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Permaculture Design Certificate and PDC Modules

The Deanery Project

Permaculture Design Certificate and PDC Modules
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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee HST Quantity
Full PDC (six modules)
Purchase of the Full PDC enables one to graduate with a Permaculture Design Certificate, on completion of requisite course content.
1 hour before event ends $1,500.00 $0.00 $225.00
Module #1 Permaculture Intro Apr20-22 24 hours before event starts $300.00 $0.00 $45.00
Module #2 Soils & Plants May 18-20 1 hour before event ends $300.00 $0.00 $45.00
Module #3 Water, June 22-24 1 hour before event ends $300.00 $0.00 $45.00
Module #4 Natural Building, Sept 14-16 1 hour before event ends $300.00 $0.00 $45.00
Module #5 Climate Change, Oct 19-21 1 hour before event ends $300.00 $0.00 $45.00
Module #6 Design!! Nov 16-18 1 hour before event ends $300.00 $0.00 $45.00

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Permaculture is holistic, ecological design system focused on meeting human needs while preserving and helping to restore the natural environment. Join Permaculture Design Educator Charles Williams, along with local guest instructors, as they share ways in which permaculture can provide practical, hands-on solutions to address both local and global issues.

The internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) will be offered through the Deanery Project in six modules spread over eight months. The PDC is a combination of hands-on and theoretical learning. The curriculum includes in-depth permaculture theory, design methodology, practical exercises, and group projects. Course content was developed by Bill Mollison in the 1970’s, and is today regarded as the standard in permaculture education, recognized and respected worldwide.

In order to make PDC course content available to as many people as possible, we have created an option to register for the modules individually, however all six need to be completed to receive a PDC.

Full PDC  (6 modules) is $1500 + HST.   Individual modules are $300 + HST.
Prices include meals, dormitory and camping accommodation, as well as instruction.
There are Bed & Breakfast options nearby. A complete course package will be sent out upon registration.

There is a discounted price for those not requiring on-site accommodation. This would apply if you opt to take a bed and breakfast in the area. Please email if you do not require on-site accommodations.

A few work trade positions for both the full PDC and individual modules are available. Please contact us directly for more information if you would like to apply for one of these, or should you have any other questions. tel. 902-845-1888

A brief overview of the PDC themes follows.

Module #1 April 20 - 22              Introduction to Permaculture

  • What is Permaculture a history and overview
  • Tools for reading the landscape
  • How to observe with all our senses
  • Understanding what we see & looking beyond the surface
  • Unifying indigenous wisdom and scientific knowing
  • How to apply Permaculture to building healthy groups

Module #2 May 18 - 20               Tending the Soils and Plants    

  • Understanding soil biology and chemistry
  • Building and healing soils
  • Planting strategies: poly culture, perennials, food forests
  • Planting, propagating, pruning, and grafting
  • Restoring degraded landscapes
  • Legal structures to own and acquire land.

 Module #3 June 22 - 24             Water is life   

  • Learning how water moves, building rain gardens, ponds and swales,
  • Addressing erosion, drought and storms
  • Collecting and storing water
  • Working with grey and black water
  • Healing toxic waters

 Module #4  September 14 -16     Natural Building

  • What is Natural Building
  • Techniques and strategies: straw bale, cob, wood, clay, hempcrete, thatch …
  • Hands on building projects.

 Module #5  October 19 - 21           Climate Change

  • Global challenges in climate change
  • Urban strategies
  • Role of animals
  • Alternative economics

Module #6 November 16 - 18          Design

  • Permaculture and community strengthening
  • Design presentations

Have questions about Permaculture Design Certificate and PDC Modules? Contact The Deanery Project

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The Deanery Project
751 West Ship Harbour Road
Lower Ship Harbour, NS B0J 1Y0


The Deanery Project

The Deanery Project is a not-for-profit organization with a focus on the environment, youth and community, natural building, and the arts.  We are open year round offering programs and projects connected to a wide variety of learning, recreational, and research opportunities, especially those related to energy, forests, health, active transportation and rural living.

The Deanery Project is located on a beautiful 25-acre ocean-front property just 65 km east of Halifax, in Lower Ship Harbour on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia.   Our facilities include a spacious community hall; a commercial kitchen; dorm-style accommodations; unique outdoor classrooms, and diverse camping, hiking and bicycling trails. The property extends to the shoreline of Ship Harbour providing water access to the protected wilderness areas of Ship Harbour Long Lake, Tangier Grand and the 100 Wild Islands.

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