Permaculture Design Notes


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"Information is the most portable and flexible investment we can make in our lives; it represents the knowledge, experience, ideas and experimentation of thousands of people before us." - Bill Mollison and Reny Slay


Sharing the ‘Core Curriculum Notes’, an essential synthesis of permaculture design from the core curriculum of the Permaculture Design Course. A book of notes formatted as worksheets being freely offered to the World Community. It functions as part of a learning and teaching toolkit in combination with the Permaculture Design Core Concepts Cards.


This work is the culmination of 15 years of teaching 25 PDC’s during which time I took 20 advanced courses as well as a PDC with Rosemary Morrow in Greece, Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton in Australia and Toby Hemenway in Portland. While developing this body of work I have taken a Diploma and Masters Degree with Bill Mollison and the Permaculture Academy, a Diploma with Larry Santoyo and Scott Pittman through the Permaculture Institute, and this version is part of my current Diploma with Looby Macnamara through the Permaculture Association. Done under the mentorship of Larry Santoyo, this represents the culmination of my Doctoral work in Permaculture Education.


Profound gratitude goes to Kym Chi for countless contributions and editing as well as intensive work on this over the past two years and to Sijay of for the truly exceptional design. More thanks for core contributions from Annaliese Hordern and Tamara Griffiths as well as editing and support from Jacob Aman, Niki Hammond and Tes Tesla. Special thanks for the source inspiration from Bill Mollison, David Holmgren, Rosemary Morrow, Toby Hemenway, Robin Clayfield, Larry Santoyo, Michael Becker, Looby Macnamara, Scott Pittman, Geoff Lawton, Robyn Francis, Mark Lakeman, Patricia Michael, Starhawk, Bullock Brothers, Tom Ward and Jude Hobbs. Deep appreciation for design on the earlier worksheets by Unity Life Avatar. Endless gratitude to countless others who supported me in creating and delivering this part of my life work in so many ways and who are acknowledged in the foreword to the book. 




This carefully curated collection from Delvin Solkinson’s 15 year journey is a wonderful reference that will prove to be the perennial words of positive works everywhere.

- Larry Santoyo, Permaculture Academy


This is a foundational work that will inform and guide many into the future. I am deeply inspired and grateful for the immensely valuable contribution of the Permaculture Design Core Curriculum Notes. Everyone interested in learning, teaching and facilitating Permaculture will benefit from this very practical and beautifully crafted text. It skillfully weaves together essence, depth of content and the 'Fair Share' ethic. It researches and brings forward wisdom and teachings from the past, flavours it with present brilliance and developments and offers a foundation for the next evolution of Permaculture.

- Robin Clayfield


Amazing energy and input. This is a gift to Permaculture.

- Looby Macnamara


This is a dense but well formatted book offers many strategies and techniques to teachers, designers and practitioners. Delvin and the team have summarized most the knowledge we hold in permaculture. The summaries collate at material and information used by most teachers. I could see Delvin’s encyclopaedic mind through it all. The team deserves a huge ‘thank you’ for pulling all  this together. It works best through its checklists and summaries. This book gives abundantly and freely to all people - permaculturists or not.   

- Rosemary Morrow


A wonderful effort and full of great information.

- Max Lindegger


The book provides a useful summary for teachers and students of permaculture alike. It is well designed, thought provoking, and clear. I am going to be leafing through this potent, comprehensive collection for some time.

- Maddy Harland, Editor & Co-Founder of Permaculture Magazine


Scope and Depth. 

All projects, be they land or life require both to be successful. In an international pilgrimage to permaculture pioneers, practitioners and projects Delvin Solkinson has deftly crafted this tome sourcing from over two dozen living pillars of wisdom. For craftsmen, seeking high grade tools to progress their work in regenerative living, I recommend this book. My sincere gratitude to Delvin for his work.

- Javan K. Bernakevitch


Permaculture Design Core Curriculum Notes provides permaculture teachers, students, and practitioners with a holistic outline for permaculture literacy. This book deserves a place on your bookshelf next to Bill Mollison’s Permaculture: A Designers’ Manual.

- Scott Mann


The Core Curriculum Notes are way more than just an outline of the Permaculture Design Course curriculum. They are an index to a whole process, from the culture of a class and presence of an instructor, to a road map of where students can go beyond the PDC. It's always fascinating to see how someone as deeply studied as Delvin arranges and sequences the curriculum, borne of his own trial and error and the trials and errors of his mentors and teachers. I will definitely be referencing this text as I do my own work, and am very appreciative that this is put together as an open source document to lift up all teachers in the Permaculture field.

- Andrew Millison

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