Take permaculture courses online with the Permaculture Association

Permaculture Association Designing for resilience - foundations of permaculture course

We are bringing you online courses! Right now, we are creating and testing permaculture courses for you to study online.

We have a globally recognised certifying teachers register and active community of permaculture teachers.

Helping more people learn permaculture.


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We have brought together loads of resources and will connect you with other learners. We aim to provide a transformative learning experience - helping you learn permaculture and change your world.



What is included in our new Foundations of Permaculture course?

Permablitz London at a community projectLearn the basics of permaculture design, with our Foundations of Permaculture course. It will give you a basis to do your own designs and apply permaculture, helping your life and others.

Interactive and transformative

  • Led by an experienced permaculture teacher, offering tailored support during your learning
  • Apply permaculture design in your life 
  • Small learning group with private communication channel
  • Membership of the Permaculture Association
  • Learn how to build connections with people and projects in your community, local or otherwise
  • Present your design to your teacher and fellow learners

Added benefits 

  • Introduction to Permaculture certificate awarded on completion of the course   
  • Discounted rate for our members 
  • Discounts on 6 books from the Permaculture Magazine, chosen to complement this course
  • Free resources, videos, PDF handouts.
  • Activities, quizzes and plenty of no screen time included!


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Why is permaculture important?


Nature based design can offer sustainable solutions in times of crisis; building resilience through connection and offering intelligent design that is responsive and observant. 

Here is what our members say say:

"Permaculture offers ways we can design human habitat, places for people to be, that work with nature."

"How we use systems thinking and these design principles to apply to whatever you want... anyone can learn about it."


We offer students different options for their learning needs. Read on to find out more.


Foundation of Permaculture modules:

  1. A nature based approach - context & ethics 


  2. Principles of Permaculture - Holmgren principles 


  3. How to Apply Permaculture - looking at nature and how we can use it as an example in design - covering observation of guilds, applying to the built environment, social systems and the personal context


  4. Design Frameworks - SADIMET, OBREDIMET, Design Web and choosing your framework


  5. Design Methods - Skills, tools & methods, design exercise and presentation 


  6. Your next steps - LAND, membership, connecting with each other and feedback


How much does the course cost?

This is subject to change.

Approx. £60 - £100: Study anytime 

  • Flexible option - take the course at your own pace. 
  • Includes a year’s concession membership to the Permaculture Association. Current members benefit from a discount.
  • With 25% off 6 specially selected books from the Permaculture Magazine.


Approx. £150 - £190: Certified, teacher-led option

  • Includes a year’s membership to the Permaculture Association. Current members pay £150.
  • Including teacher webinars & teacher assessment of your design.
  • Connect with fellow learners.
  • Limited attendance, several starting dates a year.
  • Plus, an Introduction to Permaculture certificate from the Permaculture Association.
  • With 25% off 6 specially selected books from the Permaculture Magazine.


Some modules such as Design Frameworks can be taken any time as standalone study options.


How long does the course last?

You can complete the Foundations of Permaculture course and any of our shorter modules, such as the Design Frameworks module, at your own pace. 

It will take a minimum of 1-2 hour to complete an individual module. 

If you would like to take the full Foundations of Permaculture course very quickly, it could be taken over a few days on the ‘study anytime’ option. But we advise you take time, to allow your learning to permeate into your life  - connect with your local LAND projects and teachers, and apply your learning.


Do I get any qualifications from the course?

If taking the certified teacher led route you will get an official Introduction to Permaculture certificate delivered to you from the Permaculture Association.

The information developed in this course was created with our Education Working Group and our globally recognised certifying teachers network, utilising hundreds of years of combined permaculture research and knowledge from our dedicated members. 


Can anyone participate in the course?

Learning needs: No prior learning needs are required for this course.

We have made efforts to make this course accessible.

Limited hearing: Subtitles are used in videos and all videos have text scripts below. 

We are dedicated to engaging a more diverse audience with this course.


Can I do the course in person?

Our Design For Resilience online course offers smaller modules within it, that could be taken face to face with a teacher.

If choosing the teacher led certified option, you may be able to start the course at one of our events, such as the convergence or diploma gathering. Blended remote elements will be offered too - webinars, creating guilds and online communities to enable you to feel connected. 


When is the course available?

Full course launch by October 2020

Designing for resilienceWhy should I complete this course?

Key Elements to all Permaculture Association courses:

  • Our ethics: Earth Care, People Care & Fair Shares.
  • All courses will showcase permaculture in practise, providing examples and places to engage, connect you to teacher profiles, events and your peers.
  • Support to use the ethics on your own purposeful design work.
  • With 25% off 6 specially selected books from the Permaculture Magazine 
  • Principles - helping you to design resiliently and regeneratively.
  • Purposeful Design - Our clients are both mother nature & future generations! 
  • Action - Your next steps, LAND centres, our globally recognised certified teachers network, our membership community - permaculture in practise.


If you are an educator based in the UK interested in hosting a permaculture course on our online learning platform, please see our guidance and get in touch.