permaculture design CERTIFICATE course

Are you ready to be an Earth Healer?

In our new 15 week online Permaculture Design Certificate Course (PDC), we will explore an internationally-recognized curriculum with a grounding in spirit and a focus on organizing and activism.

Join Earth Activist Training’s lead instructors Starhawk and Charles Williams, plus an all-star cast for our next online Permaculture Design Certificate Course this coming July 13th to October 26th. Registration is open through July 19th!

Our online training will feature American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation. We are excited to build greater access to our teachings as we co-create this virtual learning journey~ Diversity Scholarships are available! Welcome Earth Activist friends, family, and new community!

registration is open!

Read more about EAT’s PDC Lead Educators & Co-Founders, Starhawk & Charles Williams, as well as other community leaders.

Learn how it is possible to design human systems that mimic natural systems, using a minimum of energy and resources and creating real abundance and social justice. We will cover principles and practices for how to read the landscape, how to heal soil and cleanse water, design integrated systems, harvest water, drought-proof land, build soil, sequester carbon, make compost, compost tea, and biochar, and how to bio-remediate toxins. Explore the solutions to climate change, and the strategies and organizing tools that can put them in place.

Earth Activist Training is unique in weaving social permaculture aspects throughout our course*: learn how to organize our human communities and groups, how to resolve conflicts, make decisions, work together effectively, and sustain our spirits.

*We are continuously looking to enhance our current online trainings with the magic of our in person gatherings which are taught interactively including songs, ceremony, and a variety of practical, hands-on, outdoor projects.


July 13th, 2021: Welcoming Live Session Tuesday July 13th, 2021 

July 20th – Oct 26th: 15 Weeks of Class Modules

*All sessions and recorded materials will also feature closed captioning or transcripts.

A Special Invitation to the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Community: ASL interpretation is available for our Live sessions and bi-weekly Live Q&A sessions to support Deaf students.

CLASS TIME: 6:00-8:00 PM Pacific Time, typically runs the full two hours

WEEKLY COMMITMENT: 2 hrs of live class + 3-5 hrs of home study

Who is this training for?

We firmly believe that everyone can benefit from learning how to apply  the tools and insights of permaculture toward the broad goal of earth regeneration. Permaculture has solutions not just for landscapes and agricultural systems, but also for social design, public policy and survival strategies for these challenging times.

Our students include

    • Young people looking for a career oriented around sustainability
    • People in mid-life looking for a new direction for existing or new work
    • Retirees wanting new fields to explore
    • Established professionals wanting to broaden and deepen their knowledge of sustainable alternatives
    • People involved with intentional communities, co-housing and eco-villages, or those who want to start or join one
    • Gardeners, farmers, ranchers, and land stewards of all kinds
    • Green business entrepreneurs who want to have a broader understanding of the possibilities
    • Teachers, environmental educators, and youth workers
    • Anyone involved in gardening, especially school gardens and community gardens
    • Architects and landscape designers
    • Artists, musicians, poets, writers and dancers, and anyone who collaborates creatively
    • Community organizers and activists from many movements, including environmental justice, food justice, global justice, anti-oppression, human rights workers, and others
    • Dreamers, visionaries, and more…

Topic and Projects Covered

Hands-on projects vary with weather and needs, but may include mapping, water harvesting structures, graywater or roof catchment, compost, compost teas, sheet mulch, plant propagation, planting trees and shrubs, seed-starting, introductions to natural building concepts (including cob, straw-clay or plastering) and a collaborative design project. Our projects can be tailored to students of varied levels of physical ability and diverse ages and previous experience.

We welcome and enjoy participants of any age (though please email us to discuss attendance by those under age 16). There is no need to have previous experience with permaculture or horticulture, and we can accommodate a broad range of physical abilities or limitations.

Please contact our support team if you have specific needs you’d like to discuss.

international Certification

Permaculture Design Certification

The Permaculture Institute of North America is our certifying body. To meet their standards we cover the 72 hrs of curriculum required for certification. Earth Activist Training is unique in offering an additional approximate 15 hours of social permaculture teachings and Earth Activism.

In order to graduate with an internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certificate, students must complete all of their live sessions, homework and an approved final design project.

WEEKLY COMMITMENT: 2 hrs live sessions + 3-5 hrs homework / week + final design time

Ready to join us?

