PDC Testimonials

Past students are recommending the Permaculture Design Certificate Course course because…

“I would recommend this course because there’s so much to be learned from the instructors and other students that can’t be learned from books or the internet. Also, the process of learning together creates experiences that will forever be unique to that group of people during that specific time, and experiences like that are the nutrients for a healthy and productive life!” – Travis Sparks, 2015

“The PDC offered through the Resilience Hub moves at an engaging pace, offers a broad scope of the permaculture process and real life, hands on implementation through their extensive resource network. The instructors are deeply caring, knowledgeable and passionate about the information they impart and the community as a whole. I recommend this program without reservation to anyone interested in pursuing a PDC.”  – Hazel Raby, 2015

“I would recommend this course because it is so varied, covering many permaculture topics in depth as well as giving hands-on learning both with plant ID in the field as well as design time in the classroom. The instructors are knowledgeable and accessible, and acceptance of everyone coming from all levels of training and interest helped to make the class meld into a friendly supportive group. It’s a real skill to keep all that information palatable and doled out with humor and enough stretch/snack breaks to let it sink into our brains! THANK YOU!” Jennifer Cummings, 2015

“I would enthusiastically and unequivocally recommend this course taught by Lisa and Jesse. It was broad, comprehensive, fun and funny, interactive and very responsive to different learning styles and personalities. Be prepared to work yet be prepared to be inspired.” (Renee, May 2015)

“This entire experience has been phenomenal. Not only would I recommend this course, I already have. I am so grateful to have found the meetup and this class. I learned tremendous amounts about permaculture, the dynamics of the universe, and teaching. So many things from the class resonate with me on a daily basis, and I am sure they will continue to do so into the future. The learning environment, first hand experience, diverse group and yummy food all contributed to a learning experience that I looked forward to every month. Thank you.” (Sarah Bryan)

“I thought the teaching/facilitation was terrific. Lisa and Jesse and guest speakers had a huge amount of experience and knowledge that was well-communicated and they could answer just about any question asked of them with a lot of insight! They were also very skilled facilitators, always keeping the discussion moving in the right direction without limiting input. Also kudos to Lisa and Jesse for skillfully restructuring the course when we missed a weekend due to bad weather.” (May 2015)

“This course was a metamorphic experience. I now look at the world through green-colored glasses, seeing opportunity for permaculture-inspired resilience wherever I go. I expected to learn permaculture principles and techniques through the instructor(s), and did, far above and beyond what I anticipated. Lisa also included many moments of focus on our individuality and our group, grounding us within the permaculture knowledge flow. I learned so much from the other students as well and was inspired by the broad range of backgrounds, experiences, perspectives, and potluck options (!) that were brought to the circles. I’m sad to see it end, but am excited at the same time, knowing I have a fully stocked permaculture knowledge base for things like making swales this weekend! Life changing. World changing.” – Melanie Wehrwein 2013

“I would recommend this course because not only does it expose those who participate to the philosophy, principles, and techniques of Permaculture, but also you will learn in a nurturing and joyful environment.” (Rael G. 2011)

“It is tremendous and life altering and revolutionarily simple in it’s brilliance and because you discover the tools within you to create the change that you know must happen in this great big beautiful injured world.”(Sarah Bostick)

“It game me a much deeper appreciation of permaculture principles and some really valuable hands on practical skills that I could implement immediately. The material was always clear, well-organized, and relevant. Overall, it was a great experience.” (Tom Beckley 2011)

“This course has offered me more than I could’ve imagined. I went into this course thinking I was going to learn about landscapes and design as though they were elements separate from myself. But what I’ve come to understand is that the landscape starts from within ourselves, our zone “zero zero”. In order for us to be effective units of change on the outside we need to understand what is happening on the inside. And this course has allowed me to reach in and acquire the tools I need, in order to lead a life with a clear path and a directed intention, in which my outside landscape will inevitably feel the positive ripple. Truly ‘whole systems thinking.'” – Dave Schroeder

“It was the perfect combination of the social and economic concepts of permaculture, the actual design process, and permaculture planting, landscaping and building techniques. So much information was presented through a nice variety of formats, and there was plenty of time for getting to know the other students and soak in the knowledge and experience each person was bringing to class. My time in this course was filled with unexpected “aha!” moments and so much of what I learned and was exposed to has impacted my life in ways I never could have expected. This course has changed the way I see the world and how I want to spend my time in it. Not to mention all of the concrete skills I’ve acquired. I started this class with very little knowledge of gardening, building, or landscaping, and now I feel equipped to design, plant and implement permaculture systems on my own property as well as others.” – Kate Bathras

“Permaculture is an amazing skill set to have as we move forward into a world where fossil fuels will be more scarce, where we need to re-learn to rely on each other and work together as a community, where we can come together to teach each other skills old and new, and where we will need to be growing more of our own food close to home and relying more on earth’s natural abundances rather than borrowing from our children’s and grandchildren’s futures. Lisa is an amazing, eloquent, incredibly knowledgeable, and skilled teacher, as well as a wonderful resource. Her passion for working together as a community instead of approaching our uncertain future from a fear-based attitude of lack is inspiring, and something we can all learn from. I can’t recommend this course more highly. I feel like it was worth many times what we paid for it, and I am so incredibly grateful to have had this experience, grown my permaculture community, and to have a new skill set to put into practice so that I can go on to help others myself. A thousand thank-you’s- It was truly phenomenal!!!”  (Hannah Fogg, Pownal, ME PDC member Winter 2011-2012)