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Permaculture Design Certification Course

SOIL instructor Zev Friedman demonstrates the use of an A-frame to measure contours.at Earthaven Ecovillage | near Asheville, North Carolina

SOIL is currently not offering a Permaculture Design Course (PDC) at Earthaven Ecovillage. For students interested in taking a PDC in the greater Asheville area, we highly recommend the classes offered by our partners at Wild Abundance. Their instructor team, led by Natalie Bogwalker, provides two different paths to earning the PDC:

    • Traditional Permaculture Design Course: This traditional 11-day PDC focuses on assimilating permaculture principles and design strategies into the rich cultural and ecological elements of the South.
  • Earthskills and Permaculture ImmersionOn one three-day weekend a month from April through November, participants cover not only the internationally recognized PDC curriculum, but also gain experience in related skills such as wild food foraging, natural building, and primitive firemaking.

Graduates of the 2017 Permaculture Design Course

Graduates of the 2017 School of Integrated Living Permaculture Design Course

Experience a developing ecovillage for yourself!

Most of SOIL’s classes take place at Earthaven Ecovillage, giving participants a hands-on, skill-building immersion within an authentic community-based, village setting. Tours of Earthaven are also available on a monthly basis, a great way to dip your toe into this long-standing, intergenerational social experiment.

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