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  • 22 Hours Video Instruction with Penny
  • Downloadable Course Manual
  • Downloadable Design Workbook
  • Extensive Plant List
  • 5 Course Modules
  • 5 Standalone Video Classes
“What we do to the Earth, we do to ourselves. We clean up the Earth, we clean up ourselves. We clean up not only our bodies— but the bodies of our children and grandchildren and future generations. That’s my hope.” —Penny Livingston

Why Regenerative Agroforestry?

In this era of unchecked global warming, deforestation, and industrial agriculture, we need to act quickly in order to regenerate ecosystem processes and feed a growing populace.

Regenerative Agroforestry is a holistic approach, which provides fully integrated solutions that restore our environment while simultaneously feeding people.

Regenerative Agroforestry deepens the alignment between people and nature, delivering a land restoration model to sequester carbon, catch and infiltrate water, revegetate landscapes, produce food, grow medicine, generate timber, and generate SURPLUS resources for people and ecologies.

We developed this online, self-paced program to make these solutions easily accessible to you.

Now is your chance to get the inspiration and knowledge to develop your own Regenerative Agroforestry systems adapted to your bioregion.


Module 1: Foundations of Regenerative Agroforestry

This is an overview of agroforestry and how a deeper understanding of forest function, forest ecology can lead to better decisions for productive forest systems. This module covers why agroforestry systems are more productive and why they are important for the future of agriculture. We will share various techniques for fuel and hardwood products as well as shaping, pruning, and grafting fruit trees.

Module 2: Planning & Design

This module discusses agroforestry design within a permaculture context. We will discuss various methods of design, site assessment and design considerations for how to plan and create your agroforestry system.

Module 3: Agroforestry Planting Systems

This is an overview of agroforestry and how a deeper understanding of forest function, forest ecology can lead to better decisions for productive forest systems. This module covers why agroforestry systems are more productive and why they are important for the future of agriculture. We will share various techniques for fuel and hardwood products as well as shaping, pruning, and grafting fruit trees.

Module 4: Harvesting & Processing

In this module we will cover harvesting methods as well as how to determine the best time to harvest. We will focus primarily on perennial, woody and self-sowing plants and we will profile the diversity and multiple uses of various plant species.

Module 5: Implementation

This module will explore various techniques for implementing a project. It includes earthworks and grading considerations; soil preservation and enhancement; and water management and infiltration.


  • Invasive Species in the Landscape
  • Homescale Temperate Agroforestry
  • All About Water
  • Medicinal Plants
  • Food as Medicine


Topics at a Glance

Here are some of the many areas covered in Regenerative Agroforestry with Penny Livingston:

  • Site Assessment
  • Site Selection
  • Design Methodology
  • Soil Fertility Strategies
  • Plant Propogation
  • Water Retention Systems
  • Companion & Guild Planting
  • Crop Planning
  • Wind Breaks
  • Forest Ecology
  • Grafting
  • Orchard Management
  • Installation Techniques
  • Harvesting Techniques
  • Medicinal Plants
  • Landscaping for Wildlife

Meet Your Teacher

Penny Livingston-Stark is internationally recognized as a prominent permaculture teacher, designer, and speaker. She holds a MS in Eco-Social Regeneration and 3 diplomas in Permaculture Design. Penny has been studying the Hermetic Tradition of alchemy and herbal medicine making in Europe and the United States for 4 years.

Penny has sat on the board of the Permaculture Institute of North America as well as the Building Appeals Board for the County of Marin, after being unanimously approved by the Marin County Supervisors. She was also a founding board member for the Redwood Empire Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council.

She has studied, taught with, hosted, and learned directly from Bill Mollison and David Holmgren the co-founders of Permaculture and the developers of the Permaculture Design Certification Course curriculum.

