Apr 10, 2013


Certified Permaculture Design Course

9 - 16th of July 2013

taught by João Jorge, architect, permaculturist, gardener and practicioner since 1995. Taught by Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton in Australia.

If you would like to read more about João Jorge, click here.  

The course will be taught in English.
(Click below on "read more" for the full post)



Basic Information

Cost: 350E 
We offer 2 free spaces for each course for the first applicants to get in touch.

To register you simply need to send us an email with your name, and organise to transfer 150E as a deposit - which will not be refunded if you do not attend.

The minimum number of participants to run the course is 12.
Our advice is that you book your place as soon as you can. The deadline for applications is 15th June. If we do not have the required 12 participants needed to cover all the costs, we refund the registration fee. So, those coming from abroad please hold off booking flights until 15th June as we cannot be responsible for any travel costs.


 What should you expect of the course..... 


PDC's include: interactive and dynamic lectures, movie/documentary sessions, hands-on projects,  camping and meals together. 

The course will be conducted in the internationally accepted manner, so all graduates earn a Permaculture Design Certificate for completing the course. 

During the course, the theme of the actual environmental and social crisis will be addressed and we will look at possible solutions through the comprehension of natural systems, patterns in nature, natural building, collection and storage of water, food-forests, ecological food and just economy.

All students are required to be present for the full course if they wish to receive the certificate.

The course will consist of a broad range of topics applicable to life anywhere on this planet, yet will be tailored to the needs of the students present as well as the location at hand. 

Participants will help to co-create the design of food forests, permaculture-style gardens, hugelkultur beds, natural buildings, water catchment and irrigation systems, work with swales and dams, etc..

Permaculture courses are standardised as far as content. 

What that includes is the following:

  • 1. Philosophies and Ethics underlying permaculture.
  • 2. Basic permaculture principles and help shape things in general
  • 3. Patterns in Nature, and how to use that in design
  • 4. Methods of design. How to go from a damaged piece of land to having and idea for how to move forward with it.
  • 5. Climactic factors. We will cover all the major climates and how to work with them.
  • 6. Trees, forests, and why we want to mimic their systems.
  • 7. Water: catchment, usage, importance, and conservation
  • 8. Soil, minerals, microorganisms, building new soil, and preventing erosion
  • 9. Earthworks: How to shape the land to help it achieve the goals we are aiming for.
  • 10. Aquaculture
  • 11. Natural Building
  • 12. Alternative systems: community living, and other ways of choosing to live differently that works well for people and the planet.

Each of these categories have subcategories and João will have his own additions and certain topics that might be stressed over others.


What are you expected to bring ?

...      .....tent or if you have, your own mobile  home :-)

 ...your daily care personal stuff (if you bring soap, shampoo, etc...only natural products please, as our waste water feeds the orange trees) 

...a flash light or head-lamp 


...a cup/mug (we might not have enough here for everyone)
...we do have plates, forks and knifes, but if you prefer to bring your own that’s up to you...

 ...sleeping bag and mat or whatever you sleep with...

...some hard surface for you to write on like a folder... We don’t have a conventional class room...Fiiiiuuu!!!

 ...if you have your favourite
kind of chair or stool, do
bring it...a simple pillow
might be enough...we have
some but it is up to you! 

.....swimming gear for the pond and if you have sensitive skin some sunprotector and a hat!

...some warmer clothes for the evening, the nights can be chilly...but the days, are generally warm and sunny...

(Check the weather here before coming )

...if you play any instruments and would like to bring it for the fire circle in the evenings, do bring them along...

...finally, please bring Joy, Love, open heart, laughter, your own knowledge, etc...all the good in you!!!


What does the land provide ?

            ...dry compost toilet, which doubles up as our library! 

            ...camping area


 ...spring water and delicious food - mainly
from local market, our garden and organic dry stuffs. 

 If you do, come prepared with your special supplies.

 ....warm solar shower system.

  ......we don't have electricity as such, but we do have a way to charge small devices, or computers if needed. We use our solar system for light. 

.....we have a few animals 
4 wonderful cats,
chickens and a cute donkey.... 

Hmmm...that’s enough information for now... 
If you have any questions, do ask ...

Click here to find information on directions....
let us know nearer the time if you come by car, public transports, or whatever you choose...


a comment from one of the last courses attendants :

What an absolutely brilliant course it was.. I am still digesting everything we were taught. And thank you so much for hosting us all. I look forward to seeing the fruits of this teaching in the years to come - when we are all working on established permaculture projects of our own!” Hannah xx, UK

You can also check here, here or here for reports on previous PDC's we had here... it might give you an idea of the site too... 

With the support of WWOOF Portugal - to find out more about WWOOFing in Portugal check out their website:


Barbara and Emma
@ Mount of Oaks

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