Permaculture Design Course (PDC)

14 day Total Immersion Permaculture Design Certificate Course (PDC)

18th - 31st July 2019
UK Permaculture Association Accredited

Course fee is on a sliding scale:

  • Standard fee, waged €1000
  • Good waged / organisation / sponsored €1200
  • Low waged €850
  • Plus limited number of concessions from €650 and grant options available for Irish participants on social welfare, please see below for more info.

Fees include:

  • free camping onsite, (arrive the day before the course starts)
  • all food
  • 13 days tuition (we have one day off in the middle of the course)
  • course workbook
  • PDC certificate.

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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 research site in the South East of Ireland.

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

In our 6th year of running this course at Carraig Dúlra we are delighted to be integrating it with the Irish Permaculture Gathering, and the European Permaculture Convergence, both being hosted in Wicklow following the course.

You could have a month-long Permaculture adventure this summer; complete a PDC at Carraig Dúlra, connect with the national network at the Irish Permaculture gathering, and follow that with the EUPC, all within County Wicklow!

Tutors

The interconnections 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.

We include a practical element to every day of the course, offering hands-on experience in:

  • Organic Growing
  • Compost systems
  • Forest Gardening
  • Natural Building & Crafts
  • Working with Water
  • Woodland Skills
  • Foraging and Making Natural Products
  • Animal Husbandry and Welfare
  • Upcycling and DIY skills
  • Social Permaculture
  • Design Practice

We 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 a PDC at 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, learning, and laughing! We maintain a small PDC group of maximum 25 participants to remain in sync with the natural capacity of the site and to facilitate and explore the human side of Permaculture.

Carraig Dúlra’s beautiful location 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

The Carraig Dúlra PDC is fully accredited by the UK Permaculture Association Britain (P.A.B). On successful completion of the course participants will be awarded an internationally recognised Permaculture Design Certificate that enables you to develop your practice as a Permaculture design consultant, or educator through both 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 13 days, (not for the day off) and is payable in full in advance of the start of the course on 21st July.
Sliding scale fees are::

  • Standard course fee: €1,000 (waged).
  • Good wage fee (or if your organisation is paying for you): €1,200
  • Low waged fee: €850
  • There are also a limited number of places for unwaged people at €650; 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 mike@dulra.org to begin processing your application.

Fees include: free camping onsite (arrive the day before the course starts), all food, 13 days tuition (we have one day off in the middle of the course), course workbook, PDC certificate.

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

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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

Free camping onsite is included in the fee.
There are also some additional options onsite and locally which will be announced shortly.
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 July - early arrivals, accommodation set up & orientation
18 July - first full day teaching starting at 10 a.m. (all other days we start at 9 a.m)
1 full day off mid-course (tbd)
31 July - course closes 4pm

For information about refunds, transferring your booking, etc. please see our Course Booking Details page.  Note that no refunds can be made after 9 June, but you can transfer your course place to another person if you notify us at least a 3 days before the course begins.

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

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Thursday, 18 July, 2019 to Wednesday, 31 July, 2019
€1,000.00