2017 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?
The course formally began in January, 2017
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.
It’s now well past January. Can I still join the course?

Yes, absolutely! You have all the way until the end of this year (through December 31st, 2017) to go through and master all the course content, then complete the Final Design Exercise (FDE). The FDE is the only formal requirement of the course, so even if you join the course as late as June 2017, 6 months from then until the end of the course is certainly more than enough time to go through all the materials  and complete the FDE.   



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?


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“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.



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I’m slightly confused - is this a “live” course with a fixed schedule, or a self-paced course?

Great question. In keeping with some of the best practices in online education, I’ve chosen to design this course as a “hybrid” course, i.e. a mixture of “live” and recorded / self-paced.

It is “live” in the sense that from January through May, I publish a new set of material each Friday. I do this because, with over 500 pieces of course content, releasing it all at once would be overwhelming. 

You then have a chance to go through the weekly material, post comments and ask questions through our course commenting system, and the TAs and I then answer your questions throughout the week. Our TAs check for your comments and questions multiple times a day, so the interactions are extensive and response times are typically rapid. 

In addition, I’ll pick a handful of the more complex questions, record a video answering those questions, then publish those with the next week’s batch of materials until all the course material is published. 

And it is self-paced in the sense that you can choose to go through the material according to your own preferred schedule. Our weekly schedule is simply a “soft recommendation” to help you pace yourself, but you can choose to go slower than this, OR you can choose to start later (as many students have due to other commitments), OR you can go so far as to do nothing at all until the end of May, 2017 (at this point, all the content will have been published and is instantly available), then go through ALL the material as rapidly (or slowly) as you’d like. It is in principle possible to go through all the materials in as little as 4-6 weeks (but be prepared to sleep and eat less, because it will take all your time :) ) 

The upshot is: I’ve made the course flexible, and so pacing and scheduling is entirely up to you. You can comfortably enroll anytime from January 2017 all the way through June 2017. After that, we will close enrollment and no longer be accepting students for the course.   



So is there a "schedule" for the course?
Yes, it works like this: 

Every Friday (from January through June), I publish a batch of content. The exact number of modules is 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. 

Remember, this is the schedule for January through May. After that, all the content will have been published.