The 37th Annual CRMPI PDC
July 17th – 25th, 2023 in Basalt, Colorado
When you join us for CRMPI’s Permaculture Design intensive, the internationally-accredited syllabus and certificate are just the beginning of all you’ll receive.
So is the expertise of longtime permaculture veterans in nine days of personal interaction.
So is your gateway into the growing, worldwide network of permaculture designers, educators, entrepreneurs and activists who are creating a new environmental and social vision for the world.
All that is just the beginning…
We will talk about the principles and practices of creating lush, sustainable living systems in diverse climates and bioregions from coastal to arid. We talk about how you can apply these principles in designing and building your garden and home, creating and using renewable energy systems, and co-creating social and economic systems that are healthy for both the planet and its human and nonhuman beings. And we look at ways in which you can create a sustainable livelihood based on these principles.
Basalt, Colorado PDC
At CRMPI you don’t just get the vision of what’s possible in a permaculture future. You will learn on a campus-homestead where permaculture has been practiced for the past 30 years. We are one of the oldest established demonstration sites in the United State, with new developments continually being added!
Not only are you learning the essential concepts and practices of permaculture from a world renowned team of master teachers who imbue their work with rich depths of life wisdom…
Not only are you gaining the concepts and tools to design and engineer sustainable systems, such as forest gardens, renewable energy systems, water conservation systems, and other eco-technologies…
But you’re putting your learning to use, hands-on, in an environment that’s benefited from decades of comprehensive permaculture practice:
- passive and active solar greenhouses…
- mature indoor and outdoor forest gardens, tropical and Mediterranean…
- rain water catchment and greywater systems…
You’ll not only be learning the theories…you’ll be learning the skills needed to implement them…and seeing the fertility and abundance that result from decades of applied permaculture.
When you spend just a day touring CRMPI, you walk away understanding the potential of permaculture to restore the land, heal human communities, end hunger – and transform the world.
When you participate in this year’s Permaculture Design Certification program – our 37nd annual PDC! – you gain the tools, the hands-on experience, and the long-range vision to make that potential a reality. Whether you’re doing it here in our vigorous and healthy poly-culture systems at 7200′ elevation, or in the Midwestern plains, in the coastal flats, or in desert environments. The techniques apply across geographic zones. Don’t miss out! Register now at the link above!
Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute
CRMPI is located within a privately owned homestead. There is access to Wi-Fi in and around the main homestead. Students will be asked to contribute to keeping our common spaces tidy and clean – no outside housecleaning services will be brought in!
Although we have two composting toilets, they have proven inadequate in the past for the influx of people during the PDC. Until we can build more, we must rent portable toilets during the course. Students are welcome to use either.
More details will be supplied to students before the course starts.
Camping & Accommodations
Of course, camping in the fresh Rocky Mountain air, and delicious, fresh-harvested, organic food are included! We will be fortunate enough this year to be camping on site at CRMPI beneath our beautiful Basalt Mountain.
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Tuition: $1,875 – includes meals, camping (bring your own gear), and all curriculum materials.
To reserve your spot in the course please fill out the registration form and send a non-refundable $600 deposit by check (mail to CRMPI; PO Box 631; Basalt, CO 81621). We also accept payment by PayPal (to firstname.lastname@example.org) with an additional fee to cover processing surcharges. For PayPal deposit, send $617.40.
Tuition paid in full before February 15th, 2023 will receive a $100 discount. Bring a friend or partner and receive $50 off each individual tuition cost.
Please note: tuition must be paid in full by July 4st 2023.
Please plan to arrive on the afternoon of July 16th to get oriented and to set up camp. Classes will run from 9am to 6pm daily. We will have a day of rest on July 21st. We encourage you to take the opportunity to explore the beautiful Roaring Fork Valley!
Tuition also includes a copy of Jerome’s book, Forest Garden Greenhouse, which we encourage you to read before arrival. A copy of the book will be mailed to you.
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Puerto Rico P.D.C. Postponed until 2024
Registration is on hold
Thank you to everyone who made the Puerto Rico PDC such a huge success! We look forward to doing another in 2024. Check back for details.
Learn to design a sustainable lifestyle + eat healthy + immerse yourself with hands-on experience in a tropical jungle, edible garden, medicinal healing herb gardens and young tropical food forest while earning your Permaculture Design Certification. This is a FAMILY FRIENDLY course.
