The 72-hour Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course allows you to be the change you want to see in the world. Based on Bill Mollison’s Permaculture Designers’ Manual, it provides skills and solid knowledge in Permaculture design, as a science, that can create abundant ecosystems sustainability in the garden, on a small farm or on a larger broad acre farm or landscape.
The term “permaculture” was coined by Bill Mollison and gifted to the college of graduates of the Permaculture Design Certificate. As teachers, we agree to adhere to the design curriculum as laid out in the 14 chapters of the permaculture designer’s manual. Only graduates of this curriculum may refer to themselves as permaculture designers and permaculture teachers. However, anyone engaging in activities which relate the ethics and principles of permaculture may refer to their work as permaculture.
1. Permaculture Design Certificate
2. 72 hours of education with an open weekend– based on the “Permaculture Designers Manual” by Bill Mollison, the founder of permaculture
3. We’d like to include You into the global network of permaculture with 4 GB of curriculum that supports Your further education
4. Accommodation: You can choose from the following options – We provide bed or camping; Private rooms are also available at supplementary cost.
5. Wholesome meal 3 times a day, all day tea and coffee available / Let us know if you are on vegetarian, vegan, or any other special diet
6. 30% discount for the following two courses:
– Five days of Soil Biology Course with Paul Taylor
– Permaculture Teacher Training
7. Free access to 3 weekends’ practical workshops
8. Introduction to healing ceremonies:
– group and person to person sessions
– personal healing sessions from a professional Healer
– Morning yoga and Evening meditation
– using traditional
9. You can choose your favorite smell, taste and color!
A complete home made, biodegradable sanitary package – soap, shampoo, tooth paste
Theory & principles of permaculture Concepts & Themes of Design Systems thinking & Methods of Design Pattern Understanding Understanding climate & landscape Trees & Their Energy Transactions Water Water Security harvesting and management Soil Earth Working & Earth Soil rehabilitation and erosion control Organic Fertiliser & Ecological pest control Livestock Organic food production & protection Resources & Protection Designing for Different Climates Appropriate Technology Eco-friendly house placement and design Recycling and waste management Aquaculture Aquatic Design Alternative Nation Drought-proofing Practical Designing Exercise
ABOUT THE FARM
Our permaculture design course is set on a beautiful 73 acre farm, located in Ballydehob, West Cork.
The Land was purchased 23 years ago in 1994 , always evolving and has been managed as an organic market garden selling locally and a tree nursery for over 5 years, now functioning as a working organic permaculture farm and healing ceremony centre with people care taking precedence combined with an educational element helping people to make the next step regarding how to move towards a more sustainable life.
The farm is made up of: Grazing land with small and large animal systems-Diverse native woodland & mixed non-native forestry, eucalyptus plantation. Regenerating exposed slate rock land to oak forest tree systems. Nearly half of the land has been reserved for over 45,000 planted tree – Vegetable garden showing how we can make a garden anywhere, creating soil on rock, – Composting -Low maintenance systems creating diversity that can be replicated everywhere independent of corporations, including in cities, currently feeding 2 families onsite and visitor-Forest garden, marginal land management, fruit trees ,blueberry crop, increasing fruit yield abundance-Tropical greenhouse-Rock garden-water Management-Pond and stream system, aquaculture -carp 2 varieties and rainbow trout, reed bed system and grey water system Natural building- cob, traditional stone building, round house, timber frame cabin. Solar powered Closed loop system in place demonstrating independent self sufficiency.
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Mary Reynolds “Mary Reynolds weaves a wonderful tapestry in which the garden is not only a resilient, productive and healthy space that provides food, it is also a magical place of beauty, peace and inner nurture. She shows you step by step how to design that special place both practically and spiritually so that you can co-create your little patch of heaven.” Maddy Harland. She teaches how to deepen your connection with the land and how to create healing gardens which sustain life. Mary Reynolds is an Irish garden and landscape designer known for her wild garden at Kew Royal Botanical Gardens in London (2003 – 2008). She is the youngest ever woman to win a gold medal at Chelsea Flower Show and her life has been the inspiration for the film Dare to be Wild .
Paul Taylor – Lead Facilitator Paul has owned and operated more than a dozen organic properties as a 3rd generation organic farmer, gardener and horticulturist, and is the managing director of Trust Nature Pty Ltd and the Co-founder of Hidden Garden Sustainable Farms. He is a Permaculture Consultant with the Permaculture Research Institute, and has worked as an educator, designer, trainer and biological soil consultant for the past 25 years. Paul is an energetic and engaging teacher. His courses are dynamic, fun, hands-on and full of knowledge. Website: www.trustnature.com.au
Istvan Markuly – Lead Facilitator Local community developer who is working on establishing and growing the permaculture network in West Cork, Ireland and initiating Permaculture Waves across the country! He has taken PDC’s and Permaculture workshop internationally and continues to grow his knowledge. He’s co founder of Earth Environmental Education. He provides easy understanding through the principles of permaculture which might make people feel motivated, zestful and dynamic.
Bill Liao Global reforestation initiative. In this module we give an introduction to global reforestation projects, with guest speaker and Reforest CEO, Bill Liao presenting this key example of routes to applied permaculture at landscape scale.
Eimhin Shortt Founded ‘The Growery’ in Birr which is a community based commons initiative garden. In this module we focus on the self starting projects in Ireland looking into land access, funding, insurance, legal structures, resourcing, and partnerships for community based permaculture projects.
Jim Cronin Lead Facilitator My course content will be as follows: 1 Site selection for a herb and vegetable garden and we will also talk about making a living from market gardening. 2 Fertility sources. 3 Seed sowing. 4 In the afternoon we will select a site ,add fertility and plant a no dig garden which will go on to provide food for humans , birds ,insects and create a rich diverse ecosystem. My course will be practical hands on ,using permaculture principles in an Irish setting.