Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Permaculture Design Course

Permaculture Design Course in  Zlarin Croatia

September, island of Zlarin will host 72-hours Permaculture Design Course

If you were thinking how to grow your own food, build a house with non-industrial materials, or to move out of a city in the future… You were probably thinking of permaculture. This September, island of Zlarin will host 72-hours Permaculture Design Course. It is a chance to attend an international PDC this summer, and to visit Adriatic coast at the same time. In the end of summer, the tourist crowd on Zlarin is finished, so visitors can enjoy great weather (still very warm) and empty beaches on a very quiet island. Centuries old tradition of coral harvesting on the island existed due to very clean sea. Another curiosity is that Zlarin is one of several Croatian car-free islands. Croatia is a good place to learn permaculture: though there aren’t many developed projects yet, this country has one of most vital and fastest growing permaculture scenes in Europe. Some of leading Croatian teachers (Ivan Gregov, Damir Šeler) will give lectures and workshops at this course, it is the team of educators with 10 years of experience. This PDC offers an international certificate, the language is English. As always with PDC, the main focus is on redesign of living spaces into self-sustainable systems.

Artichokes Put Marina Zlarin

During 10 intensive days, the course covers: - introduction - 5 elements and 5 catastrophes - what is the present state of environment and society? - basic permaculture principles - zones, sectors, patterns, landscape reading, - soil and plants - analysis and methods for soil improvement, composting, mulching, gardening, - water management - harvesting, recycling, reed bed, compost toilet, aquaculture, - sustainable housing and building techniques, off-grid and DIY energy solutions, - organization - urban permaculture, alternative economy, alternative decision making, sustainable communities. During last three days of the course, participants will design their own future projects.

Who could benefit from such a course?

In Croatia, great respond to PDC was from gardening enthusiasts, those who plan to build an eco-house, or to move to a countryside. Or those who want to make an action group in town, garden on a building terrace, or backyard. It is recommended to people who inherit a land, or plan to buy one. And it has always been popular with those worried for our future on the Planet, or simply fed up with things we see on evening news... Croatian PDCs were great starters for local permaculture groups in southeast Europe.

Accommodation and Contact

Nearby town of Šibenik can be reached by bus, train or highway, Zlarin is connected with regular ship line. Accommodation is in apartments, with two meals per day provided for participants. Price of 2017 PDC at Zlarin (10 days course, education and accommodation with food included) is 450 euros. The course will take place between 22nd September and 1st October 2017. Number of participants is limited, reservations are accepted until 10th September. For more information or reservation please send e-mail to <>

The Island of Zlarin port

Location: Zlarin, Croatia


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