Permaculture Design Course


72hour Permaculture Design Course

At HappyToes, we offer a two week Permaculture Design 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:

Introduction to permaculture
Climate and elements
Trees, Seeds and nursery management
Livestock tractors & aquaculture appropriate technology - energy conservation
Alternative economy & lets: Human and animal nutrition (harvesting and processing)
Producing a design & peer review/assessment/certification


Communal Life on the farm

As this project is still in its early stages we will share whatever food we have coming out of the gardens and in the kitchens. We eat simply so if you do have any special dietary requirements, please ensure that you bring or purchase any additional food, medication or ingredients to meet those needs. There is a small shop close by for some basics.

We all share costs of groceries and consumables, R350 a week per person (R50 per day). This covers basics like toilet paper, cooking gas, and staple basic food, such as rice, pap, beans, flour, noodles etc.

Accommodation is free, though it is your duty to make yourself comfortable and to clean your room and blankets before you leave, so that your room is ready for the next person.

We are 4km away from a small town so you can walk there if you need anything. We do a weekly trip (40km) to collect supplies and you can contribute to fuel if you would like to join the trip.

Application Form

Please use the form below to register for Permaculture Design Course at HappyToes Farm.

Before proceeding please take the following into serious consideration. We look for volunteers who…
i) Are prepared to live in basic, simple and “rustic” conditions while on the Farm.
ii) Are prepared to do physical work either in Building or Gardening or both.
iii) Want to make the most from their time at HappyToes, learning from and sharing Permaculture & Sustainable living practices and ideas.

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