International Permaculture Design Course (PDC)


This is an internationally accredited 14 to 16 day long course designed specially to learn about the steps and system of Permaculture designing. During the course, participants will learn about concepts and principles of Permaculture, natural building techniques; methods of seed soil, pest, livestock management in an integrated farm, integrated farm designing etc.

Course facilitator and venue

Mr. Govinda Sharma, Executive Director of HASERA will lead the course. Facilitation team will be composed of the Permaculture experts from Nepal and abroad. Participants will also have enough time to share their experiences regarding Permaculture.

This course will be organized at the Permaculture learning center of HASERA.

As the course will be organized in the farm, there will be much chance for learning by doing and seeing. Besides, the Permaculture communities around the farm will serve as the living laboratories for various observations and practical.

Major topics included in the course

The course will be conducted in a very practical and interactive way. To guide the sessions a brief outline of the content has been prepared as follows:

Concepts and Principles of Permaculture

  • Impacts of modern development in global Nature, culture and agriculture
  • Introduction, importance, history, ethics, characteristics and principles of Permaculture

Permaculture Designing strategies

  • Natural system analysis
  • Social system analysis
  • Agricultural system analysis
  • Farm observation and mapping
  • Zone identification and sector planning

Inputs for an integrated farm designing

  • Energy efficient house designing
  • Identification of crops suitable various climatic zones
  • Seed production, storage and variety improvements
  • Bed preparation for different crops
  • Planting techniques of different vegetables, herbs and fruits
  • Preparation and application of different types of compost and plant nutrients
  • Identification of different beneficial and harmful organisms in the field
  • Organic pest management techniques
  • Designing for health and happiness
  • Designing for energy conservation and natural balance

Design practice

  • Design practice in a given farm
  • Design presentation and feed backs
  • Designing dream Permaculture farm of the participants
  • Design sharing and feedbacks

Permaculture in action

  • Areas of Permaculture
  • Permaculture Diploma and acquiring systems
  • National, regional and international networks of Permaculture

Course fee and services

The training cost per participant is (NPR 45,000 for Nepali particpiants). We offer discounts for participants who are redoing their PDC, early bookings or for those who really need it.

The cost includes all training related expenses like food, bed, tuition, stationeries, training materials, exposure visits etc.

Participants are requested to bring the following items based on their interest and comfort, but it's not compulsory:
  • Torch light
  • Sleeping bag
  • Personal toiletries
  • Field and hiking outfits
  • Books and music of your interest
  • Musical Instruments are always welcome

Course certificate

After the successful completion of the course, participants will be awarded with an "INTERNATIONAL PERMACULTURE DESIGN COURSE" Certificate with international recognition.