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Permaculture Design Course Online

Permaculture Design Certificate - PDC Online - Full Permaculture Course Online

A Flexible Permaculture Design Course Online. Full 72-hours PDC online course with PDC certification and support.

Permaculture Course Online

Design your first property after permaculture design principles, from urban backyards to farms.
We will guide you through every step.

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Permaculture Design Certificate Course Online

Flexible 72+ hours online course

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Practical tasks, quizzes and final project

Personal online support for all your questions

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What You'll Learn In The Permaculture Design Course Online

This online Permaculture design course will give you the tools and skills to design sustainable systems that provide for all human needs: Nutritious food, water, energy and shelter.

Our online Permaculture design courses have a unique focus on natural health and community living. We are a small active Permaculture community living and teaching Permaculture since 10 years, and with the help of your recent crowdfunding we could build this kick ass platform for you!

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Permaculture Design Course Syllabus

The online Permaculture Design course consists of 12 chapters plus bonus videos and practical part. Each chapter consists of a varying amount of lessons, with videos, illustrations, and text. If you book in for the full PDC course with cerification and support you also have access to the PDC forums with personal support by the teachers and practical tasks with feedback of the teachers.

Chapter 1

Introduction to Permaculture

Introduction, History and Ethics of Permaculture.

We also take a deep look into the actual history of Permaculture, the main influencers and fore-runners at that time, like PA Yeomans, Masanobu Fukuoka, and others! Also we'll have a look at how it all started in Hobart university back in the 70s with David Holmgren and Bill Mollison.

Chapter 2

Concepts and Themes

Topics include the Permaculture vision, the Permaculture design principles, systems and elements, designing with the sun, energy and emergy, the beginning of the organic movement, the evolution of our society towards conscious design… And we also start to working on your design brief.

Chapter 3

Methods of Permaculture Design

Components, zoning, linking your components to systems, mapping and information management, implementation of your Permaculture design and maintenance.

Chapter 4

Pattern Understanding

Learning from patterns in nature and adapting them in our Permaculture designs, from small details to larger scale. We’ll look into the flow over landscape and objects, the timing and shaping of events, open flow and flow patterns.

Chapter 5

Climatic Factors

From broad climatic zones to precipitation, radiation, wind, landscape effects and latitude effects.

Chapter 6

Trees and their energy transactions

The biomass of the tree, wind effects, temperature effects, trees and precipitation, how a tree interacts with rain, how trees interact with each other.

Chapter 7


Regional intervention in the water cycle, earthworks for water conservation and storage, reduction of water used in sewage systems, the purification of polluted waters, natural swimming pools.

Chapter 8


Soil and health, tribal and traditional soil classifications, the structure of soils, soil and water elements, primary nutrients for plants, the distribution of elements in the soil profile,..

We also take a close look into pH levels and soils, soil composition, soil pores and crumb structure, processes in soils, soil biota, difficult soils, plant analysis for mineral deficiencies, how to analyse soil conditions, seed pelleting, soil erosion, soil rehabilitation, and more.

Chapter 9

Earthworks and Earth Resources

Here we’ll be looking into planning earthworks, planting after earthworks, slope measure, levels and levelling, the different types of earthworks, earth constructs, moving the earth, earth resources.

Chapter 10

Specific Climate Zones

Humid tropics, drylands and cold climates: About the different characteristics and Permaculture design strategies for those areas.

Chapter 11


Choice of fish species, fish pond configurations and food supply, channel, canal, chinampa, traditional and new water polycultures.

Chapter 12

Strategies of an alternative global nation

Successful activism, alternatives to political systems, bioregional organisations, trusts and legal strategies, land developmental and property trusts, money and finances, land access, set up a community and land shares.



Enjoy bonus sessions from several guest presenters on topics like Fungi, Urban Permaculture & Retro-Fitting Suburbs, Raw Foods and Cell Graising.



You will create your first real life Permaculture design!

You will work on your first real Permaculture design for a property. We will guide you through every step, with personal support and guidance (when you do the full PDC with certification and support).

Why learn with us?

 Latest Knowledge

Learn from 1st generation Australian Permies who have been practicing and teaching Permaculture for over 25 years, having had the privilege knowing many Permaculture pioneers including teaching alongside Bill Mollison. Learn the latest best practises and useful tips and tricks for your everyday life.

 Internationally Recognized PDC

You will receive the internationally recognized PDC (Permaculture Design Certificate), which gives you opportunities to expand your Permaculture studies and work in becoming a Permaculture designer or teacher.

 UN Ambassador and Land for Wildlife

The Noosa Forest Retreat is a 160acre property officially registered as Land for Wildlife. The founder of Noosa Forest Retreat has been awarded Ambassador of the Noosa Biosphere Reserve Foundation, which has been entrusted by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Noosa Council to protect Noosa’s global status as a Biosphere Reserve.

