Six Week Nairobi PDC this April 2017!

PRI Kenya ran its very FIRST successful urban Permaculture Design Certification Course (PDC) in 2016 which was spread over seven weekends.

This year’s Nairobi PDC will be spread out over 6 weekends from starting April 22nd to June 4th, 2017 in partnership with Helene Maremma – INKS (Indigenous & Innovative Knowledge Systems) .  The course will cover all the main areas of permaculture including design techniques and principles to establish small scale, flourishing eco systems by increasing biodiversity and creating sustainable, regenerative, holistic systems.   Through a combination of theory and hands on practicals, we cover climate adapted strategies; water management; soil building ; food forestry and small scale strategic forestry; earthworks; green energy; urban techniques; organic gardening and permaculture techniques  (making natural fertilizers, integrated pest management, intercropping etc) and much more.  In addition, this year we are offering some exciting intensive workshops in vermiculture (worm farming), mushroom cultivation, beekeeping with experts in the field. Participants work on designing their own project throughout the course with and learn the skills to successfully implements their design projects. 

The course is designed to be an equal part of theory and practicals so participants should expect to do some physical work and get a bit dirty.  The style of the course is interactive and students are expected to do the assigned readings to get the most out of the experience and also to participate in the class activities, discussions and workshops. 
This course is designed for a wide variety of people – development professionals, environmentalists, people with an interest in eco-friendly farming, land development, gardening as well eco lodge and business owners, land and home owners who want to experience more abundance while caring for their land and environment. 
The course is suitable to all self-motivated people who have a keen interest and passion in learning how live more sustainably and to create systems that reverse environmental degradation, minimize carbon footprint and waste while enhancing healthy eco systems through permaculture techniques and principles.

If you’ve ever wanted to learn about a way of life that focuses on creating abundance and self-reliance while caring for the earth, the larger community and working in harmony with the eco system, then this course is for you! Participants will come away with a lot of hands on skills that they can implement right away as well as a body of knowledge that allows them to understand the ecological processes at work around them and how they, as individuals, can have a more positive impact on a local and global scale.


Cost :

We also welcome anyone wanting to attend just certain sessions/weekends of the PDC however to receive the end PDC certificate, you must take the full PDC. 

Weekend sessions – KSH 8,000 per weekend

Full Six Week PDC KSH 45,000

(Fees are inclusive of all meals, tea breaks and certification. Note that we will send more information on all sites and add in options of carpooling together closer to the start date)

Course Schedule (subject to change)

Apr 22nd& 23rd: Intro to Permaculture, Concepts & Design Methods. Venue: Bric a Brac, Karen

May 6th: Soils. Intensive workshop on composting, mulching, making natural liquid fertilisers, plant teas and soil building.

May 7th: Vermiculture workshop. Benefits of vermiculture. Starting and maintaining a worm farm. Using worm castings and tea for soil building and natural fertilizers. Rob McIntyre

Venue: Bric a Brac, Karen

May 13th: Garden practicals: Making beds, urban gardening techniques, plant propagation, companion  planting,  inter-cropping, integrated pest management (IPM)

May 14th: Water management methods, climate adapted strategies, earthworks, food fores

Venue: Bric a Brac, Karen

May 20th:  Trees and forestry. Plant identification and herbarium techniques. Nursey management. Tree propagation.Guest facilitator: John Ndege

May 21st: Design workshop. Renewable Energy. Biogas site visit with Dominic Wanjihia 

Bric a Brac, Karen and Flexibiogas, Karen

May 27th & May 28: Apiculture (Beekeeping). Ngong 

June 3 & 4th: Mushroom cultivation. Benefits and types of mushrooms.  Mushroom growing houses and Production. Harvest and post harvest handling. Mushroom industry.Guest trainer: Nyawira Gitaka

