Let’s face it: if you have the chance to do your PDC (Permaculture Design Certificate) with an inspiring, caring and experienced team of teachers and have enough time to learn at your own pace, share, ask questions, make connections and work on your design, it really doesn’t matter whether your PDC is in an off the grid farm, in the middle of the city, in a jungle or online…
PDC’s are measured by how much they actually embody permaculture ethics: Care for the Earth, Care for the People, Care for the Future/Fair Share, not the number of swales you dig (even when digging swales may be fun!).
PDCs are intended to provide people with designer tools and a new worldview that will allow them to create regenerative systems with what they have in their lives, households and communities, and you can learn this from many sources and in many ways.
PDCs are like a gourmet buffet: you are exposed to many amazing options, but it will be up to you to take one and develop it further. The core of a good PDC (in person or online) is to allow you to explore systems, understand nature’s principles and explore strategies that may lead us to a more resilient, regenerative and ecologically sound future.
While in-person PDCs can be life-changing adventures, they are unaffordable to many: time away from family and work is a luxury only a few can take, add the cost of flying and accommodation and the major cost to the Earth in the form of carbon footprint, and you have a recipe for yet another amazing tool hijacked by our capitalistic and colonizing system, which takes even the best solutions and twists them against those in the back seats.
Online, while not as fancy and exotic, provide many benefits:
Here are some tips to make the most of your online PDC:
Still in doubt?