Permaculture Education Africa CoursesPermaculture Education Africa is currently focused on running Permaculture Design Courses, Permaculture Internships for 2018. Next year we intend to Introduce an PDC by Mentorship, which will be run online for students who are not able to take 2 weeks off for a physical course. In addition will be running of first Regenerative Farming Design Course. Watch this space for updates.
Why attend a Permaculture design Course?
The process is dynamic and fluid and mimics the processes and patterns found in the structure of nature. By applying the design process and toolbox to any situation an elegant, appropriate and integrated living system that self-perpetuates will emerge. We as humans cannot separate ourselves from our environment and permaculture design concentrates this reality.
The Permaculture Design
WHAT IS PERMACULTURE?
“A design is a marriage of landscape, people and skills in the context of regional society”. (Bill Mollison)
- The process of permaculture design spirals through every aspect of the human endeavour
Without regenerative resource management, there is no possibility of a regenerative human culture. Regenerative human cultural and economic systems are built on the regenerative resource base which makes available renewable natural capital as the core and energy source for society.
THE ETHICAL FOUNDATION OF PERMACULTURE
CARE OF THE EARTH
Look after our planet and everything that lives on it.
CARE OF THE PEOPLE
Look after each other.
Direct all surplus resources, time, and energy towards establishing to first two ethics in the world around us so that is may transform into a healthy, abundant and peaceful place for all.
All forms of life have a right to exist. Our efforts as designers are directed towards enhancing and promoting life in all its wonderful and diverse forms.
More about our courses
– The development of integrated systems thinking and design skills that can be applied to any situation in any part of the world. Permaculture designers will have a range of principles, ethics, and skills at their disposal that can be applied to the following:
– Design of urban homesteads, farms (small or large-scale), community-based natural resource management systems, sustainable community development programs, village, and city design (Ecovillage and Ecocity), integrated business planning and design, the design of integrated and appropriate social and legal system. It is an ideal tool for regional and local planning for NGO and government workers in all fields of sustainable development.
Students practicing their design skills in the sandpit.
COURSE CURRICULUM STRUCTURE
The curriculum we follow is based on the internationally accepted structure that is based on Bill Mollison’s Designers Manual. This means we cover all the broad themes in permaculture and thus the content is appropriate for any student whether you live in the city or country or in any climate context around the world. The details of the curriculum are specifically tailor made for each course context, depending on student needs and requirements.
Upon completion of the course, you will be provided with an internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certificate.
Process of Design Observation
Process of Design
Themes in Design
Major Design Project
Tahir and Alex have been practicing permaculture for 25 years. They taught together for the first time in 1995 and have trained thousands of students over the years. Through their own respective journeys into permaculture they have designed a wide range of permaculture systems ranging from small-scale urban gardens, eco-villages, farms to regional level marginalised community action plans, established and managed community projects and non-governmental organisations, consulted on ecological restoration and land rehabilitation projects across the country and abroad. Alex and Tahir bring this vast experience into the PDC environment, delivering a high-quality transfer of knowledge, skills and intuitive understanding of permaculture producing high standard graduate designers.
Lead facilitators Alex and Tahir
COURSE CONTENT PROCESS
We teach the various aspects of the course based on spiral learning, meaning we cover each subject in many ways, starting with theoretical and concept presentations followed by exploring each subject by interaction, research, observation of existing systems, tours, practical work, implementation of systems, design practice on many levels, collective group work, presentations by students, discussion, movies and audiovisuals, guest presenters and much more…
We take you practically through the design process in the context of a Permaculture environment, which presents a diverse range of challenges and opportunities developing design skills, knowledge and experience set that can be applied anywhere.
By working in groups you will have the opportunity to cover material that is not possible through individual work and in the process of developing a real time design that will be implemented; you will also develop essential group working skills. Many of the techniques and methods used in implementing Permaculture systems will be covered in some detail, but the focus will be on the design process.
Students working on their major design project…