Permaculture integrates land, resources, people and the environment through mutually beneficial synergies – imitating the no waste, closed-loop systems seen in diverse natural systems. Permaculture studies and applies holistic solutions that are applicable in rural and urban contexts at any scale. It is a multi-disciplinary toolbox including agriculture, water harvesting and hydrology, energy, natural building, forestry, waste management, animal systems, aquaculture, appropriate technology, economics and community development.

To date, thousands of permaculture designers have been certified through this course. They now comprise a global network of educators, ecological activists, individuals and groups of committed people working together to change the way we view and design our landscapes. These Permaculture designers influence major corporations and create new business alternatives.

Permaculture is an ethical design science,
that mimics nature to supply all our
human needs whilst benefiting the environment

Course Description


The 72-hour Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course allows you to be the change you want to see in the world. Based on Bill Mollison’s Permaculture Designers’ Manual, it provides skills and solid knowledge in Permaculture design as a science that can create abundant ecosystems sustainably in the backyard, a small farm or on a larger broad acre landscape.


The course teaches you how to design sustainable living systems for a wide variety of landscapes and climates. It includes the application of Permaculture principles to food production, home design, construction, energy conservation and generation, and explores alternative economic structures and legal strategies supporting permaculture solutions.




Lunch, tea and coffee are extra at R400 per day

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Accommodation Booking:

Dorm accommodation and private rooms available.

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Course Outline

Theory & Principles of Permaculture

Concepts & Themes of Design

Systems Thinking & Methods of Design


Water Harvesting & Management

Earth Working & Earth Resources

Aquatic Design & Aquaculture



Ecological House Design & Placement

Energy Conservation Techniques

Recycling & Waste Management

Appropriate Technology


Pattern Understanding

Understanding Climate & Landscape

Designing for Different Climates

Windbreaks and Fire Control


Soil & Health

Trees & Their Energy Transactions

Soil Rehabilitation & Erosion Control

Organic Food Production

Ecological Pest Control



Strategies of an Alternative Nation

Permaculture Careers

Practical Design Exercise

Included in the course

Face to face

lectures &



72 Hours of classroom lectures delivered by world renowned teachers


Extra-curricular activities


Farm Tour



Permaculture Design Certificate


On-going support through the Global Permaculture Network


Join Geoff Lawton’s Permaculture Circle with a 24/7 online community

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Stay on site during your course


Please email: to enquire about accommodation options and prices.


The main facilitator for this PDC is Geoff Lawton and Sam Parker-Davies.  Whilst we try to ensure that we advertise the correct teacher information on the site, due to unforeseen circumstances, the teachers may change at short notice.

Geoff Lawton

Geoff Lawton is the main facilitator for this PDC course. He is a Permaculture consultant, designer and teacher. He first took his Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course with Bill Mollison in 1983. He holds a Diploma in Permaculture Education, Design, Implementation, System Establishment, Administration and Community Development given by the founder of Permaculture, Bill Mollison.

Geoff has undertaken thousands of jobs teaching, consulting, designing, administrating and implementing, in 6 continents and close to 50 countries around the world. Clients have included private individuals, groups, communities, governments, aid organizations, non-government organisations and multinational companies.

He has currently educated over 15,000 students in Permaculture worldwide. These include graduates of the Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course and courses focused on the practical design of sustainable soil, water, plant, and legal and economic systems.

Sam Parker-Davies Permaculture Teacher at Zaytuna Farm

Sam Parker-Davies

Sam Parker-Davies Is the main facilitator for this course. He has taught and practiced permaculture design in 3 continents, in 12 countries. He is a permaculture designer by trade, having done his internship with Geoff and Nadia Lawton at the Permaculture Research Institute, a one-year Soil Food Web course with Elaine Ingham, and Permaculture Design and Teaching courses with Rosemary Morrow and Lis Bastion.

Sam has also learned from and worked alongside prominent leaders in the industry such as Graham Bell, Bunya Halasz, Istvan Makuly, and Giuseppe Sanicandro. Sam has worked in a wide variety of climates and ecosystems – from desert to rainforest regeneration projects, hyper arid to wetland, temperate to subtropical. Sam has devoted his life to getting planet earth on a path of regeneration and is hopeful from what he sees and in experiences every day, that he may well see it in his lifetime. Sam is currently working as a designer for both Permaculture DesignTM and Permaculture Sustainable ConsultingTM.

Sam now lives here on Zaytuna farm as a shareholder, farmer, designer and project manager for numerous projects in the local region. From 2 million acre cattle stations, large organisations, property development, or balcony city gardens the students of these PDCs go on to do world changing things.



This PDC will be taught at Dawn Mountains. A luxury estate, nestled in the rolling hills of Franschoek, Cape Town, South Africa. Here you will be surrounded by acres of lush, green gardens. 


The Next Steps

1. Check our Courses & Events page and enrol in a follow up course, sometimes we run Permaculture In Action and Teacher Training courses.

3. Create a profile and join the Permaculture Network

Dawn Mountains


This PDC will be taught at Dawn Mountains, Klapmuts, Cape Town Down the road from Babylonstoren.

Nearest Airport

Regional: Cape Town
International: Cape Town

Airport Pickup

A pickup from the airport can be arranged.  Please email: