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
Permaculture Design Courses: Mpumulanga
Naturally I have to start with my homeland and the legacy of my very first permaculture teacher, Hazel Mugford. Though Hazel recently passed away, her son Andrew continues her incredible work, with lots of fun games, practical work and activities. Andrew's passion and enthusiasm is boundless and very inspirational.
Intro and 12-day permaculture design course:
Dates: 13-15 March 2016
Venue: Stellenhof Farmstay B&B, Addo, Eastern Cape
Cost: R9150 all inclusive
Join them at their site in Addo, Eastern Cape to embrace Permaculture principles inspired by Internationally qualified facilitators.
They have multiple sites designed and working according to the Permaculture Design system from community gardens, restaurant gardens, home gardens, Super Adobe Domes, food forests, swales - all live and thriving.
Course Topics will include:
Ethics of Sustainability, Principles of Permaculture, Creation of soils, Pattern & design - (Zoning and Sectors), Mapping, Water management, Year Round Food security, Optimal animal husbandry, Food forests, Alternative energy, Eco building Designs, Community Economics, Business modelling for the future.
Andrew Mugford +27 (0)76 452 4025 firstname.lastname@example.org
A permaculture farm in East London, Hope Farm offers a variety of permaculture courses. Their PDC begins with Introduction to Permaculture (2 days) and then those doing the full PDC will continue on from there.
Introduction to Permaculture and 12 day Permaculture Design Courses:
27 February - 12 March - Introduction and Design Course
13 March - 19 March - Facilitators course
Venue: Hope Permaculture, Organic and Training Centre, East London
Cost: Both courses R10 500.00 - all inclusive of 3 meals per day, teas and accommodation.
Contact : Belinda on +27 (0) 79 367 7151 or email@example.com
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. They take in volunteers and occasionally run permaculture courses.
Course dates are dependent on number of participants (group bookings preferred). They are also selling plots of land for communal living. Check out their site for more
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 fully accredited courses.
Applied Permaculture Training, Rocklands Urban Abundance Centre
Date tbc in early 2016
Contact:+27(0) 21 391 5316, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
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Berg-en Dal - Tahir Cooper and Alex Kruger
Live the permaculture lifestyle while you learn with a 13-day PDC.
13 day Permaculture Design Course specialising in urban permaculture design to be held in CAPE TOWN, Noordhoek.
Date: 4-16 April 2016
Venue: Love Green Urban Permaculture, Noordhoek
Average Cost: R7500 excluding accommodation (including lunch and teas)
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, call (023) 614 3024 or visit this site
Find out more.
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 email@example.com or +27 (0)83-445-2072 for more information.
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
Cost: R 4181(tuition only)
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!
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.
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Unfortunately there don't seem to be very many courses that I'm aware of in KZN. Please do inform me if you know of anything happening in 2016, and of course I'll endeavour to find out as well :-)
Durban Botanical Gardens
Info coming soon. Do contact Thami Mbele at the information office for more details on +27 (0)31 322 4021 or firstname.lastname@example.org
I visited Dovehouse Organics as we travelled through the Midlands and was fascinated to see large-scale organic farming based on permaculture principles in action. It's probably one of the best examples of a holistic permaculture project - there's the farm which sells produce all over KZN, a health shop and restaurant specialising in healthy, organic and raw food, as well as an education centre.
Owner Paul Duncan and his facilitators are doing incredible work training local, small scale farmers in permaculture, as well as learners, teachers, students, NGOs and other interested parties.
They also run numerous workshops, raw food classes, green drinks evenings and more.
Visit their site to find out more or contact Paul Duncan: 084 292 4354 or email email@example.com
Lebombo Village PDC, Mpumulanga
Permaculture expert Lawrence Qholloi Strydom will take you through the fundamental principles and ethics of Permaculture, how to create integrated systems and designs through observational analysis as well as patterns in nature, soil composition and soil tests, composting, worm farms, food forests and edible gardens, companion planting, water management and harvesting and alternative energy.
Also included in this course will be an introduction to homeopathy by Chamilla Sanua, the owner of Weleda Pharmacies and Naturally Yours Integrative Wellness Centre in Johannesburg.
Dates: 27 April to 11 May 2016.
Cost: R9,000 including accommodation, breakfast, lunch and snacks. Bookings before 01 April 2016 will receive a R1000.00 discount! Student price is R6000.00/person.
Contact: Chamilla on 082 456 1897 or mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Or contact Holly on 084 8281 804 or mail: email@example.com.