NW Permaculture Institute

Earth Care, People Care, Future Care


Permaculture Essentials for the Pacific NW
36 hour class (class locations and times posted below)

Permaculture is “Earth Care, People Care, and Return of Surplus,” combining traditional and innovative methods that are sustainable and energy saving, enriching to the soil and all life. Design a system to feed your family, or complete additional short classes to earn your PDC certificate and work as a consultant.

Permaculture Essentials for the Pacific NW covers permaculture history and ethics and goes into depth on the core concepts for creating sustainable systems by observing connections and capturing energy. Explore the energy transactions of trees, the roles of fungi, and the many functions of living soil. Learn pH, mineral availability, and enriching your soil with worm beds, weeds as repair tools, and compost fixing strategies. Study landscape effects on climate and temperate climate design for your home and landscape from balcony or kitchen gardens to main crops and food forests. This course prepares you to design a sustainable system for your yard or small farm in the Pacific NW.

Let’s build resilience, save money and energy, save water, and feed our communities now. Come join our latest classes! Classes offered in Portland, Salem, and Roseburg, for only $5 per hour ($15 per 3-hour class) and discount if all classes are paid in full by the first class. Email us at nw perma at  g mail dot com, to register and save your place in a class.  Find out how to join our mailing list on the “about” page, and keep updated on classes and registration.

Presented by members of the NW Permaculture Institute. Instructors and staff studied permaculture with world renowned permaculture designer and instructor, Geoff Lawton, of PRI Australia, and his students. We share classes at low rates, as well as free film and lecture series to further educate the community.



Upcoming Marion County class information

The 36 hour, Permaculture Essentials for the Pacific NW, class will be offered again in fall of 2017 in three separate sections starting Monday September 25th, Wednesday September 27th, and Saturday September 30th, respectively.   Class will run as one 3hr class per week, for 12 weeks. Please contact us as soon as possible if you are interested in taking classes, as the waiting list and class seats fill up fast.

NWPI will also be offering our two 12 hour follow up classes that complete the PDC, Permaculture Solutions for Recharging Landscapes with Water and Earth, and, Permaculture Strategies for Community Building and Global Repair, in Spring of 2018 dates TBD.

Email nwperma at gmail.com, or call 503-449-8077 for questions, location, and registration for our Marion County classes.


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