Introduction to Permaculture

Introduction to Permaculture

A 1-Hour Online Session with Santa Cruz Permaculture Director, Dave Shaw

Next Session: September 13th, 2023 at 12:00 PM PST

Are you permaculture curious? Maybe you’ve heard the term, but don’t quite get what it’s all about? Organic gardening or something? Is there more to it? And what’s unique about the Santa Cruz Permaculture approach?

Permaculture design is a method of landscape planning that can be applied to anything, from a home garden or farm to a city block or entire village.

Get all your permaculture questions answered in this 60-minute live session. We’ll discuss what permaculture is and isn’t and how it fits into the global approach to societal change. We’ll also explore how permaculture can apply to your life, land and community. We’ll briefly discuss critiques of permaculture, and how we navigate the space with our online community, blog, and, permaculture farm.

And don’t worry, there will be lots of time for questions!


Dave Shaw

Santa Cruz Permaculture, Right Livelihood College at UC Santa Cruz, Common Ground Center

Dave Shaw is a whole systems designer, naturalist, farmer, and educator. His focus is building connections – with ourselves, with each other, and with nature. He directs Santa Cruz Permaculture, a company dedicated to amplifying regenerative solutions through action-learning, intentional community development, and land stewardship. He also coordinates the Right Livelihood College at UCSC, a network for scaling up courageous solutions to the root causes of global problems. David completed the Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture at the UCSC Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems, and holds a MS in Integrative Eco Social Design from Gaia University. He is a PhD student in the UCSC Environmental Studies program researching successful transnational alternative policy groups and large-scale ecosystem regeneration solutions. David is active in the global World Cafe Community, a group dedicated to hosting inter-generational dialogue on questions that matter. In order to meet the challenges of today, he is creating an urban farm and inter-generational learning center that fosters hands-on farm and wilderness skills, cultural competence, social entrepreneurship, and collective action.


Registration is offered on a sliding scale of $5 to $20 with no one turned away for a lack of funds. Registration in this event is included for free with a subscription to our online community The Permaculture Village.

Sliding Scale

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there readings, videos, and other materials to supplement our time together?

Here is a list of recommendations:

How do I register?

Please use the PayPal link above. Registration is on a sliding scale from $5-$20 with no one turned away for lack of funds. There is a PayPal Handing Fee included in the price. You do not need a PayPal account to register. Clicking on the Pay Now button will take you to the PayPal site, and then once you make your payment please fill out the additional form to complete registration.

What if I have specific questions about my land?

While all questions are welcome during the Q&A time, if you have in-depth specific questions about your land or home, we recommend scheduling a consultation with Dave.

What is the refund policy?

Just email us if you need a refund up to 1 day before the course. After that, there are no refunds.

Should I register here or on The Permaculture Village?

If you are already a member of the Village, please register through the event page there, as this session is included in your membership. If you are not a Village member, you may register here. You can also learn more about the Village here and may choose to subscribe at one of our sliding scale levels.

Join us October 7th on the farm for a celebratory fall harvest dinner and festival!