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Sat, 27 Aug


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Permaculture Design Certificate 2022 - 2023

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

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Permaculture Design Certificate 2022 - 2023
Permaculture Design Certificate 2022 - 2023

Time & Location

27 Aug 2022, 8:15 am – 23 Jul 2023, 4:15 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 ...



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 24-45: 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 8-9: Module 3: GROWING SOIL & PLANTS

Design Elements#3: Analysis;  Obtain a Yield

Soil - Different composting techniques; Soil Amendments; Vermiculture; Making Biocomplete 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 26-27: 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 25-26: 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 25-26: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 22-23: Module 7: PEOPLE SYSTEMS

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

Health & Well-being

Food, Nutrient, Preserving & Tinctions

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 24-25: 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 learnt through ther year into a design that we be presented at the following months module.

July 22-23: Module 10: PRESENTATION

Presenting your Design and receiving 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 interested in particular topics with any of the modules 1 - 8 sessions.

For more information 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 available. 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 applicants 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
  • 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 July, though the ticket can be transferred onto a future course, a small fee is charged to cover the admin costs.

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  for no extra cost. Please give as much notice as possible, so we can offer your spot on the module to someone on the waiting list.

Non attendance or notices* given after 48 hrs prior to each module event starting, will need to pay an admin fee to the transfer of registeration to the following year's session.

*Some exceptions apply, please explain in writing if you wish to waiver this charge. Decision are given at the discretion of the course director.

This event has a group. You’re welcome to join the group once you register for the event.

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