Hands-On Urban Permaculture Design Course 2020

Urban Permaculture Design Course starting weekend January 4, 2020

This is Grow Permaculture’s 27th internationally recognized Permaculture Design Course, based on Bill Mollison’s work. This course will unfold on the first weekend of each month over six months, Jan 4 through June 7, held at our farm in Brooksville and in Lakewood United Church in St Petersburg, FL.

The farm is located in a unique sandhill pine-oak ecosystem in Florida. We have many beautiful oak and pine trees on the site, native wildlife including protected species, and wild edibles such as pawpaws, wild cherry, and dewberries. In addition we have chickens and bees. We have many beautiful parks nearby including springs that manatees visit regularly, rivers, bike trails, and the Gulf of Mexico. 

By cooperating with nature and her energies, we are able to design our lives, from backyard gardens and food forests to neighborhoods, farms or even cities to be more abundant, more sustainable, healthier, and more enjoyable. It is a cutting edge approach to living that helps both people and the environment. This course is life changing for many people.

The course is designed to offer multiple opportunities including career mentoring and pathways, community building opportunities, resource networking, and skill building. It is extended over five months to give students maximum time to absorb the information and put it into practice. This schedule also allows people with busy schedules to take the course. It is also possible to make up classes if one cannot make every weekend. The course will meet the first weekend of every month. 

There are volumes of material on permaculture on the internet. Our course offers focused and relevant written material, hands on practice, and interactive learning that will aid students to master key concepts. Materials are designed to guide students in continuing their education after the course, and we also offer apprenticeship opportunities. Instructors are veteran, professional designers and educators who have a wide range of on-the-ground design experience; this experience can help you shorten your learning curve, time, and expense significantly. You will earn an internationally recognized certificate.

Instructors: Koreen Brennan, others to be announced.

We continue to refine and expand our curriculum based on feedback from dozens of students regarding what helps them learn best. We incorporate multiple learning styles including hands on, visual aids, immersion, lecture, interaction, and more. Our choice of materials, videos, expert speakers, field trips, focused hands on activities (that give you step by step useful skill sets), Florida-specific information, written materials, networking and career opportunities, and design tools are the result of this feedback. We live in this community and care about its future and we continue to work with graduates in the community to create something better, together.

Homes, work places, gardens, farms, ranches, communities, businesses, local economies, or cities that are designed with permaculture principles and techniques are more resilient; they use resources in a regenerative way, ensuring that we, our children and our grandchildren will have access to all the resources we need. By incorporating people care into the equation, this process becomes deeply enjoyable too.

This course attracts students from all over Florida and beyond. Carpooling is often available, and housing can usually be arranged (in a graduate’s home in the area usually). Students meet others who think like they do, and often make life long friendships during the course; some find new career or lifestyle opportunities. Be the change you would like to see, and be effective at it, by designing that change!

Some of the subjects covered include:

  • Permaculture design ethics and principles.
  • Creating abundance with natural patterns.
  • Nutrient dense “beyond organic” gardening and farming.
  • Grow more food with less work by working with nature.
  • Edible landscaping, food in small spaces.
  • Building rich, live soils.
  • Designing sustainable water use.
  • Greywater and rainwater catchment.
  • Building food forests.
  • Agroforestry and ecoagriculture, regenerative farming.
  • Aquaculture.
  • Composting and vermicomposting.
  • Alternative pest management.
  • Natural building, regenerative building technology.
  • Reducing energy costs in your home.
  • Best forms of sustainable energy.
  • Appropriate technology.
  • Boosting your career with permaculture.
  • Sustainable economics.
  • Increasing quality of life through “placemaking” design.
  • Community revitalization and rebuilding.
  • Successful intentional communities, ecovillages and cohousing, urban and rural.

Take advantage of the early bird rate of $995 until Oct 31st. The full rate is $1,295. This cost covers course materials, field trips, snacks and when visiting the farm – lunch, mentoring and all classes. Our courses are an investment in yourself and your future – you will make and save far more than the course cost, to the degree you use the information in the course. A non refundable deposit of $400 will hold your spot.

