Urban Permaculture Design Course: with Dan Deighton & Aaron Sorensen

Join Australian permaculturists, Dan Deighton and Aaron Sorensen for an intensive 2 weeks of permaculture theory, practical workshops, field observations, and design exercises based on real sites and real situations.

Permaculture is the conscious design of productive human settlements which have the diversity, stability and resilience of natural ecosystems. It aims to bring food growing back to where people are, and develop sustainable ways of living whether in cities, towns or villages.

Architects, town planners, aid workers, environmentalists, entrepreneurs, policy makers, teachers, homemakers, gardeners and farmers can all benefit from permaculture. There are no prerequisites for doing a Permaculture Design Course.


The course will be held in the middle of the suburban setting of Petaling Jaya, a stone’s throw away from Bukit Gasing, a regenerating secondary forest on the borders of Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya. We will draw inspiration from nature’s classroom, developing an understanding on how to work with the wisdom of nature to create simple systems that build soil fertility, produce healthy organic food, conserve water and energy, maximise space and reduce waste, as well as regenerate our ecological and social landscape.With a 50% theory and 50% practical emphasis, combining both indoor and outdoor classroom experience, our PDC graduates will leave the course ready to design and implement permaculture principles into a wide range of scale and scenarios; from urban permaculture systems, to small farms, and sustainable aid work. The class size for this course is limited to ensure quality learning outcomes for everyone, and upon completion of the course, graduates will be able to use the word ‘permaculture’ on a professional basis – as a practitioner, teacher or consultant in permaculture. Limited in its application only by imagination, Permaculture can also be applied to our lives; be it in our homes, community or work.

About the teachers


Dan Deighton and Aaron Sorensen are the co-founders of Elemental Permaculture, and probably two of the most gifted and inspiring Permaculture designers in Australia today.The dynamic duo, have over 20 years of experience in Permaculture planning, design, implementation, training and education.

Projects they have worked on include: urban design, eco village design, regional master planning, school and community gardens and environmental restoration. They are also PDC trainers with Brogo Permaculture Gardens and the Sydney Permaculture Institute.

The duo are familiar with the tropical landscape and climate, and have helped in the setup of a number of Malaysian projects: the Sustainable Living Centre, as well as several ecological Master Planning initiatives for condominiums, town houses and an integrated mosque in early 2000 for the then existing property development company, Sri Hartamas Sdn. Bhd. They are also designers for the the Taman Petanu Eco Neighbourhood in Bali, Indonesia.

GUEST TEACHERS: To be announced

Course content

  • Permaculture Ethics, Principles and Practices
  • Ecology
  • Energy Laws
  • Climate
  • Soils
  • Water
  • Urban Strategies & Solutions
  • Trees
  • Earthworks
  • Microclimates
  • Aquaculture
  • Small Scale Animal Systems
  • Methods of Design
  • Patterns of Nature
  • Vegetable Gardens
  • Food Forests
  • Appropriate Technology
  • Working as a Designer
  • Planning for Disaster
  • Social Permaculture
  • Bioregions
  • Transition Towns
  • Community Gardens
  • School Gardens
  • Self & the Home
  • Global Movement, Local Action

Practical workshops

(not limited to, but may include*)

  • Site assessment, analysis and design
  • Surveying and mapping the landscape
  • Composting
  • Building a Worm Farm
  • Sheet Mulching
  • Establishing a garden bed
  • Plant Propagation

*While we aim to run all workshops, it is subject to weather conditions and time management



La Salle Hall, Bukit Gasing, Petaling Jaya.

Sliding scale of RM2600 – RM2800.
Pay what you are able to afford: Participants are welcome to pay a minimum of RM2500 for the course. Should you choose to pay up to RM2800, the extra money will go towards providing a scholarship space for one participant who is unable to afford the course. Depending on the funds raised, the scholarship space may be for the current course, or another upcoming one. Contributors will be notified of their contributions.

More details about the Scholarship:

Course fees are inclusive of tea breaks. For lunches, participants are welcome to join in on a joint order to an external caterer for an additional RM195. You are also free to bring your own, or dine out. There are a couple of restaurants, halal options too, within walking distance.


Early Bird:
Register by the 1st of October 2013 and get a RM100 discount.

Mates Rates:
Sign up with another friend or more, and get a RM100 discount each.


Places go quickly, so register now to secure a space on the workshop: http://www.eatsshootsandroots.org/form_pdc1311

For more details or answers to your questions: E-mail Shao-Lyn at courses@eatsshootsandroots.org


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