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Discover the realm of permaculture and regenerative agriculture within our educational hub located in Portugal, nestled amidst the picturesque coastal mountain range of Sintra, a short 45-minute journey from Lisbon.

Expect to learn tangible solutions to address challenges of today and how to  embrace a transformative lifestyle tailored for your benefit, the global community, and the well-being of our planet.
Whether you aspire to create communities, foster a stronger connection with nature, or reduce your ecological footprint, our course welcomes individuals of all backgrounds, requiring no prior experience.

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Terra Alta is one of the most established Permaculture projects in Europe, located 45 minutes by car from the Lisbon Airport. With 10 years as a permaculture site-in-development, and a centre for research and education with over 20 Permaculture Design Certificate Courses (PDCs) taught, we offer Permaculture education at the highest level, led by artist, visionary and certified Permaculture teacher, Pedro Valdjiu.

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​The 8-Saturday modular PDC is an internationally recognised intensive program that equips students with:

  • a comprehensive understanding of the concepts of Permaculture

  • tools and know-how to design your own regenerative projects

  • the basics for land design, and whole-systems thinking tools to better navigate society as well as your own inner landscape

It is about 50% practical, with plenty of hands-on activities. We create a participatory learning environment and use interactive, embodied learning methods.

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PDC //  14th July 2024 - 27th July 2024
PDC //  14th July 2024 - 27th July 2024
14 Jul 2024, 14:00 WEST – 27 Jul 2024, 10:30 WEST
Ulgueira, 2705-349 Colares, Portugal
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  • Bill Mollison’s 72h curriculum

  • The seven domains of permaculture action from David Holmgren

  • The principles and ethics of permaculture

  • Permaculture design method for planning a project and designing a homestead - Schematic design 

  • Orientation to Terra Alta as home and land resource system

  • Appropriate technology and sustainable energy systems

  • Animals in permaculture systems

  • Introduction to plant care and seed saving

  • Community and social tools for project and personal development

  • Regenerative landscape design

  • Water retention and regeneration

  • Composting and Soil Science

  • Bio-intensive techniques for kitchen and market gardening

  • Introduction to Regenerative Agriculture

  • Zero Waste strategies

  • Introduction to natural building

  • Food Forest design, management, and implementation

  • Introduction to herbalism 

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Sliding scale price:

- fair: 800€

- regular: 850€

- supportive: 900€

This includes a vegetarian lunch on each course day with food sourced from our gardens. Upon registering you will be asked for your details and a registration fee of 200 € to secure your spot. This is a deposit and part of the course fee. You just pay the balance when you arrive. Please make sure to read our refund policy.


All our courses are conducted in English.


As this is a Saturday only course, we do not offer accommodation during the modular PDC.

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Get to know program facilitators, guest teachers, and the Terra Alta crew

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  • Students looking for practical experience and holistic perspective (our certification can be accredited for university depending on the requirements of your programme-please check with your university first)

  • Project developers​ & land holders

  • Designers, architects, and landscapers

  • Ecologists and restoration workers

  • Activists & artists

  • Farmers

  • Urban gardeners

  • NGO-members

  • People in urban and settlement planning

  • Social workers

  • Environmental educators & school teachers

  • Community members & anyone looking for nature connection

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The time at Terra Alta was incredibly valuable to me. Being a bit insecure in the beginning I opened up to the people and found that they were all wonderful, without exceptions. It felt very good to meet so many people who are open-minded and who deeply care about the Earth. The teachings were great, easy to follow and accessible, regardless of the present level of knowledge you have.

Jan-Hendrik Pfleging




All students will have lifetime access to our easy-to-use online knowledge base which contains information from the core curriculum presentations, plus additional resources (which we update) to enhance students’ post-PDC self-learning path. This content is meant to be used as a complement to students’ notes taken in class.

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To keep in touch after the course and connect with Terra Alta's international community of permaculture practitioners, activists and artists, all students will get access to our bespoke online community. This gives the opportunity to share, ask questions, request volunteers or volunteering opportunities, and organise events.

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