Payment plans, work study and scholarships may be available, please ask.

Location:  Our farm in Brooksville and in St Petersburg. First weekend of each month Sat & Sun 9am – 5pm.

To register for the course, pay via our PayPal button on the right side of this web page. For questions or to register outside of PayPal, contact Steve at: 727-495-6145 or courseinfo@growpermaculture.com.

Who Takes This Permaculture Design Course?

  • Artists.
  • Do it yourselfers.
  • Educators – homeschool, teachers, professors.
  • Gardeners.
  • Green architects/builders.
  • Green businesses.
  • Green consultants.
  • Homesteaders.
  • Landscapers.
  • Natural health practitioners.
  • Non-profit/community organizers.
  • People seeking a career change.
  • People who care about the earth and each other.
  • People who love healthy food.
  • Permaculturists.
  • Policy makers.
  • Professionals (of many types).
  • Recent college graduates.
  • Religious leaders.
  • Students.
  • Urban and rural farmers.
  • Vegan, raw food, slow food, and/or local food.
  • Yoga practitioners.

Sat & Sun Course Dates (2019):

  • Jan 5-6.
  • Feb 2-3.
  • Mar 2-3.
  • April 6-7.
  • May 4-5.
  • June 1-2.

There will be additional opportunities for field trips and apprenticeship actions, to be announced.

Here’s what our graduates say:

 “This course changed my life forever. It changed the way I look at everything, and gave me tools to address problems I thought had no solutions. It reinvigorated my connection to, respect for and love of the natural world and increased my understanding of it tremendously. It made me feel powerful and able to change things rather than helpless or apathetic. It gave me hope again, a renewed purpose for life and so many tools that I never dreamed existed! It brought back magic to my life, lightness, and fun! GH

 “This course is the most exciting one I’ve ever attended because it’s all about finding solutions and connecting people together. JJ

 “I’ve had my permaculture friends tell me this course changed their life. I never understood why, or what the fuss was about, until I did the course myself. It is a paradigm shift to a much nicer and better paradigm. Don’t hesitate to do this course! DM

 “I really enjoyed the whole PDC experience. I knew I would, but it was even better than I had thought. I loved the detailed theoretical classes in which I learned how to build soil, how to make it faster than it would happen naturally, how plants benefit each other. I also liked the hands on experiences a lot, it made many concepts so much clearer. I enjoyed the teacher’s methods, and the warmth of the teachers’ helpers. It was a learning experience in every single level not to mention a great opportunity to meet nice people and grow.  Thanks!!! MM 

 “I am so grateful for your instruction Koreen, truly a wonderful and transformational experience. I will treasure and put in practice the permaculture ethics & principles every day, integrating them in my immediate environment and eventually reach out to my community. Thanks again for the excellent course, honored to have your friendship and be a part of the Grow Permaculture tribe. MO 

 “After participating in Grow Permaculture’s PDC, I feel confident that I can accurately evaluate a variety of sites and come up with integrated, sustainable designs. LB 

 “The instructors have a wealth of knowledge and it’s clear they really want to share. I feel confident, after attending their PDC course, that I could make basic designs that would work well for any potential client. Knowing that they will review any plans encourages me to jump right in and design! MN 

 “The unity of the group was awesome. The shared knowledge very inspiring. Learning this way with the hands on demonstration, I could understand more of the school. And thank you so much for all your teachings and welcoming of my son in the class.  Very grateful, DM 

 “I would highly recommend this course, taught by Koreen and her associates to anyone who has great concern for the future of this planet and the destructive path it is on. Permaculture is the solution we have all been waiting for. As permaculturists, “We are the ones we have been waiting for” to save ourselves from ourselves. Koreen is incredibly knowledgeable and has experienced many areas of the world first hand. If you have been feeling at a loss and discouraged this is your last chance to educate yourself as if the earth herself were revealing her deepest secrets on how you can help her. This is what permaculture is. Grow Permaculture far exceeded my expectations, even after years of experience working with organic gardening methods already. This is just the tip of the iceberg on how much is available for you to learn as you will find out. The depth of how very differently agriculture and water managment and land useage really need to be can’t be stressed enough. SK 

