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PDC Curriculum

How is the course structured?

We cover the 72 hours of taught content of a standard PDC and explore some bonus extras which fit into the regenerative land manager’s toolkit, such as  Alan Savorys ‘Holistic Management’, P.A. Yeoman’s ‘Keyline Scale of Permanence’ and Ernst Gotschs ‘Syntropic Agriculture’.

A field trip in the surrounding area will also give you the opportunity to explore further how some of the theory is applied within other projects. 

What does a typical week look like?









Theory class

Garden class

Theory class

theory class

garden class

field trip

Day off


Theory class

GardeN class

Garden class

Garden class

group seminar

Field trip 

Day off

Please be aware we sometimes have to adapt to the weather e.g. if rain is forecast when we have a garden work scheduled we may switch around theory classes to accommodate this.

What’s included in the core curriculum?

Our course covers the following topics:

* Introduction to permaculture ethics and principles

* Design process, methods and tools

* Soil management, regeneration and fertility

* Water use, harvesting, storage and aquaculture

* Plants and trees, forest gardening, agroforestry and holistic management

* Climatic factors and permaculture around the world

* Food production, polycultures and broad scale agriculture

* The built environment, energy efficiency and urban permaculture

* Technology and invisible structures

* The strategies of an alternative global nation

Our approach fits our context

We are here to show you what permaculture design can look like in a Mediterranean setting. Each site is different, and we will leave you with a real understanding of how to become sensitive and adapt your approach to the context.

What’s special about coming in June?

Permaculture Garden

The tasks on the farm change according to the seasons. June is a beautiful time to be here, as there’s such a range of different projects happening. These will include:

  • Finishing planting our summer crop gardens
  • Installing irrigation for these gardens.
  • Chopping and dropping (cycling organic matter) – we have rampant growth in the spring which needs to be chopped before it dries in the summer to cover the soil and fertilise other plants.
  • checkMoving our animals to new pastures – we use portable electric fences to move our chickens and alpacas every few days so they create the right amount of impact for land regeneration and optimal animal health.
  • checkPropagating plants in a nursery setting – at this time of year it will be mostly succulent plants.
  • checkSpreading manure evenly across the land (rotational grazing).
  • checkSaving seeds, mulching and harvesting
  • checkCaring for vermicompost (worm compost) systems
  • checkLearning proper tool use and care
  • checkHelping with bio construction (subject to confirmation)

Ready to apply? Great! Just fill in our form here below. In the form you can also ask any questions you may have.

Registration Form

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