Patty Ceglia Ecological Design

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Phone:  (443) 239-6531

“One of the best training/ educational classes I’ve ever taken! The concepts of Permaculture and how to apply the design methodology really sink in, as they are taught using a variety of different teaching methods, from guest speakers to field trips to interactive hands-on activities to videos and more! ...taught by folks that are passionate about Permaculture and helping us transition to a more sustainable society.”

Rohan Jasani
Permaculture Design Course graduate


“I gained so much from this course; I cannot begin to thank you enough! I am most definitely going to apply what I have learned.”

Chimu Titi
Permaculture Design Course graduate

“Thank you for your thoughtful critique of my design project and your positive suggestions. I enjoyed your class and the experience of trying to put on paper the flood of thoughts and ideas that you inspired.”

Sue Walsh
Permaculture Design Course graduate


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Permaculture, a term originated by Australian ecologists, Bill Mollison and David Holmgren, means permanent culture. Guided by ethical behavior, this methodology mimics the intelligence of nature, as modeled in indigenous cultures, to create productive human habitats.

Permaculture Design Certificate Course

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This 72-hour weekend course trains students as Permaculture Design Apprentices. More Information

College Courses

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Patricia teaches Fundamentals of Permaculture, a 3 credit course, and can advise Independent Study students.

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Most of these education programs include hands-on practicum. 

Programs for Middle School & High School Students

Permaculture Design fundamentals are explored through experiential learning. Programs can be tailored to complement school ciriculum.

If you or your organization would like to host an educational program, contact Patricia at:

Permaculture Lingo

Edge - The junction/zone that lies between two media or landscape form; a border where materials or resources accumulate.

Forest Garden – Mimicking the structure of a forest ecosystem for the purpose of maximizing small scale food production, a forest garden combines diverse trees and plants in beneficial relationships. This historic gardening method produces fruit, nuts, vegetables herbs and medicinal plants.

Guild - A species assembly of plant and animals, which benefit each other to reduce root competition, for pest control, nutrient accumulation, shelter or other companionship

Hugelkultur - A no-till garden bed and composting technique created by digging a trench and burying branches, and even logs, with the soil from the trench.  The wood decays over a long period of time, steadily releasing nutrients and heat.  The wood absorbs and retains rainwater, increases soil aeration, lengthens the growing season and sequesters carbon into the soil.

Microclimate - The subtle variations in general climate conditions at a specific place as affected by local factors rather than regional ones; the localized climate around landscape features and structures.

Polyculture - The interplanting of multiple crops grown together on the same ground area, in beneficial relationship

Suntrap - A relatively still, sun-facing area, sheltered from cold and /or destructive winds, which captures maximum sunlight all day.

Swale - A small or large ditch dug along a contour to assist land in absorbing water.

Thermal Belt - The area on a slope which traps warm, rising air

Thermal Mass – The ability of a material to absorb and store heat from the sun. Dense materials, such as brick, stone, earth and concrete, have the capacity to act as batteries, storing solar gain during the day and releasing the heat as indoor space cools as night.

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