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72h PDC CERTIFICATE with international validity + Water management, Regenerative Agriculture and Agroforestry

December 27th, 2021 – January 8th, 2022
Koinonia Community – Lusaka, Zambia – Africa
offered by Regen Habitat in collaboration with XFARM Agricoltura prossima and Amani.

In the 40 hectares of land context of the Koinonia living and welcoming Community in Zambia, 16 days of theoretical and practical activities will take place for the introduction to Permaculture, with in-depth modules on: Regenerative Agriculture, Water Management and Agroforestry.

A unique experience of life and work within an African Community founded in 1982 and which has always been committed to offering social opportunities, training and formation to young Africans.


The Permaculture Design Course is a certified 72-hour training experience. The course introduces the core of Permaculture Design as set by Bill Mollison, co-founder of the movement, and author of Permaculture. A designer’s manual.

The aim of the course is to provide interdisciplinary and holistic tools for designing for human settlements such as: agriculture, water harvesting and management, energy, natural building methods, agroforestry systems, waste management, animal systems, appropriate technologies, economic management and community development.

Participants who will have followed the entire course will receive an internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certificate, which gives access to the Permaculture Diploma Process.

  • Permaculture, definitions ethics principles concepts and methods
  • Patterns and how to tune into them
  • Climates and landscape profiles
  • Water in the landscape
  • The role of vegetation
  • Placement and construction of infrastructure
  • Soils and regenerative earthworks
  • Social permaculture and bioregionalism
  • Community living and project management
  • Design
Daily timetable: 8.30 to 18.30 (6hrs with breaks) / No previous experience required /Certification with international validity / Openness, curiosity and commitment required.
  • PDC € 450 per participant
  • FOOD and ACCOMMODATION: € 250 per participant:
    • Overnight stay in the Community Guest House, fully equipped with hostel-style beds, hot water showers and kitchen;
    • Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) will be self-managed by the participants with a common fund of € 10 per day (already included in the € 250).



Born in 1982, Koinonia Community is a Charitable Trust registered in Zambia. It was started by some young people gathered around Fr. Renato Kizito Sesana, and is part of a network of Koinonia Communities in Kenya and Sudan.

A secular organization that promotes integral human development and community life; with a holistic approach it promotes a culture of peace and solidarity and it responds to the needs of children and youths in difficult situations, assisting them to grow into responsible and reliable citizens.

Mthunzi Centre NGO, started by Koinonia in the year 2000, is a residence and home for about 50 former street children and youths. Here they are given guidance from loving and professionally trained adults, and provided with meals, counselling, school and medical care. Those who have completed the primary cycle (grade 7) attend the nearby St. Columba’s Secondary School, managed by the Teresian Sisters, a local religious congregation.

The activities of Mthunzi are mainly supported by the Italian NGO Amani while St. Columba’s Secondary School is an initiative of ZamScotEd, a Scottish Charity.



1. Who can enroll in the course? Do I need any specific knowledge or experience? 

Everyone interested in the ethical use of the land, both at a theoretical and practical level. No specific knowledge or prior experience is required. 

2. What is the language of the course? 

The course is delivered entirely in English, as it addresses an international audience. The intermediate knowledge of the English language is considered an essential requirement for the lessons’ comprehension. However, the professor is Italian. 

3. What is the total cost of the participation? 

The total cost of the course, covering attendance, international certificate, board and lodging is 700 euros per person

  • 450 euros per person: attendance + international certificate 
  • 250 euros per person: board and lodging [15 euros a day // 10 euros a day – daily meals / 5 euros a day – services). 
  • The flight ticket (outbound and inbound) is at the attendee’s expense. 

4. How can I pay to finalize my enrollment? 

The attendance is confirmed after paying the contribution of 450 euros (approximately one month before the course’s start, around November 23rd) by bank transfer: 

IBAN: IT43 F050 1801 6000 000 1503 0109

Bic/Swift CCRTIT2T84A

Associazione Amani Onlus

Banca Popolare Etica


(All the donations to Amani are deductible)

The remaining part of the total amount (450 euros: attendance + certificate) is due in site and Regen’s responsibility. 

5. Does the course provide a certificate? 

Attendees who will have completed the entire course will receive a certificate of Permaculture Design with international validity and allowing the access to courses for the attainment of a Permaculture Design Degree (including the enrollment at the Italian Permaculture Enrollment).  

6. Do I need a visa? How does it work? 

You need a valid tourist visa to enter the country. its cost is 50 euros. For more information and applications, visit the websites: https://eservices.zambiaimmigration.gov.zm/#/home

More information on https://www.zambiaimmigration.gov.zm/

7. Where is the accomodation? 

The attendees’ accommodation is located inside the Mthunzi Centre and includes: shared rooms, toilets, warm showers and a common kitchen. 

8. What is the daily schedule? 

07.00 – 08.30 Breakfast 

08.30 – 12.30 Course activities and practice 

12.30 – 15.30 Meal preparation + lunch 

15.30 – 17.30 Course activities and practice 

17.30 – 18.30 Rest and free time 

18.30 – 20.30 Meal preparation + dinner 

Meal preparation and service is going to be self-managed by attendees, with food provided by the Koinonia Community or purchased at local markets.

9. What is the course programme? 

The first days of course are dedicated to the introduction of Permaculture’s core concepts. The following days are dedicated to approaching and studying the fundamentals of water management, regenerative agriculture and agroforestry for soil fertilization. During the last days, the attendees will have the opportunity to discuss practical Permaculture experiences, starting from that of Koinonia, and personally work on a design project. 

10. How can I move within the country? 

The Koinonia team will take care of the transfer from the Lusaka Airport to the Mthunzi Centre, both at your arrival and your departure. During your stay we are going to organize movements and transfer when needed, with the available resources and vehicles. 

11. What kind of equipment and clothing should I bring? 

As it’s going to be hot, we recommend that you bring light clothing, a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. For outdoor activities, you will need closed shoes to be used in the countryside (trekking models or similar), a light long-sleeved shirt and long pants. By the time of your arrival, it’s going to be the rainy season, thus we also recommend that you bring waterproof clothing (jacket and pants). In addition, it is considered essential to bring a water bottle to avoid excessive use of plastic.

12. Covid-19 Situation

It is mandatory to have a molecular PCR swab test (72hrs) with a negative result to enter Zambia. In addition it is required to comply with basic safety measures such as washing hands, wearing a mask in crowded situations and avoiding crowds as much as possible. The safety and prevention measures will be updated in accordance with the development of the situation.

The daily monitoring of thw Covid-19 situation in Zambia is guaranteed by the Ministry of Health of Zambia: https://web.facebook.com/mohzambia