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PDC Sept - Oct 2011

Project: Klien Karoo Sustainable Dryland Permaculture Project

Posted by Alex Kruger over 12 years ago

A Spring PDC on this excellent training farm, with a plethora of living exmaples of all aspects of Permaculture

PERMACULTURE DESIGN COURSE at Berg en Dal, Ladismith, Western Cape 

 26 September to 7 October 2011


Permaculture is the conscious design of human living environments that are reflections of the ecological principle that underlies nature. It is the harmonious integration of landscape and people providing their food, energy, shelter and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way. Permaculture design is a system of assembling conceptual, material, and strategic components in a pattern which functions to benefit life in all its forms.

COURSE CONTENT The course runs over 12 days with a rest day. The learning process is based on Permaculture principles and makes use of a wide range of group-based and creative accelerated-learning methods. We take you practically through the design process in the context of a Drylands Ecovillage Permaculture environment, which presents a diverse range of challenges and opportunities developing design skills, knowledge and experience set that can be applied anywhere. By working in groups you will have the opportunity to cover material that is not possible through individual work and in the process of developing a real time design that will be implemented; you will also develop essential group working skills.  Many of the techniques and methods used in implementing Permaculture systems will be covered in some detail, but the focus will be on the design process.  



Ecosystems understanding and Integrated Systems Thinking                                                 

  • South African Ecosystems and Brittle (Dryland) Environments
  • Sustainable Culture : the Emerging Culture of Energy Descent

Understanding the Permaculture Concept

Ethics and principles of Permaculture

Different applications of permaculture

Patterns in nature and design, a language of integration…


Design Process.

  • Land observation and analysis skills   
  • Mapping,
  • Design layering
  • Human consulting and needs understanding process
  • Holistic Goal Formation
  • Landscape structure and form understanding
  • Hydrological mapping
  • Sector, Slope and Zone planning
  • Keyline Design (Yeomans)
  • Systems analysis and developing integrated self-regulating systems
  • Designing for different climate regions
  • Designing for disaster
  • Ecovillage design and community models

Permaculture Systems Understanding

Phases of land pioneering and development                                                                                      


Soil understanding, fertility development and management


Understanding Water in Permaculture

  • Effective broad-scale and micro water harvesting, storage and use systems.


Plants: their uses and selection for environment                                                    

  • Food Garden design and management                                                                                                                      
  • Staple food systems
  • Food Forest Design and management
  • Agroforestry and broad scale production systems ?
  • Propagation structures and methods


Animals in Permaculture (focus on small animal systems)


Holistic Management and Cell Grazing Theory


The Built Environment

  • The Sustainable Home Design and Natural Building (Cob, Rammed Earth, Straw Bale, Adobe)
  • Renewable Energy Technology (Appropriate energy and technology solutions)
  • Waste recycling and more.....



The course costs are R6000.00, and include teas, lunches and the manual. Your deposit of R3000.00 by 29 August 2011 confirms your place on the course. Should you cancel after this date, the deposit is non-refundable. In the unlikely event of us cancelling the course we will return your deposit in full.

Accommodation costs are separate - please look at our web page on accommodation for more information. (www.berg-en-dal.co.za)

Please mail us at [email protected]  for further enquiries or bookings.


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