Syllabus

All Permaculture Design Courses are based on a standard 72-hour curriculum  developed by Bill Mollison in the 1980s. The Denver PDC incorporates and expands on this curriculum, with a total of over 100 hours of hands-on activities, lectures, design exercises and dynamic guest speakers. In particular, the Denver PDC emphasizes urban permaculture, Colorado-specific strategies, and social justice as compared to the standard curriculum. See below for a month-by-month breakdown of the topics covered! (Note that the list below may be altered slightly before the start of the course).

Weekend 1 (October 7 and 8)
Retreat at Woodbine Ecology Center

  • Course overview and logistics
  • Context and story
  • Ethics and principles
  • Case studies
  • Fundamentals of ecology
  • Introduction to patterns
  • Reading the landscape

Weekend 2 (November 4 and 5)

  • Permaculture design process
  • People and patterns
  • Social justice
  • Climate, microclimate, landform
  • Sector and zone analysis
  • Basemapping
  • Watersheds
  • Greywater and cisterns

Weekend 3 (December 2 and 3)

  • Soil building strategies
  • Contamination and remediation
  • Fungi
  • Forests and trees
  • Perennial polycultures
  • Design strategies

Weekend 4 (January 6 and 7)

  • Garden strategies
  • Animals in design
  • Design for catastrophe
  • People guilds and social dynamics

Weekend 5 (February 3 and 4)

  • Special presentation by Joel Glanzberg
  • Built environment
  • Appropriate Technology
  • Waste

Weekend 6 (March 3 and 4)

  • Permaculture economics
  • Business strategies
  • Food preservation
  • Greenhouses and season extension
  • Access to land
  • Presentation skills

Weekend 7 (April 7 and 8)

  • Permaculture and education
  • Post-PDC pathways
  • Group design project presentations, open house format
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