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Sat, 19 Sept



Permaculture Design Certificate 2020 - 2021

10 weekend module location based learning course, held over a year on varying properties around Canterbury.

Registration for PDC is by email request
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Permaculture Design Certificate  2020 - 2021
Permaculture Design Certificate  2020 - 2021

Time & Location

19 Sept 2020, 9:00 am – 22 Aug 2021, 5:00 pm

Canterbury, Canterbury, New Zealand

About the event

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. This allows us the time to see permaculture through the seasons and to absorb the knowledge fully or to just be involved in a specialist workshop.

Another reason we chose to step away from the usual consecutive 20-days residential model, is to make accessing permaculture information and certification easier for those who have full-time work and family life.

Our aim is to share valuable design systems, and tools that can be used to help communities transition into a future with clean water, safe and abundant food, renewable energy and resources, healthy watersheds, and prosperous people and ecosystems. Permaculture is the harmonious integration of landscape and people — providing their food, energy, shelter, and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way.

We have lined up some great places to visit, to interact and learn from. Plus we have a wealth of information to share through presentations, handouts, dialogue and hands-on learning of systems and design tools. Below are the dates and topics that we will cover in this design course.

We offer different options for joining us on this course, from 1 day, or a weekend or for the whole 10-sessions certificate course, see the options below. To see the overview of the modules go to the Permaculture Design Certificate Page

The dates for the course are listed below. . .



October 17-18: Module 2: WATER & SOIL

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


February 20-21: Module 4: INTEGRATED GROWING SYSTEMS


April 23-24: Module 6: BUILT ENVIRONMENT



July 17-18: Module 9: DESIGN PROJECT

August 21-22: Module 10: PRESENTATION

Cost Options:

$2200 -- Full PDC of 10 Modules, 20days a discount to $1800 is given for full 1-off payments and pre-payments plans finalised before the course starts. 

Please contact us if you would like to know more.

This course has been designed as a full Permaculture Design Certificate, though we have made available options to join weekend session without attending the whole course. Pick and chose the topics that are relevant to you.

These weekend sessions to join us will be available from August, and early registration is advised to guarantee a space, as limited tickets are avaiable.

Modules can be completed in any any order over a number of years to obtain your PDC certificate, though modules 9 & 10 are only available for those for have completed the other 8.

These individual modules session are:

​2-days - $220  or  1-day - $115

​Early registration is advised to guarantee a space for the workshop topics.

For more information Email Lillee Star

Transport: We encourage carpooling for our site visits, and will facilitate this closer to the time.

Accommodation: Most of the venues are within the Christchurch city & suburban area and for this overnight stays are not considered. For venues further afield we will provide a list of accommodation options near the venue.

Food: We will provide morning and afternoon teas. Lunches are potluck style, provided by participants, though those with specific food requirements are not expected to share their food. Saturday dinners will vary according to the venue location and are not included in the registration price. 


  • Full PDC Certification

    The ticket covers: 10 modules classes, 20 days in total...Course handouts: print outs & digital copies and resource links...Admissions to permaculture properties and projects with site coordinator...Breaktime refreshments... PDC Certificate of achievemt of the 10 modules...and a Years' membership with the Permaculture in New Zealand organisation

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