Sat, 18 Sep | Multiple sites

Permaculture Design Certificate 2021 - 2022

10 weekend module location based learning course, held over a year on varying properties around Canterbury.
Permaculture Design Certificate 2021 - 2022

Time & Location

18 Sep 2021, 8:45 am – 21 Aug 2022, 3:00 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. 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 16-17: Module 2: WATER & SOIL

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


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


April 16-17: Module 6: BUILT ENVIRONMENT



July 16-17: Module 9: DESIGN PROJECT

August 20-21: Module 10: PRESENTATION

For more infomation on the course and each of the weekend modules click here

Join us...

Full course $2200

Individual Modules $220

Any pre-payments or payments made in full receive a discount of $400. This allows us the grantee of participant numbers to run the course and to book the tutors and locations.

Here are a few pre-payment options available...

  • 3 payments of $600 - offer closes July 2021
  • 6 payments of $300 - offer closes May 2021
  • 18 payments of $100 - offer closes May 2021

When the course starts in September, weekend modules payment options will be available on the website: 

$220 - Weekend Module (2-days)

$115 - Weekend Module (1-day)

This course is designed as a full Permaculture Design Certificate, attendance priority is given to people registering for the full course. Early registration is advised to guarantee a space for the workshop topics.

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


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


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.


We will provide morning and afternoon teas. 

Lunches can be potluck style, provided by participants, though you are not expected to share your food, especillay those with specific food requirements. 


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 10th September, though transfering 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, will be charged an admin fee to transfer attendance to a future position on the following year courses.

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