Permaculture Certification Course | Regenerative Design

with Permaculture expert - Jeremiah Kidd

1st - 14th of October 2019

From the 1st to the 14th of October 2019, come join us and celebrate your abundant future at the world famous Distant Relatives - Kilifi's eco - lodge & backpackers

Here is a great opportunity for regenerative skill building, learning food security tools and general self-reliance in a beautiful setting on a super budget!! This Permaculture Certification Course will cover many topics with a focus on Drought Resilient Design in a practical hands-on structure. Explore integrated hydration techniques, building living soils, waste cycling, productive microclimates, polyculture and agroforestry design to create abundant landscapes through ecosystem restoration.

We welcome all individuals from all backgrounds and skill levels to this course!

What is Permaculture?

Permaculture offers practical skills and methods for designing and creating sustainable living systems, integrating human needs with the ecosystems in which we are rooted.

It is a theory of ecological design which seeks to develop sustainable human settlements and agricultural systems, by modelling them on the diversity, stability and resilience of natural ecosystems.

The Permaculture Design Course (PDC) is a 72-hour certified and holistic course encompassing a wide range of topics that demonstrate how to work with our ecological and social environment. The PDC will be composed of lectures, discussions, practical activities, and design exercises. 

Participants will gain knowledge and skills to enable them to design and implement the principles of permaculture in the creation of truly sustainable systems that can enable us to live well and with respect for each other and the earth.

Permaculture ethics offer a direction to responsibilities, moral values and livelihood. They provide the vision on which design approaches and strategies can be tested.

Do you want to read more about what Permaculture is? Follow the link by clicking here and enlighten yourself!

What will you be learning?

  • Approaches to design including: mapping, designing from patterns to details, analysis of elements, using slope & orientation, zones and sectors and analysing the needs & yields of systems.

  • How to increase productivity using intensive garden design strategies including: stacking, soil-building, soil biology, mulch, nutrient cycling, pest control, green manures, worms, compost & companion planting.

  • How to survey landscapes for property design using simple and sophisticated tools; mapping and map making, site analysis, and assessment.

  • Climate: how to read weather patterns, create and enhance micro-climates, and create design strategies for all major global climatic zones.

  • How trees and forests regulate and moderate ecosystems. How to sustainably use, propagate, harvest and manage tree systems using techniques such as coppicing, pollarding, grafting, shelter belts, orchards, guild planting & succession planning.

  • Sound nursery practice, propagation, and bio-security.

  • Integrated pest management.

  • Homesteading and small scale farming.

  • How to save money on energy bills with efficient home design, retrofitting, and renewable energy systems.

  • Multiple uses for grey-water, constructed wetland design, and other techniques for treating waste water.

  • Passive water hydration and infiltration, rainwater collection, storage and composting toilets.

  • Dry-land strategies: using reconstructive earthworks, water harvesting and soil conditioning to recharge ground water, re-hydrate and drought-proof the landscape.

  • How to bring fertility back to the land and build topsoil through a diversity of ancient and modern techniques.

  • How to cycle nutrients and incorporate animals into your system using innovative techniques such as chicken tractors, pannage systems, dairy systems and beekeeping.

  • Creating living ecosystems that feed and nurture us and future generations. Design through the use of nature’s rules to create a lush and resilient natural environment.

  • Aquaponic systems; the combination of aquaculture (growing fish) and hydroponics (growing food without soil). Aquaculture systems and their use in Africa as well as global aquaculture.

  • How to design solar-heated and solar-cooled buildings. The use of natural building materials, energy efficient house placement and design and the assurance of a healthy indoor environment.

  • Strategies for creating community-wide sustainability, village development, alternative economies, local currencies, and how to organise community groups.

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Jeremiah Kidd

It is a great honor to have the highly experience Jeremiah Kidd leading this Advanced PDC! Jeremiah’s passion and education in Permaculture, natural building and alternative technologies began over 25 years ago. He completed his first Permaculture Design Course in 1992 and many advanced classes leading to a Diploma from the Permaculture Institute. He was a partner with Living Structures, one of the first Permaculture and green building firms in the USA, for five years. In 2000 He established San Isidro Permaculture in Santa Fe, New Mexico, a design and installation company focused on water catchment, permaculture education, grey water systems, native and edible plant landscapes, erosion control & land restoration. In 2014 He formed Permaculture Design International with seven other leading regenerative design consultants. He has volunteered and consulted in the USA, Latin America, Caribbean, Africa and Asia on several projects.


Ivan Lieman

Having grown up in Kenya Ivan had a strong connection with nature from an early age. After studying Film in the United Kingdom, Ivan came back to Kenya to pursue a career in photojournalism. This afforded him the opportunity to visit some of most unique, unvisited and beautiful places in East and Central Africa. Having covered major conflicts in the region and experienced the detrimental effects, he acknowledges the importance of stable ecosystems and food security through well managed design systems


Distant Relatives, Eco-lodge is Nestled between the Giriama village of Fumbini and the beautiful emerald waters of Kilifi Creek, Distant Relatives is both a message of optimism and an experimental model of environmentally and socially conscious living. Adventurers from around the world gather here to share tales of the road, mingle with the local community, and enjoy the beautiful ocean views and sunsets that Kenya has to offer. In just one hour’s drive from either Mombasa or Malindi you could be joining us for reef snorkeling trips, moonlit dhow sailing, village walks and beach bonfires, wild cliff adventures, and various live music events.

Sleep in a peaceful environment with easy transport to Town and Beach and access all our facilities: Swimming pool, private beach with unique bioluminescence, excellent security, beach volleyball, discounted internet access rates, free entrance to all events, self-catering kitchen and much more! 

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These are your options:


Bandas are spacious, cozy and cool with a private courtyard with both ensuite shower and toilet - Perfect for those seeking a little more space and comfort! Each Banda contains a large double bed, a set of bunk beds, spacious shelving and custom-made furnishings throughout.

2,000 KES p/p

2,500 KES per night for two people

3,000KES per night for three people

3,500KES per night for four people

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Private Rooms:

Private Rooms contain one spacious double bed and an ensuite shower. Custom-made shelving units and glass bottle wall designs make each room unique. Great for a good night's sleep and plenty of private space!

1,500 KES p/p or 2,000 KES per person per night

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Safari Tents:

Safari Tents are carpeted, with a cozy bed (single or double), bed-side table, solar lights, waterproof ceilings and mosquito netting for increased ventilation, all strategically placed in a peaceful, shady area!

1,000 KES p/p or 1,500 per night for two people

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Two beautiful dormitories, each consisting of four sets of bunks. Beds are very spacious and each dorm is open and airy. If you find yourself waking up in your bed next to a tree growing through the roof, then you've been lucky enough to stay in our Dorm-A-Tree!

650 KES p/p

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Bring your own tent and camping gear and pitch up!

400KES p/p


Check out Distant Relatives website for more info and to book your accommodation:

COURSE PRICE: 700 USD Or 70,000 KeS

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