iPDC Course @ 8th Life

Integral Permaculture Design Certificate

8th Life EcoVillage Project, Canary Islands

5-17 February 2018


Join us on the beautiful island of La Palma to learn how being a Permaculture designer can lead you to real environmental solutions, both locally and globally. Where better to learn about sustainability solutions than in a world-recognised area of outstanding natural beauty?

We've been working hard behind the scenes to continually improve our courses, and now we are delighted to announce the relaunch of our on-site Integral-focused Permaculture Design Certificate (Integral PDC). This Integral PDC is hosted at the 8th Life ecovillage project in the north of La Palma (which is also known as 'La Isla Bonita'). In this beautiful landscape and fully functional Canarian 'finca', you will enjoy the unique opportunities of hands-on learning. This project - which now includes a permanent community of 8 residents - has been established for more than a decade, and is living proof of the abundance and balance that can be achieved with the application of permaculture design techniques.

As a group, we will explore holistic, systemic, integral solutions to modern challenges with a focus on People Care, Earth Care and Future Care. This is all about real-life, practical experience and outcomes, so expect it to be intense - but also intensely rewarding!


During your time with us, you will learn through a variety of approaches such as presentations, hands-on learning, individual and group projects. Our past students have loved the community atmosphere, and we adapt the experience to you and your fellow students to maximise your learning and enjoyment. Part of the practical work will include contributing to the basic farm routines which, as well as great open-air physical excercise for you, we count as part of your accomodation payment - which is why the course costs are so low.


The course meets international standards for the minimum 72 hours of study required for the Permaculture Design Certificate, the standard PDC. Our iPDC in addition includes a more multi-disciplinary perspective of Permaculture as well as an introduction to the Permaculture Diploma and the Integral Permaculture world. The iPDC is awarded by the Integral Permaculture Academy, which is a thriving network of experienced permaculture designers, social activists & change agents who have been working together to co-create an international, multi-lingual community since 2001, together with action-learning / action-research students and all others who are passionate about the need to co-create healthy & sustainable cultures & environments for all species.

Your teachers and mentors on site are ......... COMING SOON!

What's unique about this course?

As well as the modernized standard PDC curriculum, with the on-site course you also benefit from access to our popular online Integral PDC (iPDC, currently priced at €286), where you will have the opportunity to dive even deeper into the theory and knowledge behind your experience at 8th Life.

You will receive the standard basic Permaculture Design Certificate at the end of the on-site course PLUS you will be invited to continue your learning journey with us by joining our wider international community, using this new support group of permaculture designers to help and inspire you in your life designs. In our experience this ongoing support is crucial as most people struggle with their exciting new ideas once they return to their previous life. And implementing permaculture ideals in the real world, in big and small ways is immensely satisfying, as well as what our neighbourhoods, ecosystems and society desperately need. See here for testimonials from our current and past iPDC students.

Additionally, this iPDC is the gateway to the Applied Permaculture Design Internships at 8th Life, which are available to those who can extend their stay by 1 to 12 months.*

*European funding may be available for eligible applicants.

We have decided to limit the group to 8 participants to ensure you are well-supported and learning in a relaxed and convivial community setting.

This course is for you if you are...

  • interested in developing projects with a focus on sustainability
  • looking for hands-on action-learning
  • a pioneer or activist
  • interested in healing the land and people you encounter
  • looking for an alternative to our 'destructoculture' way of life
  • a gardener (urban or rural)
  • an artist or designer
  • a member of an NGO
  • a current or wannabe community member
  • an ecologist, educator or social worker
  • in search of a closer connection to Nature
  • any age
  • with any life experience
  • curious about learning and expanding your world-view

Of course, if you are here, it is probable this course is for you! There is no 'standard model' for a permaculturist, and finding solutions for your context is the challenge Permaculture helps you overcome. For many people our courses are life-changing, initiatory events.


The course schedule includes a day trip to illustrate and appreciate some of the concepts we'll be studying and to make the most of your time on the island. The destination will be decided according to opportunities at the time and the particular interests of your group).

Also, we have scheduled this course to coincide with two very special local festivities. These are the Fiesta de los Almendros and the famous festival Los Indianos, which is part of the longer and very colourful Canarian Carnival. The course schedule includes time off to enjoy these cultural events, meet the locals and hopefully also practice some of your Spanish!

Los Indianos de Los Llanos, La Palma


Dates: 5th - 17th February

Course Fee*: €500 (EARLY BIRD €450 until December 15th 2017)

Early booking is recommended. To reserve your place and join us for this transformative experience, click here.

*This highly competitive price includes camping accommodation and meals (with an organic and local focus) plus access to the online iPDC course - for as long as you're active in our online international permaculture community / wish to stay in touch with your new colleagues.

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