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Advanced Permaculture Design for Climate Resilience

As the climate shifts around the globe, it is increasingly important for the permaculture designer to understand global trends and incorporate sound design to mitigate negative impacts.

This advanced permaculture course focuses on teaching you to build climate change resilience as a design layer, provided you’re already experienced in permaculture and ecological design. This course is designed for individuals who have earned their Permaculture Design Certificate and wish to enhance their design literacy for personal or professional purposes.

Advanced Permaculture Design Tools

Through writing the report you will analyze the particular conditions of your climate zone, locate analogous climates to your own, assesses climate change forecasts, locate areas that are analogous to your forecasted climate zone, and synthesize the information into a set of strategies and directives.

You will learn:

  • Basic use of Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Earth tools and file systems
  • Climate classification systems
  • Science-based climate change forecasting models
  • Climate change analogue tools
  • Design strategies for extreme weather and climate

The content of this course is primarily produced by Oregon State permaculture instructor Andrew Millison. You will use Andrew’s textbook that was custom created for this course, Permaculture Design Tools for Climate Resilience.

You will also rely on and interact with video presentations, podcasts, instructional screencasts, illustrated lectures, an extensive library of links to additional resources and a customized report template.

Learn from Experienced Permaculture Designers, Earn Advanced Permaculture Certification

You will be assigned an experienced designer as a primary reader. This primary reader will spend time each week reviewing your work and serve as a guide for you and your research. Primary readers may ask for revisions, request more information or point you to resources for additional knowledge in a particular area.

You will also receive introductory instruction on free common technology tools widely used in the design field, such as Google Earth, Google Docs and Google Sheets. The assignments will involve utilizing these tools, so a basic level of proficiency will be gained through the course with instruction provided.

Course Schedule

  • Week 1: Introduction to Google Earth, Google Docs and Google Sheets
  • Week 2: Climate Classification Systems
  • Week 3: Climate Analogue Report
  • Week 4: Climate Change Analogue Report
  • Week 5: Climate Resilience Synthesis

Permaculture Learning Outcomes

  • To demonstrate competence with Google Earth as a design tool
  • To analyze a site in relation to climate change projections
  • To execute a design based on a site analysis and climate change projections
  • To assemble a realistic and economically viable implementation plan for your project
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Five Weeks | Asynchronous
price (2)
$495 (+ $60 non-refundable registration fee)
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"Advanced Permaculture for Climate Resilience gave me more tools in my design business to add value for my clients"
Mary Bishop, MEd


Andrew Millison
Permaculture Design Certificate

Andrew Millison has been studying, designing, building, and teaching about Permaculture systems since 1996 and is an instructor in the Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University. He instructs Advanced Permaculture Courses in Teaching, and has guest instructed for many Permaculture courses throughout the Western US.

Marisha Auerbach

Marisha Auerbach is an internationally recognized permaculture educator, designer and speaker based in Portland, OR. She has been practicing, studying and teaching permaculture for over twenty years in the Pacific Northwest. Marisha has worked in diverse environments from the humid temperate climate to the tropical rainforest in Belize to the arid landscapes of Colorado and Montana. Her international experience includes work in Belize, Haiti, Nicaragua and Vietnam.

Tao Orion

Tao Orion has been working in permaculture for over 15 years and specializes in permaculture designs on the West Coast. She specializes in restoration, systems thinking and design, homesteading and small farm management, forestry, and ethnoecology and ethnobotany. She is the author of Beyond the War on Invasive Species: A Permaculture Approach to Ecosystem Restoration.

Neil Bertrando

Neil has a passion for enriching bioregions and cultivating ecologies. He holds degrees in Biology and Environmental Science. He is the owner of RT Permaculture, an ecological design and education firm specializing in effective and regenerative landscapes. He has been part of the OSU Permaculture Teaching Team since 2014 and has over a decade of experience in ecological design and watershed restoration, Neil brings a range of skills to his projects including horticulture, irrigation, water harvesting, erosion control, and small scale farm development. Neil’s projects commonly include integrated water harvesting agroforestry systems, homestead production gardens with season extension, medicinal pollinator habitats, and ecological restoration.

Kelda Miller

Kelda Miller has worked in the Pacific Northwest, Oklahoma, Haiti, Cuba and Hawaii. She specializes in creating regional permaculture networks and events; permaculture planning applied to urban walkability planning and municipal codes; anti-oppression work related to permaculture; and land-share gardening.

Karen Taylor

Karen Taylor has been working in permaculture for over 20 years and has worked in Oregon, Arizona, New Mexico and Northern California. She specializes in rainwater harvesting design and installation; greywater systems design and installation; alternative technologies; social forestry; holistic orchard care; surveying and homesteading; healthy home design; course and event organizing; and mentoring and coaching.

Past Students' Work

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