Azula and Surplus Permaculture Design are thrilled to invite you on a week long, hands on Permaculture workshop, on a beautiful 15 hectare Permaculture project in Portugal.


During this exciting, intensive, hands on, Permaculture packed workshop your hands will be immersed in the earth from day one – connecting you back to your roots and empowering you to be more self-reliant and live off the grid in tune with nature. You will learn how to grow organic food, how to build homes with natural materials and how to live the Permauclture way of life. You will leave feeling inspired and enthusiastic, with a sense of connection, purpose and determination to create the positive change our planet so desperately needs.


The course will be held at Azula a new and fresh permaculture project founded in Aug 2016, in the beautiful Alentejo region of Portugal. This is a fantastic opportunity to see a project in the early stages and to grasp how you can really make dreams into reality by designing and building a Permaculture project from scratch. The founders are full of enthusiasm, passion, determination and knowledge, and they are transforming this previously heavily grazed land, into an abundant off the grid farm by applying fully integrated Permaculture design systems. Not only will you be partaking in a week long immersion into everything that is Permaculture, but you will also be part of the beautiful Azula community and thereby learn how to live and thrive with people from all walks of life, go back to basics and reconnect with nature. Our aim is to create a supportive learning community for the duration of the course where trust, compassion, support and connection is built among participants, facilitators and farm members.


What to Expect from the workshop?

During this week long workshop you will gain fundamental practical skills needed to develop a sustainable, self-sufficient lifestyles. These practical skills will be integrated with theory sessions that will give you a solid foundation into what permaculture, how Permaculture Design works, is and how to get back to basics. Your facilitators have over 10 years’ experience teaching, living and breathing Permaculture in all they do; they will be happily leading you through the following curriculum;

Practical Component

Participants will learn and work alongside the Azula community on various projects. This will provide the participant with practical experience and the opportunity to try new methods and techniques. These sessions will include:

  • Soil restoration  – Learn to work with soil food web technologies to create a healthy ecosystem and regenerate degraded land; You will learn different ways to produce wonderful compost, compost tea, biofertiliser, green manuring techniques and other soil amendments that promote ecological diversity and abundant healthy food production.
  • Natural Building – Get your hands in the mud and discover the ancient techniques of natural building. How to test your soil, create the perfect mud mix and a variety of building applications.
  • Organic gardening/designing for abundance – Discover the secrets behind designing awesome functional, aesthetic and productive gardens
  • Food forestry – How to mimic natural forest systems to create an abundance of food, fiber and fodder. Explore the art of designing and creating edible landscapes which not only provide an abundance of food but also require less and less maintenance over time.
  • Plant propagation – Develop your green fingers by learning different techniques on how to grow your own plants. Gain a deeper understanding and the practical skills to be able to: Save your own seeds, propagate seed, take cuttings, layering and air layering, division and grafting.


Theory sessions

The theory sessions are designed to supplement the practical sessions and providing the participants with a solid foundation in permaculture.

  • Permaculture fundamentals – Learn about the ethics, principles and strategies.
  • Design methodology – How to apply permaculture design tools and strategies to your design problems.
  • Ecological House Design – How to design a house in relation to its surrounding environment so as to work in harmony with the ecosystems it effects. You will learn how to reap the rewards of natural resources so your home works and flows in connection with your lifestyle and needs.
  • Food forestry and forest ecology – Learn the inherent qualities of trees and forest systems as well as how to tweak them in order to promote abundant food production as well as maintaining and improving ecological diversity and stability.


Additional Activities

Apart from the above course curriculum you will also have the chance to participate in our morning yoga sessions, try out Capoeira twice a week and Acroyoga once a week – for no extra cost of course. If you play any music instrument bring it along and join in for some live jamming that we often have in the evenings. We have a beautiful lake on site where you will be able to bathe as you wish during breaks and free time and we are only a 15 minute drive to a beautiful beach. The Azula community wants to create a safe and welcoming place for you to try new things, experiment, laugh and let go, to explore a deeper connection with yourself and with the natural world in stillness and tranquility. You will learn so much during this course, but having a great time is also the goal, so come with an open and relaxed mindset and make the most of your experience!



