Introduction to Permaculture Weekend

Introduction to Permaculture weekend (part of the 6 Week Urban PDC)

When: April 22nd& 23rd – Intro to Permaculture, Concepts & Design Methods.

Where: Bric a Brac, Karen

Cost: 8,000 KSH

Details: An excellent way to find out more about permaculture is to attend a two-day introductory course. This ‘taster’ will provide an opportunity to actively learn about the principles. The course provides the opportunity to discuss vitally important issues in a positive, creative and supportive space. The course is lively, participatory and thought provoking. Introductory Courses are primarily a way of sharing skills and knowledge, and building interest in an area. They are an excellent way of starting a local group, or getting other people in the area together to start or get involved in a project.

The learning style is collaborative and participatory (not chalk and talk). Permaculture techniques started in Australia in the 1970’s and are now  used all over the world. The design system was created by bringing together knowledge from many different areas such as agriculture, architecture, renewable energy and indigenous knowledge systems. “Permaculture is conscious design and maintenance of cultivated ecosystems that have diversity, stability and the resilience of a natural ecosystem.” Bill Mollison

An introductory course session will include:

  • Ethics and principles
  • Design
  • Examples of permaculture
  • An observation exercise
  • A video & slides
  • Games
  • Practical group work exercises
  • An overview of the permaculture network and how to find out more.

This course is for people concerned about the state of the world, who want to look at those challenges and create solutions.  It is open to anyone aged 16 or over. No prior knowledge of permaculture is needed. Course participants who complete the entire course will receive a certificate by PRI Kenya.

This course will be taught by Helene Maremma and Muthoni Hari


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.


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.


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