Social Permaculture PDC – Arambol, Goa, April 12-25 2020

               What is permaculture and why is it important?


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Most of you know, permaculture is a bit more than gardening. Permaculture is a design practice rooted in three main ethics. Care for the Earth, Care for the People and Care for the Future or Fair Shares. Permaculture opens up a new lens to view the world with more clarity and meaning. It inculcates an understanding of how natural systems work and offers tools to create more harmony in our lives in line with the needs of the planet.

Join us as we discover its origin, philosophy and techniques and explore your interests in choosing this course and why needs you will meet by attending. We will look at your personal reasons for becoming a permaculture designer and explore different ways permaculture can be applied.

“The only ethical decision is to take responsibility for our own existence and that of those whom we bring into the world.” — Bill Mollison



Who is it for?

Everyone is welcome. The course is inclusive and celebrates diversity. Diversity in an ecosystem translates to resilience that enables the system to adapt and thrive in adverse conditions. Everyone has a voice and every voice matters.

The course offers opportunities for personal growth, new life skills and a change in direction. How can we create support systems for humans to be effective and thrive together? How can we create an emergent culture that meets our unique needs and those of the planet?

We invite you to engage with permaculture from an experiential place and delve deeper into the social stream, mainly the people care ethic of permaculture. We hope that you question, debate, contradict and engage with the subjects we cover. We request that you come on the course with an open heart and a mind that is willing to unlearn as well as learn.


Students exploring design, zoning and sectors

Subjects covered:

Permaculture ethics and principles

Patterns in humans and nature

Sector analysis and zoning, with a focus on zone 00 (the self)

Water harvesting, storing and conserving

Soil ecology, organic soil building, mulches and compost

Trees and forest ecosystems

Social permaculture design with experiences rooted in observing and working with the land.

Collaborative governance and decision-making, social enterprise, localised community living, integrated permaculture lifestyles, invisible structures, non violent communication.

In addition you will learn practical skills such as composting, creating soil, making natural cleaning products, growing food organically, and more.

Practical skills learning during the PDC. How to ferment foods and make our own bioenzymes.

Fellow permie Jo Flores puts it like this:

“Beyond permanent agriculture

​“Permaculture” by name first gained International recognition when Australians Bill Mollison and David Holmgren released their book Permaculture One in 1978. They took the idea of a “permanent agriculture”, spliced the words together, and used the term to describe a methodology for designing perennially productive landscapes.

So yeah, it’s about gardening…about growing super lush, abundant, and regenerative edible perennial paradise garden!


Permaculture designers work to establish homesteads and communities that provide for their own needs, require minimal care, and produce and distribute surplus food and goods. This goes beyond our work with the plants and trickles into every corner of our human, non-human, and intergenerational communities.

Later, Mollison and Holmgren each published monumental guides to the design, implementation, and propagation of these world-changing concepts, and because they are based on natural patterns which repeat on every scale, the idea of permaculture has now expanded far beyond designing and implementing productive gardens and farms.

Permaculture emphasizes observation, careful planning, sharing of resources, and working with nature, rather than against it. Meeting our own needs without exploiting others is the secondary goal; regenerating the Earth so that it can continue to sustain life is the first.

The permaculture design system, which contains the specific set of ethics, principles, tools and techniques, offers an opportunity for individuals, families, and communities to create a living human culture that nourishes, rather than annihilates, the Earth.

From what those Aussies started, a global community has emerged, and many of us–many women–have also written books about permaculture, implemented projects, and, over decades of learning and experimentation, have developed layers of replicable praxis.

And what bleeds through, as permaculture evolves, is the perennial need to consider that interconnected network of invisible structures that enable (or prohibit) sustainable land design projects to stand the test of time.

In short:
Permaculture help us figure out where in the cycle of life we fit in, and how we can help make things better for future generations, of every species.”



Typical day schedule:

6:30 – 8 Morning tea, morning self practice (yoga, meditation, walking meditation, swimming)

8-9 Breakfast

9-9:15 Morning circle

9:15-10.30 Session 1 – Into the ethics

10:30 – 11 T Break

11- 12.30 Session 2 – Into the principles

12:30 – 3:30 Lunch and siesta

3:30-5 Session 3 – Into the practice

5-5:30 – Sit spot

5:30-6 Evening circle

6-8 Dinner and integrate

8-10 Evening offering – open to storytelling by the fire, sharing a craft/skill, watching a movie, talent/no talent show, doing something together, design work and prep for presentations.

10 pm ZZzzzz’s

Additional site visits:

During the course we will take you on a few trips to established sites see how permaculture principles, ethics and design were applied on different properties to meet different needs. The sites include an alternative school with an integrated permaculture curriculum, an organic food and medicine garden and a healing center.

All within walking distance from our venue.


Course Fees:

In order to make the course accessible to more people we set out a sliding scale payment system so people that can afford to pay more can support the attendance of students and local people that may wish to participate but don’t have the means. We wish to make permaculture accessible to all those interested.

Course fee includes all meals and accommodation for 13 nights and it is based on 2 people sharing a hut in single beds. For single occupancy please add 5000 INR per person.

Tier 1 – Foreign nationals in full time employment

50.000 INR

Tier 2 – Foreign students

43.000 INR

Tier 3 – Indian nationals

38.000 INR

Tier 4 – Indian students

33.000 INR

Payments and Cancellation policy:

Your place on the course is confirmed once 50% of the full course fee is made to Jungle Dance (our hosts) for payments in Indian Rupees, or to the course facilitator’s account for international payments. The remainder of the 50% of course fees to be paid in cash upon arrival at the venue on April 12th.

Full details will be sent in a confirmation email. To enroll please fill in the form below or email stating April PDC Goa 2020 reqistration in the subject line.


We cannot accept responsibility for changes in your personal circumstances. Please choose your course carefully as REFUNDS WILL NOT BE GIVEN unless cancellation is received 2 weeks or 10 working days prior to course commencement and will incur a 20% administration charge.


The course will be held at Jungle Dance Cafe in Arambol, Goa. Jungle Dance is an iconic venue inland Arambol, a sanctuary for artists, creative humans and wildlife.


Jungle dance boasts simple, clean and airy huts sprinkled on the expansive property in the jungle. The accommodation price is based on two people sharing. Single occupancy is available at an additional supplement of 5000 INR.


All meals will be lovingly prepared by the Jungle Dance Cafe and are mostly vegan/vegetarian, using local organic produce when available. We are open to a meat/fish barbecue meal sometime during the course for the carnivores amongst us. Kindly indicate your food preferences and allergies when booking your course.

Important information

Once your enrolment is completed you will receive a confirmation email. This email will be your receipt and inform you of the dates, time and venue of your course, it will also let you know of anything you need to take to class with you. Please make sure that you give us a valid email address and mobile number as any course changes will be communicated via Whatsapp or email.

We keep our course sizes small so that you get a better experience. Avoid disappointment, enrol early.