Permaculture Certification Combined Traning

Beginner/Intermediate |   8:30am - 6:00pm October 3-15, 2016 |   Hesperia, California

Cal-Earth Institute and Midwest Permaculture are combining their recognized and established certificate trainings for a rare and powerful learning opportunity. Having delivered over 60 PDC courses, Midwest Permaculture is an internationally recognized provider of quality permaculture trainings. Their full PDC curriculum will be delivered to students at this combined training so that all will earn their Permaculture Design Certificate.


  • The workshop will include the full Core Curriculum taught at Cal Earth Institute during the first five days followed by a full PDC taught by Midwest Permaculture

Topics Covered by Midwest Permaculture: 

  • Observations and Patterns
  • Principles and Ethics of Permaculture
  • Designing for Different Climatic Zones
  • Soils, Plants, and Trees
  • Guilds and Polycultures
  • Water and Earthworks
  • Utilizing Micro-climates
  • Designing with Succession in Mind
  • Eco-Building
  • Zone and Sector Analysis
  • Aquaculture
  • Planning the Homestead
  • Bio-Fuels
  • Economics
  • Niche Marketing
  • Urban and Suburban Permaculture
  • Garden Management
  • Small-Farm Strategies
  • Large-Farm Possibilities
  • International Implications
  • Starting your own Permaculture Business


Cost: $2500
$400 deposit required to reserve space

Due to the unique nature of this combined workshop the deposit is nonrefundable. If for some reason you cannot attend your deposit can be transferred to a future CalEarth workshop.


October 3-15, 2016
October 16-28, 2017

Permaculture is about relationships. The combined workshop goes beyond the relationship between the elements and the house to include how we live with the land we’re building on.
— workshop participant

STEP 1 - Fill out application

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  • Workshop check-in and orientation is at 8:30am, please arrive promptly. 
  • Please plan to stay through Saturday late afternoon. The course ends mid-day on Saturday and you are welcome to stay on-site Saturday night so you don't have to rush out. You may also arrive the afternoon/evening before the workshop (after 3pm) if needed for your travel plans. Please confirm this with us if you plan on extended stay.  
  • Breakfast is provided each morning of the workshop, as well as lunch on the first day. You will be responsible the remaining lunches/dinners. We have plenty of restaurants and grocery stores nearby and a kitchen on-site for storage and cooking.
  • We will provide each person a small folder with paper and a pen, but feel free to bring a notepad if you prefer. 
  • Please wear work clothes including a hat and proper closed toed shoes (sandals not permitted). Please bring your own work gloves as well as a pair of plastic/rubber gloves for wet work. 
  • The weather in the high desert can fluctuate significantly, so we recommend checking the weather online prior to your arrival, and bringing layers to ensure you are prepared. You'll receive an additional email after you apply with more information on what to bring, especially if you will be staying on-site.
  • Participants ages 15+ allowed to attend with a parent or guardian. 
  • You are welcome to take photos but video and audio recording are not permitted.   
  • There is limited wifi access on site 


If for some reason you are unable to attend the workshop you registered for, your deposit may also be applied to another course that same year if you notify Cal-Earth at least two weeks before the start of a course.

If you wish to withdraw completely and cannot reschedule, a $50 registration fee will be deducted and your remaining balance refunded if you notify Cal-Earth two weeks prior to the start of the workshop. Any cancellations within two weeks of the workshop will not be refunded, only transfered.

If Cal-Earth cancels the workshop due to low enrollment your tuition will be fully refunded or transferred.