Permaculture Design Certificate Sunday 1st Sept – Sunday 15th Sept 2024


Product Description


Immerse yourself in Permaculture for two weeks while studying a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC). Our South West  course is facilitated by a range of highly experienced and dedicated permaculture practitioners, you will gain knowledge, experience and relationships that will last a lifetime.

This 72 hour course balances permaculture theory with hands-on practical activities. Through interactive workshops, field study, presentations and visits to inspiring permaculture initiatives our PDC gives you globally recognised accreditation as a certified Permaculture Designer.

The Design Process

As this is a design certificate, the main hands on project is a design. The design is a carefully chosen “real life” property in a short driving distance from Fair Harvest. Students work in groups to do everything from client interview and site analysis to creating a design. This is a challenging but rewarding part of the PDC and a great way to put in place the information that you have gathered in the first week.

Permaculture Design Course

Our PDC is a fully-catered, full-time course over two weeks, and we welcome you to stay and camp on our beautiful farm.

During the day we will cover the core syllabus, and we will gather socially in the evenings with special guest speakers and demonstrations.

Our farm’s inclusive community atmosphere will ensure you have fun and make friends while you learn.

Naturally, the food we serve will be deliciously fresh, organic and local.

We teach the standard curriculum set out by the Permaculture Institute following the original certification course developed by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren.

We have also added new material from global thinkers on issues like food security, peak oil, transition, the future economy and beyond.

Class sizes are limited to ensure individual attention and a quality learning experience for everyone.

Our facilitators also bring a range of teaching styles to provide for different learning needs.

  • principles and design of sustainable systems
  • reading the landscape – land capability assessment
  • human settlement design and development
  • social, environmental and economic ethics
  • garden and farm planning
  • natural building and passive solar design
  • energy, waste and recycling
  • water catchments, management and aquaculture
  • personal and community strategies
  • balanced soil management
  • orchard and food forest design
  • alternative economic models
  • revegetation, agroforestry, bush food and wildlife
  • animal systems and free range poultry management


Fair Harvest’s South West PDC includes a fantastic selection of teachers, with many of the classes held at their property or work place. You can expect to be taught by a selection of the teachers below (please note that not every teacher will be available for every course).Teachers include Jeff Nugent, PB Foreman, Brenna Quinlan, Jamie McCall, Pippa Buchanan, Byron Joel, Jodie Lane and more… See Teacher Bios here >


It’s for anyone and everyone interested in healthy lifestyles, growing food and sustainable ways of living. Our learning environment is enriched by the diversity of course participants’ backgrounds and ages. The permaculture approach is holistically integrated and cross-discipline, and can be applied to a range of situations from urban backyards to broad acre farms.



Early Bird price $1800  (until July 1st  2024)

Early Bird Couples price or friends price $3400

Full price $1950

Couples price $3600

Are you a young (under 25) local ? Talk to us about getting a special discount.

Please pay the full amount or the $350 booking fee per person(non-refundable) via direct deposit to secure your spot and email us your payment details.

Read our payment and refund polices here


Fair Harvest
ANZ Margaret River
BSB  016-520
Account  905720678

Please let us know if you need to discuss payment options. You can email us or call 0439 568131.

To read about previous PDC’s

May 2012,

Getting ready for the PDC,hot water from the compost, 

January PDC 2014

January 2015 PDC

January 2016 PDC

January 2017 PDC

Learn Permaculture on a real life project

May 2017

How much hands on gardening is on a PDC


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