Advanced Permaculture Program Focuses on Resilient Design

Designed For
Individuals who have earned their Permaculture Design Certificate, and wish to enhance their design literacy for personal or professional purposes
October 7 - November 10, 2019
Online | Instructor-led
$495 + $60 non-refundable registration fee
Five weeks
Plan for 6-8 hours of work per week for weeks one and two
and 10-15 hours of work per week for weeks three through five

Ask us about Workforce Development Training. We can customize this program to fit your organization's specific needs.

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 course focuses on teaching you to build climate change resilience as a design layer, provided you’re already experienced in permaculture and ecological design.

Our Online Permaculture Design Course Features Advanced 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

Meet the Instructors

Our Advanced Permaculture Design Certificate includes a number of permaculture experts to ensure you receive personalized guidance and feedback for your permaculture landscape design.

Andrew Millison
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. He worked for the State of Oregon creating a Permaculture conference and course for Oregon Housing and Community Services, an agency that builds low-income housing. He works with gardeners, developers, university students, and community organizers to promote Permaculture.
Marisha Auerbach
Marisha Auerbach has been working in permaculture for twenty years in Oregon, Washington, Iowa, Belize and Haiti. Her specialities include plants, ecology, food production, medicinal herbs, urban permaculture and more.
Devon Bonady
Devon Bonady specializes in permaculture designs in the Pacific Northwest and the Northeast United States. She specializes in plant propagation; landscape design with edible, medicinal and native plants; perennial vegetables and fruiting shrubs; four seasons vegetable gardening; and historical and contemporary Northwest ethnobotany.
Javan Bernakevitch
Javan Bernakevitch has worked in the U.S., Canada, Kenya, Uganda, Cuba and remote Mongolia. He specializes in geomorphic design, rainwater harvesting, perennial systems, and business evaluation and design. Javan is a consulting editor for Permaculture Magazine United Kingdom and North America and is a writer for Urban Farm, Communities and Permaculture Magazine.
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 Bertrando has worked on permaculture designs in Hawaii, California, Oregon, Washington,Montana, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Florida, Maine, Minnesota, Mexico, Haiti and Senegal. He specializes in watershed restoration, erosion control, high desert, key line design, plant propagation and suburban permaculture design-build.
Jamie Wallace
Jamie Wallace has worked primarily in the Vancouver area in British Columbia, Canada. He specializes in permaculture landscape design for urban, acreage and commercial properties; installation and project management services; rainwater harvesting design and installation; and plant propagation.
Kelda Lorax
Kelda Lorax 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.

What Students Have to Say

"The eye opening, applicable reality of continuing climate challenges and their ripple effect is invaluable. As a grower, changes have been apparent but being able to wrap it with scientific predictions and implement slow and steady changes into my farm will be beneficial on so many levels. This course not only will benefit the direction of my VA farm, but is preparing me for a new and very different climate in the Blue Ridge Mountains. I will use the multitude of references and Andrew’s book forever. Thanks to all of you!"

"Within a couple days of completing the course I was involved with a friend/colleague in teaching an Intro to Permaculture course through the city of Denton. We now have the opportunity to teach a PDC through the city as well as through a local university. And when my contact in Denton heard about this document, she requested a copy to be used in the cities upcoming climate change preparedness committee. Thank you for giving me the tools, knowledge, and confidence to be able to make a difference in my community."

"A valuable course, which taught me a useful method to be more fully informed about climate conditions, present and future, in my region. In completing the course I have resources and hope in my ability to help adapt to many of the changes we will encounter."

  • 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
  • Andrew Millison

    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. He worked for the State of Oregon creating a Permaculture conference and course for Oregon Housing and Community Services, an agency that builds low-income housing.

