Permaculture Design Course

Permaculture Design Course Overview

The Permaculture Design Course is an internationally recognized, 72-­hour course resulting in a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC). It provides an introduction to permaculture design as set forth by the movement’s founder, Bill Mollison. The PDC serves as foundation for future permaculture work and study.

Credit for this course is now accepted by a growing number of universities around the world.

Permaculture Patashala conducts this permaculture course in two parts, with the intention to ensure students get a quality permaculture education. The PDC is one of the highest quality permaculture accreditations available. Dates of future courses are available on the facebook events page. Download December 2015 PDC.pdf for detailed information.

Permaculture Design Course PracticumPart I: Theory of Permaculture Design

The first part of the course presents the standard theory of the Permaculture Design Course (72 hours) taught by a Master Permaculturist who has completed hundreds of permaculture projects and tutorials. His teachings are integrated with multiple farm visits to bring the agricultural and water harvesting methods to life through functional examples. Students learn how to integrate permaculture into any landscape with practical methods of application. The learning atmosphere is amplified by an interested community.

Part II: Permaculture Design Practicum

A. Students chose a local farm and create a design. The group of students hear Narsanna discuss the design and give feedback. This demonstrates beginning proficiency in applying permaculture techniques and ingrains them more deeply. The length of this varies from one to four days depending on the number of students.

B. A free one or two day workshop is set up and each student teaches some part of permaculture. This spreads the teachings of permaculture to the common farmer and gardener and demonstrates the students ability to teach. Student sessions are approximately 30 to 60 minutes depending on the number of students.

Permaculture Design Course Field StudyPermaculture Design Certification

After successful completion of the Permaculture Design Course, the Permaculture Patashala and Aranya Agricultural Alternatives will grant PDC certification.


Permaculture Farm near Hyderabad, India

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The course is designed according to local, seasonal geography and climate so that permaculture concepts can be tied in to locally applicable practices ­with particular focus on dry / semi­-arid climatic conditions.


Approximately two (in the future three) Permaculture Design Courses are taught annually. Class size is limited to 20 participates. The dates for upcoming PDC courses are found on the Facebook events page.

More information on the December 2015 PDC.

Permaculture Design Course LectureCost

Rs. 20,000 for Indian Nationals and Rs. 28,000 (approximately $440 USD) for foreigners. Make a payment through cash/ check/ bank transfer directly to the below mentioned account. Once you transfer please send mail for confirmation.

AC Holder: Aranya Agricultural Alternatives
AC Number: 019211100001945
Bank: Andhrabank
Branch: Kothapet, Hyderabad
IFSC code: ANDB0000192

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More about the Permaculture Design Course for PDC

The Permaculture Design Course covers sustainable living systems for a wide variety of landscapes and climates. It includes the application of permaculture principles to food production, home design, construction, energy conservation and generation, and explores alternative economic structures and legal strategies supporting permaculture solutions.The Curriculum is based on all subjects covered in: Permaculture: A Designer’s Manual and Introduction to Permaculture by Bill Mollison. Participants are invited to bring details of their own sites or potential sites to consider during the course.

Topics covered include:


  • What are permaculture principles
  • Need for the ethics in today’s context
  • What is the need for applied permaculture in Indian context


  • Identifying resources
  • Land form variables to keep in mind: Concepts of ridges and valleys
  • Flat lands vs slopes, etc.
  • Permaculture Design Course Soil Analysis lessonClimate:
    • Indian seasons
    • Kharif
    • Rabio Monsoon patterns
    • Other climatic influences in area
  • Soil:Fertility analysis
    • Soil types
    • Increase soil fertility
    • Composting, Mulching, and other methods
  • Water:
    • Sources
    • Water harvesting
    • Swales
    • Contours
    • Trenches
    • Bunds
    • Water management, drip systems, and other management sources
  • Important infrastructure:
    • Fence
    • Fence planting
    • Measuring the land ­calculation
    • Patterns in nature
    • Patterns in permaculture design
    • Elements of permaculture design
    • Zone planning


  • House on farm
  • Cattle shed
  • Hen house
  • Bore well, Solar pump structures, etc

Permaculture Design Course Classroom4.  FARM HOME GARDEN

  • Garden layout
  • Dry land gardens


  • Various orchards and forms for Dry lands: Diversity in orchards, Orchard preparations
  • Forest area design (context on farms): Biomass trees, Medicinal trees
  • Grain and other crops:
    • Rice
    • Millets
    • Wheat
    • Cereal
    • Pulses
    • Oil
    • Vegetables
    • Other (According to climatic patterns)
  • Seed Conservation, seed preservation
  • Storage of crops and management of post harvest
  • Basic biology of crops listed
    • Plant nutrient uptake ­
    • Science of nutrients in soil and how plants intake
    • What are macro and micronutrients?
    • Basic pest management
    • Land and soil preparations
    • Traditional soil fertility and pest management potions
    • Rotation crops
    • Inter-crops
    • Companion planting
    • Nursery work

Permaculture Design Course Study6.  ANIMAL HUSBANDRY

  • Indian cattle and their care
  • Poultry integration
  • Goat and sheep integration on farm
  • Bees, their uses, and integration on farm
  • Pasture and food needs for animals
  • Basic animal care


  • Urban and rural inter links
  • Marketing and connections to customers
  • Certification