72hr design course at Nature's Gift, Malawi

Full Permaculture Design Course (PDC)
Summary information

We have designed the course be held in two six day modules with six weeks in between. This structure will allow participants to return to his/her home or land with “new eyes” to complete the observation process before beginning the design phase. Each participant will leave the course with a mapped design of a piece of land.


* Theory and Principles of Design
* Methods of Design
* Understanding Ecosystems
* Reading the Land & Understanding Natural Processes
* Large and Small Scale Land Restoration
* Water Management (including water harvesting, grey water use, and earthworks)
* Soil Rehabilitation and Erosion Control
* Livestock, Green Manures and Farmers' Trees
* Intensive Vegetable & Fruit Production
* Food Forests & Plant Guilds
* Windbreaks and Bushfire Control
* Energy Conservation Technologies
* Appropriate Technologies and Renewable Energies
* Wildlife Management
* Integrated Pest Management
* Natural & Improved Building Strategies
* Integrated Systems Design for Human Settlements

ABOUT THE LEAD FACILITATOR Lead Facilitator Kristof Nordin has 12 years of experience of practicing and teaching permaculture which began with his service as a Peace Corps volunteer. Kristof is well versed in the use of traditional Malawian plants and is especially knowledgeable in the linkage between agricultural production and nutrition.

COURSE LANGUAGE: The course will be conducted in English with Chichewa & Chitumbuka translation available for clarification of points. Participants should have a strong command of English.

CERTIFICATION: Upon successful completion and with full attendance, participants will receive a certificate of attendance which highlights the areas of competencies and which is recognised by the international permaculture community.

COURSE COSTS: All prices are quoted in US$ and payable in MK: $575.00

Booking and further information
Telephone number: 
0993 655 468
Contact name: 
Hope Thornton
Dates and times
More dates and times information: 
MODULE 1: March 14 - March 19th (with arrival on March 13th for those will need on-farm accommodation) MODULE 2: May 2nd - May 7th (with arrival on May 1st for those staying on the farm)
14 March 2011 to 7 May 2011
Kristof Nordin
Venue information

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