WHERE: Peace Temple, 2995 Hathaway Pond Road, Hancock NY 13783, northern Catskills in the NYC watershed. Located approximately 20 minutes from Hancock NY, Three hours from NYC. MAP

WHEN: Five weekend modules over five months - April thru August 2015.

April 22/23, May 13/14, June 10/11, July 15/16, August 19/20.

COST: $600 ($120 per weekend module) includes all organic meals. Payment paid per module.Send deposit of $120 to ensure a place in this course.

ACCOMMODATION: Limited on-site space at Hancock Permaculture Center with your $20 contribution. Also The Capra Inn five minutes from HPC.

DEPOSIT: $120 covers one session and ensures your participation. Register and reserve your place. Send deposit now to:

Hancock Permaculture Center
372 West Front Street,
Hancock NY 13783.
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 Andrew Leslie Phillips: Convener and lead instructor studied with Bill Mollison, Geoff Lawton and Andrew Jones. Founder of  Hancock Permaculture Center. and Permaculture Design Solutions. Taught journalism, radio and sound-image at New York University Tisch School of the Arts and other tertiary institutions.  A native of Australia, Andrew spent seven years in Papua New Guinea as government patrol officer, radio journalist and filmmaker before coming to New York City. He produced award-winning investigative radio documentaries and films on numerous environmental and political issues for Australian Broadcasting Corporation, National Public Radio and Pacifica Community Radio. He was program director at WBAI (1989-93) and interim General Manager at Pacifca Radio flagship station, KPFA, Berkeley 2011-2013. Andrew's blog and bio.

Maria Grimaldi: Graduated Hancock Permaculture Center in  2008. She has a Degree in Environmental Psychology from the Graduate School and University Center City of New York. She was instrumental in developing Operation Greenthumb with the City of New York establishing hundreds of Community Gardens on vacant lots throughout NYC. In the 1980’s she was assistant to the administrator of Central Park NYC. She lives in Sullivan County, NY  developing Panther Rock Organic Farm into a Permaculture model. She is a member of NOFA-NY (Northeast Organic Farming Association) and a Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County Agricultural Program Educator and a director of the USDA-NRCS (Natural Resources Conservation Services) Sullivan County Soil & Water Conservation District.  Catskill Delaware Permaculture
Kyle T. Murray: Catskill Mountain native Kyle studied permaculture with Andrew Leslie Phillips, Hancock Permaculture Center, Albert Bates and Christopher Nesbitt, Maya Mountain Research Farm, Belize. Alumni Paul Smith College of the Adironcacks. Studied Natural Resource Management and Land Surveying. Skills and project experience include land surveying and forestry, arboriculture, watershed management and natural building.

Erika Medina: Mixed media artist, mother, farmer and teacher. She is certified in Permaculture through Hancock Permaculture Center and is a Certified Master Gardener and Naturalist.  She lives in an off-grid homestead powered by sun and wind where she runs a small CSA, raises bees, chickens  heritage ducks and turkeys.  She and her husband own and operate One Earth Energy, a renewable energy design and installation company, specializing in Solar Thermal and Photovoltaic (PV) systems. They offer workshops on the farm in sustainable living skills including; natural building,solar installation,earth oven building,sheet mulch gardening, herb walks and wild foraging and invite the community to share in regular gatherings on the land to honor our connection with the Earth and celebrate the sacredness of the seasons.

Dr. Nancy Eos: Family & holistic medical doctor, attorney, Hancock Permaculture Center graduate, and  treasurer of an international foundation.  She furthered her Permaculture study in 2008 with Dave Jacke and is a graduate of the first Financial Permaculture course in Hohenwald TN.  She is active with Transition Towns Sullivan and a promoter of Transition Towns Delaware.  She is particularly interested in Local Living Economics promoting economic multipliers such as state based or local credit cards, local stock exchange companies, time dollar enterprises, local business funding, local bulk procurement, local small stock exchange, green taxing, direct distribution, the Deli Dollars concept, and Think Local First campaigns.

Cynthia Robinson: Co-founder Paititi Institute in Peru. Brings a solutions-based approach to her passion for Permaculture and Urban Farming. She received her Permaculture Design Certificate at the Hancock Permaculture Center and has studied Urban Permaculture with Jude Hobbs of Cascadia Permaculture Institute. Currently she also studied with Will Allen at Growing Power. She has a background in Brand Strategy and Design.


