Balinese Landscape Design
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Landscape Design

Balinese Landscape Design

Join our Bali Permaculture Design Course at the for a unique and multi-cultural experience learning permaculture design and herbal- medicine making. Learn practical principles and strategies in permaculture whilst meeting amazing people in one of the most abundant permaculture settings in the world. You will be introduced to local Balinese farmers that have for decades interwoven permaculture principles into their cultural and agricultural practices. Join a growing movement of hundreds of thousands of people in Bali and worldwide dedicated to fostering positive ecologically based solutions of how we provide for ourselves and the environment.

Penny Livingston-Stark from in California will be the lead facilitator for this course. Penny is an established permaculturist, herbalist, and environmental activist who has successfully trained thousands of people internationally to gain take-home skills in Permaculture and Regenerative Design. We are honored to be her host here at The Kul Kul Farm where we will learn design techniques and help you develop a powerful vision to design a future that you want to live in.

What you will learn:

The 2 week intensive includes an Introduction to Permaculture and a workshop on The Art of Herbal Medicine Making where you will learn about plant-based medicines, distillation and how to make your own hydrosols, salves, creams and balms. You will be immersed into Balinese culture; we will open the course with a Balinese blessing, you’ll meet and learn from local rice farmers about the ecologically sustainable water management and intricate irrigation system for rice paddies in Bali called the Subak, that was listed a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2012. You will learn how local rice farmers relate to the natural world and how they see nature, humanity and spirit intrinsically linked through a philosophy called Tri Hita Karana.

You will be given a personalised tour of and by the creative mind that concieved them; John Hardy. You will learn about bamboo, this wild grass, that we are using here to build some of the most sustainable and beautiful homes and classrooms in the world. You will learn different ecological food production systems in Green School’s bamboo Aquaponics that was designed by Orin and his team at IBUKU. You will learn design process and create a concept design for The Kul Kul Farm itself. The best aspects of each design will be used to create the final permaculture master plan for the development of the farm over the coming years. The course will be split into classroom time, tours and hands-on workshops that will include building a bamboo building, planting a food forest; making a compost pile, propagating plants, sheet mulching and making herbal medicines.

Who should take this course?

The course is suitable for anyone interested in sustainable design, nature based education, environmental activism, nonprofits, and social enterprise or is simply wanting to deepen their understanding of environmental sustainability. It has value to everyone who eats food, drinks water, and breathes air. People apply permaculture design to their livelihoods, homes and gardens as well as helping facilitate positive change in their communities.

As we move toward an uncertain future in regard to climate change, resource depletion and extreme weather conditions we need to start creating systems in our lives and communities that have resiliency and stability. Permaculture design is proving to be one of the more potent solution-based design systems on the planet today. Based on a set of principles and natural patterning, permaculture design is applicable in all climate conditions; in both urban and rural situations. Many indigenous communities who have been relocated or disconnected from their home are studying permaculture design principles to help re-weave cultural connection and relationship.

Site Tours:

During the course you will get an inside tour into the inspiring Green School and Green Village. Lectures and workshops will be held on the Green School campus itself as well as at The Kul Kul Farm. We will also have a number of local Balinese farmers join us to share their vast knowledge, skill and craft.

The globally recognized permaculture design curriculum will give you the chance to learn and live permaculture on The Kul Kul Farm. Here’s more of what you’ll learn:

Permaculture principles and ethicsReading the landscapePattern design and pattern application

Water harvesting and Earth Works

Site analysis (Sector Analysis)

Site planning and Layout (Zoning)

Climate and micro-climate strategies- Tropical, Temperate, Dryland and Humid Climates


Land access

Community building

Plant guilds

Soil Carbon Sequestration and Biochar

Food forests and agro-forestryThe design process, principles, strategies, and techniquesSoil building and sheet mulching

Pond management and ecology

Bamboo building

Grey water systems


Renewable energy systems

Watershed management

Economy and Equity

Group work on a conceptual design project for The Kul Kul farm.

Whether you’re interested in growing food in pots on your balcony, designing a kitchen garden, starting community garden, developing techniques to reduce waste and energy consumption or you may have a larger professional project in mind, this course will improve your ability to understand and interact with your local environment and give you the inspiration, knowledge and confidence to create great permaculture designs.

Here are some testimonials from recent graduates of Penny Livingston’s Permaculture Design Course at the Regenerative Design Institute:

“I knew I would learn a great deal here and develop new skills, but what amazed me the most was the personal transformation I watched happening within myself in the course of these two weeks. Taking this PDC has opened my eyes to imagine new possibilities for myself and the world. I now have alot more hope, confidence and faith in the power of community” PDC grad 2011
“This course changed my life. It was the best money I’ve spent on education. The information is awsome, the site is amazing and the food is 5 star!” PDC grad 2012
“I have a whole new attitude about the future and have renewed confidence of my place in it as a result of taking this course.” PDC grad 2013