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Permaculture Design Certification

This international certification is the global standard for Permaculture Consultants & Designers, featuring a 100-hour training program including the required 72-hours of training plus 28 hours of in-the-field applied learning to redesign the campus Community Garden with instructor Rosa Maicas, a permaculture expert.  

One cannot miss the unbridled passion and enthusiasm shared by Rosa when she talks about land and garden design and its eco-cultural impact on our lives and communities.  Rosa likes to “present things visually” and insists on a hands-on approach by “going outside to the garden” to “fully experience our living ecosystems” because they represent “what is alive!”

She insists that you “don’t have to be a farmer” to reap the benefits of this course. Her goal is for you to “feel crazy empowered” with a “toolkit of multiple skills and techniques” to be a designer. No longer will you see a lack of something or a problem with your land or garden, you will “see the opportunity and even the abundance.”

If you are also interested in how our “living systems” on Maui can be better integrated to their original and intended state, this course will give you the skills and understanding to create a difference in your natural environment.

Along with classroom discussions, videos and presentations, this class includes hands-on experience from implementing a new garden design that will include designing and building a mandala garden, planting food forests, composting, measuring the landscape for swales and more!


  • MODULE 1:  Origins, Ethics & Principles, Permaculture Design, Soil, Water, Trees, Climate, Zones & Sectors, Themes and methods of design, field trips, land assessments, group dynamics and presentations.
  • MODULE 2:  Regenerative Agriculture, Carbon Farming, Holistic Management in the subtropics, Keyline Design, Tropical Agroforestry & Food Forest, Aquaculture Systems, Patterns in Nature, Bee repopulation & Climate Change Solutions, Rotational Grazing & Bees, Medicinal plants at your feet, Field Trips and group dynamics..
  • MODULE 3:  The Social Aspect of Permaculture, Transition Towns, Ecovillage Design, Alternative Economies, Problem Solving, Community, Urban Permaculture, Bioregions and group dynamics..
  • MODULE 4:  Natural Building & Climate Design, Alternative Technologies, Moving Forward from here, Consultation & Design Work and Design Projects & Presentations, hands-on implementation of the main campus garden design we will do in class.

Learner Outcomes

  1. The ability to interpret a landscape and its ecological implications.
  2. Effective communication of these interpretations through maps, graphical analysis and assessment & group presentations.
  3. Their key ecological design strategies.
  4. Their discovery & development of the relationships between elements, goals & site realities.
  5. Proficiency with design methods & techniques, observation, pattern recognition & systems understanding.
  6. The application of Permaculture Ethics and Principles in their designs.
  7. The vision & ability to implement solutions on a personal level in their culture.

Please bring the following to class: notebook, colored pens & pencils, camera, USB, compass, landscape ruler, the designers manual (if you have it), your our own coffee, water, water bottles, snacks & potluck lunch.

Class will be from 8:30am to 4:30pm on Saturdays and Sundays, March 2nd & 3rd, 9th & 10th, 30th & 31st and April 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st, 27th & 28th.  You can join the classroom portion of this course online via ZOOM.

To register online, click here.  

If you experience any issues registering online, please contact our registration desk at 808-984-3231 from 8:30am-4:00pm, Mon-Fri. We can also accept payment via credit card, check or cash in person at our Laulima Building registration office at the front desk, UH Maui Campus.

Tuition is $995.  

For more information contact:

(808) 984-3231
310 W. Ka‘ahumanu Ave
Kahului, HI 96732

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