On-line Permaculture Design Course 2021

This fully accredited online PDC will provide:

  • 33 hours online contact over 11 x 3-hour zoom sessions
  • 40+ hours self-directed learning with observation and design activities, group tutorials and peer group exercises
  • a chance to apply permaculture design principles and process on a real home design of your choosing
Dates: February-June 2021

(minimum attendance 9 out of 11 online sessions and design activity; first 2 and last 2 sessions essential)


Chris Evans 
Tomas Remiarz
Lamis Jamil
plus guests


Minimum 72 hours

"The group has been a lifeline in lockdown" (from a participant on the 2020 online PDC)

Course Description

This online course adapts what would normally be a practical and face-to-face format to the challenging circumstances of the global pandemic, meanwhile using the adage of "the problem is the solution" and turning liabilities into assets to allow non-local membership of the course at a cheaper cost than a residential course, saving on travel time, while keeping the same high quality of facilitation and information. The 33 hours of online meeting time is not watching pre-recorded videos but direct, live contact with the facilitators and peers.

The design course will bring the possibility of significant and positive life changes. Although permaculture is most commonly thought about in connection with gardening & farming, its principles, ethics and design methods can be adapted and used in each individual's own work, interests and home as well as in communities and businesses, to bring about a more harmonious & sustainable lifestyle.

“We must think, speak and build new worlds into being. Worlds which centre on care, vulnerability, desire and a dedication to preserving democracy in its deepest sense.”    Kieran Goddard, 8 minutes on the Climate Crisis

Permaculture gives you a set of practical tools and concepts for living in an uncertain world.

It helps you develop the skills necessary for adapting to rapidly changing conditions and enables us to develop personal and collective responses to the global crisis we live through. Designs help us to accept the limits inherent in the world around us, while identifying and transforming situations that are needlessly limiting. Permaculture is already used by ordinary people around the world to restore eroded landscapes, communities, economies and cultures.

Permaculture offers a perspective on all aspects of building a sustainable future. It encourages us to use our individual skills, knowledge and interests, whilst drawing on traditional wisdom, science and our innate ability to observe and learn from the world around us.

Course participants will be awarded the Permaculture Association (Britain)'s internationally recognised Certificate in Permaculture Design.

Course content

Spirals of erosion & points of intervention ~ People based designs ~ Boundaries & limiting factors ~ Observation skills ~ Site surveying ~ Permaculture ethics & principles ~ Design methods ~ Soil conservation & improvement ~ Green manures & dynamic accumulators ~ use of Micro-climates ~ Kitchen gardening ~ Integrated pest management ~ Water in the Landscape ~ Agroforestry & Forest gardening ~ Trees & their Microclimates ~ Patterns in nature ~ Sustainable economics ~ Urban permaculture ~ Green architecture ~ Non-land based design ~ Accelerated learning techniques ~ Seed saving & plant propagation ~ The Permaculture Association & Diploma WorkNet ~ Where next?

& lots more......

This course includes 33 hours of direct online contact time, which means live interaction with tutors and other participants, not just watching pre-recorded videos. To prepare for and follow-up after these sessions are plenty of at-home/outdoor observation, reflection and self-directed design work.

Design courses are not just about imparting information to the students, there is plenty of knowledge out there, the important thing is knowing how to use this & feeling confident to do so.

Empowerment is the essence of the course. We will be using diverse online teaching methods that will get you outside and interacting with your home, work and garden environment for over half of the course to create a fun, lively & inclusive learning environment. Running as a thread through the course is a design activity that helps to consolidate all of the learning & empower students to apply permaculture back into their own homes, lives & community. As a group we will benefit from collaborative learning & from having fun together. We don't expect any previous knowledge & recognise that everyone has their own unique skills, knowledge & areas of interest to bring to the course.

