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International Permaculture Convergence PDC | Telangana, India

November 3, 2017 - November 22, 2017

$600 – $1700

This Permaculture Design Certificate Course (PDC) is part of the 13th International Permaculture Convergence (IPC) in November 2017 and is hosted by Aranya Agricultural Alternatives. Happening in the year of the 30th anniversary of the first ever PDC in India that was conducted by Bill Mollison and Robyn Francis in 1987 at the University of Hyderabad, this course is a first of its kind, introducing a new, expanded course format over 20 days with a total of over 100 hours of curriculum and hands-on work. It brings together 120 students with facilitators and practitioners from India and all over the world.

The extended scope of the course allows participants to earn their PDC Certificate by fulfilling the international 72-hour standard curriculum, while additionally being able to focus on an elective thematic stream that delves deeper into specific applications of permaculture. Participants can choose from one out of four stream topics: Agriculture, Social Permaculture, Water and Earthworks, and Urban Permaculture. The extended schedule allows for enough time to cover the core curriculum and focus streams, as well as giving students time to work on a real-life design project in smaller groups.

In addition to regular plenary sessions with the whole course, most of the classes will take place in smaller groups of a maximum of 30 participants, divided into thematic batches. This will give the participants the benefit of working in smaller groups while still getting to interact with a large number of people from different backgrounds.

During the 20-day course, you will get a chance to:

  • Interact and network with participants and experienced instructors from all over the world;
  • Receive a toolkit of comprehensive course materials covering all the different areas of permaculture design (printed playbook and digital files);
  • Gain an understanding of the principles of permaculture design, an in-depth introduction into the thematic stream of your choice, with hands-on projects specific to your stream;
  • Work together in a small group on a design project that you will present at the end of the course;
  • Receive an internationally recognized PDC Certificate with an emphasis on the stream of your choice upon completion of the course curriculum and the group design work

Course Topics:

  • Permaculture principles, ethics, design methodologies, and pathways to sustainability
  • Patterns and processes in nature, biome approach to sustainable management, essential earth systems science and understanding global climate influences
  • Soil ecology, organic soil management, mulches and compost
  • Water management planning, collection, storage and conservation, earthworks and aquaculture
  • Forest ecosystems and design of forests for food, forage, fibre, structural materials, habitat, conservation, wildlife, tree-cropping and farm forestry
  • Food producing systems for home gardens, small holdings, urban systems to broad acre farmlands
  • Design to reduce vulnerability to fire, drought, natural hazards and impacts of climate change
  • Appropriate technology, renewable energy systems, and passive solar house design
  • Bioregional and community development strategies, urban renewal, eco-village design, community economics, legal structures, community gardens and city farms

Skills & Knowledge:

  • Integrated approach to earth systems science, working with ecological processes and planetary life sustaining systems
  • Practical design for low energy productive urban and rural environments: domestic to broad-scale
  • Holistic approach to sustainable land use planning, conservation and resource management
  • Creative problem solving and participatory processes to facilitate positive change
  • Tools for community building, bioregional sustainability and transition initiatives
  • Strategies for individual, enterprise and community response to peak oil, climate change, globalisation and challenges of the 21st century`

Thematic Streams

In addition to covering the international 72-hour PDC core curriculum, as agreed upon by permaculture associations in different parts of the world, participants get to spend an additional 15 to 20 hours to focus on one of the four thematic streams.

Starhawk will be teaching a Social Permaculture Thematic Stream along with Robyn Francis and Roshan Rai:

People Care is central to permaculture ethics and practice. The social permaculture stream explores the complex diversity of people and their relationships, how these have evolved within the context of unique socio-ecological systems, and ways in which invisible social systems and cultural patterns interact with tangible and physical factors in design. We will explore a range of strategies and skills for facilitating participatory community processes to empower grassroots action that is inclusive and sustainable.

This course is a learning opportunity for anyone with a keen interest in designing regenerative systems. Prior experience in permaculture is not required. If you do have some knowledge and experience in permaculture, sustainable farming or related areas, this course will be a great opportunity for deepening that knowledge and adding to it the skill of thinking from a designer’s point of view. With its comprehensive curriculum, this PDC will give you a great toolkit for making sure you don’t miss any important aspects of a system that you’re designing.

We are looking for mid-term volunteers to help with the preparations for this PDC. If you are enthusiastic about permaculture and have experience with event management, project management or advertising & social media marketing, please contact Nina on ipcpdc2017 [at] gmail [dot] com.



November 3, 2017
November 22, 2017
$600 – $1700
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