Transforms your home and garden to live more sustainably, healthily, and more in tune with nature with permaculture design.  

This is the ultimate course for you to discover permaculture – and how to use it on your property.  The Suburban Homestead Design Course gives you a comprehensive understanding of permaculture – its origins, theory, and application – as well as the practical tools to enable you to create a permaculture design for any site.

With this twenty-hour Suburban Homestead Design Course you can achieve all these things – and so much more.

  • Grow abundant healthy, organic food for you and your family
  • Transform your property into an energy efficient system that saves you money
  • Save water and use it more effectively – and reduce your bills
  • Make your soil a cultivation marvel using your own compost
  • Learn to live much more sustainably and produce far less waste.

We took the standard Permaculture Design Course (a seventy-two hour curriculum) and compressed it into twelve hours of video content plus eight hours of practical design work.  You learn the same concepts as the longer course, but in a fraction of the time and tuition.   This course is also very specifically geared towards urban and suburban home owners and renters.  

Here are just some of the many learning outcomes that this course will give you:

  • Gain a thorough understanding of what permaculture is – and how it can transform garden, communities, and people
  • Grasp some of the reasons why permaculture was devised in the first place – and which still threaten the planet
  • Know the principles and ethics that permaculture is built upon
  • Discover how permaculture aims to provide solutions for people to live harmoniously with nature
  • Understand the role observation plays in informing our design decisions
  • Be able to analyze any site to appreciate the processes that are occurring within it
  • Comprehend the five types of energy resources described by permaculture
  • Recognize strategies to create yield from any site
  • Appreciate the interrelationships between plants, animals and humans
  • Gain an understanding of how patterns work in nature – and how you can use them in your designs
  • Evaluate climate factors – from rainfall and temperature to snow and wind – and recognize how they influence the site.
  • Discover how cycles in time and space create niches for life to happen in
  • See how slope, aspect and orientation can affect design decisions
  • Learn three different methods for measuring the slope of the land
  • Develop strategies to maintain a healthy ecosystem over time
  • Recognize some of the more common pattern shapes that are found in nature
  • Find out some practical tips on applying pattern to a permaculture site
  • See how wind functions, and learn five types of windbreak construction
  • Understand the characteristics of the three main climate zones
  • Appreciate why good soil is important to human health
  • Gain practical know-how in order to preserve, rehabilitate and improve soil conditions
  • Identify and harness sources of renewable power
  • Have knowledge of six types of intervention we can make to influence the amount of water on our site
  • Know how to construct four different types of earthworks for water storage and flow
  • Be able to put practical strategies in place to minimize your impact on the water supply
  • Have the knowledge to catch, store and use rainwater efficiently
  • Understand the different zones of a permaculture site, and how to design for each of them – from forests to window boxes
  • Appreciate the central role that trees play to life on Earth
  • Know how to use trees to raise or lower the temperature on your site
  • Comprehend the four ways trees impact on precipitation levels
  • Evaluate the benefits of developing polycultures
  • Learn how house design affects energy conservation
  • Discover how to reverse the effects of desertification and soil salting
  • Appreciate how different elements, such as soil and water, function in various climatic conditions
  • Read the land so that you can place design elements in their most effective locations
  • Recognize the factors that will influence how houses, buildings and larger settlements are organized
  • Discover natural building techniques
  • See how aquaculture can be an integrated ecosystem, involving plants as well as animals
  • Find out about the advantages and disadvantages of various fish species
  • Learn about various pond configurations and designs that may be suitable for your aquaculture system
  • Understand how permaculture principles can be applied to human societies and communities
  • Discover alternative ways of organizing communities to bring benefits to all
  • Appreciate democratic methods of funding, land access and creating livelihoods
  • Comprehend how the interconnectedness of all human life – as well as our place in nature – should inform how we treat one another
  • Gain maximum productive yield from your property

Sound good? Here’s how it works.

The Suburban Homestead Design Course is a complete learning experience made up of three parts.

Part one: Learning the principles and design strategies of permaculture

Firstly, you get access to over 12 hours of animated video presentations that take you through all aspects of permaculture.

Over a series of modules you will discover all aspects of permaculture history, design and application.

You’ll discover why permaculture was first developed, and the guiding principles and ethics that underpin all permaculture applications.

You’ll learn all about the patterns that occur in nature, why they have evolved, and how to work in harmony with them on your own property. 

The course also covers the analysis that is required of any site before a design is implemented, such as observing climatic conditions, reading the landscape, and understanding all the processes that are occurring in the soil, in plants and trees, and in the connections between them. 

You’ll also be given a great deal of invaluable knowledge to help guide your permaculture practice, including:

  • Using planting configurations to generate self-sustaining ecosystems and more yield
  • Harvesting rainwater
  • Constructing earthworks
  • Implementing windbreaks
  • Building garden beds
  • Working with wildlife
  • Designing energy-efficient houses.

There will also be discussion about how people, plants and animals interact in harmonious ecosystems, how we can promote healthy self-sustaining ecosystems, and how livestock and aquaculture can become a part of your permaculture design.

You will see how such permaculture practice should be applied depending on your type of climate – from mountaintops to deserts, from tropical islands to suburban backyards, and everywhere in-between.

You will also explore how permaculture principles can be applied to local and global communities; in ways that are based on sustainable resource use, protection of the natural world, and positive interrelationships between people.

As you work through each of the modules, there will be quizzes to test your knowledge and chart your progress.

These learning modules are based on the seminal text “Permaculture: A Designer’s Manual” by one of the founders of the movement, Bill Mollison, and watching the video alongside reading the manual gives you two distinct methods of learning. Taking in information in a variety of ways is a proven method of making it more tangible and likely to stock in your mind. That’s why we are also providing you with voice-over that accompanies each video as an audio stream, so that you can learn on the go, whether that’s listening in the car or when out for a walk.

Part two: Putting your knowledge into practice

Having worked through the modules, you will then undertake the second part of the course - a design project, during which you put into practice everything you have learned. Over roughly eight hours, you will create a design that will allow you to convert your own property into a permaculture oasis, making it energy efficient, highly productive, and a great place to be.

You will put into action the lessons learned through your previous study, including analyzing your site for the energy inputs and outputs it contains, studying climate data, assessing the topography of the land, then using a number of design techniques to create a plan that includes crops, rainwater harvesting, livestock – or any of the other permaculture practices that you want to incorporate on your property. 

During the project design stage, you’ll get access to a website dedicated to the development of the project as well as a private message board where you can ask questions of our dedicated team of advisors to ensure your project is as efficient and productive as possible, and to make sure that come the end of your course you can take your design and get started with transforming your property. 

Part three: Bringing all your learning together

The third part of the course is a final exam. This will help you consolidate your learning, synthesize all the parts of the course, and give you the confidence to apply permaculture to any kind of property.

Once you’ve completed all three parts of the course – working through the modules and completing the quizzes, creating a permaculture design project, and sitting the final exam – you will be ready to make permaculture a part of your life.

And having successfully completed the course you will also receive a certificate to commemorate your achievement. 

Order this course right now and start learning for a one-time payment of $599!