with the Global Ecovillage Network
Next PDC: September 17th 2022 to December 10th 2022
Hours PDC Certificate
Hours per Week
Join our global online classroom and learn from renowned educators from around the world.
Course offered only two times per year!enroll
Live classes (and workshops) with international educators, including Permaculture co-founder David Holmgren.
A vibrant online learning community with change makers from around the world
Live Q&As and design support with lead facilitators André Soares and Lucy Legan, founders of Ecocentro IPEC and Planet Schooling
Recordings of all live classes
Ecovillage Immersion Opportunities
Ecovillage Case Studies
Handouts, exercises and course texts that are yours for life
Free enrollment to our online GEN Introduction course
Follow-up resources to visit or create ecovillages
Learn to apply permaculture in many different soils, climates, and social environments
Permaculture Design & Natural Building Expert
Since co-founding Ecocentro IPEC in Brazil in 1999, André Soares has understood the need for permaculture design to be both functional, culturally relevant and artistic. This has resulted in the Ecocentro IPEC demonstrating various natural building techniques/models that are low cost, energy efficient, use local materials and are beautiful.
Educator & Author of Planet Schooling
Lucy Legan is co-founder of Ecocentro IPEC in Brazil, the most comprehensive reference centre of sustainability in Latin America, demonstrating scalable social technologies models. She has been teaching sustainable education for over 20 years. Lucy has played an integral role in environmental education in Brazil.
Researcher & Author
Programme Director, Foundation for Nature & Humanity
Lahe Wellness, Integrative Medicine
Introduction to Permaculture and Ecovillages
Begin making a difference today by implementing Permaculture Design and Ethics.
How to Live with Permaculture Principles
Learn and apply the four renewable ecosystem processes, resiliency thinking.
How to Start a Permaculture Design
Gain tools to apply whole systems thinking to your Permaculture Design.
Design with Climate and Patterns in Nature
Analyse and make connections between components to establish a self-maintaining system.
Design for Human Comfort and Landscape Regeneration
Zoning, slope design, and techniques for applying your new knowledge in developing the permaculture project of your dreams.
Design Value with Water
Design regenerative water systems with grey water system and waterless sanitation.
Make Soil and Create Permaculture Gardens
Design for soil fertility with composting and garden designs.
Build Permaculture Food Forests
Learn the secrets of food forest design with Lucy Legan’s expert guidance.
Natural Building & Appropriate Technologies
Design and build a natural home with permaculture principles and appropriate technology.
Design Disaster Risk Reduction and Management
Hazards are natural, disasters are manmade. Design for a future with floods, storms, and wild fire.
Strategies for Bioregional Self-Reliance
Integrate social permaculture and learn about permaculture’s relationship with bioregionalism.
Design an Integrated Permaculture System
Final design presentations and celebration.
“You created a wonderful space with global aspects. You gather us, envision us and share your amazing enthusiasm with us. We had a world tour, with whom, care for earth, care for people, and fair share. You plant big seeds that are blossoming in the worlds’ multiple regions. I really think we are really lucky for witnessing this course as providing the diversity within its all potentials.”
“I feel really uplifted… The world is now a more beautiful place. This has been so much more than the PDC I anticipated participating in. It has been so good to glimpse the diversity of our life situations – and our own very individual applications of permaculture. We have so much common ground too and to share on so many levels, to feel connected, is wonderful.”
Learn to apply permaculture in many different soils, climates, and social environments.
One Time Payment
one time payment
3 Month Plan
once per month, for 3 months
6 Month Plan
once per month, for 6 months
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The following scholarships are available by application.
The following scholarships are available without an application.
Contact us with a brief note about which scholarship you would like to claim.
Here’s what a past participant was able to achieve after completing the course: