Permaculture Design Certificate Course

An inspiring, informative exploration of the principles and practice of Permaculture Design.  

Learn a simple, commonsense approach to creating healthy, sustainable and productive systems.

Upcoming courses

Part time evening course in Cardiff

on 21st April to 7th July 2020 with Shift Bristol

6.45pm to 9.30pm

12 weekly Thursday evenings plus a choice of weekend field trips and activities. 

Bookings open on Shift Bristol Website 1st October 2018. 

Plus a choice of 4 days of field visits and practical sessions at weekends

Led by Sarah Pugh with Mike Feingold, Michelle Fitzsimmons and other guest tutors. 

Certificated by The Permaculture Association GB.


£435 Full fee, £345 Low wage and £165 unwaged.  

Course Content

Ethics, principles and design methods and how to apply them to organic growing, soil, building, energy, community, waste reduction, local economy and sustainable living. Practical how-to tutorials, inspiring case studies and participatory workshops and discussions. 

Course Structure

12​ weekly Tuesday evening sessions.


Plus 3 days of field visits at weekends. Dates and details of the visits will be available to choose from before the course.  ​Visits give you the opportunity to see Permaculture in action in a range of pioneering and innovative settings


Plus one Survey Skills Day

One weekend day on  practical techniques of mapping and surveying the land..  You will be given dates with your course information at the end of November.


Plus an optional Practical Skills Day.

There will be a choice of weekend  practical days.

Learning Outcomes
  • Understanding of the principles, ethics and practice of Permaculture Design.

  • Experience of practical design solutions to apply to your own house and garden or community environment projects.

  • Practical methods to minimise your ecological impact.

  • Make links within your community and participate in positive changes.

  • Signposting to further study, volunteer opportunities, local and regional networks.



​The course involves outdoor activities and walks. Please contact us before booking  to discuss any special requirements. The course venue has full wheelchair access. We can advise on accessibility of field trips  and will do our utmost to accommodate everyone where possible. 


Concessionary Fees

​Concessionary places are limited so please book early to secure your place.  We prefer full payment at the start but 2-3 instalments can be arranged on request.
Low wage = household income less than £16,000 p/a including tax credits. Email us if you are unclear about your status. Concessionary places are not subsidised by external funding so please only ask  if you need one. 

Additional Costs
You will need to pay your own transport costs, any overnight stays and food on field trips. We car-share,
cook communally and stay in low-cost accommodation. All visit costs are stated in the course welcome pack.