Permaculture Design Course (PDC)

Unlock the power of permaculture design with our internationally recognized Permaculture Design Course (PDC). This two-week intensive program will equip you with the knowledge and skills to create resilient and sustainable systems for living and working in harmony with nature. Join us to learn how to apply holistic design principles and unleash your potential as a permaculture designer.

  • Introduction to permaculture design principles and ethics
  • Understanding patterns in nature and utilizing them in design
  • Planning for water management, soil health, and earthworks
  • Applying permaculture techniques and strategies in different climatic types
  • Aquaculture and water harvesting techniques
  • Designing social, legal, and economic aspects of human settlements

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Skills You Will Acquire

In this course, you will learn about…

  • Applying design aspects and maintaining cultivated ecology in different climate areas
  • Utilizing permaculture design principles and methods
  • Understanding patterns in nature and applying them in design
  • Planning and implementing water management strategies
  • Applying permaculture techniques in various climatic conditions
  • Implementing aquaculture and water harvesting techniques
  • Designing social, legal, and economic aspects of human settlements

Course Objectives

After participating in this course, participants will…

  • be able to apply permaculture design methods for water, soils, and earthworks for sustainable production in the tropics and dryland.
  • know how to design and implement permaculture into a wide range of scenarios: from urban permaculture systems to small farms and community projects.
  • obtain an internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certificate.

The course is conducted over a two-week period, providing in-depth theoretical sessions, practical design exercises, and hands-on activities. It is held at our Farmer Training Centre

Course schedule

The course is held by Janet Maro, SUA graduate and CEO Program of SAT, who originally is from Kilimanjaro where the successful traditional Chagga farming systems have inspired modern permaculture. Together with other members of the SAT staff, more than 3,000 farmers, extension officers, school and university students as well as individuals from all over Tanzania have been trained on organic and sustainable agriculture. Janet Maro did her PDC with Nicholas Syano of PRI Kenya in 2013 and her permaculture teacher trainer and advanced permaculture consultancy with Warren Brush of Quail Springs Permaculture in 2014 and 2015 respectively.

1st week

  • Day 1: Foundations of Permaculture
  • Day 2: Design for Pattern Literacy
  • Day 3: Water
  • Day 4: Food, Forests, Guilds, and Ecosystems
  • Day 5: Soil: The Living Skin of the Earth
  • Day 6: Gardening
  • Day 7: Design for Disaster

2nd week

  • Day 8: Dry Land Strategies
  • Day 9: Energy and Tools for Working Wisely
  • Day 10: Ecovillages, Community and Thinking Globally
  • Day 11: Green Economics and Right Livelihood
  • Day 12: Putting it Together: The Design Project

Course 2023

  • 19th Aug – 30th Aug 2024 — Course ID: PDC 008

Please note that our training schedule is subject to change due to variable course attendance. To confirm the course dates contact us as indicated below.

Training Fee: TZS 500,000 per participant

(NOTE: everything else is the same as in the first course)

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Register now for our training courses and gain valuable skills in sustainable agriculture! Simply fill out the form below with your contact information, course selection, and preferred date. Payment options available upon registration.

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Permaculture Design Course (PDC)
19th Aug – 30th Aug 2024 — Course ID: PDC 008
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