Penny has been teaching internationally and working professionally in the land management, regenerative design, and permaculture development field for 25 years and has extensive experience in all phases of ecologically sound design and construction as well as the use of natural non-toxic building materials. She specializes in site planning and the design of resource-rich landscapes integrating, rainwater collection, edible and medicinal planting, spring development, pond and water systems, habitat development and watershed restoration for homes, co-housing communities, businesses, and diverse yield perennial farms. She as taught Herbal Medicine Making, Natural Building and Permaculture around the US as well as Bali, Indonesia, Peru, Germany, Mexico, France, Turkey, Portugal, Australia, Belize, Brazil, England and Costa Rica.

With her husband James Stark, and in collaboration with Commonweal—a cancer health research and retreat center—Penny co-manages Commonweal Garden, a 17-acre organic and certified salmon-safe farm in Bolinas, California.

Penny co-created the Ecological Design Program and its curriculum at the San Francisco Institute of Architecture, co-created the Permaculture Program at Occidental Arts and Ecology Center with Brock Dolman, co-created the Earth Activist Training with Starhawk and she co-founded the West Marin Grower’s Group, the West Marin Farmer’s Market, and the Community Land Trust Association of Marin. Penny has also worked with the Marin County Community Development Agency and Planning Department to develop recommendations on sustainability for updating the Community Plan.

Penny is a founding member of the Natural Building Colloquium, a national consortium of professional natural builders, creating innovations in straw bale, cob, timberframe, light clay, natural non-toxic interior finishes and other methods using natural and bio-regionally appropriate materials for construction.

She has been featured in the following films: Symphony of the Soil by Lily Films and Deborah Koons Garcia, 2012: A Time for Change by Joao Amorim and Daniel Pinchbeck and Permaculture: The Growing Edge by Belili Films and Starhawk

She has been apprenticing in Germany and Italy at the Arven School for Medicinal Plants, Aromatherapy and Wilderness Wisdom with her teacher, a master alchemist, Susanne Fischer-Rizzi in Germany since 2011. Penny is holding this lineage here in the United States and is embarking on sharing what she has learned over the years.


Sample Penny’s Teaching

Embark on a journey toward mastery in the realm of Regenerative Agroforestry. This is an interdisciplinary course, in which Penny will dig deep into design processes, the science behind plants, propagation techniques, rapid soil fertility development, complete watershed restoration, and the integration of people with the land. Check out this sample lesson >>>>>

Is this course right for me?

This Regenerative Agroforestry course was carefully crafted to help you design and implement the site or project of your dreams.

  • Are you inspired and ready to learn? 
  • Do you want guidance with agroforestry concepts and design plans?

If you answered yes to these questions, this course will be a significant step in supporting your goals of designing and implementing regenerative agroforestry projects! Our curriculum is designed to provide you with a broad base of knowledge as well as guide you in the development of a specific project. The online format allows you to continue to work in your community while developing the skills necessary to be a change agent.

Your Regenerative Agroforestry Investment

Here’s your opportunity to learn from legendary Permaculture teacher, Penny Livingston, at your own pace, in the comfort of your own home. We offer 3 convenient payment plans:


One-Time Payment of $347

2-PAY OPTION $197 / 3-PAY OPTION $147


Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about Regenerative Agroforestry with Penny Livingston. If you have any additional questions, please email outreach@permacultureskillscenter.org

I learn best by doing. Will I get what I need from this course?
This is an online program but we highly suggest you choose a project to work on during the course. The program is designed to support you through various steps of an Agroforestry design and implementation. Your level of doing is up to you.
Do I need to have completed a Permaculture Design Course to take this?
A permaculture design certificate is not necessary for taking this course.
Are there live sessions with Penny?
This program does not include live sessions.
When does the course start and finish?
This is a self-paced program and starts as soon as you register. There is no end; you can take as long as you like to finish all the modules.
How long do I have access to the course?
You have lifetime access to the course!
Do you offer payment plans?

Yes! We offer a payment plan of two payments of $197; and a payment plan of three payments of $147. Click here to learn more.

What if I decide the course is not for me? Do you offer refunds?
We have a 7-day refund period if you find the course isn’t for you. No refunds will be given 7 days after you register for the course.

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