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Permaculture Design Certificate Course

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Permatürk Foundation brings you the first Permaculture Design Certificate Course.


Especially since the onset of the Covid disease, we have been receiving increasing demands from individuals and institutions to establish sustainable living spaces.

This course provides invaluable information and an effective roadmap, especially for those who want to establish a rural living space or make existing areas more sustainable and fertile.

  • It allows you to realize your dream without making big mistakes (expenses, waste of time).
    Some big mistakes:

    • Thousands of walnut saplings planted in hundreds of acres have dried up because the soil structure is very sandy and mineral-poor; correct design and soil revitalization studies have not been carried out – hundreds of thousands of pounds of damage and loss of time.

    • 350 walnut saplings were planted on a very clayey land with a high groundwater level, although 3 years have passed, there is no improvement in walnuts.

  • Ultimately, it creates abundance, abundance and resilience.

  • We share knowledge, experience and experience that will save much more money, time and effort than the course fee.

  • In this context, a course including practice/workshop is rarely held. Existing similar courses are generally held live via Zoom and only theoretical information is shared, and they do not include practical training in the field. For those who prefer this course:

    • It also includes trainings in Beykoz ecopark and also in Belentepe Farm, which contains many sample applications.


All proceeds of the course are transferred to the Foundation and are used to continue the Foundation's work that improves nature and people.
You can watch the video of the PTS Information Meeting held on February 7th.

Swipe the page for the content of the training and the details of all stages.

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1 stage

Introductory Course to Sustainable Living in Harmony with Nature

There are still many methods and hopes to provide information on the causes and consequences of the deterioration of the Earth's balance, to explain why it is important to return to a sustainable life in harmony with nature, to raise awareness about how it can be possible to return to a sustainable life inspired by nature, and to heal the Earth and nature. Share it with as many people as possible.

The "Introduction to Sustainable Living in Harmony with Nature" course, which will be broadcast live on Youtube by Taner Aksel, Chairman of the Board of Permatürk Foundation, is an introductory course to PTS and is mandatory for those who want to obtain a PTS certificate. Only those who want to take the introductory course can get the Introductory Course Certificate to Living in Harmony with Nature after completing the course.​

Live lectures on Zoom will be recorded. If you miss the lesson, you can watch the recording.

Instructor:Taner Aksel

Certificate of Participation: Introductory Course to Sustainable Living in Harmony with Nature Certificate

Training Calendar:


Educational content:

​“Introduction to Sustainable Living in Harmony with Nature” training is covered under six main sections, and the sixth section is devoted to the introduction of the Permatürk Foundation. Demo about the content of the trainingfrom hereyou can reach.

1. What is “Sustainable Living in Harmony with Nature” and why is it important?

2. What is the problem, when and how did it occur?

3. Symptoms of the Problem

  • Exponential Increases

  • Climate Change

  • Food Crisis

  • Social Impacts

  • Environmental pollution

  • Declining Biodiversity

4. The Functioning of the Earth System and Nature

  • Global Operations

  • Soil

  • Complex Adaptive Systems


5. Solutions

  • Awareness and Learning

  • Reducing the Ecological Footprint

  • Bagel Economy

  • permaculture

  • Gardening 

  • Carbon Storage


6. Permaturk Foundation

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Stage 2

Permaculture Design Certificate (PTS) Course

In the PTS course, which can be attended by anyone who has completed the introductory course "Sustainable Living in Harmony with Nature", a roadmap for designing sustainable living spaces that are self-sufficient, compatible with nature is given.


permacultureor permaculture in English can be defined as "permanent agriculture", that is, 'permanent' and 'agriculture'; It can also be defined as "permanent culture", that is, "permanent human culture".


Permaculture was developed in Australia in the 1970s by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren. Permaculture is the work of consciously designing and sustaining ecosystems that have diversity, balance and resilience as in natural ecosystems, and that are fertile in agricultural terms. The harmonious coexistence of land and people; It is aimed to meet the basic human needs such as food, energy and shelter in a sustainable and ethical way. Bill Mollison, a biologist in his 30s, studied the living systems of Australia's forests, rivers and estuaries. He observed that all living species coexist and develop in a balance within ecosystems in nature. He realized that an ecosystem in which human impact was minimized, that could develop on its own and that also provide food to people, could very well be designed. He designed this system for the first time in his own farm. Seeing his success, his neighbors also asked Bill Mollison for support to set up similar systems. Thus, the Permaculture system, which has been going on for more than 50 years and spread all over the world, has developed. Bill Mollison has realized permaculture designs in almost every corner of the world. He examined the local agricultural practices and local plant species from the past; has incorporated the correct and effective methods into permaculture. Permaculture continues to be a system that is still developing and spreading rapidly in the world. Permaculture is a very effective and successful system for moving towards sustainable living. In essence, there is a synthesis of natural life and production systems that have been successful in various regions of the world so far.


The Permaculture Design Certificate (PTS) provides the necessary foundation for studies in the field of permaculture. To date, thousands of permaculture designers have been certified with this course and have created a global network. The course covers sustainable living systems in many different regions and climatic conditions of the earth; It includes the application of permaculture principles to food production, home design, construction activities, energy conservation and production, and also examines alternative economic structures and legal strategies that support permaculture solutions.


The curriculum of the course consists of the content of Bill Mollison's book “Permaculture: A Designers' Manual”. At the end of the course, the participants make a design work in groups and present their work to the other participants and the trainer. This is  course specific, trainees will work on a concrete project that will take place.

