Beginning Permaculture (Online and on-demand course)

Learn about permaculture by beginning with its ethics and design principles in this online and on-demand program.

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The best place to start learning about permaculture is by exploring the ethics and design principles of permaculture in this online and on-demand program.

Here, you’ll grow your knowledge of permaculture. This course will introduce you to the meaning and history of permaculture, the three ethics and the 12 design principles of permaculture, and how you can continue to learn about permaculture in a more practical aspect.

You can explore all the learning content at your own pace, and have access to all the content for 90 days from your enrolment into the course.

The course is expected to take five to seven hours of self-directed learning to complete.

Course details

Sun 26th Mar or
10am – 3pm

Sat 1st Jul or
10am – 3pm

Sat 2nd Dec
10am – 3pm

Online & on-demand course

Concession available

Here are the chapter titles and page titles for this course.

Note: We are using the term ‘seedling’ as we see this as just the beginning of your learning which will grow into so much more.

  1. Welcome Seedling
    • Welcome Message
    • Course Introduction
    • Acknowledgment of Country
    • Engaging with Beginning Permaculture
    • Online Learning and Thinkific
  2. Introducing Permaculture
    • What is Permaculture
    • How Permaculture Started
    • The Ethics and Design Principles of Permaculture
  3. Ethics of Permaculture
    • Ethics of Permaculture
    • Earth Care
    • People Care
    • Fair Share
  4. Permaculture Design Principles
    • Permaculture Design Principles
    • 1: Observe and interact
    • 2: Catch and store energy
    • 3: Obtain a yield
    • 4: Apply self-regulation and accept feedback
    • 5: Use and value renewable resources and services
    • 6: Produce no waste
    • 7: Design from patterns to details
    • 8: Integrate rather than segregate
    • 9: Use small and slow solutions
    • 10: Use and value diversity
    • 11: Use edges and value the marginal
    • 12: Creatively use and respond to change
    • Revisit the Permaculture Design Principles
  5. Learning more about Permaculture
    • Deeper Learning of Permaculture
    • Resources and References
    • Learning Permaculture at CERES
  6. Fare Well Seedling
    • Fare Well Seedling…’til Next Time!

Our ‘seedling’ course (called a seedling as it is just the beginning of your learning and will grow into so much more) is a fully online self-directed learning course where you proceed through the learning content at your own pace with no requirements of a set time to participate in real-time activities or any due dates for activities.

What you will get

  • A free account on our learning platform, Thinkific
  • Access to any free courses, such as ‘Introducing the Online Learning Platform – Thinkific’
  • 90 days access to any purchased ‘seedling’ courses from purchase date
  • Certificate of participation for any 100% completed courses
  • Access to our community forums on Thinkific, such as ‘CERES Learning and Thinkific Help and Support’ and ‘CERES School of Nature and Climate Learner Community’

Terms and conditions

Our booking and refund policies, concession pricing information, FAQs, as well as other general terms and conditions can be viewed here.

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