Sat, 27 Aug|
Permaculture Design Certificate 2022 - 2023
10 weekend module location based learning course, held over a year on varying properties around Canterbury.
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 ...
August 27-28: Module 1: PERMACULTURE PHILOSOPHY, DESIGN & PATTERNS
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
Orchard & Food Forest Layout & Design
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
Formation of Ownership & Access to Resources
Eco- Community & Village Design
How to design Social Systems
May 27-28: Module 8: CULTURAL STRENGTHENING
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
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
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.
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.