 “Thank you very much for this amazing course. The setting was ideal. The fact of being able to practice on real ground was invaluable. The presentation was very lively and instructive and really opened my eyes on how good design takes care of both the earth, the people and creates a surplus without waste. I love permaculture principles and how thoroughly and thoughful they are and how caring. JB 

 “I am Graduate of Grow Permaculture’s Permaculture Design Course. I am very impressed with the quality and professionalism that I experienced during the course. I learned so much and thoroughly enjoyed every minute. It was a great balance of theory and practical training. I feel very prepared and confident going forward with the new knowledge I have. I have made some very big improvements in the way my company conducts business. Our business is all about tree preservation & creating a healthier planet. I acquired the knowledge and ability to create a “truly” regenerative company. I am very grateful for the expert knowledge, compassion and competence of my teacher & Mentor, Koreen. Thank you for creating a better planet one student at a time. NN 

 “The value of this course is worth far more than its cost. The knowledge gained is really priceless. There is so much information provided that is life changing and really valuable. I was told that I can save more than the cost of the course if I use only a portion of the information provided. This was true, but what wasn’t said is that I got something from it that is really hard to put a price on which is life long friends, and a new, creative view about life. CS

Free Introduction to Permaculture

Jan 4, 2020 9am -noon

Want to get a better idea of what permaculture really is and what it can do? What does sustainability and whole system design have to do with permaculture?

Permaculture design is an effective tool to help you really make a difference, whether by gaining access to healthier food, reducing pollution, healing the earth, creating more economic stability, or building stronger and healthier communities. Explore what permaculture can do for you and your life. Be the change you want to see!

This three hour free workshop will cover what permaculture can do for you and for society from a number of different angles. We will introduce principles that you can use with your own gardening or home or community, to grow healthy food, and create more resilience and abundance.

You will learn specific permaculture design techniques you can apply immediately to increase abundance for yourself and loved ones while helping the environment. Permaculture design gives you the tools to:

– Grow healthy, organic food with little maintenance needed, by working with nature
– Use permaculture principles even in an apartment or condo
– Reduce costs of living
– Tap into or help build supportive community networks
– Achieve more economic stability
– Design your life toward more health and abundance
– Join us at this information, lively and interactive lecture.

Koreen is a permaculture and edible landscape designer and is in demand as a keynote and transformational speaker on the subject of abundant living.

Our Permaculture Farm is located in a unique sandhill pine-oak ecosystem in Florida. We have many beautiful oak and pine trees on the site, native wildlife including protected species, and wild edibles such as pawpaws, wild cherry, and dewberries. In addition we have chickens and bees. We have many beautiful parks nearby including springs that manatees visit regularly, rivers, bike trails, and the Gulf of Mexico. 

9am to noon on January 4th.

Location:

Our Permaculture Farm
11251 Salina St
Brooksville, FL 34614

To register for the FREE workshop or for more info, email courseinfo@growpermaculture.com, or call 727-495-6145. (We ask that you include your city, and a description of how you found us?)

Following the intro, after the lunch break, is the Permaculture Design Course. A internationally recognized Permaculture Designer certificate is earned after a successful completion of the course. Look here for more details.

Intensive Hands-On Permaculture Design Course

Our hands-on spring Intensive Permaculture Design Course will be held Oct 22-Nov 2 2019. It is our 26th design course.

