Permaculture Design Course Online
Elfin Permaculture 16th annual Permaculture Design Course Online
begins April 14, 2013.
The six-month course involves weekly readings, at
least four student reports, and discussions of
current topics online. For complete information,
please download our Course Preregistration Package
See the Barking Frogs
Permaculture 2013 Annual Letter
for news about developments with the PDC
The monitor special is
one of the best deals in permaculture
anywhere to be found. For $250, the monitor
gets the course CD with all of its rich resources
and the right to sit in and listen on all the course
discussion PLUS read and post in the study group
discussions. The monitor status must be requested
when you order the course CD.
The course runs about six
months and includes reading assignments from books,
papers and the course CD, 4 reports from each student
including a full permaculture design report, regular
class assignments, and class discussion via email.
Instructors are course
designer, Dan Hemenway, principal discussion leader
Robert Waldrop, and special instructor Cynthia
Hemenway, CNM, who leads the Design for Health module.
Enrollment of certificate
students is limited. Up to 20 non-certificate students
(no design report) and unlimited monitors (no
participation) may join in.
The course CD, which
includes more than 300 items including papers, course
assignments, instructor's lectures, background
information, reference databases, and sample designs,
is available separately in a special, non-certificate
The current course protocol
and related information including instructor CVs may
be downloaded from http://www.barkingfrogspermaculture.org/protocol.pdf .
Topics | Online PDC Reading
List | Course Fee Table
Packet, includes the entire Protocol, Reading List,
fees, registration form, PDF file, 62 pages. NB: Use this Course
Reading List rather than the one packaged
with the preregistration packet.
New documents and other
changes to the Cycle 15 CD.
Barter Information. More info on
barter/scholarships, including how this works with
live in-person courses is here.
If you take the course for certification,
you will be required to submit a complete
permaculture design report for a site you will
choose. The site must be approved by Dan Hemenway,
the instructor. Here is the course document that
describes this report and details its requirements: Student Design
To be on
a mailing list for an updated course preregistration
package (protocol, reading list, assignment
schedule, registration form, scholarship info.,
etc.) email your request to BarkingFrogsPC@aol.com.
Permaculture's Annual Permaculture Design Course
Online incorporates the experience of 14 years of
the online courses and more than a quarter century
of teaching permaculture worldwide.
extensive reading in books, papers, both in print
and on the course CD-ROM;
modules of at least one week, mainly presented on
the CD, representing the formal presentations of
least four reports from each student, including a
full permaculture design report;
discussion via email of readings and reports, as
well as questions and issues raised by students or
opportunity to participate in student study groups
where interested students can pursue any agreed-upon
topic as long as they wish;
support for students by three instructors: Dan
Hemenway (USA), course designer and discussion
leader; Cynthia Hemenway CNM (USA), designer and
discussion leader for a special week on Design for
is limited because of the time required to review
and critique individual designs.
online course consists of three consecutive
sections, plus work on a permaculture design which
students undertake throughout the cycle in which
they are registered. Samples of design work
are included in the course CD.
the course sections:
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. It consists of three sections, as
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
2: Appropriate Technologies in Permaculture Design
(Special feature of
Elfin Permaculture Courses)
a) Energy--solar, wind, hydro, biomass, etc.
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,
e) Design for Health (NEW in 2000)
3: Social Permaculture. Design Report.
a) Design for catastrophe.
b) Urban Permaculture
d) Alternative economics.
e) Village development.
f) Final design reports and critiques.
g) Final evaluation.
course participants have come from every continent
on Earth and a number of island countries, from
latitudes spanning the equatorial tropics to
sub-arctic, and a comparable range of elevations,
etc.. The course is suited to beginning permaculture
design students, people seeking support in producing
a permaculture design for their own homes, and, by
special arrangement, people with some permaculture
experience who wish work in advanced areas.
students receive certification as entry-level
permaculturists. Advanced students pay no extra, but
are expected to be additional resources to the
information about the course methodology, content,
certification requirements, tuition & fees,
registration process, scholarship policies, reading
list & cost, and assignment schedule, download
Packet. NB: Use
Reading List rather than the one packaged with the pre-registration packet.
We no longer supply Water
Storage by Art Ludwig. This book remains
part of the required reading for our online
course. We are closing out our book inventory
as we sell copies at hand, because we may
discontinue offering the online course on a regular
basis. (We will announce that final decision
as soon as we make it.) The author sells this
and other important books that he has written, and
we recommend that you endorse his good work by
purchasing the book directly from him.
Donations are needed to support
additional scholarships and to provide reading
materials to scholarship students. (We cannot
include these in our scholarships.) Inquire at BarkingFrogsPC@aol.com
or send contributions to Barking Frogs
Permaculture Center, PO Box 52, Sparr FL
32192-0052 USA. Please include the term
"permaculture" in the subject field when
send email to us.
To Editors: Permaculture publications,
media, and closely allied publications may request
a review copy the latest version (4.x) of the
course CD for self-study by sending an email to
Dan Hemenway at Permacltur@aol.com This version is
substantially enlarged and refined from the review
version we distributed at the beginning of this
course. The self-study version omits a few files
restricted to certificate course students, but is
substantially the same otherwise.
Since the course may be taken in several
customized ways, a full set of tuition options is
provided in the Course Fee Table. The course protocol (online at http://www.barkingfrogspermaculture.org/protocol.pdf )
details various options for payment in smaller
quantities for those with cash flow problems
The course can be monitored free if registration
accompanies purchase of the Self-Study version of
The Permaculture Design Course CD-ROM or the full
Course Reading Package.
Elfin Permaculture is a teaching
and consulting project of Barking Frogs