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2023 Elemental Dry-land Permaculture Design Course

Our Permaculture Design Certification course is an experience grounded in practice through hands-on interaction with the surrounding environment. We integrate site assessment and design, foraging, natural building, nutrition, herbalism, and social/ecological philosophy with the elemental energetic structures of fire, earth, air, and water. 

Welcome to our 2023 Elemental Dry-land Permaculture Design Course!


In this immersive natural living experience, you will learn:

  • Permaculture Design and Site Assessment

  • Foraging, Shelter Building, and Fire Making

  • Nutrition and Herbalism

  • Natural Building

  • Food Storage

  • Mushroom Cultivation

  • Top Bar Bee Keeping

  • Biodynamic and KNF Gardening

​​We will also take time to visit local hot springs, visit other permaculture sites, and play in the Sangre de Cristo mountains. Join us for this fun and empowering event!

Info and Daily schedule: 

With over a decade of practice since Jesse's Permaculture Design training we felt like we had something genuine and powerful to share and now here it is. Our PDC will be unique in that it will be an immersive practicum where the theoretical design principles will be grounded into an all aspects lifestyle incorporating gardening, building, beekeeping, herbalism, nutrition, fermentation, composting, foraging, self care, meditation and intention. Our intention is to engrain nature’s patterns, rhythms, and ways into daily life as well as to impart the design strategies of permaculture to heal and care for the land. We intend to provide our participants with a rich and meaningful experience of natural living while providing real world skills for health, business, relationships, and self-empowerment. This is an 80 hour course aimed at providing a real world skill set. Each day begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 5:00 p.m. and will be held on weekends over a 5 week period.

Day 1 - June 24th

  • Opening Blessing 

  • Orientation/ farm tour

  • Wild and farm fresh lunch

  • free time to socialize and connect

  • Permaculture overview

Day 2 - June 25th

  • Permaculture Design class

  • Forage/ harvest/ lunch

  • Free time

  • Permaculture Design continued

  • Intro to Korean Natural Farming (KNF)

  • Gardening practicum

Day 3 - July 1st

  • Foraging and forest observation with wild lunch, fire making and shelter building 

Day 4 - July 2nd

  • Nutrition and herbalism: Ayurveda, Alchemy, TCM, Five flavors

  • Forage/Harvest/ Lunch

  • Herbal Medicine making, Spiritual nutrition, and Herbalism in garden design


Day 5 - July 8th

        Natural building class

  • Forage/harvest/ lunch

  • Practicum Cob building (cottage and/or stove)

Day 6 -July 9th

  • Dryland permaculture: techniques, plants, examples

  • Forage/ harvest/ lunch

  • Site visit

  • Rainwater harvesting techniques and watershed management


Day 7 - July 15th

  • Food storage and Preparation: lacto-fermentation, solar drying, soaking and sprouting

  • Forage/harvest/ lunch

  • Mushroom cultivation techniques


Day 8 - July 16th

  • Top bar Beekeeping

  • KNF Compost tea application

  • Forage/ Harvest/ Lunch

  • Biodynamics: Rudolf Steiner and alchemical gardening


Day 9 - July 22nd

  • Permaculture Design project in teams

  • forage/harvest/ lunch

  • Permaculture design project continued


Day 10 - July 23rd

  • Design project presentations

  • Forage/harvest/ lunch

  • Closing ceremony and certificate presentation/ party


Suggested textbooks:

  • An Introduction to Permaculture by Bill Mollison & David Holmgren

  • Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands, vol.1 by Brad Lancaster,

  • Botany in a Day by Thomas Elpel

  • Pure KNF: KNF Solutions, Formulas & Recipes by Drake of




Jesse began learning about botany and foraging from a young age from his step-father Charles Keller. After studying anthropology, music, Buddhist philosophy, and ethnobotany at the University of New Mexico Jesse started a small mushroom growing business and market garden with his wife, her sister and brother in law. Jesse also attended Ecoversity, an expanded permaculture school where he learned permaculture design from Scott Pittman and Joel Glanzberg. After mentoring with various master gardeners he started a permaculture gardening business installing waterwise and native/edible foodscapes in the Santa Fe area for the period of about 11 years. After experiencing food allergies Jesse and his wife, Johanna, began a journey of study and healing through nutrition and herbalism.

Johanna grew up learning the plants used to dye wool for weaving, making paints, and home remedies. She has home-birthed, homeschooled and raised her children with homeopathy and herbalism. She teaches foraging and other permaculture classes and works with her husband, Jesse in local gardens. She and Jesse are both currently studying Astro-herbalism through Sajah Popham's School of Evolutionary Herbalism. They have been learning, working and teaching together for about 15 years and recently co-authored their first, book available here. They live in Chimayo where they practice permaculture, foraging, homesteading and homeschooling. 


- We will accept payment in advance by check, Paypal or cash if we have an email confirmation of your registration. Please feel free to contact us regarding registration details by phone 575-613-6158 or email
For those camping:
Please contact us in advance to make arrangements for camping as it is on a first come first serve basis. A tent campsite will be provided with access to water, outhouse, and fire pit. There is a $10/night cash fee per tent site to be paid in advance. All campers must have their own transportation and bring all their own gear including any extra meals beyond the lunch provided during the course.
We reserve the right to ask campers to leave our site for whatever reason we deem necessary in order to maintain a safe and enjoyable environment for all participants and residents. We are not responsible for any damage, loss or ill health incurred throughout the duration of this event. No Refunds.


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- Please use this link to find our location. Plugging our address in Google maps will get you lost. Printed directions are also available here. 

Check out this video from last year's PDC for a taste of the kinds of things we'll be up to on the Permaculture Demonstration Farm: 

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