TE008 13-day Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course
Wed, March 23 2016 to Tue, April 5 2016
9:00 - 18:00
Green Hub*, Tai Po (lectures) and Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (practical sessions)

Nature / Objective

Following the international PDC curriculum, this foundation course provides a comprehensive introduction to permaculture principles, applications and design practices. It will address all major climatic zones (temperate, subtropical, tropical & arid) and the breadth of permaculture applications for sustainable urban, rural & bioregional design and development. It will also give special focus to the sub-tropical climate and urban context of Hong Kong. The course will provide an inspiring and empowering experience for participants to gain the knowledge and skills to design the land-use for a property, create abundance, build a resilient community and bring practical sustainability into their personal life and their workplace.

Teacher: Robyn Francis

Robyn Francis

Robyn Francis is an internationally renowned permaculture pioneer, educator and designer, founder of Djanbung Gardens, Australia, and the Permaculture College Australia, and is regarded as one of permaculture’s most experienced trainers and practitioners. Over the past 25 years Robyn has been working for a sustainable future, empowering thousands of people through training, design and consulting on diverse projects, facilitating community initiatives and giving many voluntary hours to the national and international permaculture movement. She has taught over 130 Permaculture Design Certificate courses (PDCs) in fifteen countries, and as many advanced courses in diverse areas of professional permaculture practices including: Teacher Training; Community Facilitation; Ecovillage Design; Sustainable Aid and Development; Social Permaculture; Design for Food Security & Year-round Food Production. The KFBG team will assist in the teaching of the practical sessions.




Course Topics:

    Permaculture principles, ethics, design methodologies, & pathways to sustainability
  • Patterns and processes in nature, biome approach to sustainable management, essential earth systems science and understanding global climate influences
    Soil ecology, organic soil management, mulches and compost
  • Water management planning, collection, storage and conservation, earthworks and aquaculture
  • Forest ecosystems and design of forests for food, forage, fibre, structural materials, habitat, conservation, wildlife, tree-cropping and farm forestry
  • Food producing systems for home gardens, small holdings, urban systems to broad acre farmlands
  • Design to reduce vulnerability to fire, drought, natural disasters, and impacts of global climate change
  • Appropriate technology, renewable energy systems, and passive solar house design
  • Bioregional & community development strategies, urban renewal, eco-village design, community economics, legal structures, community gardens and city farms

Skills and knowledge that you will learn

  • integrated approach to earth systems science, working with ecological processes and planetary life sustaining systems
  • Practical design for low energy productive urban and rural environments: domestic to broad-scale
  • Holistic approach to sustainable landuse planning, conservation and resource management
  • Creative problem solving and participatory processes to facilitate positive change
  • Tools for community building, bioregional sustainability & transition initiatives
  • Strategies for individual, enterprise and community response to peak oil, climate change, globalisation, and challenges of the 21st Century

Practical Sessions

PDC project work

While the course programme will include small group activities and project work, two sessions of outdoor practical work titled ‘practical compost-making’ and ‘garden practical’ will be arranged at Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden.

Design Project

Course participants will have to work in group to complete a design project for an assigned site.



Target group / No. of Participants

  • Aged 18 years and above
  • Participants will be accepted for this workshop on a first-come-first-served basis

Date / Time

  • 23 March to 5 April 2016*/ 09:00-18:00 (*No class on 27 March 2016)
  • A few evening sessions will be scheduled to cover optional subjects, video showing, guest speakers, participant presentations, and for social activities.


Green Hub - a Grade I listed historic
building that was built in 1899

Green Hub*, Tai Po (lectures) and Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (practical sessions)

* The ‘Green Hub’ has been transformed from the Old Tai Po Police Station located in Tai Po, in Hong Kong’s New Territories. It is a Grade I listed historic building that was built in 1899. In 2010, the HKSAR Government selected Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG) to transform the heritage site into a ‘Green Hub for Sustainable Living’. It demonstrates aspects of sustainable economy, and shows an integrated approach to conserving the historic, architectural, ecological and cultural aspects of a heritage site. The Green Hub is equipped with a vegetarian canteen, heritage display, theme-gardens, kitchen garden, guest rooms, a teaching kitchen, art workshops, and a seminar room. Website: www.greenhub.hk


HK$7,500 per person

(Course fees include tuition, PDC Handbook and resources, lunch, and transportation for field trip and practical sessions. Limited accommodation* at Green Hub is available for extra cost.)

A limited number of scholarship of 30%-50% tuition fee exemption will be allocated to suitable participants. In-service farmers, full-time employees who are nominated by registered charitable organizations or educational institutions, are eligible to apply for scholarship. Sponsored participants are expected to attend the full course and assist arranging course logistic. KFBG reserves all right on allocation of the limited quota of scholarship.

The course is followed by the 7-day Advance Course on Permaculture for Sustainable Aid Work (PSAW). There is special discounted price for enrolling in both courses.

*Accommodation fee (depends on the room type; breakfast is included) 

Room Type

Single Room

Twin-bed Room

Triple-bed Room

Six-bed Room

Price/ per person for 13 nights





  • Note:
  1. ​Multi-bed room will be organized to be same gender in the room.
  2. Most rooms have fans and only a couple of rooms have air-conditioners.  Shared-bathroom and toilets. You may indicate your preference in the application form. We will try to arrange your accommodation based on your preference (first-come-first-served).
  3. Payment instruction for guest room booking will be provided upon confirmation.


Please complete your registration on or before 15 March 2016. Details are as follows:
1) Please complete the online registration form below (with online payment by PayPal) OR
2) Please complete the online registration form below and post us your payment by cheque*:
        Ms Kwok, Sustainable Living and Agriculture Department, Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden,
        Lam Kam Road, Tai Po, N.T., Hong Kong

*Cheque should be payable to "Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden Corporation" and please write:
  a. the name of the participant; and 
  b. 'Permaculture Design Certificate course' on the back of your cheque.

After we receive your online application and payment, a confirmation email will be sent to you. Payment is not refundable after acceptance.


For enquiries, please contact Ms Kwok at (852) 2483 7161 or email sla@kfbg.org


Participants are expected to attend all workshop sessions. A certificate will be issued to participants who successfully completed the course and design project.