Course: Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC)

Kusamala permaculture malawiDates: 13-25 October 2014
Organisation: Kusamala Institute of Agriculture and Ecology
City: Lilongwe                      
Country: Malawi
Register: Kusamala Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) – October

Description: The Kusamala Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) training follows the original certification course developed by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren. The 72-hour training is founded on Bill Mollison’s book, “Permaculture: A Designers’ Manual” and meets the internationally recognized requirements for certification. Participants that attend all sessions of the class and complete the final design project will receive a Permaculture Design Certificate.

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to permaculture principles, applications, and design practices. The curriculum will address global environmental and social issues affecting communities throughout the world and across a variety of climate zones, however practical design implementation will be specific to the sub-tropical climate of Central Malawi. The goal of the course is to achieve a basic working understanding of ecological-based planning, site design, and management.

Course Topics
–       Permaculture ethics and principles
–       Theory and methods of design
–       Understanding ecosystems
–       Pattern and systems thinking
–       Reading the land & understanding natural processes
–       Large and small scale land restoration
–       Water management
–       Soil rehabilitation and erosion control
–       Integrated animal systems
–       Intensive vegetable & fruit production
–       Food forests & plant guilds
–       Windbreaks and bushfire control
–       Energy conservation technologies
–       Appropriate technologies and renewable energies
–       Wildlife management
–       Integrated pest management
–       Community development & social permaculture
–       Integrated systems design for human settlements

Who should take this course?
Anyone interested in having an inspirational and transformative experience. From gardeners and farmers to public officials, this course will give you the tools to find holistic solutions to your land use and resource issues. Learn how to spot patterns in nature and to work smarter, not harder. All are welcome and no previous permaculture training is necessary. Please note that the course is taught in English.