Open Hearth PDC

Are you…

…in transition, disenchanted and burnt out with your life, searching for new inspiration?

…exhausted by the doom & gloom of modern times and not sure what to do?

…seeking opportunities to develop practical, hands-on life skills in caring for yourself, family, community & Earth?


You are not alone on this path of discontent, growth & transformation…


Introducing the

Open Hearth Permaculture Design Certification

a co-created experiential journey to facilitate nourishing regeneration of self, nature & community

Open = Receiving, Adaptable, Loving, Growing, Mobile
Hearth =
Hear + Heart + Earth + Art = Home = a place to gather, cook, eat & share nourishment

The Open Hearth Permaculture Design Certification (PDC) programs are cultivated and tended by Cody & Megan of Land by Hand, Living Hearth and the incredible growing community of collaborative partners. Together we explore regenerative culture, communities & skills of the Upper Midwest region; cultivating leaders to continue this beautiful story…


“The most powerful connections for me, have been with other members of the PDC. I truly adore our group, and am so grateful to have crossed paths with such a wonderful community of people! It was a very grounding experience for me to build these connections during such a significant time of transition in my life and I am very much looking forward to staying connected.” – Abby

What will we learn about & experience together?

Guided by an Open Source Learning model, the Open Hearth programs tap into the wisdom and experience of local neighbors, small businesses, artists, farmers & storytellers. We will explore many types of disciplines, skills, & wisdom through the diverse perspectives of what the community brings to the hearth: our group, our amazing partners, and of course the beautiful, natural places of the Midwest; weaving together design, community mentorship, storytelling and hands-on practical experience to nourish & regenerate. We offer a great opportunity to participate this season and experience the inspiring journey of a PDC; a powerful & transformative introduction to Permaculture Design. The connecting threads of this program are the three ethics of Permaculture: Earth Care, People Care, & Fair Share.


  • Gardening, Farming, & Agroforestry
  • Ecological / Whole Systems Design & Pattern Language
  • Natural Building & Architecture
  • Water, Soils, Earthworks, Climate, Geology, & Natural History
  • Plant/Tree/Fungi: ID, Propagation, Seed-Saving, Polyculture Design
  • Bio & Myco-Remediation / Regeneration
  • Raising Animals & Wildlife Habitat


  • Community & Village Building
  • Art & Placemaking
  • Ecovillages & Cohousing
  • Herbalism, Wellness & Yoga
  • Ancestral Healing, Grief & Inner Landscape Regeneration
  • Food Preservation, Cooking & Wildcrafting
  • Gourmet & Medicinal Mushroom Cultivation
  • Re-Wilding, Hunting, Fishing & Wilderness Skills
  • Open Source Learning & Home-schooling, Self-Education


  • Regenerative Business, Gift Economy / Barter / Trade
  • Entrepreneurship / Startup skills
  • ‘Right Livelihood’ & Lifestyle Design
  • Financial Resiliency & Debt-Free Strategy
  • The Art of Mentoring, Facilitation & Educating
  • ‘Defense Against the Dark Arts’, Activism & Communication
  • Bioregional Resilience & Invisible Structures


Why Permaculture?

There is disconnection from the patterns & wisdom of Nature everywhere you look. The world has been compartmentalized & separated. Permaculture is about integration, healing or ‘making whole again’. It is about relationship to your self, home, community & livelihood; cultivating the skills & awareness of co-creating habitat for all forms of life to thrive.

a journey in listening to your heart, opening your mind, and learning the practical skills of freedom to share your true gifts with the world – we may provide a spark to light many fires; the choice of which fire grows is up to you…

What can you do with a PDC?

That’s up to you, but here’s what some of our past PDC students are cultivating in their lives…

  • Environmental Non-Profit Executive Director
  • Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council & Community Sustainability Coordinator
  • Developing new Small Business Ownership Models
  • Landscape & Homestead Design business
  • Improving Community Cohousing & Intentional Community
  • Grief Ritual Facilitation organization
  • Planning a Farm to Table & Production Partnership business
  • Sustainable Building, Contracting & Consulting
  • Community supported writing
  • Community Church Partnership, Food Forest Plantings
  • Farming, Fungi Cultivation & Education organization
  • Designing Urban, Suburban & Rural Homesteads
  • Developing multifunctional Landscape Design business for Schools
  • Outdoor Education & Preschool Teacher
  • Regenerative Farming & Growing a Regional Hub
  • Planning Urban Placemaking & Art Events
  • Studying International Social Entrepreneurship overseas


PDC Overview

  • Large emphasis on personal project
  • Ongoing mentorship (via in-person & remote check-ins)
  • Time for integration in between class days
  • Spread out over growing season & fits into daily life schedule
  • Visits to several field sites & opportunity to hear several perspectives
  • Establishing lifelong connections with PDC cohort & extended area permaculture scene
  • Schedule is 4/5 – 10/19, 2019, (~1 Sat & 1 Wed evening/mo)
  • Tuition Price: Sliding scale
  • Learn more about this option >


I felt that the value of this course would be absolutely worth the cost because it seemed like I would learn a lot in a relatively short amount of time, and do so with hands-on examples and within a group of like-minded people. Groups and classes give me energy and help me learn best (more so than trying to teach myself permaculture concepts alone). – Emily

What are you investing in?


  • Yourself – a life changing experience of 80+ hours learning, nourishing & skill-building
  • 1-on-1 Mentorship & support throughout program ($1500+ value)
  • Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC)
  • PDC workbook, lessons, resources & portfolio ($500+ value)
  • Professional project opportunities w/ Land by Hand & partners
  • Membership to the Open Hearth guild of current/past students & community partners to collaborate, teach & network
  • Supporting Cody & Megan’s livelihood, and the program partners work
  • …and much more



Are you ready for this journey with us?

Apply Now >


Still unsure if it’s a good fit?

Schedule a Call with us to learn more >


Everyone has something to share and we hope you can find your voice, share your stories & transform your beautiful vision into reality with us…

Who is guiding this learning journey?


Get to know Megan & Cody here…


What past students say…

“Hands-on, experiential and discussion-based; Reflective and introspective; Non-traditional; Relational vs. transactional. Unique. Nurturing. Powerful.”

“Great community- loved the meals and the community building. Cody and Megan are awesome caring people and great community resources. Well organized. Plenty of opportunities to make connections and network with other people. A great way to deepen your working knowledge around farming, gardening, landscape design, working with the earth, working with the community.”

“A hands-on dive into nature-based skills to use in growing food and growing community sustainably and regeneratively. A way to learn about all meanings of permaculture – a multi-faceted way of being, focusing on living in intelligently and in harmony with the land and your surroundings.”

“Throughout the course connections were made. My dreams and visions now had words and language and science behind them. I have been, through taking this course, refined. Although still I am not fluent in this new language, I can join in the conversation. This language is what has been missing for me for all these years. It’s as if now I can start to really live. I have reached the base of the mountain, Cody and Megan you both have taught me to speak, now it’s time to climb.”

“A great way to gain practical skills to work with the land around you in a natural way. Lots of self discovery and inner landscape work. Very co-created and highlights personal character strengths in a working group setting.”

“Throughout the course I have most enjoyed the cosmic play of characters within the group that has enhanced who I am and how I see and how I am in the world. The deep conversations and critical thinking was a good fire for my life. Saturday farm tours were a potent way for me to see these classroom concepts in action and get to see all the flavors and styles of the permaculture lifestyle. There were also many new connections made and methods learned, sharing about my farm and projects with all of our classmates and expanding the circle that way. I am very grateful for this time of reflection, and it is truly bittersweet reminiscing back on this course, many precious memories and friendships that will live on.”

“Megan and Cody are outgoing teachers, welcoming, inclusive, thoughtful, a team to support if you want to support their own growth as teachers. Passionate, grateful, useful, fast-paced. Peers/not hierarchical. Partners and guests: absolutely 100% inspiring. Measured, thoughtful elements. Take life and just live it elements. Practical yet passionate. Giving. Life-long learners. Regular people, not perfect, just trying and doing their best, thus very relatable.”

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