Designing for Resilience: The Foundations of Permaculture with NIM ROBINS, MARCH 2021

Online course led by a certified and experienced permaculture teacher

Learn the basics of permaculture design with an experienced teacher, on the Foundations of Permaculture course. You'll get a basis for how to apply permaculture in your life and make your own designs.

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Interactive and transformative

- Led by Nim Robins, an experienced permaculture teacher
, offering tailored support during your learning
Apply permaculture design in your life
Small Learning group of fellow learners with private communication channel
Includes membership of the Permaculture Association
Learn how to connect with people and projects in your community
Present your design to your teacher and fellow learners

Price £190 non-members / £152 members

Including membership for 1 year for non Permaculture Association members
20% discount for Permaculture Association members (discount code available in members area).


Introduction to Permaculture certificate awarded on completion of the course
Discounted rate for our members
Discounts on 6 books from the Permaculture Magazine, chosen to complement this course
Free resources, videos, PDF handouts
Activities, quizzes and plenty of no screen time included!

Only 20 places per course available on a first come first served basis

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Nim Robins Leads our next course

One of my main focuses for the past few years has been in developing permaculture design for children, re-imagining school grounds to facilitate nature connection, encourage wildlife and biodiversity, and to provide a great environment for permaculture education to take place.

I also run a children's permaculture group and run courses for those working with children in how to share permaculture with their little folk. I balance this all out with also running courses and workshops for adults. I am hugely inspired by Jon Young and Coyote Mentoring and The Work that Reconnects by Joanna Macy.

I use the design process in all areas of my life, so have a great deal of experience in living through my designs, and especially of using the design web process, by Looby Macnamara. I also do a lot of social designing, for myself and others.

Read more about Nim's work here


  • 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!

    — JV
  • 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.

    — JO

Foundation of Permaculture modules

The course has 6 modules, based upon the Introduction to Permaculture curriculum.

1. A nature based approach

Understand the importance of regenerative design
Discuss permaculture and its ethics
Discuss the benefits of permaculture design
Know where to go for more information

2. Principles of Permaculture

Understand that there are different sets of principles in permaculture design
Understand the Holmgren principles
Know how to apply the principles
Understand the Holmgren flower

3. How to Apply Permaculture

Discover a few of the wide applications of permaculture design
Understand how permaculture can be applied in your community, at home and for your wellbeing.
Apply permaculture thinking to various areas of your life

4. Design Frameworks

Understand there are different design frameworks
Understand the value of using a permaculture design framework
Choose a design to apply SADIMET to
Understand the similarities between SADIMET and OBREDIMET
Understand the Design Web
Apply the SADIMET framework to a chosen design

5. Design Methods

To understand the importance of observation
To understand zones
To complete an input-output analysis
To present your design

6. Your next steps

Consolidate learning around 4 principles of permaculture
Understand the different areas of the Permaculture Association‘s work
Know where to go to find more about our teachers, their courses and how to learn more
Know how to connect with other learners and others that are studying and practising permaculture outside of this course
Understand some resilient next steps

Session times

All starting at 19:00 GMT

March 4th: 1hr

Introduction to the course, teacher and participants

March 11th: 1hr 

Module 1 discussion: ethics in your own life

March 18th: 1hr

Module 2 discussion: principles


April 1st: 1hr

Module 3 discussion: functions exercise reflections. How can we make our systems more resilient?


April 15th: 1hr

Module 4 discussion: design definition & frameworks.

April 22nd: 1hr

Module 5 discussion: design methods/tools & project briefing 


May 13th: 2hr 

Design presentations, reflections, next steps

May 20th: 1hr

End of course, reflections, next steps

TOTAL 9 hours

Additionally, some extra study time will be useful for you. As this is a newly launched course its hard to say exactly, but as a rough estimate we think most people will take around 1.5-3 hours to study each module.

Meet the teachers

We have a globally recognised certifying teachers register and an active community of permaculture teachers, many of whom have helped make this course. Hear from some of our teachers on the importance of Designing for Resilience:

Our Ethics - Earth Care, People Care, Fair Shares

Key Elements to all Permaculture Association courses:

We are a permaculture charity - in using our platform you will be assured of fair prices, strongly held ethics and key principles. 

- Your course fee will give 10% to a Fair Shares pot, reinvesting a percentage of profits into improving education, managed by our educators. 

- All courses will showcase permaculture in practise, providing examples and places to engage, connect you to teacher profiles, events and your peers.

- Support to use the ethics on your own purposeful design work.

- Principles - helping you to design resiliently and regeneratively.

Purposeful Design - Our clients are both mother nature & future generations! 

- Action - your next steps, LAND demonstration centres, our globally recognised certified teachers network, our membership community - permaculture in practise.

More Testimonials

  • I found this reflection interesting… different threads of my life and a wealth of lived experiences in different places have woven together. The permaculture principles and approach resonate so much with where I am now and the direction I would like to go.

    — RA
  • As someone who is relatively new to permaculture, I am very much enthused by all aspects of permaculture. Much of this has to do with the fact that it is an approach that places emphasis on funding solutions to problems therefore I always find myself feeling inspired and hopeful when engaging with permaculture. This course certainly upheld those feelings of hopefulness and enthusiasm.

    — SA

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long does the course last?

You should aim to complete it within 3 months.

You can study at your own pace. The group sessions arranged with your teacher are listed on this page above. Your teacher will advise you what modules to complete before the next session.

Do I get any qualifications from the course?

You will get an official Introduction to Permaculture certificate delivered to you from the Permaculture Association.

The information developed in this course was created with our teaching community, utilising hundreds of years of combined permaculture research and knowledge from our dedicated members.

Can anyone participate in the course?

No prior knowledge is required for this course. The course will be in English and there will be a glossary of terms included.

Limited hearing: Subtitles are used in videos and all videos have text scripts below.

We are dedicated to engaging a diverse audience with this course.

Can I do the course in person?

You may be able to start the course at one of our events, such as the convergence or diploma gathering as lockdown restrictions ease. Blended remote elements will be offered too - webinars, creating guilds with others and online communities to enable you to feel connected.

If you would prefer to study at your own pace without a teacher supporting your learning, why don't you try the Open Access Designing for Resilience course.

Already studied beyond this level?

Then share this opportunity with others! Now is a great time to start a journey into permaculture.

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