Permaculture is more than just good gardening. It is a life long approach to analysis, action and social structures that results in better relationships, more functional systems and a clearer understanding of everything necessary for human communities to thrive.
This 12-part certificate course teaches basic permaculture design skills such as site observation, mapping, & assessment, as well as group process and effective communications. Can be applied professionally and personally in tandem with many related livelihoods and practices. Includes contemporary urban examples for responding to climate change, improving city environments, bioregional organizing, utilizing the public commons, and group governance. Some work out of class will be required, so be sure to schedule extra time for home study.
Apply permaculture principles and design skills by working on group and individual projects. Re-design the landscapes, assess the buildings and create new programs for the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture (BSEC) and the Old Stone House in Washington Park. BSEC is a congregation of individuals and families who embrace personal growth and social progress. OSH is an interpretive museum and community center with a functional landscape for food, medicine, craft material, wildlife support and storm-water management. We also work with the adjacent middle school.
Classes were held at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture and the Old Stone House & Washington Park, Park Slope, BK. Ten hours of field training in the gardens is mandatory for this certificate, as is participation in our annual Seed Share event on Feb 6, 2016
This course is now over. For full course details, please visit Permaculture Design Certificate course. Please contact Claudia Joseph with any questions about future courses.
Course fee: Tuition$1,200. Early Registration $900 if paid in full before December 1.
10 am to 5 pm
9 am to 4 pm
1. To introduce students to the fundamentals of sustainability
2. To teach cooperative dynamics and positive action
3. To learn about useful plants and ecosystems design
4. To relate our needs to our local and global resources
5. To study homesteading skills and appropriate technologies
Site Instructor Claudia Joseph is the founder and Director of the New York Permaculture Exchange, Director of Environmental Programs at the Old Stone House, and a consultant and community gardener; Claudia has taught and practiced permaculture on both coasts at the Berkeley Ecology Center, Merritt College, the New York Open Center, BBG, NYBG, and with many other organizations since 1996.
Guest Instructors: Jono Neiger, Tattfoo Tan, Jude Hobbs and others TBA
Jono Neiger, a conservation biologist with nearly two decades of experience in land stewardship, ecological studies, and restoration, was Lost Valley Educational Center’s Land Steward and Permaculture Apprenticeship Program Director in Oregon for five years. A permaculture teacher and designer since 1996, Jono works to help organizations and individuals further their goals for stewarding their land and for creating productive, regenerative human ecosystems.
Tattfoo Tan is a NYC artist who works in the realm of ecology, sustainability and education, offering imaginative visions for cultural change. Queens Museum of Art, Artisphere, Parsons the New School for Design, F.I.T., Bronx River Art Center and many more have hosted his insightful perspective on art & ecology.
Jude Hobbs operates two businesses–Cascadia Permaculture and Agro-Ecology Northwest offers a wide range of services to agricultural businesses, individual land-owners and Permaculture students. Jude is one of the premier permaculture instructors in the US.