Transform your home into a beautiful, sustainable & healthy oasis that provides you abundant organic food & clean water.

Redesign your property, learn to live healthier, more sustainably and create abundance in your life. This program enables you to create a complete permaculture design for your own property, earn your internationally-standard Permaculture Design Certificate and much more. Just imagine what your home will look like with permaculture!

Permaculture Fundamentals

You are getting access to online video lecture presentations filmed from two in-person Permaculture Design Courses that guide you through the origins, development and application of permaculture – the holistic design system that works in harmony with nature to create productive and sustainable systems for living.

Presented by Larry Korn, one of the country’s leading authorities on permaculture, and other guest instructors, these videos are based on the key textbook in permaculture: “Permaculture: A Designer’s Manual” by one of the founders of the movement, Bill Mollison. Each lecture comes with transcripts and quizzes to re-enforce your learning each step of the way.

The presentations cover everything from the principles at the heart of permaculture and its origins in ancient methods of cultivation, to the ways it can be used in the modern world – in gardens, homes, farms and towns – in order to grow organic food, protect the wilderness, use energy responsibly, and promote community engagement and cooperation.

You are also getting access to our animated online-only 12 hour Regenerative Ecological Permaculture Design course – keep reading more about that below in the bonuses section.

  • Gain a thorough understanding of what permaculture is – and how it can transform garden, communities, and people
  • Know the principles and ethics that permaculture is built upon
  • Understand the role observation plays in informing our design decisions
  • Comprehend the five types of energy resources described by permaculture
  • Recognize strategies to create yield from any site
  • Gain an understanding of how patterns work in nature
  • Understand the role observation plays in informing our design decisions
  • Discover how cycles in time and space create niches for life to happen in
  • See how slope, aspect and orientation can affect design decisions
  • Learn three different methods for measuring the slope of the land
  • Recognize some of the more common pattern shapes that are found in nature
  • Find out some practical tips on applying pattern to a permaculture site
  • Know how to construct four different types of earthworks for water storage and flow
  • See how wind functions, and learn five types of windbreak construction to modify it
  • Understand the characteristics of the three main climate zones
  • Gain practical know-how in order to preserve, rehabilitate and improve soil conditions
  • Identify and harness sources of renewable power
  • Have knowledge of six types of intervention we can make to influence the amount of water on our site
  • Be able to put practical strategies in place to minimize your impact on the water supply
  • Have the knowledge to catch, store and use rainwater efficiently
  • Understand the different zones of a permaculture site, and how to design for each of them Appreciate the central role that trees play to life on Earth
  • Know how to use trees to raise or lower the temperature on your site
  • Comprehend the four ways trees impact on precipitation levels
  • Evaluate the benefits of developing polycultures
  • Learn how house design affects energy conservation
  • Discover how to reverse the effects of desertification and soil salting
  • Appreciate how different elements, such as soil and water, function in various climatic conditions
  • Read the land so that you can place design elements in their most effective locations
  • Recognize the factors that will influence how houses, buildings and larger settlements are organized
  • Find out about the advantages and disadvantages of various fish species
  • Learn about various pond configurations and designs that may be suitable for your aquaculture system
  • Understand how permaculture principles can be applied to human societies and communities
  • Discover alternative ways of organizing communities to bring benefits to all
  • Appreciate democratic methods of funding, land access and creating livelihoods
  • Comprehend how the interconnectedness of all human life – as well as our place in nature – should inform how we treat one another
  • Gain maximum productive yield from your property

The second part of the course allows you to put your knowledge into practice. It moves the theory of permaculture into real-life application.

You choose a site that you want to create a permaculture design for. This could be your property or a public space. Previous students have designed everything from a permaculture cemetery to a cooperative grocery store, and of course many, many personal properties and homes. Then, you create a project plan about how you would apply the principles of permaculture “on the ground”.

In close consultation with your dedicated advisor you will record observations and data, trial possibilities for the site, and create a final overall plan that could be used to implement permaculture on the site. You will create a graphical design of the physical site and write a detailed description of the project – its aims, its stakeholders, and its projected benefits.

So you have three steps to completing the Permaculture Design Mastery Program and earning your internationally-standard Permaculture Design Certification:

Step 1: Review the video lectures and the animated content alongside reading the eBook to gain an understanding of the theory and practice of permaculture
Step 2: Complete the plan for a design project – which is also a great opportunity to start your professional design portfolio. This is also your opportunity to re-design your home and property with permaculture! Just imagine what your home will feel like once you’ve done it all!
Step 3: Pass a multiple-choice exam (with a pass grade of 70 percent). The video lectures and the animated content thoroughly prepares you for the examination, and you can re-take the examination every couple of days with different questions until you pass.

Here is what the course includes:

  • Educational video presentations covering the full range of Permaculture topics
  • A copy of the Permaculture Fundamentals eBook, which explores the 12 key permaculture principles and how they can be applied to a variety of situations
  • An assigned advisor who will be your contact for the design project to help you create the best design and ensure you pass the exam. This is your chance to truly redesign your home and garden with permaculture principles.
  • Access to the course materials for up to 12 months. This means you can take up to a year to complete the course or, if you work more quickly, to be able to refer to the material as you put your learning into action.

On successful completion of the course you’ll receive your internationally recognized certification and be able to call yourself a Permaculture Designer!

You will be able to transform your property into a sustainable, productive system that gives you and your family food and pleasure – and saves you money. Passing this course will give you the internationally recognized qualification that allows you to start a business as a permaculture designer, or to lead community projects around permaculture.

The skills that you learn in this course have an endless variety of applications. After all, sustainable living is one of the fastest growing sectors – socially and economically – in the country.

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