Hawaii Permaculture Design Course - Hawaii Eco Living (2022)

July – August 2015

Jesse Leavitt and Wynton Wizinowich join Tom Kendall from the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast to teach a Permaculture Design Certificate accompanied by 3 days of practical experience on the beautiful Big Island in Hawaii. Tom’s hands-on lifelong agriculture experience and his passionate delivery of content will be combined with Jesse and Wynton’s Permaculture Aid experience in this 15 day submergence into Permaculture. Students will receive a PRI accredited certificate at the end of the course.

The Permaculture Design Certificate is a 72 hour theoretical course based on Bill Mollison’s Designers Manual, teaching how we can use today’s tools and technology to create a more sustainable and equitable world for all species. Permaculture is more than just gardening, it is a sustainable lifestyle. Permaculture ethics are Earth Care, People Care and Return of Surplus and this is taught by showing students to focus on local resources and their local community, and to have well thought out design practices to create abundance sustainably.
The PDC will take place in and around the area of Waimea Town (Kamuela) in the district of South Kohala. This old ranching town is located in northwest Hawai`i Island, tucked between Mauna Kea (elevation 14,000’) and Kohala Mountain. Waimea town is in a great location with easy access to a large diversity of micro-climates. The town itself is climatically divided with the east side of town beinga very wet, sub-tropical environment and the west side semi-arid with an expanse of desert continuing ten miles down to the ocean. Although it is at about 2500’, it is still only 15 minutes away from some of the most beautiful beaches on the Big Island and it offers some of the most stunning views.
Around Waimea, there are many organic farms and you can find a good variety of local food options; the town has two Saturday Farmer’s Markets and a couple others throughout the week. There is a Natural Food Store in town as well. There is also a good selection of restaurants including a burger place that sells all local beef burgers. Waimea is one of the favourite destinations for visitors to the Big Island.

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During the course, we will be spending most of our time at a local teaching hall in the center of Waimea. It is close by to all stores, including a great natural food store. It is a relatively new space and all the facilities are in good condition. It is also next door to a great school garden that we may have time to explore during the course.
For accommodation, students will alternate between camping at a few different county beach parks. The names of which are Spencer’s, Kapa`a, and Māhukona. This will give students a chance to experience some of the beauty of the Kohala coast.

The course will be fully catered for all fifteen days. The catering will be done by Simply Natural, a wonderful local café not far from Waimea. Simply Natural uses locally produced food and is well known for delicious and natural foods (more information on Trip Advisor). We are offering options of gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan and paleo.

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The practical sessions will take place on Shambhala Farm, a two acre piece of land just west of Waimea. Its primary income is currently from vacation rentals, offering visitors a more sustainable option for their vacation, but the goal is to restore the land, enabling the farm to eventually produce at its full potential and cater to eco-tourism.

To read feedback from Tom’s students, please go to
http://permaculturesunshinecoast.org/about-us/student-feedback/

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About the Teachers:
Tom Kendall grew up and worked on his parents’ farm and took on the farm in 1992 when his father retired. He downsized the 11,000 acre farm to 7,000 acres and converted to Biodynamics. The farm produced wheat and barley and ran cattle and sheep. In 2000 he sold the farm and moved to the Sunshine Coast. In 2005 he and his partner Zaia found their ideal property in Kin Kin, Noosa Hinterland. Tom had by then become interested in Permaculture, and started converting the property into a Permaculture site. With his background in farming, he was able to take on most jobs that needed to be done himself; renovations, building, operating heavy machinery for earthworks etc, gardening, fixing, installing plumbing and many other jobs that came with setting up the property. He became a wwoof host and always taught the wwoofers about Permaculture and why the property was set up the way it was. In 2008 he did a Permaculture Design Certificate with Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton. He followed that up early 2010 with a Teacher Training Course with Geoff Lawton. At that stage he realised he had so much knowledge to share with people about Permaculture and Self Reliance skills that he decided to focus on teaching. It was a natural extension from teaching wwoofers for all those years. Tom is a very practical person with an wealth of knowledge about shaping landscapes and creating tools and infrastructure. Having spent all his life working the land he has an astute awareness about today’s environmental issues and aims to minimise his footprint as much as possible. His courses are unique in that he shows a lot of practical applications to complement the theory taught. His aim is to empower as many people as possible to be self reliant using permaculture principles. He is a Permaculture Research Institute accredited teacher, an inspirational speaker and runs The Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast on his Permaculture demonstration site in Australia.
Jesse Leavitt received his PDC in 2012 from Warren Brush at Quail Springs Permaculture Oasis. After his time studying under Warren, Jesse Leavitt set out to independently study permaculture around the world. Jesse Leavitt volunteered, and worked with farms/communities from Asia to Europe. Following his experiences abroad Jesse enrolled at the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia to attend Geoff Lawton’s 10-week internship, where he completed courses in sustainable soil management, teacher training, urban design, aid project establishment, and earthworks. Directly following the completion of Geoff Lawton’s 10-week internship, Jesse took on a project manager position of a rural development project in the interior of Fiji. After 6 months in Fiji Jesse has now come to Hawaii to continue his work in Permaculture design.
Wynton Wizinowich grew up on the Big Island of Hawaii. Inspired to learn from the best, he travelled to Australia in 2013 to take his PDC with Geoff Lawton at Zaytuna Farm; immediately following he took PRI Australia’s 10-week internship. During that time, he completed courses in earthworks, soil health and management, aid work, urban design and teacher training. Afterwards he went on to learn, work and practice on sites in India and Kenya. In Africa, he worked with Joseph Lentunyoi of PRI Kenya, design and implement on a rural demonstration site. After his time abroad, he has elected to return to his home, where he is now working as a consultant and designer to help the island and its residents into a more sustainable future.

