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Riverside Corona Resource Conservation District

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  • Who: DiHG Eco-Prise
  • What: 72- Hour Permaculture Design Certificate Course
  • Where: Riverside Corona Resource Conservation District (RCRCD) 
    4500 Glenwood Drive, Riverside, CA 92501
  • When: 2nd Saturday of each month. September 9th, 2023, through August 10, 2024
  • Next Cycle starts in October 2024 through June 2025
  • How: This course contains 14 modules that equal 72- hours of lessons and workshops. You may attend for specific education on topics of interest to you. Or you may work towards your Permaculture Design Certificate or Teaching Certificate. To earn your Permaculture Design Certificate, you must be present for a total of 72- hours and present your final design project to our group of piers. 
  • Donations: Please contribute what you can each month help cover the cost of running this program and support DiHG's mission.
  • Natural Building workshops at UCR Palm Desert are available to Certificate Students and Student Teachers.

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Donations are non-refundable.

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WEB PDC Headshot Feb 2023

Susan Krings -Permaculture Design Teacher, Master Gardener, Master Composter, Climate Steward

Linda Glaccum

Linda Glaccum - Permaculture Design Teacher, Master Gardener

WEB Jake Vogenberg

Jake Vogenberg - Permaculture Design Teacher with MS in Ecology

WEB Kathy Swanson

Kathy Swanson - Permaculture Design Teacher, Master Gardener, Rosarian, Master Composter


Christine Markel Lampe - Permaculture Design Teacher, Master Gardener, Science Educator, Homesteader

Cristina Escudero

Cristina Escudero -Permaculture Design Teacher, Science Educator

Christy Gray

Christy Gray -Permaculture Design Teacher, Master Food Preserver, Farmer

Cesar Lopez-Barreras

Cesar Lopez Barreras -Permaculture Design Teacher, Science Educator

UCR Palm Desert Class of 2022/2023

PDC Graduation Web
WEB drawing class

Permaculture Students attending lecture at UCR Palm Desert in 2022.

WEB Worm Workshop

Vermicomposting Bin workshop 2023

WEB Students in Class

Students attending PDC lecture at UCR Palm Desert 2023

WEB Trees

Tree pruning workshop during PDC 2023

April NB Group by Shed
WEB Seed Balls

Seed Ball workshop during PDC 2023

A Frame Group Web

Permaculture Students finding contour with the A Frames they made 2023

WEB A Frames

A Frame Workshop 2023

WEB A Frame Workshop

Students in A Frame workshop at UCR Palm Desert 2023

WEB Dryerball Workshop

Dryer Ball workshop during PDC 2023

WEB Certification

Permaculture Design Certificate presentation day 2023

WEB Final PDC Group

DiHG Permaculture Design Certificate Class 2023

Event Calendar

September 2023

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October 2023

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November 2023

November Class Photo WEB

December 2023

Dec 2023 PDC Class Photo

January 2024

Jan 2024 Class Photo

March 2024

March 2024 PDC Class

Course Information

This Permaculture Design Certificate Course (PDC) is a 72-hour training. It is formatted as 1 day, (6 hours), per month for 12 months. Students who complete the curriculum earn the internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certificate with the honors and privileges of a permaculture designer, consultant and teacher.

Throughout the course, we explore the permaculture design system that is capable of establishing regenerative communities and economies. We will practice taking action and being the solution to climate change while bonding in a supportive community of like minds and hearts.

If you wish to secure your Permaculture Design Certificate and become a designer, consultant and/or teacher, please support DiHG's mission by selecting recurring monthly donation that is comfortable for your philanthropic budget.

If you wish to study permaculture as a practitioner, you may attend any individual lessons and workshops that interest you. Please support DiHG as you go by making a donation that is comfortable to you each time you attend.

If you would like to participate as a student teacher, please support DiHG's mission monthly by becoming a recurring donor and volunteer. 

If you have any questions, please contact Susan, dihgeco@gmail.com

PDC Schedule

  • September 9, 2023 - Module 1: Introduction, Orientation, Ethics, RCRCD Site Tour with Permaculture Principles Examples and Discussion
  • October 14, 2023 - Module 2: Concepts & Themes, Design Methods & Communication Plus Herb Spiral Workshop
  • November 11, 2023 - Module 3: Pattern Understanding, Soils and Workshops in Identifying Soil Type and Condition by Vegetation, Soil Testing, Soil Preparation and Sheet Mulching
  • December 9, 2023 - Module 4: Water, Aquaponics & Workshop: Make an A-Frame, Flag a Swale
  • January 13, 2024 - Module 5: Energy Transactions of Trees and Workshops in Bareroot Selection and Planting, Fruit Tree Pruning, Planting a Guild
  • February 10, 2024 - Module 6: Weather, Climate & Climate Factors Plus Workshops in Appropriate Technology: Solar Oven, Solar Hot Water Heater, Indoor/Outdoor Climate Control
  • March 9, 2024 - Module 7 & 8: Earthworks & Earth Resources Plus Workshops in Small Animals
  • April 13, 2024 - Module 9: Dryland Strategies Plus Vermiscomposting Workshop
  • May 11, 2024 - Module 10: Banana Circle Workshop, Drylands and Community Economy
  • June 8, 2024 - Modules 11 & 12: Permaculture Farm Tour, Aquaponics Demonstration, Bioregional Organization, Extended Families and Legal Strategies
  • July 13, 2024 - Module 13: Conservation and Permaculture Plus Workshops in Zone 5 Planning and Partnering with Nature - Intrinsic Values and Ecological Services Plus Village Development Lecture
  • August 10, 2024 - Module 14: Effective Working Groups, Land Access, Aid Plus Final Design Projects and Permaculture Design Certificates