PERMACULTURE
DESIGN COURSE

Oct. 29 – Nov. 12


Permaculture Design Course

Course Description

Immerse yourself in permaculture in action with this 14-day learning journey! Share in the joy of community learning together and changing the world. Take home the ability to design and apply natural principles to create stable and resilient systems that provide food, water, shelter and energy needs while regenerating ecology, community and economy. The Quail Springs Permaculture Design Course (PDC) includes the 72-hr Permaculture Certification through Permaculture Research Institute.

Permaculture is a conscious integrated design system based on ecology and sustainability principles to create resource efficient and productive human environments and reduce our footprint on the earth. Permaculture provides a framework for consciously designed landscapes that mimic the patterns and relationships found in nature that provide diversity, stability, and resilience. These systems yield an abundance of shelter, water, energy, and food for the provision of local needs.

Topics we will explore


  • Small Scale Food Production
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Composting
  • Tree Planting
  • Water Harvesting
  • Greywater Systems
  • Composting Toilet Systems
  • Natural Building
  • Earthworks
  • Watershed Restoration
  • Appropriate Technology
  • Beekeeping
  • Bio Engineering
  • Alternative Economics
  • Livestock Care
  • Goat Milking
  • Pastured Poultry
  • Saving the Harvest
  • Community Building
  • Nature Awareness
  • And much more!

Instructors


Warren Brush

Warren Brush

Warren Brush is a mentor, storyteller, a certified Permaculture designer and teacher, as well as a husband, a father and a grandfather. He has worked for over 25 years in inspiring people of all ages to discover, nurture and express their inherent gifts while living in a sustainable manner. He is co-founder and a tender of Quail Springs Permaculture, Regenerative Earth Enterprises, Sustainable Vocations, Wilderness Youth Project, Casitas Valley Farm and Creamery and his Permaculture design company, True Nature Design.

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Sasha Rabin

Sasha Rabin

Sasha first came to Quail Springs on a cold snowy night in early 2008 to visit friends who had recently started calling the place home, and the warmth of the people there brought her back. She is passionate about creating a beautiful life, including the structures that house us for much of our time. This passion leads her to practice those things that help us remember who we really are and why we are here – activities and creations which remind us of our connections to each other, our food, our shelter and the earth.

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Brenton Kelly

Brenton Kelly

Brenton Kelly was born in Lusaka, Northern Rhodesia. By his first birthday he saw the peaceful liberation and birth of the nation of Zambia. By his tenth year he had witnessed a variety of civil & revolutionary conflicts across Africa. His father was a Voice of America radio corespondent who then took his family over to Southeast Asia to cover the communist insurgency in Vietnam. Thailand was good for this 12 year old. The world was as big as domesticated elephants and as home made as the banana leaf to-go wrappers around the fresh roasted squid being sold from bicycle powered street vendors.

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Registration Information


  • Course Tuition: $1,450 (a deposit of $300 reserves your space with the balance due by October 1)
  • Course fee includes: Instruction, three catered farm-fresh meals per day, camping & facilities, and immersion in the Quail Springs community

Discounts: (limit one discount per person – discount codes are not to be applied to a deposit payment)

  • Early Bird: $200 discount if paid in full by August 1 (Discount Code: PDCEBIRD)
  • PDC Refresher: $200 discount for participants who have already taken a full PDC (Discount Code: PDCFRESH)
  • Bring A Friend: $150 (each) discount for couples or friends attending the course together (Discount Code: PDC4TWO)
  • Group & Family: For groups of 3 or more attending the course together, please contact us below
  • Financial aid: Payment plans and limited partial scholarships (based on low income / financial need & intention to use the training) available by application. We actively support diverse leaders in bringing their unique perspectives to this program through additional financial support as needed. We welcome those self-identifying as a person of color, LGBTQ+, indigenous, and persons working for global justice who have highly limited means. Please contact us below for more information.

Cancellation Policy:

  • Before September 1, 2017: Full refund, excluding $100 cancellation fee.
  • September 1 – October 1, 2017: Partially Refundable, $300 deposit non refundable.
  • After October 1, 2017: No refunds available.
  • In case of a valid personal medical or family emergency, we will consider, yet do not guarantee, requests for a transfer of fees (less course deposit) to another PDC with Quail Springs.

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Permaculture Design Course

Permaculture Design Course

Immerse yourself in permaculture in action with this 14-day learning journey! Share in the joy of community learning together and changing the world. Take home the ability to design and apply natural principles to create stable and resilient systems that provide food, water, shelter and energy needs while regenerating ecology, community and economy. The Quail Springs Permaculture Design Course (PDC) includes the 72-hr Permaculture Certification through Permaculture Research Institute.

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Seasonal Farm Tours

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Visit Quail Springs Permaculture Farm, have a delicious farm-to-table lunch prepared in our earthen ovens, learn about growing food in the high desert, tending a variety of wonderful food-giving animals, creating shelter, and stewarding agricultural lands & wilderness. The event will include a tour of our gardens, animal systems, natural buildings, crafts display, alternative technologies, and more. After the tour, participants will enjoy a delicious farm cooked lunch followed by a question & answer session with our farm managers.

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