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Permaculture Design Course, Part 1

Part 1: Permaculture in community

(Part 2: July 4th-11th, 2021 in the ecovillage 7 Linden with Harald Wedig and Martin Stengel)

with Harald Wedig and Achim Ecker (ZEGG)

The ethics of permaculture can establish a philosophy of life, its principles and tools support us in designing sustainable social-ecological systems. Anyone taking part in a permaculture design course (also known as a "72-hour course") will deal with the basics and techniques of design with permaculture together with others. This course gives an overview of the basics and areas of application of permaculture

You will get to know the field of permaculture through a wide variety of methods (lectures, small group and individual work, discussions, films, practical work, design exercises, etc.) and experience it in practice in two lively ecovillages.

Completion of a full permaculture design course entitles you to start further training as a permaculture designer.

Social permaculture

The special thing about this course is that it takes place in two interesting, large communities, where many practical examples can be seen. Many people have lived together in both places for many years and have developed systems for this. You can call this "social permaculture". That will also be a focus of this course.

A text by Starhawk from "Communities Magazine" on the subject of social permaculture

This is part 1 of a 2-week course. Part 2 takes place in the ecovillage Sieben Linden. Registration for both parts via the website of the Ecovillage Sieben Linden. The course parts can be booked separately, a visit to both weeks is highly recommended.


Participation in the second week of the course in Sieben Linden without attending the first week of the course is possible with basic knowledge of the PK modules "Ethics and Philosophy", "Ecology", "Patterns" and "Principles" - as the basis for practical planning work during the October week.

Report from the PDK course 2014
Article-PDKiG2014.pdf (1.45M)

Course instructor

Harald Wedig (Part 1 and 2): Permaculture designer since 1992, pioneer of straw bale construction and forest gardening in Europe. He works as a consultant, designer and lecturer for permaculture in Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.

Achim Ecker (Part 1): for 36 years in the community that is today the ZEGG; for 20 years building the soil and edible landscape there and reforestation in the Alentejo, Portugal, author of the brochure: Sustainability and Ecology, group leader: integral community training

Martin Stengel (Part 2): has lived in community for 28 years, co-founder of the Sieben Linden eco-village; Engineer for energy / process engineering, straw bale builder, permaculture designer, forum leader ... and family man.


Recognition as educational leave is requested for both parts of the course.

Part 1 in the ZEGG

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Part 2 in Siebenlinden

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What should the participants bring with them:

Work clothes, notebook, drawing material, possibly your own laptop, lecture material about your own projects (optional), storage medium (USB stick)

Comments from participants: "Experiencing permaculture applied in community was very inspiring and has contributed a lot to the fact that we as a group became community." (2015)

Price: Course fee part 1 € 328/492 (income-based), plus € 385 for accommodation in the group dormitory (single and double rooms subject to availability for an additional charge) and meals

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