Permaculture Design Certificate 2023 - 2024

Permaculture Design Certificate 2023 - 2024

Saturday, August 19, 2023 - 08:30 to Sunday, July 28, 2024 - 16:30

Canterbury Permaculture Institute offers education through a range of hands-on and theory-based learning.

​Our Permaculture Design Course (PDC) is divided into 10-weekend modules, held over a 12-month period. Below are the dates and topics that we will cover in this design course, and information on course logistics and payment options ...




Introduction to the course and each other

Permaculture Ethics & Principles

Permaculture Design Philosophy and framework

Design Elements #1: Define;  Observe & Interact

Patterns in Nature & Pattern Language

Macroclimates, Weather Patterns, Microclimates & Micrometeorology

Hardiness Zones, Biomes & Biome Shifting


September 23-44: Module 2: WATER & SOIL

Design Elements #2: Survey;  Catch & Store Energy


The Soil Food Web


Soil Types & Chemistry

The Nature of Water.

Earthworks & Landforms for Catching Water

The Journey of Water

Water Management - Catchment, Storage & Irrigation

Greywater & Blackwater Systems


October 21-22: Module 3: GROWING SOIL & PLANTS

Design Elements#3: Analysis;  Obtain a Yield

Soil - Different composting techniques; Soil Amendments; Vermiculture; Making Bio-complete Compost

Edible Garden Systems - Different Growing Techniques; Rotation planting; Companion Planting

Nursery Systems - Pollination; Seed Saving; Potting mix; Propagation; Transplanting; Growing under cover

Zones 0-3: Home & Backyard Food Production


November 25-26: Module 4: INTEGRATED GROWING SYSTEMS

Design Elements #4: Planning;  Applying Regulation & Accept Feedback

Urban Agriculture

Orchard & Food Forest Layout & Design

Agroforestry System

Mushroom Inoculation & Wild Foraging

Integration & Management of Animals

Zones 3-4: Large Long-Term Production Systems



February 24-25: Module 5: DESIGNING FOR REGENERATION

Design Elements #5: Component Placement & Zone Designs;  Use & Value Renewable Resources & Services

City Resilience: Regeneration for our City, Suburban and Rural areas

Ecological Restoration & Regenerative Practices in Farming

Forest Ecology and Tree Systems, Forest Regeneration - Natural and Restorative

Regenerative Agriculture & Crops

Zone 5: The Need for Wild Areas; 


March 23-24:Module 6: BUILT ENVIRONMENT

Design Elements #6: Design Concept Drawings;  Produce No Waste, and Use Edges & Value the Marginal

Urban Scape: Living design, urban aspects, and regenerative city concepts

Activity: Local & Renewable Resources (Waste  =  Resources)

Natural Building Design: Techniques, Material, Orientation & Layout

Energy-Efficient Planning,  Appropriate Technology,  Sources Alternatives of Energy: Renewable & Bio-Renewable, Bio Energy

Natural Building Activity: Finish off yesterday's project;


April 20-21: Module 7: PEOPLE SYSTEMS

Design Elements #7: Implementation;  Design From Patterns to Details and Integrate Rather than Segregate

Health & Well-being

Food, Nutrient, Preserving & Tinctures

Permaculture Economic

Formation of Ownership & Access to Resources

Eco-Community & Village Design

How to design Social Systems



Design Elements #8: Evaluation & Maintenance;  Use & Value Diversity, and Use Edges and Value the Margin

The Nature of Values (including Personal Beliefs)

Introduction to Non-Violent-Communication

Effective Collaboration, Governance & Decision Making, and Time & Goal Setting

Cultural Traditions & Heritage

Te Tiriti o Waitangi

Seasonal Lifestyles


June 22-24: Module 9: DESIGN PROJECT

Design Elements #9Tweaking;  Creativity Use and Respond to Change

This weekend is to go through the full design process compiling the design components learned through the year into a design that we are present at the following month's module.


July 22-23: Module 10: PRESENTATION

Presenting your Design and receiving feedback

Certification of completion of the course

Celebration feast 

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