The Open Hearth Permaculture Design Certification (PDC) apprenticeship is organized by the folks of Land by Hand exploring the resilient culture, communities, & skills of the Upper Midwest bioregion through an entire growing season.

Our program will be guided by an Open Source Learning model, tapping into the wisdom and experience of our local neighbors, businesses, artists, & storytellers. The connecting thread of our program will be the three ethics of Permaculture: Earth Care, People Care, & Fair Share.

In order to find your way, you must get lost…

“We know how to solve every food, clean energy, & sensible shelter problem in every climate. We have access to every biological material that we could ever use. The tragic reality is that very few sustainable systems are designed or applied by those who hold power, and the reason for this is obvious and simple: to let people arrange for their own food, energy, & shelter is to lose economic and political control over them. We should cease to look to power structures, hierarchical systems, or governments to help us, and devise ways to help ourselves.” – Bill Mollison

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Earth Care

Abundant Food, Health, & Habitat are byproducts of Permaculture Design

Gardening, Farming, & Agroforestry

Ecological & Whole Systems Design & Pattern

Natural Building & Architecture

Water, Soils, & Earthworks

Climate, Geology, & Natural History

Plant/Tree/Fungi: ID, Propagation, Seed-Saving, Polyculture Design

Bio & Myco-Remediation / Regeneration

Raising Animals & Wildlife Habitat

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People Care

Resilient, Thriving, & Healthy Communities are a byproduct of Permaculture Design

Community & Village Building

Herbalism, Wellness, & Yoga

Food Preservation, Cooking, & Wildcrafting

Art, Music, & Placemaking

Gourmet & Medicinal Mushroom Cultivation

Ecovillages & Cohousing

Re-Wilding, Hunting, Fishing, & Wilderness Skills

Open Source Learning & Unschooling

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Fair Share

Meaningful & Non-Destructive Livelihoods are a byproduct of Permaculture Design

Regenerative Business

Gift Economy / Barter / Trade

Entrepreneurship / Startup skills

‘Right Livelihood’ & Lifestyle Design

‘Defense Against the Dark Arts’

Bioregional Resilience

Activist Communication & Rhetoric

‘Invisible Structures’

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Join Us

Gain the experience & skills you need to live a life in natural abundance

PDC Registration

Program Dates: 4/4/2017 – 10/10/2017  | View Schedule >

PDC Registration: Registration closed for 2017

Drop in and join one of our pay-what-you-can events. More info below!

Non-PDC Registration*

Tuesdays: Pay what you can/per class  |  Saturdays: price varies**

These select program dates will be open to the Public and listed throughout the season on our Facebook events page >

* Non-PDC earning students may participate in our Drop-in pricing option. More info, Scholarships, & Payment Plans Available Learn More about Payment Details >

**Varies depending on each project/workshop

What’s Included in the PDC Program Tuition?

  • 76+ hours of instruction, support, tours and so much more
  • Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) – What’s a PDC?!?
  • PDC workbook & portfolio to document learning journey
  • Hands-on work for projects that apprentices can use for portfolios
  • Open Hearth Apprenticeship T-Shirt
  • Site visits w/ clients & partners
  • Membership to our Open Hearth collaborative cohort
  • Testimonials & Letters of Recommendation from instructors
  • Organic Snacks, Herbal Tea & Coffee

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About Us

Cody Mastel wears many hats throughout the work and play of Land by HandHe collaborates with small businesses, homeowners, farmers, neighbors, educators, and changemakers in the Twin Cities region to co-create the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible. Whether digging in the garden, paddling canoes, foraging in the wild lands, or teaching in the classroom of Earth, Cody is motivated by a constant fire of acquiring, mastering, & sharing skills that inspire & empower others to follow their intuition and learn through hands-on experience; co-creating abundance through growing food, wellness, & community. Cody instructs on a wide diversity of subjects throughout the Twin Cities with Minneapolis Community Ed, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, & Big River Permaculture.

Read more about Cody’s Training & Experience >



Megan is joyously overwhelmed by the beauty of the natural world. A forever student of plants, she is dedicated to learning and growing the medicines of her bioregion as a way to cultivate healing within her community. She uses movement as a tool for grounding into one’s deeper truths – a daily dance practice keeps her spirits and awareness high. She unequivocally loves what it means to be human and believes in the power of ritual and ceremony as a way to tap into an individual’s uniquely beautiful gifts. Utilizing her gifts of warmth, presence, and playfulness, Megan functions as the Land by Hand community pollinator – sharing and tapping into the abundance of energy, ideas and wisdom in our human ecosystems.

We will also be connecting with many others to teach and share throughout the program on a wide variety of subject matter. It is encouraged that Apprentices will also contribute from their own experience whenever relevant. Teacher/Facilitator training is built into this program so we can all communicate and share these skills with others more effectively.

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