Livestream – Permaculture Design Course – Winter 2018

UPI’s first ever livestream of a PDC

We receive feedback several times a month asking if we are planning to offer an urban permaculture learning experience online.  For the first time we are adapting our format to enable anyone with an internet connection to experience the Urban Permaculture Institute’s Permaculture Design Certificate training.

The training will include between 50-70 hours of online livestream interaction with the instructors and other participants.  These online sessions will include live question and answer as well as presentation and individual exercises.  Additionally, the training is broken up into 25 modules with reading, videos and suggested exercises that can be done at your own pace. You’ll see in the schedule below that the livestream sessions are scheduled over the course of 3 months – roughly 2 times per week.

We estimate it will take 3-4 hours to ‘complete’ each module.  Completion means that you have joined or viewed the online livestream session (estimate 2 hours) and reviewed the reading and online links to additional resources (estimate 2+ hours).

Active Design Course

To deepen the opportunity to build design skills, each module will have a “homework” or “extra fun” (we know some people seek therapy due to the word “homework” so we offer an alternative descriptor) assignment that will be optional.  Results of homework assignments can be uploaded to our youtube channel.

Additionally, you will be invited to engage in a design practicum where you can apply what you have learned to an actual site.  Design practicum outcomes can be submitted to the instructors if you would like to receive a permaculture design certificate.

Lake Merritt class design from Fall 2015 class

Teaching Team

The Urban Permaculture Institute has been offering Permaculture Design Training in the Bay Area since 2008. We have trained over 1000 individuals across 35+ unique trainings. We have an extensively developed curriculum that covers all the basics while keeping abreast of new developments in the permaculture world. Our instructors have a wealth of experience and come from diverse backgrounds.

Kevin Bayuk

Kevin Bayuk

Kevin works at the intersection of ecology and economy where permaculture design meets cooperative organizations intent on meeting human needs while enhancing the conditions conducive to all life. He is a partner with LIFT where he provides strategy and guidance for social enterprises helping them grow. Kevin has helped design and start gardens and public learning experiences intent on reminding people that they too are nature. Writing, speaking, researching and mentoring are his strongest skills.

David Cody

David Cody

David is a co-founder of UPISF and has been teaching since 2008. He is also a co-founder and president of the San Francisco Permaculture Guild. He co-founded and managed the popular Hayes Valley Farm project in San Francisco as well as the 18th & Rhode Island Garden where we pioneered the California law to give tax incentives for urban agriculture.

David continues to deepen his understanding of ecology through teaching and his private consultancy,

Why Take a Permaculture Design Course?

Permaculture training may just change your life.  This training offers the opportunity to develop professional skills and provides valuable education to enhance your current vocation, prepare you for your next venture and give you inspiration about solutions that you can implement in your life at home. It is one of the few permaculture design trainings that match the schedule and tuition to the busy lives of urban professionals and full-time students.

We believe strongly in the value of “on-life” permacutlure training where you can connect with like-minded individuals and build community in your region while experiencing applications of permaculture design in person.  We also recognize that we want permaculture to be more relevant and accessible to more people.  We view an online learning experience as a compliment to and not a replacement of in-person learning experiences.

We start with the standardized Permaculture curriculum and add onto it insights and strategies for applying Permaculture to the urban setting. This lengthens the course to a degree, we do not omit any of the standard materials.

Tuition Cost

The cost for the course is $500 and runs approximately 75-100 hours over 25 modules and sessions. We value accessibility and never turn away anyone for lack of financial capacity.

Course Schedule

All Monday Sessions are 5:00pm to 7:00pm PDT
All Wednesday Sessions are 5:00pm to 7:00pm PDT

(all sessions are recorded)

February 12,19,21,26,28
March 12,14,19,21
April 2,9,11,16,18,23,25,30
May 7,9,14,16,21,23,28,30

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I need to miss some days?
You get a lifetime membership with us. All online livestream sessions are recorded and the online learning content is “evergreen” and grows each season, each year and you will always have access to it.

What if I need special payment arrangements?
We can custom create a payment plan if necessary.

Nobody is ever turned away due to lack of funds or ability to work.
Have a special circumstance? Just get in touch and we will be sure you to help you out.

How do I get in touch?
Contact Kevin or David directly

Kevin Bayuk
David Cody

Payment Options*

The following options and links take you to a checkout cart to begin the registration process. You will then return to our website to complete registration.
You do NOT need a PayPal or Stripe account to process payment.


* Other payment options available upon request

Our Commitment to Quality

If at the end of the training, you feel that the training was not valuable for you we would request a conversation with you and are willing to refund your tuition payment.

November 26, 2017