[CANCELED] Permaculture Design Course – Palo Alto – Spring 2018


Common Ground in Palo Alto

We are again partnering with Common Ground in Palo Alto, TomKat Ranch in Pescadero and other much-loved institutions on the Peninsula and in the South Bay to bring you this special urban/suburban design course.

Agricultural Urbanism, Low Impact Development, Stormwater Managment, Waterwise Design, Smart Growth, Net-Zero Buildings and so much more, all of them are on the table. Come design with us a new urban village that works for all life.

Active Design Course

To deepen the opportunity to build design skills, participants work in small teams producing a design. These design focus on real places and projects in your community.

Throughout the course, we will share with you the tools and strategies required to complete the design which culminates in the final presentation at the completion of the course.

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 600 individuals across 28 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, EcoSynthesisDesign.com

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.  It is also a great way to meet and connect deeply with like-minded individuals that share your values.

There are many other wonderful PDC trainings in the region, but if you don’t have time to take two weeks off and would prefer to learn permaculture skills in the city that you live in and work on designs that can be implemented in your place (and learn design principles and methods that can be applied anywhere), then this might be the permaculture certificate training for you.

Through a mix of classroom discussion time, small group work and hands-on activities, we will explore methods of designing and establishing regenerative communities and economies. We visit and participate at several permaculture projects here in San Francisco and the Bay Area, observing and interacting with Permaculture principles in practice.

Some people take the training just to share the experience with an enthusiastic group of like-minded community and meet new friends. Join us and help build a healthy and happy community based on a common vision of harmony with nature and each other.

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 $1,200 and runs approximately 86 hours over 16 sessions. We have work trade and payment plans available.

Course Schedule

All Thursday Sessions are 6:30pm to 9:30pm
All Sunday Sessions are 10am to 6pm

March 15,18,22,25
April 5,8,12,15,19,22,26,29
May 3,6,13,20

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I need to miss some days?
You get a lifetime membership with us. We make it easy to make up classes by simply coming to the next session we hold. You can also use this as a refresher or just to come and hang out.

What if I need special payment arrangements?
We have created flexible monthly payment plans for as low as $50 per month. We also have work trade options.

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
March 12, 2018