Basics of Permaculture Design
What you'll learn
- Overview of sustainable land design
- By the end of the course, participants will learn strategies to create a sustainable farm
- This course includes information in a Permaculture Design Course (PDC), a practice of sustainable living
- It's helpful if you have a piece of land, mainly a desire to learn
Basics of Permaculture Design: Sustainable Living Made Simple provides a general outline to live off the land. This course presents many sustainable solutions based on real projects from around the world demonstrating how we can be responsible custodians of the earth. This is a crash course on nature. After watching this course, you will have a general idea of how to live off the land.
This course follows a book, The Permaville Handbook: Strategies of Permaculture Design and is based on a Permaculture Design Course (PDC).
In this course, you may learn how to:
Build with natural materials
Raise fish, insects, and animals
Quick steps to start a farm
Learn how to live off the land with strategies of permaculture design.
Who is the target audience for this course?
This course is for people interested in learning the basics of sustainable living. No experience is required.
Does the Permaville Course count as a Permaculture Design Course certificate?
This course meets the requirements for a certified Permaculture Design Course (PDC) and may help prepare for an in-person workshop.
Timeline of course updates:
2016 uploaded original course
2018 added videos about hydroponics, compost tea, greenhouses, and seasonal planting
2019 added BONUS section, a summary of the course
This course has been viewed by people from 136 countries and translated into 35 languages.
What people are saying about this course
"Very simple and non-threatening... The content is superb, relevant, usable and jam-packed!" -Clarence Garay
"I have Permaculture One, this is a better discussion point stimulator." -Joseph Van Wyck
"The information is mostly general and thus suitable for a starting point." -Svetoslav Vasilev
"Einfach gut geklärt" (Simply well clarified) -Petra Panglisch-Breuer
"I really enjoy your outlook - I don't find it as utopian as I was expecting (sorry about that) Rather I feel it to actually be a realistic outlook." -Peter Stuart Turner
"Brian is great in explaining information that is simple and directly to the point and awesome simple drawings!" -Rita Falsetto
"Overall I feel that the course is well worth the time and money investment and that he does a good job of explaining many different types of sustainable systems that we can implement." -Michael Taylor
"Really nice course explaining the basics of permaculture with the added bonus of real-life applications. Lovely chap and very inspiring." -Carrie Marshall
What is permaculture
Story of permaculture
Story of humans
Principles and Ethics
Zones and sectors
Climates and microclimates
Patterns in nature
Earth and structures
Paths and access
Water and soil
Microorganisms fungi and worms
Plants and creatures
Insects and animals
Field map and field log
Spring and summer crops
Fall and winter crops
Sales and harvest log
Who this course is for:
- Folks interested in starting an organic farm
- Beginner farmers interested in living off the land
Originally from Georgia in the US, Brian Newhouse traveled the world for many years. He volunteered with Peace Corps in the Cape Verde Islands, rode a bicycle around New Zealand, built wind turbines in the US, and built schools and toilets in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, lived in communes in Thailand and India.
In 2016, he created "Basics of Permaculture Design: Sustainable Living Made Simple" and published the Permaville Handbook, outlining sustainable living solutions he learned from his travels. Newhouse went on to work on organic farms across the US and walk from Atlanta, Georgia to Oaxaca, Mexico, 2500 miles, with very little money. He is currently in North Carolina.