Permaculture Design Certification Trainings

A year-long certification programs that meet one day each month.

Four Seasons Permaculture Design Certification

2017-18 Course is Sold Out!


The Four Seasons Permaculture Design Certification course (PDC) meets once a month over the course of a year. We offer 1 training a year at the Commonweal Garden in Bolinas. Allowing participants to intermix their studies and instruction with their own experiments with permaculture at home, this format also provides participants an opportunity to go more deeply into their group design projects. It is wonderful to come to the Commonweal Garden once a month for a year to experience the seasonal changes. A unique feature of the program is that the permaculture curriculum in presented in a seasonal format so that you learn the practices as they relate to the rhythm of the seasons. This course offers the globally recognized Permacuture Design Certificate and is also certified by the Permaculture Institute of North America

This program serves regional Bay Area professionals and students and supports people who cannot afford to take two weeks off to study permaculture design.

Regional group design projects will be presented on the final day of the course. This is a wonderful opportunity to integrate the learning, and see all of the creativity that comes forward from the different groups.

Four Seasons Permaculture Design Course at Commonweal Garden


Oct 2017 - Sept 2018

$1,250 — Tuition for the 14-day program. Includes course manual on DVD.

Early Payment Discount!
$1100 — Early Bird discount until August 1, 2016

Family Disounts!
$950 — Partner/spouse discount. Partners who take the course together get a discount for the second tuition.
$750 — Child discount. Adults who would like to take this course with a son or daughter between age 12-18.

Teacher Discount
$950 — Full-time K-12 school teachers.
Please indicate which school you are affiliated with in the special instructions section of the registration form.

Click HERE to Register

Our Early Bird Discount is available until August 1st.

We recommend that you register as early as possible, as the last program sold out.

All fees must be paid in full prior to the start of class.


Penny Livingston-Stark

Penny Livingston-Stark

Lydia Neilsen

Spencer Nielsen

Guest Instructors

James Stark

Photo of Brock Dolman

Brock Dolman


Photo of Erik Ohlsen

Erik Ohlsen

Kevin Bayuk

Photo of John Valenzuela

John Valenzuela

Cancellations up to two weeks before the course begins will be refunded, excluding a $150 processing fee. No refunds are given after that date.

For questions or additional information email us.

At Commonweal Garden in Bolinas

October 7-8  Two day weekend

November 4

December 16

January 13

February 10

March 10

April 21

May 19

June 16-17 Two Day Weekend

July 21

August 18

September 15