Permaculture Design Certification 2022

THE 35th & 36th Annual PDC

Due to overwhelming demand – 2 Courses this Year!

Puerto Rico, February 14th-26th, 2022

Basalt, Colorado, July 18th-July 29th, 2022 

When you join us for CRMPI’s 72-hour 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 two full weeks 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 climates and bioregions ranging 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.

Two courses… you choose!  Puerto Rico in the Winter or Colorado in the Summer.

Quebrada, Puerto Rico February 14th-26th, 2022

Click here for more information.  Registration is limited.

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.

To reserve your spot in the course please follow the link below. Tuition paid in full before December 1st, 2021 will receive a $100 discount.


Basalt, Colorado at the CRMPI Campus, July 18th-29th, 2022

Registration Open

You see, here 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 U.S., with new developments continually being added!

So 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…
  • composting toilets…

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 32nd 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.

Camping & Accommodations

Of course, camping in the fresh Rocky Mountain air, and delicious, fresh-harvested, organic food are included!
However this years location will look a little bit different as we navigate attaining a special use permit through Eagle county. Instead of camping on-site at CRMPI, we will be camping at Sustainable Settings along the Crystal River off of highway 131, and be doing work-days at the CRMPI site.  Sustainable Settings location will not disappoint with enchanting views of Mount Sopris, endless greenery, and abundant plant and animal life.
To see more of this new location and learn more about Sustainable Settings, take a look at their website
Please email  for additional photos and further information.


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 (link forthcoming) 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 but we must ask you to please add a 2.9% surcharge to cover the fees we are charged for electronic payment methods. The remaining tuition cost after the deposit will need to be paid in full prior to the start of the class (July 17th).

Tuition paid in full before February 15th, 2022 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 June 4th, 2022. 

Please plan to arrive on the afternoon of July 17th to get oriented and to set up camp. Classes will run from 9am to 6pm daily. Saturday July 23rd will be a day of rest; we encourage you to take the opportunity to explore the beautiful Roaring Fork Valley!

Tuition also includes a copy of Jerome’s book, The Forest Garden Greenhouse, and we suggest reading the book prior to the start of the class (please see the form below for additional details).

Please feel free to direct any inquires or questions to

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*Please note: your registration in the course is not confirmed until you have sent in a deposit

and then send us cash or check, or pay online below!! 

(for online payment, deposit and tuition prices include a 2.9% fee for the PayPal charge)



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.

Instructor Bios


jerome1A 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.


Stephanie Syson spends the days with her hands in the soil and her heart with the plants.  She started down her Permaculture path in 2001 with an internship at Punta Mona in Costa Rica.  After visiting and living at multiple Permaculture communities in Latin America she was hooked!  Stephanie lived and managed the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute for 4 years.  In that time she started the Basalt Seed Library and the Basalt Community Food Park as well as opening an herbal Product line called Dynamic Roots.  After many years of farming and running her herbal product business, she decided to devote herself fully to farming medicinal herbs.  Stephanie partnered with Sustainable Settings Ranch in Carbondale Colorado and opened Biodynamic Botanicals in 2015.  She is a full-time farmer and cultivates 3 acres of medicinal herbs which can be found at apothecaries across the state as well as multiple high-end product lines.  She has recently started a new 12 acre farm in Puerto Rico that combines her love of medicinal herbs, agroforestry, subsistence farming,  tropical climates and ocean life with teaching and rural, large scale Permaculture Design. Stephanie is a Certified Permaculture Designer, an educator in the fields of  Greenhouse Management, Seed Saving, Food Forests, Biodynamics, Herbalism and more. She has presented at conferences such as the Boulder Bioneers, the North American Permaculture Convergence, the American Herbalists Guild and the Biodynamic Association. She works with groups of all ages to further their knowledge of these topics through regular public workshops such as CRMPI, Colorado Mountain College, The Grow Network, and the Denver Permaculture Guild  as well as co-hosting the Living Permaculture Show, a monthly radio show on public radio KDNK. Stephanie is committed to community service through education and demonstration of herbal self-care and sustainable farming practices.


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.


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 or through her youtube channel here.

Jennifer Ghigariarelli

Jen Ghigiarelli is a livestock farmer in her sixth full-time season, originally from Pennsylvania though currently calling Colorado home. While specializing in multi-species rotational grazing systems, Jen has also done work in dairy, annual vegetable production, permaculture, and tree/perennial systems. She sees agriculture at its finest when it is integrative in approach and supportive of the greater ecology around it. Jen is currently happily managing animals (cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, layers, and broilers) on a 113-acre property for an environmental non-profit. In the future, she dreams of implementing silvopasture projects towards her never ending goal of building healthy soils and sequestering carbon through food production.

Vanessa Harmony

Hi!  I’m Vanessa Harmony.  I am a treehugger, horticulturist, arborist, edible plant enthusiast, and mulch fanatic. My parents are from Texas but I grew up in Jakarta, Indonesia, and I spent summer breaks in Colorado hiking with my dad, and backpacking with National Wildlife Federation’s Wildlife Camp and Teen Adventure programs. I earned my Bachelors degree in Environmental Studies from University of Colorado at Boulder in 2004, but upon graduation I had not discerned my career path. I followed my brother to Philadelphia where I accepted a position at a small company in the pharmaceutical industry, and I spent seven years honing my project management, business, and technology skills.  Meanwhile, on weekends and time off, I began studying permaculture design and forest gardening, and came to realize my passion for edible, perennial plants.  There was one problem – I had zero experience working with plants.  I quit my cubicle job in 2013 and went to work as a forest garden apprentice at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture – studying, tending, and harvesting edible, perennial plants, and solidifying my new identity as a plant nerd under Laura Perkins’ inspiring and encouraging mentorship.  I spent two more years on the East Coast, working at a tree care company in New York, and later a tree nursery in Pennsylvania, before deciding it was time to transplant myself, for good, to the Rocky Mountains.  As of 2016 I own and operate Colorado Edible Forest LLC, a nursery in Glenwood Springs specializing in edible, perennial plants that grow well in Colorado including fruit trees, fruit bushes, and food-bearing vines, groundcovers, and potherbs.  I also offer consulting in design, planting, and management.  My past projects have included rejuvenating an orchard at the historic Emma Townsite in Pitkin County Open Space, planting an acre orchard with windbreak above Ruedi, and backyard-scale food forest plantings.

Michael Thompson

Michael is a Colorado-licensed architect, with 30 years of experience designing buildings in the high Rocky Mountains.  His passion for design is focused on land planning in concert with Nature, and on energy productive buildings, including greenhouses for growing food year-round in cold climates, as well as passive and active solar buildings.  Michael is also passionate about the arts of home brewing, cooking, gardening and fruit tree management.

Kelly bull

Kelly Bull is a permaculture designer and educator, fueled by a lifelong passion for plants and healthy soil. After graduating with a degree in Horticulture from the University of Georgia, she went on to become a nursery grower in Maryland, an organic farmer in Virginia, an eco-guide in Costa Rica, the owner of an edible landscape company in Nantucket, and a Certified Permaculture Designer through CRMPI (‘18). Currently, she incorporates permaculture philosophy into high school curriculum as an educator and Director of Sustainability at a school in Arizona. Kelly also specializes in digital landscape design and is a Supportive Designer at United Designers, a cooperative of international ecological designers working collaboratively on large-scale land restoration and ecological resilience projects. With digital design skills, she has been able to work on projects throughout the US, Spain, and Pakistan all from her office in Arizona.  

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