APW offers a new form of permaculture education through a wide range of workshops that focus on various aspects of ecological literacy, place making, and sustainable design and living. The workshops are intended to inspire, challenge and empower participants to action.

“This course has been life-changing for me. I have learned so many practical & philosophical skills that are greatly beneficial to me and my community” – Nicola Groves

“A fantastic mix of theoretical and practical opinions and knowledge on a very rich and valuable subject” – John Allan

  • “Life changing. Mind blowing. An inspirational exploration of the potential for positive change.”
  • Scott Crickett, PDC Graduate

  • “I’ve been studying and practicing permaculture for 20 years. The APW PDC was still full of insights and filled in many gaps in my understanding of urban design, economics and resiliency.”
  • Heidi O’Callahan, PDC Graduate

Participants will learn design skills that integrate the environment, people and technology to create abundant and resilient ways of living for themselves and their communities. While the workshops are grounded in the Auckland bioregion, the skills learnt are easily transferred to other bioregions.

There are twelve workshops in the 2020 Permaculture Design Certificate programme:


Philosophy and Design 15 Feb
Landscape Design 29 Feb
Living Communities 28 Mar
Appropriate Technology 18 Apr
Tree Crops 2 May
Economics for People 16​ ​May
Built Environment 20 ​Jun
Urban Design and Living 18​ ​Jul
Resources and Redefining Waste 15 Aug
Fertile Gardening 3 ​Oct
Empowerment and Resilience 17 ​Oct
Living Locally in the Auckland Bioregion 7 Nov

The Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) is an internationally recognised qualification and APW offer a Permaculture in New Zealand (PiNZ) affiliated PDC. Certificates are achieved when participants complete a minimum of nine of the twelve workshops and a design project of their choosing. The Design Project is an opportunity for participants to apply what they have learned to a personal and meaningful project.

APW’s Permaculture Design Certificate programme includes twelve full day workshops, a PDC programme folder, permaculture design project mentoring and two design project presentation days.

For full details on the Permaculture Design Certificate see our Programme Information 2020 PDF. We encourage all participants to read this document prior to registering for the programme as it contains important details.


Permaculture is a design approach to sustainable living modelled on natural ecosystems, integrating human settlements in healthy and productive environments which provide for all human needs. The first PDC was created and delivered by Bill Mollison in the 1980s as an on-site two-week intensive course. This format was later developed into a modular programme delivered over a longer period of time.

APW have adapted this modular programme to be delivered over twelve Saturday workshops and developed the content specifically for Auckland’s Bioregion. We find that the local content delivered over a longer programme grounds the learning experience and gives participants greater flexibility as well as the opportunity to integrate and apply what they have learnt to their own life throughout the year.