This Free Online Permaculture Course will help you grow your own food and design a home system that can thrive with nature....even if you don't own your land or have a lot of money.

this course features 52 original drawings by Kt Shepherd. 

Earth Care, People Care, Future Care.​

Most permaculture courses focus on landscape design but don't do much to help you gain access to land or navigate the complex social circumstances that surround any attempt at sustainable or regenerative living.

​Permaculture has three ethics, not just one, and if you don't include social relationships in your design approach, you're sure to have some serious problems.


All of our permaculture design courses, no matter how big or small, make sure you get the balanced permaculture training you need to face not just challenges in the garden, but also larger issues in your intersectional community. 

what you will learn and do

Design your permaculture paradise, wherever you are. 

​Brought to you by Permaculture Women's Guild and featuring excerpts from our double-certificate design course, plus exclusive, original content made just for this course, the goal is to help you design your own home, garden, and community projects, by providing a solid overview and linking you to quality resources you can trust, for further learning.​Just like in our full-scale double-certificate design course, students in this course will follow a three-ethics curriculum, and then apply the practical layers of those ethics to a design project.


You can start anytime and go at any pace that works for you, but the course is built to deliver one class per week, for an entire year.

52 classes, on all aspects of permaculture:

  • What is permaculture?
  • Whole system design
  • Access to Land
  • Ecological Principles
  • Attitudinal Principles
  • Systems thinking
  • Zones& Sectors
  • Reading the Land
  • Water​ Systems
  • Soil Building
  • Organic Gardening
  • Seed Saving
  • Food Forests
  • Working with Nature
  • Self care & inner landscape
  • Economic systems
  • Appropriate technology
  • The built environment
  • Ecovillages
  • Placemaking
  • Finding your niche
  • and more!!

Here's what students are saying about the yearlong #freepermaculture course

This resource is a brilliant opportunity to access knowledge on permaculture. Well-structured and delivered by people that are walking the talk. I am a bloke and was hesitant at first as I thought that the course was only for women, thankfully not so and I would recommend to anyone starting to study this fascinating subject. Only wish I had taken the opportunity sooner.

Leigh, Retired

Here's what students are saying about the yearlong #freepermaculture course

Very informative course! I have learnt loads and can't believe it's free / optional donation! The course is laid out beautifully, making it really user friendly and easy to understand what is being taught. I would highly recommend this!

Mandy, Entrepreneur

Here's what students are saying about the yearlong #freepermaculture course

This course helped me to focus my view of Permaculture away from what everyone else does and into something unique and special to me, while giving me guidelines to structure my goals and ideas properly. Now I can actually show the "brown" (not eco-minded) people a plan on paper that they can relate to, as well and win them over to the "green" side.

Tessa, Librarian

Here's what students are saying about the yearlong #freepermaculture course

The #freepermaculture project completely changed my life. I always thought permaculture was only for landowners, but these fun, accessible weekly classes are helping me turn my rented house into a paradise for my family, without spending a lot of money. I love this course! Thank you!

Rebecca, Working Single Mom

Here's what students are saying about the yearlong #freepermaculture course

Just started with the course and found such an amazing richness of study material! I love the way it's explained, how accessible and well thought it is. Love the community and sensibility...I can't stop thinking about permaculture! My study hunger is getting greater to make this dream project come true! Thanks!!

Tati, Artist

Here's what students are saying about the yearlong #freepermaculture course

This course is inspiring, informative and gives a no-nonsense approach to permaculture! It has a straightforward tone, great and varied content, the layout is beautiful, with lovely illustrations and great videos. Then there are a lot of tips for further reading. The permaculture approach gives me hopes for a brighter future for humanity because of its creative nature where we see solutions instead of problems.

Hanna, Teacher

Here's what students are saying about the yearlong #freepermaculture course

As a newcomer to permaculture, I LOVED this course!! It opened my eyes to the richness of life in ways I had never imagined. I walked away with a sense of greater balance within myself, and with the world outside of myself. I feel able to look at the world differently now, and create more sustainable systems in all aspects of my life.

Maria, College Professor

Here's what students are saying about the yearlong #freepermaculture course

This course helped with deepening my connection to the earth, the community, and myself. If you're interested in a brighter future not only for yourself, bit for all living beings familiarize yourself with Permaculture!

Jane, Daycare Teacher

Here's what students are saying about the yearlong #freepermaculture course

I really enjoyed the course. I liked that there was a variety of media and links to lots of additional information which was really interesting. The lessons were not too long, but long enough to get lots of information and the practical tips were easy to follow.

Jayne, Designer

Here's what students are saying about the yearlong #freepermaculture course

I really enjoyed this course, the content was wide reaching, far more than I expected. I particularly loved the videos by Heather, her down to earth approachable style was a delight. The modules varied in intensity but the ability to work at my own pace made it a great learning experience.

