Three Sisters Permaculture Education Programs

Our education programs range from one hour speaking engagements to 80 hour permaculture design courses.  We address various learning styles, providing for a variety of learner needs, by merging hands-on activities with traditional classroom teaching and experiential group projects.

Topics include permaculture design, food forest design and management, solar design, bioshelter design and management, alternative energy, water management, natural building, gardening, and more.

Past offerings have included two week intensive Permaculture Design Courses, hosted at Three Sisters Farm in Sandy Lake, PA, Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh, PA,  Slippery Rock University, Penn State University, and a variety of other places and venues.  Other educational programs have also included day-long workshops, lectures, and presentations at conferences and other events.

Permaculture Design Course

A Permaculture Design Course is an intensive training in permaculture design, and is intended to be the first step towards a diploma of Permaculture Design or Permaculture Education. There are many reasons why people participate in a permaculture design course. Some people have land or property they want to develop. For them permaculture training can help to frame and inform a process for designing and planning their project. Others wish to broaden their knowledge of ecological design and add basic permaculture training to their resume. Some plan to pursue a career in Permaculture Design. For them, a permaculture course is the beginning of a long term training program.

Our permaculture design courses are recognized by the Permaculture Institute on North America (

For more information on our Permaculture Design Certification Course format click here!

Advanced Permaculture Training

We offer a number of advanced permaculture training programs. These programs run three to eight days and provide in-depth and hands on experiential learning.

Hosting a Permaculture Training

When you host a permaculture training, you can receive valuable design services and training on your site. Host organizations or individuals need to work with us to address the host’s goals, planning and promotion and logistical issues such as food and lodging for participants and teachers. We have a long experience in producing permaculture events and can work with you to create a fun, healthful and productive education program.  If you would like to host a lecture or workshop please let us know.


Upcoming Programs

Please see our list of upcoming programs and email us to inquire about a particular course or opportunity.

Permaculture Design Course and Yoga at Surylila Retreat Center in Andalusia Spain

March 3 – 17, 2018

garden at suryalila


Permaculture Design Certification Course in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,  June 11 – 23, 2018


Instructors: Darrell Frey, Michelle Czolba and John Creasy, with guest presenters.

Three Sisters Permaculture Design is offering this 80 hour permaculture design course in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh has a growing reputation as a livable city, with numerous urban farm and gardens and many related projects. We will draw on many of local examples as we focus on urban and suburban issues and challenges. Much of the course will be held at Garfield Community Farm. Garfield Farm is located in the middle of the city, and includes a bioshelter, market gardens and an evolving perennial landscape. Join us as we continue to develop this community asset.

Costs: $900 for instruction and material. Lodging and food options to be determined


2018 Winter / Spring Workshop Series


Restoration Agriculture on Urban Land 

Date: Saturday, February 3

Time: 11 am – 4 pm

Instructors: John Creasy and Darrell Frey

Location: Garfield Community Farm

Interested in growing your own food, and doing it in a way that increases ecological health in our city? Permaculture and farming educators Darrell Frey and John Creasy will teach a one-day introduction to urban restoration agriculture.  John is the director and founder of Garfield Community Farm. Darrell Frey has been creating permaculture landscapes for over 25 years.


Food Forest Design Introduction

Date: Saturday,  April 14

Time: 10 am – 3 pm

Instructors: Michelle Czolba and Darrell Frey

Location: Garfield Community Farm (Pittsburgh, PA)

The authors of The Food Forest Handbook lead you though a deep introduction to food forest design. Learn how to create an integrated garden of fruits and vegetables, flowers and herbs.

Registration will open soon.  Please check back shortly.