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Live week will be 2nd - 6th April 2024​ @Quinta Alma, Aljezur, Portugal

Early bird available for the first 7 students!​

Full price per student: €1195
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With Eduardo Terzidis, Nick Steiner and Oli Inglis


Practical learning in Portugal + Online theory!​


Fully certified 72+ hours course! 


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This unique course gives you the opportunity of spending several days learning by doing!

The course includes online theoretical modules and 5 days of practical learning in Portugal. Every online module includes one interactive class where students will have the opportunity of asking questions and solving any doubts. Modules can be followed through self-paced study as all the learning material is pre-recorded! Moreover, students will have access to the online forum where they will receive ongoing support from the facilitators.

All online classes are recorded and available for self-paced study. Check full schedule below!


What will you learn? 

In the study of Permaculture, we challenge the current paradigm of where our food and water come from, the way we are constructing our villages and towns, and how we live our day-to-day and interact with each other.

What can you do after?


Our Permaculture Design Course Graduates have gone on to become change-makers all over the world, designing their own land projects, funding eco-communities, redesigning their businesses, becoming writers, content creators, spearheading policy change and continuing to teach the permaculture principles and ethics. 





12th - 26th January 

Interactive call will be 12th of January from 7 to 8 pm CET

Permaculture: Evidence that we need to act - Ethics & Principles

Concepts and themes in design: Natural ecosystems - Web of life - Yield and Resource -

Design Methods: Observation - Analysis of elements - Flow analysis - Maps & data overlay - Zones & sectors - Slope & aspect - Guilds - Scale of permanence 

Patterns: Understanding natural patterns and how to use them in design



26th January - 9th February  

Interactive call will be 26th of January from 7 to 8 pm CET

Climatic factors: Main climatic zones and their characteristics - Climatic factors - Climatic effects Landscape profiles

Trees: Trees and their role in the ecosystem

Agroforestry & Food Forests: Natural forests and natural succession - Food forests - Layers - Greening the Desert

Water: Water cycle - Water in the landscape - Strategies for water management

Earthworks: Design - Tools - Types of earthworks (swales, dams etc..)

• This module will include an extra live session on water management with Nick Steiner


9th January - 23rd February  

Interactive call will be 9th of February from 7 to 8 pm CET

Soils: Soil composition - Soil management - Compost - Nutrient management and closed loops - Animals in the landscape

Social Permaculture: Project management - Group dynamics - Non-violent communication - Local economies - Community living & Ecovillages

• This module will include an extra live session on soil science with Oli Inglis 

MODULE 4 - PRACTICAL WEEK (Live in Portugal)

2nd - 6th April

@Quinta Alma, Aljezur, Portugal


Here is a list of the topics covered during the practical week:

Design and implementation of a new agroforestry system

Maintenance of an existing agroforestry system

Syntropic farming

Water management and earthworks (implementation of a swale or diversion drain)

Social Permaculture

Note that the exact topics of our practical week will depend on weather, group requests and machinery availability


7th April - 5th of May

Presentations will be 5th of May

To be able to provide an international PDC certificate, the course will include a final design project. All students will do a project simulating the design for a client. The project will be presented at the end of the permaculture design course and will be a great opportunity for the students to metabolise the newly-acquired knowledge and receive feedback from the teacher.

The hand over of the final designs will be organised with the teachers, who will provide feedback before delivering the certificate.


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Other teachers
Nick Steiner
Oli Inglis
Apprentice teachers
This course is open to offers from apprentice teachers wishing to gain teaching experience
Course type
Permaculture Design Course
Course is face to face
Postal address of venue

Quinta Alma, Sitio do Trancao
8670-052 Aljezur

Course contact email
Contact name
Eduardo Terzidis
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