Noncredit Certificate in Permaculture Design

University of Richmond

Date Posted: Aug. 22, 2016
Submitted by: Julian Dautremont-Smith
Sustainability Topics: Curriculum, Grounds
Content Type: Academic Programs
Disciplines: Agriculture, Design
Program Type: Professional or Continuing Education Certificate/Diploma
Completion: 1 month
Distance: Local Only
Commitment: Part-Time


The University of Richmond and the Shenandoah Permaculture Institute have partnered to offer the only Permaculture Design Certificate program in the Richmond Region. Through 72-hours of workshops over four weekends, and using hands-on activities, field trips, presentations, conversations, collaboration, and a site-specific design challenge, students will gain permaculture design credentials that are ready for real-world applications in both their personal life and business opportunities. These principles can be applied to large-scale projects as well as small scale, personal spaces.

In addition to covering the fundamental objectives of the 72-hour course, the teaching team will emphasize a permaculture framework that acknowledges the social and economic realities of our time as they intersect with the ecological challenges we face. We will explore the skills and paradigms that support design for social equity, community inclusivity, and diversity.