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Permaculture Design Courses South Africa


Permaculture Design Courses happen fairly frequently in South Africa, as do Intro to Permaculture courses, but where do you find out about them? There doesn't seem to be a place where you can find out what's happening and where!

So, after numerous readers contacted me requesting information on courses in SA, I decided to put together a "Permaculture Design Courses South Africa" (now there's a mouthful!) page myself.

I'll do my best to keep the information updated, but please do share it with anyone who might be interested. Good luck with your permaculture adventure!


Permaculture Design Courses: Eastern Cape

Permaculture Design Courses: Western Cape

Permaculture Design Courses: Gauteng

Permaculture Design Courses: North West

Permaculture Design Courses: KZN

Planting in a heavily mulched Mandala bed

Eastern Cape

Naturally I have to start with my homeland. While my teacher Hazel Mugford is sadly no longer with us, her son Andrew Mugford continues the good work. He's based in Addo (very near the Elephant Park) and is an excellent teacher, with lots of fun games, practical work and activities.


Hazel Mugford

Serenity Farm, Addo

12- day Accredited Permaculture Design Course:

Venue: Serenity Farm

Dates: TBC

Contact: Andrew Mugford (+27) 076 452 4025

  • Hope Farm, East London

A permaculture farm in East London, Hope Farm offers a variety of permaculture courses.

12 day Permaculture Design Course

Dates: TBC

Check facebook page or contact Belinda

Venue: Hope Permaculture, Organic and Training Centre, East London

Contact : Belinda on 079 367 7151 or

  • Terra Khaya Backpackers, Hogsback

I've stayed at Terra Khaya and love the work they're doing - it's intuitively in harmony with nature. Natural buildings, permaculture gardens, compost toilets - it's sustainable living in a nutshell.

Contact: +27 82 8977503 or email:

Coming soon.


A lasagne garden bed demonstrates diversity with numerous different veggies


Western Cape

  • SEED - Alex Kruger

SEED's established Permaculture systems at the Rocklands Urban Abundance Centre offer fabulous teaching opportunities in the heart of Mitchell's Plain. They're offering a fully accredited 15-day course.

15-day Permaculture Design Course:

Dates vary, check their website or facebook page

Venue: Rocklands Urban Abundance Centre Mitchells Plain, Cape Town

Contact:+27(0) 21 391 5316 or

Find out more


  • Berg-en Dal - Tahir Cooper and Alex Kruger

Live the permaculture lifestyle while you learn at the 12-day PDC at Berg-en Dal.

Venue: Berg-en-dal Ecovillage

Find out more.


Renewal Retreat, Kammanassie - Ezio Gori

Embrace and discover permaculture while enjoying yummy vegan food on a beautiful farm and retreat. With Ezio Gori as your facilitator.

Venue: Renewal Retreat, Kammanassie, South Africa, GPS: -33.683197, 22.825759.

Dates: 2nd to 13th September 2018

What will you learn?

  • Drought, flood and fire-proofing landscapes
  • Homestead farming and self sufficiency
  • Personal health and wellbeing

Contact: Buzz at or +27 83 300 2385





  • Ukuvuna Urban Farming - John Nzira

John Nzira of Ukuvuna Urban Farming is probably one of the best teachers I've come across yet (and I've met several!). He trained with Bill Mollison himself and his knowledge is comprehensive. He runs regular one-day intro workshops and is running a PDC this year (more info coming soon). If you can organise to go to one of his workshops or courses, he is amazing.

Contact Engela J v Rensburg on or 083-445-2072 for more information.



Making an A-frame on a PDC

  • Permaculture Garden Layout and Design Workshops - Jamie Shepherd


I haven't yet met Jamie Shepherd, though we have corresponded, but I visited the 188 food gardens project in Khula Village and was impressed with Jamie Shepherd's style. He runs permaculture design courses and workshops in the Joburg area.

12 day Permaculture Design Course, Correspondence - Any time

Practical weekends: Own accommodation and lunch


This 12-day Permaculture Design Course, facilitated by Jamie Shepherd, is run as a Correspondence Course, which includes practical and interactive weekends where you can practice what you've learnt. Essentially, when each group of 8 students have completed all their assignments and have a good understanding, they will be invited to the weekend workshops in Fourways, Gauteng.

Lectures and assignments will be sent to you over a period of 8 weeks, and there's no time-limit for completing assignments. What this means, is that Jamie will continue coaching you until you fully understand the theory and practice!

Permaculture food garden at Khula Village, St lucia


North West Province


  • Happy Toes Permaculture Farm - Byron Moriarty

I personally visited Happy Toes, just outside of Zeerust and the quirky little town of Groot Marico. You can't help but be swept away by Byron Moriarty's enthusiasm - an attribute that will make him a great teacher. Living off-the-grid and treading lightly, you'll learn a lot at Happy Toes.

Find out more


Putting soil in glass bottle for a soil sample

KwaZulu Natal

Unfortunately there don't seem to be many courses that I'm aware of in KZN. Please do inform me if you know of anything happening in 2014, and of course I'll endeavour to find out as well :-)

  • Durban Botanical Gardens

Info coming soon. Do contact Thami Mbele at the info office more information onl 031 322 4021 or



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