Permaculture made simple

Basics of sustainable living
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About This Course

Published 2/2016 English

Course Description

Permaculture Made Simple provides the basics of permaculture, the study and practice of sustainable living. In this self-paced online course, students will gain a basic understanding of permaculture principles and practices and learn how to create a permaculture design for a real piece of land.

Learn permaculture design strategies from real life examples from permaculture projects around the world.

You’ll learn the basics of:

  • Filtering water
  • Building with earth
  • Soil, compost and mulching
  • Raising fish, insects and animals
  • Simple machines
  • And much more

In over 20 white-board animated videos, you will receive over 4 hours of content about each area of focus. This course is just the goods. 

Learn how to live off the land with strategies of permaculture design

Come to the course with a piece of land in mind or work with a group. By the end of the course, you will have a firm grasp of the basics.

Who is the target audience for this course?

This course is for people who are interested in learning the basics of sustainable living and who may not have time to attend an in-person course.This course is for people ages 10 and up.

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

This course meets the basic requirements for a Permaculture Design Certificate. In-person permaculture design courses are highly recommended for hands-on experience and group discussions. There is no substitution for in-person learning environments.

Do I need any previous experience or qualifications?

  • A desire to learn
  • The course is in English
  • No other experience is required

Syllabus

A syllabus lists the subjects in a particular course of study. The syllabus for Permaculture Made Simple: Basics of Sustainable Living are:

Overview

Design process

  • Permaculture design process
  • Permaville project design
  • Site map basics

Origins

  • Story of permaculture
  • Definitions of permaculture
  • Agro, industrial, digital
  • Triangle social structures
  • Cloud communication

Principles and Ethics

  • Fundamental principles of a permaculture site
  • Permaculture ethics – people care, earth care and fair share

Holmgren’s principles

  • David Holmgren’s 12 design strategies

Zones and sectors

  • Permaculture zones
  • Natural order of the land
  • Natural sectors

Patterns in nature

  • Pattern in nature
  • Phi proportion
  • Using patterns in nature

Climates and microclimates

  • Climate
  • Microclimates
  • Climate zones

Urban design

  • Types of living settlements
  • Urban design strategies

Areas of permaculture

Earthworks

  • What are earthworks
  • Types of levels
  • Earthworks elements - Swales, Bunds, Terraces
  • Methods for lining ponds
  • About bentonite clay liners

Paths and access

  • Footpaths – Types and specs
  • Path drainage and erosion control techniques
  • Types of fencing

Natural building

  • Building with earth
  • Making mortar mix, adobe bricks
  • Natural plastering, sealants and paints
  • Building with cob, earthbags, rammed earth, bamboo, strawbale

Water

  • Properties of water and hydrological cycle
  • Water sources, storage and filtration
  • Water heating and conservation strategies
  • Greywater systems

Sanitation

  • Community recycling strategies
  • Types of composting toilets
  • Bio-gas basics

Soil

  • Soil food web
  • Elements in the soil

Compost

  • Building a compost pile
  • Compost tea
  • Mulching

Microorganisms

  • Indigenous and effective microorganisms
  • Methods to grow mushrooms
  • Bio-remediation
  • Worm composting bins

Nursery

  • Potting soil
  • Nursery design
  • Plant propagation
  • Choosing plants
  • Seed saving

Garden

  • Choosing garden space
  • Types of gardens
  • Garden techniques

Trees

  • Tree planting methods
  • Layers of a forest
  • Forest succession
  • Food forest design

Aquaculture

  • Pond design
  • Stocking your pond with fish and plants
  • Aquaponics basics
  • Chinampas basics

Insects and animals

  • Attracting beneficial insects
  • Keeping pests away
  • Animal care basics

Kitchen

  • About added value
  • Sustainable kitchen elements
  • Fermentation basics

Appropriate technology

  • Making charcoal
  • Applying simple machines to everything
  • Renewable energy basics

Economics

  • Village economics
  • Alternative economics

What are the requirements?

  • It's helpful if you have a piece of land you want to focus on for your design, although it's not required

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Apply strategies of permaculture design to a piece of land
  • Create a comprehensive site analysis for any sized piece of land
  • Be an effective volunteer on permaculture sites around the world

What is the target audience?

