Permaculture Design Courses

This internationally accredited course will equip you with the awareness and tools to design stable systems on any farm, small holding or homestead, economically and sustainably.

Course material will cover:

An introduction to Permaculture, our ethics and design principles.

Various systems to harvest and filter water:

Harvesting and filtering drinking water
How to build a sand filter and their placements
Grey water harvesting, filtering and composting systems
Anaerobic composting Banana circles
Alternative hot water systems
Capturing and storing water
The construction and considerations for dams and ponds, gabions, check dams and silt traps
Wetlands
Siphoning
Irrigation and pumps systems
Swales – the functions, marking/planning out of and their construction

The benefits and considerations of various animals:

Chickens, geese and ducks
Black soldier fly and meal-worms
Aquaponics
Pigs
Rabbits
Composting worms
Wildlife integration
Bees and other pollinators
Attracting beneficial insects and animals, such as ladybirds, owls and bats
Holistic management
Cell grazing
Living fences
Bio-digesters
Supportive animal feed and housing systems
Attracting beneficial wildlife such as owls, bats and insects ect

Growing food and supportive systems to build up soil nutritious:

Nursery skills and propagation
Tree pans and net ‘n pan systems
Market gardens
Kitchen gardens
Growing Mushrooms
Aquaculture, Hydroponics and Aquaponics
Designing and growing windbreak
How to build up a food forest
How to carefully save and store your seeds
The multiple uses for Bamboo
Companion planting for plant resilience and pest management
The importance of having a Mother Bed
Alien plant eradication
Various composting methods and liquid manure
Soil analysis
Living roofs and fences
Planting green manures
Medicinal and culinary flowers, plants and herbs
Wild foraging

 Alternative energy:

Solar
Wind
Water
Rocket stove construction
Biodigesters

And more:

Recycling systems and functions
Composting toilets
Biodegradable personal hygiene and cleaning products
Where to start in your area?

 

In summery, this is what is covered in the accredited Permaculture Design Course (PDC), as per Designer’s Manual.
  • Module 1: Introduction
  • Module 2: Concepts & Themes in Design
  • Module 3: Methods of Design
  • Module 4: Pattern Understanding
  • Module 5: Climatic Factors
  • Module 6: Trees & Their Energy Transactions
  • Module 7: Water
  • Module 8: Soils
  • Module 9: Earth Working & Earth Resources
  • Module 10: Humid Tropics
  • Module 11: Dryland Strategies
  • Module 12: Humid Cool to Cold Climates
  • Module 13: Aquaculture
  • Module 14: Strategies of an Alternative Global Nation

 

Student Feedback:

Name: Linzi
Age: 33
From: Coast of Kenya
Course: Permaculture Design Course (PDC) – April 2017

What did you think of the course? More than I hoped for. Good length of time. Great teachers. Great exercises and examples.

What was the highlight of the course for you? Info on natural plant activators and water filters, compost making, swales, companion planting and propagation methods.

​What did you find difficult or struggle with?​ confidence. knowledge on species. wanting to use it for totally different climate and country.

What stood out for you? integration of all systems. simplicity and practicality of it.

What are your thoughts and feedback on the co-facilitator? very experienced and passionate. easy to talk to.

What are your thoughts and feedback on Jacqueline Edmiston of Inspire Permaculture? very passionate and creative and imaginative. easy to talk to.

What are your thoughts and feedback on the garden and the classroom space? Was very impressive what was achieved to show us the practical side. Generous lunch and snacks, causal and relaxing classroom space made us feel at ease.

How would you describe the course to someone who’s never done a PDC before? an extensive intro into the practical and researchable world of permaculture as well as a step by step learning to creating your own design.

Thanks again for the super course. Really enjoyed it and so grateful for your time and energy and hospitality.
xxx

Name: Why do you want to know?
Age: 58
From: Gordons Bay, SA
Course: Permaculture Design Course (PDC) – April 2017

What did you think of the course? I have enjoyed it immensely! The course material is up to date and extremely useful. A wide spectrum of topics were covered, and the hosts are thoroughly informed on all the topics. I have no problem with recommending the course to anybody.

What was the highlight of the course for you? (Lunch) Getting to the point of actually having the tools and new knowledge to design a perm layout.

​What did you find difficult or struggle with?​ Nothing really, all is sort of logical, and instructed in detail.

What stood out for you? The fact that the hosts are in direct contact with the Permaculture movement and are passionate about making this planet of ours a better place for all creatures on it.

What are your thoughts and feedback on Jacqueline Edmiston of Inspire Permaculture? Very knowledgeable, passionate about living on a strict organic level and a perfect host.

What are your thoughts and feedback on the co-facilitator? Very knowledgeable, and a genuine ambassador for the Perm movement.

What are your thoughts and feedback on the garden and the classroom space? The garden serves as a shining example of what a Permaculture system can and should look like and how it should function. The number of students on our course was just right, and we had direct and personal attention.

How could we improve the course, in your opinion? It would be wrong to say that there is large room for improvement. A lot had been covered, and I feel well instructed.

How would you describe the course to someone who’s never done a PDC before? The course material covers more than “how to design a Perm system”. I have much more insight on how the system functions, than what I had known before.

Is there anything else you would like to be seen covered in a PDC? The material includes a lot of reference to alien plant species, and I have been made acutely aware of the fact that I do not know our indigenous species well enough to substitute the alien species with our local species. It is now up to all of us, and not only the course hosts and presenters, to get going on this task.

Name: Mike Saunders
Age: 69
From: Kommetjie , Cape Town
Course: Permaculture Design Course (PDC) – April 2017

What did you think of the course? I thought that the Course was thorough yet comprehensive.

What was the highlight of the course for you? The on-site practical instructions and experiences shared by Jacqui. The visit to Soil for Life

​What did you find difficult or struggle with?​ Sucking up all the knowledge that was being fed into my shrunken brain. Eating two main meals per day.

What stood out for you? Friendly and casual atmosphere in the lectures and around the meals .The spirit that everyone showed in wanting to learn as much as possible in the time allowed.

What are your thoughts and feedback on Jacqueline Edmiston of Inspire Permaculture? I found Jacqueline to be a very, warm and “giving her all” person. Her knowledge is up there with the best and  will go on to be an excellent “ Internationally accredited “ Facilitator , and one that Cape Town can be proud of.

What are your thoughts and feedback on the co-facilitator? She in my eyes is everything I had expected of her and more. A willing and compassionate person who is true to the ethics of Permaculture. It was a blessing to have been in her company for the days she was at the Course and an honour to say “ I have met her “. Her knowledge has no boundaries and when in doubt, will  “phone a friend “.

What did are your thoughts and feedback on the garden and the classroom space? I must complement Jacqui for her beautiful garden and it definitely made me feel like I was on a farm and not in Suburbia. The casual setting of the classroom gave me a sense of freedom and openness.

How would you describe the course to someone who’s never done a PDC before? It is a Course designed to educate you to be able to live off, on, and with the land.

Is there anything else you would like to be seen covered in a PDC? Sorry, I don’t think there is space for anymore.