Permaculture is an interdisciplinary and solution focused approach of principles, ethics, & methods for living a thriving livelihood in harmony with Mother Earth.

It is a combination of the words Permanent Culture; its goals seek to design for a culture of natural abundance. Learn more about the principles & ethics of Permaculture >

Wayne Weiseman giving a tour of Kinstone Academy of Applied Permaculture (WI)

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 (co-founder of Permaculture concept)


A traditional introduction to Permaculture is the PDC (Permaculture Design Certification); a 72+ hour learning journey which provides an integrated, whole systems overview of both natural and social aspects of our planet. Upon completion, graduates are awarded a certificate of their successful training.

PDC Courses typically emphasize a hands-on, intensive, practical approach to learning skills that empower humans to awaken, connect the dots, and take action to break the chains of slavery to destructive systems & culture. Inspired by many Indigenous cultures around the world, Permaculture develops skills in observation, design, & implementation for creating resilient abundance in food, shelter, water, clothing, community, health, & time.

Some examples of applying these skills & experiences might include:

  • Creating a new career & lifestyle
  • Gaining more free time for friends & family
  • Starting a homestead
  • Developing a start-up business
  • Becoming a more effective communicator, activist, & educator
  • Differentiating your professional work (Engineers, Designers, Entrepreneurs etc…)
  • Homeschooling your (present or future) children

  • Growing more nutritious food

  • Making, growing, & wildcrafting medicine

  • Teaching these skills to others

  • Trading & bartering your gifts with others

  • Organizing an ecovillage or community group

  • Designing & restoring degraded land

  • Broad-acre or Urban Farming

  • Building community & regional resilience

Consider this PDC apprenticeship a crash course journey in listening to your heart, opening your mind, and learning the practical skills of freedom to share your true gifts with the world. We may provide a spark to light many fires; the choice of which fire grows is up to you.

What we’ll Explore Together

Our Permaculture Design Certification program explores many types of disciplines with three ethics in mind: Earth Care, People Care, & Fair Share

View our current Project Hosts >

Our farm crew working @ Garden Farme in Ramsey, MN

Earth Care  >

  • 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


Painting mural on chicken coop

People Care  >

  • Community & Village Building
  • Art & Placemaking
  • Ecovillages & Cohousing
  • Herbalism, Wellness, & Yoga
  • Food Preservation, Cooking, & Wildcrafting
  • Gourmet & Medicinal Mushroom Cultivation
  • Re-Wilding, Hunting, Fishing, & Wilderness Skills
  • Open Source Learning & Unschooling


Black Lives Matter peaceful demonstration of civic disobedience @ Hennepin County Government Center

Fair Share > 

  • 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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Cody harvesting beets for farm-to-table cafe

What’s Included?

  • 76+ hours of instruction, support, tours and so much more
  • Permaculture Design Certificate (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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