Permaculture Design Certificate Course (PDC)


What to Expect

 We have put together an inspiring 14-day course that will put you on the front lines of repairing drought-stricken land and an ever-present humanitarian crisis.During this all-inclusive 14-day course from Sept 19 – Oct 2, you will participate in 72 PDC classroom and theory hours and 4 days of earthworks and agroforestry on-the-ground training in Camp Dryland Solutions! All amenities: lodging, food and transport are included in this package, so all you need to worry about is how to get there, (please check with your government’s rules about traveling to Somalia).

The PDC course can be a life-changing experience. A well-taught PDC course can significantly impact how we look at and engage with the world.
 Past graduates have made meaningful changes in their lives and communities.

 Join us in the unique environment in Somalia and be taught by a mix of experienced and enthusiastic permaculture teachers.

Sponsor Local Students

Sponsor a student and you will give a local individual the opportunity to learn. This local student, who does not have the funds for this opportunity themselves, will then be able to go on to spread permaculture ideas they have learned to the wider community. Help us help them to grow and learn by funding their place.

The Design Science

Theory & Principles of Permaculture Concepts & Themes of Design Systems Thinking & Methods of Design


Catching and storing water, water management, earthworks, managing terrain & water-wise design. 


Ecological buildings and materials, design and placement of structures & infrastructure, construction and life-time efficiency, sustainable concepts & techniques. 


Moving from patterns to details. Sectors and flows – understanding climate and micro-climate. Site analysis and designing specific to place. Mitigation & adaptation. 


Nature's cycles, energy transactions, soil protection, restoration and enhancement, integrated, holistic design, ecological pest control, organic food producing systems, livestock & wildlife. 

Practical Applications

Strategies of an Alternative Nation
 Permaculture Careers
 Practical Design Exercise

Our Farm

This permaculture design course will take place in a location on the front-line of climate change, in the Nugal region of Somalia. 

Course Overview

This 14-Day intensive course follows the standard accredited 72-hour permaculture syllabus and will include several hands-on sessions during included Earthworks and Agroforestry Courses.

 During this PDC, you will learn the skills and knowledge required to take on a permaculture project, whether you are working on a small garden or a much larger farm or community project.

 You will learn the core ethics, all the principles of permaculture, and how to apply them in a range of settings.

 The course will prepare you for a holistic and ecologically friendly way of life. We'll look at how we can work with nature, manage water effectively, sustainably generate electricity, and, of course, grow food organically. By the end of the course you will have a great idea of how to integrate all different systems and ideas in permaculture and work holistically towards a better future for people and our planet.

 In the hands-on earthworks section of the course, you will be putting in swales, learning about and implementing land management techniques to manage the flow of water on the land and to aid regeneration in this degraded region. Trees suited to ecosystem restoration on the site will be planted on the earthworks you help us to create.

 During this two-week course, you will gain a firm foundation in theory and gain the skills required to restore degraded, desertified land in Somalia.

All our courses are conducted in English.



Sam has practiced and taught permaculture design in 3 continents, across 12 countries in countless projects.

He is a regenerative designer by trade, starting his full-time career through a year-long internship with Geoff and Nadia Lawton at the Permaculture Research Institute, where he now lives full time.

He has been involved in multiple desert re-greening projects, wetland design and development, refugee aid, youth service, food security projects, small-scale urban design, and large-scale rural design. Based in Australia he operates his own design and implementation business and works for Geoff and Nadia’s design firm.

He is available for international consultation, design, administration, coordination, and implementation work in temperate, tropical, or arid regions through Permaculture Sustainable Consultants

   What is Permaculture?

Permaculture =‘Permanent’ and ‘Agriculture’

 Developed in the 1970s by an Australian ecologist Bill Mollison and his student David Holmgren, Permaculture is a set of ethics, principles and practices that come from observing and understanding nature.

 It is the holistic design and maintenance of agriculturally productive ecosystems and the human habitats within them in order to mimic the diversity, stability and resilience found in the natural world.

 Its creed promotes a sustainable future through the local production of food, shelter and other materials drawn on Indigenous traditional knowledge.

 Today there are permaculture groups, projects, associations and institutes established all over the world

The Three Ethical Principles of Permaculture

Earth Care
It is not enough to learn about nature, we must learn from it, and create relationships that which mimic natural ecosystems. We must work holistically, in harmony with the natural world, to conserve and protect the world around us. It is only when we work with nature that we can create truly sustainable and ethical systems and cultures.
People Care
Humanity is responsible for many of the crises we currently face. But through permaculture, we recognise the good in humanity. We see that by working to care for other people, locally and globally, and fighting for justice in our societies, we can build a better world. Everything that we do should be for the benefit of all living today, and future generations.
 Fair Share... Or Return of Surplus to the System
Working from earth care and people care, we see that we must set limits on consumption, taking only our fair share, and distributing surplus, giving back to people and ecosystems to ensure the perpetuation of equality and natural cycles.

Learn how to grow food and build community, no matter where you live.