PDC Courses for 2020

Photos from past Permaculture Design Certificate Trainings

2020 Permaculture Design Certificate 

We will be offering one PDC this year.  It will be another modular course with three, 3-Day weekends of Fridays through Sundays.  This course will be taking place out at a private homestead  property outside of Stoughton.   It is only 25 minutes out of Madison. There are fruit tree guilds with a swale water system and a beautiful woodland garden right outside the house where we’ll be doing our course.

The PDC Training is Led by Kate Heiber-Cobb, founder and coordinator of the Madison Area Permaculture Guild, and Marian Farrior, educator and permaculturist and other area permaculturists and experts. Hands-on projects and tours are included in our learning.

The Madison Area Permaculture Guild’s PDC Model offers a variety of  instructors over a 72 hour training. We will be relying upon the expertise and knowledge of people within our wider communities, instead of instructors from other climates and zones coming in to teach.  Over half of our training hours involve participatory education, hands-on projects and local tours, so don’t plan on sitting in a classroom for very long!

March 27-29; 9 1m – 5 pm

April 24-26; 9 am – 5 pm  (the Saturday may be a smidgen longer)

May 22-24;  9-5  pm

Topics covered:

  • Permaculture Design and Natural Systems
  • Soil Building and Ecosystems
  • Foraging and Wild Crafting
  • Fungi  – food, soil and remediation
  • Water Harvesting, Management and Remediation
  • Plant Guilds and Forest Gardens
  • Natural Built Environment
  • Energy Systems
  • Invisible Systems, Social Permaculture and Community Building
  • Large and Small Scale Permaculture
  • Intensive Food Systems and Animals
  • Urban Permaculture Solutions
  • Biomimicry and Patterns
  • Participatory Education – our collective knowledge of all the students and instructors is greater than any one of us.

$1,000 if registered before March 15th.  $1050 if after, until filled.

Some scholarships will be available.  Payment plans offered if sign-up is early enough to have it paid off before the course ends in May.  You can register and pay through the brown ticket tab.  (Please note the two different courses being offered this year.)  If you do need scholarship help and a payment plan please contact Kate at 608-213-2230 or e-mail her at kateheibercobb@gmail.com

Required Reading for all Students

Your choice of either ONE of these books.  You only need to read one or the other (or you can read both if you want to).  You must complete reading the book you choose BEFORE CLASS STARTS.  It may be possible to borrow a book from someone on the MAPG Google Group.  To join the group, go to the Get Involved tab for instructions.  Then ask the group if you can borrow a book.

Testimonials from our past PDC Students:

The PDC course through the MAPG has renewed my sense of hope, excitement and purpose to collectively participate in creating a healthier, more holistic and sustainable world. 

This is a beautiful locally put-on PDC course and very valuable to empowering community change.

As a landscape designer with traditional horticulture training, I found many common landscape practices wasteful, in contrast to nature and downright disturbing.  Learning permaculture concepts and practices has given me new enthusiasm and eagerness to help my clients create landscapes of usefulness, sustainability and beauty. – A local Landscape Architect PDC student

This should be an exciting and fun experience!

To register for the 3, 3-Day weekend Spring/Summer PDC please fill out registration form and mail this and a check payable to MAPG to 5310 Winnequah Rd., Monona WI 53716.  If you need to make arrangements to make payments please contact Kate H-C at 608-213-2230 or e-mail her at kateheibercobb@gmail.com.  


Lodging for either sessions:

Nearby Camping

Stay with a Permaculture Guild Member – please contact us (see registration) if you would like to explore this option


$1,000 if registered before March 15th.  $1050 if after until filled.


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