city. All locations have indoor and outdoor learning opportunities. The first is in the Old North St. Louis neighborhood with the 13th St. Community Garden used for hands-on activities. The second is Gateway Greening downtown with City Seeds Urban Farm nearby. And the third is the wonderful EarthDance Organic Farm School in Ferguson. Each weekend will have indoor and outdoor class time.


This class takes place primarily during the cold months so please dress accordingly. We will be spending time indoors and outdoors during this course, and dressing in layers is encouraged. Participants should be prepared for the weather extremes of St. Louis.


Lunches are catered and provided by La Mancha Coffeehouse. Reasonable accommodations for food allergies can be made, but please contact us so we can plan for you.


Contact us for help planning your attendance.

Erika HaranoSaint Louis PDC