These are the ten designs that I included in my Portfolio for the Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design, which I completed in September 2003, seven years and seven days after my design course.
While the Diploma can be gained after just two years of study, I found great value in the extended journey. With the subsequent years of experience, I see things that I would change, and some that I didn't fully understand back then. That said, it is simply a snapshot in time, the journey of a permaculture apprentice and representative of my learning journey between 1996 and 2003.
If you are currently on the Diploma pathway yourself, or are considering signing up soon, I hope that you find some ideas and inspiration here. It's important to know though, that while a certain level of understanding has to be gained before being awarded the Diploma, not all portfolios are, or need to be, this extensive. The main purpose of doing the Diploma is simply to aid you in your learning process and to show to your peers both a good degree of competence as a permaculture designer and to share the insights you have gained on your journey. I wish you all the best on yours, and hope that you also have as much fun, and gain as many new friends, as I have been privileged to do.
Click on an image below to read about any of the designs. Enjoy.