PERMACULTURE DESIGN COURSES
Our 2-week long Permaculture Design courses give a rich, comprehensive introduction to living, designing and creating in harmony with nature. They also offer a once-in-a-lifetime experience of community living and the dynamics involved in successful social projects.
Expect to gain practical answers and solutions for the challenges of today, and immerse yourself in a transformative lifestyle designed for yourself, the global community and our planet to thrive.
Terra Alta is one of the most established Permaculture projects in Europe. 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.
The two-week 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
This is an introductory course delving into a wide range of topics, and students need no prior experience of Permaculture or land design to enrol. Like many others around the world, Terra Alta's PDC has Bill Mollison's 72-hour curriculum at its core. David Holmgren’s seven domains of permaculture action are also paramount in our programme. Our PDC is designed to reflect the conditions of our locale - the beautiful bioregion of Sintra - while equipping students with the knowledge to design for their unique context.
Our PDC is designed for anyone, from those looking to build intentional communities to those simply looking to connect more with nature or reduce their ecological footprint. It is about 50% practical, with plenty of hands-on activities like gardening, natural building, herbalism and bread making. We create a participatory learning environment and use interactive, embodied learning methods.
Regular: 850 euros
Early Bird: 790 euros
This includes food and camping. Upon registering you will be asked for your details and a registration fee of 200 euros to secure your spot. This is a deposit and part of the course fee. You just pay the balance when you arrive. We have a refund policy.
All our courses are conducted in English.
Camping with your own tent - free
1-2 person size tent is 60 euros* (includes a camping mat)
Bell tent is 250 euros* (includes all bedding)
* Total cost for renting for 2 weeks
The campsite is a semi-wild area where we have created level terraces among the trees, mushrooms, and stones for people to pitch their tents out of view from the rest of the garden.
We serve three vegetarian meals per day with ingredients sourced from our gardens. Students are part of the preparation of meals and cleaning as this experience is a component of the course.
"Without permanent agriculture, there is no possibility of a stable social order."
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
Vermicomposting flush toilet system
Introduction to beekeeping (as we’re natural beekeepers, we won’t always get to interact w/ the hives, preferring to leave the bees alone unless we need to do some maintenance or annual honey harvest)
Zero Waste strategies
Introduction to natural building
Food harvesting, preservation, and fermentation
Food Forest design, management, and implementation
Introduction to herbalism
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.
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)
Permaculture designers, artists, architects, and landscapers
Ecologists and restoration workers
People in urban and settlement planning
People looking for nature connection
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.