  • People who are interested in learning the basics of permaculture
  • People who don't have time to attend an course
  • People who are interested in a comprehensive analysis of the basics of permaculture design
  • People who are interested in living a more self-reliant lifestyle

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

02:05

This is a preview to the Permaville Permaculture Design Course online.

05:44

Brief description of the course instructor

Section 1: Overview
14:38

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

  • Origins of permaculture
  • Definitions of permaculture
  • Brief history of our culture
  • The cloud and general goals
04:45

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

  • Permaculture principles
  • Permaculture ethics
Design methodology
05:33
Permaculure design map
08:04
Section 2: Strategies
08:28

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

  • David Holmgren's design strategies
04:44

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

  • Permaculture zones
  • Natural sectors
08:28

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

  • How nature is efficient
  • Patterns in nature
  • Phi proportion basics
07:28

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

  • Climates basics
  • Climate zones
  • Microclimate basics
07:20

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

  • Living environments basics
  • Urban design strategies
Section 3: Infrastructure
10:58

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

  • Keyline design basics
  • Swales
  • Terraces
  • Ponds
  • Dams
19:48

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

  • Building with earth
  • Soil tests
  • Building with earth bricks
  • Building with cob
  • Natural plastering and painting
  • Earthbags, rammed earth, bamboo building
04:33

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

  • Footpaths
  • Roads
  • Drainage
  • Fence basics
Section 4: Microbes
16:18

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

  • Water basics
  • Hydrological cycle
  • Water sources
  • Filtering water
  • Storing water
  • Water conservation
  • Greywater systems
  • Rice water test
08:38

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

  • Recycling basics
  • Nutrients in urine and feces
  • Composting toilets
  • Flush toilets
  • Biogas toilets
08:24

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

  • Soil horizons
  • Soil food web
  • Elements in the soil
  • Texture of the soil
  • Power of Hydrogen (pH) in the soil
08:11

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

  • Carbon to nitrogen ratio
  • Typical organic materials
  • How to make compost pile
  • Compost tea
  • Mulching
06:53

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

  • The difference between indigenous and effective microorganisms
  • Methods to grow mushrooms
  • Bio-remediation and it's effects on garbage with an explanation by Paul Stamets
  • Worm composting bins
Section 5: Phyla
07:22

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

  • Nursery basics
  • Plant propagation
  • Sowing seeds
  • Seed saving basics
06:22

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

  • Garden design
  • Types of garden beds
  • Planting strategies
07:25

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

  • Tree planting methods
  • Tree selection
  • Tree guilds
  • Layers in a forest
  • Succession
  • Food forest design
06:04

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

  • Aquaculture pond design
  • Aquaponics basics
  • Chinampas basics
07:12

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

  • Food, water and structures - the basics of raising creatures
Section 6: Folk
05:05

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

  • Sustainable kitchen elements
  • Fermentation basics
06:57

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

  • Charcoal
  • Hand, machine tools and heavy equipment
  • SImple machines
  • Renewable energy
06:54

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

  • Added value
  • Village economics
  • Alternative economics
01:48

Short video about The Point, the invisible roaming third eye we can use to peek into whatever reality we want.

Section 7: Case study
15:50

Learning objectives. In this chapter you will learn about: 

  • Basics of market gardening 
  • Startup strategies
  • Food preservation strategies

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Instructor Biography

Brian Newhouse, Builder and grower

Since 2003, Brian Newhouse worked with various for-profit and non-profit and startup organisations, edited over 40 films on sustainability, installed water filters, mud structures, ponds and small gardens and consulted with over a dozen eco-communities around the world. He started two permaculture farms in India and in 2014 began leading permaculture design courses in Laos, Nepal and Thailand.

Other experiences includes teaching high school as a Peace corps volunteer in the Cape Verde Islands, building wind turbines around the USA with General Electric, bicycling around New Zealand and rebuilding schools in Haiti with All Hands volunteers. He graduated from Georgia tech in 2005 with a Bachelor’s degree in Building construction management. Brian is from Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

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