Winter Weekend PDC Cincinnati, OH, USA 2019

February and March: Weekend PDC with the Cincinnati Permaculture Institute


Doug looking at southern and western sun to create shade strucutre for young paw paw, Slovakia, 2017, photo by Leigh Vukov

Dates and Times:

  • Friday – Feb 23rd – 6-9pm
  • Saturday – Feb 24th – 9-6pm
  • Sunday – Feb 25th – 10-5pm
  • Saturday – Mar 2nd – 9-6pm
  • Sunday – Mar 3rd – 10-5pm
  • Saturday – Mar 9th – 9-6pm
  • Sunday – Mar 10th – 10-5pm
  • Friday March 15th- 6-9pm
  • Saturday – Mar 16th – 9-6pm
  • Saturday March 23rd- 9-6pm
  • Sunday March 24th 10-5pm

cincinnati Permaculture digging

Locations:  Treasure Lake and other tri-state host sites

Facilitators: Doug Crouch, Chris Smyth, and others from the Cincinnati Permaculture Institute and beyond

Course Fee: 

  • 700$ ($200 deposit) By December 1st
  • $750 ($200 deposit) By January 1st
  • 800$($200 deposit) After February 1st

****includes catered lunches  ****

For more information and to register details contact the following:

Register Here – At the bottom of the CPI inquiry page.

THE COURSE: Format and Content

The course will be a weekend PDC spread out over five weekends   This format allows for extra time for students to digest the material during the week off making it a great format for a holistic learning experience.  Students will also receive hands-on experience and also ample work time on the final design project and presentation. The course will be a certified through TreeYo Permaculture as we are guided by Bill Mollison’s curriculum that comprises the 14 chapters of his book “Permaculture: A Designer’s Manual”. Our schedule reflects this commitment and has a strong emphasis on how the design principles and process influence site develop and systems management. We will cover the following topics throughout the course:

  • Ethics, Principles, and Methods of Permaculture Design
  • Pattern Understanding: Interpretation and Application
  • Climatic Factors: Broad Climatic Zones and Microclimate – Effects on Landscape and Design
  • Water: Harvesting, Conservation, and landscape hydration with Earthworks
  • Trees and their Energy Transactions: Tree Systems for landscapes and Tree Identification
  • Soils: Classification, Food Web, and Restoration
  • Aquaculture: Food Web, Aquatic Plants, Chinampas, Tyre Ponds, Water Quality Parameters
  • Animal Systems: Integrate worms, chickens, goats, and many other animals in your design
  • Strategies for Tropical, Dryland, and Temperate Climates: Influences on Vegetation, Housing, and Earthworks
  • Introduction to Natural Building: Earth as a Building Material
  • Fermentation and Nutrition: Sauerkraut, Kimchi, Sourdough Bread and Pickles
  • Local Food Systems:  CSA-Community Supported Agriculture,  Cooperatives, Food-Coops
  • Social and Economic Permaculture: Bio-Regional Organisation, Living in Communities, Transition Towns and Local Resiliency
  • And last but not least: A journey into our local ecosystem that is incredibly biodiverse and a unique food forest in its natural structure. The connections made here in this class will forward your environmental literacy and build community with other proactive stewards.  



All Photos above from our 2018 Winter weekend PDC


The course will end with the required student design projects that will utilize a budding permaculture site in Northern Kentucky and other possible locations.  The sites often come from the students themselves or apart of our local network. By using an actual physical site for the design projects, students will gain the experience of completing a full design from walking the land during the initial assessment to mapping

A student final design from Argentina PDC 2012

and measuring to client interviews and final presentations. It’s a great opportunity to contribute to the local permaculture scene as often the projects are carried onward.

The design project process increases learner retention by allowing for immediate application and direct practice of learned skills while offering a means to evaluates students’ comprehension of the theory and lecture sections of the course. All of which are necessary to become successful, effective, and certified Permaculture designers.

