Permaculture Design Practicum

CRMPI & Broken Ground are partnering to host Permaculture Design Practicums on sites looking for greenhouse & agroforestry designs. A Design Practicum is a collaborative process that allows for a diversity of perspectives and design ideas at a specific site. If you have a property at which you would like to host a practicum, send an email to


Drala Mountain Permaculture Practicum

October 21st-23rd, 2022

Drala Mountain Center, Red Feather Lakes, CO

Above – The gorgeous Stupa onsite at Drala Mountain Center, a space students will have access to during the course.

This design practicum is intended to give participants an introduction to permaculture concepts while engaging them in the actual design process of a permaculture plan at Drala Mountain Center.

“Nestled high in the Colorado Rockies, Drala Mountain Center (DMC) provides the perfect retreat setting for studying yoga, meditation and contemplative arts. DMC combines natural beauty, unspoiled wilderness, blue skies and crisp mountain air with the comforts of a modern retreat campus. Our accommodations range from fine lodge rooms with private baths to shared same-gender dormitories and economically-priced seasonal tents on wooded hillsides. Meals, with vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options, are included in lodging.” Please visit the Drala Mountain Center website for more information.

During the weekend, participants will learn about permaculture practices and principles, the importance of human relationships and community building in the design process, site analyses and design methods, and various strategies for food production, soil building, water capture, and fire mitigation. By the end of the workshop, participants will have created a site design for Drala Mountain Center, incorporating permaculture principles and knowledge gained.

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A design practicum is a collaborative process that allows for diversity of perspectives and design ideas.




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 or through her youtube channel here.

Past Practicums

March 26th- 27th, 2022

Cattle Creek Gardens, Carbondale, CO


The design practicum is intended to give participants an introduction to permaculture concepts while engaging them in the actual design process of a 5 acre property. It will include two 90 minutes virtual sessions before the in-person event. Participants will also receive required reading to be completed prior to the event.

There will be two virtual online classes to be held before the in-person practicum one to two weeks prior. The program will begin on Saturday morning, lunch will be included, and will go through lunch time on Sunday.

To reserve your spot in the course please fill out the registration form link above and send payment of $150 via PayPal (to; we must ask you to please add a 2.9% surcharge to cover the fees we are charged for electronic payment methods. Or by check (mail to CRMPI; PO Box 631; Basalt, CO 81621).

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

Full Tuition $150.00 USD