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pdc 2024


  • How to turn problems into solutions.

  • The process and methodology of designing a high functioning productive system.

  • How to build soil and grow plants without the need of toxic chemicals.

  • The basics of climate patterns and how we should use them to improve our living systems.

  • The options for capturing, storing, reducing the usage of and cleaning water.

  • The 14 Core Permaculture Chapters. 1. Introduction to Permaculture, 2. Concepts and themes in design, 3. Methods of design, 4. Pattern Understanding, 5. Climatic factors, 6. Trees and their energy transactions, 7. Water, 8. Soils, 9. Earth Working with earth resources, 10 The humid tropics, 11 Dryland strategies 12 Humid cool to cold climates, 13 Aquaculture, 14 The strategies of an alternative global nation.  


Russell Manning 

Living and teaching Permaculture at his farm Love Grows in Colombia has been Russell's passion for the last 6 years, before that he travelled and volunteered in over 20 projects across the world learning about sustainable living and different methods in diverse cultures. Russell holds a degree in Plant Sciences and completed his PDC with the Permaculture research institute  (PRI) under the tutorage of Geoff Lawton. Russell is now an authorised teacher of the PRI and students will receive their certificate from this institute.

Chris Hill

Living with his wife and daughter, Chris has been systematically creating a super abundant thriving permaculture farm and school at his farm Finca Sin Fronteras.  With a background in engineering, carpentry, solar electrical systems and life as a nomadic DJ, Chris and his family decided to settle down and build their dream lifestyle in harmony with nature and the local community. Chris loves to share his passion and experience with knowledge and hands on experience.

Permaculture Design Certificate Course PDC

Authorised and sanctioned by the

Permaculture Research Institute (PRI)

6th-16th March 2024

With so many problems in our world sometimes we can feel overwhelmed. Solutions come from different ways of thinking. So is it time to think differently? Permaculture gives you thinking tools to creatively re-design your environment and behave in a less energy intensive way , and rather than doing less bad actually doing more good. It’s time to see our environment differently with principles which guide us to think & design with nature not against it. Earth-centred thinking underpins living sustainably and regeneratively which is the core imperative of permaculture design. How would you feel to be part of this positive change? Join us at our permaculture designed farm and school to discover how you can be part of the solution.

Come and join us in Colombia to obtain your PDC. Contact us now for a 20% early bird discount. List price $624 USD including food and hammock space (2,500,000COP) Early birds @$499 USD (2,000,000 COP)

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20% Discount for payments received before March 1st 20th 2024 (499 USD Total to pay)

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Once countdown reaches zero course will be full price $624


  • 11 Day Course tuition

  • The Course covers the 14 chapters of Permaculture over 72 hours of tuition.

  • Three Meals A Day

  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner will be provided to all students. The food is home cooked. Any special dietary needs should made aware before the course starts.

  • Hammock And Tent Space

  • There is ample space for you to hang your own hammock or put your tent up. If you prefer a bed in the dorm or need a hammock then you can rent them for a small surplus cost.

  • Certificate Of Successful Course Completion

  • Assuming you complete the course you will receive a digital Certificate issued by us, if you would like a digital certificate issued by the Permaculture Research Institute then this has an additional cost of $20 USD. The certificate will be as shown in the photo below.

  • Ongoing support From Your Instructors

  • We like to support our students in their ongoing permaculture adventures. We have a good group of members and encourage all to support each other.

  • Whats not included in basic price

    Bed rather than a free hammock

  • Enjoy a comfortable night's sleep at Finca sin fronteras with two affordable options:

    1) BYOS (Bring Your Own Sheets): For just 12,000 COP per night, you can reserve a cozy bed 🛏. Simply bring along your preferred sheets, pillows, and mosquito net for a personalized experience.

    2) All-Inclusive Bed 🛏: Experience the ultimate convenience for 20,000 COP per night, which includes a comfortable bed 🛏 with fresh, clean sheets, fluffy pillows, and a mosquito net, provided by Finca sin fronteras for your peace of mind. Choose the option that suits your needs and enjoy a restful stay at Finca sin fronteras! (Payment to our hosts Chris or Michelle, cash or nequi)

Achieve your PDC in Colombia!

PDC group Love Grows

Amazing location

Set in the sierra Nevada mountain of northern Colombia, in the heart of the world. Our farm Finca Sin Fronteras is a tropical paradise. 

PDC final designs

Awesome People

The other people you meet on a PDC course are, amazing people just like you and hopefully some will become life long friends and colleagues.

PDC completion

Fabulous value

You will not find better value for a two week residential course PDC than at Finca Sin Fronteras, Colombia. Email us at [email protected] for full details

What some of our students have to say

4.8 stars from over 500 students around the world

Early Bird Price

Over 1,000 students have discovered Permaculture with us.

We have taught Permaculture courses to many hundreds of students and transformed hundreds of lives. Come and take this practical based Permaculture Design Course at the beautifully designed Finca Sin Fronteras this May 2022 and gain skills and knowledge that will enable you to work and design holistic sustainable systems across the world. We follow the Bill Mollison Permaculture Design System curriculum , so you can rest assured you will be receiving a top notch education with a valuable certificate. Our certificates are issued by the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia headed by Geoff Lawton.

pdc permaculture design course 2022
pdc permaculture design course 2022

Learn by getting your hands dirty!

During your course you will have plenty of opportunities to get your hands dirty and gain practical experience of the subjects that are being taught in the theory classes, meaning you will leave with practical experience to compliment the theory classes. Finca Sin Fronteras is a working example of a Permaculture farm which produces significant quantities of food and uses building materials which can be locally sourced.

Dani PDC



“I was in lovegrows 2020 February for the pdc course and I really was so happy to be there. Russ had a very good combination of practical and theoretical skills-we always had the chance to go to practice and do it straight away which was for me very helpful to understand and integrate the learning. Russ is very experienced in having students and their needs and also has a huge knowledge of the local situation. It was a joyful and life changing experience and I am very happy that I ended up there to get first introduced to permaculture.

Loic pdc permaculture



“I did a PDC course with Russ Manning and Chris Hill from December 1 to 14, 2019 as well as 3 months of learning as part of an exchange programme work.

Russ took his role as a teacher to heart by being always available to answer our questions, share what he knew while making sure everyone understood the entire course.

He was able to listen to our projects to make concrete examples that spoke to us.

This course taught me to observe nature, understand how a forest works, the climate etc.

I recommend Russ and Chris for their desire to pass on this knowledge to others to try to change the world around us.

colette pdc permaculture



“I studied my PDC at Lovegrows Finca with Russ and Chris in December 2019. In addition to his experience and vast amount of knowledge, Russ possesses many qualities that make him a very able teacher. He has a very calm and patient approach and is very clear and concise when communicating. His farm provided a beautiful space to see permaculture concepts in action and I came away fully inspired to start my own permaculture journey on my recently bought piece of land. Since the course, Russ has always been fully committed to supporting me on my project. He is readily available on whatsapp with advice or answers to any queries and even visited our site a year ago to see how we’re getting on.”