About Us

Permaculture Kernow is a newly formed community interest company .

Our aims are:

• to provide education in ecological regeneration of natural resources.

• to empower individuals within communities to design, implement and maintain permaculture systems, so they can create a livelihood that is ecologically sound and economically profitable, for themselves and their families.

“We believe we all have the power to be the change we’d like to see in our world and we at Permaculture Kernow help people and groups to achieve this, realising their own dreams of a brighter future for themselves, their community, their ecosystems and planet as a whole.” Joshua Gomez, Ecological solutions



We offer a large range of courses

  • • One or two-day introductions on specific subjects (singular
  • module)

  • • Full Permaculture Design Course (Certificated) composed of 11 modules with extra practical sessions and an online self-study program

  • • We can also tailor our courses to your requirements

We also offer community garden / orchard design consultancies and practical workshops

Working closely with community members

1. To create a design for the community garden (preferably as part of a


2. To make a plan of the stages for implementation

3. To teach the skills necessary for the laying down of the design (as practical workshops/workdays)

4. To help with any problems encountered throughout the phases of implementation

5. To create a management and maintenance plan for the site and assign roles

6. To advise in future development


our Program


  • • 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.

We include a range of other relevant subjects and practical exercises which aim to give each student a tool kit of basic skills to get started with confidence.

This course will also provide opportunities for students to learn more about gardening, Eco building, Beekeeping, community living, herbalism and much more.

Sylvie Gomez/Founder/Chair

Sylvie started the Permaculture Kernow Association as she could see a need to change the way we grow food and at the same time look after our planet. Sylvie has previously been involved in homelessness research and is at present volunteering with a Credit Union. Permaculture also involves how we treat each other and improve people's lives which is an aim close to her heart. Sylvie has a BSc Sociology, a MSc Social Research, is the Founder of Permaculture Kernow and an active community member

Joshua Gomez / Lead teacher

Joshua prefers the title of facilitator or educator rather than teacher, as he is more concerned with helping people to unlock their own passions and skills, enabling them to become educators of the things they are inspired by, through Permaculture. Founder of Eco Solutions. A registered educator for for the UK Permaculture Association, Joshua has been teaching Permaculture since 2011 and has accredited over 250 permaculture designers. Click his picture above for more information about him and Eco Solutions

Claudia Diyani / Advisor

Claudia is our newest team member and she is very excited to be involved in this project. Now using her 15 years experience as a risk & compliance advisor in the pursuit of a good cause. She has been instrumental in the development of this website, our online course and all our publicity.

Linda Dunstone / Trainee teacher / Secretary

Since a young child Linda has been fascinated with the natural world. For the past 30 years she has gained great pleasure in watching seeds grow and growing her own vegetables as organically as possible and sharing in her local transition group. Permaculture feels totally right to her and she feels extremely fortunate at this critical time in history to be promoting a natural and beneficial course of action in her own community and further afield.

"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.

None of this would be possible without the kind support of our members and our funders.
Thank You!

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