Intensive 10 day certificate course

Walkers Reserve, Barbados

November 4th-15th, 2019

A Transformative permaculture experience

Become a permaculture designer: gain life changing holistic sustainability skills

Included in this course:

2 Week Immersive Course

8 hours per day

(Mon-Fri : 10 days)

(+ optional experiential learning)

72 hours of instruction

(international standard)

What is A Permaculture Design Certificate?

A 'PDC' is the first step towards a holistic view of all aspects of sustainable livelihood. From farming to water harvesting, energy and building, Permaculture is a design science with its roots in nature.


This PDC covers the 12 principles of permaculture in a style that appeals to the average home owner, youth and large scale farmer alike. It includes the application of permaculture principles to organic food (produce and livestock) production, home design, construction, energy conservation and generation, and explores alternative economic structures and legal strategies supporting permaculture solutions.


Upon completion you will be able to design integrated, productive ecosystems that are capable of meeting all our human needs, whilst benefiting the environment.


What is Permaculture?


Permaculture is a design science with its roots in nature. By mimicking natural systems and we create landscapes which allow humans and nature to interact in harmony, benefitting one another. Permaculture is not new, it looks to the past, bringing the very best practices forward into a new light and system of thinking.


Permaculture design is a holistic approach to all living situations, and applicable to any climate. Though this course will focus its efforts on tropical examples, the theory carries across all regions. Permaculture design, the 3 ethics of permaculture, and the 12 principles of permaculture can be applied to patio gardens, backyards, urban and suburban gardens. Producing high yields of organic fresh food, low impact energy consumption, lowered costs of living and lessen the environmental costs associated with use of the land, for any size family or land lot. Permaculture can be applied to homesteads, small scale farms and market gardens, as well as to broad acre farming and ultimately, global ecosystem restoration projects.

The Venue: Walkers Reserve, Barbados


Walkers Reserve is an amazing ecosystem restoration project; a 300 acre silica sand quarry undergoing a transformative regeneration programme utilizing permaculture practices. Walkers has moved from barren land, deteriorating sand dune ecosystems and an extractive past, to soil building, regeneration, native species increase, endangered species protection, carbon sequestration and agricultural yields.  From sand mine to food forest; walkers Reserve is an exemplary venue to observe permaculture in action.


CPRI’s home within Walkers Reserve is developing organically as we grow. Our facilities currently include a teaching area with AV facilities and internet, a group learning shelter area in a breezeway with access to a nursery, intensive demonstration and experimental planting areas. Teaching will occur in all areas of Walkers Reserve relating to each topic covered. This will include beach side dune ecosystems, sand pit, regenerated alleys and food forest, lakes, ponds and chinampas microclimates, old growth natural areas, bee yard, irrigation ponds/dams and flooded/dry swales, steep slope planting areas, areas experiencing stress from salt spray, extreme heat, drought, below water level, flood prone, slippage, extractive quarrying. You will be exposed to the many problems and solutions which Walkers Reserve has to showcase as it relates to each of the permaculture principles explored throughout the course.


Your Instructors and Team:

Gurus: Erle Rahaman-Noronha and John Stollmeyer of Wa Samaki Ecosystems, Trinidad. Teaching permaculture courses for over 20 years and developing some of the most impressive permaculture sites in the region, their vast knowledge will be the key to opening your mind, and some new doors for your regenerative, sustainability focused future. 

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Erle Rahaman-Noronha:  Permaculture "Guru"

Erle will be the lead permaculture guru for this PDC.  

He grew up in Kenya, obtained his BSc in Biochemistry and MSc in Zoology at the University of Guelph, Canada and has made Wa Samaki Ecosystems in Trinidad his home for the last 21 years.  He has taught Permaculture Design across the Caribbean since 2007 and currently consults on projects though his company Caribbean Permaculture Consultants. He is the permaculture specialist in charge of the regeneration at Walkers Reserve in Barbados, and is the Director of Regeneration at the Walkers Institute of Regenerative Research, Education and Design. Erle brings a wealth of practical experience to tropical projects seeking to become regenerative.  He is also a crazy barefoot runner and you can look forward to exploring the roads around the property with him on any evening.

John Stollmeyer : co-educator

John is a multi media conceptual artist and deep ecologist with a focus on promoting the bioregional vision for evolving sustainable human cultures.​ As an artist his main practice has been the designer/maker for his ecological business, Turtle Island Children, creating a line of high fashion natural jewelry using calabash and coconut shell. John is a founding member and the research officer and technical advisor to the award winning Community Based Organization, the Fondes Amandes Community Reforestation Project (FACRP). John completed his first Permaculture Design Course (PDC) in 2006 at Finca Bona Fide, Ometepe Island, Nicaragua with Doug Bullock and Chris Shanks. He was instrumental in bringing Peter Bane, editor of the Permaculture Activist to lead the first ever PDC in Trinidad and Tobago in 2007. In 2009 he completed his third PDC at Fambidzanai Permaculture Centre, Harare, Zimbabwe with Joel Glanzberg and John Nieri as part of the 9th International Permaculture Convergence. 

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Maleah Rahaman-Noronha: Farm to Table chef

Maleah Rahaman-Noronha embodies, in all her facets, what it means to be passionate about one’s craft. Through her training as a professional chef at the The International Culinary Center, a stint at Dan Barber’s Farm to Table Blue Hill at Stone barn and an internship at Dirt Candy in New York, coupled with a life-long love of wholesome, sustainably-sourced produce, Maleah’s approach to cooking is interwoven with her approach to community. Maleah believes in the transformative, unifying power of eating and recognizes the ways in which we, as consumers, must make our choices according to what is best for our bodies and the planet we call home. As the daughter of the ‘permaculture guru’, Erle Rahaman-Noronha, Maleah has been living the permaculture vision perhaps since birth. She was certified in permaculture design in 2016 and since then has been increasingly committed to producing her own food in a sustainable way that optimizes the resources available to her. With a mindset of inclusivity and compassion coupled with a genuine pursuit of joyful productivity, Chef Maleah looks forward to cooking for and working with all the PDC participants the classroom and in the kitchen.

Nutritious farm fresh lunches
Prepared by our permaculture
chef on site: Available for pre order

Local Students:
"No Frills price"

$500 US

Our "No Frills Price" for local Bajan Students includes a PDC Manual, a copy of the Tropical Permaculture Design Manual​, and a Certificate in Permaculture Design on completion of the course. 

Optional excursions and hands on

permaculture experience. 

International Students:
"All Inclusive Price"

$1200 US

Our "All Inclusive Price" for International Students includes a PDC Manual, a copy of the Tropical Permaculture Design Manual​, and a Certificate in Permaculture Design on completion of the course. 

Camping accommodation onsite with our Permaculture gurus and staff for the full immersive permaculture lifestyle experience. 

Nutritious farm fresh meals for 11 of the 12

days spanning the 2 week course. Prepared
by our permaculture chef on site. 

Transportation to and from all teaching activities

Optional excursions and hands on

permaculture experience.