Permaculture Design Course

The Lyons Farmetteand YummyYards are thrilled to offer a two-week Permaculture Design Certification Course at The Lyons Farmette, located in Lyons, CO from March 7 – March 23, 2014.  The course features an intensive 82-hour immersion into permaculture principles and ecological design, featuring many diverse, dynamic and experienced permaculture teachers from the Colorado Front Range.
Through a combination of lecture, discussion, workshops, site tours, hands-on projects and on-site group design projects, you will learn how to observe ecosystems and design regenerative systems that provide food, energy and shelter. Engage in the revolutionary act of self-empowerment and discover how to build resilient human communities that care for the earth, provide for people and create a surplus for all to share.
For detailed information about course application, costs, schedule, syllabus, lodging, meals, and what to bring, please click on the appropriate pages in the right sidebar.  Call 303.908.3054 or email Laura at with any additional questions. Thank you for your interest.  Permie people unite!
Course Includes
  • 82 hours of instruction and hands-on activities
  • 50 permaculture topics covered
  • 20 hands-on projects and workshops
  • 14 dynamic instructors
  • 10 hours of instructor-supervised group design time
  • 2 weeks of inspiration and life-changing permaculture immersion!

Curriculum will include the following topics:

  • Permaculture Ethics & Principles
  • Patterns in Nature & Landform
  • Permaculture Design Process
  • Observation
  • Site Analysis
  • Guilds & Forest Gardening
  • Systems Thinking
  • Zones and Sectors
  • Mapping & Design Skills
  • Working with Clients
  • The Living Soil
  • Trees & Forests
  • Climate, Biomes & Microclimates
  • Globalization vs. Localization
  • Bioregionalism
  • Urban Permaculture
  • Ecovillage Design
  • Social Ecology
  • Group Facilitation & Group Process
  • Local Currencies & Alternative Economics
  • Energy Cycling
  • Sheet Mulching
  • Swale Building
  • Rainwater Harvesting
  • Greywater Systems
  • Composting Toilets
  • Keyline Design
  • Animal Systems
  • Aquaculture & Aquaponics
  • Beekeeping
  • Poultry, Goats, Sheep, Llamas
  • Gardening Basics
  • Mushroom Cultivation & Mycorestoration
  • Alcohol as Fuel
  • Hoophouses & Sustainable Greenhouse Design
  • Row Covers & Cold Frames
  • Herbcrafting
  • “Weed” and Native Plant ID
  • Pruning, Grafting & Orcharding
  • Vermiculture & Composting
  • Seed Saving & Perennial Vegetables
  • Preserving The Harvest: Drying, Canning, Fermenting & Pickling
  • Appropriate Technology
  • Indigenous Permaculture
  • Drip Irrigation
  • Natural Building
  • Passive and Active Solar Design

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