How to Apply Permaculture: Holistic Design

This course is part of our Permaculture Mini Course Series, based on part of the official Introduction to Permaculture curriculum and other areas of permaculture.

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We've built on the many years experience of the Permaculture Association to bring you something truly exciting- quality permaculture education delivered online.

In the making for over two years and drawing on the amazing work and research of many UK and International educators, our mini course series allows you to study bite sized courses in your own time, from your own home.

Over the past nine months we've created the full Designing for Resilience course, working closely with real learners to fine-tune and improve the course to make it what it is today - and it's received some great reviews. This course is based on the third module.

To go deeper with your learning, you can study our fully certified Foundations course with the support of one of our excellent teachers. Follow this link to read about upcoming teacher led course dates.

How to Apply Permaculture: Holistic Design is perfect for you if you want to find out more about how permaculture is applied, and how you can use it in your life. 

In this course we will: 

- Discover a few of the wide applications of permaculture design

- Discover nature’s guilds and why they create resilience 

- Learn about functions and elements in a given system 

- Understand how permaculture can be applied in your community, at home and for your wellbeing.

- Apply permaculture thinking to various areas of your life


- Free resources, videos, PDF handouts

- Activities and quizzes

- Recommended further reading to compliment this course

About the Permaculture Association

Vision: A healthy and peaceful world, where we care for each other, the earth and future generations, share resources wisely and continue to heal and regenerate communities and ecosystems.

Purpose: To build a network of systems thinkers with the power to create healthy cultures and ecosystems.

More exciting courses on our new online learning system

This course is based on Module 6 of the full Designing for Resilience, Foundations in Permaculture course. Here is what some of our students have to say about the full course:

'Very interesting and useful the perspective of applying the principles to several situations, including our own life design, rather than just to land based designs. Also, great practical examples!'

'A huge amount of rich and interesting content to absorb but it all makes perfect sense! I have made a lot of notes and will come back and learn more... It is good to get a thorough grounding in permaculture principles at this stage so we can see how they are applied in practice'.

You can find out more about the Designing for Resilience open access online course here.

To find out when our next Teacher Led Designing for Resilience course is running, follow this link.