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Introduction to Permaculture

The module covers:

  • Human past, present and future Permaculture design philosophy. Holistic thinking

  • Key problems: Soil erosion, Deforestation, Pollution

  • Ethics of Permaculture - Earth care, People care and Return of Surplus

  • Definitions of Permaculture, Sustainability outcomes and History of Permaculture

  • Permanent culture, Urban Permaculture and Permaculture repair

  • Permaculture aid work. The PRI Master Plan

  • Permaculture in Society

  • Permaculture as a holistic design

Concepts and Themes in Design

The module covers:

  • Sustainable systems

  • Hierarchy of soil creation in natural systems

  • Permaculture is primarily a design for a sustainable, human-controlled support system

  • The Prime Directive of Permaculture

  • Principles of natural systems and design. Elements - needs and products

  • An example of designing elements into a system - Tagri Farm Nth NSW Australia

  • Guiding principles of permaculture design: Permaculture design concentrates on function

  • The web of life and net of functional relastionships of desigend ecosystems

  • Entrophy extension

  • Potential energy capture within systems energy glows to useful life niches or storages available as yield

  • Categories of resources and their management

  • Diversity is related to stability

  • Yield

  • Mollisonsian Permaculture Principals

Methods of Design

The module covers:

  • Design emphasiss pattering of landscape, function and species assemblies

  • Approaches to design

  • Analysis of elements

  • Maps

  • Sector planning

  • Observational

  • Experimental

  • Zones

  • Sectors

  • Slope

  • Orientation

  • Putting it together, listing possibilities. Selection of ransom assemblies

  • Connecting components in a system

Pattern Understanding

The module covers:

  • Seeing pattern as valuable connections

  • Growth patterns and explosive patterns

  • Scale of orders of size

  • Edge events and pressure between media

  • Recognising pattern

  • Pattern evolutions

  • Applying patterns in productive design

  • Information dense pattern as teaching system

  • Traditional uses of pattern

Climate factors

The module covers:

  • Climate and classic landscape profiles

  • Climate differences: Temperate, Tropical and Drylands

  • Continental effect, the maritime effect and rain shadow

  • Orograpic effects

  • Climate analogues

  • classic landscape profiles

  • Major landscapes, humid and arid

  • Minor landscapes: volcanic, islands, high and low coasts, flatlands, wetlands and estuaries

  • Ecosystems as climate moderators

Trees and their Energy Transactions

The module covers:

  • Wind

  • Light

  • Rain

  • Types of forest

  • Fuel, foreage, structural, shelter; animal barrier, food natural

  • Role of fungi

  • Legumes as support species


The module covers:

  • Water harvesting earthworks

  • Rechargeable water and non-recharegeable water

  • The duties of water in landscape design

  • Swales

  • Gabions

  • Limonia

  • Dams

  • Types of dams

  • Addle dams

  • Ridge dams

  • Key point

  • Valley dams

  • Countour dams

  • Evaporation strategy

  • Hard surfaces like roofs and roads

  • Irrigation rules for arid regions


The module covers:

  • Collapsing soil fertility, difficult soils

  • Understanding soil erosion as number one global problem

  • Understanding where and why soils are conserved or increased

  • Understanding pH acid/alkaline analysis and interpret the consequence

  • Role of weeds as repair mechanisms

  • Compsot and the decomposition cycle of humus creation

  • Berkley 18 day method of compost creation of humus in soil

  • The funciton of the hair roots of plants feeding on minerals and structuring soil with starch exchange

  • Compost tea, biofertiliser, worm farms

  • Mineralising soils with animal feed

Earthworking and Earth resources

The module covers:

  • Earthworks and earth resources

  • Terra-forming

  • Earthworks necessary and ethical

  • Landscape restitution

  • Moving earth with machinery and hand tools

  • Machines used in earthworks

  • Planning earthworks prior to the actual job

  • Soil tests

  • Surveying and site pegging

  • Planting after earthworks

  • Slope measurements levels and leveling

  • A design for water harvesting earthworks

Climate Design

The module covers:

  • Climate comparisons - house design

  • Energy use

  • Aspect heating / cooling

  • Waste systems

  • Garden design

  • Food forest comparisons across climates

  • Main Crop comparisons

  • Seasonal timing

  • Mulch and forage production

  • Small animals

  • Comparisons in Zone 3

  • Comparisons in farm forestry


The module covers:

  • Chain of life in water design

  • Select species (plant and animals) for pond size

  • Set up self-foraging systems for fish

  • Pond sizes

  • Aquaponics

The strategies of an Alternative Global Nation

The module covers:

  • Invisible structures

  • Establishing permaculture community groups

  • Bioregional resiliance

  • Necessary legal structures

  • Formal and informal financial strategies. Trade

  • Village systems, community land development

  • Establishing not for profit Permaculture Institutes



Your assessment can be done in one of to ways. Firstly you can choose to go it alone and we will give you the format in which the assessment needs to be done. You can then, in your own time, carry out a design and submit it to be assessed. We will then check your work and if we believe it reaches the required standard we will issue you with a design certificate. If it is lacking in any areas we will encourage you to resubmit, with suitable amendments made.

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