This is an intensive two week course held at our permaculture farm 1 hour north of Tampa and about 20 minutes from Weeki Wachee, FL. Students will have the opportunity to participate with and observe permaculture systems installation and operate in an immersive environment, including appropriate tech, innovative greenhouse solutions, perennial food systems, animals, solar and more. This is a small, diverse farm with many different elements and examples of permaculture that can be translated to a wide variety of settings, urban or rural. The course will address strategies and techniques for both urban and rural areas in different climates and circumstances. We will be midst setting up new food production systems and water catchment systems during the course (with our staff and volunteer crew) and students will have the opportunity for daily hands on involvement with a number of farm tasks and ongoing installations. 

The farm is located in a unique sandhill pine-oak ecosystem in Florida. We have many beautiful oak and pine trees on the site, native wildlife including protected species, and wild edibles such as pawpaws, wild cherry, and dewberries. In addition we have chickens and bees. We have many beautiful parks nearby including springs that manatees visit regularly, rivers, bike trails, and the Gulf of Mexico. 

Instructors: Koreen Brennan, Steve Szmidt others TBA.

Location:

Our Permaculture Farm
11251 Salina St
Brooksville, FL 34614

You will earn an internationally recognized certificate.

Apprenticeship opportunities will be available after the training, for those who would like to delve more deeply into applying what they’ve learned.

For people who may have difficulty spending all 13 days on the design course, we have options to let you catch up on some days. Note the class runs between 9am and 5pm so you can commute if you are not too far away. Typical travel time from St Petersburg is about 75 minutes up 275 and then either 589 or 75. Tampa is similar and of course traffic may extend the drive time. It’s about 90 minutes from Orlando.

By cooperating with nature and her energies, we are able to design human systems, from backyards to neighborhoods, farms or even cities to be more abundant, more long lasting, more ethical, healthier for all life in the system, and more enjoyable. Permaculture is a cutting edge approach to living that helps both people and the environment.

The training is designed to offer multiple opportunities including career mentoring and pathways, community building opportunities, resource networking, skill building, as well as what is for many, a life changing experience. We will offer written materials and study aids and exercises before the course and urge students to use them, as you will get much more out of the course. 

Some of the subjects covered include:

  • Permaculture design ethics and principles.
  • Master planning and site analysis.
  • Reading the landscape.
  • Pattern recognition in nature and society.
  • Organic, intensive gardening and farming.
  • Edible landscaping, food in small spaces.
  • Soil building.
  • Composting and vermicomposting.
  • Designing sustainable water use.
  • Water harvesting and greywater techniques.
  • Building food forests.
  • Agroforestry and ecoagriculture.
  • Aquaculture.
  • Alternative pest management.
  • Natural building, regenerative building technology.
  • Reducing energy costs in your home.
  • Best forms of alternative energy.
  • Appropriate technology including solar.
  • Self-reliant living, urban and rural strategies.
  • Boosting your career with permaculture.
  • Sustainable economies.
  • Increasing quality of life through “placemaking” design.
  • Community revitalization and rebuilding.
  • Successful strategies for intentional communities, ecovillages and cohousing, urban and rural.

This course exceeds the requirements laid out by permaculture founder Bill Mollison for the internationally recognized 72 hour Permaculture Design Course. The training provides a deep and wide overview of permaculture design, focusing on skill sets you can apply immediately. It is a thorough introduction to a subject that has many levels and areas of expertise and professional practice. Further study is available through our apprenticeship programs and advanced study. 

Who Takes This Permaculture Design Course?

  • Artists.
  • Community activists.
  • Do it yourselfers.
  • Educators – homeschool, teachers, professors.
  • Environmentalists.
  • Gardeners.
  • Green architects/builders.
  • Green consultants.
  • Homesteaders.
  • Landscapers.
  • Natural health practitioners.
  • Non-profit/community organizers.
  • People who care about the earth and each other.
  • People who love healthy food.
  • Permaculturists.
  • Policy makers.
  • Professionals (of many types).
  • Recent college graduates.
  • Students.
  • Urban and rural farmers.
  • Vegan, raw food, slow food, and/or local food.
  • Yoga practitioners.

