permaculture design certification at colby-sawyer college

What is Permaculture?

The general practices of permaculture have been around for ages, but the term itself was coined by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in the mid-1970's. Permaculture is a framework for working toward greater sustainability that uses ecological principles to integrate food and energy production, structures, and community. Its aim is the creation of sustainable human settlements that are harmoniously woven into the environment and that promote the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems.

According to Holmgren permaculture is "Consciously designed landscapes which mimic the patterns and relationships found in nature, while yielding an abundance of food, fiber and energy for provision of local needs. People, their buildings and the ways in which they organize themselves are central to permaculture. Thus the permaculture vision of permanent or sustainable agriculture has evolved to one of permanent or sustainable culture."

Permaculture Design Certification Course

Colby-Sawyer is one of the first colleges in New Hampshire, and one of only a few in New England, to offer a Permaculture Design Certification Course. This course is especially useful for homeowners, planners, design professionals, community organizers, farmers, and gardeners. It is adapted to a wide variety of learning styles and is presented via lecture, images, video, group discussion, hands on experiences, exercises, and design projects. Throughout the course each student will be working on a design project for their own property. The course will meet at Colby-Sawyer College, NH on Tuesday evenings with a few Saturday field trips and one overnight. (See detailed dates below.) If you are working toward a sustainable future and want practical tools and applicable methodologies, then this course is for you!

Course graduates will receive a Permaculture Design Certificate.

Instructor Biography

Bryan Felice first began exploring Permaculture at the Institute of Social Ecology in 1999. Since 2005 he has been using Permaculture principles for designing and constructing buildings in New England. Bryan is also an adjunct professor at Plymouth State University with focus areas including building science, sustainability in the built-environment and many hands-on opportunities for students to learn building tools and techniques. Bryan sits on the Board of Directors at D Acres Permaculture farm and homestead.

Registration & Tuition

The tuition for this course is $900. The registration period for community members is from 12/1/17 thru 1/19/18. For additional information contact Christy Fry at (603) 526-3700 or

Class Meeting Dates

Tuesday evenings from 1/23-4/25/18, with a few weekend field trips to explore regional permaculture installations.

All weekday classes will take place in the evening, with the exception of Tuesday, April 17th, which will take place during daytime hours to correspond with Scholars' Day at Colby-Sawyer College. Depending on the fieldtrip/activity (and the preferences of the students in the course) our Saturday classes will run from 9:00am-5:00pm (with one overnight possible.)