2018 Programme

Practical Permaculture Courses


One day Introduction to Permaculture Design & Livestock Management course in Nairobi

When:  March 24th, 2018

Where: Swara Plains, Nairobi

Details: This course will take place at PRI Kenya’s partner site, Nurisha home of PRI Kenya Chair- Gai Cullen. Participants will learn from two of PRI Kenya’s urban facilitators – James Kamau and livestock and vet specialist, Susan. See a semi urban site in action and learn effective techniques in permaculture design and learn about livestock management. Participants will get to see some of the best and well kept livestock at Nurisha itself and learn simple and effective ways to de-bug and take care of animals and livestock naturally. Everyone who has visited Nurisha always leave feeling inspired and motivated to start their own development.  READ MORE HERE

Cost: 4,500 Kshs

(Fees include all meals (pot luck lunch as well) and certification and excludes transport to and from the course)

Two week Permaculture Design Certification Course in Makueni

in partnership with the Drylands Natural Resources Centre

When: April 16th – 27th, 2018

Where: Makueni

Details: 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.

This course will led by Nicholas Syano and co-taught by Triza Mtua (DNRC Project Manager) from Feb 12-23rd.  SEE ALL DETAILS HERE

Cost: 40,000 Kshs

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

 Three Week PDC with John Sheffy and Holly Petrillo

When: June 4th – June 21st, 2018

Where: Kitui, Makueni, Kibwezi, Laikipia, Rongo  (PRI Kenya Partner Organizations)

Details: This is innovative PDC program, following the PRI ‘Master Plan’ template, University students from University of Wisconsin Stevens Point (UWSP) learn permaculture alongside Kenyan students, project managers and small-holder farmers at different community development projects committed to integrating permaculture into their work. The course, which is spread out over three weeks  allows lots of time for practical implementation activities, gives ample opportunity for students to learn about implementing permaculture in a community development context, whilst providing real and long-lasting change for the orphan children and small holder farmers who are beneficiaries of these projects. This course is run by partners and UWSP professors – John Sheffy and Holly Petrillo. Together, we have already run four courses to date. READ MORE HERE

Cost: 55,000 Ksh / USD 550

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

One Day Composting Course in Nairobi with Peter Ash

When: July 14th

Where: Nairobi – to be confirmed soon

Details: Explore the different types of material you can compost and how to create your own compost pile. Learn about the different options for compost containers, how to troubleshoot common problems, and how to use your compost on your garden for the best results and highest yields. This course is facilitated by Internationally renowned Master Composter – Peter Ash. As you make your way through the course, all the constituent parts of what makes compost so effective for your permaculture property will come into focus and you’ll gain a complete understanding of how it all fits together. From the importance of aeration and good moisture management of your pile through the relative merits of different types of containers in which to keep your pile to recognizing the moment when your pile has reached that magical stage when it has been transformed into compost – this course has it all.

Cost: 8,000 Ksh

(Fees include all meals and certification and excludes transport to and from the course)

 Five Day Master Composter’s Course in Laikipia with Peter Ash

When: July 16-20th 

Where: Laikipia  Permaculture Centre, Laikipia

Details: The Master Composter’s Certificate is a “train-the-trainer” program providing with more extensive in depth compost techniques taught by International renowned and certified Permaculture Designer and Master Composter, Peter Ash.  This course will bring a crucial ingredient in rehabilitating damaged and degraded soil, making previously barren areas suitable for cultivation once more. You’ll discover the importance of the right levels of air and moisture to a healthy pile as well as insight on some of the common problems that can affect the development of your compost – and how to prevent or ameliorate them. Peter will teach you about the latest science during this workshop from his vast expertise in the field for over 35 years! This is our third Master Composter’s TOT course set out over five days in Laikipia in partnership with the Laikipia Permaculture Centre (LPC).

Cost: 30,000 Kshs

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

2018 PDC for Humanitarian Programming with Warren Brush

When: September 16th -29th, 2018

Where: Galana Wildlife Conservancy

Details: This course taught by renowned facilitator- Warren Brush alongside experts from all over East Africa and the U.S– 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. 

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. The Quail Springs Learning site 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


Cost: to be confirmed soon

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

Training of Trainer’s Course with Caspar Brown

When: October 8th – 14th

Where: Nairobi, Acacia Camp- Swara Plains Conservancy

Details: Participants attending this course need to have completed a 72 hour Permaculture Design Course through the Permaculture Research Institute, and have good practical experience in designing and managing Permaculture systems.

This course is designed to equip participants with participatory Permaculture facilitation skills, as well as a solid understanding of the standard content of an international PDC. Based on their Permaculture experience, participants should be able to co-facilitate or assist on PDCs after this course, particularly courses training adult learners. This course will be taught by internationally accredited permaculture practioner – Caspar Brown.



East African residents – Ksh 75,000

International students – Ksh 80, 000

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

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