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.

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Permaculture Programs

Living with the Forest: An Ecocultural Land Stewardship Intensive

Thursday, February 8th to Sunday, February 11th

The Willamette Valley region offers a unique mix of conifer forest and oak savanna ecosystems. Although many old-growth conifers and oaks have been cleared to make room for industrial forestry and agriculture, opportunities abound to actively participate in rekindling the biodiversity of these ecosystems. This three-day intensive will use lecture and hands-on projects to delve into the principles and practices of developing a culture of regenerative forest and land stewardship in this special place. We will discuss different approaches to land management, investigate our personal relationship to the land, learn ecosystem assessment skills, and chart a path towards sensitive and sustainable use of forest ecosystems in our region.

2-Week Permaculture Design Course

Certified by the Permaculture Institute of North American (PINA)

 Join us 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.



6-Week Permaculture Design Course &

Sustainable Living Immersion

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 Design Installation 

This 2 week service learning program will pick up where our 6-week PDC left off, by implementing designs created by students during the prior six weeks. Participants will dive into a deeper application of freshly learned design principles, developing skills that they can use in their home and professional lives while experiencing the real-world nuances of various systems. Specific projects will be determined during the PDC, and may include garden and landscape installation and upkeep, forest garden planting, greywater installation, light straw clay insulation, earthen plaster systems,agroforestry installations, hedgerows, silvopasture, oak woodland restoration, and water harvesting.

Taken as a **NO-COST** extension to the 6-week PDC (or past year PDC graduates), or as a stand-alone experience for $250. All skill levels are welcome!