Permaculture Design for Cities, Towns and Villages
Permaculture is a holistic design science rooted in observing the way nature works and applying the same patterns and principles in designing sustainable, resilient, human habitats.
An art of working with nature rather than against it, permaculture provides a framework for cultivating land, plants, people, animals & places by fostering mutually beneficial relationships that last for future generations.
Join Sabina Arokiam (Malaysia) & Juergen Soecknick (Austria) from Eats, Shoots & Roots, for 13 days (spread over 3 months) of permaculture theory, practical workshops, field observations, and design exercises based on real sites and real situations.The course will be held in the middle of the suburban setting of Petaling Jaya; surrounded by a community garden in the making, and a stone’s throw away from the Bukit Gasing Centre for Forest Education. We will draw inspiration from nature’s classroom, developing an understanding on how to work with the wisdom of nature to create simple systems that build soil fertility, produce healthy organic food, conserve water and energy, maximise space and reduce waste, as well as regenerate our ecological and social landscape. In this Part-Time PDC, participants will have an opportunity to go through a step by step process in creating a detailed permaculture design for their respective homes, or chosen site. They will also go through a group design project, which will involve a larger scale permaculture project in an urban setting. With a 60% theory and 40% practical emphasis, combining both indoor and outdoor classroom experience, our PDC graduates will leave the course ready to design and implement permaculture principles into a wide range of scale and scenarios; from urban permaculture systems, to small farms, schools and communities, and sustainable aid work. The class size for this course is limited to 25 participants to ensure quality learning outcomes for everyone, and upon full attendance and completion of the course, graduates will receive a certificate and will be able to use the word ‘permaculture’ on a professional basis – as a practitioner, teacher or consultant in permaculture. Limited in its application only by imagination, Permaculture can also be applied to our lives; be it in our homes, families, community or work.
Course ContentFacilitatorsDuring the CourseVenueFeesWhat Others Say
- What is permaculture?
- How permaculture design works and how to apply it to different properties and situations
- Basic ecology, and how it relates to designing productive gardens and properties
- Recognising and utilising patterns in nature
- Water capture, control, use & re-use in permaculture systems
- Understanding and improving our soil
- Nursery basics and plant propagation
- Seed saving
- Creating and maintaining productive edible gardens
- Regenerative farming strategies
- Small scale permaculture animal systems
- Trees in permaculture design
- Sustainable house design & appropriate technology
- Strategies for building healthy, resilient communities in cities, towns and villages
- Community and school gardens
- Designing for catastrophes
- Personal site design & consultation
Practical Workshops (not limited to, but may* include):
- Site asessment, analysis and design
- Surveying and mapping the landscape
- Soil assessment
- Building a worm farm
- Sheet mulching
- Establishing raised garden beds
- Nursery basics and plant propagation
- Container Gardening
- Making models for bamboo structures
- Rice Growing according to SRI (System of Rice Intensification) Method
*While we aim to run all workshops, it is subject to weather conditions and time management
Sabina ArokiamWith a background in fine arts and community development, Sabina holds a certificate in Permaculture and Ecovillage Design from Lost Valley in Oregon, USA and has worked and studied with several community and permaculture initiatives in SE-Asia, Australia, Europe and the USA. She is the founder of Embun Pagi, Malaysia’s first Permaculture Education & Demonstration site, and has organised and taught in several Permaculture Design Courses and workshops.
Juergen SoecknickJuergen is a certified Permaculture Designer and has travelled extensively through SE-Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Europe, where he studied and worked at several Permaculture projects & organic farms. Together with Sabina he has led the set-up of Embun Pagi and has organised and taught in several Permaculture Design Courses and workshops. He has a background in biology and is passionate about the workings of soils and plants as well as sharing practical solutions for a regenerative and resilient future.
To be announced
During the course
DatesEvery Saturday April – June 2012
TimingsClasses run in a rough 9am – 5pm format, and is followed by an evening presentation or movie screening session. Outside class hours, students are welcome to interact with the garden, or make use of our library of Permaculture and sustainability texts.
Please bring along
- Notebook/sketchbook and drawing stationery
- Working gloves (you can get them at gardening/hardware stores)
- A hat & appropriate clothing and footwear for working outdoors, keep it simple. Work is not too strenuous, and practicals will not be held under the midday heat of the sun.
- Optional: You can bring along pictures, maps, layout, details of a property (e.g balcony, rooftop, home garden/yard, vacant plot) that you intend to transform using permaculture design.