Pauline Tilbury, Eco Grocer

Here's what students are saying about the yearlong #freepermaculture course

There is so much information in this course that it will keep me busy for far longer than the year of weekly classes! It has given me a solid introduction to permaculture, building up week by week without being overwhelming, and full of useful tips that can be put into action immediately. Since starting the course I have started an allotment, and am using what I have learnt to design it as much as possible following permaculture ethics.

Nicola Lynes, Community Engagement Officer

Here's what students are saying about the yearlong #freepermaculture course

It's free. It's fun. It's fabulous. It is for everyone!

Tree, Educator

Here's what students are saying about the yearlong #freepermaculture course

This course has helped so much to better understand how our systems in nature work and how we can work to better benefit them and ourselves!

Kimberly, Student

Here's what students are saying about the yearlong #freepermaculture course

This course is perfect for people just getting started and wanting an introduction before diving into a full, certified course. It's great because you can do it in your own time and can apply to your existing garden or land. There's an abundance of resources included in each installment, so it's entirely up to you how deep you want to dive week to week. It's definitely worth giving this course a go!

Nakita, Landscaper & Disability Support Worker

Here's what students are saying about the yearlong #freepermaculture course

Although I already have a PDC and have completed other online courses, the composition of the course content was surprisingly varied, especially the social part, which is not covered in many other courses, brought me new insights. I can recommend this course to everyone.

Karl, Software Developer

Here's what students are saying about the yearlong #freepermaculture course

If you have always wanted to learn more about permaculture but are intimidated by how much there is to do and learn, this is the place for you to start.

Ann, Elementary Art Teacher

Here's what students are saying about the yearlong #freepermaculture course

Heather’s #freepermaculture course exceeded all expectation! Most classes are super dense and more than enough for you to get your feet wet (and your hands dirty) with permaculture. This class can get you started with any scale permaculture project you have in mind, and will likely inspire you to become a designer by the end!

Angela, Model

Here's what students are saying about the yearlong #freepermaculture course

Heather is a really good and competent teacher without being militant. Every student can find her/his point where to start. This isn’t a course about gardening but about thinking and acting differently. I enjoyed a yearlong adventure that opened my eyes for the whole thing.

Carmen, Teacher

Here's what students are saying about the yearlong #freepermaculture course

Tuning into nature´s wisdom always drew my attention. It was wonderful to get such a broad overview of all those bits & pieces that are connected in some way to permaculture, with valuable resources and hands-on experience. I enjoyed reading and hearing very nuanced as well as practical information. Thanks so much for the effort of making this available to everyone interested (budget or not)! 

Aline, Gardener & Coach

Here's what students are saying about the yearlong #freepermaculture course

A really thorough yet digestible introduction to permaculture design. I am so grateful to have found such a high quality free resource, thank you!

Alicia, Receptionist

Here's what students are saying about the yearlong #freepermaculture course

This course has been like little golden nuggets being dropped in to my mailbox each week, anyone who is serious about our future life on this planet will benefit from the wisdom and guidance shared on this course.

Simbi, Community Organizer

Here's what students are saying about the yearlong #freepermaculture course

A great overview on Permaculture, with practical advice, from broad strokes to details, and theoretical discussions on spiritual, social and ecological issues. Was both enjoyable and interesting. Plus there's a lively and friendly facebook group!

Suzanne, Animator

Here's what students are saying about the yearlong #freepermaculture course

I highly recommend the #freepermaculture course to anyone and everyone. It’s a very well-rounded course that doesn't just focus on how to grow food but also focuses on social issues surrounding permaculture and how growing food can help our communities. Social issues might not sound related to growing food but they are very intertwined and learning about permaculture gave me the tools to understand how to both grow food with a whole system design and create a stronger community.

Jane, Childcare Specialist

Here's what students are saying about the yearlong #freepermaculture course

The #freepermaculture course helped me to better understand the connections between permaculture design and social programs, which has further helped me to propose and create genuinely useful efforts in my community. The articles and videos, coupled with Heather's explanations and highlights, appeal to a variety of learning styles and make the material super accessible. I so appreciate all I've learned and the new questions I have!

Kathy, Social Worker

Here's what students are saying about the yearlong #freepermaculture course

I enjoyed the course, found it clear and easy to follow. Loved the information and the references. Also love the extra content like medicinals, and social permaculture sections that you don’t get in the usual PDC. I am very impressed, you are definitely an inspiration. Thank you for all your hard work to get permaculture out there.

Jenny, Urban Farmer

Here's what students are saying about the yearlong #freepermaculture course

I feel that a lot of time went into creating easy to understand and implementable strategies for creating beautiful, meaningful, edible and comfortable spaces. I began to think more deeply and differently about so many things. Thank you for a year’s worth of wonderful knowledge and sharing!

