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
Tom Kendall grew up and worked on his parents’ farm and took on the farm in 1992 when his father retired. He downsized the 11,000 acre farm to 7,000 acres and converted to Biodynamics. The farm produced wheat and barley and ran cattle and sheep. In 2000 he sold the farm and moved to the Sunshine Coast. In 2005 he and his partner Zaia found their ideal property in Kin Kin, Noosa Hinterland. Tom had by then become interested in Permaculture and started converting the property into a Permaculture site. With his background in farming, he was able to take on most jobs that needed to be done himself; renovations, building, operating heavy machinery for earthworks, etc, gardening, fixing, installing plumbing and many other jobs that came with setting up the property. He became a WWOOF host and always taught the WWOOFers about Permaculture and why the property was set up the way it was. In 2008 he did a Permaculture Design Certificate with Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton. He followed that up early 2010 with a Teacher Training Course with Geoff Lawton.
At that stage he realised he had so much knowledge to share with people about Permaculture and Self-Reliance skills that he decided to focus on teaching. It was a natural extension from teaching wwoofers for all those years. Tom is a very practical person with a wealth of knowledge about shaping landscapes and creating tools and infrastructure. Having spent all his life working the land he has an astute awareness about today’s environmental issues and aims to minimise his footprint as much as possible. His courses are unique in that he shows a lot of practical applications on his property, Maungaraeeda, now a Permaculture demonstration site, to complement the theory taught. His aim is to bring Permaculture to as many people as possible and to empower people to be self-reliant. He is a Permaculture Research Institute accredited teacher and runs The Permaculture Research Institute Maungaraeeda, on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland Australia and is co-founder of the Permaculture Research Institute Luganville, Vanuatu.
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
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 the permaculture demonstration farm.
A Permaculture Design Certificate will be awarded upon successful completion.
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 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.
My Permaculture journey really began when I sat a PDC with Bill Mollison, Geoff Lawton, and Greg Knibbs in Melbourne in 2008. I found Geoff especially inspiring – his talks opened up a permaculture world of possibilities in me. The following year I began a 4-month stay (internship) with PRI, Zaytuna farm. During this initial time I learned a great deal not only from Geoff and the other knowledgeable people at farm, but also myself. It was great having the…Jonathon Chan
The future has arrived and it’s more hopeful and more lovelier than we imagined!Absynnia Black
This is where one can learn how to help save the people of this planet.Lee Soarez
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
Zaytuna Farm is a fantastic place, it has a nice atmosphere and we can learn a lot while watching and helping surroundings. The teachers have a lot of experience to share and are always happy to help.Angelica
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
This group has done more for the cause of permaculture than any other I know of.David Jones
I haven’t done their PDC, but members are very knowledgable and have generously shared much valuable info.Thomas Tlusty
Zaytuna Farm is an ideal site for attending your PDC. AS it is a working Permaculture farm it has lots of examples of techniques that you learn in the PDC, so you can see them in action. EG. There are many food forests in various stages and have been established using different strategies and plant mixes. The importance of placement of elements e.g. animals and plants, are seen and felt on a working established farm. There are examples of larger…Karen
I spent six months volunteering with the Permaculture Research Institute in 2010, initially hoping to develop my practical skills and gain more experience in this exciting thing called Permaculture. I had recently made a big life change, leaving the security of a good job and a largely consumer existence, to engage in more meaningful work and lifestyle. My role at Zaytuna Farm quickly changed from participating as a volunteer, to helping to run the volunteer program and manage daily activities…Dave Bauer
HOW TO ENROL
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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.