 Personal Support

Get helpful support for all your questions in our online forums. You will be guided through every step of your course and final project. Join discussions in the forums and connect with your classmates.

 Flexible Course Length

A 72 hour course including videos, written material and illustrations, and the time needed to work on your assignments. You can do it in about 20 weeks or take a whole year's time to complete the course. This is the first time we are doing an online course and while we are building it are offering a special price and would love your feedback to help shape this course.

 Final Assignment

As your final project for your PDC online course you will plan and draw a sustainable design for a property using Permaculture design principles. And don't worry, ou will be guided through every step.


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Get access to all videos and lessons of the Permaculture online course, just no access to forums, no personal support or PDC certification.

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Permaculture Design Certificate Course

PDC Course, Support & Certification

Full PDC online course, personal online support, forums access and Permaculture Design Certificate.

$49 per week, for 20 weeks ($980)
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Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC)

This Permaculture Design Course Online Enables You To:

  • Plan and implement Permaculture systems for yourself and others.
  • Design sustainable homes and properties.
  • Develop ecological food production systems.
  • Design water harvesting systems and earthworks.
  • Build healthy soil and increase fertility naturally.
  • Teach and help others with your knowledge on Permaculture.
  • Work as consultant or aid-worker or start with any other business idea you have!

About Your Teacher - Ian Trew

Permaculture Design Course Online Teacher & Co-Founder Noosa Forest Retreat

Ian Trew, Principal Teacher Permaculture Course Online, PDC online course

Ian Trew is a sought after public speaker and principle teacher of the NFR Permaculture Courses.

While at university, Ian met the co-founders of Permaculture David Holmgren and BillMollison and became inspired to pursue an integrated approach to health of individual, soil,planet and community.

He has now worked for over 25 years in areas of permaculture and integrated natural healthfor both government and private practice and has worked on arange of long term permaculture projects.

Previous students have now gone on to design and implement their ownsustainable systems, be involved in third world aid work, teach permaculture and recentlywinning the prestigious Sunshine Coast Environment Council (SCEC) Award.

Ian is a founding member of Queensland’s Sunshine Coast Vedic and Cultural Association inthe mid 1990′s and has been working in the area of personal health and health retreats since.

He has been deepening his study and practice of Ayurveda and holistic counselling,offering customized health retreat programs on the Sunshine Coast and Noosa hinterlandsince 1999.

This online Permaculture design course is perfect if you're interested in:

  • Sustainability
  • Natural Health
  • Growing healthy organic food
  • Reducing your footprint and integrating your life-style with nature
  • Setting up your property for a self-sufficient life
  • Living off-the-grid

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Permaculture Design Course Online - PDC Online - Course Outline

Do your Permaculture Design Certificate online, learning from 1st generation Australian Permaculture pioneers who learned and taught Permaculture alongside the co-founders of Permaculture, David Holmgren and Bill Mollison.

Benefits of doing a Permaculture course online

Work on your own pace from home, without the need of investing your only holiday for an intensive course. The residential courses are meant to be short but intensive. By working from home you can invest more time and study deepler than in any residential course.As we provide personal online support to guide you along the way, this Permaculture course online is the perfect opportunity to get deep into Permaculture Design.

Permaculture Design Course Online - PDC Online - Goals of this PDC Course

The Permaculture Design Certificate - PDC online course:The goal of the Permaculture Design Course online is to teach you to be a permaculture designer. By successful completion of this course you will literally be able to create, and will have created a sustainable design to meet human needs. As a permaculture design you will be modelling, the patterns and features of nature in a holistic way to produce a result that aims to copy and utilise natural systems to be sustainable. A successful permaculture design ‘as opposed to much of current industrial agriculture’ integrates and looks after the land, flora, fauna, resources, people and natural systems of this planet eliminating waste while building habitat value for all.As a permaculture designer you DO NOT need to be a expert in fields of natural building, dam construction, horticulture, renewable energy, forestry, organics, composting, economics, etc.What the Permaculture course online does is introduce you to these elements (and many more) and teach you how to draw up a design that includes all these elements, in a sustainable interactive holistic system that you may implement and/or manage appropriately experienced specialists to then build.Design is the key word!

PDC Online - Permaculture Design Course Online - Goals of this PDC Course

The Permaculture design principles and process of design taught in this Permaculture course online will be beneficial and apply to all landscapes and cultures, from the small to the large, urban to acreage, private to corporate, micro to the macro. Whether designing a portable garden for a travelling vehicle or a total national redesign at political level complete with accompanying new party launch. This PDC online course will give you the philosophy, principles, tools and support to be effective and take action.
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