Permaculture Design Course Teachers who have taught in the US & Canada

A compilation in progress by Michael Pilarski

Here is version 2 of a list of permaculture design course teachers who have taught in the US and Canada. It lists 432 pdc teachers.  This list is just a beginning.  A lot more names need to be added and years of teaching checked by the teachers.  This list is organized in two ways. 1) Alphabetically by last name and 2) in order of when the person first started teaching pdcs in the US or Canada. This list can be added to, and corrected, at NAPC.

NAPC N.A. teachers 2

PDC Teachers alphabetically

  2 comments for “Permaculture Design Course Teachers who have taught in the US & Canada

  1. August 21, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    This effort is clearly an overdue, but daunting task. The Mollison PDC design was created for his amazing background and insight in a lot of subjects, the paucity of teachers with his range of thought, and the consequent need for him or him and an associate to travel somewhere, teach in a couple of weeks and leave. Often therefore, students had to travel as well, and deal with the disruption it caused in jobs, family, and garden, as well as pay for food, lodging and travel as well as insturction. Once it became apparent that if we taught locally in Houston, it worked better (and was much cheaper) to teach on weekends with a guild of partially volunteer teachers, our PDC classes filled out and improved. Consequences of our approach: we don’t advertise beyond Southeast Texas since it only works for people who live locally. But it works for people who can’t leave their jobs or family or farm and have less money. Also, no one of us teaches more than 30-40% of the material although several of us have over the years taught maybe 75% of it. And since 1999, we have had probably two dozen certificate holders teach in PDC each year–some have been the same and others moved on. How should we describe this? 25%= co-teacher; 10%=contributing teacher; 1 subject only= guest teacher. 75%=teacher??
    A problem with Rafer’s web query is that to answer this for the Permaculture Guild of Houston would require a dozen forms each year for the last 16. It would be much easier to list the person, years they taught and amount and roughly how much, though even that would take many hours at this point even if the old files open on modern computers.

  2. August 22, 2014 at 2:23 am


    I have been teaching PDCs since 2009 (1), 2010 (2), 2011 (2), 2013 (2), 2014 (1). Check out our website

    All the best, Steve

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