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2021 Elemental Permaculture Design Course

*Watch the video below for footage from our first 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, 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

  • Natural Building

  • Food storage 

  • Mushroom cultivation

  • Top Bar bee keeping

  • Biodynamic 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!


- 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 ziaenergeticsllc@gmail.com

- 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 2 weeks.

Day 1 May 3rd

Opening Blessing 

Orientation/ farm tour

Wild and farm fresh lunch

Set up camp/ free time to socialize and connect

Permaculture overview


Day 2 May 4th

Permaculture Design class

Forage/ harvest/ lunch

Free time

Permaculture Design continued

Intro to Korean Natural Farming (KNF)

Gardening practicum

Day 3 May 5th

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

Day 4 May 6th

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

Forage/Harvest/ Lunch

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


Day 5 May 7th

Natural building class

Forage/harvest/ lunch

Practicum Cob building (cottage and/or stove)


Weekend off


Day 6 May 10th

Dryland permaculture: techniques, plants, examples

Forage/ harvest/ lunch

Site visit

Rainwater harvesting techniques and watershed management


Day 7 May 11th

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

Forage/harvest/ lunch

Mushroom cultivation techniques


Day 8 May 12th

Top bar Beekeeping

KNF Compost tea application

Forage/ Harvest/ Lunch

Biodynamics: Rudolf Steiner and alchemical gardening


Day 9 May 13th

Permaculture Design project in teams

forage/harvest/ lunch

Permaculture design project continued


Day 10 May 14th

Design project presentations

Forage/harvest/ lunch

Closing ceremony and certificate presentation/ party

Tear down camp

Required Textbooks:

  • An Introduction to Permaculture by Bill Mollison & David Holmgren

Suggested textbooks:

  • 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 pureknf.com



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, making paints, and home remedies. She has home-birthed, homeschooled and raised her children with homeopathy and herbalism. 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. 

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