Permaculture Design Course with Penny Livingston-Stark

Date 16 Feb 2018 04:00 PM - 03 Mar 2018 11:00 AM Location The Kul Kul Farm Book Now

Join us in Bali this February with Penny Livingston- Stark for a multi-cultural experience learning practical principles and strategies in permaculture design 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 people worldwide dedicated to fostering positive ecologically based solutions of how we provide for ourselves and the planet.


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 certified Permaculture Design Course includes an Introduction to Permaculture and workshops on soil fertility, agroforestry, home gardening, bamboo & natural 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 Balinese 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 the Green School is pioneering education using systems thinking, experiential 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.


This 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.

The globally recognised fully certified Permaculture Design Curriculum includes:
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 shared boutique camping experience on the farm, in 100% cotton, furnished canvas tents. Upgrades on accommodation for a shared room in our bamboo bunkhouse are also available. The bunkhouse option costs US$170 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 warm outdoor showers.


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 meals. We cater to vegetarians, vegans & people who don’t eat wheat or gluten.


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.

Orin Hardy was first introduced to Permaculture when he was 16 years old by Penny and her husband 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.






Other guest teachers will be announced at a later. Stay Tuned!