On-Site Permaculture Design Training Print E-mail
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This training has been developed to assist participants in understanding how to take the basic principles of permaculture design and apply them on a land-based project. While a few days is insufficient time to fully observe a site and come up with a design that optimises energy use there, a lot can still be learned. Hence this training takes participants through an albeit brief hands-on land-based design process on a real site, bringing permaculture theory to life. While this is primarily offered as a training to groups and organisations, we're also happy to hear from anyone with a venue who would like to facilitate this as a public course. It is useful for anyone stewarding land, from gardeners to smallholders and farmers and is offered in formats between 3 and 5 days.

Longer formats offer participants the opportunity for a more detailed look at the process. While smaller groups will inevitably get more individual support, participant numbers up to 16 or more are possible. No former permaculture training is required, although those who have previously received some will be a step ahead. Some pre-training reading can be provided to ensure that all participants start the course with at least an understanding of permaculture basics. This will allow us to get more quickly into the essence of the training.

Training Content:

The training takes the participants through the following design stages:

  • Identifying site design aims and objectives.
  • Site surveying and observation.
  • Maps and mapping.
  • Interviewing stakeholders.
  • Analysis of information gathered using permaculture tools and methods.
  • Concept design and feedback.
  • Implementation and maintenance planning.
  • Final design proposal and presentation.
  • Project management.

What this training doesn't cover: While this training includes the application of permaculture prinicples and methodologies to site design, it doesn’t go into the level of detail around subjects such as soil, water, energy and buildings provided on a full permaculture design course (PDC).

Training Outcomes:

By the end of the training participants will:

  • Participants will gain a basic understanding of how to apply permaculture principles and methods on a real site.
  • They will have experienced using a number of physical and conceptual design tools.
  • They will have learned where to go to deepen their knowledge and fill in the gaps.
  • They will feel more confident about going through the process again elsewhere.


Groups and Organisations:
For more information please contact Aranya for his full on-site training information pack.