Permaculture Design Course (PDC)

12 day total immersion UK Permaculture Association accredited Permaculture Design Certificate Course 17th to 30th June 2017

Course fee includes all food and camping spots and is on a sliding scale: Standard fee €1000 waged / €1200 good waged / €800 low waged / plus concessions and grant options


The Carraig Dulra Permaculture Design Course (PDC) embraces head, heart and hands-on learning, offering a transformative and immersive educational experience at the beautiful 'Carraig Dúlra', a 4 acre Permaculture small holding in the South East of Ireland.

This PDC is designed to be as accessible as possible to all in its learning style, affordablity, and ability level, and to all ages. Please get in touch with if you have accessiblity queries and she will work with you to try to meet your needs.

The interconnection of our carefully chosen tutor team provides a diversity of perspectives from living examples of “Permaculture in practice”.  Their years of experience and wisdom weaves together with all the Permaculture theory and design you would expect from the core curriculum of a UK Permaculture Association accredited PDC. 


There is a practical element to every day of the course offering hands on experience in everything from organic growing, compost systems, forest gardening, natural building and crafts, working with water, woodland skills, foraging and making natural products, animal husbandry and welfare, upcycling and DIY skills, to Social Permaculture, and design practice.

We will also visit, case study and engage with other local projects at differing stages of their design and implementation. These experiences of applied Permaculture design in various contexts support your understanding of the core concepts from many angles. This exposure to  techniques, information, and styles of Permaculture will provide you with a rich toolkit for your own future projects.

The carefully designed education environment of Carraig Dúlra, the tutor team and course content will empower you to apply Permaculture design to your own garden, household, farm, business, community project and even your own life path.

Click here to find out what some of our previous course participants have to say and what they are up to now…

Experience Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share in action!

Carraig Dúlra PDC 2017

Why choose Carraig Dúlra?

You will be immersed in a supportive and nurturing environment centred around community (people care) and ‘earth-care’ living and we encourage a ‘participants not passengers’ approach where we  can experience shared community living. Sharing living, learning, and laughing! And don’t forget the infamous Irish “craic agus ceol”.

Carraig Dúlra offers the opportunity to retreat into the wild Wicklow hills to connect with nature. It reflects and demonstrates what 10 years of applied Permaculture research and design can create on a ‘marginal’ parcel of land, supporting and supported by the local community and together regenerating a beautiful and productive landscape.

Visible projects at Dúlra demonstrate working in synergy with nature and natural resources and these include:

  • Food forest
  • Organic ‘no-dig’ annual vegetable garden with examples of polycultures
  • Herb labyrinth, spiral and pollinator garden
  • Swales, pond and water management systems
  • A cob and straw bale barn with a reciprocal and green roof
  • Wood fired cob bath
  • Sauna, and off grid bath house
  • Wood fired cob pizza oven
  • Heritage Irish apple orchard
  • 1.5 acre native woodland, hedges and shelterbelts.
  • Living willow structures
  • Chicken and duck houses integrated with fertility and compost systems
  • Top bar beehives and natural beekeeping
  • Greenhouse with annuals, hot beds and cob perennial beds growing apricots, kiwis, olives, figs, grapes, South American root crops and more.
  • Pallet built Tiny House in progress
  • Accessible technologies: water ram pump, composting toilet, biogas digester, rainwater harvesting.

This course is fully accredited by the UK Permaculture Association Permaculture Association Britain, which means that on successful completion of the course participants will be awarded an internationally recognised Permaculture Design Certificate which will enable you to develop your practice as a Permaculture design consultant, or educator through your own practice and with the option of continuing your professional development via a Diploma in Permaculture design.  

Your Investment

In recognition of the Permaculture ‘Fairshare’ (or share the surplus) ethic we offer a sliding fee scale and access to grant options to enable those with less financial resources to participate.  The course fee includes all meals for 12 days, and is payable in full in advance.

We are offering this course on a sliding fee scale:

  • Standard course fee: €1,000 (waged).
  • Good wage fee (or if your organisation is paying for you): €1,200
  • Low waged fee: €800

There are also a limited number of places for unwaged people at €600; these are funded by the standard and good wage fees above.

Carraig Dúlra is an approved training provider with Irish social welfare. Irish residents in receipt of a social welfare payment may be eligible for a training grant for the PDC from their local social welfare office of up to €500. Get in touch with us and your local office as early as possible as processing these grants takes from 4-6 weeks depending on the office. To secure a place you will need to pay a minimum of €100 by arrangement. Email

Please contact us for more information or if you have any questions about our fee scale.


For some fundraising ideas for your course fee, see How to fund my PDC?

Course Food

The course cost covers all meals and the collaborative nature of this course extends to the food arrangements. All food is ethically sourced; organic, local and vegetarian with vegan options. Where available, the food comes from Dúlra itself. We cook and eat together and create colourful and delicious feasts every day.

Course Accommodation

Accommodation is included in your course fee if you bring your own tent.

Or book one of the following options (first come first serve basis):

  • €60 tent rental (i.e. €5/night) for limited number of pop up 1, 2 and 3 man tents
  • €180 (i.e. €15/night) for a caravan (there are 2 available) with 1 double bed and one 1single bed, and electricity
  • €180 for the cabin with a single or double bed, with electricity (this is a simple shed-type structure with 2 rooms, insulated, carpeted and simply furnished)
  • €100 for the small bell tent
  • €120 for the large bell tent

Bedding is generally not provided. Please bring your own sleeping bags, sheets, pillows. Some sleeping bags and extra blankets are available on request.

To book this accommodation please email us, and it’s strictly on first come basis.

Please get in touch if you are travelling from far and need help with any aspect of your journey or stay.  For example, earlier arrival or extra nights at the end of the course.  (By arrangement only)

Course Schedule

  • 17 June - arrivals, accommodation set up & orientation
  • 18 June - first full day teaching
  • 1 full day off mid-course (24th of June)
  • 30 June - course closes 4pm

For information about refunds, transferring your booking, etc. please see our Course Booking Details page

Join us for this exciting adventure, we would love to have you on board!

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Saturday, 17 June, 2017 to Friday, 30 June, 2017