Permaculture Education Institute


Permaculture Design Certificate

Learn how to design your edible garden and your life, for abundance, resilience and real security in your family and community.

Study your Permaculture Design Certificate with the Permaculture Education Institute
  • Gain an internationally recognised permaculture qualification
  • Learn practical ways to address climate & biodiversity crises
  • Open doors to a possible new career designing permaculture gardens, farms and systems
  • Learn from Morag Gamble, who has 30+ years' experience

Want to start designing your own abundant edible garden or farm, right from today? Study your Permaculture Design Certificate online with Morag Gamble and get started the minute you sign up, no waiting for scheduled classes to begin.

Includes 26 modules PLUS lifetime access to a global permaculture community!

Monthly payment plans available!

      Learn how to design for sustainability, food and health

      Here are just a few examples of past students’ permaculture designs. Many were complete permaculture beginners before starting their course.

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      Design Permaculture course

      Join global permaculture ambassador Morag Gamble for this interactive online permaculture course

      This internationally-recognised PDC is led by Morag Gamble, who has over 30+ years of practical permaculture experience and is the founder of the Permaculture Education Institute of Australia.

      Morag was personally approved as a teacher by permaculture co-founder Bill Mollison and has taught students on six continents.

      Plus, by studying with Morag, you’re opening the door to a possible career in permaculture! All Permaculture Design Certificate graduates get discounted access to Morag’s Permaculture Teacher Certificate, so you can support others to design permaculture gardens, farms and systems.

      Gain permaculture skills to:

      Sketch detailed site maps to create sustainable, edible landscapes

      Save money by growing healthy food and creating simple systems

      Use permaculture to enhance your community and local ecology

      Apply permaculture principles and ethics to your whole life, not just your garden!

      The entire program is extremely flexible. Start at any time — you have lifetime access to the course, deadline-free.

      Plus: kids under 18 study free with a paying adult! We welcome home-schoolers, un-schoolers, world-schoolers and schoolers — the program is flexible and spacious.

      Need help deciding if this program is right for you? Book a free 15-minute chat with Morag Gamble — founder, lead teacher and program director at the Permaculture Education Institute.

      Permaculture is a ‘one planet’ way of life that is socially just, life-affirming and caring for the future

      The movement is guided by three core ethics — earth care, people care and fair share.

      Permaculture is a great way of life and such a fabulous feeling to be of positive service to people and the planet. Every day, you know your efforts are not only enhancing people’s health and lifestyles, but you are contributing to planetary health too.

      Is this something you’d like to be doing?

      The call for permaculture-skilled people is growing around the world in a whole range of contexts — and it’s only going to get bigger.

      By studying your Permaculture Design Certificate — the internationally recognised course of the global permaculture movement — you will become part of the positive and practical movement to address climate and biodiversity crises.

      Imagine being able to create and implement regenerative edible landscape designs for individuals and communities — urban and rural. This is your permaculture future.

      Sign up today, start your course immediately

      30 Day Money Back Guarantee | Safe & Secure Payment

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      About our 100% 30-Day Money Back Guarantee

      We know things can change, and we respect that. If you enrol and find within the first 30 days that you can’t continue or the course is not to your liking, we will happily give you a full refund. We want you to enjoy the course and to be able to create the lifestyle and livelihood you dream of. So, if for any reason you don’t think this is a perfect fit for you, just let us know.

      Fair Share scholarships for refugees & youth

      Our Institute tithes funds to our partnered charity, Ethos Foundation, to support permaculture projects globally. We practice what we teach and embrace permaculture’s Fair Share ethic by offering scholarship places to women and young people in the majority world — to those who would never have the chance to access a course like this due to economic disparity. We also support indigenous students, refugees and displaced peoples.

      What our PDC students say:

      Permaculture Educators Program graduate Jo Anne Coruna
      5 stars

      “Morag’s gentle and encouraging teaching style is inspiring and motivating. The way Morag brings people together from all over the world truly makes interconnections among us stronger and more meaningful.”


      Paul Cobbin, Permaculture Education Institute graduate
      5 stars

      “Thoroughly enjoying the exploration of thoughts and ideas that are not a part of my daily life. You’ve opened up an entirely different world. Thanks for having such an impact on humanity, for making us challenge our paradigms.”


