Happy Toes 72hr Permaculture Design Course (PDC) FAQ

Happy Toes Permaculture Project, Groot Marico, North West Province is hosting 72hr Permaculture Design Course (PDC)

19 - 29 March 2018
26 April - 5 May 2018

21 – 31 May 2018

18 – 28 June 2018
20 – 30 August 2018
17 – 27 September 2018
15 – 25 October 2018
19 – 29 November 2018
3 – 13 December 2018

About Happy Toes Happy Toes is a small Permaculture farm situated in the North West Province of South Africa. Only 2 hours drive from Johannesburg. We are dedicated and excited to be researching, implementing, learning about and teaching all kinds of sustainable lifestyle practices. Jeannine Davidoff is your facilitator who is happy to share over 25 years experience with you during the PDC. From 1990 Jeannine’s involvement with permaculture implementation. consultation and learning across parts of Southern Africa means she can share a great diveristy of skills and knowledge with you. Jeannine is in the process of completing her Permaculture Diploma which will mean you will receive an internationally accredited certificate once her diploma is completed.
Module Information
Introduction to Permaculture

Ethics and Principles , Design, Pattern Understanding

Climate and Elements

Climatic Factors, Water management, Soil Management
Earthworks and Natural Building

Buildings and Structure, Design for Catastrophe, Settlement Design

Trees,  Seed and Nursery Management

Garden Strategies: Garden Beds, Garden Plans, Human and Animal Nutrition, Wind, Light, Rain, Transpiration; Types of forest,
Seed and Nurseries, Seed saving, Establishment of Forests

Livestock Tractors & Aquaculture

Aquaculture, Mariculture, Livestock Management, Wildlife Management,
Pest Control
Appropriate Technology - Energy Conservation
Waste Disposal and Recycling, Hydraulic Systems, Biothermal Systems, Solar Powered Devices
Wind Powered Devices, Domestic, Design for Catastrophe, Settlement Design
Alternative Economy and LETS; Human and Animal nutrition (Harvesting, processing)

Recycling in the Community, The Informal Economy, The Formal Economy
Business setup (plant nursery, market garden, products, training courses)

Producing a design & Peer Review / Assessment/ Certification  

Peer Review (Assessment)
  • Revision
  • Site design
  • Media and communications
  • Site development
  • Education
  • Administration
  • Trusteeship
  • System establishment and implementation
  • Manufacturing
  • Community development
  • Finance
  • Research
Certification ceremony

Payment Options (including meals, excluding accommodation)
Course Cost: R8000.00

Please email
jeannine@happytoes.co.za for a Registration Form.

Banking Details:
JH Viljoen
FNB Current acc: 62283923756
Scottburgh Branch: 250655

Accommodation Options:
We have a range of accommodation options.
Happy Toes Accommodation (rustic)
Wendy House: R100.00 per day
Camping: R50.00 per day
Botshabelo Guest House (4 star)
R250.00 per day
Things To Bring :

Torch !
Hat !
Gardening/work clothes (long sleeve lightweight is best) 
Biodegradable soaps and shampoos

Charger for your cell Phone & laptop if needed.
A hard drive for information is a good idea
Google, architectural or topographical map for area you wish to design. (optional)
Pens, Kokis, Pencils, Ruler, Eraser, Notebook, A3 Blank Paper, A3 Tracing Paper, coloured paper
We look forward to learning with you.

Jeannine & Happy Toes Team


We offer a variety of Courses, Workshops and Playshops (less formal and more fun than workshops). We keep the information fun, easy to understand and at a grass roots level (so that once the fundamentals are understood and mastered, the rest follows easily).
We also use local, easy to get, recycled or cheap materials making it accessible for people on small budgets to find simpler solutions and alternatives to daily lifestyle, construction and living challenges.
We offer Basic “Beginners” Playshops for those wanting basic knowledge to supplement their existing skills and more Advanced Intensive Courses for those looking to take their mastery of sustainability and self reliance to new levels.

Permaculture Basics – A weekend introduction to Permaculture
PDC – A full blown Permaculture Design Course – On request

Making Composts – From simple bucket systems to large “Farm” piles
Building Garden Beds – We show you how to build a variety of Garden bed styles
Food Forest & Edible Landscapes – Design and implementation
Animal and their Uses – Animal rotation systems, Tracktor systems.

Natural Building BasicsIntroduction to Techniques. (Cobbing, Sandbag, Strawbale, Rammed Earth and Adobe)
Natural Building – Cobbing, Wattle & Dorb and Earth Plasters
Natural Building – Earthbag / Sandbag construction
Natural Building – Strawbale.
Natural Building – Rammed Earth

Bee Keeping Basics & Essentials

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