The final design project is also considered to be a direct hands-on project because students will be engaged in a process that will yield a viable design proposal. Our commitment to practicing the design principles throughout the course process

an evolving set of cards that facilitates design
an evolving set of cards that facilitates design

itself reinforces the theory and lecture sessions. To bring the material alive we engage in facilitating the course so that numerous learning styles are supported. One of our teaching techniques is through design exercises that compliment the lecture material and add an element of fun to the atmosphere.

For more information about our past courses visit the following page: Previous TreeYo Courses.


Another integral part of the course is the hands-on segment because it integrates the techniques directly to your body. We hope to do some hands-on segments for the course but will be weather dependent during this season other than fermentation:

  • Food Fermentation as a way to connect food production with culture with health and season extension (special guests lecturers from FabFerments for this one)
  • Final Design Project for immediate application and direct practice of learned skills




Doug Crouch: With 30 PDC’s facilitated across the globe, TreeYo Permaculture facilitator Doug Crouch will be putting on this weekend PDC that

teaching at Parkwalk Permaculture- looking at microclimate and using vines to alter
teaching at Parkwalk Permaculture- looking at microclimate and using vines to alter

he has been apart of for years in Cincinnati.  Doug will once again act as the main facilitator of this year’s course after years of being abroad. His formal background is in the ecology of the local forest type and has been practicing and teaching Permaculture for over seven years in different parts of the world covering all climatic zones. He holds a Diploma in Permaculture Education which demonstrates his commitment to crafting his creative facilitation style. Click on the following link to read more about this facilitation style and the resources we are happy to share.  Furthermore, to view some of the presentation you can expect during the course via PowerPoint, please visit Doug’s slideshare account at the following:


  • Other guests are sure to stop by and impart their experience with Permaculture in this region and beyond.


blend of established systems and exploratory projects to learn from. We will see larger scale production of both plant and animal life. In the urban areas, water harvesting and the development of biologically diverse landscape in and amongst unique social contexts will be present. With that the course will be both a great example of regenerative broad-acre practices and small-scale intensive Permaculture. The blend of the two produces learning opportunities of various scales, which will enhance the experience beyond just the beauty of our unique and extremely biologically diverse temperate climate and forest type.  Below are a few examples of what can be seen on the sites:

  • Small scale intensive gardens and burgeoning food forests
  • Water harvesting earthworks of small and large-scale and tank systems
  • Commercial market gardens and eco forestry operations
  • Greenhouse technology for season extension along with other appropriate technology examples




We will be catering both Saturday and Sunday’s with delicious local or organic food furhter highlighting our regions movement within permaculture and local food production.


Cincinnati and the tri-state region provides a wonderful backdrop for Permaculture in this unique Midwest context. Its uniqueness is defined by its topography, hilliest city in the Midwest, and the subsequent challenges with landslides because of our high rainfall totals on clay soils. We also are in a fairly conservative market, this isn’t Portland or Burlington where sustainability took off many years ago. Rather we have been pushing the envelope here to increase people’s consciousness around food security, social justice, and rebuilding a skill base that will take us into an abundant city scape. The city is dominated by many Fortune 500 companies but our grassroot organizations within the Cincinnati Permaculture Guild have allowed us to work with these giants and the local councils, not just against them.

 Many Reasons to Come Join Us!

The Cincinnati Permaculture Guild and the tri-state region offer a great location and context for learning Permaculture!

  • Come and be part of a community that is dedicated to forging a local economy through strong interconnectedness around food, water, and shelter at our very basics.
  • The sites offer a diversity of contexts and ages of development to learn from.
  • Gain environmental literacy through a University level course. with a diversity of ways to learn
  • The Design background enhances your ability to join projects, lead community movement, and save money along the way to abundance.
  • The Confidence to be a Permaculture consultant and practitioner in the future is one of the most valuable qualities that students will develop during the course due to the numerous site applications, international staff, creative solution successes and varied micro-climates. The world needs YOU!
After all, it will be a fun learning experience sure to give a new perspective on everyday surroundings and bring inspired solutions to the table. Let Permaculture be the systematic approach to make change in the world and your local community alike. Learn to turn Problems into Solutions, to Work with Nature not Against, and how Everything…yes every THING…gardens!!!!!
Course Photo 2011 in Portugal put on by TreeYo Permaculture

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