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June 18th - July 1st, 2012

We have tailored this program to equip people who work in international development situations with the skills needed to design and implement sustainable human settlement systems. This course is designed for people who work with Non Government Organizations, Government Agencies, or who are Community Organizers working in International Development.

Permaculture is fast becoming one of the most effective design methodologies for attaining sustainability worldwide. Permaculture is in 160 countries with an estimated 850,000 grassroots projects on-the-ground, feeding more people than all the world food aid organizations combined.

How would permaculture benefit your international development organization:

• Give your agency the tools to integrate sustainable systems design into existing projects

• Learn to create stable and resilient food, shelter, water and waste cycling systems for health and abundance in any of your projects

• Create an ethics and principle based training program within your organization that honors local customs, traditional knowledge and ecological conditions

• Allows your agency to have staff who have hands-on experience in creating holistic designs for various circumstances and environments, composting, water harvesting, bio-sand filters, and the building of rocket stoves.

People working in international development will benefit from the years of experience of our teaching team in applying permaculture around the globe. We have tailored the entire permaculture certification curriculum to better equip the people who work international situations where people live in non-westernized conditions.

Course topics delivered in a combination of classroom and practicum sessions include:permaculture certification curriculum, integrated design basics, sustainable human settlement design priorities for varied climates, water harvesting, waste cycling, local food resilience, sustainable agriculture systems, aquaculture, livestock integration, appropriate technology, energy efficiency, ecological building, hydrological system restoration, water filtration, integrated pest management, keyline, composting, compost toilets, earthworks, greywater design, cooking technologies, peacemaking, conflict resolution, and community organizing.

Hands-on projects include:

• rocket stove for reducing cooking fuels by 75%

• biosand water filter

• a simple compost toilet

• bioswale mapping and construction

• building a compost system

The Teaching Team:  Our instruction team is comprised of a diverse mix of special guest instructors led by international permaculture educator, designer and co-founder of Quail Springs, Warren Brush and the founder of Surfers Without Borders and Global Permaculture Design Group, Loren Luyendyk.

Warren is a certified Permaculture designer, educator, and a seasoned storyteller. He is the co-founder of Quail Springs Permaculture, Wilderness Youth Project, Sustainable Vocations, True Nature Design and Trees for Children. He works extensively in Permaculture education and sustainability design in North America and in Africa.

Loren is a lifetime surfer and was inspired to create Surfers Without Borders to address the issue of ocean pollution through Permaculture and sustainable design. Loren has a degree in Biology from UCSB, and has studied sustainability and horticulture extensively.  He also runs a Permaculture Landscape Design and Consultation business called Santa Barbara Organics, and is the creator of Global Permaculture Design Group.

Cost: $1650.  Early bird registration: $1,450 by February 1, 2012

Price Includes: instruction, certification, camping accommodations, and meals

Contact:  Click here for Online Inquiry and Pre-Registration or call 805-886-7239

If there is one thing we can count on, it is change- it is the only constant in the universe.  Especially nowadays, change seems to be the norm.  With this in mind, how can we create resilient and regenerative systems that provide our basic needs without taxing the environment, and that adapt to change?  We will explore this vital question during this two week intensive learning experience.

So, what is permaculture?  A better way to ask is- what are permacultures, an how do we design them?

Perma-cultures are perma-nent cultures, be they agricultures, economic cultures, or social cultures.  We can create long-lasting and resilient systems by mimicking nature in our designs.  If we recognize and nurture relationships in (eco)systems, synergy is the result.  By designing for beneficial relationships we can leverage Nature for the benefit of all, creating more surplus with less work.

Course Topics include:

  1. Productive Home and Large Scale Food Production

  2. Plant Propagation and Nursery Design

  3. Food forestry, Agroforestry, Broad-Acre Strategies

  4. Composting and Waste-to-Nutrient Cycling

  5. Soil building for Sustainable Fertility

  6. Water Harvesting, Storage, and Conservation Strategies

  7. Simple Greywater Systems

  8. Designing with Natural Systems

  9. Appropriate Technology 

  10. Bio-Regional Organization and Governance

  11. Alternative Economies and Currencies

  12. Various Hands-On Practicum

Who will benefit from this course?

  1. Renters and Urbanites

  2. Teachers and Designers

  3. Environmental and Social Activists

  4. Homesteaders and Hermits

  5. Farmers and Gardeners

  6. Business Owners and Entrepreneurs

  7. Landowners and Property Managers

  8. Planners and Developers

  9. Youth and those seeking a career is Sustainable Design

  10. People preparing for an energy descent future

  11. Ocean Lovers, and of course Surfers!

March 5th-18th, 2012

Permaculture Design Certification Course

Designing for Change

Facilitated By Surfers Without Borders and Inna Earth Permaculture

at SolScape Eco-Retreat

Raglan, Whaingaroa, New Zealand

Click here to view our blog about permaculture in Raglan

Tuition:  NZ$, (US$ a/o 2-12)

Camping: $1395, (US$1164)

Triple Share Caboose: $1564, (US$1305)

Double Caboose or Tipi: $1629, (US$1359)

Single Caboose or Tipi: $1895 (US$1581)

early bird special until Feb 19th = 10% off!

All rates include 3 meals per day, 72 hours

instruction, digital resource materials,

and PDC certificate.

Does not include airfare or airport transfer to or from the venue site. 

Accommodation provided from Monday March 5th to Saturday March 17th.  Check out Sunday March 18th.

Limited work trades are available.

Please inquire to or

Visit the SolScape website for more information on the site and accommodations:


Loren Luyendyk- Founding Director Surfers Without Borders and Global Permaculture

Loren is a lifetime surfer and was inspired to create Surfers Without Borders to address the issues of ocean pollution through sustainable design.  He has over 12 years experience in Permaculture design and has taught in the USA and internationally.

Paul Peterson- Inna Earth Permaculture and Xtreme Waste

Paul is a resident of Raglan and a keen surfer.  He has many years experience in Permaculture design and is a very enthusiastic teacher.  Paul is also a part of Xtreme Waste, which aims at reducing waste to zero.

Rick and Liz Thorpe- Organic Farmers, Permaculture Teachers, and Directors of Xtreme Waste

Rick and Liz have been developing their small farm near Whaingaroa for the past decade. They combine permaculture principles with the skills and wisdom they learned from their travels in the Pacific to grow food for their family and friends as well as a surplus to trade locally.

and many more!

June 2nd 2012:

Compost Toilet Construction Workshop at The Ojai Foundation

Ojai, California

Join us for this informative and interesting hands-on workshop to learn the basics of ecological sanitation.  Millions of people die every year from water borne illnesses, and the average person uses over 30,000 gallons of potable water per year to flush away their "waste" (= into the ocean).  We can cut out the middle man by not using water to flush away our feces, and turn our waste into a resource that is safe and sanitary. 

click here to learn more and to register for this one-day workshop.