Permaculture Design Certificate Course
The 72-hour Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course allows you to be the change you want to see in the world. Based on Bill Mollison’s Permaculture Designers’ Manual, it provides skills and solid knowledge in Permaculture design as a science that can create abundant ecosystems sustainably in the backyard, a small farm or on a larger broad acre landscape.
The problems of the world are becoming increasingly complex but the answers remain embarrassingly simple.
Permaculture integrates land, resources, people and the environment through mutually beneficial synergies – imitating the no waste, closed loop systems seen in diverse natural systems. Permaculture studies and applies holistic solutions that are applicable in rural and urban contexts at any scale. It is a multidisciplinary toolbox including agriculture, water harvesting and hydrology, energy, natural building, forestry, waste management, animal systems, aquaculture, appropriate technology, economics and community development.
To date, thousands of permaculture designers have been certified through this course. They now comprise a global network of educators, ecological activists, individuals and groups of committed people working together to change the way we view and design our landscapes. These Permaculture designers influence major corporations and create new business alternatives.
The course covers sustainable living systems for a wide variety of landscapes and climates. It includes the application of Permaculture principles to food production, home design, construction, energy conservation and generation, and explores alternative economic structures and legal strategies supporting permaculture solutions.
- Theory & principles of permaculture
- Concepts & Themes of Design
- Systems thinking & Methods of Design
- Pattern Understanding
- Understanding climate & landscape
- Trees & Their Energy Transactions
- Earth Working & Earth Resources
- Designing for Different Climates
- Aquatic Design
- Alternative Nations
- Appropriate Technology
- Eco-friendly house placement and design
- Energy conservation techniques
- Recycling and waste management
- Organic food production
- Water harvesting and management
- Ecological pest control
- Soil rehabilitation and erosion control
- Windbreaks and fire control
- Practical Designing Exercise
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ABOUT THE TEACHERS
Geoff Lawton is the main facilitator for this PDC course. He is a Permaculture consultant, designer and teacher. He first took his Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course with Bill Mollison in 1983. He holds a Diploma in Permaculture Education, Design, Implementation, System Establishment, Administration and Community Development given by the founder of Permaculture, Bill Mollison.
Geoff has undertaken thousands of jobs teaching, consulting, designing, administrating and implementing, in 6 continents and close to 50 countries around the world. Clients have included private individuals, groups, communities, governments, aid organizations, non-government organisations and multinational companies.
He has currently educated over 15,000 students in Permaculture worldwide. These include graduates of the Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course and courses focused on the practical design of sustainable soil, water, plant, and legal and economic systems.
Ben Cains moved to Australia from New Zealand in 2006. He’s now an active member in the Permaculture world.
With a passion for helping people become resilient, responsible for themselves and the environment, Permaculture was the perfect match. Since then he has become the Zaytuna Farm Intern Manager and Geoff Lawton’s P.A. He’s also been taking on consultancy and teaching roles.
Aaron’s interest in permaculture began over 4 years ago when he was introduced to it by a work colleague. This interest grew into a passion over the next year or so and this led to him converting his concrete back yard to an abundant source of healthy food.
Through the available spaces of his friends and family he continued to gain his experience designing and growing food in a variety of situations from large suburban backyards to small urban apartment spaces, the majority of his experiences coming from warm temperate and subtropical environments.
This gives him a constant inspiration to do everything he can to further the awareness and depth of understanding of permaculture practices in Australia and the rest of the world.
Zaytuna Farm has a number of active teaching and support staff, including interns within the PRI diploma program. Interns and staff are mentored by Geoff and will support him throughout this course.
Future Studies and Opportunities
The PDC serves as a foundation for further permaculture work and study and is a prerequisite for the Diploma in Permaculture Design, offered through The Permaculture Institute. Credit for this course is now accepted by a growing number of universities around the world.
ABOUT THE LOCATION
This PDC will be taught at Zaytuna Farm, home of The Permaculture Research Institute in The Channon, Northern NSW. As one of the leading Permaculture demonstration sites in the world, Zaytuna Farm has a range of functioning systems including water harvesting, food production, and a very productive animal husbandry. All of which will add to the learning experience and make this course a very rich experience and one not to be missed.
Historically many PDC’s have, where viable, provided low/no cost scholarships to those from developing countries or communities. At PRI Australia, we support this endeavour by actively providing sponsorship positions at our Master Plan sites in developing countries. Course fees from PRI Australia off-set the cost/s of teaching those in desperate need.
INCLUDED IN YOUR FEES
Included in your course fees is Bill Mollison’s 576 page PERMACULTURE Designers’ Manual.
Your fees include camping accommodation (in self-provided tents), full catering with three meals per day plus morning and afternoon tea, after hours internet access, and an abundance of Permaculture examples throughout one of the most successful permaculture demonstration farms ever built.
