Permaculture Course

Please email if you wish to be added to list in the event we offer Permaculture Training again in the future. 

Permaculture training for the lower Hudson Valley--hosted in collaboration with New York Permaculture Exchange. Because we are grant funded (thank you Hudson River Presbytery) we are able to offer this certification at a very low, one-time only price. Please join us!  - Roots & Wings

Accelerated Permaculture Training certificate course 

with Claudia Joseph, Jono Neiger, John Seitz, Anne Wiesen & guests

at South Presbyterian Church, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522

6 Saturday sessions September – November, 9 am – 5 pm

September 15 and 22*, October 20, November 3, 10, and 17 (*9/22 is field training at the Old Stone House in Brooklyn. The rain date is September 23) 
Participation in all classes is required for this certificate course 

Participants also have the opportunity to attend the 7th Annual New York City Permaculture Festival together. It's in Park Slope, Brooklyn, October 13, 10 am – 2 pm

$350 by August 30 / $450 after

Scholarships and work trade available. 

Please do get in touch for financial assistance as well as answers to specific questions. Contact

For those who want a more sustainable, holistic way of life

Permaculture teaches us to see and apply the patterns found in nature—leading to energy conservation, food production, resources sharing, and community building. Its positive framework guides us towards a more sustainable, holistic way of life.  

Accelerated Permaculture Training is a fast-paced course that covers the core principles of permaculture--designing for resilience, multiple-yields, inter-connectedness and balance. Through presentations, hands-on experience, and projects, participants will gain an active approach to positive change that they can apply to everyday life. They will:  
  • learn the fundamentals of sustainability.
  • practice cooperative dynamics 
  • discover useful plants and ecosystems design
  • relate their needs to local and global resources.
  • gain homesteading skills and appropriate technologies

"The methods taught in permaculture are essential to the transformations many people are now making in their professional and personal pursuits." - Claudia Joseph


Meet the teaching team:

Claudia Joseph is the founder of New York Permaculture Exchange and has developed a useful, public landscape at the Old Stone House and Washington Park in Brooklyn, NY. She has practiced permaculture on both coasts, in both urban and rural settings. Claudia has taught for many organizations including Berkeley Ecology Center, New York Botanical Garden, the New York Open Center, NYC Department of Parks, and Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture, and is a freelance permaculture consultant, designer and teacher.

Jono Neiger is one of the founders of Regenerative Design Group, with 30 years of professional experience in permaculture, ecological land design, site planning, agroforestry, land management, conservation, and restoration. Jono teaches widely around the northeast and southeast, including at the Conway School of Landscape Planning and Design, and co-founded the Permaculture Association of the Northeast. He is the author of The Permaculture Promise.

John Seitz is an architect, educator, and builder and brings experience with the ecological design and sustainable construction of buildings and landscapes to his teaching. His firm, Design by Plants, has been designing and installing gardens in Brooklyn for more than a decade. He is also an adjunct professor at CUNY and is currently designing permaculture communities in Tonasket, WA, and Kerhonkson, NY, with his wife and business partner, Anne Wiesen.

Anne Wiesen is a clinical herbalist and partner at Design by Plants, an ecologically based garden design firm in Brooklyn. Studying plants from the perspectives of permaculture, ethnobotanical, and herbal medicine, Anne creates inspired solutions for needs ranging from individual well-being to community and public health. She is co-editor of Restorative Commons: Creating Health and Well-being Through Urban Landscapes.

Field Training

On Saturday, September 22 (rain date Sunday September 23) participants will have a day of direct learning at Old Stone House in Park Slope, Brooklyn, which was recognized by The New York Times as the first Food Forest model in New York City based on permaculture design principles. The class will also spend time in the Kitchen Garden at South Church.

Lunches are community potlucks

Bring some healthy food (try to prepare it yourself) to share with 3 or 4 other people. It is wonderful to experience the diverse tastes offered by our community—handmade and heritage foods are much appreciated. Sharing food that we bring saves time, is economical and is always delicious. Please bring beverages for yourself, for the day. As a class practice, make no trash, to the best of your abilities.

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