The 72-hour Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course allows you to be the change you want to see in the world. Based on Bill Mollison’s Permaculture Designers’ Manual, it provides skills and solid knowledge in Permaculture design as a science that can create abundant ecosystems sustainably in the backyard, a small farm or on a larger broad acre landscape.
We offer two week courses and shorter specialized workshops roped in from the Permaculture Design Certificate
Note that a 50% deposit is required to fully secure your place and the balance no later than the course start date
Specialized Certification Courses
One Day Nutrition Course in Athi River
When: 22nd April
Where: Nurisha, Swara Plains in Athi River
Cost: 10,500 KSH
Details: This is a unique course bringing in chefs who use sustainable practices in their culinary expertise, and permaulture experts who will share stories, recipes, herbal medicine and a holistic nutrition approach as well as designing small urban gardens. You will also get to see a permaculture demo site in action run by one of PRI Kenya’s founding member’s Gai Cullen. Her demo home boasts abundant gardens, food forest, herb gardens and livestock management just 50 min from JKIA!
Two Day Bee Keeping Certification Course
(in partnership with Sam Bananah , part of the Urban PDC schedule which will be out very soon too)
When: May (part of the six week PDC sessions in Nairobi – and open to anyone)
Where: Karen in Nairobi
Cost: 12,500 KSH
Details: This is our first ever bee keeping course with bee man himself Sam Bananah .This course will take place in Karen as part of the six week permaculture urban course and is open to anyone to attend. You don’t want to miss this! Dates to be confirmed by January.
Two day Integrated IPM and Composting Intensive Certification Course in the Nairobi Arboretum
When: 3rd-4th June
Where: The Arboretum in Nairobi
Cost: 15,500 KSH
Details: This will be our first ever integrated pest management and composting course roped in together at the Nairobi Arboretum. This course will focus on managing gardens, effective IPM strategies, soil biology and building, companion planting and designing efficient composting systems. There will be emphasis on practicals during this two day intensive.
Permaculture Design Certification Courses
Two Week Permaculture Design Certification Course in Makueni
(in partnership with Drylands Natural Resource Centre)
When: 24th March – 2nd April
Where: Drylands Natural Resource Centre Makueni
Cost: 400 USD / 40,000 Ksh
Details: Permaculture integrates land, resources, people and the environment through mutually beneficial synergies – imitating the no waste, closed loop systems seen in diverse natural systems. Permaculture studies and applies holistic solutions that are applicable in rural and urban contexts at any scale. It is a multidisciplinary toolbox including agriculture, water harvesting and hydrology, energy, natural building, forestry, waste management, animal systems, aquaculture, appropriate technology, economics and community development.
This course takes place at PRI-Kenya partner organization, Drylands Natural Resources Centre in Makueni region. The site is run by PRI-Kenya chairman Nicholas Syano who works with 400+ farmers and DNRC have made a huge impact not only on farmers food security but also their well-being and the health of the environment. This design course also includes a special module on Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR) — a simple but wonderfully effective technique for landscape regeneration which works beautifully together with permaculture and which is rapidly being recognized as an important tool for regenerating drought prone African landscapes. DNRC is an educational permaculture demonstration model in development so participants will get the opportunity to see this in action. Read more here
Six Week Urban Permaculture Design Certification Course in Nairobi
(in partnership with Helene Maremma)
When: April 1 – May 28 (we will list down all the weekend dates soon)
Cost: 45,000 KSH
Details: This our second ever Urban PDC set out in Nairobi over six weekends. Ideal for folks who can’t take time off for our consecutive two week courses. Our first course was a total success and participants asked for more! The course covers sustainable living systems for a wide variety of landscapes and climates. It includes the application of Permaculture principles to food production, home design, construction, energy conservation and generation, and explores alternative economic structures and strategies supporting permaculture solutions in an urban set up as well. The course will take place at many different locations, bringing in many different experts on as well within Nairobi making this a very one of a kind course! See more here
Two Week Permaculture Design Certification Course in Laikipia
(in partnership with Laikipia Permaculture Centre)
When: May 14-24th
Where: Laikipia Permaculture Centre in Laikipia
Cost: 400 USD / 40,000 Ksh
Details: You will learn the complete process of designing and implementing a permaculture plan. Learn the concepts of sustainable living and improved self-reliance and attain hands on experience of design and implementation. Participants will learn how to develop sustainable systems and concepts of natural building which can be applied to all aspects of life through the observation and replication of natural patterning. Permaculture is an integrated design strategy incorporating food forests and jungle gardens, natural building, alternative economics, aquaculture and mapping to create a sustainable human habitat. You will be presented with an innovative approach through modeling the structure of Permaculture directly in the environment.
This PDC will be held at the Laikipia Permaculture Centre (LPC), a truly unique setting and is one of PRI Kenya’s key partner projects run by one of PRI Kenya’s founding members, Joseph Lentunyoi. LPC is located in a dry-lands area and is also the focal point for the Laikipia Permaculture Project (LPP), working with Maasai women’s groups to create food security and sustainable livelihoods through permaculture. You will be learning practical aspects of permaculture both at the LPC farm and working directly with the women’s groups, helping them develop their permaculture farms.
Two Week Permaculture Design Certification Course in Western Kenya
(in partnership with PRI Kenya partner sites – Sustainable Village Resources- Rongo & Biointesive Innovations Gardening in Vihiga)
When: June (to confirm dates)
Where: To be confirmed
Cost: 455 USD / 45,500 Ksh
Details: This will be be our FIRST EVER integrated course set out at PRI Kenya’s partner organizations around Western Kenya. This course will take you through the many focal projects we are working with and see the different and unique developments. The course will be taught by showing students to focus on local resources and their local community, and to have well thought out design practices to create abundant sustainably.