Urban Permaculture Design Certification Spread over SIX weekends in Nairobi


Join us for our THIRD Nairobi Permaculture Design Certification Course (PDC) in November, geared towards working people living within the Nairobi area.  The course will be held on 6 weekends over a 3 month period  starting end of October (dates to come soon), with the aim of giving students time to put into practice what they have learned, make an intensive design of their chosen site, explore further resources and attain in-depth knowledge of their fields of interest while receiving one on one feedback and guidance from the facilitators. Participants are welcome to sign up for any weekend sessions and also the full PDC (we encourage the full PDC to receive a certificate).

The course will cover all the main areas of permaculture led by Helene Maremma and other amazing guest facilitators — You will go through, principles, design, soil building techniques, water management, climate adapted strategies, small scale food forestry, plant propagation, small scale earth works, organic and permaculture gardening techniques (plant guilds, pest management, composting, double dig beds etc).

In addition to all these areas, we will also focus on urban permaculture techniques and learn practical skills in building earthen ovens, stoves and solar dryers as well as making organic and natural skincare products and detergents.  Included also, are the different site visits and guest lecturers who will share their expertise in topics such as compost toilets, biogas, aquaponics, beekeeping, growing mushrooms etc!!


Taught in a hands on way in various sites around Nairobi, the course will expose the participants to a variety of landscapes and is designed to give exposure to all the tools, techniques and skills involved in establishing ecologically sound habitats and systems, and to empower the participants to work as permaculture consultants and site designers.

This PDC is suited to a wide range of people in the Nairobi area – from those seeking an alternative lifestyle based on the ethics of earth care and people care and those who want to design a system for creating healthy communities and a healthy planet, improve their gardening skills, set up ecotourism enterprises and environmentally friendly homes, to development workers looking to institute more ecologically sound ways of managing their projects. 

If you have 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.

Dates and Schedule will be out VERY SOON! (HOLD TIGHT!!)


Cost :

Per weekend- 7,500 Kshs

Full PDC Course – 45,000 Kshs

(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)


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.



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