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • observe patterns in nature & apply what we learn to create guiding principles.
  • use permaculture ethics, principles & design tools to create sustainable systems.
  • understand the importance of caring for soil & water, & to know techniques for doing so.
  • start using permaculture in your own life, towards creating a more sustainable lifestyle.
  • understand how to apply permaculture design to both land-based & people based systems.
  • be able to forge partnerships with other like-minded people and groups to share your experiences and create support networks

Anyone wishing to bring positive change in their lives

From Applewood's online PDC 2020:

"Such useful tools for life and living sustainably"

"I felt a deeper sense of how everything is connected"
"I uncovered so much about my space myself and the larger world"
"Really helped me to focus on how I want to move forward and what more I can do to continue learning"

"There was a very clear progression of ideas and delivery, a very good mix of practical and theory to reinforce learning, and I particularly liked the structured way of approaching design."


Participants limited to 30 places.

Zoom calls will take place at the dates and times described.

Participants are required to prepare for the online sessions guided by the tutors, and will be set activities to apply learning.



Each online session will be from 10.00am-1.00pm UK time

The online zoom meeting dates are as follows:

Session 1: Sat 27th Feb 
Session 2: Sun 28th Feb
Session 3: Sat 13th March
Session 4: Sat 27th March
Session 5: Sat 10th April
Session 6: Sat 24th April
Session 7: Sat 8th May
Session 8: Sat 22nd May
Session 9: Sat 5th June
Session 10: Sat 19th June
Session 11: Sun 20th June


Concession price £200 (earlybird £190, before Jan 1st 2021)

Low waged (<£14K) £250 (earlybird £230)

Waged (>£14K) £300 (earlybird £280)

Bursary Support £350 (this will enable us to provide bursary places)

Bursaries will be considered on application.

10% discount if you sign up a friend !
Who do you know that could also benefit from learning permaculture skills for life? We are offering a 10% discount on your course fee if you can sign up a friend to attend the course (this offer is available any time after you book your own place, right up until the course starts).

£100 deposit required to book. Limited to 30 places.

Payment by installments can be considered on application; full payment required by start of course.


For enquiries and booking please contact:

Emma 07786 262 864

Email Emma

Once you register for the course you will be sent a Zoom Link for each session and links to on-line resources which accompany the course. 


For enquiries and booking please contact:

Emma 07786 262 864

Email Emma

Facilitators & Venue

Chris lives at Applewood with his partner Looby and children Shanti and Teya. He has taught permaculture in the UK, Europe, Nepal, India, U.S.A. and Mexico. He is also a UK assessment level tutor for apprentices working towards their diploma in applied permaculture design with the Permaculture Association Britain.

Tomas has been working in permaculture since 1997. He is author of Forest Gardening in Practice. Over the years he has designed and helped to create private and communal gardens, commercial and amenity woodlands, wildlife reserves and ecological restoration sites.

Tomas has co-facilitated with Looby and Chris on Permaculture Design Courses and the Training of Teachers at Applewood. He lives close to Applewood Permaculture Centre and has plenty of connections both professionally and socially with Looby and Chris.

Lamis was originally trained in ecological landscape design and has been engaging in permaculture since 2015. She obtained her PDC in Nepal and wrote her MA at Oxford Brookes University on permaculture’s contribution to resilience in the Himalaya. She recently undertook her Training of Teachers course and is an Educator member of the Permaculture Association. She visited the beautiful premises of Applewood Permaculture Center and has known Chris for several years.

The Venue

(not for this course, but we'll tell you about it anyway!)

Applewood is a 20 acre smallholding, Waterloo Farm, in the beautiful hills of North Herefordshire. Here, the owners, Chris Evans and Looby Macnamara, are developing a  permaculture demonstration and training centre. We feel that with permaculture, you need to see it to believe it, and then need to be able to learn it, and then acquire the resources (seeds, plants, books, friends and networks) to do it!

The site includes woods, pasture, a lake, kitchen garden and an orchard of heritage apples. A converted barn and outbuildings provide indoor accommodation and the grounds a peaceful campsite.

For regular updates and photos see our facebook page 

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