Permaculture Design Course 2021

  • A description of permaculture and an overview of the course
  • A description of the team of tutors
  • Course details such as cost, dates, venue etc. including a link to the registration form and our contact details for questions
  • A description of the building module as one example of content


Course content includes:

  • Introduction to permaculture principles and ethics
  • Guidelines and strategies for sustainable living
  • Connection to nature and place
  • Eco-literacy: recognising ecosystem patterns and relationships
  • Introduction to biodynamics and astronomy
  • Te Ao Maori: an introduction in the context of this course
  • Hua Parakore: a kaupapa Maori approach to growing food
  • Personal well being: nourishing body, mind and spirit
  • Home gardening: from living soil (compost!) to nourishing food
  • Water: essence of life
  • Appropriate technology: energy, tools and buildings
  • Earth building materials and methods
  • Waste and recycling
  • Cultural transformation: including effective team work and communication, collaborative leadership, gift economy, time banking
  • Design methods and presentation
  • Creating resilient and healthy communities
  • Topics responding to the interest of the course participants! Each course develops its unique flavour, as we respond to participants’ interests, questions and offerings.

Our team of tutors

Other course details

  • Participation in 80% of all PDC modules, lectures, workshop, field trips and practical exercises.
  • Demonstrable contribution to community life, including but not limited to meal preparation and cleaning.
  • Presentation of a PDC project, developed within the course, either individually or in a small group. The scope for this proejct will be set during the course. It will require participants to demonstrate an understanding of the permaculture principles, ethics and design method in an applied form.
  • create a learning community, learning from our tutors’ and each others’ skills, experience and knowledge;
  • engage in practical design exercises;
  • visit a number of sites in various stages of development, designed according to permaculture principles;
  • visit and hear about individual and community lifestyles and about social enterprises/cooperatives that reflect the permaculture principles.
Happy PDC 2016 participants after a satisfying day with the building project




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