Overview of Permaculture Design, online course, Just $10

by Brian Newhouse
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Sustainable living made simple: Basics of permaculture design provides a general outline to living off the land. Based on the 72-hour certified permaculture design course, participants will gain an understanding of principles and practices needed to live off the land.

This course follows a book, The Permaville Handbook: Strategies to Permaculture Design. Learn design strategies from real life examples from sustainable projects around the world. 

Get the course for 10 bucks!

In this course you will learn the basics of:

  • Water filtration
  • Building with earth
  • Soil and compost
  • Raising fish, insects and animals

3 hours of content provides a broad analysis of sustainable living strategies.  Learn how to live off the land with strategies of permaculture design.

Does the Permaville Course count as a Permaculture Design Course certificate?

This course meets the basic requirements for a Permaculture Design Certificate. In-person permaculture design courses or sustainable living courses are highly recommended for hands-on experience and group discussions. There is no substitution for in-person learning environments.


A syllabus lists the subjects in a particular course of study. The syllabus for Sustainable Living Made Easy: Basics of Permaculture Design are:


Design process

  • Permaculture design process
  • Permaville project design
  • Site map basics


  • Story of permaculture
  • Definitions of permaculture
  • Agro, industrial, digital
  • Social structures
  • Cloud 

Principles and Ethics     

  • Principles
  • Ethics – people care, earth care and fair share

Zones and sectors

  • Zones
  • Natural sectors

Patterns in nature

  • Patterns in nature
  • Phi 

Climates and microclimates

  • Climate
  • Microclimates
  • Climate zones

Urban design

  • Types of living settlements
  • Urban design strategies

Areas of permaculture


  • What are earthworks
  • Types of levels
  • Earthworks elements  – swales, bunds, terraces
  • Methods for lining ponds
  • About bentonite clay liners

Paths and access

  • Footpaths – Types and specs
  • Path drainage and erosion control techniques
  • Types of fencing

Natural building

  • Building with earth
  • Making mortar mix, adobe bricks
  • Natural plastering, sealants and paints
  • Building with cob, earthbags, rammed earth, bamboo, strawbale


  • Properties of water and hydrological cycle
  • Water sources, storage and filtration
  • Water heating and conservation strategies
  • Greywater systems


  • Community recycling strategies
  • Types of composting toilets
  • Bio-gas 


  • Soil food web
  • Elements in the soil


  • Compost pile
  • Compost tea
  • Mulching


  • Indigenous microorganisms
  • Methods to grow mushrooms
  • Bio-remediation
  • Worm composting bins


  • Nursery design
  • Plant propagation
  • Seed saving


  • Choosing garden space
  • Types of gardens
  • Garden techniques


  • Tree planting methods
  • Layers of a forest
  • Forest succession
  • Food forest design


  • Pond design
  • Aquaponics
  • Chinampas 

Insects and animals

  • Attracting beneficial insects
  • Keeping pests away
  • Animal care 


  • About added value
  • Sustainable kitchen elements
  • Fermentation

Appropriate technology

  • Making charcoal
  • Applying simple machines to everything
  • Renewable energy


  • Village economics
  • Alternative economics
  • The point

Field (startup farm)

  • Greenhouse
  • Potting soil
  • Bed preparation
  • Compost tea
  • Hydroponics
  • Field LOG.

 Crops (startup farm)

  • Spring and summer crops
  • Fall and winter crops
  • Trees and herbs

Farm (startup farm) 

  • Post-harvest area and wash and packing area
  • Storage and processing area map
  • Sales and earnings