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.

2017 Permaculture Programs


6-Week Permaculture Design Course &

Sustainable Living Immersion

August 6th to September 16th, Summer 2017

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 2017

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 Certificate with Cascadia Permaculture

May 17th to 29th, Spring 2017

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.