Permaculture Design Course (PDC)

11 day Total Immersion Permaculture Design Certificate Course (PDC)

15-25 August 2020


UK Permaculture Association Accredited


Covid 19 notice:

We are closely following the situation, and for now we are continuing to take bookings, and are planning and preparing for a great course. If we have to cancel the course, all bookings will be refunded.


Course fee is on a sliding scale, the higher end of the scale helps subsidise those on the lower end:

  • Standard fee, waged €1000
  • Good waged / organisation / sponsored €1200
  • Low waged €850
  • Plus limited number of concessions from €650 and grant options available for Irish participants on social welfare, please see below for more info.

Fees include:

  • free camping onsite, (arrive the day before the course starts)
  • all food
  • 10 days tuition (we have one day off in the middle of the course)
  • course workbook
  • PDC certificate.


The 2020 PDC will be our 7th year, and significantly more radical than previous years. 

The Carraig Dulra Permaculture Design Course (PDC) embraces head, heart and hands-on learning, offering a transformative and immersive educational experience at the beautiful 'Carraig Dúlra', a 4 acre Permaculture research site in the South East of Ireland.

This PDC is designed to be as accessible as possible to all in its learning style, affordability, and ability level, and to all ages. Please get in touch with if you have accessibility queries and she will work with you to try to meet your needs.


The interconnections of our carefully chosen tutor team provides a diversity of perspectives from living examples of “Permaculture in practice”.  Their years of experience and wisdom weaves together with all the Permaculture theory and design you would expect from the core curriculum of a UK Permaculture Association accredited PDC.  In past years our team included the people below. Because of Covid-19 restrictions, it is likely that we will run with a smaller team this year.

We include a practical element to every day of the course, offering hands-on experience in:

  • Organic Growing
  • Compost systems
  • Forest Gardening
  • Natural Building & Crafts
  • Working with Water
  • Woodland Skills
  • Foraging and Making Natural Products
  • Animal Husbandry and Welfare
  • Upcycling and DIY skills
  • Social Permaculture
  • Design Practice

We also visit, case study and engage with other local projects at differing stages of their design and implementation. These experiences of applied Permaculture design in various contexts support your understanding of the core concepts from many angles. This exposure to  techniques, information, and styles of Permaculture will provide you with a rich toolkit for your own future projects.

The carefully designed education environment of Carraig Dúlra, the tutor team and course content will empower you to apply Permaculture design to your own garden, household, farm, business, community project and even your own life path.

Click here to find out what some of our previous course participants have to say and what they are up to now…

Experience Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share in action!

Carraig Dúlra PDC 2017

Why choose a PDC at Carraig Dúlra?

You will be immersed in a supportive and nurturing environment centred around community (people care) and ‘earth-care’ living and we encourage a ‘participants not passengers’ approach where we  can experience shared community living, learning, and laughing! We maintain a small PDC group (in past years this was 25 participants but this year it will be smaller to allow for better physical distancing) to remain in sync with the natural capacity of the site and to facilitate and explore the human side of Permaculture.

Carraig Dúlra’s beautiful location offers the opportunity to retreat into the wild Wicklow hills to connect with nature. It reflects and demonstrates what 10 years of applied Permaculture research and design can create on a ‘marginal’ parcel of land, supporting and supported by the local community and together regenerating a beautiful and productive landscape.

Visible projects at Dúlra demonstrate working in synergy with nature and natural resources and these include:

  • Food forest
  • Organic ‘no-dig’ annual vegetable garden with examples of polycultures
  • Herb labyrinth, spiral and pollinator garden
  • Swales, pond and water management systems
  • A cob and straw bale barn with a reciprocal and green roof
  • Wood fired cob bath
  • Sauna, and off grid bath house
  • Wood fired cob pizza oven
  • Heritage Irish apple orchard
  • 1.5 acre native woodland, hedges and shelterbelts.
  • Living willow structures
  • Chicken and duck houses integrated with fertility and compost systems
  • Top bar beehives and natural beekeeping
  • Greenhouse with annuals, hot beds and cob perennial beds growing apricots, kiwis, olives, figs, grapes, South American root crops and more.
  • Pallet built Tiny House in progress
  • Accessible technologies: water ram pump, composting toilet, biogas digester, rainwater harvesting

The Carraig Dúlra PDC is fully accredited by the UK Permaculture Association Britain (P.A.B). On successful completion of the course participants will be awarded an internationally recognised Permaculture Design Certificate that enables you to develop your practice as a Permaculture design consultant, or educator through both your own practice and with the option of continuing your professional development via a Diploma in Permaculture design. 

Your Investment

In recognition of the Permaculture ‘Fairshare’ (or share the surplus) ethic we offer a sliding fee scale and access to grant options to enable those with less financial resources to participate.  The course fee includes all meals for 13 days, (not for the day off) and is payable in full in advance of the start of the course on 21st July.
Sliding scale fees are::

  • Standard course fee: €1,000 (waged).
  • Good wage fee (or if your organisation is paying for you): €1,200
  • Low waged fee: €850
  • There are also a limited number of places for unwaged people at €650; these are funded by the standard and good wage fees above.

Carraig Dúlra is an approved training provider with Irish social welfare. Irish residents in receipt of a social welfare payment may be eligible for a training grant for the PDC from their local social welfare office of up to €500. Get in touch with us and your local office as early as possible as processing these grants takes from 4-6 weeks depending on the office. To secure a place you will need to pay a deposit of €150; you do this as instalment payments.  Email to begin processing your application.

Fees include: free camping onsite (arrive the day before the course starts), all food, 13 days tuition (we have one day off in the middle of the course), course workbook, PDC certificate.

Please contact us for more information or if you have any questions about our fee scale.


For some fundraising ideas for your course fee, see How to fund my PDC?

Course Food

The course cost covers all meals and the collaborative nature of this course extends to the food arrangements (subject to change because of Covid-19). All food is ethically sourced; organic, local and vegetarian with vegan options. Where available, the food comes from Dúlra itself. We cook and eat together and create colourful and delicious feasts every day.

Course Accommodation

Free camping onsite is included in the fee.
There are also some additional options onsite and locally which will be announced shortly.
Please get in touch if you are travelling from far and need help with any aspect of your journey or stay.  For example, earlier arrival or extra nights at the end of the course.  (By arrangement only)

Course Schedule

14 August - early arrivals, accommodation set up & orientation
15 August - first full day teaching starting at 10 a.m.
1 full day off mid-course (tbd)
25 August - course closes 4pm

For information about refunds, transferring your booking, etc. please see our Course Booking Details page.  Note that no refunds can be made after 15 July, but you can transfer your course place to another person if you notify us at least a 3 days before the course begins.

Join us for this exciting adventure, we would love to have you on board!

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As of March 2020, PayPal will no longer refund transaction fees when we issue refunds, nor do our other card processor, Stripe. For this reason, please consider paying by bank transfer, in case a refund is needed. Email us and we can send payment instructions.  Instalment payment schedules can also be accomodated.

Saturday, 15 August, 2020 to Tuesday, 25 August, 2020
€ 1,000.00