Advanced Permaculture Design Certification Course

Front Royal, VA
Wednesday, June 01, 2016
Advanced Permaculture Design Certification Course
Wednesday, June 01, 2016 - Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Smithsonian Mason School of Conservation
1500 Remount Road
Front Royal, VA 22630

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So, you have your PDC, now what? This advanced, applied Permaculture design course is for anyone looking to study Permaculture design at a deeper level. Enhance your understanding of the Permaculture ethics and principles and practice applying them to property designs with input and guidance from experienced Permaculture consultant and designer, Wayne Weiseman.

Gain the skills and confidence needed to take your Permaculture design skills beyond your own back yard.  This course will give you the skills and foresight needed to assess, conceive and design any property into a perpetual harvest garden. This program teaches the use of ecological landscape design language and technique using the Permaculture design process to create an ecologically balanced residence and abundant lifestyle. Forest gardening, landscape design techniques, professional Permaculture design & consulting, site assessments, urban and rural design projects, project presentation and other topics covered in this course will insure a life-changing experience and provide enhanced skills for ecological design. You will practice designing property infrastructure, the built environment, integration of animals and plants, and merging all of these elements into a designed landscape of your creation.

This course consists of a 6-day session that focuses on a detailed design project. Students taking this course must already have their Permaculture Design Certificate. Please dress for the weather (wear layers!) and bring boots and a raincoat.

Prerequisites: a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC)

Organization: This course consists of readings, narrated power point presentations, videos and films, design projects, feedback, and design revisions.

Course Length: 6 days

Course Dates: June 1-6, 2016

Daily Schedule: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Course Fee: $1,080: including meals ($900 without meals) ***Please note that in an effort to reduce costs to you, we are providing a registration option without meals. If you opt to not have your meals included, you will be responsible for bringing your own meals/snacks to each class.***

Lodging: Lodging is available at an additional cost. $34 per night for a shared, double room and $67 per night for a single room. Please contact Danielle Wyman Castellano as soon as possible at if you are interested in staying on-site for this course.


Instructor: Wayne Weiseman

Recommended Reference Texts (Students who have these books are encouraged to bring them along):

  • Permaculture: A Designer’s Manual, Bill Mollison
  • Landscape Graphics, Grant Reid
  • Regenerative Design for Sustainable Development, John Lyle

Course Topics:

  • Review of the Permaculture concept
  • Design methodologies
  • Whole systems thinking
  • Ecological design
  • Base plans, plat maps, satellite maps, scaling and map measurements
  • Observation exercises
  • Site assessment and site assessment tool kits
  • The scale of permanence, sector analysis, the zone system, needs, products and behaviors as templates for design
  • Land infrastructure
  • Buildings, the waste stream, energy systems
  • Animals
  • Recognizing and following natural patterns
  • Drawing practice and landscape symbols
  • Drafting/drawing tools
  • Preparing for and managing design charettes
  • Design drivers, goal setting, envisioning the needs and wants of the client
  • Draft design (hand-drawing)
  • Concept evaluation
  • Plant databases, building databases, etc. and internet resources
  • Polyculture design




Instructor Biography: Wayne Weiseman was certified to teach Permaculture by Bill Mollison, the founder of permaculture. He is also recognized by the Worldwide Permaculture Network as an instructor of the Permaculture Design Certification Course. He is certified by the American Institute of Architecture (AIA) and the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) to teach continuing education in permaculture to licensed architects and landscape architects.

Weiseman has worked as a school teacher and as a consultant to educators and administrators in curriculum and professional development. As a primitive wilderness instructor he relies on observation techniques and a thorough understanding of the natural world to ply his trade. He has worked extensively with corporate executives in the art of team building and the application of ideas in business and life developed through the observation of the cycles and connections found in the natural world. He has worked as a builder and contractor, herbalist, renewable energy expert, and farmer for the past thirty years. Weiseman is director of The Permaculture Project LLC and Permaculture Design-Build Collaborative LLC, a full-service, international consulting and educational businesses promoting the ideas of eco-agriculture, renewable energy resources, and eco-construction methods. 

He is also director of the Kinstone Academy of Applied Permaculture in Fountain City, Wisconsin. For many years Weiseman managed a land-based, self-reliant community project combining organic crop/food production, ecologically-built shelter, renewable energy and appropriate technologies. Weiseman currently sits on the board of the Permaculture Institute North America (PINA), a national certifying organization for permaculture designers and educators. Weiseman’s book, Integrated Forest Gardening: The Complete Guide to Polycultures and Plant Guilds in Permaculture Systems, is available from Chelsea Green Publishing. 


If you have any additional questions, please contact Danielle Wyman Castellano at or (703) 993-7725. Please note: this course is limited to 20 participants and spaces are expected to fill quickly. Early registration is STRONGLY encouraged.


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