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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.

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The #freepermaculture 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 interconnected community. 

Watch this video:

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 ecological design:

(Don’t worry, you can do them at your own pace)

  • 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!!
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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

“Thank you for a wonderfully inspiring and enriching course. May your work continue to blossom and grow, and may the planet continue to blossom and flourish as we all wake up to the miracle of life on Earth and how permaculture can encourage and enable us to work in harmony with all of life.”

Rose, Educator & Entrepreneur

Student reviews of 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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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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!

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