Course Content


  • Permaculture ethics;
  • Approaches to design
  • Guiding principles of Permaculture
  • Biodiversity
  • Learning and study strategies
  • Pattern in design
  • Wilderness and wildlife
  • Evidence / why we need Permaculture.

Cultivated Ecology:

  • Permanent pasture
  • Forest gardens
  • Horticultural techniques
  • No-till cultivation
  • Biological pest control.


  • Strategies for different climates
  • Microclimates; buildings and structures
  • Urban Permaculture
  • Appropriate technology
  • Waste reduction in the home and workplace
  • Energy efficient planning
  • Waste recycling and disposal.


  • What is Living Soil?
  • Soil regeneration techniques and soil conservation.

Water in Landscape:

  • What is living water?
  • Water conservation, collection and storage
  • Wastewater and sewage treatment
  • Aquaculture

Forests and Trees:

  • Energy transactions of trees
  • Woodland establishment
  • Types of forest
  • Woodland management.

Invisible Structures:

  • Real wealth
  • Land access
  • Formal/informal economy
  • Community development strategies.

Design Workshop:

  • Design process and presentation skills
  • Maps and overlays; surveying
  • Project planning.

And much more…

First Module: An Introduction to Permaculture

During this one day introduction to permaculture design, we take our first steps on our woodland journey, folding back the leaves as we demystify permaculture and start to gain greater understanding of how mother nature functions:

  • How we can work with nature to create ecologically productive landscapes, social systems and infrastructure.
  • How to turn our impact on the earth from negative to positive, from destructive to regenerative as we rediscover our place of harmony with nature.

In this module we will give you an introduction to permaculture.

You will learn about:

  • its history, its ethics and attitudinal principals,
  • how we can integrate it into all aspects of our life.
  • Why permaculture is important at this time in our Evidence session.

We will also look at different learning strategies.

We will delve deeper into the wilderness, as we look at the importance and benefits of wildlife and what it has to teach us.

Second Module: Permaculture design Methodologies

In this module we will explore all aspects and methods of permaculture design:

  • From design processes to design tools,
  • From system thinking to system functions.

We will go through all the permaculture design principles and expand on the knowledge you gained from module 1.

We will be taking you through each step of the design process, from observation all the way to implementation.

In this module we will also cover permaculture design tools such as :

  • random assembly,
  • output / input analysis
  • zones and sectors
  • and much more !

Third Module: Patterns in Nature and in Design

In this module we will look at the fascinating world of natural pattern and we will cover:

  • Patterns in nature
  • Patterns in design
  • World climates as a pattern
  • Landscape profiles
  • Climate and landscape strategies

No matter where in the world you find yourself designing for, this module aims to give you a pattern eye, all the tools, techniques and understanding, necessary to formulate an appropriate strategy.

Forth Module: Bio intensive Permaculture

Small is beautiful, and there is nothing more attractive and bio diverse than a bio-intensive garden. In this module we will look at:

  • Permaculture Home kitchen gardening / zone 1
  • Urban permaculture
  • Guerrilla gardening
  • The urban eco-agronomists tool kit
  • Insync with nature gardening.

Alongside this we will be discussing a wide range of topic such as:

  • The advantages and disadvantages of the urban lifestyle
  • How to retrofit cities to become permaculture havens of wildlife and natural abundance
  • Community gardens
  • And educational school kitchen gardens.

Fifth Module: Edible Forest Gardening

Working with nature can become a near effortless pleasure when we forest garden.

In this module we look at productive perrenal multi layered agroforestry systems.

The lessons we will be covering in the module are:

  • Food forest gardening / zone 2
  • The many functions of a tree
  • Regenerative woodland management / zone 4

We will also be looking at:

  • Forest gardens’ arrangement and individual layers
  • How they function
  • How to assemble them and where to start

We will also be looking at useful tools and techniques within both the establishment and the maintenance of a food forest garden.

Sixth Module: Permaculture Living Soil

“There are those that merely concern themselves in the growing of plants, and there are those who grow the life in the soil”

In this module we will be covering:

  • The history of Soil and soil science
  • What is living soil ?
  • Soil ecology and the soil food web
  • Classifying your soil and the pH scale
  • Composting and worm composting
  • Many other ways to build soil.

We will also be looking at both no till and no dig food production as well as soil cultivation on a broad scale farms and more!

Seventh Module: Permaculture Living Water

“Mulch more and water less. Increase your organic humus layer by just 2% is equal to 80% less watering needs ”

In this module we will be covering:

  • Living water
  • Wise water living
  • Sewage / dry compost toilets
  • Black and Gray water treatment solutions
  • Hydrology/ rainwater harvesting in the land and on the land
  • Irrigation (passive and active)
  • Aquaculture / aquaponics

We will also be looking at earthworks, swales, surveying contour lines and finding water sources on the land.

Eighth Module: Permaculture Living Animal Systems

“From large to small, from furry to feathered, from webbed to hoofed, whether trotting or waddling, there is a beneficial place and function for every animal within a permaculture system.”

In this module we will cover:

  • The power of animals, small to large livestock, individual consideration and beneficial function within an ecosystem.
  • Wild vs domestic livestock
  • Rotational planned grazing - holistic management
  • Natural Beekeeping
  • and Aquaculture systems

Whether you are looking to manage a large acreage with livestock, or just wanting to have a few chooks in your backyard, there is much to learn from this module of the course.

Nineth Module: People and Permaculture

“With People systems, we find both our greatest challenge and our greatest potential for positive change. The more we look, the more that we realise that we are our most crucial resource.”

In this module we will cover:

  • Ecobuilding vs natural building / zone 0
  • Biological and renewable resources
  • Appropriate technology and it’s heros!
  • Building Living economy and an abundant community
  • Bioregional development and the transition movement

Alongside these sessions we will be looking at green technologies, localised currencies and financing community projects and more!

Tenth Module: Permaculture Design Course Review and Presentation Preparation

This module is ONLY for students who have completed all the other modules and are wanting to graduate and receive their Permaculture design certificate.

In this module we will briefly review:

  • All the design methods,
  • Design process and tools
  • Basemap theory
  • Mapping and surveying
  • Presentation skills
  • And more!

This module will prepare you to start your design practice workshop.

We will also cover anything that still remains unclear to any of the students, as well as giving each of the students a chance to give their feedback.

Students will be presenting any of their completed personal self reflection exercises that they have done during the other modules.

At the end of the module, all attendees will be going into design practice time, to prepare for their final designs presentation in the next module.

Eleventh Module: Permaculture Design Presentations

Live Group Session!

This module is ONLY for students who attended all 10 previous modules, have completed their final designs and are ready to present them to the group.

This day will be a mix of presentations, feedback, and celebration!

We will also be looking at:

  • What does it means to be a certificated permaculture designer ?
  • Where can you go from here ?
  • The diploma process
  • Teaching opportunities

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