Intensive Hands-On Permaculture Design Course, Mar 17-29, 2020

Our hands-on spring Intensive Permaculture Design Course will be held Mar 17-29 2020. It is our 28th 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.


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 60-75 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 $1,195 is due by Jan 31, 2019. The full rate is $1,495 due 15 days before course starts. 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 is available for partner or family member. Reserve a seat with $400 down, but needs to be paid in full by March 1.

SUAC members receive an additional $100 off the price, including any Early bird discount.

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, workstudies and free passes. Payment options may be available.

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


“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 Introduction to Permaculture, Feb 22, 2020

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.

1-4pm on Feb 22 at United Church of Christ, 2601 54th Ave S, St Petersburg, FL 33712

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

This intro is leading up to the March classes see for details.