February 12th – February 21st 2018

Richmond Vale Academy, Chateaubelair, St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

The Permaculture Design Certificate Course The Permaculture Design Certificate will be held at Richmond Vale Academy (RVA), a school and community that encourage, teach and inspire sustainable living. On site, you will find the forest garden, a vegetable garden, chicken and pig farm, horses and a beautiful beach.


1,150 USD

Includes 3 meals per day meals, accomodation and the 10 days course.

The 10 days Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course will open your heart and your mind to a new world by connecting human beings and nature together as one. The course plan, which is based on Bill Mollison’s book “Permaculture: A Designers’ Manual”, will give you an introduction to permaculture as a science that can give the opportunity to live a sustainable life. It will prepare you with the skills and techniques to apply permaculture designs in different settings and at different scales.

You will learn about agriculture, natural building, water harvesting, alternative energy, natural forests, waste management, animal systems, community development, designing your own real-world projects with an eye towards repairing, restoring and regenerating human ecosystems.

A typical day will consist of some lecture time, field observations, practical application, working on your own design, group discussions, and time for personal reflection. We will have movies and lectures in the evenings. The topics we cover during the 10 days will follow Mollison’s outline and cover topics

The teachers:

Leon-C. Malan, PhD

Leon Malan is a certified permaculture design instructor. He is a professor in environmental studies at Colby-Sawyer College in New Hampshire, USA where he teaches permaculture, food systems and sustainable agriculture.

Luke Punnett

Vincentian Permaculturist. He lives off the grid with his wife and two children in Queensberry, St. Vincent. He is the founder of Chatoyer Gardens, Permaculture design farm, which supplies organic produce to clients weekly through a Community Supported Agriculture initiative. He is a beekeeper, a Permaculture teacher and consultant. He has consulted on organic gardens in the Grenadines, notably designing and implementing the first Food Forest of its kind in Mustique. He has done Permaculture design consultancy and taught Permaculture workshops in Barbados. He teaches Permaculture and organic gardening at Richmond Vale Academy. Luke received his Permaculture Design Certificate in 2007 in Trinidad and has a Bachelor’s degree in business.

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For any questions or enrollment please contact us at

Telephone +1784 458 2255

Email  promotion@richmondvalehiking.com


People enrolling before December 2017 will get 10% discount of the total course (1,053 USD)