A three-season, hands-on, village-style learning environment for Earth activists

CLASS DATES: Oct 5-6, Nov 2-3, Dec 7-8, Jan 11-12, Feb 8-9, Mar 7-8, Apr 4-5, May 2-3

Welcome to the 2019-20 Urban Permaculture Design Course! Founded in 2009 at the Planet Repair Institute in SE Portland, Oregon, this course has graduated over 250 active members of our community and bio-region. Now in its 3rd year as the official PDC of the non-profit, The City Repair Project, this course delves even further into broadly-applicable and hyper-local strategies for improving our homes, gardens, soil, water, neighborhood vitality, city design and beyond.

•Dates for 2019-2020:
Oct 5-6, Nov 2-3, Dec 7-8, Jan 11-12, Feb 8-9, March 7-8, April 4-5, and May 2-3. Class meets from 9am-4:30pm each day. Please reserve these dates now to assure completion of course attendance requirements.

Main venues will be Planet Repair Institute and Jean's Farm (https://www.facebook.com/JeansFarm/) but we will also visit several exemplary permaculture sites around Portland.

•To Register
RSVP to this meet-up in order to reserve your place in the course. A $200 deposit is required at the time of RSVP. The course meets for a total of 16 days and costs $1200. Course includes hearty vegetarian lunches each day that course participants will supplement with snacks and side dishes. You will have the option to pay the remaining balance in a lump sum or in 4 payments spread over the duration of the course.

•What is an Urban Permaculture Design Course (UPDC)?:
The UPDC includes the required 72 hours of content of a PDC, the curriculum that earns participants an internationally-recognized Permaculture Design Certificate. The primary topic areas are framed through the permaculture lens of regenerative design practices and informed through a frame of social justice and equity.

The UPDC adds to the 72-hour PDC requirement with 24 additional hours of content and hands-on practice that delves more deeply into applying urban permaculture strategies at home and in your community. This additional content is partly informed by the 20-year history of the City Repair Project's organizing and actions in Portland and in other cities in the USA and abroad.

•Who takes a PDC?:
The PDC is broadly applicable, and therefore, relevant to anyone wanting to make meaningful change in their lives and learn or refine skills to help towards achieving this. The PDC reaches core questions of our lives and habits, and participants frequently report life-changing results.


The teaching team represents a wide range of backgrounds and skill-sets. Our teaching team, led by long-time City Repair organizers Mark Lakeman and Matt Bibeau, will be co-instructed by Ridhi D'Cruz (City Repair Co-Executive Director) and Julian Dominic (Principal of Witch Hazel Designs & Education), and will feature many of the bioregion’s leading instructors as guest teachers.

For a glimpse at our course and our lead instructors, check out this video:

The course will cover topics soil remediation, water harvesting, food systems and forest gardening, natural building techniques, urban ecology and foraging, plant propagation and grafting techniques, small scale energy systems, climate change resilience strategies, ecological patterning, community mapping, drawing and graphing techniques, collaborative design methods and more. We will be spending time outdoors applying our knowledge through hands-on projects at and near our course locations, making an immediate, direct impact on the neighborhoods around us.

During each session, we explore a different ‘layer’ of the possibilities for neighborhood transformation and ‘block repair’. We consider simple no-cost or low-cost interventions and small scale intensive systems that any neighborhood could implement in order to help transition our urban spaces into thriving social ecologies. Blending the whole system design methods of permaculture with the urban reclamation techniques of block repair, we explore opportunities to reclaim the commons, activate underutilized spaces, integrate water management and energy systems, create vibrant perennial food systems, and localize our economic relations.

Permaculture Design Certificates are issued after you successfully complete the course requirements. This PDC is certified by City Repair (http://www.cityrepair.org), host organization of the Village Building Convergence, the largest and longest-running urban permaculture convergence in the USA (https://villagebuildingconvergence.com).

Please email updc@cityrepair.org