Are you tired of feeling powerless about the world’s problems?  

Are you looking for real solutions to address the issues we face today?  

Are you ready for an inspiring, life-changing experience? 

A Permaculture Design Course may be just what you’ve been looking for!

Permaculture is all about creating sustainable human habitat. What better place to learn about sustainable human habitat than an ecovillage?

Using our twenty-year-old ecovillage as a living laboratory, our Permaculture Design Course interweaves the wisdom and knowledge of the permaculture movement with the firsthand learning experiences of an intentional community.

Central to this course are interactive learning experiences around the ecovillage, project-based learning, and opportunities for creative expression, human connection, and celebration. Prepare to be surprised and inspired!

Our 2020 PDC features:

• a focus on climate change solutionswhat we can actually do as permaculture practitioners and global citizens;

• learning from community members experienced in gardening, farming, natural building, alternative energy, self-governance, communication skills, cooperation, and conflict resolution;

• exploration of social and financial permaculture, as well as personal “inner sustainability,” so that we can continue taking care of ourselves while we care for the planet.

What’s in a PDC?

Our 10-day Permaculture Course covers the full world-renowned PDC curriculum, including:

• Water and Earth Works
• Building Soil Fertility and Growing Food
• Creating Alternative Energy Systems
• Building Sustainable Shelter
• Social and Economic Applications of Permaculture
• The Design Process and Practice Opportunities
• Designing for Urban, Suburban, and Rural Settings

Note that our format is intentionally “intensive”—our time together will be packed full from morning to evening! There will also be some required reading prior to the course.

Why take a Permaculture Course at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage?

“I’m sure a PDC offered any ole place is as transforming and educational as this one was, but here [at Dancing Rabbit] it was magical. I laughed, I cried, I ate better than ever, I opened myself up to new experiences and I just really felt the love that exists here.”
— Andrea, past PDC Participant

“Permaculture is about showing up and leaving the world in better shape than when you found it. It’s about caring for people, caring for the earth, and helping everyone get their fair share. What better place to learn the design principles and philosophies of that system than at Dancing Rabbit, an entire community of people living and embodying these principles on a daily-life scale?”
— Brad, past PDC Participant

“Taking the class at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage had to be THE perfect setting for really thinking about permaculture in a deep and expansive way. … It has created chaos in my head, frankly, but also stimulated a new sense of curiosity and creativity. To borrow a famous line from the Dixie Chicks, “it turned my whole world around… and I kind of like it.”
— Gina, past PDC Participant

What will you take away from our Permaculture Design Course?

• Knowledge and hands-on experience in permaculture design and application
• Access to a worldwide movement
• A Permaculture Design Certificate
• Deep connections with classmates and teachers
• Hope, inspiration, and empowerment!

Attend our next Permaculture Design Course:

September 10-20, 2020

Sign Up Below!

“I have to say, taking this PDC has had a profound impact on me. I’m different now, in all ways for the better. I feel as though I have received a heavy download of hope, power, and wisdom.”
— Charles,  past PDC Participant

The course will be based in our beautiful Casa de la Cultura. The village, gardens, and agricultural lands of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage will be our laboratory. You’ll have abundant opportunities for hands-on learning!

Although course days are packed full, there will be opportunities to learn about Dancing Rabbit, connect with villagers, and participate in village activities. Please check out the rest of our website to learn more about our ecovillage.
The course fee includes camping accommodations in Dancing Rabbit’s wooded campground. Platforms for tents are provided, along with a composting toilet and access to showers in the Dancing Rabbit Community Building.

Indoor accommodations are available to rent during the course for an additional fee. We have several options: rooms in cabins, private homes, and the bed & breakfast. Email us after you register to see what’s still available.
Dancing Rabbit’s eco-B&B, the Milkweed Mercantile, will be preparing all of the course meals – and really good food is their specialty!

We can work with a range of dietary needs – let us know your particulars when you fill out the registration form. Please note that we do our best to accommodate different dietary needs but cannot guarantee that we will be able to.
Sharon Bagatell has been studying and practicing permaculture for the past twenty years in both temperate and tropical climates. Building on her extensive background as an environmental educator, she received an advanced design certificate while living at Earthaven Ecovillage and a teaching certificate through Midwest Permaculture in Illinois. She is the author of a permaculture curriculum for children and a step-by-step permaculture manual for low-literacy Malawian farmers. Sharon has lived at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage since 2009. She is passionately involved in citizen advocacy on climate change. She will be anchoring the 2019 Permaculture Design Course.

Erik Peterson is a farmer, plant guy, permaculture teacher and working designer from Southeastern Ohio. He is the co-founder of Fern Hollow Farm, a community-powered farm and living laboratory for regenerative agriculture and social permaculture practices. In early 2016, Erik also co-founded Wood & Stone Cooperative, LLC with a close friend. Both the farm and the cooperative business were designed from the ground up with permaculture design ethics, principles, and right-livelihood in mind. Erik received his permaculture teacher training through Midwest Permaculture, and has taught PDCs across the US and Canada.

Olivia Miller Peterson has been studying and working within the sustainability and permaculture field for 7 years. Of her many roles, her favorite is designing and managing a 10-acre permaculture site, Fern Hollow Farm, with her partner Erik in their home of Southeast Ohio. Olivia recently earned her Master of Social Work specializing in Mental Health and Community & Social Justice, and brings this "people care" lens to her permaculture design work and teaching.


The all-inclusive fee covers: instruction, materials, meals, camping platform (bring your own gear), showers, bathrooms, WiFi, and community building access. Indoor accommodations are available at an extra cost.

We have special rates for groups, seniors, and students. Please contact us for more information.

    Average Course Rating from Past Participants

More Testimonials!

Here’s what students who have attended Dancing Rabbit’s Permaculture Design Course had to say about their experiences:

“I gave the overall rating a 10 [out of 10].  If I could go higher I would, you exceeded my expectation by a huge amount.”

“I expected a university class. I got a humanizing, spiritual, and engaging experience. Much more than I expected.”

“This was such a wonderful experience. I can’t imagine a better use of my time and money that I had invested in being here.  I’m leaving inspired, motivated, excited, and personally fulfilled.”

“I loved the interaction with Dancing Rabbit and their hospitality, in allowing us into their homes and lives.  The practical application of the techniques were a bonus – I don’t think it would have been the life-changing experience without DR.”

“You [at Dancing Rabbit] are walking the talk. It is very inspiring and anchors the entire PDC.”