Accommodation during the course will be provided in a big bell-tent dormitory with comfortable mattresses and pillows, electricity and mosquito nets. There is a possibility to rent a few private, luxurious bell tents (with a double bed, closet and electricity) for the duration of the course at an added cost of 30 Euro a night (the Bell tents availability will be limited to the earliest bidder) We are also happy to welcome those who want to bring tents and camp on the grounds.

Veg at Azula

Course Cost

Course price: € 225

This price includes three vegetarian meals a day and an afternoon snack made with produce from the farm and local market, a place to sleep in the tent-dormitory for the duration of the course, all course tuition and materials, and transportation to and from Sao Luiz (the closest village).

We ask all registrants to make a deposit of €100  to secure your spot and the remaining fees (€125) be paid in cash on arrival.

Please Note:

In the unlikely event of us canceling the course your deposit will be refunded in full, additionally we will not be held responsible for any financial losses accrued. The closing dates for registering for the course is April 1st 2017. Deposits are non-refundable. We will accept late bookings if there is space available.

Fundraise for your Tuition

If you are interested in a creative way to come up with funds for this course, look into fundraising for it through It is a great way to reach out to your family and friends, let them know what you are up to and give them a easy way to contribute to your education.


Contact Information

If you would like to register for the course our have any additional questions, please feel free to contact us on


Meet the Facilitators

Lola Bryon

me-teachingLola Byron is currently a nomadic Permaulture facilitator, practitioner and consultant, traveling the globe with her young family and connecting with Permaculture projects. Originally from Birmingham, England, she has been a thriving Permaculturist and natural builder since completing her PDC back in 2010. Following this she was an active urban Permaculturist; designing and implementing a variety of community gardens and co-facilitating natural building and gardening workshops in and around the UK. With a background in studying then teaching Fine Art, Sculpture, when she discovered Permaculture and building with earth she knew she had found her calling in life and she loves to apply these artistic skills to create beautiful buildings from earth, specialising in adobe, cob and earthbags. Having now completed 6 house builds (project managing 4 of these) she is always excited to pass on her knowledge to inspire and empower others to re-connect with the earth, make positive changes and become more self-reliant. Lola was the natural building manager at Panya Project, Thailand for 3 years, where she taught numerous PDC’s, hands-on Permaculture and Natural Building Courses, and co-managed the volunteer and intern program as well as the daily running of the farm. Lola recently joined Surplus Permaculture Design, an international collaboration of Permaculture designers, as a consultant and project manager.

Kyle Smith 

gardenKyle has practiced horticulture and community living on a kibbutz in Israel where he was inspired to pursue a career in horticulture. During his studies he completed an internship at Soil for Life, a Cape Town based non-profit organization teaching people how to build the soil and grow healthy plants using organic and low-cost methods.  After completing his studies in horticulture he worked at Kirstenbosch Botanical gardens in Cape Town, South Africa. His main focuses were conserving indigenous plant species, rehabilitating degraded ecosystems, designing and establishing education gardens on the grounds of the botanic garden. Kyle recently left his position as the perennial plant manager at Panya Project, Thailand, where he spent 3 years teaching, designing and co-coordinating the volunteer and internship program. He is currently a nomadic permaculture consultant and teacher; traveling and connecting with Permaculture projects around the world. Kyle is also a designer and consultant for Surplus Permaculture Design .He  is passionate about conserving soil ecosystems, plant propagation and small-scale ecological agriculture. He is working towards empowering people to grow their own food, become more self reliant, and regenerate degraded ecosystem.

Meet the Azula Founders:


Azula is a place, a project and the home of two families that share the same vision, to raise our children in a beautiful safe environment and to cultivate our land and ourselves to enjoy life fully

To find out more please visit the Azula website