Date: June 12 – 30, 2017 (18 days)
Location: Earthaven Ecovillage near Asheville, NC ~ USA
Fee: $1700 until April 10. $1800 after April 10.

**DISCOUNT >> Use the code “SOILPDC45” & save $45**

Gain experience in systems-thinking and ethics-based approaches to observing, integrating, and creating thriving, bio-diverse environments for people, place and planet. You will learn about ethics, principles, observation, patterns, zones, sectors, micro-climates, site assessment and analysis, mapping and presenting — all as strategies for creating landscape and habitat design that enhances the long-term resilience, beauty, and quality of ecosystems. Upon completion of this 19-day intensive you will gain your Permaculture Design Certificate.


This Permaculture Design Certification Course offers a comprehensive smorgasbord of lectures, slideshows, group design projects, demonstrations and hands-on activities. You will gain tools, skills and experience with integrated design systems; time-tested, earth-based traditions; common-sense approaches that address real-world challenges; and the collaborative development of an integrated design plan for a real community project.

You will gain 120 hours at this Permaculture Design Certification Course, including:

  1. Permaculture History, Ethics & Design Principles
  2. Observation Practices & Nature Awareness
  3. Ecological Patterns in Design
  4. Global & Local Ecological Issues & Human Responses
  5. Hands-On Projects with Bioregional Techniques & Species
  6. Water in the Landscape: Ponds, Earthworks & Rainwater Catchment
  7. Soil Ecology, Biochar, Climate Resiliency & Disaster Response
  8. Agroforestry, Forest Gardening & Diverse Orchards
  9. Perennial Agriculture, Polycultures & Guilds
  10. Mushrooms & Myco-Remediation
  11. Wastewater Systems & Composting
  12. Integrated Animal Systems & the Landscape
  13. Renewable Energy & Appropriate Technology
  14. Eco Building Design & Natural Building Techniques
  15. Ecovillage Systems Design & Urban Permaculture Strategies
  16. Eco-Social Design, Cooperatives, Decision Making & Collaboration
  17. Money, Financial Systems & Project Budgeting
  18. Cooperative & Human-Scale Economics
  19. Presentation & Design Mapping
  20. Student Design Projects

Visit SOIL’s official web page for all Calendar, Location, Curriculum, Food & Lodging, and Application details.


Founded in 1994, Earthaven Ecovillage is located on 329 acres in culturally rich, biologically diverse Western NC, 50 minutes from Asheville. Earthaven is dedicated to caring for people and the Earth by learning and demonstrating a holistic, sustainable culture. Experiencing a living community and integrated systems in an up-close and personal way is a significant benefit of this PDC. For this reason, we are proud to be partnering with Earthaven Ecovillage and the School of Integrated Living (SOIL). Together, they will help make your learning experience be as dynamic, profound, and unforgettable as possible.

“Earthaven is where the human community is bonding with the Earth in a manner capable of healing the devastation of the past and inspiring a new grandeur for the future. At Earthaven, even for a brief while, we experience what it is to return to ourselves.” –Thomas Berry, author of The Dream of the Earth.


  1. Apply: Please visit the official Permaculture Design Course web page and follow instructions from there. Be sure to use your discount code: SOILPDC45
  2. Acceptance: You will receive a registration confirmation within a week. Payment is required within a week after acceptance to reserve your spot.
  3. Payment: Tuition can be paid by check, money order, PayPal, or credit card.


Cancellation Policy

If you cancel, you may transfer your place in the program to someone of your choosing (who will need to register online), or you can donate your place to someone who would not otherwise have been able to participate.

  • If you have paid tuition in full, 50% is refundable until April 21, 2017.
  • If you have partially paid tuition with a payment plan, 30% is refundable until April 21, 2017.
  • After April 21, 2017, there will be NO tuition refunds.
  • Indoor lodging fees are 100% refundable, minus a $100 office fee.

If SOIL cancels the PDC course for any reason, 100% of your tuition will be refunded.

Contact Gabriel at with registration questions.

Visit SOIL’s official web page for all Calendar, Location, Curriculum, Food & Lodging, and Application details.


NikiAnne Feinberg
SOIL Program Director & Founder

Affiliated Program: Please note that this is not a Permaculture School program. Our affiliates at the School of Integrated Living & Earthaven Ecovillage are running this program. We are proud to support them by spreading the word. They come highly recommended by us!