Permaculture Design Certification Trainings

A year-long certification programs that meet one day each month.

Four Seasons Permaculture Design Certification

Upcoming Programs


The Four Seasons Permaculture Design Certification course (PDC) meets once a month over the course of a year. We offer 1 training a year at the Commonweal Garden in Bolinas.

The Four Seasons Program will now be hosted by Natura Institute for Ecology and Medicine, the new institute managing the Commonweal Garden as RDI is now located on Whidbey Island WA . To connect to the Natura website click HERE and to register for the program click HERE.

Allowing participants to intermix their studies and instruction with their own experiments with permaculture at home, this format also provides participants an opportunity to go more deeply into their group design projects. It is wonderful to come to the Commonweal Garden once a month for a year to experience the seasonal changes. A unique feature of the program is that the permaculture curriculum in presented in a seasonal format so that you learn the practices as they relate to the rhythm of the seasons. This course offers the globally recognized Permacuture Design Certificate and is also certified by the Permaculture Institute of North America

This program serves regional Bay Area professionals and students and supports people who cannot afford to take two weeks off to study permaculture design.

Regional group design projects will be presented on the final day of the course. This is a wonderful opportunity to integrate the learning, and see all of the creativity that comes forward from the different groups.

Four Seasons Permaculture Design Course at Commonweal Garden


Registration open for 2019-2020

Registration is now open

Click HERE to Register

We recommend that you register as early as possible, as the last program sold out.

All fees must be paid in full prior to the start of class.


Penny Livingston-Stark

Penny Livingston-Stark

Lydia Neilsen

Spencer Nielsen

Guest Instructors

James Stark

Photo of Brock Dolman

Brock Dolman


Photo of Erik Ohlsen

Erik Ohlsen

Kevin Bayuk

Photo of John Valenzuela

John Valenzuela

Dates, 2019-2020:

October 12-13, November 16, December 14, January 25, February 22, March 21, April 25, May 30, June 13-14, July 25, August 22, September 26