Permaculture Design Course Portugal

Our Permaculture Design Course course at Keela Yoga Farm is certified by the internationally recognised Permaculture Association (UK). We will cover the standard 72 hour PDC syllabus with an emphasis on permaculture systems, practical work and permaculture design. You will experience living off-grid in a community setting, connect with nature, and enjoy healthy organic food and yoga classes. On completion of the course, you will receive a certified PDC certificate.

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Permaculture design course at Keela Yoga Farm in 2022 in central Portugal

You will see a working permaculture farm with food forests, agroforest, various Natual Building, many working examples of permaculture systems, animal husbandry and enjoy yoga and meditation classes.You can take this Permaculture Design Course alone, or in combination with the courses on food forests or natural buildings that follow immediately.

Permaculture Design Course Dates

Cost for the course €700

March 2022 – Full

September 2022 – Full

April 2023 with Tom Henfrey & Laurene Manchee – Book now

July 2023 with Laurene Manchee – Book now

September 2023 with Tom Henfrey & Laurene Manchee – Book now

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What is included in this Permaculture Design Course?

  • The standard 72-hour PDC syllabus and certified PDC certificate
  • Two theory classes every day
  • Two practical sessions every day
  • Homesteading workshops
  • Offgrid living workshops
  • An event with the local community, eco markets or a workday on a local farm
  • 3 healthy organic meals per day – a chef cooks breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • At least 3 yoga classes per week plus meditation classes
  • 75% off our online courses, these are ideal for pre-learning to get the most out of your time here.

Watch a video of a one-month permaculture internship from Keela Yoga Farm

Permaculture Design Course
Laurence teaching food forests in the Permaculture Design Course

You will learn about permaculture philosophy, its ecological foundations, design methodologies, and real-world applications. You will get your hands dirty in the vegetable gardens, composting systems, food forests, silvopasture, appropriate technology systems, and managed woodlands on an established 18-hectare site. This course will suit you if you are thinking of applying permaculture in your own life, by setting up or joining your own land-based project. It also works well for people seeking ideas, skills and inspiration to embark on a more fulfilling path in life and make positive contributions to the state of the world. Certified by the Permaculture Association (Britain), it offers a foundation to further your permaculture journey via the Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design or other advanced training.

Your Permaculture Design Course hosts and teachers

Tom Henfrey – Certifed PDC tutor

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Tom teaching a PDC in Keela’s Indoor Strawbale Classroom

Tom is a co-teacher at Keela Yoga Farm’s Permaculture Design Courses. He is the only certified Permaculture Diploma tutor in Portugal. He is an author of various permaculture and ecology books and has 20 years of experience in Permaculture and Ecology. Tom co-taught his first PDC at Keela Yoga Farm in March 2022 and it was an absolute success, please do join for the next PDC. He brings huge value to Keela Yoga Farm’s courses as a co-teacher. Read more about Tom Henfrey

Laurence Manchee – Co PDC teacher

Co-founder of Keela Yoga Farm. He is on the board of the WOOF Portugal Association, an author in Permaculture Magzine and leads Agroforestry courses and Permaculture Internships. Laurence has built many Natural Building houses, and permaculture systems and managed an 18-hectare reforestation and agroforestry project with animals integrated, including Sheep, Pigs and Chickens. He will be your lead teacher for permaculture systems, agroforestry and practical farm work.

Permaculture Design Course - Laurence Manchee

Kimberly Manchee – Yoga teacher

Kimberly Manchee is the co-founder of Keela Yoga Farm. She is the farm and kitchen manager and resident Yoga teacher. Kimberly teaches workshops on Reiki, food fermentation and preserving, makes cheese, connects the fresh farm food to the kitchen, runs yoga retreats, teaches local yoga classes and looks after the farm animals. Have a read for more information on Kimberly Manchee.

Kimberly Manchee Yoga teacher
Kimberly Manchee Yoga teacher and homesteading teacher

Course Booking forms

Cost for the course €700

April 2023 with Tom Henfrey & Laurene Manchee – Book now

July 2023 with Laurene Manchee – Book now

September 2023 with Tom Henfrey & Laurene Manchee – Book now