October 24th – November 4th, 2016. Ojai, California.

Course Description

East End Eden invites you to immerse yourself in a 12-day, practical and fun journey of becoming a Certified Permaculture Designer. Deepen your knowledge and application of whole systems design on a highly functioning demonstration farm in Ojai, California. Become a facilitator in the resilience and regeneration of food systems, habitats, water systems and social systems in your own community. A focus of this PDC will be on Water Management to learn how to sink, slow, catch, harvest and decentralize the movement of rainwater across any landscape. One of the largest contributors to drought is the mismanagement of rainwater and small shifts in the landscape could mean rivers and streams flowing year round. The East End Eden Permaculture Design Course (PDC) includes the 72-hr Permaculture Certification.

Topics of learning

Learning Outcomes

  • Tree Planting
  • Water Harvesting
  • Greywater Systems
  • Composting Toilet Systems
  • Natural Building
  • Earthworks
  • Watershed Restoration
  • Appropriate Technology
  • Alternative Economics
  • Livestock Care
  • Saving the Harvest
  • Community Building
  • Nature Awareness
  • And much more!
  • Understand existing global patterns of agriculture, economics, development, etc and how permaculture design creates a paradigm shift toward new patterns.
  • Gain an understanding of ecology and its process, specifically focused on soil, water, plants, animals, and microorganisms. 
  • Learn and practice how to approach design problems through site analysis, client interviews, mapping, drafting, etc. 
  • Learn how to identify broad landscape patterns and details and how they relate (scale, order, etc) and create a context for design work. 
  • Learn and practice design methodologies and processes such as observation, pattern recognition and application, the scale of permanence, etc. 
  • Be able to analyze landscapes across climates for successful human settlements.
  • Have clear next steps and connections into networks and resources provided by the instructors. 
  • Be inspired about the ability to create change where you live.


Connor Jones is a certified permaculture designer and teacher with a lifelong fascination for ecology, anthropology, and traditional food systems. As a child he marveled at the wonders of nature in immersion with it and in small assembled ecosystems created at home. Later in life farming, and his love for ecology began to merge with the introduction to permaculture design. His discoveries led him to the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia at the age of 18 where he became certified to design and teach. Since then he has founded East End Eden a 10 acre family operated permaculture demonstration site in Ojai, California where he teaches regular workshops and offers mentorship opportunities through farm work trade positions.

What’s included?

What to Expect:

  • Engaging, hands-on instruction
  • Camping
  • Immersion on a permaculture demonstrate site
  • Healthy, organic meals & snacks
  • The Designers Manual textbook by Bill Mollison
  • Field Trips
  • Networking & community Living
  • Team design work
  • Fun!


  • 9am – 5pm class every day to meet the 72-hour classroom requirement for a Permaculture Design Certification.
  • Two, 15 minute breaks per day in addition to a 1 hour lunch break.
  • A balance of indoor and outdoor time spread throughout each day.
  • The first week will be heavier on the indoor classroom time to fit in the required theory.
  • Indoor class time will include short films to keep the classes engaging.


Tuition including organic meals and camping is $1450. Payment plan option available! See below for details.

  • There are no refunds after October 1st, 2016, unless it is a serious emergency.
  • A $300 deposit secures your spot and the balance must be paid by October 15th, 2016.
  • You can only receive 1 discount. You cannot receive the early bird discount AND one of the discounts below.
  • There is a package option available below to take both the Permaculture Design Certification and Water Harvesting Earthworks Course for $1850. This deposit it $500.

Discount Qualifications:
Please email shayna.gladstone@gmail.com to confirm that you qualify for one of the following discounts before you make your purchase.

  • $150 off for groups of 2.
  • $200 off if you’ve taken a PDC before.
  • $200 off for groups of 3 or more (the discount applies to everyone in the group).

Payment Plan 

If you are unable to pay the full amount upfront, we are offering a payment plan option that allows the student to pay $600 to hold the spot in the course and then $425 paid in by October 1st and $425 paid by November 1st. If you would like to utilize the payment plan, please email us at ojaipermaculture@gmail.com to receive the payment plan agreement.

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