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Permaculture Design Course

Dec 22nd...New Course Protcol Added.  Click Here to see our 2002 Course Documents

Permaculture Design Course

Our next annual Permaculture Design Course Online will begin Sept.15, 2002.  Late registrations are still accepted for the current course. The course runs about six months and includes reading from texts, weekly posts of "lectures" sent via email, email discussion of course topics, and a set of student reports, including a full Permaculture design report from all certificate candidates.

Whats the Course About ?  Click Here for a summary

Instructors are Dan and Cynthia Hemenway of the USA, assisted by Willem Smuts of South America and Tim Packer of New Zealand. We list full details of the program, including financial arrangements, in the course protocol (See the Link Below). Email us at if the web page poses difficulties for you. Enrolment is limited to 20 full students, of whom no more than ten may submit full designs in this session. There are a variety of other arrangements, including unlimited room for monitors, detailed in the course protocol.

One scholarship is currently available for this course. This can be split as two half scholarships, etc. The deadline for completed scholarship applications to be received at Barking Frogs Permaculture Center, Sparr FLORIDA, USA, is August 1, 2002. No extensions for any reason. Email Dan Hemenway at for details on how to apply. Contributions for additional scholarships, and to assist scholarship students with purchase of reading matter, are greatly needed.

Click Here for our Scholarship Guidelines (in Adobe Format)


Click Here for Cycle 6 Course Protocol (In Adobe Acrobat Format)

Click Here for Cycle 6 Reading List (In Adobe Acrobat Format)

Or Click Here to View the reading list as a Web Page

Click Here for Cycle 6 Course Reading and Report Assignment Schedule (In Adobe Acrobat Format)

Click Here to Download a Registration Form

Schedule (Order Permaculture Paper 24e. FREE via email for course registrants or if full reading package is ordered.)

Click Here to See Elfin Permaculture Services for Permaculture Design Course Graduates

What's this Course About ?

The course consists of three sections, as follows:

Section 1: Introduction and Basic Principles
a) World ecological problems and interrelationships.
b) Principles of natural design.
c) Permaculture design concepts.
d) Classical landscapes.
e) Patterning, edges, edge effects.
f) The Permaculture Design Report
g) Principles of transformation (Unique to Elfin Permaculture courses).

Section 2: Appropriate Technologies in Permaculture Design (Special feature of
Elfin Permaculture Courses)
a) Energy--solar, wind, hydro, biomass, etc.
b) Nutrient cycles--soil, microclimates, gardening methods, perennials, tree
crops, food parks, composting toilets, livestock, "pest" management, food
storage, seed
saving, cultivated systems, forests, etc.
c) Water--impoundments, aquaculture, conservation, etc.
d) Buildings.
e) Design for Health (NEW in 2000)

Section 3: Social Permaculture. Design Report.
a) Design for catastrophe.
b) Urban Permaculture
c) Bioregionalism.
d) Alternative economics.
e) Village development.
f) Final design reports and critiques.
g) Final evaluation.

The lead instructor is Dan Hemenway, who was drafted to teach the certificate
course directly by Bill Mollison in 1983.  The course follows the outline of
Dan's 3-week certificate course, with additions allowed by the longer course
duration and adaptations to the email medium.  Other instructors include:
Cynthia Baxter Hemenway, MSN, CNM, who teaches the Design for Health
section of the course and serves as back up to Dan.

Willem Smuts, a South African geologist, who was a student in the
first online course and has been involved in all the course cycles since. 
Willem brings a wide range of specialized knowledge as well as his
perspectives as an African and a scientist.

Tim Packer of New Zealand, who is in his second course cycle.  Tim
will serve as an advisor to students with computer problems while he pursues
further training.  This is the first year we have  had an official computer

Students may register for the course at any time, including after the
teaching cycle has begun.  Normally, students then take the section that they
missed over in the next course cycle. Only the ability to receive ordinary
email is required for the course, however the ability to use the web and to
receive large attachments are very useful.  No specific software is required,
though we recommend that everyone downloads Adobe Acrobat Reader (freeware),
or comparable software for reading pdf files.

Tuition is $1,000 if paid in advance. The course protocol details various
options for payment in smaller quantities for those with cash flow problems. 
The course can be monitored for $100, with that tuition available as a credit
if one takes the following course cycle as a full student. 

For More Details Click Here

Copyright Dan and Cynthia Hemenway, Barking Frogs Permaculture Center, Florida, USA. 2001. All rights reserved. One copy of this page may be downloaded for personal use only.