      Permaculture Educators Program graduate Lizzy Smith
      5 stars

      The step-by-step structure of the course helps build confidence and gives you plenty of practice opportunities within a supportive community.”


      Permaculture Design Course curriculum inside our 26 modules:

      • Permaculture design thinking and methods
      • Permaculture principles and ethics
      • Learning from indigenous and traditional cultures
      • How to read the landscape
      • Permaculture planning, zones and conceptual design
      • Patterns in nature and principles of ecological systems design
      • Understanding climate, biodiversity and natural cycles
      • Designing for water, soil health and regeneration
      • How to design a kitchen garden, a food forest, and a permaculture farm
      • Forests and wild harvesting food
      • Permaculture in the home
      • Permaculture in the suburbs and cities
      • Community permaculture and community food systems
      • Permaculture livelihoods and the new economy
      • Full review of your own permaculture design

      + FREE access to these two bonuses (valued at $1294): 

      Hive global permaculture community

      BONUS 1: Hive Global Permaculture Community access

      Valued at $997/year

      A new online community for Permaculture Education Institute students and graduates. Cross-pollinate permaculture and access 80+ hours of interactive, live sessions (replays available).

      • Design Studio – monthly student permaculture design presentations and feedback sessions.
      • Design Tutorials – monthly design tutorials led by Morag and special guests.
      • Hiving – monthly permaculture discussion forums.
      • 24/7 chat space and Q&A.
      • Permaculture Film Club – monthly screenings and discussions
      • Permaculture Masterclasses – monthly live workshop with Morag Gamble and leading voices.
      • Invites to special guest events.
      • The opportunity to join the Ethos Foundation volunteer team, working directly with refugees on permaculture education.

      Morag with The Incredible Edible Garden course sign

      BONUS 2: The Incredible Edible Garden online course

      Valued at $297

      Morag Gamble’s hugely popular permaculture gardening course.

      Whether you’re a total beginner or an established gardener, whether you own your garden or are renting, you’ll gain valuable tips and guidance from Morag’s very simple and accessible approach to natural gardening.

      Learn how to:

      • Garden from the ground up, starting with caring for your soil.
      • Create the most efficient garden using permaculture practices.
      • Grow a thriving veggie patch — no matter what space you have.
      • And so many other simple and helpful steps to create your own incredible edible garden.

      The perfect practical add-on to complement your growing permaculture knowledge toolkit.


      What you get when you sign up

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      • A very warm welcome!
      • Your course delivered to your computer, module by module, wherever you are in the world.
      • Lifetime access to the course content
      • Access to our student coaches to assist with any questions & support you need to be completely successful in your course.
      • New friends & collaborators – connection to a friendly, helpful and supportive community of practice – an online forum to connecting all Permaculture Education Institute students and teachers around the world.
      • Lifetime access to the Hive – a new online dynamic global learning community.
      • Upon completion, you receive your internationally-recognised Permaculture Design Certificate.

      About your lead teacher: Morag Gamble

      “I discovered permaculture more than 30 years ago, in my teens. It felt like an immediate natural fit — a way to care for earth and people and to create ripples of positivity in the world. For me, permaculture is a positive life purpose.”

      Morag is a global ambassador for the permaculture movement:

        • She holds a Masters in Sustainability Education and a Postgraduate Diploma in Landscape Architecture.
        • She was directly accredited as a permaculture teacher by Bill Mollison (co-founder of permaculture).
        • Everything she teaches, she has tried herself. She lives a permaculture life within a subtropical eco-village in Queensland, Australia.
        • Morag works with elders and youth in permaculture globally via the Permayouth and Ethos Foundation non-profits she established.
        • She amplifies the voices of global permaculture thinkers and educators via her own weekly podcast and YouTube channel.
        • Morag has taught at universities, schools, eco-centres, villages, urban farms, community centres and farms around the world, and lectured for years in Food Politics.
        • Morag is a certified Warm Data Host with the non-profit International Bateson Institute.
        • Morag has taught permaculture for almost 30 years and always has dirt under her fingernails!
        Morag Gamble with Vandana Shiva

        With Vandana Shiva

        Morag with happy students

        With two program graduates

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        With Gardening Australia’s Costa

        Morag Gamble with David Holmgren

        With David Holmgren

        Morag Gamble with Rowe Morrow

        With Rosemary Morrow

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        At a major speaking event

        Morag Gamble with Nora Bateson

        With Nora Bateson

        Morag teaching a group of people

        Teaching happy students

        Graduate Beth Horn talks about her course experience (2 mins)

        Plus: a pathway to making permaculture both your lifestyle AND your livelihood

        Ever dreamed of making a real living through permaculture? By studying with Morag Gamble, you’re opening the door to a possible career in permaculture!

