Bali Permaculture Design Course with Penny Livingston-Starke


Bali Indonesia

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Join our Bali Permaculture Design Course at the Green School to learn practical principles and strategies in permaculture design and join a growing movement of hundreds of thousands of people worldwide dedicated to fostering positive ecologically based solutions of how we provide for ourselves and the environment.

Penny Livingston-Stark from The Regenerative Design Institute in California will be the lead facilitator for this course. Penny is an established permaculturist, herbalist, and environmental activist who has successfully trained thousands of people internationally to gain take-home skills in Permaculture and Regenerative Design. We are honored to be her host here at The Kul Kul Farm where we will learn permaculture design techniques and help you develop a powerful vision to design a future that you want to live in.

What you will learn:

A range of techniques that are easy to implement personally and professionally. You will be engaged in real life, hands-on practical projects as well as real world design work. This is going to be an amazing event, learning permaculture with local Balinese permaculture farmers. The Kul Kul farm is run by Orin Hardy, Made Gojing and Maria Farrugia. Orin’s family started the extraordinary Green School and the Green Village both beautifully designed and constructed with bamboo! We will get a personalized tour by Green School Co- Founder John Hardy of what we consider to be one of the finest world class examples of permaculture design and sustainability.

This is an opportunity to have a deep learning and cultural experience in beautiful Bali!

The 2 week course includes an Introduction to Permaculture and a workshop on The Art of Herbal Medicine Making. In teams you’ll create a concept design for The Kul Kul Farm itself and the best aspects of each design will be used to create the final permaculture master plan for the development of the farm over the coming years. The course will include classroom time, tours and hands-on workshops.

Who should take this course?

The course is suitable for anyone interested in sustainable design, nature based education, environmental activism, nonprofits, and social enterprise or is simply wanting to deepen their understanding of environmental sustainability. It has value to everyone who eats food, drinks water, and breathes air. People apply permaculture design to their livelihoods, homes and gardens as well as helping facilitate positive change in their communities.

As we move toward an uncertain future in regard to climate change, resource depletion and extreme weather conditions we need to start creating systems in our lives and communities that have resiliency and stability. Permaculture design is proving to be one of the more potent solution-based design systems on the planet today. Based on a set of principles and natural patterning, Permaculture Design is applicable in all climate conditions; in both urban and rural situations. Many indigenous communities who have been relocated or disconnected from their home are studying permaculture design principles to help re-weave cultural connection and relationship.

Site Tours:

During the course you will get an inside tour into the inspiring Green School and Green Village. Lectures and workshops will be held on the Green School campus itself as well as at The Kul Kul Farm. We will also be inviting local Balinese Farms to teach traditional permaculture systems.

The globally recognized permaculture design curriculum will give you the chance to learn and live permaculture on The Kul Kul Farm. Here’s more of what you’ll learn:

  • Permaculture principles and ethics
  • Reading the landscape
  • Pattern design and pattern application
  • Water harvesting and Earth WorksSite analysis (Sector Analysis)
  • Site planning and Layout (Zoning)
  • Climate and micro-climate strategies- Tropical, Temperate, Dryland and Humid Climates
  • Mapping
  • Land access
  • Community building
  • Plant guilds
  • Soil Carbon Sequestration and Biochar
  • Food forests and agro-forestryThe design process,principles, strategies, and techniques
  • Soil building and sheet mulching
  • Pond management and ecology
  • Natural Bamboo Building in the most beautiful bamboo setting in the world.
  • Grey water systems
  • Bioremediation
  • Renewable energy systems
  • Watershed management
  • Economy and Equity

Group work on a conceptual design project for The Kul Kul farm.

Whether you’re interested in growing food in pots on your balcony, designing a kitchen garden, starting community garden, developing techniques to reduce waste and energy consumption or you may have a larger professional project in mind, this course will improve your ability to understand and interact with your local environment and give you the inspiration, knowledge and confidence to create great permaculture designs.

Here are some testimonials from recent graduates of Penny Livingston’s Permaculture Design Course at the Regenerative Design Institute:

“I knew I would learn a great deal here and develop new skills, but what amazed me the most was the personal transformation I watched happening within myself in the course of these two weeks. Taking this PDC has opened my eyes to imagine new possibilities for myself and the world. I now have alot more hope, confidence and faith in the power of community” PDC grad 2011

“This course changed my life. It was the best money I’ve spent on education. The information is awsome, the site is amazing and the food is 5 star!” PDC grad 2012

“I have a whole new attitude about the future and have renewed confidence of my place in it as a result of taking this course.” PDC grad 2013

Where you will stay

Your ticket includes a camping space on the farm. With this option you will be asked to bring your own tent and camping gear. If you would like us to provide these you can choose an accommodation upgrade during your booking. Upgrades include a tent and basic camping equipment or a place in our brand new bamboo bunk house. If you require private accommodation please email us: and we will assist you to find nearby accommodation. We do however, encourage you to camp with us on the property as part of the experience.

What you’ll eat

During the course you will eat like a king, or at least a vegetable king. We do our best to provide quality local ‘off the land’ ingredients to make delicious and authentic Balinese meals as well as a few international options. We cater to vegetarians, vegans & people who don’t eat wheat or gluten.

More about your teachers

Penny Livingston-Stark is internationally recognized as a prominent permaculture teacher, designer, and speaker. She holds a MS in Eco-Social Regeneration and a Diploma in Permaculture Design. Penny has been studying the Hermetic Tradition of alchemy and herbal medicine making in Europe and the United States for 4 years.

Penny has been teaching internationally and working professionally in the land management, regenerative design, and permaculture development field for 25 years and has extensive experience in all phases of ecologically sound design and construction as well as the use of natural non-toxic building materials. She specializes in site planning and the design of resource-rich landscapes integrating, rainwater collection, edible and medicinal planting, spring development, pond and water systems, habitat development and watershed restoration for homes, co-housing communities, businesses, and diverse yield perennial farms.

She currently co-manages a permaculture education center on the Northern California coast with her husband James Stark. Penny also has experience in installing abundant and diverse tropical agroforestry systems.

Other guest teachers include GreenCamp Director and conservation botanist Melissa Abdo, Lead Green School Gardener and Permaculture Instructor Yohanes Wibowo and Permaculture Landscape Designer- Scott Godfredson. Others to be announced at a later date. Stay Tuned!

Included in your course fee

Your course ticket includes camping, meals, tours and excursions, materials and a range of take-home resources to help you in continuing your permaculture journey back home.

We are offering Scholarships for Indonesians find out more here.

Cancellations and Refunds

We get that sometimes things happen and you may not be able to attend the course you paid for. Unless otherwise stated, as long as you let us know at least 30 days before the start of the course we will give you your money back less an admin fee of USD$100. Otherwise we can aslo transfer the full amount to any future course you want to attend.


Supporting Organisations

Asia Plantation Capital
Diamond Energy
City Developments Ltd