This diploma is organised and certified by the well established Permaculture association in the U.K, and it is the path that I took myself.
While I had the online support of a very experienced tutor in the U.K, being based in Ireland meant that I missed the face to face contact and network participation that I believe helps to accelerate learning and the effectiveness of applying permaculture design together with others.
So that's what I'd like to begin to provide for any of you here in Ireland who are interested in following further study in Permaculture.
Following on from a 72 hour Permaculture design course, which in all reality can only ever be an introduction to the many faces of Permaculture and the design processes involved, the diploma gives you the opportunity to explore further those fields which interest you most and design some real changes in your environment and in our world.
What are the benefits of doing this diploma?
Well, it's unusual in the sense that it's 'self directed learning', meaning that you can design yours to suit your circumstances, and what you want and need to get out of it. So every diploma journey is unique.
You'll start to think about what you'd like to achieve and then form steps, which must include doing ten Permaculture designs, to bring you there. Maybe you want to focus on alternative farming solutions, or design yourself an ethical livelihood, bring permaculture to the school curriculum or your workplace, retrofit your home to be more energy efficient, design co-operative food or financial systems...etc etc,
We need designers in all fields and once you are working towards earth care, people care and fairshare the contexts are up to you.
It's all about designing relevant solutions, increasing your skill in permaculture design, and sharing your work in and beyond the permaculture community so that we can all benefit from each others learning.
There are however rigorous assessment criteria designed to enable you to become a fluent permaculture designer in your chosen contexts, to apply permaculture ethics and design effectively in your own lives and also in your work and projects, and you'll get different forms of tutor support and feedback on your work.
You'll also need to include some technical learning along your diploma pathway -'hard' and 'soft' skills which will flesh out your design skills.
And at the end of your journey/beginning of the next one you can get awarded a Diploma Certificate from the UK association in recognition of your proficiency in Permaculture design.
For more information on the structure of the diploma you can explore the resources available on the UK website.
My official tutor profile is up there too now!
All other required information such as cost is available there too.
If you are anyway interested in beginning a Permaculture diploma and would like to explore how I could support you to do that please do follow the links on this blog post to find more information and then get in touch. I'm really keen to keep the momentum going here that's been building over the past few years through courses and events like our annual gathering, there's so much we can do together and this is one way to help us educate ourselves, upskill and evolve our ways of life towards regenerating the health of our beautiful world.