        All Permaculture Design Certificate graduates get exclusive access to Morag’s Permaculture Teacher Certificate, so you can support others to design permaculture gardens, farms and systems.

        Simply enrol within 12 months of starting your PDC to access the Permaculture Teachers Certificate course for $1,697. This is an exclusive offer, only available to PDC graduates.

        Or get both courses immediatley by signing up to the full Permaculture Educators Programa bundled double-course, which includes the Permaculture Design Certificate AND the Permaculture Teacher Certificate — for $2,997 (you save $697).

        Morag teaching students

        Kids under 18 study free with a paying adult!

        Still have questions? Book a discovery call with Morag.

        30-Day Money Back Guarantee | Safe & Secure Payment

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        Sign up & start now — $1997 AUD

        Payment plans available — 3 month or 6 month.

        Frequently Asked Questions

        Is this an accredited program?

        This course follows an internationally recognised Permaculture Design Course curriculum (PDC). While this particular course is not formally accredited by the government, many students are receiving support from the government to attend this course – for example, Farm Household Assist, Centrelink Retraining – so it is recognised.

        A number of universities also give students credit points for taking this course. Some PhD students are integrating this course into their research too.

        How long does the course take to complete?

        The Permaculture Design Certificate has 26 modules delivered weekly. You have lifetime access to complete the course.

        Or, upgrade to the bundled double-certificate Permaculture Educators Program and receive 44 modules delivered weekly.

        Does this course certify me as a permaculture teacher?

        The Permaculture Design Certificate is aimed at getting you skilled in the basics of garden, system and lifestyle design.

        If you would like to go on to teach permaculture, we recommend you upgrade to our bundled double-certificate Permaculture Educators Program. This is a way to study both your Permaculture Design Certificate and your Permaculture Teachers Certificate together, all at once.

        Sign up now to the full Permaculture Educators Program and we offer the Permaculture Teachers Certificate for the special price of $1,000 extra (total price for the two bundled certificates is $2997). This also increases your access to the Permaculture Design Certificate course material to 2 years.

        Or upgrade later for an additional $1697.

        Do I need to have a garden?

        Ideally a garden, small or large, is helpful to complete this course. However, you can also ‘borrow’ a garden to do the design project, or get involved in a school or community garden.

        I live in a different climate to you. Will this course be relevant for me?

        There are students attending this course from 6 continents and a wide range of climates and environments. The permaculture ethics and principles can be adapted to all contexts.

        New! Join one of our regional study groups to learn together with others in your area.

        Will I have direct contact with Morag Gamble?

        Yes. Morag is very active within the group. Morag responds to assessments, leads design studios and masterclass sessions, and communicates directly with students in the various social forums. She takes a keen interest in how everyone is going and loves when you participate in the discussions, and share ideas and questions.

        Lots of others also respond to questions and comments. This is a really wonderful learning community. The more you lean in, the more you will learn and feel connected.

        What assessments do I need to complete to gain certification?

        There are 3 projects to submit to fully complete your Permaculture Design Certificate. These are designed to help you actually design your place in full during the course:

        1.    Site analysis
        2.   Kitchen garden design
        3.   Permaculture design and report

        Can I get a discount?

        To assist you in paying for this course, we offer a range of payment plans – 3 month or 6 month (or 12 months by special request). See details here.

        Are scholarships available?

        We do offer scholarships for community leaders and youth living in the global south. Please contact us to discuss.

        Morag’s teaching & work has been featured in…

        Permaculture Magazine logo
        ABC Radio National
        Gardening Australia
        Futuresteading podcast
        Pip Magazine
        The Age newspaper
        Organic Gardener Magazine
        Good Weekend magazine
        The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper
        ABC Radio Brisbane