Itsy, Healer

Here's what students are saying about the yearlong #freepermaculture course

Highly recommend this 52-week course for anyone starting off in permaculture principles. A good grounding and provides loads of ‘how to’ examples and resources along the way. Heather explains things clearly and concisely. The course runs at a gentle pace and as a student you do not feel overwhelmed with the information.

Ann, Retired

Here's what students are saying about the yearlong #freepermaculture course

When I found this free course, I was new to permaculture, so I have learned a lot of new things. It gave me many new ideas, and encouraged me to try those I could get my hands on (I have a small terrace), such as water harvesting from a small roof I have in the terrace, gardening in pots , establishing a worm farm, and so many other things. One of the things I loved most was that it also gave great references for us, as students, to enlarge our knowledge. Thanks for the opportunity.

Luz, Student

Here's what students are saying about the yearlong #freepermaculture course

This way of life is our future. At least this is what I believe. Why not create a lifestyle for oneself that is harmonious to all elements within your environment? This is information that is lacking from our society, until now. This FREE course allows one to learn at a steady pace, gain tools of knowledge + an avenue of communal support if one chooses. I cannot think of an element that is lacking. I am so happy this course was recommended to me by a friend! THANK YOU!

Deanne, Farmer

Here's what students are saying about the yearlong #freepermaculture course

I love this course! Heather Jo Flores is awesome, and all the information on the course is so clear and informative. It flows at a good pace and allows for play and creativity. Thanks #freepermaculture!

Sarah, Performing Artist & Teacher

Here's what students are saying about the yearlong #freepermaculture course

Super motivational and hands-on! I love the size of the lessons, just enough to get you started but not overwhelming. And there is literally endless stuff to learn about permaculture in it. I can absolutely recommend this to anyone.

Michelle, Student

Here's what students are saying about the yearlong #freepermaculture course

I liked the positive language of the course and the beautiful pictures. The entire course was very uplifting!

Diana, Service Worker

Here's what students are saying about the yearlong #freepermaculture course

Thank you for the opportunity to help further my knowledge in permaculture. Living overseas has made it a challenge to work out how to grow foods and follow my own principle of life. This course has helped me tie it all together and given me new way to further my knowledge of love of the environment and plants.

Fleur, Mom

Here's what students are saying about the yearlong #freepermaculture course

If you have always wondered about permaculture and felt drawn to learn more, dive in to this course! Heather Jo is bursting with information, motivation and free stuff! She embodies the permaculture philosophy and life and it's amazing to see how it is working for her. I love being able to share what she's giving and am so grateful to her for that. Thank you, this is so much more than one course, I feel like a worm in some really beautiful, rich soil bed! It is challenging, embracing and delicious in so many ways!

Rachel, Musician

Here's what students are saying about the yearlong #freepermaculture course

Heather Flores has done the world a great favor in creating a free, yearlong course in Permaculture, so that anyone on the planet can start learning the basic principles and practices and applying them. 

Thomas Ellis, English Professor

Here's what students are saying about the yearlong #freepermaculture course

I'm SO happy that I found this course! I've learned so much that I've already started to apply to my life and my own little homestead. Each class comes with visuals, videos, and links to outside resources for continued study and is easy to understand. I highly recommend anyone interested in learning more about permaculture and how to apply this system to your life check out this course, because it will change the way you look at the world in the best of ways. Permaculture ROCKS! Thank you!

Amy, Entrepreneur

Here's what students are saying about the yearlong #freepermaculture course

The freeyearlong permaculture course is an outstanding free resource. Kudos to its creators. I highly recommend it to anyone dipping their toe in the permaculture waters. Just make sure you take action in your garden, as well as reading stuff and following links!

Kate, Writer & Mom

Here's what students are saying about the yearlong #freepermaculture course

If you like nature and doing things with your hands, looking for a different lifestyle than the dominant competitive consumer culture, you'll love permaculture.

Zrinka, Teacher

Here's what students are saying about the yearlong #freepermaculture course

Wonderful course, by wonderful people. You can feel the good vibes and the willingness to share information freely. It's something the world needs more of. I'm grateful to learn permaculture this way. Thank you!

Matilde, Holistic Therapist

Here's what students are saying about the yearlong #freepermaculture course

Whether you have a big or small property to work with, this course can help you integrate principles of permaculture, and really understand why different things work or don't work. It's a process, but a fun one!

Katy, Teacher

design your ecological homestead

Your Own Permaculture Design Project

As you move through the course, week by week, you'll experiment with hands-on exercises, while developing a site-specific design for your own home, garden, and connected community relationships. Finally, our last phase of the course will be spent refining your design ideas into a tangible, implementable design for your permaculture paradise!