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CANCELED UNTIL 2020 September 6th – 20th, 2019

Wild Mountain Cooperative, Greene, Maine

CEBE, Norway, Maine


Explore how nature designs itself and how to emulate those processes to become sustainable designers ourselves. We will learn how to map and design the land and our lives, grow organic food in all seasons, plan for resilience, and work to build a more sustainable future for ourselves, our communities and the planet.


In addition to a thorough grounding in permaculture ethics, principles and history, the PDC will provide essential hands-on experience in organic gardening, forest gardening, social permaculture, natural building techniques, appropriate technologies and more, informed by the individual interests and skills of the participants. The two-week class will culminate with the Common Ground Country Fair in Unity, Maine.


Site visits and hands-on opportunities will include the Alan Day Community Garden, a food forest in its 3rd year of development, and a robust farm-to-school site at the Robert’s Farm Preserve. We will also visit a variety of local permaculture sites showcasing natural building styles from round-wood and traditional timber-frame, to a certified passive house. We will examine CEBE community projects promoting local food, green shelter, renewable energy and post-carbon transport and enjoy public film screenings and lectures. For inspiration and reference for our design work, we will also spend time in some of the region’s most beautiful and significant natural areas.


Completion of the CEBE PDC will empower individuals as permaculture designers, consultants and introductory level teachers, while enabling graduates to use the word permaculture in their practice, business or project.


The Center for an Ecology-Based Economy (CEBE) is pleased to be hosting this internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certification course at Wild Mountain Cooperative. The intensive two-week course covers the classic 72 hour PDC curriculum with principles developed by Permaculture co-founders David Holmgren and Bill Mollison over 35 years ago.


Kate Boverman, Co-Facilitator

A co-founder of Wild Mountain Cooperative and Land in Common community land trust, Kate is a life-long student of and advocate for the wild world. For the past two decades she has worked as a permaculture-inspired subsistence farmer, community herbalist, builder, blacksmith, homeschool teacher, organizational developer, and community organizer.


Kate completed her Permaculture Design Certification at La’akea Permaculture Community (Hawai’i) with Douglas Bullock and John Valenzuela in 2000, and a Bachelor’s degree in Culture, Ecology and Sustainable Community from New College of California in 2001, studying with Richard Heinberg of The Post Carbon Institute and Kendall Dunnigan of Occidental Arts and Ecology Center. She returned to La’akea in 2002 to complete an Advanced Permaculture Teacher’s Training with Michael Kramer and Chrisopher Peck. Seeking to add depth to this permaculture study, Kate went on to intern at the Herb Pharm in Oregon where she dove into herbalism, medicinal plant cultivation, harvesting and medicine-making practices.


Radical music-making with the Riotfolk! Collective combined with participation in direct action protest efforts against corporate globalization and wildland destruction, led Kate on a path to infuse Permaculture and community herbalism with a politics of social and ecological justice. She became a core member and organizer of the Justice, Ecology and Democracy (JED) Collective—a cooperative farm and activist community in Greene, Maine—and from 2004-2012 she co-organized the Northeast Radherb Network, dedicated to cultivating anti-oppression practices in alternative medicine communities of New England.


It is the long-haul, rooted-in-place work of organizing, living collectively, and building community-based subsistence practices with the JED Collective and its new iteration, Wild Mountain Cooperative, that have truly been Kate’s core labor of love. From the daily details of collective life and the co-development of the community’s abundant and diverse polyculture gardens and orchards over the years, to the co-creation of Land in Common, which holds the community’s 300+ acres of land in perpetual trust, Kate has learned both hard and joyful lessons about the messy, complex, and vibrantly transformative practice of real-world, community-based permaculture. As a co-founder of Wild Mountain’s new Teaching and Learning Community (TLC), director of the Cooperative’s Subsistence Farming Apprenticeship Program, and as a homeschool teacher of community children, Kate has been stepping into the work of sharing what she has learned with wider communities of engaged people dedicated to collective transformation.



Scott Vlaun, Co-Facilitator

As Executive Director of the Center for an Ecology-Based Economy (CEBE), Scott has helped lead the community’s response to climate instability and resource depletion. Through permaculture-inspired projects including a Community Food Forest, Edible Main Street in Norway, CEBE Community BikeShare, as well as the annual Foothills Food Festival and Electric Vehicle Expo, CEBE is known throughout the region as an innovator in the transition to a post-carbon economy. Scott has presented CEBE’s work to The New England Transition Network, New England Grassroots Environment Fund, Sierra Club Maine and Oxford County Soil and Water Conservation District, among others.