WHY DO YOUR PDC WITH the Permaculture Research Institute?
We live what we teach
Zaytuna Farm is Geoff and Nadia’s home. Permaculture is their life. They are farmers, teachers, and designers who actively pursue positive change in this world within their everyday lives and they are willing and able to share that with you for a more resilient future.
World Class Teachers
Geoff Lawton is the foremost permaculture consultant, designer and teacher and founder of the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia. You will not find a better teacher than Geoff and he is supported by highly active and engaging staff, most of which live and teach alongside Geoff and Nadia at Zaytuna Farm.
Zaytuna Farm is a highly active Permaculture demonstration site. It is at the forefront of Permaculture Design and as a student, you will have the unique experience of learning in a place where all the principles are there for you to see, every day of your course. You will also have the opportunity to pitch in before and after class and get a little dirty with some hands-on experience.
We support our graduates in a number of ways. We have developed the Global Permaculture Network. Here you will find an interactive database of permaculture practitioners, teachers, consultants and aid workers from all over the world. The potential for constructive networking here is enormous! Create regular updates on your own Worldwide Permaculture Network blog under your profile, to get noticed, receive friendship, encouragement, and tips.
One of Geoff’s favourite phrases is “getting a result” and his results on the ground and with students is impressive. The quality of a PDC course is not evidenced in the teacher, but in how active the students are able to implement the designs after they leave the course and Geoff has some of the most active PDC students in the world.
Geoff’s work is based on the permaculture principles laid down in the 1970s by Australian permaculture founder Bill Mollison.
This is where one can learn how to help save the people of this planet.Lee Soarez
I headed to Australia in January of 2010 to study permaculture with Geoff and Nadia Lawton at Zaytuna Farm. There was nowhere in the U.S. to go and study water harvesting techniques, so I traveled to the Southern hemisphere. I had taken my PDC three years before and was working in the realm of non-profit sustainability education, and was looking to expand my practical skillset, particularly in the area of water harvesting earthworks and perennial polyculture. The three months that…Lindsay Dailey
After completing Paul Taylor’s soil biology course at Zaytuna farm in November 2011 I returned home to the farm with the absolute confidence to make specialist compost and biological fertilisers. Paul’s wealth of knowledge and experience alongside his natural teaching ability has helped me to understand the nature of the soil and its requirements. Highly recommended.Cameron Taylor
Thank you Geoff for the most eye-opening and mind-blowing 2 weeks of my life!! Thank you for passing on your inspiration, passion, experience and knowledge to us in the last 2 weeks of PDC! So proud to be a new Permy with new tools to create a sustainable living in harmony with nature! Thank you!!!!! Gratitude and love to all at PRI xx YoumiYoumi Sunshine
PRI’s 10-week Internship was a powerful life-changing experience for me. Throughout the ten weeks at Zaytuna Farm, Geoff and the other experts gave me a practical foundation to explore my permaculture passions and, beyond that, helped me personally focus on my areas of skill to develop confidence as a professional. For those who are driven to create a self-directed learning trajectory in permaculture, this experience provides invaluable mentorship as well as an ample opportunity to explore ideas and permaculture concepts…David Stockhausen
Hello, I’m Aaron and spent 4 amazing months from January 2009 interning with Geoff and Nadia mostly on their farm, but I also got to travel with them to some other locations as well. Zaytuna Farm has been in the hands of Geoff Lawton for 9 years, though he reported to me that he has spent a good portion of that time away, teaching and doing those amazing projects you can find out about online. Still, what has been accomplished…Aaron Jerad
During my stay at Zaytuna Farm I gained an enormous amount of confidence both in my ability to work within permaculture systems, and to teach about them. The vast variety of permaculture systems on the property provide a unique opportunity to to build understanding and hands on skills quickly. One of the most unique aspects of the property is its interconnected nature, specifically with regard to the water systems. I would highly recommend Zaytuna Farm to anyone that is highly…Rob Avis
Awesome source of information! ThankyouSusan James
The October PDC course was the most interesting and intellectually / spiritually / philosophically stimulating two weeks I’ve ever experienced.Ben Smith
I love the Permaculture Institute and I love the website, what I can see of it, but the links don’t work!!!! and that’s hugely frustrating!!! Please fix that so we can get in depth on this site. Thank you!Julia Russell
HOW TO ENROL
You can pay for your course now via Paypal or credit card by purchasing a ticket below, or you can contact us at [email protected]. All prices are in Australian dollars, including GST. An early bird discount is available if the course fee is paid 21 days prior to the course start date.
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Please note: PRI recommends that all students and visitors to Zaytuna Farm have a valid tetanus immunization. This is due to Zaytuna Farm being an active farming site.