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Sat, 18 Sept


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Permaculture Design Certificate 2021 - 2022

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

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Permaculture Design Certificate 2021 - 2022
Permaculture Design Certificate 2021 - 2022

Time & Location

18 Sept 2021, 8:30 am – 21 Aug 2022, 4:00 pm

Multiple sites, 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. Below are the dates and topics that we will cover in this design course, and information on course logistics and payment options ...



Permaculture Ethics & Principles

Permaculture Design Philosophy and framework

Ecology concepts regarding design

Environmental Impact

Zones & Bioregions

Food Production & Distrubution Systems

Pattens in Nature & Pattern Language

Macroclimates, Waether Pattermns, Microclimates & Micrometerology

Hardiness Zones, Biomes & Biome Shifting

October 16-17: Module 2: WATER & SOIL

Design Elements: 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

Grey Water & Black Water Systems

November 19-20: Module 3: GROWING SOIL & PLANTS

Design Elements: Analysis;  Obtain a Yeild

Soil - Different composting techniques; Soil Ammendments; Vermiculture; Making Biocomplete Compost

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

Nursery Systems - Pollination; Seedsaving; Potting mix; Progation; Transplanting; Growing under cover

Design Elements: Zones 0-3: Home & Backyard Food Production


February 19-20:: Module 4: INTEGRATED GROWING SYSTEMS

Design Elements: Planning;  Applying Regulantion & Accept Feedback

Urban Argiculture

Orchard & Food Forest Layout & Design


Integration & Management of Animals

Design Elements: Zone Design 1-4


Design Elements: 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

Design Elements: Zone 5: The Need for Wild Areas; 

April 16-17: Module 6: BUILT ENVIRONMENT

Design Elements:  Implementation;  Produce No Waste, and Use Edges and 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; And, demonstrartion with hemp as a building medium


Design Elements: Evualation;  Design From Patterns to Details and Intergrate Rather than Segregate

Introduction to Invisable Structures

Introduction to Non-Violent-Communication

Permaculture Economic

Formation of Ownership & Access to Resources

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

Eco- Community & Village Design

How to design Social Systems


Design Elements: Tweaking;  Use and Value Diversity and Use Edges and Value the Margin

Health & Well-being

The Nature of Values (including Personal Beliefs)

Seasonal Lifestyles

Cultural Traditions & Heritage

Te Tiriti o Waitangi

Nutrient, Food Preservation and Medicinal Preparations

July 16-17: Module 9: DESIGN PROJECT

Design Elements Full Design Process Process reviewed; Creatively Use and Respond to Change

Design Briefs & Vision Boards

Analyysis Review & Activities

Planning & Concept Designs

Implemaentation Planning & Costings

Maintenace & Evualuation

August 20-21: Module 10: PRESENTATION

Presenting your Design and recieving feedback

Certification of completion of the course

Celebration feast 

Hosting the course over a year allows us the time to see permaculture through the seasons and to absorb the knowledge fully at a easer speed. We chose to step away from the usual consecutive 16 to 20-day residential course model, 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 our community 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 and regenerative 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.​

We offer different options for joining us on this course, from a day, weekend or for the whole 10-sessions. We have opened the PDC course to those intersted in particulr topics with any of the modules 1 - 8 sessions.

For more infomation on the course visit Permaculture Design Certificate

To see the weekend modules vist Courses

Weekend sessions are able to register payment from September 1st

Early registration is advised to guarantee a space, as limited tickets are avaiable. And to receive the pre-watching material shared to view before the weekend.

This course has been designed as a full Permaculture Design Certificate, registration and payment are open for full course applicatants all year round. Serval prepayment plans will be active on the registration form at varying times leading up to the start of each new PDC.

Join us...

Full course $2200

Individual Modules $220

Any payment plans or payments made in full before the course stars, receive a discount of $400 as a thank you.

This allows us the grantee of participant numbers to run the course and to book the tutors and locations. 

Here are a the payment options currently available...

  • One-Off-Payment of $2000 - open all year round
  • 10 Monthly payments of $220 - open all year round
  • One-Off-Payment of $1800 - option closes 30.11.22
  • 10 week payments $360 - option closes 19.08.22
  • 4 monthly payments $450 - option closes 31.07.22

Please let us know if you would like to talk over the payment process.

Payments can be made to 

Canterbury Permaculture Insitute

Kiwi Bank - Account #38-9023-0112188-01

Particular: 22/23  ...  (plus payment option - eg. 1-off; 10M; 10W; 4M)

Reference: (Your Surname)

For more information or to talk over payment options email Lillee Star


We encourage carpooling for our site visits around Canterbury, we will facilitate this closer to the time.


We will provide morning and afternoon teas and snacks .

Lunches are generally potluck style, provided and shared by participants, though you are not expected to share food, especially those with specific food requirements.

We do cater for vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free diets.


If you can't attend the full PDC course, please get in touch to let us know, and a full refund will be given.

No full ticket refunds can be given after 31st August, though can be transferred onto a future course, a small admin fee is charged.

If you are unable to attend any of the module weekends on the PDC course, you can transfer your attendance to a future weekend on the following year course. Please give as much notice as possible, so we can offer your spot on the module with someone on the waiting list.

Non attendance and notices post 48 hrs before each module event, though you can transfer your ticket cost to a future module for a small admin fee.

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