Classroom Lecture Series – Online Permaculture Design Course Components


The Online Permaculture Design Lecture Series, as presented by world-renowned Permaculture Design Educator Beau Wickboldt.

Beau is the founder and lead educator at the Rak Tamachat Permaculture and Natural Building Education Institute.  Beau has a gift for bringing complex subjects to life with simple, easy to understand language, that allows for non-technical learners the ability to grasp the complex nature of Permaculture Design, as taught by the co-founder of Permaculture Bill Mollison in Permaculture: A Designers’ Manual.

The Designers’ Manual has been the basis for the Permaculture Designer Certification Course for over 40 years. Beau guides you through the Theory of Permaculture Design chapter by chapter and then works to show how to develop Permaculture Design Strategies and the Implementation of the Permaculture Design Strategies on your site. 

The Culmination of your online Permaculture Design Course will be the completion of your very own Permaculture Master Plan Design. Beau will guide you along the step-by-step Permaculture Design Process to teach you all the Permaculture Design Theory and Strategies needed to make your Permaculture Dreams a reality.

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SAI’s Permaculture Design Course

– Lecture Series Curriculum Components –


The online PDC Lecture Series follows the 14 chapters of Bill Mollison‘s essential masterpiece “Permaculture: A Designers’ Manual“.

Often dubbed “The Bible of Permaculture”, this manual is a cornerstone of Permaculture teachings, written for teachers, students and designers alike.


Module 01 – Introduction to Permaculture


Permaculture is grounded by Three Core EthicsEarth Care, People Care and Fair Share. Also introduced are the guiding Permaculture Design Principles which open the exploration of Permaculture as a Design Science.


Module 02 – Concepts & Themes in Permaculture Design


Permaculture as a Design Science is expanded upon through the introduction of  Design Concepts and Design Themes. We learn the theory behind Permaculture Design and how to create Concepts and build Themes in our Master Plans.


Module 03 – Methods of Permaculture Design


The Concepts and Themes of our Permaculture Designs are implemented by the Methods of Permaculture Design. We learn to use the Permaculture Design Tool Set to create and integrate our Permaculture Design Systems.


Module 04 – Pattern Understanding in Permaculture


As Permaculturists, we know that Nature is our true teacher and that we must look to her guidance to see how Energy Flows. We learn that, by developing our Pattern Eye, we can unlock the Secrets of Nature. Nature holds all the keys to our future!


Module 05 – Climatic Factors in Permaculture


The understanding of the Global Factors driving our climate and the changes in our climate, in the macro and micro, teaches us as Permaculturists to creatively respond to the changes happening in our Designer Built Environments.


Module 06 – Trees & Their Energy Transactions – Food Forest


Learn to Plan, Design and Implement a perennial food growing system based on the succession and stability of a natural forest. You will learn how trees transact energy and all of the tools to start making Sustainable Food Production a reality.


Module 07 – Permaculture Water Systems


We learn how the Global Water Cycle sustains life and how we can design and build Sustainable Water Systems to both harness and clean water. Water is life and in Permaculture Design we work with water to Produce Life.


Module 08 – Soil Science – The Soil Food Web 


The soil is the basis for all life. We learn to Work with the Soil to build interactions and help facilitate the conditions for life to flourish. In Permaculture, we Farm the Soil and both Healthy & Nutritious fruits and vegetables are the result.


Module 09 – Earth Works and Earth Resources


We learn to Use the Earth to solve the problems of agriculture by stopping erosion, de-compacting soils and starting Perennial Food Systems. We learn to make dams, ponds, micro garden swales, broad-scale swales and chinampas.


Module 10 – The Humid Tropics Climate


We learn how the Humid Tropics climate works, and how we can utilize Design Strategies and Implementation Techniques to build our Organic Growing Systems and Natural Built Homes to mitigate the effects of the tropics.


Module 11 – Dry Land Climate Strategies


We learn to combat a Lack of Precipitation, by the developing Water Harvesting Strategies to capture water in our soils and catchments. We learn how to make Water Conservation Gardens and build Natural Homes for Dry / Hot Climates.


Module 12 – Humid Cool to Cold Climates


Learn about the Temperate Climates, and how to combat issues such as frost, snow, and cold winds. Learn to use Wind Breaks, Green Houses and Poly Tunnels to help mitigate the Chilling Effects of the cold on our growing systems.


Module 13 – Aquaculture & Permaponics


We learn to understand, design and construct Aquaponic Landscapes. Water growing systems are superior in supporting life than land based systems and with Permaponics, we lean to harness water for our soil based growing systems.


Module 14 – The Strategies of an Alternative Global Nation


Learn how the future depends on everyone coming together to Make a Change. Building stronger communities; sharing more is the way. Learn how to use tools, technologies, and policies to Make the World a Better Place.

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