    He works with gardeners, developers, university students, and community organizers to promote Permaculture. Andrew spent years running a design and build Permaculture landscape company, Millison Ecological Inc., where he completed large scale and high profile projects including rockstar Maynard Keenan’s Merkin Vineyard. To view more of his recent projects ranging from low-income senior housing developments to homesteads from 5-75 acres, as well as his demonstration sites in Corvallis, Oregon, visit

    Marisha PermacultureMarisha Auerbach has been actively practicing, studying, and teaching Permaculture in the Pacific Northwest for more than a decade, specializing in food production, seedsaving, ecology, and useful plants. She gained practical experience while living in both rural and urban locations. Currently, Marisha teaches at Portland Community College, Bastyr University, Pacific University and offers an online permaculture program through Oregon State University. She also works with a number of non-profit organizations including The City Repair Project, Aprovecho Education Center, Lost Valley Education Center, Fertile Ground Community Center and Planet Repair.

    Marisha is committed to sharing her passions for food security, regenerative design, biological diversity, seedsaving, permaculture, ecology, cottage industry and positive futures. She has developed several permaculture-based businesses including a plant nursery, providing edible flowers and other gourmet specialty food items to restaurants, plantable greeting cards and herbal medicines. Marisha has offered permaculture work from the forests of Vietnam to the Rocky Mountains of the United States to the stressed conditions of Haiti. She holds advanced permaculture certificates in Permaculture Aid Work and Keyline Planning.

    Marisha graduated from the Evergreen State College in 1998 where she focused on ethnobotany, ecological agriculture and sustainability studies. She currently resides in Portland, OR. Marisha can be found online at

    Neil Permaculture

    Based in Reno, NV, Neil Bertrando manages a 1.3 acre homestead with his wife Katie and the help of many in the community. His passion is enriching bioregions by building community and broadening the local genetic resources of practical plants and animals to relocalize resource supply networks. He strives for collaboration in his work and runs RT Permaculture, a Permaculture consulting, design, and education business. In his teaching and design he applies Keyline Design, Permaculture and Holistic Management as interconnected systems approaches to managing the complexities of ecosystems.

    While he lives in a temperate arid climate, over the past 12 years, he has gained experience working in wide range of climate and cultural contexts such as Hawaii, Haiti, Minnesota, Maine, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, and California. He has an MS in Environmental Science from University of Nevada, Reno, where his research focused on effects of the urban corridor on stream health and regional nutrient cycling. In design and development he has worked properties from 1/10th of an acre to 100+ acres. His experience has oscillated between academic research, environmental monitoring and planning surveys, stream restoration, farm management, and local community building.

    Because we all stand on the shoulders of giants, he wants to acknowledge his many teachers and mentors including Craig Sponholtz, Geoff Lawton, Darren Doherty, Erik Ohlsen, Owen Hablutzel, Dan Halsey, Andrew Millison, Robyn Francis, Dr. Sherm Swanson, Tom Stille, Dr. Jerry Qualls, Dr. Glenn Miller, and many others. Thank you.

    Javan Permaculture

    Javan K. Bernakevitch lives permaculture. Consulting, designing and installing urban yards, rural homesteads, farms and international aid projects, he helps folks get clear on their lives, explore niches, build businesses and create thriving landscapes. Trained by pioneers and leaders in Permaculture, Keyline Design, Holistic Management, group facilitation and the Soil Food Web, Javan works around the planet while savoring his native biome in western Canada.





    Tao Permaculture

    Tao Orion graduated from UC Santa Cruz after majoring in Environmental Studies with a focus on Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture. She participated in the 2001 Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture at the UC Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, and received a Certificate in Ecological Horticulture. She received her PDC from Max Lindegger at Crystal Waters Permaculture Village in Australia in 2002.

    Tao completed her Permaculture Teacher Training Course in 2006, as well as a Keyline Design Course with Darren Doherty; and an Advanced Permaculture Course in Earthworks with Geoff Lawton in 2007. She is also a graduate of the Columbines School of Botanical Studies in Eugene, Oregon.

    Tao is the author of Beyond the War on Invasive Species: A Permaculture Perspective on Ecosystem Restoration (Chelsea Green, 2015). She is passionate about linking restoration with thoughtful design of human and non-human habitat.

Yes. Much of the content will need to be viewed while online so a connection of at least 2 mbps is recommended.

Yes. You can download Google Earth Pro for free here. It is best to download it prior to the beginning of the course.

No. We have custom-created an open-source textbook for this course.