The accommodation is BYO tenting, the food is from our farm and other local organic farmers. While the information serves as a general education in permaculture, this course offers an in-depth examination of the function of the homestead and farm and is designed to inform students who will gain the skills and design thinking to implement and manage a system. This is a very hands-on course. Mornings are usually devoted to practical applications and afternoons are dedicated to course lectures.
We will talk about the principles and practices of creating lush, sustainable living systems in climates and bioregions ranging from coastal to arid, tropical to temperate. We talk about how you can apply these principles in designing and building your garden and home, creating and using renewable energy systems, and co-creating social and economic systems that are healthy for both the planet and its human and nonhuman beings. Additionally we look at ways in which you can create a sustainable livelihood based on these principles.
You will be learning the essential concepts and practices of permaculture from a world renowned team of master teachers who imbue their work with rich depths of life wisdom.
Instructor include but not limited too…
Jerome Osentowski, CRMPI ~ Stephanie Syson, Biodynamic Botanicals ~ Michael Judd, Ecologia Design, Adrian Fielder, Colorado Mountain College.
Tuition: $1,600 – includes meals, camping (bring your own gear), and all curriculum materials. Couples Discounts, Scholarships and more. Link Below.
Photos from our 2021 PDC
A forager and permaculturist with roots in rural Nebraska, Jerome Osentowski lives in a passive solar home he built at 7200 feet above Colorado’s Roaring Fork Valley. Director and founder of Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute and a permaculture designer for thirty years, he has built five greenhouses for himself and scores of others for private clients and public schools in the Rockies and beyond. He makes his living from an intensively cultivated one acre of indoor and outdoor forest garden and plant nursery, which he uses as a backdrop for intensive permaculture and greenhouse design courses.
Among his accomplishments is hosting the longest-running Permaculture Design Course in the world, now at twenty-nine years running. Jerome and Michael have also been instrumental in identifying, conserving, and propagating heritage fruit trees that have survived and borne crops for over a century in the harsh environment of the Roaring Fork Valley. Jerome’s explorations of sustainable systems and his travels for development projects have taken him to Baja, Nicaragua, Patagonia, Finland, Australia, and the Caribbean.
Kareen Erbe is a certified permaculture designer and has been teaching permaculture and gardening workshops through her business, Broken Ground, for 9 years. She and her husband live on a suburban cold climate permaculture homestead in Bozeman, Montana. She has a BSc. in Environmental Science and completed an advanced permaculture program taught by Geoff Lawton, at the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia. Kareen has also trained with Rosemary Morrow, author of the Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture. Additional studies include Master Gardener and Master Composter Certifications, training in Ecology Action’s Grow Biointensive methods, and participation in a Food Forest Design Charrette with author, teacher and designer, Dave Jacke. She has also worked as a permaculture consultant for the sustainability organization, GoodtoChina, in Shanghai, China, and is currently the permaculture advisor for Bodhi Farms in Bozeman.
Kareen is currently on the faculty of the Online Women’s Permaculture Design Course and the Green Path Herb School. She has been a regular contributor to Rocky Mountain Gardening Magazine, Permaculture Women Magazine, and was featured in The New Pioneer. Learn more about Kareen at brokengroundpermaculture.com or through her youtube channel here.
Patrick Padden, a graduate of Colorado State University, studied natural systems design in Namibia and urban food forest implementation in Johannesburg, South Africa (2007). Patrick received his design certificate from the International Permaculture Design Course in Harare, Zimbabwe in 2009 and in 2014 he completed a Master’s Degree in Integrative Eco-Social Design with Gaia University. He spent five seasons growing organic food for the community at Sunrise Ranch. Patrick is currently a practicing permaculturalist, consultant, public speaker, and educator through his company Padden Permaculture, where he offers residential landscape and farm scale designs and installations.
If you’ve been watching the headlines and wondering – What can I do? – this is your answer!
Permaculturists see it time and again: by restoring the land, you shift the dance of earth, air and water, shifting local weather patterns…and ultimately, climate. Food forests, greenhouses, and water conservation systems offer food security and safety to your family and community in uncertain times. Simple steps add up to a groundswell of change!
This is the time to embrace hope…embrace possibility…and empower yourself to help in creating a different world. Don’t wait. Dare to change your future.
Questions? Call Jerome directly at (970) 456-3480, or email firstname.lastname@example.org