If you'd like to learn more about how to start or expand a permaculture learning project or hire us to teach permaculture in your community, please contact Jonathan. PermacultureFEAST ran successfully for 6 years and inspired over one hundred people. The final class was in 2015. Enjoy your permaculture adventure!

Permaculture for ecological and social transformation

Weekend-based permaculture design certification course in Holyoke, MA. Be part of a global movement to regenerate our communities and create the world we want to live in.


This 72 hour, weekend based permaculture design course, an offering of Food Forest Farm in collaboration with Mobile Design Lab, moves from principles and patterns to details in a supportive, respectful and collaborative atmosphere promotes rapid learning of the many facets of whole systems design. The course centers around experiential learning and hands-on skill building, including local field trips where we see theory in action.

The course concludes with a design practicum, where participants work in small groups to develop a design for the course client. The evening of the last class includes a celebration and open studio where students can engage with their friends, family and the public about their work and design.

Upon successful completion of the course participants receive professional certification in permaculture design.

Topics include:

  • Permaculture principles & ethics
  • Reading the Landscape & Understanding Natural Cycles
  • Urban Homesteading
  • Forest Gardening
  • Water Harvesting
  • Soil Regeneration
  • Creative Waste Cycling
  • Micro-livestock
  • Energy & Building Systems
  • Social Justice
  • Food Systems Planning
  • Cooperative Economics
  • Design for Climate Change
  • Community Building
  • Aquaculture
  • Soil Regeneration & Land Restoration
  • Design Projects, Methods, & Tools


Holyoke, MA


2015 Dates and Cost:

September 12, 13
September 26, 27
October 10, 11
October 24, 25
November 14, 15
December 5, 6
December 12 (make up day in case of bad weather)

$1150 early price
$1350 after July 31
save $50 if you sign up a friend

What you get:

Payment plans can be arranged. Course fee includes full course materials and certification, coffee, tea, handouts, gigabytes of course reference materials (digital format), access to an extensive physical permaculture library, field trips, guest instructors. One Sunday lunch each weekend included.

Sample Day:

9-9:30- Meditation, Daily Preview, Announcements

9:30-10:45- Water in the Landscape- water cycle and functions, techniques for water conservation & harvesting


11-12:30- Keyline design, contour, swales, pond building

12:30-1:30- Lunch Break

1:30-3-Hands on- how to find contour lines in a landscape, building an A-frame, using a water level to dig and plant an edible swale

3-3:15 Break

3:15- 4:45-Aquaculture systems- passive and recirculating, chinampas, bioshelters

4:45-5- Wrap up, closing 

Happy Students:

The course was an awesome opportunity to get practical about living sustainably as a part of community and as a part of the natural world. I left with confidence, ideas, skills, motivation and a sense of becoming part of a network of folks choosing to live and create beautiful alternatives to over-consumption.
- Permaculture FEAST student