Permaculture Design Course - 72hours

Want to take Permaculture to the next level?

Want to  learn to do your own Permaculture designs?

Want to design for friends or for clients?

Well then the PDC is for you!


The Permaculture design course (PDC) is a 72hr intensive course designed to give you the skills to observe, design, establish, monitor and create fundamental changes to improve general well-being for you and the greater community. Some of the skills to be obtained include closed loop systems, integrating into sustainable living practices, replicating natural systems, and correct use of resources.


Permaculture practices, following the principles and ethics can be used at any scale; a full blown agricultural enterprise, an apartment balcony, a quarter acre farm, an intentional community, or a company structure, it will support any aspect of life. Different applications following Permaculture principles are organic food production, home design, construction, energy production and water harvesting.


This course will primarily focus on your local area, but with information learnt at a PDC you could take these skills anywhere.

Course outline
  • Theory & principles of permaculture

  • Concepts & Themes of Design

  • Systems thinking & Methods of Design

  • Pattern Understanding

  • Understanding climate & landscape

  • Trees & Their Energy Transactions

  • Water

  • Soil

  • Earth Working & Earth Resources

  • Designing for Different Climates

  • Aquatic Design and Aquaculture

  • Appropriate Technology                                                                        12 Permaculture Principles 

  • Eco-friendly house placement and design                                           

  • Energy conservation techniques

  • Recycling and waste management

  • Organic food production

  • Water harvesting and management

  • Ecological pest control

  • Drought-proofing

  • Soil rehabilitation and erosion control

  • Animals in a design, livestock an pets

  • Windbreaks and fire control

  • Practical Designing Exercises


Why do your PDC with Zone 0?

Zone 0 Permaculture has created a PDC unlike any other.

Zone 0 provides one on one PDC's to work closely with a client their family and their project / property or home.

This means that course dates can be tailored to suit your needs and preferred times to complete the course at a pace that suits you and your lifestyle. I have worked with mining / shift workers, full time workers that have difficulty making it to the 2 week courses. Besides the benefit of the course times being tailored to you, I focus a lot of the content to your home specifically and practical projects are implemented to your site during the course duration.

Site Visits

As part of this course we’ll take you out and about to visit an excellent variety of examples of permaculture design being used to create different types of resilient, abundant systems – from backyard food forests to energy efficient passive solar buildings.

Site locations will be based on where you are located.
About the teacher

Renee McKie is the main facilitator for this PDC course. She is a Permaculture consultant, designer and teacher. Renee has completed 2 PDC (1 rural and 1 urban,) She also holds a Diploma in Permaculture Design, Permaculture teacher training and social Permaculture. Renee has studied, practiced and taught Permaculture in Australia and Indonesia for several years. 

Included in THE course fee

All site visits and tours

Hand outs

USB – loaded with books and information to take home

A Permaculture Design Certificate will be awarded upon successful completion


Future studies and opportunities

The PDC serves as a foundation for further Permaculture work and study and is a prerequisite for the Diploma in Permaculture Design.

Course Dates and times

As stated before, course dates and times will be tailored to you and depending on my availability.


Course Cost

The full price of this PDC varies depending on how often we meet.

Once dates and course cost is finalised a deposit will be required.

We can arrange part payments throughout the duration of the course, final payments must be made before course completion.

Please let us know

I like to tailor the course towards the clients needs to help you to achieve your goals. So please contact and let me know why you're looking to do the PDC, any past experiences as well as your future goals, and we can discuss the possibilties.


If you have any questions about this Design Course please me at