Permaculture Design Certification

THE 33rd Annual PDC

July 13-26 2020


We have currently sold out for our 2020 PDC! Please email if you have any questions or are currently an enrolled student. 

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.

You see, here at CRMPI you don’t just get the vision of what’s possible in a permaculture future. You live and 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!
In addition to campsites at CRMPI, our wonderful neighbors, Ginger and Robb Janssen, will be offering additional accommodations on their off grid homestead. Robb and Ginger’s home is a 15 minute hike from CRMPI, one that will not disappoint with enchanting views of Mount Sopris, endless green, and abundant plant and animal life.
Ginger and Robb will be offering two yurts (check out the first yurt here!), featuring an outdoor shower, relaxing deck, and hiking trails throughout the land. They will also be offering a guest bedroom with a full bathroom and kitchenette, complete with an amazing climbing wall! A cozy guest loft with a shared bathroom and 3 to 5 campsites for vans, campers, and tents will also be available.

To see more of this stunning homestead and learn more about Robb and Ginger, take a look at this video from the sustainable YouTube series, The Forking Truth.
We encourage our students to explore this opportunity, as it not only contributes to our community, it also spreads out the impact of hosting classes on the land.

Ginger and Robb have kindly offered a 30% discount for your stay.
Please email and for rates, 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 below) 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 13th).

Tuition paid in full before February 15th, 2020 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 29th, 2020. 

Please plan to arrive on the afternoon of July 12th to get oriented and to set up camp. Classes will run from 9am to 6pm daily. Sunday July 19th 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 Erin at

To secure your spot in the course please….

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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. The main house serves as the space for most meals and all indoor lecture.  Unfortunately space is limited and the classroom can get quite cramped. We are aware of this and hope to update our classroom space in the future when finances permit. There is access to Wi-Fi in and around the main homestead.  There are two indoor showers that are used by staff, but will be open to students during their stay.  Also provided are solar showers and a private, outdoor showering area.  Students will be asked to contribute to keeping our common spaces tidy and clean – no outside housecleaning services will be brought in!

On the property are 20+ campsites.  Please bring all your own gear for camping and respect neighboring properties by not trespassing beyond our property lines.

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.



Adam Brock is a permaculture designer and teacher based in his hometown of Denver. Since 2007, Adam’s work has explored the intersection of urban agriculture, social justice, and sustainable business in an urban context. In 2009, he co-founded The GrowHaus, a food justice nonprofit in Denver that has become a key hub for Denver’s local food movement and received numerous awards for its work. Adam is a member of Denver’s Sustainable Food Policy Council and was named as one of Colorado’s Top Thinkers of 2013 by the Denver Post. Adam is also the author of “Change Here Now” a pioneering publication on social permaculture design.

Adam’s credentials include a B.A. in Ecological Design from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, a semester certificate from the Ecosa Institute, a Permaculture Design Certificate from Andrew Faust, and a Permaculture Teacher’s Certificate from Dave Jacke. He has studied under many noted permaculturalists in the United States, including Toby Hemenway, Larry Santoyo, Peter Bane, Jerome Osentowski and Eric Toensmeier.


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Creighton grew up in Morrison, CO and sometimes pretends to be a born and bred Coloradoan despite a Montana birth certificate and two childhood stints in Washington State. He obtained an undergraduate degree in theater before switching paths with his first PDC at CRMPI in 2011. He worked with Peter Bane during the editing process for The Permaculture Handbook and has worked on several permaculture designs in Denver, including home systems, a highway exit, and a curriculum for the new permaculture-based Denver Montessori Junior/Senior High School. He has served as a coordinator or part-time teacher for four PDCs, and spent two years apprenticing at the at Bullocks’ Permaculture Homestead in Washington. Most recently he has been a contributing author and editor on Jerome Osentowski’s forthcoming greenhouse book and is an active member of the Denver Permaculture Guild steering committee.

Creighton looks forward to doing more design and implementation work in Denver, with a special focus on greenhouses, plant propagation, and community education. He loves the challenge of crafting unique, elegant, well-patterned systems in any environment.


Stephanie Syson is co-founder of Dynamic Roots, a medicinal herb company and has spent over 15 years researching and practicing various forms of sustainable farming across the United States and Latin America.  She is a Certified Permaculture Designer, an educator in the fields of Permaculture, Greenhouse Management, Seed Saving and Herbalism.  Stephanie lectures across the United States on topics such as Public Food Forests, Seed Saving Libraries and Culinary and Medicinal Herb Growing. She consults and manages multiple greenhouses and gardens in the Roaring Fork Valley of Colorado.
Stephanie works with groups of all ages to further their knowledge of these topics through regular public workshops, childhood education classes, and co-hosting the Living Permaculture Show, a monthly radio show on public radio KDNK and a show on Eco TV 18 called Grow Up!
Stephanie is committed to community service through education and demonstration of
herbal self-care and sustainable farming practices. She started the Basalt Seed Library and manages a public food forest in Basalt called the Basalt Food Park.  She is currently starting a 2 acre biodynamic medicinal herb farm in Carbondale Colorado.

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