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Permaculture Design Course (PDC)

Permaculture is a design methodology.

In simple terms we learn from nature how to manage systems well which provide for all human needs. That may start with growing our own food. But it surely includes how we manage all our energy usage- building homes and workplaces which are energy efficient and delightful, working together to make sustainable management of all our society needs. Creating trade structures which are fair for all. Looking after our people, our land and all living things. Leaving the world at least as healthy and abundant as we found it, whilst treading lightly on the planet in our journey. Bringing wealth creation to the places it is most needed with consequent improvement to health and happiness.  The permaculture design course is an unforgettable and life-changing experience full of fascinating insights, helping you realise your life’s dreams, and supporting others to do the same.

We have an eighteen part Introduction to Permaculture Course available online through The Soil Food Web School (SFS).  We are working on a full PDC

We have a great range of co-teachers and are increasingly focused on diversity in our presenters: diversity of gender, race, colour, climate, culture and age.  We are always happy to hear from other people who would like to co-teach with us.  Our team will be here to lead you to the promised land of great productivity, amazing friendships and how to make a better tomorrow.

Brief Bio

Graham has a thirty year engagement with permaculture and has been teaching the subject for thirty two years. He has taught on six continents, pioneering new approaches in environments and cultures as diverse as Iceland and Israel, Slovenia and Senegal, Guinea and Germany. His books: The Permaculture Way and The Permaculture Garden have introduced thousands of people to the practicalities of taking responsibility for their own lives. He is currently Chair of Permaculture Scotland, and of the Permaculture Association Britain Education Working Group, a respected business advisor and mentor, consulted by distinguished organisations and an accomplished nurseryman, which he believes is good for the soul.

When you leave this course you will have found your own empowerment, many new friends, a song in your heart and a direction for your life going forwards.

Course Outline

Historically Run at the forest garden Graham and Nancy have created at Garden Cottage, the course covers all aspects of permaculture design, forest gardening and sustainable growing. Under lockdown we have adapted to doing these courses online with amazing results.  We are now developing a ‘unit approach’ so that all courses we teach will have a value which can contribute towards a completed PDC, or you can simply take the units that interest you and come back for more later

To find out about future PDC courses, let us know your interest.

11 thoughts on “Permaculture Design Course (PDC)”

  1. Hello –

    I am interested in a permaculture design course and per suing some possibilities and found your website. Isle of Bute is within my range of travel (I live in Oban) and I see two weekly courses in April and July. Right now I am interested in practical arrangements to see what suits me best. Is there accommodation nearby? How many nights stay does the course span and of course importantly are there spaces?



  2. I did the course with Graham last year and it was one of the best learning experiences of my life. It has changed my attitude and my behaviour and left me with ‘a song in my heart’.

  3. Hello,

    Can you tell me if you still have vacancies for the week long course on Bute.
    Thanks from Brian

  4. Hi. Can you tell me if you still have spaces on the permaculture course starting last weekend in September? And just confirm it is at Garden Cottage and the cost? Thanks

  5. Dear Graham
    I would like to full design course then pursue higher course. I stay in Gordon. I completed intro to permaculture in Glasgow and I have done module 2 and 3 with James in Edinburgh. Unfortunately I was unable to complete full course with him. Please can you tell me if there are any courses coming up? Thanks
    Lynn Terry

  6. Hi Graham,

    I’ve been in contact with Lusi Anderslowe. I want to do her permaculture course in Glasgow which takes place over the next 6 months. Unfortunately I cannot make it to her introductory module. She thought that I could do that with you and then pick up the other modules with her back in Glasgow. Would that be possible in order to get the full PDC? I’d like to come across for the introduction at the end of this month?

    I look forward to hearing form you.

  7. Hi there,
    I am just a little confused by the dates of the PDC 2019. The course is 72 hours – how is this broken up over the 2 weeks? Can the full PDC be completed within the March dates (25th – 29th)?

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