PERMACULTURE DESIGN COURSES PORTUGAL
Regenerative design, resilience, gardening techniques, natural building, sustainability, empowerment
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.
From those looking to build communities to those simply looking to connect more with nature or reduce their ecological footprint our course is designed for everyone with no prior experience needed.
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
It is about 50% practical, with plenty of hands-on activities. We create a participatory learning environment and use interactive, embodied learning methods.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
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
Early bird: 840 euros *only applies to sliding scale "fair"*
Sliding scale price:
- fair: 890€
- regular: 990€
- supportive: 1090€
This includes food and camping. 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.
- 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)
- A-Frame (wooden hut) 300 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 and stones for people to pitch their tents out of view from the rest of the garden.
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.
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
People in urban and settlement planning
Environmental educators & school teachers
Community members & anyone 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.
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.
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.