Permaculture Design Certificate Course


72 hour Permaculture Design Certificate Course

At HappyToes, we offer a 72 hour Permaculture Design Certificate Course. The PDC is held on a quarterly basis and consists of theoretical lessons as well as hands-on practical application. The PDC is designed to get you designing with Jeannine Davidoff who has almost 30 years’ experience in the field. HappyToes PDC will equip you with design tools and ideas that will change your mindset and get you rocking on the road to permaculture thinking and implementation. During your PDC, you will have the option to stay on-site in rustic accommodation or at a neighbouring 4-star guest farm.

The PDC covers a diverse range of information and is structured in course units.

Happy Toes PDC Outline

Introduction to Permaculture
Ethics and Principles, Design Understanding

Climate and Elements
Climatic Factors, Water Management, Soil Management

Earthworks and Natural Building
Buildings and Structure, Design for Catastrophe, Settlement Design

Trees, Seed and Nursery Management
Garden Strategies: Garden Beds, Garden Plans, Human and Animal Nutrition, Wind, Light, Rain, Transpiration; Types of forest, Seed and Nurseries, Seed saving, Establishment of Forests

Livestock Tractors & Aquaculture
Aquaculture, Mariculture, Livestock Management, Wildlife Management,
Pest Control

Appropriate Technology - Energy Conservation
Waste Disposal and Recycling, Hydraulic Systems, Biothermal Systems, Solar Powered Devices, Wind Powered Devices, Domestic, Design for Catastrophe, Settlement Design

Alternative Economy and LETS; Human and Animal Nutrition (Harvesting, Processing)
Recycling in the Community, The Informal Economy, The Formal Economy Business setup (plant nursery, market garden, products, training courses)

Producing a design & Peer Review / Assessment/ Certification  
Peer Review (Assessment)

  • Revision
    • Site design
    • Media and communications
    • Site development
    • Education
    • Administration
    • Trusteeship
    • System establishment and implementation
    • Manufacturing
    • Community development
    • Finance
    • Research
    Certification ceremony

Payment Options

Course Cost: R8000.00 (food and accommodation included)

Things To Bring

Headlamp Torch!
Gardening/work clothes (long sleeve lightweight is best) 
Biodegradable soaps and shampoos { products available).
Charger/battery pack for your cell phone & laptop.
A hard drive
Google, architectural or topographical map for area you wish to design. (optional)
Pens, Kokis, Pencils, Ruler, Eraser, Notebook, A3 Blank Paper, A3 Tracing Paper.
Toward a sustainable future
Yours in good humus
Jeannine & HappyToes Team


2-19th December 2019

Application Form

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