Permaculture Design Certificate



There will be a Permaculture Design Certificate course in south of Iceland in a town named Þorlákshöfn. The course is taught by Cathrine Dolleris, Candela Vargas Poveda and Marko Anyfandakis who all have extensive permaculture knowledge and experience. These teachers will lead the participants into a world of knowledge where designing with nature yields much more than the common designs.

This course is just before the Nordic Permaculture Festival so the participants can combine what they learn with knowledge from all the Nordic countries where people have been figuring out what works best.


"Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of thoughtful observation rather than thoughtless action; of looking at systems in all their functions rather than asking only one yield of them & of allowing systems to demonstrate their own evolution." —Bill Mollison


On this course you will be introduce to design science that weaves together individual human needs with ecological principles, thus allowing us as individuals to take responsibility for our lifestyles & design our way out of unsustainable cultural patterns while meeting the realities of the 21st Century.

The course focuses on learning to apply ecological principles & appropriate technologies, looking at microclimates, plants, animals, micro-organisms, water, soil management, and social systems. This knowledge can be applied to create self-maintaining & highly productive agro-ecosystems which have the diversity, stability & resilience of natural ecosystems.



Alfred Decker and Pippa Buchanan draw on Rosemary Morrow’s participatory learning methods and decades of experience teaching permaculture around the world and contribute their own experience in education, activism, sustainable building and climate change adaptation.


Cathrine Dolleris

Dedicated to preserving life supporting systems in nature and in society. Her background in geography and work in developing countries has given her an understanding of the Earth’s challenges and opportunities.

  • Permaculture Diploma tutor in UK and Nordic diploma systems (2014). 
  • Teaching permaculture since 2011: Intros to permaculture, PDCs, Permaculture Educators’ courses, Forest Garden courses and Advanced PDCs. 
  • Owner of GeoLiv training company and LAND center Kattekærhus.
  • Cand. MSc in Geography, natural resource management in developing countries and has worked with agricultural development and communities in South Africa, Nepal and Vietnam. 
  • Trained in journalism, communication, leadership and project management.
  • Member of the European Permaculture Network (EuPN) and as editor of European newsletter since 2013. 
  • Founder of the permaculture LAND network in Denmark (Learning Activity, Network Demonstration). 
  • Founder of Orø Transition and Orø Forest Gardens. 
  • Board member of Permaculture Denmark since 2012. 


Candela Vargas Poveda

She is an active member of the steering group of FFIRN (Food Forest International Research Network). 
Just moved out of the board of Permaculture Danmark into the position of Research Coordinator.
For the last 5 years has been volunteer coordinator at an urban garden in Copenhagen Byhaven2200.

  • 2013 - 2016: Master in Nature Management
  • 2005 - 2012: Biology studies at the University of Granada.
  • September 2016: Permaculture Teachers Training.
  • April 2015: People and Permaculture course
  • August 2014: Ecovillage Design Education (Ecological and Social blocks).
  • August 2013: Danish and English Permaculture Design Certificate
  • March - May 2011: Natural Medicine Course University of Barcelona.

Candela is focusing on agroforestry and planning a Ph. D. on a “Holistic view of the temperate agroforestry systems” with a participatory action research approach.

She is passionate about natural medicine and wild foods. 
When the moon is full she will dance, sing and is not afraid to call herself a witch.

Marko Anyfandakis

Marko is the founder and manager of TERRA, a thriving agroecological center demonstrating how permaculture principles can be put into practice in the creation of resilient food systems.

He has spent the past decade gaining hands-on experience in diverse fields of action ranging from regenerative agriculture to community building, facilitation and woodwork.
He holds to position of main adviser for Gaia University, accompanying and supporting students on their pathways to establishing resilient livelihoods

  • Ba in Anthropology and Development studies - University of Sussex
  • MSc in Integrative Eco-Social Design - Gaia University

His work is mainly focused on implementing and maintaining resilient systems on the TERRA farm. His work includes water harvesting, irrigation, nutrient cycling, composting and renewable energy production. 

Marko also uses his hands to regenerate social landscapes through playing music and building musical instruments!

Elsa and Anita, PDC Iceland 2015 credit Sif.jpg


Price: 1400

  •   food and Free admission in the Nordic Permaculture Festival included

Dates of course: 7 - 18 july





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