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Permaculture Design Course + Homesteading Skills, NM

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Permaculture Design Certification + Homesteading Skills. July 29- August 11, 2017 in Taos, New Mexico.  $1650 (camping)/$1950 (indoor lodging)

Join us to earn your Permaculture Design Course Certificate, get introduced to a variety of practical homesteading skills, immerse into daily flow of land-based lifestyle, and learn Permaculture Design with stellar teachers in a lovely small-scale homestead setting in gorgeous Taos, New Mexico.

This class is hosted by Casa Taos, a small charming retreat center for artists, activists, families and gardeners, tucked away on several acres of farmland in the lovely traditional valley of Llano Quemado of Ranchos de Taos, just minutes outside Taos, NM. Daniel and Betty, the hosts of the class, are gardeners, homesteaders and artists who share their passion for working on the land and in the community. Our experienced teachers, Jason Gerhardt and Kelly Simmons, will facilitate the life changing permaculture design course curriculum (Course Syllabus is found here…). Field trip hostess, permaculture practitioner Brigid Meier, offers delicious opportunities for hands-on learning in the arts of cheese-making, home dairying, working with herbs and keeping bees.

Casa Taos features a series of home-scale organic gardens and herbal beds, a large hoop greenhouse, pollinator gardens, habitat plantings and more. It is a serene farm that stretches along the banks of Rio Chiquito, a small mountain stream, near foothills of Taos Mountains. Natural hot springs are a 30-min car ride away, and area’s cultural attractions include galleries, museums, Taos Pueblo and many beautiful natural sites to explore.

DATES: July 29 – August 11, 2017. Please arrive mid-afternoon of Friday, July 28 (dinner will be provided); departure is morning of August 12.

Additional educational opportunities are offered, including sessions on traditional homesteading arts (these include cheese-making, home apothecary and other), topbar beekeeping, visits to exemplary and evolving permaculture sites located nearby. Nightly campfire circles and gatherings are held at the end of the day.


Located at high elevation, Casa Taos offers a slightly cooler version of New Mexico summer with crisp nights and warm/hot days. There are beautiful settings for indoor and outdoor learning and being.

Permaculture classes are held 9:00am to 5:00pm every day; there is day off on second Sunday of the class. There are evening circles, permaculture movies and conversation time; daily hands-on learning opportunities.  There is a two-day long field trip to another permaculture site nearby by carpool. This course is attended by adult participants of all ages. Please contact us if potential participant is younger than 18.

Casa Taos is a smoke-free environment.


There is ample free camping space near the creek for the participants coming with their own camping gear. Three hammocks are also available at no charge. Indoor accommodations include one private bedroom with queen bed ($350); two futons in semi-private lovely locations ($180 each) and 5 semi-private bunk beds in a very spacious and lovely room ($180 each).


Course fee includes three delicious meals per day made with wholesome ingredients. On the day off, participants explore local attractions; there are no food services offered at Casa Taos on that day.

For exceptional circumstances, such as a disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or special dietary needs please contact us to determine if special accommodations can be arranged. We do our best to accommodate any reasonable request.


Betty and Daniel are the owners of Casa Taos and the hosts of this class. They are committed to educating ourselves about how to live in harmony with the earth and to adjust their own daily actions so that they align with that commitment.   At Casa Taos, they recycle, repurpose, re-use, and compost as much as possible.  As residents of the tri-cultural Taos area, Betty and Daniel consider themselves guests in an ancient ecosystem.

Betty and Daniel are educators and feel strongly the need to leave a better world for future generations.  They are also gardeners and committed to composting and oppose the use of GMO’s. They are learning the challenges of working with the high altitude soils and climate. Outside of our home they assist local groups with implementing zero waste for public events.

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