PERMACULTURE DESIGN CERTIFICATE COURSE
WITH GEOFF LAWTON & WAN MUHAMMAD RIDHWAN AT KENABOI, NEGRI SEMBILAN, MALAYSIA
The Permaculture Design Certificate course is an internationally-recognized, seventy-two-hour course resulting in a Permaculture Design Certificate. It provides an introduction to permaculture design as set forth by movement founder Bill Mollison.
This PDC is hosted by Geoff Lawton on an 8-acre PRI humid tropics demonstration site, on the edge of the Malaysian Titiwangsa mountain range, close to Kenaboi Forest Reserve, just 90km south of Kuala Lumpur.
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.
SPECIFIC TOPICS INCLUDE:
● Theory and principles of permaculture
● Eco-friendly house placement and design
● Energy conservation techniques for all climates with specific focus on arid hot regions
● Recycling and sustainable waste management
● Organic food production
● Water harvesting and management
● Ecological pest control
● Drought-proofing landscapes
● Soil rehabilitation and soil erosion control
● Catastrophe preparedness and prevention
● Windbreaks and fire control
The foundation for this course is the Permaculture Designer’s Manual by Bill Mollison. Students are invited to bring details of their own sites or potential sites to consider during the course.
SPECIAL HUMID TROPICS MASTERCLASS COURSE DESCRIPTION
The course will inaugurate the inclusion of a masterclass on developing a site in the humid tropics where students will be equipped with knowledge to assess the potential of a tropical site, steps for planning and design as well as the strategy for implementation of the design.
This course starts on Sunday the 13th of August and runs for 10 days, with two days off in the middle.
Day 1: Introduction & Concepts and Themes in Design.
Day 2: Methods of design & Pattern Understanding.
Day 3: Climatic Factors & Trees and their Energy Transactions.
Day 4: Water Design.
Day 5: Soils.
Friday &Saturday off.
Day 6: Earthworks and Earth resources & Design Exercise Practical introduction.
Day 7: Global Climate Design Comparisons & Tropics Masterclass.
Day 8: Tropics Masterclass, Aquaculture & Design Exercise Practical.
Day 9: Design Exercise Practical.
Day 10: The Strategies for an Alternative Nation & Design Exercise Presentation, Certification, Course Participation Party.
This course finishes on Thursday the 24th of August.
Click here to see the detailed Course Outline.
8.30am to 5.30pm.
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.
WAN MUHAMMAD RIDHWAN WAN MUHAMMAD HANIZAN
Wan Muhammad Ridhwan bin Wan Muhammad Hanizan was an intern at Zaytuna Farm under the tutelage of both Geoff and Nadia Lawton. He graduated as Chemical Engineer and spent 10 years in Oil and Gas production and operations with experiences in offshore engineering projects, financial budgeting, joint venture and people management before jumping full on into permaculture in 2014 after a PDC with PRI Co-Director, Rhamis Kent.
Whilst at Zaytuna Farm, he managed cattle, poultry, nursery, cropping and food forest systems setup, operations and maintenance. He also worked on irrigation, farm piping networks, mechanical works, earthworking and PDC co-teaching. He gained his International Project Management Certificate and valuable experience managing Zaytuna Farm and working together with Geoff Lawton on Consultancies, Designs and Implementation. He had the honour of learning from many others who are leading the way in their field, like Paul Taylor, Graham Bell and David Spicer.
Ridhwan’s experience lies within the humid tropics and sub-tropic climate zones. Ridhwan is now working to establish Chalin Food Forest, where he lives with his family. He is also assisting in establishing a permaculture demonstration site in Vanuatu and is also supporting the Malaysia permaculture demonstration site in Kuantan, Pahang Malaysia.
ABOUT THE LOCATION
The site is a classic example of a tropical farm and forest. Blessed with almost 12 hours of daylight and 2000mm of annual rainfall, you will be experiencing how Permaculture practices interacts with the potential growth of nature.
The local population is made up of aboriginal tribes and local mix of Malay, Chinese and Indian villagers. The project site is a privately owned property intended for homesteading. It is currently still in the early stage of development and upon completion it will demonstrate energy-efficient appropriate housing with natural cooling systems, solar electricity, biological waste water treatment, dry compost toilets, rain water harvesting and diverse interactive plant, animal and tree systems for local food production and processing. The demonstration house will function as a classroom and administration office for the project. Once established, the project will serve as a model that can be replicated within the village, throughout Malaysia and other countries in the region.
Kenaboi is relatively rural and has had many local and aboriginal cultures and traditions, with muslims making the majority of its inhabitants. International students are requested to be culturally sensitive to the Islamic traditions and Muslim social protocol. A full orientation will be provided.
● Open and receptive attitude toward cross-cultural communication
● Willingness to ask questions whenever necessary
● Conservative attire is recommended
● Respecting cultural gender relations
● Sobriety at all times during the PDC course
● Respect for elders, religious traditions and practice, and community leaders
● Not photographing locals without permission, with cautionary emphasis on photographing local women and children
FOR MEN THIS WOULD INCLUDE:
● Respecting Muslim gender relation etiquette
● Wearing long shorts at least covering the knee
● Wearing shirts at all times
● Not touching or shaking hands with Muslim women without explicit permission
● Not displaying overly intimate affection in public with wife or partner
FOR LADIES THIS WOULD INCLUDE:
● Showing respect for oneself
● Respecting Muslim gender relation etiquette
● Long skirts or pants (Shorts are considered offensive)
● Wearing shirts at all times
● Not touching or shaking hands with Muslim men without explicit permission
● Not displaying overly intimate affection in public with husband or partner
WHAT YOU WILL NEED TO BRING WITH YOU?
The climate during the course will be humid and warm with occasional rain expected.
RECOMMENDED TO BRING:
● Sun Hat and sunglasses
● Good walking or working shoes
● Casual and comfortable clothing – natural fabrics recommended for coolness
● Water bottle
● Your own bedding (sheets etc.)
● Ample supply of any needed medications
● Tent if needed (depending on accommodation option)
● Sleeping bag and hiking mattress if needed
● Personal toiletries – Students are to make sure to use only biodegradable organic and eco friendly toileteries as all the grey and black water is being treated in a reed bed and grey water patch.
Historically many PDC’s have, where viable, provided low/no cost scholarships to those from developing countries or communities. 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
A Permaculture Design Certificate will be awarded upon successful completion.
FUTURE STUDIES AND OPPORTUNITIES
The PDC serves as 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. To date, thousands of permaculture designers worldwide have been certified through this course, and now comprise a global network of educators, ecological activists who influence major corporations, individuals creating new business alternatives and groups of committed people working together to change the way we view and design into our landscapes.
HOW TO ENROL
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