Permaculture Design Certificate Course is unfortunately unavailable

Thankfully we have 7 other Horticulture Classes for you to choose from. Check our top choices below or see all classes for more options.

Permaculture Design Certificate Course

at The Resiliency Institute - Naperville

Course Details
Start Date:

This class isn't on the schedule at the moment, but save it to your Wish List to find out when it comes back!
If you're enrolled in an upcoming date, this simply means that date has now sold out.

Naperville, Suburbs
10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd
At McDonald Farm
Naperville, Illinois 60565
Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 16 and older
Average Class Size: 10

What you'll learn in this horticulture class:

The Permaculture Design Certificate course is a training program that utilizes the teachings of Bill Mollison’s
Permaculture Design System. The goal is for you to achieve a basic working understanding in ecologically-based planning, site design, and management.

Over three weekends (4-4-3) you will be taught the core permaculture ethics, principles, and practices. In your time, you will be begin to appreciate, understand, and be able to replicate natural processes that not only heal the land, but provide rich contexts for restoring a permanent culture. We will introduce you to good design through classroom experiences, field trips, and hands-on activities.

Permaculture is an ecological design system for resiliency in all aspects of our lives. Permaculture teaches us how to build natural homes, grow our own food, restore diminished landscapes and ecosystems, catch rainwater, build communities, take care of waste and much more.

The philosophy within permaculture is one of working with rather than against nature, and of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than premature and thoughtless action. Permaculture design techniques
encourage land use which integrates principles of ecology and applies lessons from nature. It teaches us to create settings and construct ecosystems which have the diversity, stability, and the resilience of natural ecosystems. It also teaches us to allow natural and designed ecosystems to demonstrate their own evolutions.

Tuition includes instruction, supplies, lunch, snacks, and tea served daily. Food is home cooked using locally sourced fruits and vegetables, pastured eggs and meats.  Meals will follow a Paleo and vegetarian diet.
You may bring your own food if you are on a special diet. We do have a full kitchen with a refrigerator, stove, oven and microwave.

Still have questions? Ask the community.

Refund Policy
A full refund will be given for any classes that TRI cancels. For 2-3 hour classes a full refund will be given if a cancellation request is made up to 48 hours prior to the class. A refund for full day or weekend courses will be offered up to 1 week prior. Please email us at [email protected] to let us know of your cancellation request.

If you have registered for the class, do not show up, and do not communicate your absence prior to the class, then you will be charged the full class fee. Instructors are compensated for teaching so it is important that we respect their preparation and teaching time.


Google Map

The Resiliency Institute

All classes at this location

We are located on The Conservation Foundation's McDonald Farm in south Naperville. There is a long driveway on the north side of Knoch Knolls Road a 1/2 mile from Ring Road. Entrance to the parking area is to the right of the driveway just before the driveway circles.

Start Dates (0)

This class isn't on the schedule at the moment, but save it to your Wish List to find out when it comes back!

Similar Classes

Benefits of Booking Through CourseHorse

Booking is safe. When you book with us your details are protected by a secure connection.
Lowest price guaranteed. Classes on CourseHorse are never marked up.
This class will earn you 13500 points. Points give you money off your next class!
Questions about this class?
Get help now from a knowledge expert!
Questions & Answers (0)

Get quick answers from CourseHorse and past students.

Reviews of Classes at The Resiliency Institute (2)

School: The Resiliency Institute

The Resiliency Institute

The Resiliency Institute is a non-profit educational organization transforming the suburbs into resilient permaculture communities prepared for economic, social and environmental change. We are using permaculture education and design to grow food security, build the local economy, increase biodiversity,...

Read more about The Resiliency Institute

CourseHorse Approved

This school has been carefully vetted by CourseHorse and is a verified Chicago educator.

Want to take this class?

Save to Wish List
Booking this class for a group? Find great private group events here

7 Top Choices

Soil Science I: Physical Properties (Online)

This class is temporarily being offered remotely.

at New York Botanical Garden - Online Online Classroom, New York, New York 00000

Soil is a dynamic, living organism and the very foundation of sustainable horticulture and agriculture. This course focuses on the texture, structure, density, and color of different soils and the dynamic relationship that exists among soil, water, and plants. Learn irrigation and drainage techniques and explore how soil, organic matter, and microbiology...

Thursday Jun 11th, 10am - 1pm Eastern Time

  (7 sessions)

7 sessions

Composting 101

This class is temporarily being offered remotely.

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Online 00000

Want to compost, but not sure where to start? Learn tips and techniques on how to compost right in your own backyard. You’ll gain sound composting practices to ensure successful home composting. All registrations must be submitted online two days before your class starts.

Sunday Jun 14th, 10am - 12pm Central Time

Shade Gardening Basics

This class is temporarily being offered remotely.

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Online 00000

Do you have shade in your garden? With the correct knowledge, the challenges of shade gardening can be overcome. Learn what to look for when selecting plants beyond hosta and how to evaluate the shade in your garden to manage it successfully. Turn your shade into a garden asset!

Sunday Jun 14th, 1pm - 3pm Central Time

Spring Ikebana: Japanese Floral Arranging

at The Morton Arboretum - Lisle 4100 Illinois Rte 53, Lisle, Illinois 60532

Capture the graceful curve of an unfolding bud, the surprise of new leaves, or the lightness of a cloud through Ikebana -- the art of Japanese flower arranging. The instructors will demonstrate several techniques and then help you create your favorite version. All plant materials will be collected fresh from the Arboretum grounds. Each student will...

Saturday Jun 20th, 1pm - 3:30pm Central Time

Endless Possibilities Home Garden Tour

at The Morton Arboretum

What can a gardener do with a typical suburban plot? A LOT! Come and be inspired by the possibilities showcased at this Homer Glen home.  On a 90’ by 50’ lot, the homeowners have installed a series of garden rooms, including a shaded woodland garden, a sun garden, a pond, a rain garden, and a raised-bed kitchen garden. The magnificent hardscaping...

Friday Jun 19th, 10am - 12pm Central Time

Plant Health 2

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Rd, Chicago, Illinois 60022

Explore the impact of insects, diseases, weeds, and wildlife through a series of in-depth Garden walks. Learn about common landscape pests, pest identification, and monitoring and management techniques.  We will cover site assessment, soil testing, fertilization, and understanding pesticides. You will have the opportunity to design a basic plant...

Monday Jul 6th, 6pm - 8pm Central Time

  (12 sessions)

12 sessions

The Organic Vegetable Garden in Autumn

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

The end of summer doesn’t mean the end of home-grown vegetables. Discuss and practice how to get the most out of the growing season by adding cool-season vegetables to your fall garden. Learn about variety selection, mulching, and extending the season. 

Saturday Jul 25th, 9am - 11am Central Time