Urban Permaculture Design Certificate Course 2013 – Tampa Bay

The course will be taught during 6 weekends over 6 months:
July 13-14,
Aug 10-11,
Sep 21-22,
Oct 19-20,
Nov 16-17,
and Dec 14-15.
Learn to design your life to be regenerative and abundant at the beautiful Moccasin Lake Nature Park in Clearwater FL.
Instructed by Koreen Brennan, designer and teacher.

Welcome to our 2013 Urban Permaculture Design Course!

Urban PDC 2013 - Tampa Bay

We are offering a six month in-depth permaculture design course with career pathways, tools for sustainable living, hands on, apprenticeship potential, field trips, course materials and more. There is still time to get involved!

What is Permaculture Design?

Permaculture is conscious design of sustainable human systems of any size or complexity, from the backyard to watershed and beyond.  In permaculture, we work with nature, rather than against her, to increase abundance and long-term survival potential for humans and for other life forms. Permaculture is the art and design of conscious living for the greater good.

In this course you will learn:

  • Sustainable design techniques
  • Organic gardening
  • Grow more food with less work by working with nature
  • Edible landscape design
  • Soil building
  • Environmental stewardship
  • Greywater and rainwater catchment
  • Bioswale building
  • Food forests
  • Agroforestry and ecoagriculture
  • Aquaculture
  • Composting and vermicomposting
  • Alternative pest management
  • Urban, suburban and rural sustainable living strategies
  • Natural Building
  • Retrofitting the urban environment – your home, your community
  • Best forms of sustainable energy
  • Appropriate technology
  • Successful careers in permaculture
  • Sustainable economics
  • Intentional communities
  • Community building
  • Regional/Local Community Revitalization
  • and more

Over 100 hours of instruction to receive an internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certificate. This course exceeds the requirements laid out by Bill Mollison for a 72 hour permaculture design certificate course.

Further, we offer optional field trips and/or project based activities on alternative weekends, in addition to the hands on, community building, teamwork, fieldwork, and other instruction during the course. The extra weekend schedules will be posted soon so you can mark your calendars. There will also be hands on apprenticeship design opportunities available while the course is ongoing. Career counseling and business building opportunities are also available. We want you to be successful using regenerative design.
Because the vast majority of people live in urban or suburban environments currently, our focus is on urban and suburban solutions. We are excited about the potential of all forms of permaculture in an urban environment. We are also versed in permaculture techniques for acreage and offer a well rounded course with an emphasis on urban solutions.
One of the things that many of our graduates say they love about the course is the connections they make; we believe that is an important part of a live Permaculture Design Course and so we work to create opportunities for creating beneficial connections, not just with course students but with the broader community as part of the course structure.

Course dates:

  • July 13-14, 2013
  • Aug 10-11, 2013
  • Sep 21-22, 2013
  • Oct 19-20, 2013
  • Nov 16-17, 2013
  • Dec 14-15, 2013

Note: If you missed our July session, we have another class on July 28, plus on line materials, that will allow you to join this course on August 10th.

Course Location:

Moccasin Lake Nature Preserve
2750 Park Trail Lane
Clearwater, FL 33755

Who Takes This Permaculture Design Course?

  • Artists
  • Do it yourselfers
  • Educators – homeschool, teachers, professors
  • 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
  • Vegans and people interested in, raw food, slow food, and/or local food
  • Yoga practitioners

Course Prices

  • $1100 – Full Price
  • Payment plan available
To register, type in the appropriate dollar amount and click the PayPal button “Buy Now” on the right hand side of this web page under Purchase Courses.

For more information, payment plans, or work-study info, contact Cathy at 727-495-6145 or or email info@growpermaculture.com

We also accept time bank hours – for more info ask the Tampa Bay Time Bank

Limited seating: a non-refundable deposit ($200) will hold your seat for the full class.

Through the entire course, you will receive over 100 hours of instruction, however, for this course, 72 hours -in the course room – are required to qualify for a Permaculture Design Certificate. Any missed class will be available online for you to catch up in case you cannot attend one of the weekends.

Deposits and payments are non-refundable and will be applied toward future courses and/or services only.

Course Instructors:

Koreen Brennan – owner at Grow Permaculture – is the lead instructor for this course. Click here to see her bio.

Koreen will be assisted by the following guest experts and teachers:
  • Robert Kluson, Extension Service – soil scientist specializing in sustainable food production in Florida soils, will take us on a journey into the earth
  • Jungle Jay, archeologist, permaculture designer, adventurer, inventor and artist will take us on a hands on appropriate technology journey
  • Bryan Roberts, green builder and designer extraordinaire will share his amazing and creative solutions for retrofitting the urban environment
  • Marie Nelson, PhD, financial permaculture expert will share powerful economic tools of permaculture
Reminder: To register, type in the appropriate dollar amount and click the PayPal button “Buy Now” on the right hand side of this web page under “Purchase Courses”.


“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 half way thru the pieces started to fit together. Then we got lots of real universe examples of existing permaculture famrs 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 partner in a cooperative permaculture nursery, and with an arborist who specializes in saving trees. We create guilds with community, business and other human elements as well as with trees. We are active with the Sustainable Urban Agriculture Project in St. Petersburg, and also engaged in major volunteer projects such as permaculture systems at Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota, a children’s food forest in St Petersburg, community gardens, and were extensively involved in disaster permaculture efforts after the Haiti earthquake.  We feel fortunate to have the opportunity to co-create an intentional community and weave beneficial connection into the fabric of everything, regenerating human culture and the natural world in the process.