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Permaculture Design Course + Homesteading Skills, NM

sign up here Taos New Mexico. Permaculture Design Certification + Homesteading Skills. Summer 2017  $1650

Earn your Permaculture Design Certificate, get introduced to practical homesteading skills, immerse into dailyness of land-based lifestyle, learn about sustainable living.

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This class is based at the grounds of the Snowmansion in Arroyo Seco, just miles outside of Taos, New Mexico.  Muna, the matriarch of the Snowmansion family, is a herbalist, gardener, soil-builder, acupuncturist, and a healer. She shares her decades of homesteading experience and offers her unique wisdom. Our stellar teachers present the permaculture curriculum (Course Syllabus is found here…) and field trip hosts offer additional opportunities for hands-on learning.

Snowmansion features a series of extensive organic gardens and herbal beds, greenhouses, pollinator gardens, habitat plantings and more. Muna grows native and Chinese medicinal plants to use for healing potions that she prepares. Just outside the entrance to the Snowmansion is the main street of  charming traditional village of Arroyo Seco. The participants enjoy this unique farm and the community life of the village.

DATES: Summer 2017 (dates TBA)

Participants additionally travel for a hands-on learning to a permaculture homestead featuring bee yard and a dairy for cheese making and orchard work. Teachers: Kelly Simmons and guests (see our Teaching Team for more information)


This course is offered at Snowmansion situated in the traditional village of Arroyo Seco, a few miles north of Taos, NM. Snowmansion functions as a hostel and retreat space, it offers a wonderful rich setting for learning permaculture and being in natural environment, in a fertile valley surrounded by the mountains and drylands of the Upper Rio Grande Valley.

Additional educational opportunities are offered, including sessions on traditional homesteading arts (these may include cheese-making, home apothecary and other), topbar beekeeping, visits to exemplary and evolving permaculture sites located nearby. Nightly campfire circles and gatherings are held at the end of the day.


Located at high elevation, Snowmansion offers a cooler version of New Mexico summer with crisp nights and warm days in the mid-80’s. There are beautiful settings for indoor and outdoor learning and being.

Permaculture classes are held 9:00am to 5:00pm every day.  Nutrition concepts and permaculture approach to food preparation are explored during the class. There are evening circles, permaculture movies and conversation time. There is a field trip to a permaculture site in Taos, NM (carpool provided). This course is attended by adult participants of all ages. Please contact us if potential participant is younger than 18.


Course fee includes camping with your own gear; two meals per day (breakfast and simple dinner with homegrown salads and occasional desserts). Participants can upgrade to tipis, or indoor rooms at an additional cost. Participants are responsible for their own room reservations.

Lunch is on your own: the village of Arroyo Seco is just few footsteps away, with a choice of restaurants, coffee shops, grocery stores. Participants have access to a community kitchen to prepare their own lunches.

For exceptional circumstances, such as a disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or special dietary needs please contact us to determine if special accommodations can be arranged. We do our best to accommodate any reasonable request.

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