Residential PRI accredited Permaculture Design Certificate course (PDC course)

Permaculture Design Certificate course group September 2016

Permaculture Design Certificate Course

Learn Permaculture on a Self Sufficient Permaculture Farm

Due to Coronavirus the May residential course will now be online!

Online course is now full. We will host another residential course soon, once we are able to. Dates will be posted here and on Facebook.

Residential accredited 72 hour Permaculture Design Certificate course, a high quality 2 week course run by us since 2012 on the self sufficient Kendall Permaculture Farm.

Payment by donation. Pay what you can afford!

The Permaculture Design Certificate is a 72 hour theoretical course based on Bill Mollison’s Designers Manual. It teaches how we can use today’s tools and technology to create a more sustainable and equitable world for all species. Permaculture is more than just gardening, it is a design system for a truly sustainable and self sufficient lifestyle. The course is run by the PermEco Inc., taught by Tom Kendall and your certificate is accredited by PRI Australia,  recognised and well regarded world wide. Our residential course (at Kendall Permaculture Farm) is capped at 20 students.

We involve our residential Permaculture Design Certificate course students in some of the running of the farm and include a lot of hands on activities. As a PDC student you will be involved in the daily routines that come with running a Permaculture farm and living in a community style environment. This is why we limit our residential course intake to 20 people per PDC only. Learn to milk a cow, separate cream, make butter, cheese and yoghurt, feed our biogas bio-digester, look after chickens and goats, see holistic animal management in action, make compost, survey the land for earth works, eat healthy food produced on the farm and much, much more! By involving our students in the daily runnings of the farm, the learning experience during the 2 weeks will be enhanced, as well as give everyone the feeling of belonging to a community and strengthening the bond of the group.
We are able to cater to individual needs of the students based on their travels of the permaculture journey. We have noticed a marked integration of the curriculum and concepts with the introduction of practical components.

You will be required to bring food to the farm for shared meals, you may be able to purchase some farm grown produce during the course for meals. We will provide a schedule and divide the group into teams, so that everyone will get a turn doing the various activities required to keep the farm and the temporary community running. Jobs will include fire lighting for hot water and rocket stoves, emptying compost toilets, animal feeding and care, harvesting, preparing meals etc. The middle weekend is time off. You may want to stay on the farm or you can enjoy some of the sights in the area like Noosa National Park and beaches, lakes, Noosa trail network, Rainbow beach and much more.

During the PDC course you will be immersed in farm activities, from holistic animal management to feeding the biodigester, cream separating to yoghurt making and compost making to food forest planting. As this is a working farm with a lot of systems, everyone on the property can be fully involved in farm activities to get the most out of your stay at the permaculture farm and the PDC course. The practical activities also allow you to integrate the theoretical course material quicker. We ask everyone to arrive in the morning of the day prior to the course (Sunday), so that we can give you an orientation in the afternoon of that day to make for a smooth transition into the course week.

Accredited Permaculture teacher Tom Kendall

Tom Kendall is a permaculture farmer with over 40 years farming experience. He is co-founder of the PermEco Inc and PRI Luganville, Vanuatu and runs Permaculture courses on his Permaculture Demonstration Site Kendall Permaculture Farm. Tom has co-taught PDC courses with Geoff Lawton and has taught Permaculture courses in Australia and overseas. He is a PRI (Permaculture Research Institute) accredited teacher and part of our environmental advisory team and Geoff Lawton’s Permaculture Consultants team, doing regular consultations for local and international land owners and NGOs. For complete bio click here.

Camping, caravan or shared accommodation for your Permaculture Design Certificate course

Camping accommodation is available (byo tent and camping equipment). A camp kitchen is available for students’ use. Toilet and shower facilities are shared. Showers are heated with a wood fired heating system, which students will learn to light and look after.

Please note:

  • To provide an intimate, high quality course with lots of practical experiences, we can only take 20 students per course if the course is held at Kendall Permaculture Farm.
  • Our courses are non-denominational; we do not include any spiritual practices and welcome people from all cultural, spiritual and religious backgrounds. The course material is science and observation based.
  • The days will be long, starting early mornings with practical experiences followed by all day classroom including some practical, and finishing with regular movies at night to re-inforce material taught during the day.

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This PDC course is by donation, pay what you can afford.

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This course will now be held online due to the coronavirus situation. We have capped the course at 50 students to ensure we have enough time to answer your questions. This course is now full.
We are planning to deliver the theoretical course with lots of visual examples of implementations on our farm. We aim to deliver the course over the same dates as the residential course would have been delivered. At the end of each course day, Tom will answer any questions that may have come up during the day. Questions can be submitted to us via a simple form before 4pm (our time) each day, and will be answered probably between 6-8pm (to be confirmed).
You will need to login every day and each section of the course needs to be completed. You are able to miss one day out of 10 days. Confirmation of attendance and booking in to attend the course is still required, and the course remains by donation. Donations can be made via our website or if you prefer to direct deposit, please email me on info@permeco.org to get our bank details.
We will also attempt to create a group discussion room on our forum page, so that you can interact together, ask questions and help each other.
We truly hope that this initiative will help you and others become more resilient in these challenging times. We feel that it is urgent for this information to go out there, especially now. Hence we wanted to ensure we can still deliver the course.
As this is the first time we are putting such a large course online, please be patient with us! I am sure we will go through some teething pains, but we will try and make everything as easy as possible for all of us!


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