Early bird course fee of $1,295 contact us by Sep 31, 2019. The full rate is $1,495. This fee covers all costs, including materials, three healthy meals per day and a place to pitch your tent. Our courses are an investment in yourself and your future – you will make and save far more than the course cost, to the degree you use the information in the course. Family discount of 50% off full price is available for partner or family member.

To register for the course, pay via our PayPal’s Buy Now button on the right side of this web page. Enter the date and name of the course in Paypal. We offer a limited number of partial scholarships, work studies and free passes. Payment options may be available.

For questions or to register outside of PayPal, contact Steve at: 727-495-6145 or courseinfo@growpermaculture.com.

Camping is available on the farm if you bring your own tent or camper. An RV spot may be available, we only offer electric hookup, you need a 50′ extension cord. On occasion a room is available in the house. Motels are nearby as are usually Air B&B.

 Testimonials:

“This course changed my life forever. It changed the way I look at everything, and gave me tools to address problems I thought had no solutions. It reinvigorated my connection to, respect for and love of the natural world and increased my understanding of it tremendously. It made me feel powerful and able to change things rather than helpless or apathetic. It gave me hope again, a renewed purpose for life and so many tools that I never dreamed existed! It brought back magic to my life, lightness, and fun!”

“Realization: Permaculture is a thought process that can be applied to all systems.”

“This course is the most exciting one I’ve ever attended because it’s all about finding solutions and connecting people together.”

“I found this course to be very intense and comprehensive. At first it was a bit overwhelming but the key points were repeated over and over as the course progressed. About halfway thru the pieces started to fit together. Then we got lots of real universe examples of existing permaculture farms and installations. Discussion made me start to think about application and discern the successful from the less or non-successful.”

“The comprehensive dovetailing of skills, data and disciplines which then got used to create a design came together so beautifully – I know I can do this now.

It’s like a giant puzzle that you work and work till all the pieces fit . It changed my thinking and made me so much more aware. I believe that I am more responsible, aware and empowered from knowing what I now know.  And there’s hope for the future.

I also feel I have met my GROUP!  The friendships and contacts I’ve made on this course will be for a lifetime. “

“I’ve had my permaculture friends tell me this course changed their life. I never understood why, or what the fuss was about, until I did the course myself. It is a paradigm shift to a much nicer and better paradigm. Don’t hesitate to do this course!”

“I would highly recommend this course, taught by Koreen and her associates to anyone who has great concern for the future of this planet and the destructive path it is on.”

“Permaculture is the solution we have all been waiting for. As permaculturists, “We are the ones we have been waiting for” to save ourselves from ourselves. Koreen is incredibly knowledgeable and has experienced many areas of the world first hand.

If you have been feeling at a loss and discouraged this is your last chance to educate yourself as if the earth herself were revealing her deepest secrets on how you can help her.

This is what permaculture is.

Grow Permaculture far exceeded my expectations, even after years of experience working with organic gardening methods already.”

“I really enjoyed the whole PDC experience. I knew I would, but it was even better than I had thought. I loved the detailed theoretical classes in which I learned how to build soil, how to make it faster than it would happen naturally, how plants benefit each other. I also liked the hands on experiences a lot, it made many concepts so much clearer. I enjoyed the teacher’s methods, and the warmth of the teachers’ helpers. It was a learning experience in every single level not to mention a great opportunity to meet nice people and grow.  Thanks!!!”



Grow Permaculture is a professional permaculture design organization that does consulting, design work, and education for a variety of projects. We have a permaculture farm near Brooksville and an abundant urban site in the Tampa Bay area. We create guilds with community, business and other human elements as well as with trees.  We are invested in co-creating our local community to be everything it can  be. We feel fortunate to have the opportunity to co-create an intentional community and weave beneficial connection into the fabric of everything, regenerating both human culture and the natural world in the process.

Free Permaculture Intro & Plant Propagation

October 13th, 1pm-4pm. (Updated.)

Want to get a better idea of what permaculture really is and what it can do? What does sustainability and whole system design have to do with permaculture?

