Permaculture Made Simple: Basics of Sustainable Living provides the basics of permaculture, the study and practice of sustainable living. In this self-paced online course, students will gain a basic understanding of permaculture principles and practices and learn how to create a permaculture design for a real piece of land.

Learn permaculture design strategies from real life examples from permaculture projects around the world.

You’ll learn the basics of:

  • Filtering water
  • Building with earth
  • Soil, compost and mulching
  • Raising fish, insects and animals
  • Simple machines
  • And much more

In over 20 white-board animated videos, you will receive over 4 hours of content about each area of focus. This course is just the goods. It will get you the info you need and a good form to hold it together so you can get on with what you need to do.

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Learn how to live off the land with strategies of permaculture design

Come to the course with a piece of land in mind or work with a group. By the end of the course, you will be introduced to many strategies of self-reliance which you can apply to your home.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Apply strategies of permaculture design to a piece of land
  • Create a comprehensive site analysis for any sized piece of land
  • Be an effective volunteer on permaculture sites around the world

Who is the target audience?

  • People who are interested in learning the basics of permaculture
  • People who don’t have time to attend an course
  • People who are interested in a comprehensive analysis of the basics of permaculture design
  • People who are interested in living a more self-reliant lifestyle

Is the Permaville Course a certified Permaculture Design Course?

This course includes the information required for a Permaculture Design Certificate. In-person permaculture design courses are highly recommended for hands-on experience and group discussions. There is no substitution for in-person learning environments.

Do I need any previous experience or qualifications?

  • A desire to learn
  • The course is in English
  • It’s helpful if you have a piece of land in mind to apply the techniques, although not required
  • No other experience is required

Can I listen to audio of the course or read transcripts of each chapter?

Syllabus

A syllabus lists the subjects in a particular course of study. The syllabus for Permaculture Made Simple: Basics of Sustainable Living are:

Overview

Design process and final project

  • Permaculture design process
  • Permaville project design
  • Site map basics

Origins

  • Story of permaculture
  • Definitions of permaculture
  • Agro, industrial, digital
  • Triangle social structures
  • Cloud communication

Principles and Ethics

  • Fundamental principles of a permaculture site
  • Permaculture ethics – people care, earth care and fair share

Holmgren’s principles

  • David Holmgren’s 12 design strategies

Zones and sectors

  • Permaculture zones
  • Natural order of the land
  • Natural sectors

Patterns in nature

  • Pattern in nature
  • Phi proportion
  • Using patterns in nature

Climates and microclimates

  • Climate
  • Microclimates
  • Climate zones

Urban design

  • Types of living settlements
  • Urban design strategies

Areas of permaculture

Earthworks

  • What are earthworks
  • Types of levels
  • Earthworks elements – Swales, Bunds, Terraces
  • Methods for lining ponds
  • About bentonite clay liners

Paths and access

  • Footpaths – Types and specs
  • Path drainage and erosion control techniques
  • Types of fencing

Natural building

  • Building with earth
  • Making mortar mix, adobe bricks
  • Natural plastering, sealants and paints
  • Building with cob, earthbags, rammed earth, bamboo, strawbale

Water

  • Properties of water and hydrological cycle
  • Water sources, storage and filtration
  • Water heating and conservation strategies
  • Greywater systems

Sanitation

  • Community recycling strategies
  • Types of composting toilets
  • Bio-gas basics

Soil

  • Soil food web
  • Elements in the soil

Compost

  • Building a compost pile
  • Compost tea
  • Mulching

Microorganisms

  • Indigenous and effective microorganisms
  • Methods to grow mushrooms
  • Bio-remediation
  • Worm composting bins

Nursery

  • Potting soil
  • Nursery design
  • Plant propagation
  • Choosing plants
  • Seed saving

Garden

  • Choosing garden space
  • Types of gardens
  • Garden techniques

Trees

  • Tree planting methods
  • Layers of a forest
  • Forest succession
  • Food forest design

Aquaculture

  • Pond design
  • Stocking your pond with fish and plants
  • Aquaponics basics
  • Chinampas basics

Insects and animals

  • Attracting beneficial insects
  • Keeping pests away
  • Animal care basics

Kitchen

  • About added value
  • Sustainable kitchen elements
  • Fermentation basics

Appropriate technology

  • Making charcoal
  • Applying simple machines to everything
  • Renewable energy basics

Economics

  • Village economics
  • Alternative economics

Audio and Transcripts – Listen to the audio or read transcripts of the course.

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