The course will be conducted in the internationally accepted manner, but will go far beyond the scope of many PDC’s. The 72 hours of course work required to receive a Permaculture Design Certificate, will be covered over six weekend sessions, mixing hands-on activities, group work and walk-and-talks with plenty of in classroom studies, covering all major topics of Bill Mollison’s Permaculture: A Designers Manual.
The extended nature of the weekend format will give participants time during the weeks to digest the enormous volume of material. All students are required to be present for all sessions if they wish to receive the certificate.Our aim is to create a supportive learning community for the duration of the workshop, where trust, compassion, support and connection is built among participants.
The PDC will teach you how to be a designer, and how to apply Permaculture design to any situation or climate. It is not a course in gardening, although we will cover that. This means that while we will touch on the below topics, and will do some hands-on experiential learning, our focus is to provide you with foundational knowledge. We will make compost, experiment with natural building and build garden beds, but primarily we will be classroom centered. Permaculture is a holistic system that needs to be understood in its entirety, after which you will be ready to go out and do as much practical work as you like!
The following topics will be discussed in class
Philosophies and Ethics underlying Permaculture
Basic Permaculture principles
Patterns in Nature and how to use that in holistic design
Methods of design. How to apply permaculture design tools and strategies to your design problems. How to increase your chance on a successful design by following a well defined design methodology.
Climactic factorsand microclimate design. Learn how to grow plants outside of their hardiness zones
Trees, forests and Forest gardening. How to mimic natural forest systems to create an abundance of food, fiber and fodder.
Water: catchment, usage, importance, and conservation.
Soil structure, minerals, microorganisms, building new soil and preventing erosion. Learn to work with the soil food web to create a healthy ecosystem and regenerate degraded land.
Earthworks. How to shape the land to help it achieve the goals we are aiming for.
Natural Building. How to build structures with materials available on-site.
Alternative systems. Community livingand other ways of living differently that works well for people and the planet. Bioregional organization, community development, alternative economic systems, permaculture as aid.
Who is this course for?
Anyone interested in living a more sustainable lifestyle, creating health and well-being for their community, and working towards an abundant, ecologically responsible future
Farmers and agriculturalists
Landscape designers seeking a more sustainable dimension for their work
Environmental Studies students
Homeowners who want to invest in the long-term productivity of their property
School garden organizers
Large Regenerative Systems
Permaculture Design Course - PDC 72hr
Student / NGO / Active Farmer : $525
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Lunch, coffee, tea and snack will be provided daily
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