Ecological Design and Gardening: Introduction to Permaculture


web of life gamePermaculture design - the ethics, principles and design process - is based on living systems and draws upon indigenous knowledge. It can be applied to physical systems (eg. farms, gardens, cities) and to social systems (eg. organisational flows, business models, school curricula) anywhere. These courses focus on permaculture as DESIGN, which can be broadly applied to land-based, urban, social or economic systems.



The Introduction Module provides a foundation in permaculture ethics, principles and design. It also gives an overview of common gardening techniques used in permaculture.


Course Topics:

  • Permaculture ethics
  • Design principles
  • Patterns in nature
  • Zones and sectors
  • Design process overview, mini design exercise
  • Sheet mulching, forest gardens, guilds, polycultures, chop and drop
  • Garden hands-on

sheet mulching around a treeThe Introduction Module can be taken on its own.  The hours and cost can also be applied as credit towards the full 84-hour Permaculture Design Course offered in fall 2012.


Work Exchange:  Work exchange applications due by July 2. 2 positions available per course. Inquire for more details.


Teachers/Facilitators: Sebastien Bacharach & Bonita Ford

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