Permaculture Design Course Bali with John Champagne

Join a Permaculture Design Course in Bali this July & August for a multi-cultural experience learning ecological design, bamboo building and sustainable living. Learn practical principles and strategies in permaculture whilst meeting environmental entrepreneurs in one of the most abundant permaculture settings in the world. You will be introduced to Balinese farmers that have for decades interwoven permaculture principles into their cultural and agricultural practices. Join a growing movement of thousands of people worldwide dedicated to fostering positive ecologically based solutions of how we provide for ourselves and the environment.


Permaculture provides an effective solution-based design system to address the problems of 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.

This 2 week Permaculture Design Course includes an Introduction to Permaculture and workshops on soil fertility, agroforestry, home gardening, bamboo building and more. You will learn from local experts about the ecologically sustainable water management and intricate irrigation system for rice paddies in Bali called the Subak. Listed a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2012. You will learn how local rice farmers relate to the natural world and how they see nature, humanity and spirit intrinsically linked through a philosophy called Tri Hita Karana.

You will be given a personalized tour of Green School and Green Village and learn how Green School is pioneering education using permaculture principles and nature education. You will learn how to transform a wild grass into a beautiful building material from the bamboo architects and builders who were involved in building the school and some of the most cutting edge natural bamboo homes in the world. You will learn different ecological food production systems and how to follow the design process to create onsite designs. Learning will be facilitated with a mixture of classroom time, tours, excursions, discussions and hands-on workshops.

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This permaculture design course is suitable for anyone interested in sustainability. People apply permaculture design to their daily lives, homes, gardens, businesses as well as helping facilitate positive change in their communities.


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. On one of the days you will experience the Subak (Bali’s irrigation management system) up close and personal by trekking through Bali’s rice fields, irrigation canals and tunnels that were carved by hand thousands of years ago. We will also have a number of local Balinese farmers and guest speakers join us to share their vast knowledge, experience and skill.KKF Green School Ibuku

The globally recognized permaculture design course 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 Works
Site analysis (Sector Analysis)
Site planning and Layout (Zoning)
Climate and micro-climate strategies- Tropical, Temperate, Dryland and Humid Climates
Land access
Community building
Plant guilds
Soil Carbon Sequestration and Biochar
Food forests and agroforestry
The design process, principles, strategies, and techniques
Soil building and sheet mulching
Pond management and ecology
Bamboo building
Grey water systems
Renewable energy systems
Watershed management
Economy and Equity
Group work on a conceptual design project.

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


Your ticket includes a boutique camping in our newest 100% cotton, canvas tents on the farm. You will be set up with a tent (shared), mattress, pillows and sheets. Upgrades on accommodation for a shared room in our bamboo bunkhouse are also available. The bunkhouse option costs US$150 for the 2 weeks, and this upgrade can be selected upon booking. All participants are encouraged to stay on site during the course. Both accommodation options include composting toilets and hot outdoor showers.

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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.



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John’s long involvement in permaculture began when he completed a Permaculture Design Course, (PDC) in Chiltern, Victoria in 1992 with Vries & Hugh Gravestein who were taught by Bill Mollison. It became both a life path and career. With his partner Sharon, they established Brogo Permaculture Gardens in the Bega Valley, NSW 22 years ago, in the temperate climate as both a home to bring up their 5 children and a demonstration site to showcase permaculture on 11 acres. Abundance was created and excess produce from the property is now sold at local outlets under Organic Certification.



Professionally, John’s designed private properties, eco-villages and community & school gardens. His PDC teaching career began in 2004 alongside David Holmgren. John has now taught over 35 PDC’s throughout the temperate climate of SE Australia as well as the tropics of SE Asia since 2010. Together with Sharon, in SE Asia

John Champagne 5 they share a commitment to maintain a high standard of permaculture education through workshops and developing local teachers to deliver the PDC in their language. John’s passion is working at the local grassroots level to build community resilience. He  is recognised as an elder of Permaculture in Australia and was on the Board of Permaulture Australia for 3 years and is currently the convenor of Permafund, a charitable group that receives funds and then distributes them to needy permaculture projects worldwide.




_HER9990Orin was first introduced to Permaculture when he was 16 years old by Penny Livingston and James Stark. Since then he has done Permaculture design courses with Dave Jackie at Milkwood, Penny Livingston and James Stark at the Regenerative Design Institute and Paul Taylor at Jambaroo Farms. After graduating from the Evergreen State College in Olympia Washington, he returned to Bali in 2012 and started IBUKU Gardens, a landscape design group that is part of IBUKU. His goal was to replace landscaping plants with edibles in homes and resorts around Bali. Over the past 2 years he has bestowed vegetable gardens on a variety of private and resort gardens. Orin is the son of Green School co-founder John Hardy and is the younger brother of Elora Hardy, creative director of IBUKU (design firm behind the magic and beauty of everything bamboo in Bali). The Kul Kul Farm is a culmination of his years of studying permaculture and implementing regenerative food systems here in Bali and exploring its relationship to people and communities.



Petra is a designer, facilitator and owner of Alam Santi Sustainable Living Design, a Bali-based consultancy group who focus on commercial, residential, and community-driven sustainable building projects. She is also known for founding IDEP Foundation and her passion to, as she puts is: “get important information into the hands of the people that need it the most… our communities”. Petra is a resident speaker at our Permaculture Design Courses, and this July she will be joining us for a longer period to teach practical skills in water saving and management and appropriate technology.

Other guest speakers (we have many) will be announced at a later date. They will include Green School community members/ heads, local social entrepreneurs, local farmers, Ibuku architects and others.



Scott holds an honours degree in Landscape Architecture from RMIT Melbourne. He chose Landscape Architecture as a profession because of its ability to artistically and creatively work with the environment at all levels. He has been actively involved in Permaculture design and education since 2000, subsequently lecturing on the topic in Australia, United States and Central America. With a strong focus on Permaculture master planning and sustainable community design, Scott’s involvement in projects have taken him around Australia and overseas to Hawaii, California, Panama, Costa Rica and England designing farm communities, community visioning, eco-retreat and eco-village projects. Over the last decade Scott has gained a diverse range of skills working on projects including private residential projects, commercial developments, urban master planning, resorts, highway projects, public parks, community gardens and botanic gardens.


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.


Scholarships and Indonesian discounts are available upon request. Please email [email protected]


If something comes up, and you need to cancel your booking we will give you a refund minus an administration/booking fee (US$150) only if we are informed 1 month prior to the course start date. Any cancellations within the month of the start date will not be refunded.