Permaculture is a whole-systems method of design that organizes strategies and techniques from agriculture, appropriate technology, natural building, economics, and other disciplines into a pattern of mutually supportive relationships that helps us create sustainable places to live.

Aprovecho’s Permaculture programs emphasize hands on learning and focus on the design and establishment of resilient farms, forests, homesteads, communities, and businesses.  Classes occur within the context of our 30 acre educational land-trust, a thirty year-old model of community scale Permaculture, and the surrounding neighborhood of sister farms and homesteads within the Hazelton valley.  Many of the best teachers from around the Pacific Northwest comprise the teaching team for our courses.

2018 Permaculture Programs


6-Week Permaculture Design Course &

Sustainable Living Immersion

August 6 to September 14, Summer 2018

Aprovecho’s Sustainable Living Skills Immersion is the oldest program of its kind in the Northwest and includes hands on training in appropriate technology, sustainable forestry, natural building, water harvesting, and sustainable agriculture. The Permaculture Design curriculum is woven throughout the program, leaving students with a framework for integrating the learned strategies and techniques into cohesive designs for sustainable human settlement.


Permaculture Practicum in Water and Forestry Systems

September 24 to November 11, Fall 2018

This course is designed for farmers, landowners, contractors, and students seeking to deepen their on-the-ground experience in planning and implementing regenerative forestry and water systems in the context holistic homestead and farm-scale projects.

This program embeds students within three integrated focus areas: agroforestry and perennial food systems, timber based forest management, and water harvesting.  Projects will include construction of ponds and other earthworks, land survey and map making, indoor and outdoor aquaculture, keyline system survey and implementation, food forestry, timber harvest planning and management, tree falling, perennial food cultivation, harvest, and preservation, greywater system construction, woodland and stream restoration, and rainwater harvesting.


2-Week Permaculture Design Course

May 7 to 19, Spring 2018

Certified by Cascadia Permaculture Institute and the Permaculture Institute of North American (PINA)

 Join the Cascadia Permaculture Institute this spring for our 2 week comprehensive permaculture design course.  This course will help you gain a clear understanding of the theory and practice of ecological design through lecture, discussion, slideshows, design projects, and hands-on experience.  May is the perfect time to deepen your understanding of natural systems and how they can inform design.


Permaculture Installation : Extension to 2-week Permaculture Design Course

May 21 to June 1, Spring 2018

Follow up your PDC with a hands-on project that applies that concepts of permaculture and methods of sustainable living. The installation project for 2018 is to be determined, but possibilities include building a composting toilet, installing a water tank, establishing perennial garden beds with earthworks, or developing a hugelkultur system (buried wood mass). Stay tuned!