Permaculture Design Course for International Development September 2018



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 utilizing 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.

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 couurse 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:

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.

  • 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!

About Galana Conservancy

The Galana Conservancy is one of Kenya’s real wildlife treasures, offering a truly personal experience of the African bush. You may not encounter another soul as you explore the Lali Hills or drive along the Galana River on your way to a sun-downer in a place chosen by you.

The rough arid terrain of the Conservancy is one where only the strongest survive, and yet this area was a hugely successful working Game Ranch run by the Galana Game Management Scheme in the last quarter of the nineteen hundreds and has been feted as a prototype for modern ranching where game and cattle are run together.

This scheme spanned through the same total landscape comprising of 3,000 square miles of unspoiled and largely empty scrub land. This not only provided a safe environment for the wildlife to roam free, but also provided limitless vegetation for the Boran cattle kept at the ranch. The infrastructure that was built around the ranch was dynamic, adaptable and purposeful. 2000km roads were constructed, constantly graded and maintained through the rainy season. Several dams were built to catch the intermittent and very short life giving rainfall in the region to the benefit of both the cattle and the wildlife. Over a dozen airstrips were constructed, along with management and ranger outposts, to protect the animals and cattle in the Ranch.

In addition to the work at the ranch, extensive research and head counts were performed on the two distinct categories of wildlife species contained, including their migration and survival habits in this desert paradise of astounding and beautiful variation: The residents, that do not need to drink daily and so can stay further away from the river throughout the dry season. These include animals such as the majestic Lesser Kudu, Peters Gazelle, Gerenuk, Dik-Dik, Oryx and Giraffe.The Migrants who need daily water include Buffalo, Eland, Zebra and the Elephant feast on the bloom of grasses and shrubs that follows the short but torrential rainy season, and who come to the mighty Sabaki river to quench their thirst.

So from the sheer weight of numbers illustrated above Galana held a huge amount of wildlife in its borders. The main threats that they experienced then, as we do today, are poaching and charcoal burning. Unless these two issues are effectively controlled Galana suffers exploitation. Future plans were set out, to include trying to eradicate these activities as a priority over all other considerations. In the mid nineties the Ranch was taken over by the Agricultural Development Corporation (ADC).

The Galana Wildlife Conservancy (GWC) was created in March 2008 and has been operating as a not-for-profit company registered in Kenya in 2008. The GWC is now a 60,000 acre Conservancy located east of Tsavo East National Park, North of the Galana river, within the existing Agricultural Development Corporation (ADC) Galana Ranch. The three main communities living in Galana are the Orma, the Watta and the Giriama.


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.

More info on guest facilitators, price and location to come VERY SOON!!


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