Permaculture is a holistic design frame work based on science, local indigenous knowledge and by observing nature. It is driven by a set of ethics and principles to design sustainable and productive ways of creating new systems for the regeneration of the environment, community living, the economy, health care, education and much more. Permaculture provides an innovative organizing framework to create ecologically harmonious, efficient and productive business and societal systems with no waste. By looking at problems and seeing how those problems can be turned into solutions, “life sustaining” products and services are delivered. Permaculture is applicable to any set of objectives, organization, structure or landscape. Permaculture designs not only systems but importantly creates “mutually beneficial relationships” between elements, structures, the environment, people and all living beings.
“An Economy aligned with Permaculture would be an economy in which
the Best “Business” Decision is the same as the Best “Ecological” Decision.“
What, How and Where can Permaculture Design be applied?
Permaculture Design is applied all around the world to both small urban settings and large rural or degraded landscapes. Some examples are:
- City Flats, Town Gardens, Public parks.
- Schools, Hospitals, Office blocks.
- Factories, Farms, Industrial spaces.
- Degraded Landscapes, Rivers, Ponds, Forests.
- The redesigning of industrial parks, villages, towns and cities.
Permaculture tackles how to grow organic healthy food, generate healthy clean drinking water, build sustainable houses, create harmonious communities, while minimizing the overall environmental impact of society. Producing no waste, using clean renewable sources of energy or materials, and implementing mutually beneficial relationships between structures, people, plants and animals, are just some of the strategies applied to achieve sustainable and ethical ways of meeting our local and societal needs. It achieves this by working with, and educating at the local level. Ultimately the goal of Permaculture is to work with not against nature to create healthy, harmonious and abundant lifestyles throughout the world. (see http://permaculturenews.org/what-is-permaculture/).
What is the Permaculture Design Certificate Course (PDC)?
The Permaculture Design Certificate course is a minimum 72 hour (two week) training experience that includes both class room learning, hands-on practical experience, visits to demonstration sites and group design time. Students who complete the full curriculum earn the internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certificate. It provides an introduction to permaculture design as set forth by the movement’s co-founder Bill Mollison. The course covers sustainable and ethical living systems for a wide variety of landscapes and climates. It includes the application of permaculture principles to food production, home design & construction, water and energy conservation, and explores the social and economic structures that support a culture that cares for the planet and all its inhabitants. Credit for this course is now accepted by a growing number of universities around the world. Today there is a large global network comprising of thousands of educators and designers that influence major corporations, NGO’s and civil society.
Permaculture Design Course.
What is Permaculture?