Permaculture Design Course Portugal

We will cover the standard 72-hour PDC syllabus emphasising integrated 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 PDC certificate from the Permaculture Association UK.

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Photo from a Permaculture design course at Keela Yoga Farm in 2022 in central Portugal

You will see a working permaculture farm with food forests, agroforests, various Natual Buildings, many working examples of permaculture systems, and animal husbandry and enjoy yoga and meditation classes. 

Permaculture Design Course Dates

All our PDCs are followed by a food forest course or a natural building course. Join the PDC, Food Forest or Natural Building course alone or stay for both.

The two-week PDC is €950, and the one-week specialist course after is €500. join both and get a €100 discount plus three days of relaxing on the farm between courses.

Course Dates

  • Winter PDC: 19th Jan – 1st Feb 2025


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 for you.
  • At least three yoga classes per week, plus meditation classes
  • Free pre-learning online course

What to expect?

Watch the video from the summer 2023 Permaculture Design Course at Keela

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Laurence teaching food forests in the Permaculture Design Course.

This permaculture design course will teach you about permaculture philosophy, 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. The course is 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

Laurence Manchee – PDC Lead Teacher

Co-founder of Keela Yoga Farm. Laurence is certified by the Permaculture Association to teach certified PDCs. He is on the board of the WOOF Portugal Association, an author in Permaculture Magzine and leads Agroforestry, Permaculture Design and Natural Building Courses. Laurence is a homesteader based on his homestead and permaculture farm (Keela) in Central Portugal. He talks regularly at agricultural fairs, podcasts and festivals on sustainability, permaculture and agroforestry. 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 give you a practical onsite into starting a homestead, off-grid project or permaculture farm is all about using real-life examples.

Permaculture Design Course - Laurence Manchee

Tom Henfrey – Certifed PDC tutor

Tom is a co-teacher at some of the 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 has co-taught PDCs at Keela Yoga Farm Since March 2022. He brings huge value to Keela Yoga Farm’s courses. Read more about Tom Henfrey.

Tom Henfrey teaching at Keela Yoga Farm
Tom Henfrey teaching at Keela Yoga Farm in the classroom

Jonathan Ives – Forester

Jonathan has lived in Portugal for nearly 2 years. He has worked in the forest industry at all levels for 30 years. Jonathan is especially interested in sustainable forest management and rewilding projects.

Jonathan Ives Forester

Keela Permaculture Farm Interns & Volunteers & Staff

  1. Three Keela Interns will also assist with running the course. Interns usually are past guests of Keela Yoga Farm and would like to progress into either becoming a Permaculture teacher, staff member or opening their permaculture farm or homestead.
  2. Four volunteers will also assist with the farm work, cooking, hosting and cleaning.
  3. A professional chef
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Students from a Permaculture Internship at Keela

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us


Please select the date from the drop down menu below. Then select your course
Ticket Price Quantity
PDC 15th - 28th Sept 2024 Deposit €100.00 Sold out
PDC 14th - 27th April 2024 Deposit €100.00 Sold out
PDC Jan 2025 Deposit €100.00 Sold out
PDC 16th - 29th June 2024 Deposit €100.00 Sold out
Foundation Diploma 29th April - 5th May 2024 Deposit €100.00 Sold out
Shared tipi with bed and bedding €150.00 Sold out
Twin Tent private pod with mattrace and bedding €100.00 Sold out
Caravan with bedding €150.00 Sold out
I will bring my own camper €0.00 Sold out
I will bring my own tent €0.00 Sold out
Plant a tree to offset your carbon €20.00 Sold out
Natural Building Course Deposit €50.00 Sold out

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