Permaculture design is an effective tool to help you really make a difference, whether by gaining access to healthier food, reducing pollution, healing the earth, creating more economic stability, or building stronger and healthier communities. Explore what permaculture can do for you and your life. Be the change you want to see!

This three hour free workshop will cover what permaculture can do for you and for society from a number of different angles. We will introduce principles that you can use with your own gardening or home or community, to grow healthy food, and create more resilience and abundance.

You will learn specific permaculture design techniques you can apply immediately to increase abundance for yourself and loved ones while helping the environment. Permaculture design gives you the tools to:

– Grow healthy, organic food with little maintenance needed, by working with nature
– Use permaculture principles even in an apartment or condo
– Reduce costs of living
– Tap into or help build supportive community networks
– Achieve more economic stability
– Design your life toward more health and abundance
– Join us at this information, lively and interactive lecture.

Koreen is a permaculture and edible landscape designer and is in demand as a keynote and transformational speaker on the subject of abundant living.

Our Permaculture Farm is located in a unique sandhill pine-oak ecosystem in Florida. We have many beautiful oak and pine trees on the site, native wildlife including protected species, and wild edibles such as pawpaws, wild cherry, and dewberries. In addition we have chickens and bees. We have many beautiful parks nearby including springs that manatees visit regularly, rivers, bike trails, and the Gulf of Mexico. 

1 to 4pm on October 13th and plant propagation during the last hour. We will share some methods of propagating plants successfully with you in this hour. Find out how you can propagate common vegetables and herbs, and create many plants for your garden from grocery store produce, as well as perennial tropical greens and superfoods that we offer in our nursery. 

Location:

Our Permaculture Farm
11251 Salina St
Brooksville, FL 34614

To register for the FREE workshop or for more info, email courseinfo@growpermaculture.com, or call 727-495-6145. (We ask that you include your city, and a description of how you found us?)

On Oct 22nd the Permaculture Design Course starts. A internationally recognized Permaculture Designer certificate is earned after a successful completion of the course. Look here for more details.

Free Permaculture Introducion

October 22, 9 am to noon.

Want to get a better idea of what permaculture really is and what it can do? What does sustainability and whole system design have to do with permaculture?

Permaculture design is an effective tool to help you really make a difference, whether by gaining access to healthier food, reducing pollution, healing the earth, creating more economic stability, or building stronger and healthier communities. Explore what permaculture can do for you and your life. Be the change you want to see!

This three hour free workshop will cover what permaculture can do for you and for society from a number of different angles. We will introduce principles that you can use with your own gardening or home or community, to grow healthy food, and create more resilience and abundance.

You will learn specific permaculture design techniques you can apply immediately to increase abundance for yourself and loved ones while helping the environment. Permaculture design gives you the tools to:

– Grow healthy, organic food with little maintenance needed, by working with nature
– Use permaculture principles even in an apartment or condo
– Reduce costs of living
– Tap into or help build supportive community networks
– Achieve more economic stability
– Design your life toward more health and abundance
– Join us at this information, lively and interactive lecture.

Koreen is a permaculture and edible landscape designer and is in demand as a keynote and transformational speaker on the subject of abundant living.

Our Permaculture Farm is located in a unique sandhill pine-oak ecosystem in Florida. We have many beautiful oak and pine trees on the site, native wildlife including protected species, and wild edibles such as pawpaws, wild cherry, and dewberries. In addition we have chickens and bees. We have many beautiful parks nearby including springs that manatees visit regularly, rivers, bike trails, and the Gulf of Mexico. 

9am to noon on October 22nd.

Location:

Our Permaculture Farm
11251 Salina St
Brooksville, FL 34614

To register for the FREE workshop or for more info, email courseinfo@growpermaculture.com, or call 727-495-6145. (We ask that you include your city, and a description of how you found us?)

Following the intro, after the lunch break, is the Permaculture Design Course. A internationally recognized Permaculture Designer certificate is earned after a successful completion of the course. Look here for more details.