@2016 Permaculture Sustainable Consulting

If You’re Ready, Enroll Today and Get:

More than double the time

More (and much, much better) course material

Everything crafted from the ground-up; this is an entirely new course

...all for a fraction of what a face-to-face PDC costs, no travel time, and one year of full access

Optimized for student-centered learning

What’s included in the course?
I’ve detailed some of the main course elements above: just under 500 video modules, weekly questions & answer sessions with me (recorded and made available for everyone), a 24/7 digital community town hall, daily access to the teaching assistants, special animations and illustrations to help convey some of the more difficult principles, and ultimately, the PDC certificate itself.


Frequently Asked Questions






When will the course formally begin?
December 30th. This is when I will release the first batch of instructional material.
Once 24 weeks are up, what happens?
We will keep access to all the course materials, videos, PDFs, animations, and the like for an additional 28 weeks after the course formally ends. This gives you more than a year’s worth of access to all the course materials. If additional time is needed, no problem: Just let us know and we’ll do all we can to help.
What happens after the 30th?

On the 30th, and each subsequent Friday for the next 19 Fridays, I will release a batch of content (anywhere from 5 to 14 instructional modules) based on thematic fit and time load. These modules make up the heart of the course. The aim is to make the workload manageable, and have the content presented in a manner that feels like a single, themed unit.

You’ll then have Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday to watch the new material. During these 4 days, we encourage you to watch the videos, note anything that requires additional clarification, post your comments and questions in the discussion sections, and engage with the other members of the course community, TAs, and … me (!)

Monday at 5 pm EST, my TAs will hand me a list of questions that were particularly interesting / difficult / or require some time to really explain. I will then spend Tuesday and Wednesday going through these questions and doing a video recording of as many as I can. Our media team will then race to get these exported, cleaned up, and prepare them for publication. Our aim is to get these to you along with the next batch of core instructional materials the following Friday, such that you get new materials AND the recordings of the Q&A.




A generous 24-week pace

Some students have expressed difficulty in getting an entire online PDC done in just 10-12 weeks, so I’ve doubled the time to allow full, stress-free absorption of the materials.

Nearly 500 instructional modules

That includes blackboard-style videos, rich animations, weekly Q&A, and detailed PDFs; anywhere from 5 to 14 modules will be released weekly.

Q&A with me, weekly

After watching the core modules, you’ll have a chance to ask me any follow-up questions; all sessions will be recorded and made available to you.

Community town hall (24 / 7)

A sleek, modern interaction portal that far exceeds old-school discussion boards; the diversity and talents of our student body will fuel friendships and working relationships that last beyond the course.

Daily help from PDC-certified TAs

You’re never alone: A team of fantastic teaching assistants monitor the discussions and jump in with answers throughout the week.

Permaculture Design Certificate

Upon completing the course material and the final project, you’ll receive the formal, official PDC certificate -- the same certificate that I give to my face-to-face students, and the same certificate that Bill gave me more than 30 years ago.

What’s Included in the Course?


Secure Your Spot for the 2016 Online PDC 2.0


This is the first online class Geoff has taught in nearly two years. Sign up today to guarantee enrollment


“In the early 1970s, it dawned on me that no one had ever applied design to agriculture. When I realized it, the hairs went up on the back of my neck. It was so strange. We’d had agriculture for 7,000 years, and we’d been losing for 7,000 years — everything was turning into desert. So I wondered, can we build systems that obey ecological principles?”

- Bill Mollison

Permaculture is that system, and the PDC course is the quickest way to master it, step-by-step. It is the absolute foundation for all that comes after it.

Did I already say the media team is amazing?

Two former university-level film lecturers, and some years spent at Australian National Television; no cheap camera tricks - your learning is front and center.

Mobile-optimized and responsive design

Clean access on almost any device, anywhere there is an internet connection. Begin watching on one device, pick up where you left off on another.

“Flipped classroom” is the future of education

Watch videos on your own time, then we do the Q&A together; by doing this, you’ll have a deeper understanding of permaculture than many who take a face-to-face course.

Why Am I Calling This Course “Online PDC 2.0?”

Because it’s 100% new, built from the ground-up.

And here’s just a bit of what this all means for you:

A lifetime of experience packed in

Hard-won insights from teaching 15,000+ students over 30 years, delivered to you just a mouse-click away.

You will learn how to “think like a permaculturist.”

Far more important than “facts” is a way of thinking, and we’ll get you there quickly, thoroughly, and effectively.

User-friendly technology optimized for learning

Numerous best practices for student-centered learning: Self-paced, multimodal (video, audio) learning, and project-based; students with diverse learning styles will thrive.

Larger, smarter, more diverse team

A dozen or so superstars with brawn, brains, and heart; hands-down the most capable team I’ve ever been a part of.

The video throughout the course is off the charts

Old-school chalkboard “classroom-style,” on-the-farm, and drone footage? We got ‘em -- and might add a bit of VR towards the end of the course.

Direct-to-Camera presentation style

This is the first time I’ve recorded an entire course in a studio with you, the at-home student, as my sole and only focus. The difference is palpable.










A generous, no-questions-asked, 30 day, 100% money-back guarantee

Why did you pick 24 weeks?
The face-to-face PDC is a full-time intensive that is taught over two weeks. Some who have taught an online PDC have tried to do it in as little as 8-12 weeks, but invariably students ask for more time. Based on my 30+ years of experience, and having done it both online and offline, I’ve decided to pace the course at 24 weeks. I believe that anything much shorter than this is too fast, and had even flirted with the idea of making it a year-long course. However, I decided to aim for a happy middle-ground, as moving at a moderate pace allows the material to really soak in and lays a solid foundation for all future permaculture work. The material is voluminous, dense, and really takes time to absorb. Going through the material at a faster pace may be emotionally appealing and is certainly possible (and we may provide options for those of you who want to do this), but we’re confident that the sweet-spot is 24 weeks.



Do I need special equipment for the course?
Yes: Your heart, attention, and any internet-enabled device (computer, iPad, phone, etc.) Chrome has so far worked 100% of the time, so we recommend that whether you use a Mac or PC. No farm, land, bulldozer, shovels or anything else of the sort needed :) If all you have is a windowsill, a little passion, and some imagination, you’re ready to get started.



More questions? Click here for more answersSECURE MY ENROLLMENT WITH 3 MONTHLY PAYMENTS OF $399 (TOTAL TUITION = $1197 USD)


You mention 20 weeks in some places, and 24 in others. Which is it?
All the course content will be published and available to you over 20 weeks, i.e. week 20, the final “new” content will be published. The final 4 weeks will serve as a chance to catch up. This gives the best of both worlds: Those who want to finish quickly can do so in 20 weeks, while those who appreciate a more leisurely pace can do so with the extra month. In these final 4 weeks, my TAs and I will continue to be available for review and Q&As.