Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course

This hands-on intensive Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course will not only deepen your environmental awareness, but will also equip you with the tools to design stable systems on any farm, small holding or homestead, economically and sustainably.

These three weeks are geared towards, knowledge building, skills advancement, practical know-how and application of all the systems and methods that are covered in this vast body of work, and to equip and prepare you to start your own journey in this dynamic field of possibility.

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Cost: $765 – This price includes a comprehensive manual with practical applications and instructions. Organic tea and coffee and a light organic vegetarian daily lunch, as well as the stationary required for the final design assignment. 


*All dates need to be attended in order to receive your certification. Should one of the days conflict with an already existing appointment, a catch up session may be scheduled.

Final Presentation and Peer Review, culminating in a Graduation Ceremony

Course Skills & Topics:

An introduction to Permaculture, our ethics and design principles.

Freshwater Systems

Siphoning (practical)

Irrigation and pumps systems

Building and using an A-frame (practical)

Swales – the functions, marking/planning out of and their construction (practical)

Various systems to harvest and filter water:

Harvesting and filtering drinking water


How to build a sand filter and their placements (practical)

Grey water harvesting, filtering and composting systems

Anaerobic composting Banana circles (practical)

Alternative hot water systems

How to install rain gutters and rain barrels

Capturing and storing water

The construction and considerations for dams and ponds, gabions, check dams and silt traps

The benefits and considerations of various animals:

Chickens, geese and ducks

Black soldier fly and mealworms




Composting worms (practical)

Wildlife integration & habitat evaluation and restoration

Invasive species

Bees and other essential pollinators (practical)

Attracting beneficial insects and animals, such as ladybirds, owls and bats

Holistic management

Plant disease and nutrient deficiencies

Cell grazing

Living fences


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 nutrition:

Nursery skills and propagation (practical)

Tree pans and net ‘n pan systems (practical)

Erosion Control



Market gardens (practical)

Kitchen gardens (practical)

Growing Mushrooms

Moon gardening

Aquaculture, Hydroponics and Aquaponics

Designing and growing windbreak

How to build up a food forest

How to carefully save and store your seeds (practical)

The multiple uses for Bamboo

Vetiver, land rehabilitation and erosion control

Companion planting for plant resilience and pest management (practical)

The importance of having a Mother Bed

Alien plant eradication (practical)

Various composting methods and liquid manure (practical)


Soil analysis (practical)

Living roofs and fences

Planting green manures (practical)

Medicinal and culinary flowers, plants and herbs (practical)

Wild foraging (practical)

Alternative energy:




Rocket stove construction (practical)


And more:

Recycling systems and functions (practical)

Eco-bricks (practical)

Natural fermentation and food preservation

Composting toilets (practical)

Biodegradable personal hygiene and cleaning products (practical)

Where to start in your area?

Applied Permaculture, community development and working with communities at grassroots level

In summary:

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

Details: Introduction to Permaculture, Permaculture Ethics and Principles

Details: Soil, Trees, Beneficial Plants and Herbs, Guilds and Polycultures

Details: Water, Aquaculture, Earthworks, alternative energy sources and Eco-building

Details: Zones, Animal Integration, Propagation & Nursery Skills

Details: Compost, Soil Rehabilitation and Plant resilience

Details: Social Responsibility and Practical Applications

Details: Design Work, Integration, Practical Application & Research

Details: Design Work, Integration, Practical Application & Research