Scott is also the co-founder of Moose Pond Arts+Ecology (MPA+E) that provides graphic design, photography, writing, and permaculture design services to ecologically- and community-focused organizations, publications and individuals. In his travels documenting the organic seed and farming movement, he had the good fortune to conduct an extensive interview with Permaculture founder Bill Mollison in 2002 that led him down the permaculture path. MPA+E also maintains two acres of open space in a 50+ acre mixed forest, now in transition from market and trial gardens to a more perennial polyculture. In 2006, MPA+E hosted a two-week Permaculture Designers Course (PDC) led by Andrew Jones. Permaculture consulting work includes crop planning and forest management, timber frame design and construction, and edible landscape design and implementation.


Scott has written and photographed for publications including Mother Earth News and currently is a regular contributor to West Coast Maine and reviews permaculture related books for the Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association. Scott teaches widely on permaculture, seed saving, and food system dynamics. He was recently a guest instructor at the Whole Systems Design PDC in Vermont, at Post Carbon Designs’ Permaculture in Practice course, and at the Maharishi University pf Management in Fairfield, Iowa. He regularly teaches permaculture classes ranging from short introductions to local school groups, to multi-day intensives for adults. He has presented “Seed People, A Journey into the Organic Seed Movement,” an original slide show and lecture, at the Organic Seed Growers Conference, Restoring Our Seed, the Pennsylvania Association of Sustainable Agriculture Annual Conference and the Maine Farmer to Farmer Conference.





Aaron Parker, Edgewood Nursery

For over a decade Edgewood Landscapes has served southern Maine; designing, installing and maintaining functional landscapes that are not only beautiful, but produce food, medicine and wildlife habitat with a minimum of external inputs. Aaron teaches a variety of course subjects including: Seed Saving and Vegetable Breeding, Propagating Plants, Introduction to Edible Landscaping, Perennial Vegetables for Maine, Tree Crops: Beyond the Apple, Making Yogurt at Home, Introduction to Low Maintenance, Low Input Gardening, Companion Planting for the Home Orchard.


SUMMER PDC: 2-Week Intensive Permaculture Design Certification


 Greene & Norway, Maine








September 6th – 20th, 2019


Facilitated by:

Scott Vlaun

Kate Boverman


Guest Teachers:

Caitlin Horigan

Jesse Stevens

Aaron Parker


Certificate given upon completion



Camping at Wild Mountain:
outdoor kitchen, access to electricity, bathrooms, showers


Daily Schedule:

8am - 4pm

Evening Programs


Tuition & Fees:

PDC: $1350

Deposit: $150 (Due June 30th)

Early Registration Discount: $150

Camping, Meals & Amenities: $350


We have priced this course to be as accessible as possible – 100% of the suggested registration fee of $1350 covers the costs of producing this intensive training.


AND we don’t want finances to get in the way of your participation, so there are alternative financial options, including team rates for groups of three or more working together, and an invitation to contribute more to help cover those who can’t pay the full rate right now. Contact if you need more help making the course work for you financially.


Topics covered, but not be limited to:


  • Permaculture principles and ethics
  • Zone and sector analysis
  • Reading the landscape
  • Pattern recognition and application
  • Water in the landscape
  • Swales and berms
  • Climate adaptation and micro climate strategies
  • Scales of permanence
  • Mapping
  • Urban permaculture
  • Land tenure and access
  • Community resilience strategies
  • Design process and methods
  • Plant guilds and polycultures
  • Human-scale agriculture
  • Soil Carbon, Biochar and Mycorrhizae
  • Mushroom foraging and cultivation
  • Tools and appropriate technology
  • Seeds and seed saving
  • Food forests and agroforestry
  • Living soil systems
  • Animals in the landscape
  • Ponds and Earthworks
  • Gray water systems
  • Bioremediation
  • Natural building strategies
  • Renewable energy
  • Embodied energy and product lifecycles
  • Forest management and biodiversity
  • Managing watersheds
  • Ecological Economy and Equity
  • Group design project
  • Yoga for Gardeners
  • Talent Show!

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The Center for an Ecology-Based Economy (CEBE) is hosting the internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certification (PDC) course. This intensive two-week course covers the classic 72 hour PDC curriculum with principles developed by Permaculture co-founders David Holmgren and Bill Mollison over 35 years ago.



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