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20/21 Permaculture Design Certificate Course

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  • Sat 19 Sep ’20, 8:45am – 4:30pm
  • Sun 20 Sep ’20, 8:45am – 3:30pm
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Canterbury Permaculture Institute, Christchurch


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • 1 year course: $1,800.00
  • Individual Modules (2 day): $220.00
  • One-day Session: $115.00

Canterbury Permaculture Institute offers education through a range of hands-on and theory-based learning. Our Permaculture Design Course (PDC) is divided into 10 weekend modules, held over a 12-month period. This allows us the time to see permaculture through the seasons and to absorb the knowledge fully or to just be involved in a specialist workshop.

Another reason we chose to step away from the usual consecutive 20-days residential model, is to make accessing permaculture information and certification easier for those who have full-time work and family life.

Our aim is to share valuable design systems, and tools that can be used to help communities transition into a future with clean water, safe and abundant food, renewable energy and resources, healthy watersheds, and prosperous people and ecosystems. Permaculture is the harmonious integration of landscape and people — providing their food, energy, shelter, and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way.

We have lined up some great places to visit, to interact and learn from. Plus we have a wealth of information to share through presentations, handouts, dialogue and hands-on learning of systems and design tools. Below are the dates and topics that we will cover in this design course.

​We offer different options for joining us on this course, from 1 day, or a weekend or for the whole 10-sessions certificate course, see the options below. To see the overview of the modules go to the Permaculture Design Certificate Page.

The dates for the course are listed below. . .

September 19-20: Module 1: Permaculture Philosophy, Design & Patterns

October 17-18: Module 2: Water & Soil

November 21-22: Module 3: Growing Soil & Plants

February 20-21: Module 4: Integrated Growing Systems

March 20-21: Module 5: Designing for Regeneration

April 17-18: Module 6: Built Environment

May 22-23: Module 7: Invisible Structures

June 19-20: Module 8: Cultural Strengthening

July 17-18: Module 9: Design Project

August 21-22: Module 10: Presentation

Cost Options:
$1800 - Full PDC of 20days - Weekly or monthly instalment payments can be made prior to the course start date - please contact us for further details.

When the course starts, options to join us in the follwing ways, will be available:
$220 - Individual Modules 2-days (that can be done over several years for PDC certificate)
$115 - 1-day workshop

This course is designed as a full Permaculture Design Certificate, attendance priority is given to people registering for the full course. Early registration is advised to guarantee a space for the workshop topics.

For more information Email Lillee Star -

Transport: We encourage carpooling for our site visits, and will facilitate this closer to the time.

Accommodation: Most of the venues are within the Christchurch city & suburban area and for this overnight stays are not considered. For venues further afield we will provide a list of accommodation options near the venue.

Food: We will provide morning and afternoon teas. Lunches are potluck style, provided by participants, though those with specific food requirements are not expected to share their food. Saturday dinners will vary according to the venue location and are not included in the registration price.

Venue address: to be provided on sign-up

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