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Permaculture Design Certificate Course w/ Starhawk & Alfred Decker | Sweden

August 14 - August 28

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Earth Activist Training PDC
Taught by Starhawk & Alfred Decker

August 14-28, 2022

A two-week intensive Permaculture Design Course (PDC), offering the internationally-recognized 72-hour permaculture curriculum with an additional focus on social permaculture, organizing tools, and spirit. Come and share a life-changing experience with an intercultural mix of participants! 

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Earth Activist Training (EAT) is an intensive course combining theory with practical hands-on learning. Completion of the course earns participants a Permaculture Design Certificate – the foundation for further permaculture work and study and a prerequisite for the Diploma in Permaculture Design. Participants will learn Permaculture design principles & techniques. The course includes lectures, discussions, hands-on learning, slideshows, and design projects. We will examine the underlying assumptions of the current culture of consumerism and economic globalisation, and encourage exploration of ways to contribute to the emergence of a culture of sustainability, compassion and equity. The PDC covers a broad range of subjects to provide a holistic overview of Permaculture systems and sustainable living. Some of the topics / themes to be covered are:

  • Evidence for change & the ethics of sustainability
  • Principles of Permaculture
  • Observation & landscape analysis
  • Ecological planning & design methods
  • Organic food production and food security
  • Climatic factors in design
  • Soils: natural soil improvement
  • Integrated animal systems
  • Water : harvesting, conservation, and management
  • Agroforestry & forest gardening
  • Appropriate technologies & renewable energy systems
  • Mapping & design exercises
  • Techniques and design strategies for both urban & rural applications
  • Ecovillages & sustainable human settlements



  • Embark on new farming practices
  • Start a permaculture diploma program
  • Find ways of dramatically reducing energy consumption
  • Begin land-based ventures & small businesses such as: nurseries, landscape design consultancies, etc.
  • Realise goals towards self-sufficiency

City dwellers have found that even with little or no land, Permaculture shows them how to work with their home to produce food, reduce energy needs, live more ecologically and in closer connection with their communities. Educators, farm advisers, international development workers, garden directors, builders, master gardeners, and landscape architects have all reported that what they’ve learned in this course has become a foundation for their work. Farmers, nursery owners, foresters and livestock farmers have all found that Permaculture design has multiplied their incomes, reduced their work, and improved the health of their stock.


Course Dates 

14 – 28 August 2022

Begins: Dinner on the night of the August 14 

Ends: Certificate ceremony on the night of August 27th, followed by dinner, party and “No Talent Show”. Course ends on the 28th with reflection, feedback and brunch. Departure is with a ferry leaving Koster islands 13.15 arriving Strömstad harbor at 13.55. 



Full price for course (ex. Food and accodomation) is 1200€ (Includes 25%VAT/Sweden)

Students and unemployed: 1000€

Your fees include:

  • A life-changing learning experience
  • A PDC Certificate
  • Digital resources
  • A new generation of permaculture doers for you to join!


The venue will offer organic vegetarian lunch, coffee and tea and the first welcoming dinner and last dinner party. The fee for this is: 225€. 

The rest of the meals can be cooked in the houses you rent where there are kitchens. The camping options has a small outdoor kitchen which can be used. 



  • You can bring your own tent and pay €5 / night
  • Other accommodations like B&B, neighbouring houses are available on the island From 20-50€/night. Book housing through Helena or check www.kosteroarna.com



For any questions please send Helena an email: helena@kosterstradgardar.se



Kosters Trädgårdar


Helena von Bothmer

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