Permaculture Course? What is Permaculture?

Robert Hart's garden in Shropshire, England, inspired the permaculture movement.

“Permaculture is a theory of ecological design which seeks to develop sustainable human settlements and agricultural systems, by attempting to model them on natural ecosystems.” – Wikipedia

It’s about working with nature rather than against it.

About using less effort in the long term, but more knowledge about how living things grow and thrive.

Our whole project is inspired by the ideals of permaculture.

The Permaculture Design Course (PDC) here on May 12-27 is our first major project. We are so pleased to be bringing in Graham Calder, who teaches the PDC all over the world – this year in Lebanon and Bali as well as Blockhouse. This is an excellent opportunity to study permaculture here in Nova Scotia with someone who, though still young, has a lifetime of experience growing things and deepening his knowledge.

Read more about the permaculture course, including the general outline, on our previous post here.

Initial proposed site plan, guaranteed to be changed and developed during the Permaculture Design Course!

We encourage local people to take the course and welcome others from far and wide to what is sure to be an eye-opening experience. You will leave the two-week, 72-hour course certified in Permaculture Design. If you are looking for employment and self-employment opportunities, or wanting to establish your own permaculture project on sound principles, this could be for you.

The 2-week course will be followed by an optional 1-week practicum, where you can ground what you’ve learned and learn more hands-on, working side-by-side with Graham and other students to start establishing The Blockhouse School’s own permaculture design.

If you wish to discuss the course further, contact David Cameron at email hidden; JavaScript is required. Registration is on Graham’s site at


Permaculture Course? What is Permaculture? — 2 Comments

  1. Our course in Costa Rica has finally come to an end and with it comes many new learnings from the Tico’s and campesinos (locals and farmers). With the traditional ecological knowledge of this local i have gained yet another perspective on the dry and humid tropics. With its high mountains and lush forests there lies many natural and manifested techniques for micro climates and natural fertility. However as the summer sprouts we have changed our course load for this year and will be facilitating this educational exchange in lebanon and bali in 2013 as well as another Costa Rican Permaculture Design Certification, at Finca Paraiso Verde.

    The Permaculture Design Certification in Nova Scotia at the Blockhouse site is filling up fast so book your spots now and join us for this educational and practical exchange. Contact us for details at info(at) Or visit our site for full course listings

  2. Thanks for the update, Graham. We just got the keys to the building today! Now we can begin.

    We look forward to welcoming you and the PDC students to Blockhouse in May!