Andrew Jones: (Teacher emeritus). Andrew is developing a project in Baja Mexico. Baja BioSana is an international healing-arts education intentional community, located at Choros at the base of the Sierra de la Laguna in rural Baja du sud. Andrew helped establish the Permaculture Research Institute in Australia and the U.S and has co-taught courses with Geoff Lawton. A background in international emergency response and post-conflict development and rehabilitation, he is a native of Australia. He teaches internationally and is an international permaculture consultant and alternative health trainer.


Wes Gillingham: Project Director Catskills Mountain Keeper. "The Dangers of Fracking."Catskill Mountain Keeper is committed to being the strongest and most effective possible advocate for the Catskill region; working through a network of concerned citizens we promote sustainable growth and protect the natural resources essential to healthy communities.


Laurie Schoeman: Founder Intervention Green. "Climate Change and City Planning". Interdisciplinary planning, developing community-based initiatives that benefit the environment. From roof top gardens and solar paneling to improving water efficiency and land use. Currently working on climate change and sustainability issues with government agencies in NYC. More on Laurie.







Permaculture: A Designer's Manual - Bill Mollison.

Powells Books - Permaculture Designer's Manual and other permaculture related books.

Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture. By Toby Hemenway - a simple introduction.

Tagari Publications - Official site for Bill Mollison - permaculture founder - many of his books and other info here.

Permaculture co-founder David Holmgren addresses key issues of our time in his new essay Crash on Demand or Welcome to the Brown Tech Future.






David Holmgren's books.


  The world-recognized   permaculture design  course  provides an introduction to permaculture as set forth by movement founder Bill Mollison. Students explore site-specific permaculture solutions in hands-on workshops and site visits.The course serves as the foundation for further study. Course credit is accepted by a growing number of universities here and abroad.Thousands of permaculture designers worldwide have been certified, creating a global network of ecological activists influencing major corporations, governments and individuals creating new sustainable business opportunities.Once certified in permaculture you have the right to use the name, teach and create your own permaculture possibilities caring for people, the Earth and returning surplus to both, toward an abundant life. For more on permaculture and Bill Mollison: Permaculture: A Quiet Revolution— An Interview with Bill Mollison.



Peace Temple Tipi and pond.


2015 spring design site, Lucky Dog Farm.



Hancock Permaculture Center. 144 miles northwest of New York City on route West 17 - between Monticello and Binghamton.


Permaculture encourages systems thinking.

Sustainable living in a wide variety of landscapes and climates with special emphasis on temperate zones.  Our course includes application of permaculture principles for food production, home design, earth-works, water, energy conservation and generation, business models; explores community and alternative economic models and strategies supporting long-term sustainable solutions and abundance.

* Evidence and context, praxis, ethics and founding principles of permaculture. Constants and directives towards principles.

* Patterns, scale and detail. Informed house placement, design and natural building. Permanence in landscape. Zones and Sectors. Water. Access. Structures. Food forests.

* Energy conservation and generation.

* Waste management strategies, composting, humanure, gray water. Inputs, outputs and feedback loops to fertility.Metaphors in Nature and systems thinking.  

* Organic food production, less work, more yield. Contour farming and swales, key-line applicatons, regarian agriculture. Patterns and Flow.

* Water harvesting and management. Aquaculture.

* Erosion control, soil rehabilitation , flood and fire mitigation. Plant succession, edges, diversity and resilience.

* Catastrophe preparedness and prevention.

* Creating nodes of permanence, Transition Towns, legal structures and alternative economies, eco-villages, intentional & unintentional communities, financial permaculture and business planning , bio-regional design.


Medicinal herb walk.

 Kyle talks about trees and their energy transactions.








Healthy community

Mt.Dell Barn/Farmhouse

Sharing, friends and learning. 

Nutritious food provided.

George Stang, guest instructor.

Back to the simple life

Relax, think, listen, learn.

Bonfire at our gathering!

• Permaculture is systems thinking designed to obtain food, energy and shelter to create abundant life and community by following nature's patterns.

• Permaculture is one of the fastest growing environmental movements on the planet. It’s revolutionizing food production, home design and community planning.



Site surveys for design project.

In the field.


Installing herb spiral.

 Maple syrup  tapping.

Sweet times.

Intimate class size.


           Permaculture certification.