Permaculture Design Course

72 hours Permaculture Design Certificate

Available dates and places:

17th - 29th April 2021

2nd - 16th July 2021

Alentejo, Portugal

25th of May - 6th June 2021

28th August - 9th September 2021

Calabria, Italy

Also check out my Soul to Soul PDC for inner ecology and personal development! Click here for more info.

Course Overview

Building soil – Building community – Building resilience

No previous experience is required! Just openness and willingness to become part fo the regeneration movement!


Permaculture is a design method for sustainable human settlements that aims at integrating human activities in fully functioning ecosystems able to self regulate and support Life in all its forms.

Its core ethics are Care for the Earth, Care for the People and Fair Share and its principles allow us to live a regenerative life and can be applied to any environment, from small apartments to big lands to entire countries. Most importantly, Permaculture is a real philosophy of life that can support you as an individual to make conscious choices to reconnect to a true way of living. You are not separate from what is around you and stepping back into the web of life is the best choice we can make!

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What is a Permaculture Design Course? 

This is a 72 hours certified course that covers all aspects of Permaculture as detailed by Bill Mollison (co-founder of the movement and author of "Permaculture: a designer's manual"). The course will touch all elements required to design a complete human settlement and will include topics such as food production, resource management, project 

management, soil, agroforestry, animal systems, appropriate technology, people systems and social Permaculture.

The course will include a final design project and the handover of the PDC certificate upon completion and presentation of the final design.


The program


During the course, we will explore the following topics:



PermacultureEvidence that we need to act - Ethics & Principles

Concepts and themes in designNatural ecosystems - Web of life - Yield and Resource -

Design MethodsObservation - Analysis of elements - Flow analysis - Maps & data overlay - Zones & sectors - Slope & aspect - Guilds - Scale of permanence 

PatternsUnderstanding natural patterns and how to use the in design



Climatic factors: Main climatic zones and their characteristics - Climatic factors - Climatic effects Landscape profiles

TreesTrees and their role in the ecosystem

WaterWater cycle - Water in the landscape - Strategies for water management

Soils: Soil composition - Soil management - Compost - Nutrient management and closed loops - Animals in the landscape

EarthworksDesign - Tools - Types of earthworks (swales, dams etc..)

Agroforestry & Food Forests: Natural forests and natural succession - Food forests - Layers - Greening the Desert

Appropriate Technology: Renewable energy - Compost toilets - Eco-buildings - Waste management



Climates: Strategies for different climates

Social Permaculture: Project management - Group dynamics - Non-violent communication - Local economies - Community living & Ecovillages



All students will do a group project simulating the design for a client. The project will be  presented at the end of the course and will be a great opportunity for the student to metabolise the newly-acquired knowledge and receive feedback from the teacher


The Venue

The course in Portugal will be held at the Pachawa centre. Pachawa is an ecology centre in the south of Portugal that I have been consulting for to develop the Permaculture Design. It is a great opportunity to spend time on an emerging Permaculture site and experience what it means to design, implement and maintain full Permaculture systems.
The surroundings are just amazing and include a river (walking distance) and stunning beaches and hikes!

Click here to see more about Pachawa!

The PDC in Italy will be held in a beautiful project located in Paterno Calabro, in the region of Calabria south of Italy. The venue of the course is involved in many regenerative activities including an organic farm, a research centre and one of the few eco-building companies in Italy. The project is very active in Permaculture and is one of the few places visited by Geoff Lawton for the reactivation of an abandoned village through Permaculture design. The abandoned village will be visited during one of the free afternoons. Moreover, the site hosts the biggest, legally recognised, adobe eco-building in Europe!


Costs differ for the different venues and are as follows:


Prices for PDC in Portugal (April or July 2021)

Own tent accommodation:

550 euros if booked before the 16th of May 2021 

(early bird deadline is 30th of May for the course of July)

700 euros if booked after

Tourist accommodation:

800 euros if booked before the 16th of May 2021

(early bird deadline is 30th of May for the course of July)

900 euros if booked after

Prices for PDC in Italy (May or September 2021)

Own tent accommodation:

450 euros if booked before the 18th of April 2021

(early bird deadline is 15th of July for the course of September)

550 euros if booked after

Normal accommodation

890 euros if booked before the 18th of April 2021 

(early bird deadline is 15th of July for the course of September)

990 euros if booked after

Prices include:

- Full accommodation

- 3 meals a day

- Access to showers and facilities

- International Permaculture Design Certificate upon completion of the course

- Practical workshops

- Opportunity to spend time on a site that I have personally developed! You will experience what it means to implement a Permaculture project and maintain it!

- Stunning surroundings and beautiful places to visit on your free time

Want to join?

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