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

Living with the Forest: An Ecocultural Land Stewardship Intensive

Thursday, February 8th to Sunday, February 11th 

INSTRUCTORS: Tao Orion and Heron Brae

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

May 7 to 19,  2018

INSTRUCTORS: Abel Kloster and Jude Hobbs

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.


Permaculture Design Installation 

May 21 to June 1, Spring 2018

With instructor Abel Kloster and guests

This 2 week program will pick up where our Spring PDC left off, by implementing designs created by students during the prior two weeks. This year’s project will focus on homestead design and retrofit and including garden and landscape installation and upkeep, forest garden planting, greywater installation, light straw clay and earthen plaster systems.

Students will have the opportunity to gain skills that they can use in their home and professional lives while experiencing the real-world nuances of various systems; gaining experience that informs better system design and planning.



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 2, 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.