Permaculture Design Course for International Development September 2018


A DESIGN CERTIFICATION COURSE FOR PEOPLE WORKING IN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT, September 16th -29th, 2018, with renowned facilitator, Warren Brush and co-facilator from Tanzania Janet Maro! This course is in partnership with Warren Brush.

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This course equips people working in international development and grassroots projects with the perspectives and skills needed to engage with communities in partnership to incorporate elements into the design of communities, smallholder farms and land with household agricultural production that are holistic, appropriate, strategic, effective, diverse, as well as ecologically and economically sound. This course includes the 72-hr Permaculture Design Certification through the Permaculture Research Institute.

What is Permaculture?

Permaculture is a design science utilising an innovative systems-approach to consciously design landscapes, human settlements and smallholder farming systems that integrate functional diversity and biological fertility by mimicking natural eco-systems. Diverse and fertile systems act resilient in the face of shocks.

Who is this course for?

This course is designed for people who work with Non-Government Organizations (NGO’s), Government Organizations, or are Community Organizers. The teaching is directly relevant for international development practitioners, including the technical teams from agency Headquarters and field teams engaged in implementation.

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What is the applicability?

People working in international development will benefit from the years of experience of our teaching team in applying permaculture around the globe. We have tailored the entire permaculture certification curriculum to better equip the people who work in international situations where people live in non-westernized conditions. This course is ideal for the immersion of these teachings in an off the grid, nutrient cycling, dry land, water conscious community, where we work with the surrounding natural resources to provide for our shelter, water, food, and energy.

Participants learn:

  • Tools to integrate sustainable systems design into existing projects
  • A systems analysis design protocol for holistic pattern recognition
  • To design stable and resilient food, shelter, water and waste cycling systems for health and resilience in all of your projects
  • To create an ethics and principle based training program within your organization that honors local customs, traditional knowledge and ecological conditions

The course has an emphasis on hands-on projects including a practical design project that is site and context specific and integrates all of the different elements of a thorough Permaculture Design. Here is a testimonial of someone taking this course in California!


My learning journey at Quail Springs helped to nurture my presence of mind to be a better and more active listener – a vital trait for the international development professional. The coursework was incredibly pertinent to my work in Uganda and without a doubt made me more aware, more compassionate, and more focused in my role as a project manager and human being.  – Grant Buhr, Project Focus, PDC graduate



Permaculture Design Courses always include the internationally recognized PDC Curriculum that can be found in the Permaculture Designer’s Manual. Highlighted for this course are the following:

What does this course offer?

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Permaculture Design Courses always include the internationally recognized PDC Curriculum that can be found in the Permaculture Designer’s Manual. Highlighted for this course are the following:

  • Agro-ecology Principles, Processes and Practical Applications
  • Building Soil and Fertility
  • Carbon Sequestration
  • Watershed Management and Erosion Control
  • Waste Streams/Cycling
  • Perma-Gardens Curriculum, A USAID TOPS program
  • Conflict Resolution / Peacemaking
  • Pattern Literacy
  • Food Forestry
  • Water Harvesting
  • Climate Change Resilience
  • Earthworks
  • Design Priorities
  • Broad Acre Applications
  • Food and Nutrition Security through Permaculture Design
  • Agroforestry
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Design Principles and Practices to build resilience in farming systems
  • Animal Systems and Agricultural Integration
  • Appropriate Technologies
  • Community Facilitation/Community-Based Development
  • Cultural Awareness and Honoring
  • And much more!
  • Design Principles and Practices to build resilience in farming systems
  • Animal Systems and Agricultural Integration
  • Appropriate Technologies
  • Community Facilitation/Community-Based Development
  • Cultural Awareness and Honoring
  • And much more!

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Accommodation and Location of the course

A FAVOURITE of PRI Kenya courses, Swara Plains Acacia Camp! Just 35 minutes from Jomo Kenyatta International airport or 36 Kms from Nairobi, come and escape the city hustle and bustle on this beautiful piece of unspoilt Africa. Home to the Hopcraft family since Independence, Swara Plains provides immense views with big skies that are so much a part of the high Savannah. Both Mount Kenya to the north and Kilimanjaro to the south are visible from the sanctuary. There is a perimeter fence line of over 50 kilometers for security and some 100 kilometers of roads.

Swara Plains is also home to the award-winning children’s bestseller HOW IT WAS WITH DOOMS turned movie, ‘Duma’. A Warner Bros feature film based on the Hopcraft’s true story of adopting an orphaned Cheetah cub, Dooms.  

Situated on the Kapiti Plains opposite the rugged Lukenya Hill,Swara Plains Acacia Camp is nestled in a glade of shady Yellow Fever Trees.  It is fully contained within a privately fenced 20,000 acre wildlife sanctuary to which guests have exclusive access. Unknown to many,Swara Plains Acacia Camp and the surrounding sanctuary hosts a resident population of over 3,000 game animals and over 280 identified bird species. The Hopcrafts have an unequivocal love and dedication to preserving the landscape, wildlife, and flora of the Swara Plains, un-matched to the rest of the world.

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Comfortable rustic accommodation and good home cooking are provided at the camp. Nature walks, cycling, fishing, and day/night game drives are just some of the activities one can do at the sanctuary. With such an accessible location this magnificent piece of African Savannah provides an experience not to be missed.Swara Plains Acacia Camp and the sanctuary are home to many species of plains animals: Cheetah, Zebra, Eland, Oryx, Giraffe, Ostrich, numerous antelope, and many many more.


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Participants will leave this course completely transformed, having had the most unique experience of a lifetime in a unique setting amongst, wildlife, conservation and impact!

COST -(Fees include all meals, accommodation and certification and excludes  transport to and from the course)

USD 1,800

Lead Facilitator

Warren BrushWarren Brush
is a mentor, storyteller, a certified Permaculture designer and teacher, as well as a husband, a father and a grandfather. He has worked for over 25 years in inspiring people of all ages to discover, nurture and express their inherent gifts while living in a sustainable manner. He is co-founder and a tender of Quail Springs Permaculture, Regenerative Earth Enterprises, Sustainable Vocations, Wilderness Youth Project, Casitas Valley Farm and Creamery and his Permaculture design company, True Nature Design.

Warren works extensively in Permaculture education and sustainable systems design in North America, Africa, Middle East, Europe, and Australia. He has devoted many years to mentoring youth and adults to inspire and equip them to live in a sustainable manner with integrity and a hopeful outlook. His mentoring includes working with those who are former child soldiers, orphans, youth, young adults, families and indigenous peoples worldwide. He teaches courses including: Permaculture Design Certification, Permaculture for International Development, Train the Trainer, Consultancy Training, Rainwater Harvesting Systems, Ferro-Cement Tank Building, Spring Rejuvenation, Compost Toilet Systems, Water for Every Farm, Drought Proofing, Earthworks, Ecological Restoration, Cultural Mentoring, Introduction to Permaculture Systems, Food Forestry, and Origins Skills among other offerings. Warren Brush has taught a number of courses with PRI Kenya and is also one PRI Kenya’s International Advisors.

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Founder and Director of Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania (SAT)
Janet Maro is the Founder and Director of Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania (SAT). Her passion for permaculture/agroecology crystalized during her work as a volunteer Project Manager with Bustani va Tushikamane (ByT), a training centre for farmers, and demonstration garden. In 2010, she founded SAT, a grassroots organization that engages with farmers, universities and government extension officers on challenging agricultural issues. SAT has developed an innovation platform that enables members to share research and best approaches. Janet is a graduate of Sokoine University of Agriculture and holds a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness.


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