August 2011 PDC Course

Reviews of our course:

I would recommend permaculture to everybody, but for those already interested, I would definitely recommend The Sun and The Soil. They are top notch, professional educators who are expanding their business and still capable of giving the attention and care of a small time business.

The Sun and The Soil offer more than just a Permaculture design certification, they offer a two week glimpse of an inspiring, community oriented, intentional lifestyle, and this glimpse was an experience that changed my life for the better, and can change yours too.

-Ben Summerlin

August 2011 PDC Course

The Sun and The Soil is pleased to announce St. Louis’ first ever Permaculture Design Certificate course. The course, offered in conjunction with Terra Genesis International, will be taught by a team of instructors including guests Christian Shearer and Darren Bender-Beauregard. It will cover both the fundamental theory of permaculture as well as a selection of temperate-climate and urban-to-rural design strategies.

  • Learn the Permaculture Principles
  • Practice the Design Process
  • Bees, Chickens, & Other Livestock
  • Food Forests, Seed Saving & Organic Gardening
  • Urban Strategies
  • Make Your Own Mushroom Log!
  • Food & Fermentation: Take home a quart of goodies!
  • Natural Building

Logistics: This course will be held over a two week period, from Monday, August 15th to Friday, August 26th. Classes will run weekdays from 8:30am to 5:30pm, as well as the morning of Saturday, August 20th. Some housing is available for out-of-towners. We hope to offer child care for a small additional fee. Please contact us if you think you will need housing or childcare.

Cost: Because we believe that permaculture knowledge and skills should be available to all people, regardless of income, we are excited to offer a full certificate course for only $500. Please note that PDC courses are often offered at costs of up to $1,500. A $100 deposit is required to reserve a place in the course. Scholarships are available.

Signing Up: To sign up for the course, please complete this survey and we will be in touch shortly!

Contact: Please email with any questions.

The Sun & The Soil is a five-person permaculture design and education firm based in Old North St. Louis. We offer residential and commercial design services as well as a variety of permaculture workshops. Our team includes Jorj Arteaga, Ben Bowman, Chris Olliges, Molly Pocket, & Ben Schartman.

Christian Shearer is the founder and current Managing Director of the Panya Project, a permaculture, natural building and sustainable living education center in Northern Thailand. He is also lead designer and educator for Terra Genesis International, an international Permaculture Consulting Firm. He is a natural builder, a food forest enthusiast, a musician, a certified educator and has extensive knowledge of tropical permaculture systems. He has taught permaculture in Thailand, Malaysia, India, Taiwan and the United States.

Darren Bender-Beauregard and his wife Esprí run Brambleberry Farm, a permaculture homestead in Paoli, Indiana. He has extensive experience making a living off of permaculture industries, including raising a variety of livestock, natural building, food forests, market gardens and nursery production.