Tropical Permaculture Design Course

3-18 November 2016, Kul Kul Farm, Bali

Join our Tropical Permaculture Design Course for a unique experience learning tropical permaculture design, set against the back-drop of one of the world’s most abundant ecologies, bamboo buildings, food forests and edible gardens in the tropics. Learn practical principles and strategies in permaculture whilst meeting inspiring eco-entrepreneurs, activists, sustainable designers and creators who form part of the Kul Kul Farm local and expat community. You will be introduced to local Balinese farmers that have for decades interwoven permaculture-like principles into their cultural and agricultural practices. Paul Taylor from Trust Nature Australia will be leading our passionate teaching team to provide you with the skills to design more resilient, productive properties, homes and gardens using nature as your guide and aided by science and technology.


The 2 week intensive includes an Introduction to Tropical Permaculture and a workshop on growing and building with bamboo. You will be immersed into Balinese culture, you’ll meet and learn from local rice farmers about the ecologically sustainable water management and intricate irrigation system for rice paddies in Bali called the Subak, that was 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. You will learn about bamboo, this wild grass, that we are using here to build some of the most sustainable and beautiful homes and classrooms in the world. You will learn different ecological food production systems and how to follow the design process to create onsite designs. The course will be split into classroom time, tours and hands-on workshops that will include building with bamboo, making bio-fertilisers and compost teas, growing food, integrating animals into your food growing systems and much more.


The course is suitable for anyone interested primarily in tropical sustainable land management, soil fertility, permaculture design, growing food and raising animals in the tropics. Permaculture design can be applied personally to your homes and gardens, to larger  as well as helping facilitate positive change in your communities.

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.


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.

Regardless of your experience this Certificate course will equip you with the skills to design and implement Permaculture into your home or professional environments from urban back-yard plots and Permaculture systems to small farms and community projects.

The globally recognized permaculture design 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
Land access
Community building
Plant guilds
Soil Carbon Sequestration and Biochar
Food forests and agro-forestry
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 for The Kul Kul farm.


All participants will be staying at The Kul Kul Farm. Accommodations are charming and rustic. Your general ticket includes boutique camping in shared 100% cotton canvas tents (1 tent sleeps 2 to 4ppl), or an option to upgrade to a bamboo bunkhouse. Bunkhouse rooms are also shared with one other person. The bunkhouse option costs US$150 for the 2 weeks, and this upgrade can be selected upon booking. Both 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 and authentic Balinese meals as well as a few international options. We cater to vegetarians, vegans & people who don’t eat wheat or gluten.



bali-permaculture-design-course-2017-paul-taylorPaul has owned and operated more than a dozen organic properties and is a 3rd generation organic farmer and horticulturist, he is the managing director of Trust Nature Pty Ltd and the Co-founder of Hidden Garden Sustainable Farms. He is a Permaculture Consultant with the Permaculture Research Institute, and has worked as an educator, designer, trainer and biological soil consultant for the past 20 years. Apart an accredited teacher, he is most well-known for his work developing the Bio-Vital System of biological soil management as a practical, easy to understand, soils recovery and food production systems. Paul is an energetic and engaging teacher with a gift to give you the practical skills and knowledge for implementing regenerative systems and growing organic food profitably almost anywhere. His teaching and consulting have taken him from India to Outer Mongolia, from the USA to Australia, from greenhouses in Saudi Arabia to the wilderness of New Zealand. His courses are dynamic, fun, hands-on and full of knowledge, you learn management skills and principles that apply to the backyard gardens, greenhouses, the broad acre farm, and for any soil regeneration project.  Paul is an approved Australian Federal Government educator under the FarmReady Program, holds a Certificate IV in training and assessment and has specialist training in soil microbiology.


her9990-1024x684Orin was first introduced to Permaculture when he was 16 years old by Penny Livingston and James Stark. Since then he has done courses in Permaculture 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 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.



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.

Please note the course begins on Thursday 3rd November at 4pm. (Those arriving before 1pm will be asked to pay an additional fee of RP 1,000,000 ( $76). Night Arrivals between 9pm and 6am will be asked to pay a fee of RP 1,500,000 ($115). 


We offer 5 full scholarships to local, English- speaking, Balinese and Indonesians who are either food growers or working in the field of sustainability. If you are interested in applying please email Furthermore, we are offering an Indonesian discounted price for nationals who have been working and living in Indonesia for at least 5 years. Price is Rp 7,975,000 ( Rp 7,250,000 + 10%tax). Payment can be organised via local bank transfer. Email us to proceed with payment.



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