Designing Abundance PDC

We are currently planning our next Permaculture Design Certificate Course. Please check back soon for more details

• Victor Guadagno - Regional Design / EcoMedia
• Chris Jackson - Core Curriculum
• Lizabeth Moniz - Core Curriculum
• Baylen Karl Slote - Inner Ecology
• Annie McCleary - Wild Edibles & Medicinal Plants
• Aaron Guman - Perennial Plant Systems & Agroforestry
• Nicko Rubin - Tree Crops & Orchard Development
• Graham Unangst-Rufenacht - Regenerative Agriculture & Grazing
• Buzz Ferver - Master Planning & Site Development
• Joe Bossen - Food Systems & Markets
• Jon Erickson - Climate, Carbon & Economic Systems
• Amy Seidl - Adaptation

Our PDC course emphasizes how to apply Permaculture principles at various scales of our human systems, including personal health, farm design, food distribution, economic models and communication systems. We need to start locally, and design democratically owned, regionally controlled and ecologically resilient systems. You will learn strategies for personal and cultural transformation.

Course Highlights

  • Principles of Natural Systems
  • Pattern Understanding
  • Trees and Their Energy Transactions
  • Soils / Compost
  • Water Cycles and Management
  • Classical Landscape Profiles
  • Wildlife Management and Biological Pest Management
  • Wild Plant ID, harvest, edible & medicinal
  • Earth Resources / Ecosystem Services
  • Forests / Agroecology / Perennial Plants
  • Regional Biology - Aaron Guman
  • Climate Factors and Adaptation
  • Methods of Design
  • Humid Tropics / Dryland Strategies / Humid Cool to Cold Climates
  • Appropriate Energy Conserving Technology

  • Keyline Design & Agroforestry
  • Grazing & soil building
  • Multi-species intentional rotational grazing
  • Infrastructure / Natural Building
  • Greenhouses
  • Aquaculture
  • Waste Disposal and Recycling
  • Ecological "Waste" Water Systems
  • Site Design, Homestead & Skills
  • Master Planning (Biology, Energy and Infrastructure)

  • Regional Agricultural Economy
  • Local Wealth/Worker Coop's
  • Regional Currencies / Food Currency Project
  • Public land plan policy, Investment models

  • Staple Crops, Protein in our culture
  • Permaculture Network & Education
  • “EcoMedia”


Victor Guadagno

Vic Guadagno is the president of Bright Blue EcoMedia. He took his first PDC with Geoff Lawton in Guatemala in 1998. After that he worked with Geoff and an international team on the development of the Northwest Louisiana Commerce Center, rooted in Permaculture, Industrial Ecology and Ecological Design. He has spent the past 15 years communicating ecological solutions through film, winning three Emmy’s in production and writing. He was a tenant at Whole Systems Design for the past two years. He now resides in Montpelier, and is working with Bear Roots Farm to establish an Education Demonstration Center.

Chris Jackson

Chris has been involved with Permaculture since 2002, designing, implementing, experimenting, living and teaching.  He is drawn to expanding permaculture and ecological principles into social systems, further linking people with their ecologies to create just, resilient, healthy systems.

Guest Speakers

Gwendolyn Hallsmith

Gwen, the founder and Executive Director of Global Community Initiatives (GCI), and the founder of Headwaters Garden & Learning Center has over 25 years of experience working with municipal, regional, and state government in the United States and internationally. She has served as a City Manager, a Regional Planning Director, Senior Planner for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy Resources, the Deputy Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, and as an international specialist on sustainable community development. Her international experience has included work with the United Nations Environmental Program, the United Nations Development Program, the Institute for Sustainable Communities, the International City/County Management Association, the Academy for Educational Development, and Earth Charter International.

Baylen Karl Slote

Baylen Slote is a taoist clinical physician. grounded by his masters degree study of traditional chinese medicine he seeks to create ecologies of wellness at all levels of scale.  utilizing tools such as acupuncture, herbal remedy, nutrition, qi gong, tai chi and counciling he works with people individually to help them balance their health. at the same time healthy people can not truly exist outside of healthy communities. baylen works as a meta physician with allied professionals in the fields of public health, interpersonal collaboration, politics, finance, agriculture, trade, and others to design and cultivate a thriving human culture that supports true wellness.

Graham Unangst-Rufenacht

Graham grew up in East Montpelier and currently lives in Plainfield, VT. He raises grass fed and finished beef cattle on a farm looking for a name, provides home-to-farm scale agroecology design / build services, practices herbalism and educates youth and adults in these skills and relationships. Graham graduated from UVM with a degree in Religious Studies and Plant and Soil Science; has a Permaculture Design Certificate from Yestermorrow Design / Build School; and attended the 3-year clinical herbal program at the Vermont Center for Integrated Herbalism.

Aaron Guman

Aaron received his PDC at Naropa University in Boulder, CO, and has completed advanced design courses and his Teacher Training with Dave Jacke. Now based in Montpelier, VT, Aaron offers design, installation and education as well as operating Walking Onion, LLC with his wife, a plant nursery specializing in edible herbaceous perennials. Aaron Guman fell in love with permaculture the first time he saw an edible forest garden, and has been studying and creating them ever since.

Buzz Ferver

Buzz Ferver owns and operates Perfect Circle Farm. He was trained in Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design in the 1970's. He switched careers to work as an independent building designer and contractor in 1980. Parallel careers as a product design engineer for an automotive tool and equipment manufacturer, and the marketing and sales agent for a huge processor of compost made his life even more interesting. The 21st century finds him back as a Design/Builder, focusing primarily on new homes and major renovations to existing homes as a partner in Overbrook Design. He still spends some time consulting to the compost industry. He also dabbles in Sustainable Agriculture. He is currently living in and building a solar home in Worcester, Vermont with his beautiful wife Sandra. He has been teaching since 1970.


Course Fee is $1250 which includes the 72-hour design course.

How to Register
We require a $300 deposit to hold your space in the course.
Please fill out and submit the registration form below. After form submission,
payment options will be available through PayPal.
If you have already made a deposit you can pay the balance Here.

Please make checks payable to Bright Blue, Inc. and send to:
Vic Guadagno
24 Marvin St.
Montpelier, VT 05602

Student Cancellations
All funds (less deposit) will be refunded if student cancels their enrollment three
weeks prior to the start date of the course (May 29th). After this date
no refunds will be given.

Course Cancellation
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circumstances. If we are required to cancel the course we will fully refund
all student payments.

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