2-Week PDC

Apro Family

May 7 – 19, 2018 POSTPONED. Stay tuned for future dates.

Certified by the Permaculture Institute of North American (PINA)

Tuition (includes instruction, materials, housing (shared dorm room or camping), 3 meals a day throughout the program): $1,500. The early bird discount is $75 with registration by April 1st for a total tuition of $1,425.

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.

Topics in our course include:

  • Permaculture Ethics & Principles
  • Mapping & Design Exercises
  • Pattern Recognition
  • Observation & Site Analysis
  • Ecology & Natural Cycles
  • Garden Design & Establishment
  • Useful Plants & Planting Strategies
  • Water Harvesting, Management, & Conservation
  • Soils & Soil Building Strategies
  • Animals in the System
  • Forests, Agroforestry, & Tree Crops
  • Ecological Building
  • Appropriate Technology
  • Urban Permaculture
  • Village Design
  • Cooperative Economics & more!

Stay on an extra week or two for this year’s Permaculture Installation Project. Registration for the Installation is discounted $150 if you register for both at the same time!


Students receive organic and locally sourced (often directly out of our garden) prepared meals Monday through Friday for lunch.  Meal shifts are shared between all students for breakfast and dinner and on weekends.  Organic and local food is supplied for your use.  Students have their choice of a shared dorm in our strawbale dormitory or their own campsite for this program.  All students have access to plentiful indoor space including a large common room, showers, kitchen and library as well as hiking trails and relaxation space.

If you have any questions about registration or life at Aprovecho, please contact:


I will never look at my world in the same way again. This hugely powerful, yet common-sense knowledge, is the key in unlocking the door leading to a future of health for our planet, power through self-reliance, understanding of interlocking ecological systems and ultimately a sustainable future for all of earth’s inhabitants.   –Mark 


Garden Bliss

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