Course Description

Permaculture Design is third in a three course series culminating in a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC). Permaculture's originator, Foundations of Permaculture and Social Permaculture are prerequisites for the design course.

Bill Mollison, best describes the design course.

"Permaculture design is a system of assembling conceptual, material, and strategic components in a pattern which functions to benefit life in all its forms (biodiversity). It seeks to provide a sustainable and secure place for living things on this earth."

The Foundations of Permaculture course familiarizes participants with all the components we have or desire to live within the ethics of permaculture. We also become versed in the permaculture systems: biodiversity, soils, water, air, waste, energy, shelter, food and plant systems, and animals through the permaculture principles and anecologicallens.

In the Social Permaculture course, we increase awareness of invisible structures, again guided by many of the permaculture principles: economic and financial permaculture, social permaculture, access to land, and community-level disaster resiliency.

The design course takes all the pieces of permaculture previously studied and connects the relationships between them. We devise ways to apply them to our lives, economies, gardens, land and nature. We learn how to act to sustain the earth, which sustains ourselves and increases our survival. Design, says David Holmgren, “empowers us to move from being dependent consumers to becoming responsible and productive citizens.”

Permaculture Design is a five week online course.

Prerequisite Note: Permaculture Design can only be taken after completing Foundations of Permaculture.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates


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