Introduction to Permaculture

Introduction to Permaculture: 2 day course

What is Permaculture? introduction_to_permaculture_course01The word comes from “Permanent Agriculture”, but also implies the need for a permanent culture based on interlinked systems as a counter to our current unsustainable way of life.It is a philosophy and approach to land use which works with natural rhythms and patterns, rather than against them.

Permaculture, then, is a design system that encompasses both “permanent agriculture” and “permanent culture.” When correctly designed such a system will, like a natural ecosystem, become increasingly diverse and self-sustaining.

Permaculture is not limited to just plant and animal agriculture, but also includes community planning and development.

What will the Introduction to permaculture course cover?

Introduction to Permaculture presents the principles, ethics, and design strategies that are used around the globe to create sustainable agriculture and living systems. *Some sections of the course will change according to the locale of the course and also specific needs of the majority participants.


We need a paradigm shift in the way that we connect with our environment, our communities and ourselves. Permaculture offers a whole systems, solutions based approach to conscious design and helps us to change the dynamic in how we live our life in connection to the Earth and others on it.

Course Details:

Participants will learn about different aspects of permaculture . Will include following topics:

Origin of  permaculture – brief world history, definition and scope of permaculture. History and application in India.

Permaculture ethics and principles – that guide our decisions and design

Design methodology – Design process from analysis to design to implementation

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Additional Topics but not limited to the followingSustainability Classroom India

(these will be selected with local course coordinators and customized depending)

Introduction to soils – Practical sessions on composting methods

Organic Gardening – perennial gardens and farms

Forestry – Why? How to integrate with farms

Natural building – local sustainable building options for house design

Urban Permaculture – local food self sufficiency, city water harvesting methods etc

Building Community

Alternative Economic Systems

Introduction to Permaculture Course ITP