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Climate Action Campus

2025 Permaculture Design Certificate Course

Learn key permaculture concepts, living-design systems & creative solutions that can be adopted into your life. These choices will change & improve the quality of your life & the environment you live & work in. Each module has a range of presentations, discussion, activities, handouts & resources.

2025 Permaculture Design Certificate Course
2025 Permaculture Design Certificate Course

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Climate Action Campus, 180 Avonside Drive, Avonside, Christchurch 8061, New Zealand

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Permaculture Design 

Over the 10 Modules we will cover the permaculture design process through a series of activities that use different tools & techniques to help filter the research & information gained. This will grow your experience and confidence in creating a land-based or social-focused permaculture design, beyond the end of the course. 

The design can be conceptual or a real life project, that by the end of the course, if timing is right, can be ready for an implementation plan* to aid the actioning of it into life. Your design project is presented on your final weekend of the course where you graduate, receive your course certification and celebrate your achievements.

Please read through the information on the PDC page to see more about the offerings this course provides

Course Date & Topics *subject to change 

March 1st & 2nd - M1 Philosophy & Design 

1. Intro the course and each other, learning expectations, tools 

2. Why Permaculture 

3. Ethics & Principles 

4. Group Culture 

5. Ecosystems 

6. Design Process 

7. Design Method#1 Define & DM#2 Survey 

8. Design Project Directive for home 

April 5th & 6th - M2 Design for Regeneration 

1. Design Principles & #3 Analysis 

2. Ecological Restoration - with Di Lucas

3. Ribbonwood, Little River  - with Luke Bird

4. Hinewai Reserve, Akaroa - with Hugh Wilson

5. Koru Kai Herb Farm, Port Levy -  with Cornelia Holt

May 3rd & 4th - M3 Natural & Built Environment  - with Dana Dopleach

1. Patterns in Nature 

2. Macroclimates & Weather Patterns 

3. Microclimates & Micrometeorology 

4. Hardiness Zones, Biomes & Biome Shifting 

5. Patterns of Natural Building Design 

6. Appropriate Technology 

7. Energy Efficiency 

8. Building Activity 

June 6th & 7th - M4 Invisible Structures 

1. What is Social Permaculture 

2. Belief Systems 

3. Health and Well-being 

4. Personal/Groups/Community Efficiency 

5. NonViolent Communication - with Meagan Rutherford

6. Economic Spectrum  - with Robina McCurdy

7. Legalese and Land Ownership - with Robina McCurdy

8.  DM#4Concepts

July 5th & 6th - M5 Cultural Strengthening 

1. Regenerative Culture 

2. Cultural Patterns

3. Seasonal Living 

4. Preserving: food, seeds, knowledge, skills 

5. Community Eco-Village - with Robina McCurdy

6. Tool Maintenance - with Douglas Horrel

7. DM#5Planning

8. Activity: Social Permaculture Design

August 2nd & 3rd - M6 Soil & Water - with Dana Dopleach

The Soil Food Web 

1. The Nature of Water 

2. The Journey of Water 

3. Earthworks & landforms for catchement

4. Infiltration & Soil Substrates

5. Soil Structure & Pedogenesis

6. The Soil Food Web

7. Soil Cycles under microscopes

8. Soil Cycles & Succession

September 6th & 7th - M7 Growing Soil & Food - with Lily White & Roz Rolls

1. Growing Soil 

2. Wormaries 

3. Inoculates 

4. No-Dig-Beds 

5. Plant Antimony 

6. Nursery Activities 

7. Seed Saving

8. Pests & Diseases 

October 11th & 12th - M8 Integrated Growing Systems - with Roz Rolls

1. Edible Gardens/Landscapes 

2. Urban Agriculture 

3. FoodForest 

4. Agroforestry 

5. Wild Harvest 

6. Mushroom Innocultion

7. Design Activities: Guild, planting plan 

8.DM#6 Implementation & Maintenance 

November 1st & 2nd - M9 Design Project Wkd 

1. Project Brief, Design Methods in Process and Presentation Logistics: 

2. Define 

3. Survey 

4. Analysis 

5. Planning 

6. Concepts 

7. Implementation & Maintenance 

8. Evaluation & Tweaking 

Nov 30th & Dec 1st  - December M10 Presentation WKD Certificates, Celebratory Meal/Drinks

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