Permaculture Design Certificate Course 2016

Learn about sustainable design, abundant gardening, alternative building, generating renewable energy, creating authentic relationships and community. Develop new skills and renewed enthusiasm for the planet and perhaps consider a new career or way of living designing the world with alternatives plans, incorporate new skills into your existing job and get excited about sustainable options.

“Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.” – Bill Mollison

Bill Mollison

Join a group of committed people around the world working together to change the way we view and design our landscape and our future. Participants are invited to bring their own or or potential site details. Practical application exercises will take place at Ark Eden, a developing permaculture demonstration site set in a beautiful valley.

DATE : Thursday-Tuesday 25 March – 5 April 2016
TIME : Residential
PLACE: Ark Eden
ADDRESS: Mui Wo, Lantau Island
LANGUAGE: English
ENQUIRIES: jasmine@arkedenonlantau.com
REGISTER: Register online

The seventy-two hour Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) will be presented in an intensive residential 12 day training retreat in a rare and secluded garden of Hong Kong.

ad-ark-eden-tablePermaculture is a creative design process based on whole-systems thinking informed by ethics and design principles, including the application of permaculture principles to food production, home design and construction, energy conservation and generation, exploring the social, educational and economic structures supporting a culture caring for the planet and all its inhabitants.

Permaculture promotes a design culture that emphasizes care for the earth, care for the people and return of surplus.

The PDC offers content in real, alternative and sustainable design planning, abundant gardening, alternative building, generating renewable energy, creating authentic relationships and community, learning new practical hands-on skills and much more …

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The Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) is an internationally renowned 72 hours course providing the foundations of permaculture design principles and methodology as set forth by the founder of the permaculture movement Bill Mollison. The residential training course will be presented from 25 March to 5 April 2016 in Hong Kong by Daniel Tohill, Trish Allen. All PDC courses offered throughout the world follow the same format for students to qualify for the internationally-recognized Permaculture Design Certificate.

  • Our classroom is outside under the trees when weather permits
  • Our teachers are experienced, knowledgeable and personable
  • Our curriculum includes practical work, including building a tipi and a pizza oven
  • We will have days and evenings where family, friends, dogs, even pet budgies can join
  • Guest speaker nights, outdoor movies, campfires, family camps, parties, a beach party, music and more

ad-ark-eden-permaculture-classroomMore than ever, committed people are building communities to work together for the happiness of ourselves, our lands and all our occupants – and enjoying the process immensely.

We are moving into a time where every type of organization must look at its sustainability practices. Get equipped with skills to design a creative and sustainable way of interacting with our natural world and its resources, creating ethical businesses and causes.

Permaculture is a creative design process based on whole-systems thinking informed by ethics and design principles. It includes the application of permaculture principles to food production, home design and construction, energy conservation and generation, and explores the social, educational and economic structures that support a culture that cares for the planet and all its inhabitants.

ad-ark-eden-windowUpon completion, you will be connected to a worldwide network of change-makers creating forward-thinking businesses and influencing education, governments and major corporations by changing the way we and they view and impact landscapes.

Study Topics

  • Principles, ethics and patterns of design
  • Large and small scale urban and rural design
  • Sustainable living systems for a variety of landscapes and climates
  • Sustainable natural building systems
  • Social and financial co-operation
  • Food forests and garden design
  • Minimizing and re-using waste
  • Use of forestry and animals
  • Renewable energy systems
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Site and climate analysis
  • Soil regeneration

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The course covers sustainable human settlements for a wide variety of landscapes and climates. It includes the application of permaculture principals to food production, architecture design, system optimization, energy efficiency, and explores alternative economic practices as well as legal strategies supporting permaculture solutions.

Practical Work

  • Building a tipi to house 12 people
  • Constructing a compost toilet
  • Making a pizza oven

Thousands of permaculture designers belong to a worldwide network of educators, consultants, emergency and development aid workers and environmental activists who influence major private and public institutions along with individuals creating new business and ways of doing business.

Social Highlights

  • An Easter egg hunt on Easter Sunday
  • Our own mini TED talk night
  • Outdoor film nights
  • Party nights
  • Guest speakers
  • BBQ at the beach
  • Night hikes
  • Community gatherings
  • Site visits
  • Sleep over site visits

The PDC is the essential foundation for further permaculture work and research and is a pre-requisite for the Diploma in Permaculture Design delivered by the Permaculture Institute. The foundation for this course is the Permaculture Designer’s Manual by Bill Mollison.

ad-ark-eden-permaculture-kidsFamily Friendly

  • Local HK participants have the option of going home several nights.
  • We will run several kid-friendly days with farming and nature activities.
  • Teen-friendly days will be held for participants with interested teens
  • Several nights where families can stay over in tents and join the night activities.

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Registration

PRICE: HK$9,690
BOOKING : Online Registration
ORGANIZER : Ark Eden
ENQUIRIES : jasmine at arkedenonlantau.com
TEL : Ark Eden Office +852 2988 5355 (9am-5pm)
Jenny Quinton : + 852 9277 4025
Jasmine Nunns : + 852 6110 9293

The residential training course will be presented from 25 March to 5 April 2016 in Hong Kong by Daniel Tohill, Trish Allen. All PDC courses offered throughout the world follow the same format for students to qualify for the internationally-recognized Permaculture Design Certificate.

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Trish Allen

Trish and her late husband Joe Polaischer founded the iconic, award-winning Rainbow Valley Farm in New Zealandin 1988 on permaculture principles and ethics. The farm inspired thousands of people over 25 years in sustainable living and demonstrated the principles of permaculture in action. Trish has now established a village-scale model of permaculture and shares her knowledge by teaching permaculture-related courses and workshops. Trish has a Diploma in Permaculture.

Daniel Tohill

Daniel has worked for over 20 years as a landscape/permaculture designer, master planner, educator and environmental consultant. His ecological designs have won awards for his innovative and artful work and have taken him all over the world. He has done over 1,000 small and large landscape designs in rural and urban areas plus a diverse range of specialist projects. Since 1998 Daniel has also been developing with his wife Jude, son Oscar and daughter Poppy a permaculture/organic farm and apiary on 5 acres overlooking the Kaipara Harbour at the Otamatea Eco-Village in New Zealand. They have designed and built one of the first straw bale houses in the North Island plus an earth brick barn and a natural swimming pool. Building natural swimming pool systems is now his specialty.

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