June 4th: Pizza party & Certification ceremony

Bric a Brac, Karen


Lead Facilitator

Helene Maremma, anthropologist, organic farmer and certified permaculture trainer, devoted to sustainable living practices including natural building. She completed her PDC with John Sheffy in 2012 and participated on our Training of Trainers Course in 2014 as well as our Advanced Consultancy Design Course in 2015 with Warren Brush. Helene recently had the opportunity to co-facilitate on courses in Thailand, where she spent 3 months gaining hands on experience as well as co-facilitating on our most recent course in Kilifi. She has also started teaching Introduction to Permaculture courses for us at the Nairobi Arboretum and co-teaching on our longer PDC’s.  She is also trained  in a  Natural Medicine Anamed course with Dr Hans Martin Hirt in Tanzania in April 2015. At present, Helene owns a small scale organic farm in Ngong and has plans to develop a permaculture demonstration site in Kajiado, aiming to create a learning centre,  empowering pastoralists and members in the region. Helene also studied A Nova Floresta in Bahia, Brazil in 2017 to gain a deeper and practical application of designing eco system rehabilitation and establishing sustainable closed loop ecological systems.
Guest Facilitators
  Samuel Bananah  – Bee Keeping

Samuel Bananah, went to Friends School Kamusinga after which he then joined Mombasa Polytechnic for Information Technology Diploma. He then worked for Chablis Ltd in Mombasa for 18 months at which he quit his job and went to a farm near Salama town where he started small scale farming in poultry. He redeveloped his childhood passion of beekeeping and went to several training forums to learn about bees.

He proceeded to take a full course at the Beekeeping station and started his own hives. He also became a member of the British Beekeepers Association from which through correspondence he learned a lot about bees. He heard about Permaculture and PRI Kenya in 2012 and took our three week PDC with John Sheffy which was spread across four different sites. After taking his PDC he   improved greatly on his skills and began giving trainings to communities on sustainable and organic beekeeping practices. He has worked for different communities in the Maasai Mara, Samburu, Kitui, Makueni, Kilifi, among others. He has also worked for individuals in different parts of East Africa. and has participated in training for different organizations in E.A, orphanages and worked closely as a stakeholder trainer for ministry of livestock department of Athi river.

With the new acquirement of a quarter of an acre in Gilgil, Sam intends to develop the land into a permaculture training site where he will put all my experiences and skills in gardening and beekeeping. Sam has dedicated his life to teaching more people and communities on the importance of bees and the need to conserve our environment at large.

Nyawira Gitaka‘s journey Mushroom farming came up through her interest in farming, agriculture and conservation. Mushroom farming is one of the few if not the only one that can give one the opportunity to employ these all at once. Immediately after her undergraduate (Microbiology and Biotechnology) she went ahead to co found Mushroom Blue with a former class mate, at first it started as a project but now is a self-sustaining business.

After three years in Mushroom Blue it was time to focus on training, quality mushroom spawn production, helping farmers set up their mushroom farms and access markets for their produce as well as explore the value addition of mushrooms through Mushrooms Diara.
A passionate conservationist and primatologist, she believes that mushrooms are the future. When food security issues come up, Mushrooms must feature. No other food utilizes waste to produce a super food! Unfortunately they have not been given the attention they deserve. The production process is labor intensive therefore is an industry that can create a lot of employment opportunities.
Assistant facilitator: Muthoni Hari
Muthoni Hari is an organic farmer from Kinangop who took the first ever seven-weekend PDC offered by PRI in February 2016 and an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) course at the Laikipia Permaculture Centre in Nanyuki in November 2016.
She started out with what she could easily accomplish, focusing on the things that did not require “extras” or expense:  “I looked around me and I was up to my ears in stinging nettle, so I stared making stinky biocides. I started intercropping, mulching here and there, making compost and compost teas”.
 Currently, she is at the beginning stages of designing a 50×100 plot that she plans to live and farm on and will be assisting us in this PDC sharing what she has tried and tested, what she has struggled and being overwhelmed with and overall helping to create a great learning environment for the participants.
Rob McIntyre has been worm farming for over 2 years and maintains a greenhouse in Langata where he grows a lot of different vegetables and herbs from seed.
He studied hydroponics and gained an understanding of the benefits of using soluble fertilizers which he applies on the side of vermiculture to create healthy soils and maximum fertility. Rob will facilitate on vermiculture.
John Ndege, Forestry and Botany

John Ndege did his pdc in Kilifi. He taught Biology and Agriculture to high school students and in addition, did a training in Botanical Garden Development. His major passion and current work is with reforestation, indigenous trees, botany and medicinal plants.

He has beeen involved in reforestation, conservation and vegetation survey projects in Diani, all around the coastal forests of Kenya and Tanzania and in the Usambara mountains.

We are pleased and proud to have him as a guest facilitator in the Nairobi pdc sharing his knowledge on trees and forestry.


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