1st December 2023

Permaculture Design Course 2023

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Study permaculture with sector39 - on a UK based course, with an international dimension!

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Some of the bounty from Llanfyllin community heritage orchard, first designed by PDC students back in 2012

Study Permaculture design

  • Work with nature, for improved food and livelihood security
  • Find your escape, there is another way
  • Be part of a leading edge for change and rehabilitation
  • This is designed to evolve to suit different learning needs and pathways of all participants
  • Work alongside international pioneers

“There is nothing sustainable about a global economy based on resource extraction and GDP growth, it is leading us nowhere, or even worse, annihilation.” …Steve Jones

Permaculture is the opposite, a way to think, plan and design a different world. The process is already well in motion, join this vital, vibrant global movement, a Permaculture Design course is your route into this exciting world of different opportunities.

Certain patterns, such as those embedded in nature are universal and can be shared between all of us, creating a united vision. Permaculture is a powerful set of tools to solve problems and to enab;le people to work together more effectively.

January to July 2023

Spread over 6-months, this will be a permaculture journey as well as group building process at the same time. We will have the opportunity to actively support each other and contribute to each others design aspirations. You will be joined by interrnational participants form East Africa, giving the experience a truly global perspective.

New course format - flexible and accessable

  • 24 weeks – 3 hours study per week. These sessions are online via Zoom or attend in person if you live locally
  • Optional practical sessions, demonstrations, and activities at Treflach farm, Oswestry each week
  • Arrange 1 on 1 tutorials or group seminars with S39 team
  • Work on your own design or contribute via collaboration to a larger design plan
  • Weekend events on farm, in warmer weather

Optional extra practical sessions at the farm, various prices

Volunteer for free on our Thursday gardening sessions

Tutorials and seminars by arrangement @£50 per hour (guide price)


Pricing for full PDC

  • £240 per person,  24 weeks, 3 hour live session per week
  • Recorded content will be posted and free to view for 1 week afterwards
  • Plenty of supporting materials, videos and downloads to extend your learning
  • International students in Africa may attend for free
  • Options for practical sessions, site visits, one to one tutorials or seminar groups on arrangement
  • Share stories, pictures and videos of our own work, projects and experiments
  • Network with international tutors and practitioners

The idea is to make the course accessable as possible, with options to take part in different ways. There are volunteer days weekly at Treflach farm for those nearby who want to get their hand dirty, and be part of our Mandala Garden project

What is a PDC?

A permaculture Design Course is a crash course in permaculture. It covers a curriculum based on Bill Mollison’s Permaculture Designer manual and is full of insights, ideas and creative ways of thinking that for many partiicpants can be life changing.

If you feel the world is gong crazy and doesn’t makee much sense any more then this is the course for you. It shows many options and different ways twe can work together to meet our needs

Treflach farm

The PDC is based on a real working farm which has been exploring permaculture for 12 years, plenty of practical examples and experiences to draw on. If you are licky enough to live in travelling distance from the farm uyou are welcoem to come along for our Thursday volunteer sessions where we are building and running a vegetable garden that also doubles as a soil building experiment.

We can also arrange on-farm weekends for visits, practical sessions and demonstrations on request. From fermenting foods, to making biochar, working with livestock or exploring natural history, there are many avenues for further and deeper study.

Steven Jones as lead tutor

steve jones and friends
Please contact our team to discuss your booking
Steve Jones

Steve will be leading a team of experienced teachers to bring many different perspectives to this learning experience.

“I have been immersed in permaculture my whole life really, officially as a practitioner since 1991 but my background is a student of ecology and sustainable development. I grew up in a farming community in Shropshire, and have lived in Wales mostly since.”

Sector39 was registered in 2014 formally, but the team of people around S39 has been teaching PDC’s under that name for much longer, and are now a veterans of over 50 of these powerful courses, there is access to a huge body of experience.

Sector39 has many friends, students and contributors in East Africa and there is always a global dimension to these courses.

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