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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 home and life with a new vision of sustainability, from urban backyards to farms.
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Permaculture Design Certificate Course Online

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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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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 take a whole year's time to complete the course. We are still editing the last chapters! As 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. Thanks to everyone making it happen so far!!

 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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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

This chapter provides a step-by-step guide to produce a written record of the permaculture design – the Permaculture Design Brief. It begins with a client consultation (identification of key themes, linking components to form stable systems, component placement within zones, sector analysis & more), followed by mapping & information management (of the existing & upgraded landscapes), implementation (of the design process to the real-world) and maintenance (of the fully formed permaculture property). This is designed to meet professional standards in multiple disciplines including environmental architecture, town planning, landscaping & more.

Chapter 4

Understanding Patterns in Nature

From micro-, through meso- to macro-scales…patterns form our world! They are the key to harmony and understanding on all levels - bringing us integration into natural ecological processes. This chapter introduces us to key patterns found in nature and explains how they exist as they do. We then learn how to adopt this knowledge into our designs – to benefit and even grow new resources!

Chapter 5

Climatic Factors

From broad climatic zones, through local weather patterns, down to microclimates…this chapter looks at the fundamental meteorological elements which gives power to our natural world – and teaches us how to use them in our permaculture designs. Topics include how weather and climate work (global & local patterns), classification systems (& their uses), harvesting water (rainfall, fog & dew), sunlight and wind resources.

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).

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 The PDC Online Teachers

A little bit about the presenters of the permaculture design online course.

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 Design Online Course.

While at university, Ian met the co-founders of Permaculture David Holmgren and Bill Mollison 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 health for both government and private practice and has worked on a range of long term permaculture projects.

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

Ian is a founding member of Queensland’s Sunshine Coast Vedic and Cultural Association in the 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 hinterland since 1999.

Christina Laurikainen

Permaculture Design Course Online Teacher

Christina Laurikainen, Co-Teacher at Permaculture Course Online

Chrissy (also known at Tiina) creates lessons which are clear, factual and supported by real-world permaculture experience. She keeps in mind the many & diverse global ecologies and understands many of these intimately, as she has lived in 13 countries throughout Austral-Asia, Arabia & the Mediterranean.

She first encountered permaculture when working at Beelarong City Farm (Brisbane, Australia) in 2003 and progressed to Noosa Forest Retreat permaculture community in 2005. She is currently developing a 30-acre property using permaculture principles at Traveston (QLD, Australia). Additionally, she has worked as an environmental scientist at Australian River’s Institute, who boast Australia’s largest number of water-based scientists.

Chrissy holds a Bachelor of Science (Environment) – majoring in Natural Resources & Pollution (Griffith University), a Permaculture Design Certificate (Sustainable Agrarians), “Earthworks” Certificate (Permaculture Research Institute) and “Natural Building Course” (Puravida Sustainable Technologies).

Chrissy’s life goal is to realise ecological utopia. For this end, she partakes in a vegetarian diet (due to animal welfare), buys second-hand where possible, maintains an awareness to counteract the negative effects of consumerism & competition, minimizes the use of plastic & manmade materials and continues to educate + develop herself as an honourable & ethical individual. She also plans to found a communal scientific research facility, with a focus on permaculture in significant forested landscapes (such as can be found along the eastern coast of Australia which includes remnant 300-million-year-old rainforest).

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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