Permaculture ethics, history and principles

We touch on all the topics below, some in more depth than others, given the limitations of our 15 week course. The overarching theme we teach is not any specific subject, but rather how they all fit together into systems that can meet our human needs while regenerating the environment around us. Students will be provided resources and direction for taking their permaculture studies further and deeper.

Graduating students will have completed 72 hours of approved Permaculture Design Certificate curriculum in the following subjects:


  • Observation
  • Reading the landscape
  • Site analysis
  • Zones and Sectors
  • Mapping
  • Design tools and processes
  • Collaborative design projects
  • Broadacre permaculture
  • Urban permaculture
  • Permaculture for gatherings, mobilizations and disaster situations


  • Creating healthy water cycles in living systems
  • Water harvesting
  • Swales, ponds and earthworks
  • Keyline systems
  • Erosion control
  • Rain catchment for roofs
  • Greywater and blackwater systems


  • Soil structure
  • Soil biology
  • Soil building
  • Compost
  • Sheet mulch
  • Compost teas and ferments
  • Mushrooms
  • Bioremediation and mycoremediation
  • Biochar


  • Plant needs
  • Plant guilds and polycultures
  • Cover crops
  • Agroforestry
  • Food forests
  • Plant propagation
  • Tree care: pruning and planting, choosing varieties
  • Sustainable forestry


  • Animals in our systems
  • Raising and feeding “microherds”—healthy soil microbial communities
  • Beneficial insects
  • Bees
  • Worms
  • Humane treatment of animals
  • Poultry
  • Livestock for the homestead
  • Holistic management grazing systems
  • The role of predators
  • Wildlife habitat
  • Alternatives for vegans


  • Climate change and strategies for adaption and mitigation
  • Microclimates
  • Windbreaks
  • Drylands
  • Tropics
  • Wetlands
  • Cold climates


  • Alternative and renewable energy: evaluating and designing systems
  • Active and passive solar
  • Wind
  • Microhydro
  • Alternative fuels and biogas

Natural Building:

  • Insulation and thermal mass
  • Sustainable forest products
  • Cob, straw-bale, light-straw-clay
  • Plasters

Social permaculture:

  • Personal regeneration and self-care
  • Site design to support social aims
  • Urban redesign
  • Group dynamics
  • Communication tools
  • Governance structures for collaborative groups
  • Ecovillages and community design
  • Meeting processes
  • Meeting facilitation
  • Alternative economics

Organizing and activism:

  • Strategic organizing
  • Pro-active and prefigurative movements
  • Campaign planning and organizing
  • Power mapping
  • Organizing in diverse communities


  • Connecting to the spirit in nature
  • Creating ritual and ceremony
  • Grounding and centering
  • Sensing and shifting energy
  • Drumming, dancing, singing and meditation
  • Daily rituals


“Amazing, life-altering experience. We all grow and learn so much during this short time. The safe, supportive environment really facilitates people opening up, feeling empowered, and coming into their true potential. We each find our place and voice here, and are able to carry a piece of that back with us into our work… it’s as much about the inspiration, the community, and empowerment as it is about the information.”
– Brenda Whitney, Aurora, Illinois

COURSE TUITION: Permaculture Design Certificate

*Registration OPEN until midnight Monday July 19th*

We offer two payment options in order to meet our audience where they are: a one time sliding scale payment, and a 4 part payment plan. Our goal is to increase accessibility for our paid trainings. Read more about our Financial Values.

*Group Discounts are Available for groups of 4 or more. Contact us for information.


Sliding Scale: Select the payment according to your ability to contribute.

  • Resilient Tuition $799
  • Standard Tuition $899
  • Abundant Tuition $999*

*Every Abundant Tuition helps us to cover the costs of our Diversity Scholarships. Thank you to those who can offer more!

Sliding Scale USD


DEPOSIT + PAYMENT PLAN: $250 x 3 Payments of $250

We have created an option that is a 4 part payment plan, featuring our lowest registration cost of just $250 to reserve your spot. Due to administrative costs, this is a set tuition of $999 + $1 donation. Totally $1000.

Note: Spaces are limited for our course splease consider your ability to commit to the entire course before submitting for a payment plan.

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DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIPS: Earth Activist Training is committed to increasing the diversity of the global permaculture and regenerative land movements. Our goal is to provide access to our programs through scholarships for indigenous people and people of color working in environmental and food justice areas. For our online trainings, we are offering pay-what-you-can scholarships. *Diversity Scholarship is full for our upcoming course.*

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