Permaculture Courses

Permaculture is a way that one person or one small group can make a real impact on the fate of the world. Our permaculture courses empower you with tools and skills to work with your environment – wherever that is – to create oases of balance, harmony, beauty, function and sustainability.

Permaculture classes that prepare you to create the future you want to live in.


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Upcoming Classes

Apprenticeship

Our Apprenticeship Programs equip participants with the skills they need to live with the web of life: natural building & tiny house construction, foraging & wildcrafting; hide tanning & basket-making; permaculture design & organic gardening; herbalism & nature connection; functional communication & community living; storytelling; deep ecology; and much, much more!

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Wild Foods Hike

Spend three days foraging and eating wild foods in the forest near Asheville, NC. Rewild yourself with local plant experts in the biodiverse mountains. Meet wild edibles, medicinals, mushrooms, and amazing people.

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Earthskills and Permaculture Immersion

This is our Flagship program. Go way deeper than other Permaculture Design Courses. Learn building, wild foods, forest gardening and primitive skills, as well as standard PDC course content near Asheville, NC. We meet for one 3-day weekend-a-month for 8 months, which allows the knowledge sink in.

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Wildcrafting and Medicine Making Intensive

Identify and wild forage medicinal plants in the Appalachian mountains. Learn to make medicine and cultivate herbs in your garden. Make and take home herbal salves, tinctures, flower essences, decoctions, cough syrups, herbal liqueurs, oxymels and vinegars.

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Tiny Homes and Natural Building

Gain the skills you need to build your own tiny house from local, natural, or conventional materials. Tour beautifully crafted tiny houses and natural buildings, learn about each stage of building from expert lectures, experience hands-on learning as we build a tiny house from scratch, and practice natural plaster and paint. This is the most practical Natural Building Course out there.

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Permaculture Design Certificate

This permaculture class empowers students to become effective ecological designers and planners. You will come out of this class with deep knowledge about creating forest gardens, ecology, permaculture principles, plant species and variety choices, holistic forestry, and more.

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Classes For Next Year

Firefly Gathering

Near Asheville, NC A one-of-a-kind, highly dynamic and intimate community-based skill sharing festival, the Firefly Gathering welcomes children and adults interested in Earth-based knowledge and primitive skills to transform for your life. Co-founded by Kaleb Wallace and our own Natalie Bogwalker in 2007, Firefly gathers a bevy of inspiring community members and skilled teachers, highlighting […]

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This might sound pretty idealistic, but our permaculture courses are anything but. From our intensive Permaculture Design Course to our longer-term Earth Skills and Permaculture Immersion, we’ve created curricula that don’t just cover big ideas and theoretical scenarios. Permaculture training with Wild Abundance is practical and realistic. All of our instructors bring life experience to the table. Many of them have been practicing and living permaculture for decades!

Wild Abundance permaculture courses are rooted in real-world experience and practical know-how.

Permaculture education is for everyone. We have had students from all kinds of backgrounds and lifestyles. With this in mind, we offer several different ways to earn your Permaculture Design Certificate. If you’ve already got your PDC, or if you just want to explore certain aspects of permaculture without doing a full certification course, we’ve got you covered, too.

The traditional, intensive Permaculture Design Course is a 10-day workshop where you live and breathe permaculture. It’s full-on, fun and free of distractions. There’s even a meal plan option. It provides you with amazing food and the time to focus more completely on your studies and design project.

If taking 10 days off in a row isn’t possible for you, or if you want to give yourself more time to let the knowledge percolate, our Earth Skills and Permaculture Immersion offers just that, and more. It’s a series of long weekend workshops over the course of a whole growing season (April – November). Along with the 72 hours of content that is required for all Permaculture Design Courses, we include more than 100 additional hours in the immersion. Relevant, complementary content broadens and deepens what this class provides.

Permaculture is lifelong learning, we teach much more than just PDC courses

For those of you who want to learn permaculture by living it, we welcome a few folks to our homestead each year as apprentices. Becoming a permaculture apprentice includes participation in both of the options above. Plus, you get a place to live in the most beautiful spot on the planet (okay, maybe we’re a little biased). We give apprentices one-on-one guidance, so each one gets a learning experience that’s tailored to his or her unique style. Plus (yes, there’s more), apprentices get to participate in all of our other classes and programs. There are three different apprenticeship options, so if this is for you, check them out at our Permaculture Apprenticeship page.

If your personal passions are with wild plants or building, we’ve got something in common. In addition to our full-spectrum permaculture courses, we offer a few more specialized classes. Every spring we lead a backpacking trip to explore edible plants and edible mushrooms in North Carolina. Then a little later in the green season, our herbalist class explores wildcrafting and medicine making with healing plants. When the fall comes around, we strap on our tool belts for the tiny house workshop that covers smart, sustainable design, as well as natural building modalities.

The people and planet need your unique contribution. Join us for a Permaculture Design Course.

Now is the time to take action. Ecological and social degradation are not waiting on us; they’re barreling ahead at full speed. Solution-oriented change makers, like ourselves, need to dive in and move at the same speed. But you don’t need to know all the answers or fix the world’s problems alone.

Taking a permaculture design course is a first step. It will get you ready to make positive changes right now, where you’re at. A healthy, sustainable future needs lots of empowered individuals working at the community level who understand systems-thinking. We are looking forward to meeting you and sharing our knowledge as we weave this web of change!