UPISF

Course Starts September 27th

Urban Permaculture in the Heart of San Francisco

Location details to be announced soon.  Location near BART.

Over the years we have been involved in many amazing projects all over San Francisco.

We will spend a day at our Urban Forest Garden in Potrero Hill with spectacular views of the city. We will explore the watershed of Alemany Farm, the city’s largest urban farm. We will use our hands to build together with at the School Farm near the top of Twin Peaks.

Active Design Course

To deepen the opportunity to build design skills, participants work in small teams producing a design. Over the years, our students have designed public and private spaces all over San Francisco and the entire Bay Area.

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.

Teaching Team


The Urban Permaculture Institute has been offering Permaculture Design Training in the Bay Area since 2008. We have trained over 500 individuals across 23 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.

Antonio Roman-Alcala

Antonio is a dedicated student and teacher of urban sustainability, working primarily in agriculture, food systems, and social justice-driven community organizing.  His knowledge bridges the practical and theoretical, stemming from his hands-on experience designing and managing multiple urban farms and advocacy organizations, and earning degrees with highest honors in urban and agricultural sustainability from University of California, Berkeley (BA, 2012) and the International Institute of Social Studies (MA, 2014). He is a Permaculture-certified designer and educator, and has designed and taught environmental education programming for youth and adults in various contexts.

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 $1200 and runs approximately 86 hours over 16 sessions. We have work trade and payment plans available.

Course Schedule


85 hour permaculture design training based in San Francisco

Saturday Sessions: 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Wednesday Sessions: 6:30PM to 9:30PM

September: 27,30
October: 7,11,14,18,21,25,28
November: 4,8,11,15,18,29
December: 2

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
415-999-5354
kevin@UPISF.com
David Cody
415-260-6570
david@UPISF.com

Work Trade

Work trade spots are limited and are generally reserved for folks who are unemployed. This opportunity is generally not a work-study type of arrangement and the task given may not directly relate to the training.

All work trade is done on an hour-for-hour exchange, one of your hours for one hour of class. We allow up to half of tuition to be done through work trade, thereby reducing your cost by half. We also offer payment plans for the work trade option.

If you would like to be considered for the work trade program, please click the button below and fill out the form.

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.

February 9, 2017