Dates and times
More info
The course will run one weekend a month, from 9.30am -5.30pm on both Saturday and Sunday. Overnight camping is included in the course fee for anyone who would like to stay over, and participants are welcome to come and camp here at the farm from Friday until Monday. (We have really nice composting toilets and a warm shower).

Please note, there is a longer gap between sessions over July/August, this is unavoidable due to some other intensive courses running at the farm.

We want you to get the most out of this course, and this will require a little time commitment between sessions… and as we are guiding you through a design project of your own you will need to set aside a little time each month to complete your tasks. This will vary depending on how deeply you would like to go into the process, but we would recommend putting aside about a half day per month.
Tier 1 / Concession - £495

Tier 2 / Standard price - £765

Tier 3 / Pay it forward/good wage - £985

We’re also offering 2 bursary places on the year’s PDC. These spots are saved for people who’s financial situation means that they would not be able to access the course even at the reduced concessionary rate, but for those who it would make the most difference to their lives and livelihoods moving forwards. We want to be sure that these spaces go to those who need and would value this the most, so if this could be you, please email Nim on our contact page and she will forward you on our application form.

The deadline for bursary applications is 31st of February 2024, and we will let everyone know if they’ve been successful one week after this date.
Course summary

This 6 month permaculture design certificate is focused on cultivating change in your life and making it last, with deep support and encouragement throughout to be sure that permaculture thinking weaves itself fully into your everyday.

The course is structured around 6 face to face weekends here at Cynefin farm, where we will go through all of the content and curriculum of the accredited Permaculture Design certification, including the living landscape, soil health and the soil food web, food growing and plant propagation, plant identification and uses, trees and perennial food systems, natural building and retrofitting, food preservation and fermentation, social and community based permaculture and much more- all based on the curriculum set by the UK Permaculture Association. Each weekend we will also be guiding you through the different stages of a permaculture design process that will give you a solid grounding in using the permaculture ethics, principles and design tools, and between sessions you will have mini tasks to complete at home which will bring it to life for you in your own context as you work on your own individual design project.

We will be taking part in lots of practical activities across the site to integrate and apply the theoretical learning, and we will be making the most of this fantastic area by visiting different local sites to see some of the best examples of permaculture in action, and will be joined by some fantastic local specialist teachers. We will also be making the most of the rich natural environment of the fantastic national park coastline, ancient SSSi woodland and other local habitats.
Permaculture covers not only land-based design but personal, social and community design too. Although this course is firmly rooted in the land and we share our specialisations around land based living, it’s relevant to everyone no matter how or where you live, whether it’s rural or urban, with limited or abundant resources, and with or without access to land.

To support you with the mini tasks we’ll be meeting once a month on zoom for a masterclass on a range of topics, and include some time for Q and A and to hear about your design process so far. There will also be space for you all to have individualised design advice and guidance from Nim in-between sessions to help you with your specific projects.

This course has a much greater amount of support than your regular permaculture design courses, and builds upon our experience of teaching PDC’s to hundreds of students around the world and finding out what helps to ensure that our students go on to apply permaculture thinking to their lives and communities in the most successful way. And this year you’ll be the first students to access our brand new community space, where we’ll be sharing additional online content, interviews with guest speakers, permaculture resources and more.

This course is designed to be life changing, and accessible to those who cannot commit to an intensive course, or who would prefer a slower, steadier, supported immersion into the many topics and practices of permaculture.


Certified teacher
Plus special guests
Apprentice teachers
This course is open to offers from apprentice teachers wishing to gain teaching experience
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Course type
Permaculture Design Course
Engagement style
Face to face

Postal address of venue

Cynefin farm
Ty Rhos Uchaf
SA42 0NQ
United Kingdom

Course contact email
Contact name
Nim Robins
Contact telephone number

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