Starting September 2020

This full Permaculture Design Course (PDC) is accredited by the Permaculture Association and develops an understanding of Permaculture ethics, principles, design processes and implementation techniques. 

This is a taught, online course running over 6 weekends with additional projects to complete in your own time, both on your own and in groups.

An accessible PDC
The Covid-19 lockdown has meant everyone has had to adapt to how they live and work, creatively responding to change. During our most recent PDC (January – May 2020) we had to adapt our in-person, face-to-face course, moving the last 3 modules online. We weren’t sure at first how it would work out, but we were delighted with how the modifications went and by the positive feedback from the student group. 

NonStuff Industries is committed to make permaculture more accessible to everyone. Along with a flexible scale of fees (£240 – £670 depending on income), we hope that holding the course online will allow more people to join us: the teaching team are based around Edinburgh (Scotland), but students from any region or country are warmly invited to join us.


We welcome people of all levels of experience and backgrounds. Online classes are relaxed, fun and interactive, with a good mix of information sessions using various media, creative project work and participatory ideas exchange. There will be guided practical projects and nature observation activities between modules. Read more in the course information document here.

Completion of the full PDC provides recognition as a Permaculture designer, and enables you to go on to study for the Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design.

Not sure about committing to the full PDC?

Consider joining us for Module 1, which also runs as a stand-alone Introduction to Permaculture. Read more about this and options for progression to the full PDC in the course information document.

About the team
The course is led by James Chapman and supported by Nenya, Carole and Jenny. There will also be feature sessions with guests – practitioners, designers and specialists in their area. Read more about the teachers in the course information document.

Tech information
We will be using Zoom as our online classroom platform. To take part on the course you will need access to a device with speakers, a microphone and a webcam, either built in or externally attached. A desktop computer, laptop or tablet is preferable to a smartphone, so that you have a larger screen – there’s lots to see! Please contact us if you have any questions about Zoom or tech requirements. 

Course dates

Module 1 – September 12 & 13  (also stand-alone Intro to Permaculture)
Module 2 – September 26 & 27
Module 3 – October 10 & 11
Module 4 – October 24 & 25
Module 5 – November 7 & 8
Module 6 – November 21 & 22
Class times run 9.45am to 3pm each day, with a later finish of 5pm on the last weekend.


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