Join us for a transformative leadership training in beautiful La Madera, New Mexico this June, 2019! $1,100 includes meals and camping.

Permaculture Training

Ever wonder what it’s like to be a Permaculture teacher? Learn how to lead through the life-changing design practice of Permaculture. The world is in increasing need of different ways of being, and permaculture is at the forefront of ecological and social change. We need more educators to develop unique permaculture programs suited to the many contexts that exist in the world. This course is designed to help you do just that!

In this course, Scott Pittman, who has taught permaculture for over three decades all over the globe, will share his profound teaching tips and tricks for what may be the last time. Alongside him will be Jason Gerhardt, who will share his extensive experience teaching highly successful permaculture programs in universities, public Permaculture Design Courses in all formats, and where permaculture education and leadership is heading.

This course will offer each participant opportunities to teach and facilitate, get positive and constructive feedback, and refine their subject matter and delivery. This course will function as a teaching practicum retreat. We will find camaraderie, collaboratively teach, hear personal stories from the early days of permaculture, and leave energized for leadership in whatever form one chooses to take it. The world needs you, and we want to share our experiences to help you rise to the occasion.

Course Information


June 15th-19th, 2019. Arrival date is the evening of June 14th and departure in the morning of June 20th.


The location for this course is on Owl Peak Farm in La Madera, NM. While this will predominately be a classroom course, the market farm offers opportunities for exploration, with natural amenities for nature walks and swimming. This class takes place at high elevation New Mexico and the weather can change dramatically in this stunning landscape. In general, days will be warm and cool off at night. Dressing in layers is encouraged.


We will have five days of class time from 9am-5pm each day. Evenings will be free, and may contain movie nights and spontaneously organized adventures to nearby hot springs, hiking, and swimming spots.


All meals will be catered, and will include as much local farm food and produce as possible. Reasonable accommodations for food allergies can be made, but please contact us so we can plan for you.


Scott Pittman and Jason Gerhardt with Leslie Buerk. Read about your primary instructors here and follow the links to learn about the guest instructors.


Contact us for help planning your attendance.

Erika HaranoPermaculture Teacher Training + Retreat