2020 Elemental Permaculture Design Course
*Watch the video below for footage from our last course*
May11 - May 22, 9:00am-5:00pm
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, nutrition, herbalism, and social/ecological philosophy with the elemental energetic structures of fire, earth, air, and water.
In this 10 day immersive natural living experience, you will learn:
Permaculture Design and site assessment
Foraging, shelter building, and fire making
Nutrition and herbalism
Top Bar bee keeping
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!
- We will accept payment 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
- Single day classes do not include certification or course materials.
Info and Daily schedule:
With over a decade of practice since my PDC 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, diet, 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 experience of the meaningfulness 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 over 5 weekends.
Day 1, May 11th
Orientation/ farm tour
Wild and farm fresh lunch
Set up camp/ free time to socialize and connect
Day 2, May 12th
Permaculture Design class
Forage/ harvest/ lunch
Permaculture Design continued
Gardening practicum “Bio-intensive planting”
Day 3, May 13th
Foraging and forest observation in the Sangre De Cristo mountains with wild lunch followed by an evening of relaxation at Ojo Caliente mineral hot springs.
*Note: please bring cash if you wish to eat dinner at Ojo Caliente. Entrance to the springs is included in the 10 day course fee but not for single day ticket holders.
Day 4 May 14th
Nutrition and herbalism: Ayurveda, Alchemy, TCM, Five flavors
Herbal Medicine making, Spiritual nutrition, and Herbalism in garden design
Day 5, May 15th
Natural building class
Practicum Cob building (cottage and/or rocket stove)
Day 6, May 18th
Dryland permaculture: techniques, plants, examples
Forage/ harvest/ lunch
Rainwater harvesting techniques and watershed management
Day 7, May 19th
Food storage and Preparation: lacto-fermentation, solar drying, soaking and sprouting
Mushroom cultivation techniques
Day 8, May 20th
Top bar Beekeeping
Forage/ Harvest/ Lunch
Biodynamics: Rudolf Steiner and alchemical gardening
Day 9, May 21th
Permaculture Design project in teams
Permaculture design project continued
Day 10, May 22th
Design project presentations
Closing ceremony and certificate presentation/ party
Tear down camp
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
Jesse and Johanna Boudreau
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 and to make paints, She has home-birthed, homeschooled and raised her family with homeopathy and herbalism. Both Jesse and Johanna are currently studying herbalism at the School of Evolutionary Herbalism. They have been self-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.