Accommodation:
Camping (tent) accommodation is included in the course fee, please byo tent and camping gear (bedding etc). Arrive early to mid afternoon Sunday prior to course start (26 July) for pick up from airport and camp set up.

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Meals:
Fully catered for, 3 meals per day plus morning and afternoon tea. Saturdays are days off but are also catered for.

Directions:
Fly into Kona International airport on the Big Island, Hawaii. You will be contacted in regards to pick up times on Sunday prior to course start (26 July 2015). Local students will be advised via email where to meet on the first camping site.

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Fees:
US$250 Deposits only are currently taken. Full fee is US$2,355 or US$2,115 for island locals. This fee includes camping fees, all meals, transfers and a PRI accredited PDC.

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FAQs

Is a permaculture design course worth it? ›

Is taking a Permaculture Course Worth It? When I think back on my own experiences of taking a Permaculture Design Course (PDC) and look at the knowledge, skills and path that I am now on as a result, I would have to say that taking a permaculture course is absolutely a worthwhile experience.

How do I learn permaculture design? ›

6 Techniques to Learn More About Permaculture
  1. Read Up. You can start your permaculture pursuits by reading books on the topic. ...
  2. Take a Course. Not everyone does well when studying solo. ...
  3. Find a Mentor. ...
  4. Visit a Greenhouse. ...
  5. Start a Community Project. ...
  6. Practice in Your Backyard.
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What should I study for permaculture? ›

Some of the topics / themes to be covered are :
  • Evidence for change & the ethics of sustainability.
  • Principles of Permaculture.
  • Observation & landscape analysis.
  • Ecological planning & design methods.
  • Organic food production and food security.
  • Climatic factors in design.
  • Soils: natural soil improvement.

What do you learn in a permaculture design course? ›

PDC students learn how to read social systems and landscapes in ways that see challenges as opportunities. Students learn how to assess hydrology, landforms, climate, sun exposure and more, which will help them determine the parameters for effective sustainable design.

How much do permaculture designers make? ›

Permaculture Designers in America make an average salary of $65,572 per year or $32 per hour. The top 10 percent makes over $111,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent under $38,000 per year.

What does a permaculture designer do? ›

Permaculture designers are trained to read the landscape and assess a property for its full, productive potential. They notice opportunities to catch and store resources on the land, such as rainwater flows or fertility. S/He can group components together to maximize their efficiency.

What are the 12 principles of permaculture? ›

The 12 design principles of permaculture
  • Observe and Interact with Nature. ...
  • Catch and Store Energy. ...
  • Obtain a Yield. ...
  • Apply Self Regulation and Accept Feedback. ...
  • Use and Value Renewable Resources. ...
  • Produce No Waste. ...
  • Design From Patterns to Details. ...
  • Integrate Rather Than Segregate.

What is the difference between horticulture and permaculture? ›

Whether it's trees, shrubs, annuals or perennials. These are all sub categories of horticulture. Agriculture pertains specifically to the mass cultivation of food crops. Permaculture is the cultivation of food crops using methods that mimic nature and natural ecology of landscapes.

What is permaculture design certificate? ›

The permaculture design certificate (PDC) is a specific 72-hour course. The standardized content of a PDC teaches you how to apply the permaculture design process, ethics, principles, techniques, and strategies to any situation, climate, site, etc.

What is a PDC certification? ›

The PDC Certificate simply states that one has satisfactorily completed a PDC training and now has earned the privilege to consider themselves a 'permaculturist' (skilled or not) and may offer their design abilities or knowledge to others.

How long is a permaculture course? ›

The Permaculture Design Course is an internationally recognized, 12 day resident course resulting in a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC). Credit for this course is now accepted by a growing number of universities around the world.

What is sustainable permaculture? ›

Permaculture is a concept that is ensuring sustainable living in the best way possible. It fits within the definition of what sustainable is and through its measures it will take, what people think sustainable living is, to a whole new level.

What is permaculture PDF? ›

Permaculture is a design concept for sustainable, food. producing landscapes mimicking the diversity and resilience. of natural ecosystems. Although concepts included in. permaculture design have been in practice for millenia by.

Can you make a career in permaculture? ›

Running workshops and courses from properties developed under permaculture principles is a common way which many permaculturists earn a part of their living. In fact many permaculturists have many different income streams, harking back to the principle 'Use and value diversity'.

