What is Permaculture?

Permaculture is a sustainable design system that provides for human needs while having positive effects on the surrounding environment.

It is based on the ethics of earth care, people care and fair share, and provides practical solutions to the global crises we are currently facing.

Permaculture is for EVERYONE, regardless of their education, background, or previous experience.

Permaculture is NOT just about trees, or just about gardening! You don't need loads of land to practice it and it's a design method that can be applied to all social systems.

Support our Project

We'll use your donations to further our plans to plant more trees and vines.

Courses 2017

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Practical Self Reliance: A 4 week Immersion Experience runs throughout the year. It can be combined with any other course to create a tailor made programme just for you.

More details about our Practical Self Reliance Experience


Full Permaculture Design Courses (PDCs)

We’re offering three opportunities to join us for a fully certified Permaculture Design Course in 2017. All our PDCs follow the minimum 72 hour curriculum, plus much much more. On completion you will receive the Certificate in Permaculture Design, accredited by the UK Permaculture Association. 


* 10 day Permaculture Design Course – Friday 9th June – Sunday 18th June 2017

* 16 day Permaculture Design Course – Saturday 29th July – Sunday 13th August 2017

* 12 day Permaculture Design Course – Friday 18th August – Tuesday 29th Aug 2017

More details about our Permaculture Design Courses.

Summer Internships

We are inviting applications from those who would like to make a commitment to join us for summer 2017 in a very specific capacity. You’ll take on one of three roles, Catering, Animal Care or Gardens, and in return for working hard will have the opportunity to take part in one of our scheduled Permaculture Design Courses at a significantly reduced cost.

More details about these opportunities will be available soon, but register your interest by email to be one of the first to know. PICT9816

 About your hosts

Andrea and Jeroen are your hosts here at Casalinho. Andrea’s PDC with Patrick Whitefield in 2011 inspired her so much that she insisted Jeroen also do one. A course was arranged with Lesley Martin later in 2011, and the first PDC taught at Casalinho was born! In 2012 our eldest son also achieved his PDC here, making him one of the youngest graduates at that time. We have now successfully hosted eleven PDCs here at Casalinho plus various other related workshops. Andrea took a Permaculture Teacher Training course with Looby Macnamara, Chris Evans and Tomas Remiarz in 2017. We’re now working towards the Diploma in Advanced Permaculture Design with Casalinho as our focus. Assisting us in our projects are the international volunteers that we host, a fabulous opportunity to bring permaculture to a wider audience and expose ourselves to new ideas and inspirations. The rest of this website should give you the flavour of our project.


Follow the links to find full details of these courses and the minimum donation required.

Places are limited on all courses. Contact us via email to reserve your place and we will provide you with bank transfer details. Or telephone us on (00351) 235512171 or 934542254 (mobile).

A minimum deposit of 50% is payable at time of booking for all courses and workshops, with the remaining 50% payable on or before arrival. When your deposit is received we will acknowledge it by email and confirm your place on the course. Payments cannot be refunded for cancellations by the student less than 10 days before the course commences or once the course has begun. We reserve the right to cancel the course and refund monies paid in the event that insufficient bookings are confirmed or other unforeseen events make it’s running impossible. We cannot be held responsible for other costs.