A Hands-On, Immersive Permaculture Experience

Our Permaculture Apprenticeship Program provides immersive, experiential education under the guidance of permaculture leaders. This program is for anyone who wants to dive into permaculture-inspired work - no experience is necessary. Each year from April through August, PRI offers instruction and work experience in permaculture practices, including land stewardship, whole systems design, natural building, micro-enterprise, urban farming, and public education. 

The 2016 program concluded on August 13th, when 14 apprentices graduated, having learned hands-on skills working alongside mentors at various host sites. Apprentices broadened their permaculture knowledge through coursework and site visits while discovering the necessary tools needed to teach their own communities the skills they'd learned throughout the growing season. 

If you're interested in joining the program: Watch here for an announcement of the 2017 program, see detailed program information below, contact us, or subscribe to receive updates on this and other hands-on, educational permaculture opportunities.

2016 Host Sites

Apprenticeship Requirements

In a typical year, participants complete five educational sessions and up to 100 hours of hands-on field work with their host site. Field hours are scheduled to suit both host sites and apprentices throughout the growing season. 

Classes Include:

  • Care for the Future: Sustainable Finance; Storytelling
  • Care for People: Body as an Ecosystem; Personal Permaculture
  • Care for Earth: Ecological Cycles & Processes; Water & Soil; Plants & Animals
  • Foundation Setting: Introduction to Permaculture; Power, Privilege, Permaculture

Apprenticeship Selection Criteria

The Permaculture Apprenticeship Program is for people with or without permaculture experience who wish to learn from established and emerging leaders on a professional site.

Apprenticeship applicants are expected to:

  • Demonstrate a strong and reliable work ethic
  • Have the ability to act independently and take direction well
  • Be community-minded, and eager to work, learn, and share with others
  • Complete all field hour requirements in a timely and professional manner
  • Be willing to learn, ask questions, and take ownership of their learning experience

Priority given to:

  • Applicants with experience in the field
  • Applicants living within close proximity to selected host sites
  • Applicants with a history of long-term and committed community engagement


$500 Early Bird Deadline/$600 Final Deadline

  • 1:1 mentorship
  • 5 education sessions
  • Monthly permaculture site tours
  • Up to 100 field hours on host site
  • A $100 award for reaching and teaching at least four people from your community, sharing the skills and tools you've gained through the apprenticeship

At PRI Cold Climate, it is our goal to make programming accessible to anyone and everyone interested in becoming skilled at permaculture. We offer flexible payment plans and scholarships in addition to work trade opportunities to reduce or eliminate tuition costs. Contact us to learn more about scholarships and work trade.

Interested in learning more? Contact us with any additional questions you have.