What jobs can you get with permaculture? ›

Sustainability, Organic, Permaculture jobs
  • Truck and Water Cart Operators. ...
  • Tutors Required for Local and/or Online Lessons. ...
  • Casual Fruit and Vegetable Assistant - Organic Grocery. ...
  • Social Media Account Manager. ...
  • Sustainability Analyst. ...
  • Pick Packer. ...
  • Sustainability Programs Officer.

Where do permaculture designers work? ›

Now Permaculture Designers are employed as landscape designers and installers, water harvesting technicians, government consultants, podcasters, YouTubers and so much more.

Can you make money in permaculture? ›

As I outlined in the permaculture farm profiles, each and every one of the models of a successful permaculture farm has multiple income streams. For example, Grant Shultz of Versaland makes 40% of his income from farming, 30% from his nursery business, 20% from education and 10% from consulting…

Can you make money doing permaculture? ›

There are many different viable permaculture models and designs that make different scales of farms very profitable. So, now that we know that it is possible to make a profit with permaculture, the question is, where does that profit come from? Many operations bring in an income stream.

How much does permaculture cost? ›

The price range for implementation of a design is $3,000 (simple residence) to $30,000 (homestead/farm). Annual oversite and maintenance can run about the same.

How many acres do you need for permaculture? ›

To establish a self-seeding, low-maintenance, backyard food forest capable of feeding you and your family, you would probably need around 1/30th of an acre per person, which is 1450 square feet or 38 by 38 feet.

What are the three ethics of permaculture? ›

Central to permaculture are the three ethics

The ethics earth care, people care and fair share form the foundation for permaculture design and are also found in most traditional societies.

What is the difference between permaculture and organic farming? ›

In permaculture gardening, energy is transferred from one source to another before leaving the system entirely. Whereas, with organic gardening, since fertilizers are used, the waste from one plant becomes food for another organism.

What are the 5 types of farming? ›

Types of Farming
  • Arable Farming. Arable farming is a method that involves growing crops primarily in regions that have a warm climate across the year. ...
  • Pastoral Farming. ...
  • Mixed Farming. ...
  • Commercial Farming. ...
  • Subsistence Farming. ...
  • Extensive and Intensive Farming. ...
  • Nomadic Farming. ...
  • Sedentary Farming.
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What is a holistic permaculture farm? ›

It is the harmonious integration of the landscape with people providing their food, energy, shelter and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way.” In other words, permaculture is a holistic, living-in-harmony-with-nature worldview, as well as technical approach for how to do so.

What is permaculture in agriculture? ›

Definition Of Permaculture

Permaculture can be understood as the growth of agricultural ecosystems in a self-sufficient and sustainable way. This form of agriculture draws inspiration from nature to develop synergetic farming systems based on crop diversity, resilience, natural productivity, and sustainability.

What is a PDC certification? ›

The PDC Certificate simply states that one has satisfactorily completed a PDC training and now has earned the privilege to consider themselves a 'permaculturist' (skilled or not) and may offer their design abilities or knowledge to others.

What is a permaculture PDC? ›

This training provides a clear understanding on how we as humans can minimize, even possibly reverse, Global-Climate Change and heal much of the damage to our planet, while also creating greater abundance & security for all.

What is permaculture PDF? ›

Permaculture is a design concept for sustainable, food. producing landscapes mimicking the diversity and resilience. of natural ecosystems. Although concepts included in. permaculture design have been in practice for millenia by.

What is permaculture in agriculture? ›

Definition Of Permaculture

Permaculture can be understood as the growth of agricultural ecosystems in a self-sufficient and sustainable way. This form of agriculture draws inspiration from nature to develop synergetic farming systems based on crop diversity, resilience, natural productivity, and sustainability.

How long is a permaculture course? ›

The Permaculture Design Course is an internationally recognized, 12 day resident course resulting in a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC). Credit for this course is now accepted by a growing number of universities around the world.

What can you do with permaculture? ›

Some popular area of specialization for Permaculture Designers are:
  • Teaching.
  • Consulting.
  • Organic gardening/farming.
  • Natural Building.
  • Renewable Energy Systems.
  • Aquaculture / Aquaponics.
  • Natural Animal Husbandry.
  • Apiary/Beekeeping.
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How do you make a permaculture garden? ›

How to Start a Permaculture Garden in 8 Steps
  1. Acquaint yourself with your surroundings. ...
  2. Choose plants based on your environment. ...
  3. Design your garden layout. ...
  4. Build your garden beds. ...
  5. Plant your permaculture garden. ...
  6. Add a layer of organic mulch to the topsoil. ...
  7. Add compost without disturbing the soil.
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What are the three ethics of permaculture? ›

Central to permaculture are the three ethics

The ethics earth care, people care and fair share form the foundation for permaculture design and are also found in most traditional societies.

How much does permaculture cost? ›

The price range for implementation of a design is $3,000 (simple residence) to $30,000 (homestead/farm). Annual oversite and maintenance can run about the same.

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