Sustainable living made simple
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Sustainable living made simple

Overview of permaculture design
4.3 (281 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
4,067 students enrolled
Created by Brian Newhouse
Last updated 10/2019
English [Auto]
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This course includes
  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 41 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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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

Sustainable living made simple: Basics of permaculture design provides a general outline to living off the land. This course presents dozens of strategies for how we can be responsible custodians of earth.

In two and a half hours of content, participants may gain a comprehensive understanding of the principles and practices of sustainable living.

This course follows a book, The Permaville Handbook: Strategies of Permaculture Design and is based on the certified Permaculture Design Course (PDC). Learn design strategies from real life examples from sustainable projects around the world.

COURSE UPDATE MARCH 2019: New Material Added! Quick startup farm strategies added in the last three sections.

COURSE UPDATE FEBRUARY 2018: Raps about sustainable living added in the downloadable materials. 

COURSE POSTED FEBRUARY 2016: Course originally posted on Udemy, including links to The Permaville Handbook.

Some reviews of this best-selling course:

  • The best permaculture course I have so far visited online out of four...Ahmed Alalawi

  • He gets it what's going on in our world today and is presenting a master plan solution...Bill Halford

  • Very simple and non-threatening… superb, relevant, usable and jam-packed... Clarence Garay

  • Brian may have the most comprehensive view on permaculture. ....Paul Kim

  • I really enjoy your outlook - I don't find it as utopian as I was expecting. Rather I feel it to actually be a realistic outlook. ...Peter Stuart Turner

  • I have Permaculture One. This is a better discussion point stimulator. ....Joseph Van Wyck

  • Perfect for preparing to attend an in-person Permaculture Design Course ...Patrick Kniesler

  • Einfach gut geklärt (Simply well clarified) ...Petra Panglisch-Breuer

In this course you may learn how to:

  • Build with natural materials

  • Filter water

  • Make compost

  • Grow plants

  • 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 required.

Does the Permaville Course count as a Permaculture Design Course certificate?

  • This course meets requirements for a certified Permaculture Design Course (PDC) and may help prepare for an in-person workshop.



  • What is permaculture

  • Story of permaculture

  • Story of humans

  • The cloud 

  • General goals

  • Principles and Ethics     


  • Site analysis

  • Site maps

  • Zones and sectors

  • Climates and microclimates

  • Patterns in nature

  • Urban design

Earth and structures

  • Earthworks

  • Natural building

  • Paths and access

Water and soil

  • Water 

  • Soil

  • Compost

  • Microorganisms fungi and worms

Plants and creatures

  • Nursery

  • Garden

  • Trees

  • Fish

  • Insects and animals


  • Kitchen

  • Sanitation

  • Appropriate technology

  • Economics


  • Greenhouse

  • Compost tea

  • Hydroponics

  • Field prep

  • Field map and field log


  • Spring and summer crops

  • Fall and winter crops

  • Seed log


  • Post-harvest

  • Sales and harvest log

Who this course is for:
  • Folks interested in starting an organic farm
  • Beginner farmers interested in living off the land
Course content
Expand all 46 lectures 03:00:51
+ Overview
7 lectures 21:35

Big picture of what this course is about

Overview in brief

Learning objectives. In this chapter you will learn about: 

  • What permaculture is

  • Definitions of permaculture

Preview 03:09

Learning objectives. In this chapter, you will learn about: 

  • About Bill Mollison

  • History of permaculture

  • Link to additional resources

Story of permaculture


  • Story of humans

Story of humans


  • The cloud

The cloud


  • General goals

General goals

Learning objectives. In this chapter, you will learn about:

  • Permaculture principles

  • Permaculture ethics

Principles and ethics
+ Strategies
5 lectures 16:53

Learning objectives. In this chapter, you will learn about: 

  • Permaculture design methodology

  • Site information packet (attached)

Site analysis

Zones and sectors topics:

  • Permaculture zones

  • Natural sectors

Zones and sectors

Climates and microclimates topics:

  • Climates

  • Climate zones

  • Microclimate

  • Climate design strategies

Climates and microclimates

Patterns in nature topics:

  • Patterns in nature

  • Phi

Patterns in nature

Urban design topics:

  • Kinds of community environments

  • Urban design strategies

Urban design
+ Earth, water and soil
8 lectures 31:14

Brief overview of the earth, water and soil section

Earth, water and soil in brief

Earthworks topics:

  • What are earthworks?

  • Swales

  • Terraces

  • Ponds

Preview 05:22

Paths and access topics:

  • Footpaths

  • Roads

  • Drainage

  • Fences

Paths and access

Water topics:

  • Water cycle

  • Sources of water

  • Filtration

  • Storage

  • Greywater


Soil topics:

  • Soil horizons

  • Soil food web

  • Elements

  • Texture 

  • pH


Compost topics:

  • Organic materials

  • Compost piles

  • Compost tea

  • Mulch

Preview 02:48

Compost tea topics:

  • Compost tea, homemade fertilizer

Compost tea

Microbes, fungi and worms topics:

  • Indigenous microorganisms

  • Mushrooms

  • Bio-remediation

  • Worm composting

Microbes, fungi and worms
+ Plants and animals
10 lectures 46:28

Overview of plants, creatures and harvest prep sections

Farm: plants and creatures in brief

Nursery topics:

  • Nursery basics

  • Plant propagation

  • Sowing seeds

  • Seed saving basics


Greenhouse topics: 

  • Greenhouses

  • Indoor growing racks

  • Potting soil

  • Soil blocks


Garden topics:

  • Garden design

  • Types of garden beds

  • Planting strategies


Hydroponics topics: 

  • Hydroponics

  • Tube gardens

  • Pond gardens


Bed preparation topics: 

  • Selecting and preparing beds

  • Transplanting

  • Tending crops

Field crops

Trees and forest topics:

  • Tree planting methods

  • Tree selection

  • Tree guilds

  • Layers in a forest

  • Succession

  • Food forest design

Trees and forests

Fish topics:

  • Aquaculture pond design

  • Aquaponics basics

  • Chinampas basics


Insects and animals topics:

  • Food, water and home - the basics of raising creatures

Insects and animals

Post-harvest topics include: 

  • Harvesting area

  • Washing and packing area

  • Cold and dry storage areas

  • Examples of post-harvest area maps

+ Home
7 lectures 31:45

Brief overview of parts of a home

Home in brief

Natural building topics:

  • Building with earth, earth bricks

  • Soil tests, making mortar

  • Building with cob

  • Natural plastering and painting

  • Earthbags, rammed earth, bamboo building

Natural building

Sanitation topics:

  • Recycling basics

  • Nutrients in urine and feces

  • Composting toilets

  • Flush toilets

  • Biogas toilets


Kitchen topics:

  • Sustainable kitchen elements

  • Fermentation basics

Preview 04:45

Short video about the Point

The point

Appropriate technology topics:

  • Charcoal

  • Hand, machine tools and heavy equipment

  • SImple machines

  • Renewable energy

Appropriate technology

Economics topics:

  • Village economics

  • Alternative economics

+ Plan
7 lectures 30:06

Overview of farm planning, including a map, project plan and farm logs

Plan in brief

Learning objectives. In this chapter, you will learn about: 

  • Elements and examples of Site maps

  • Elements and examples of Detailed drawings

Site map

Examples and strategies for spring and summer crops

Spring and summer crops

Examples and strategies for fall and winter crops

Fall and winter crops

About seed log, list of crops grown on a farm

Seed log

About field maps and field logs

Field map and field log

Sales and harvest log topics: 

  • Sales venues

  • Earnings

  • Organic certification

  • Harvest logs

Sales and harvest log