Permaculture Design Course Bali

Date 12 Feb 2021 04:00 PM - 27 Feb 2021 11:00 AM Location The Kul Kul Farm RSVP

Join us in Bali this February with Chris Shanks of Project Bona Fide in Nicaragua, to learn permaculture design and immerse in farm living whilst meeting environmental entrepreneurs in one of the most abundant settings in the world.

Learn from The Kul Kul Farm Co-Founder, Orin Hardy about his journey growing up in Bali, being part of the construction of Green School and starting a farm and bamboo education enterprise based on permaculture principles here in Bali.

What should you expect to learn during a Permaculture Design Course?

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, mushroom cultivation, design, mapping and more. You will learn 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 personalised tour of the renowned 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 and irrigation canals. 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 fertility and sheet mulching

Bio-Intensive Growing and Market Gardening

Nursery Skills

Bamboo building

Grey water systems


Renewable energy systems

Watershed management

Food forests and agroforestry

The design process, principles, strategies, and techniques

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 both beautiful and ecological permaculture designs.


We are offering shared accommodation on the farm free as a gift from us with your ticket!


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. All meals, snacks and drinks are provided as part of your ticket!



Chris has been practicing Permaculture design for over 16 years. His ‘journeyman’ years were spent apprenticing and working on farms from Spain to Central America to the west coast of the United States. Chris designed, built and planted his primary project over 13 years ago, Project Bona Fide located on Isla Ometepe, Nicaragua. Chris has worked and consulted in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, the USA, Thailand, the Bahamas, Hawai’i and the USVI. Chris has taught nearly 30 full Permaculture Design Courses, runs his own consulting firm called Living Systems Solutions is a businessman and strong proponent of interweaving Permaculture design into development and entrepreneurship. His work in horticulture, seed saving, ‘living seed banks’ and education have brought awareness as well as concrete solutions to thousands.


“When I decided to take a Permaculture Design Course with Chris Shanks I didn’t realize how much it was going to change the trajectory of my studies, and quite honestly, my life. To put it succinctly, that course opened my eyes to a whole new way of thinking about so many of the problems that I was learning about and see instead possible solutions in really interesting and creative ways. I was hooked.”- Jackie

“I had the wonderful opportunity of learning under Chris at Rancho Mastatal,Costa Rica. Originally the thought was planted in my head that learning from Chris would be like being at permaculture boot camp. Well it had that feeling because of the excitement that he brought forth. More importantly, he gave you the desire to get hands on the minute he was finished with instruction…. Friends and I are hoping within the next year to do some advanced instruction with Chris”. – Wes

Orin Hardy was first introduced to Permaculture when he was 16 years old by Penny Livingston 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. He and his team completed over 20 permaculture design projects in Bali. His most recent project was for the Sumba Hospitality Foundation on the island of Sumba.

The Kul Kul Farm is a culmination of his years of studying permaculture and implementing regenerative food systems and exploring its relationship to people and communities.

Please email [email protected] for more info.