Neighborhood Permaculture Design Course

Register now for the next NPDC!

Neighborhood Permaculture Design Course

 Dharmalaya  •  Eugene, OR

 Meets one weekend a month,  September 20, 2014 through May 9, 2015:

course dates:

Sept. 20,

Oct. 18, 19

Nov. 15, 16

Dec. 13,

Jan. 17, 18

Feb. 14, 15

Mar. 16, 16

April 4, 5

May 9

Photos from our last NPDC course:

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Contact Michele to register:


Registration fee: $800; early registration by August 1st: $750

Registration Options:

Registration as a Single

$800 single person/ $750 single person registration received by August 1, 2014.

Group Registration

More than one person can register together. One person must register for the whole group. Register by August 1, 2014 for early discount.

2 people – $750 each/ $700 each early registration

3 or 4 people – $700 each/$650 each early registration

5 or more people – $650 each/ $600 each early registration



  • core instructors Andrew Millison and Heiko Koester
  • sustainability model site visits led by Jan Spencer
  • economic relocalization design by Jason Schreiner
  • applying permaculture design to a neighborhood setting
  • extensive course related hands-on experience
  • excellent guest presenters

  andy-pic-3-300x207Andrew Millison has been studying, designing, building, and teaching about Permaculture systems since 1996. He is an instructor in the Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University, teaching the Permaculture Design Certificate Course and the Advanced Permaculture Design Practicum. He has taught through other organizations including Prescott College, the Ecosa Institute, and the Cascadia Permaculture Institute. He instructs Advanced Permaculture Courses in Teaching, and has guest instructed for many Permaculture courses throughout the Western US. He worked for the State of Oregon creating a Permaculture conference and course for Oregon Housing and Community Services, the agency that builds low-income housing. He works with gardeners, developers, university students, and community organizers to promote Permaculture, which he believes is the medicine for Earth’s ailments.


Heiko Koester is a permaculture designer and teacher who specializes in assisting clients with home landscape conversions. For 20 years he has applied unconventional gardening techniques to creating lush jungles filled with food, medicine, and beneficial habitat. He has experimented with a huge diversity of useful plants, creating his own model for bioregional landscaping. Heiko plant skills classes focus on edible, medicinal, and native plants, and offer comprehensive training on uses, cultivation, and wild crafting of useful plants. His sideline nursery offers a selection of edible, medicinal, and native plants for sale. He is also currently installing a demonstration garden at his home. Heiko’s services are offered through Urban Ecogardens.


Dharmalaya is at the heart of an emerging permaculture collaborative that is pioneering regenerative design and development at a neighborhood level. Dharmalaya’s sustainable living features include rainwater catchment, organic gardening, permaculture landscaping, PV electric system, constructed wetlands, composting, and natural building methods. Its social vision emphasizes decentralized economics, cooperative enterprise, ecological harmony, social equity, bioregionalism, and spiritual humanist values.

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