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Introduction to Permaculture Course

On this introduction to permaculture, we take the first steps on our journey into woods, folding back the leaves as we demystify permaculture and start to gain a 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 course, we will give you an introduction to permaculture. You will learn about:

its history, its ethics and attitudinal principles,

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 give you 3 simple steps to get started with Permaculture.

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

Permaculture Design Methodology Course

In this course, we will fully 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 gained from the Introduction to Permaculture course.

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

In this course, we will also cover such permaculture design tools such as : random assembly, output/input analysis sectors and zones and much more, This all comes together to make our designs efficiently interconnected and our efforts to the maximum beneficial effects.

Patterns in Nature & in Permaculture Design Course

In this course, we will look at the fascinating world of natural patterns.

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 course aims to give you a pattern eye, and all the tools, techniques and understanding, necessary to formulate an appropriate strategy.

Introduction to Bio Intensive Permaculture

Small is beautiful, and there is nothing more attractive than a bio-intensive urban garden. In this course we will look at: Urban permaculture Guerrilla gardening The urban eco-agronomists tool kit Permaculture Home kitchen gardening Insync with nature gardening

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

The advantages and disadvantages of the urban lifestyle.

How to retrofit cities to become permaculture havens of wildlife,

The multi functionality & natural abundance of community gardens and educational school kitchen gardens.

Introduction to Forest Gardening

Working with nature can become a near-effortless pleasure when we forest garden. In this course, we look at productive perennial multi-layered agroforestry systems.

The lessons we will be covering in the course are: Food forest gardening The many functions on a tree Regenerative woodland management

We will also be looking at:

Their 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.

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 course we will be covering;

The history of Soil and soil science

What is living soil and why is it important

Soil ecology and the soil food web

Classifying your soil and the ph scale

Composting and worm composting and 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.

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 course we will be covering:

Living water & Wise water living

Swage / dry compost toilets

Black and Gray water treatment solutions

Hydrology/ rainwater harvesting in the land and on the land / passive and active irrigation

Aquaculture / aquaponics

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

Permaculture Holistic 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 everyone within a permaculture system.”

In this course 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

And holistic management.

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.

Permaculture People Systems

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

In this course we will cover:

Ecobuilding vs natural building

Biological and renewable resources

Appropriate technology and it’s heros

Building Living ecological 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.

Once you have booked your place on any of these course, you will receive:

The invitation to live online teaching sessions,

Access to our on-demand course so you can review any part of the course at your leisure.

A link to the module/s resources folder, with all lesson slides,

List of suggested reading materials, etc. Self-study exercise for the course,

Plus a bonus ebook

Our full 11 Module Permaculture Design Course

These courses promises to be quite an adventure, as we delve deeply into the life changing world of permaculture. Participants will have the opportunity discover all facets of permaculture and also have hands-on experience in their own self-study practical sessions, as they design and implement in our own home gardens.

They will guide you through the process of designing your own permaculture landscape and lifestyle.

On top of all of this, upon completing of all our courses, you will get the internationally recognised Permaculture Design Certificate.

You can choose to do the whole list of 11 courses, or dip into the course that you are most interested in.

Each course is a stand-alone course in its own right and can be received in any order you choose.

The 10th and 11th courses can only be attended once all other courses are covered.

You will be given the on-deman course content as soon as you sign up to any of our course but you will also have and invite to the next available live course session.

The live online group sessions will be running once a month but there is also the oppertunity of monthly one to one sessions with our lead teacher.

We do recommend that you attent the Introduction to Permaculture course first, before acquiring more in-depth knowledge of any of the specific subjects covered in the other courses.

If you have any questions or need any other information you can firstly checkout our FAQ page and then if you still need help please contact us.

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…

If you would like to book on to this course or any of its modules please visit our shop, or if you have any questions you can firstly checkout our FAQ page and the if you still need help please contact us.

Full course deal

Full 11 Module Permaculture Design Course

  • 3 Live lesson sessions, one Q&A plus modules 10 and 11
  • Your very own internationally recognised Permaculture design certificate.
  • Full access to all 11 modules

Was £400 Now £350

3 module deal

3 Module Permaculture foundation course

  • Modules 1, 2 & 3
  • Giving a deep in-depth Understanding of Permaculture and how to apply it to any specific landscape of climate
  • Or you can do Module 1 & choose which other modules you would like to do alongside.

Was £120 Now £100

1 module deal

  • An Introduction to Permaculture

Was £45 Now £35

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"Thank you for caring ,teaching and sharing! I love the different elements you brought into this course besides the actual theory, it connects and brings out the bigger picture more clearly!" Debby PDC course participant.

" I really enjoyed the course! I feel it had the right balance between the theory, practical but also the issues that are not that touchable. This was my favorite part: how you encouraged us to see the nature, to look for her support, learn from her. You have so much practical experience, but you are also very humble. It was a pleasure to learn from you. You are very generous with your knowledge and I hope I will do the right things to pass this beautiful skills forward, so you can be proud of the results! Thank you!" Nicoleta PDC course participant. PDC course participant.

"Really interesting talk and looking forward to putting some of this into practice."

"Very informative and given ideas of small and easy things to do to get started. Liked the idea of using nature to turn the problem into the solution"

"Thank you so much for a beautiful kick start to my permaculture journey, I couldn't have dreamed of anything more special!" Owen PDC course participant.

"You guys rock! Extremely well presented, organised and structured. Your enthusiasm and passion is contagious and inspiring! Ivo PDC course participant.

"The course was quite intense but because of your enthusiastic and interesting teaching it was not too much. I really liked the way you approached it, gave us freedom, and let everyone be his or herself. It was really nice to see how you managed to make individual development and bonding as a group go hand in hand. I think the course was really inspiring and it gave me a lot of valuable knowledge and energy for the rest of my life. Keep on seeding the seeds, in the garden but also in peoples heads." - Jeff, PDC course participant.

"Thank you so much for sharing all your knowledge and skills with us. You have so much passion for what you do which is very inspiring. Please keep doing what you do as people can learn so much from you." Marlene, PDC course participant.

"Thank you very much for the experience, all of us have learnt a lot! This intensive two week probably will change our future. I really like the way you transmit knowledge and communicate, making everything sound so achievable!" Larren and Luna PDC course participant.

"Your passion and love for the subject is so contagious. I loved the whole experience, Thank you so much!" Saram, PDC course participant.

"So happy and grateful is how I feel, that I had the chance to dive this deep into permaculture with you. Your enthusiastic vibes reached far beyond!" Mara PDC course participant.

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