At the end of the course, the trainees present their projects by meeting online and/or face to face. Certificate of completion given to the trainees at the end of the course.permacultureglobal.orgknown by. The certificate to be awarded provides the trainees with the opportunity to be a part of the international permaculture network.


The course, which includes online lectures with live narration, hands-on training with experts in Beykoz Permaculture Ecological Park, and a field visit to Belentepe Permaculture Farm with those who wish, will take place between February 12 and April 16, with a total of 73 + 8 (optional) hours. 

Live lectures on Zoom will be recorded. If you miss the lesson, you can watch the recording.


Taner Aksel, Emrah Ateş, Macide Işık, Emre Barkın Keser, Yağız Savaş, Şükran Toy, Sedat Toy, Deniz Ücelehan

Detailed information about our trainers from hereyou can reach.

Certificate of participation:with international validity Permaculture Design Certificate 

Training Calendar:


Educational content:

one.Introduction to Permaculture Design

(Patterns in Nature, Bell Curve and Degraded Ecosystems in Nature)

  • Why design? We want to arrive...

  • Scalable: from a small garden, to a farm, to an ecovillage, to protecting our country's nature system

  • permaculture design

  • Components

    • Constants, patterns, guiding us in many unknowns

    • Establishing multiple useful links between components

  • Zone, slice analysis

  • First, priority jobs when establishing our own living space

  • Roadmap to reach abundance and abundance

2.Permaculture ethics and principles

3. Climates

  • temperate climates

  • tropical climates

  • desert and islands

  • Chinampa, estuaries/deltas

4. Introduction to Land Selection (For you to find the most suitable land for your dream living space)

  • reading the landscape

  • Terrain profiles

  • Indicator plants

  • Exploring and recognizing the soil

5. Introduction to Landscape Reading

  • New technologies (3D terrain model from drone photos)

  • Topographic map reading/understanding

  • Placement of components in the field, earthworks

  • What is the preliminary project work, what does it include (costs, financial statements)

6. Earth and Earthworks

  • Soil structure

  • Soil analysis, inspection pits in the field

  • PH, nutrient requirement, water holding capacity…

  • Our earthworks in the living area installation (road, terrace, pond, upper and infrastructure works)

7. Gardening

  • What we can do immediately that has direct benefits to us: on the balcony, on the roof, in the chest and wherever there is soil

  • mental, physical health

  • Getting to know nature, producing some of our natural food

  • The knowledge and ability to grow your own natural food can be vital in difficult times

  • Production as a group, cooperation, sharing: unifying social work

  • biointensive horticulture

8. Water (It will become more important every day in our country, which is not rich in water)

  • Capturing, slowing down, storing water energy coming to the land

  • Ditches, terraces, ponds, dams

9. Clean Energy

  • Generating electricity from the sun and wind

  • Evaluation of soil temperature – heat pump systems

  • Biogas production

  • Starting a car with oil fuel

10. Natural Structures

  • Natural building materials (stone, wood, adobe, Khorasan mortar, tadelakt…)

  • Passive solar design (save by using solar energy)

  • Dome structures (to pass the widest areas in the most solid way, with the least material…)

  • green roof examples

  • Natural, effective greenhouses, greenhouse cultivation

11. Ecolocities

12. Project Assignment (Group Work)

13. Graduation Event at the Foundation Center, Distribution of Certificates


Stage 3

Observation and Practice at Belentepe Permaculture Farm


Our tour, which consists of visiting Belentepe Permaculture Farm, making on-site observations and hands-on explanations, is optional for those who complete the 1st and 2nd stages.  The price of this activity includes lunch and snacks at the farm; Transportation costs are not included. Logistics will be solved for those who cannot come with their own vehicle.
For detailed information about Belentepe Farmfrom hereyou can reach.

Instructor:Taner Aksel

Training Calendar:


Training Selection and Fees:

Just Introduction to Sustainable Living in Harmony with Nature (DAISY) CourseIf You Want To Join:

12 hours on February 12-13

Introduction to Sustainable Living in Harmony with Nature (DAISY) Course

If you want to attend the Permaculture Design Certificate Course:

​​For discounted fees if you have previously taken an Introduction to Permaculture / DAISY Introductory courseclick

Just by following with Zoom Live Lessons (Those who missed the live broadcast can watch the recording later)

Zoom Live Lessons + 2 days of practice in Beykoz Ecopark

Zoom Live Lessons + 2 days of practice in Beykoz Ecopark

+ Bursa Belentepe Permaculture Farm trip (1 day)

Prices for Pre-Takers of the Introductory Permaculture or DAISY Introductory Course:

Just by following with Zoom Live Lessons(Those who missed the live broadcast can watch the recording later)

Zoom Live Lessons + 2 days of practice in Beykoz Ecopark

Zoom Live Lessons + 2 days of practice in Beykoz Ecopark

+ Bursa Belentepe Permaculture Farm trip (1 day)

Discounted Fees for Student, Teacher, Retired:

Only 12 hours on February 12-13Introduction to Sustainable Living in Harmony with Nature (DAISY) CourseIf you want to join

If you want to attend the Permaculture Design Certificate Course:

​​For discounted fees if you have previously taken an Introduction to Permaculture / DAISY Introductory courseclick

Just by following with Zoom Live Lessons (Those who missed the live broadcast can watch the recording later)

Zoom Live Lessons + 2 days of practice in Beykoz Ecopark

Zoom Live Lessons + 2 days of practice in Beykoz Ecopark + Bursa Belentepe Permaculture Farm trip (1 day)

Prices for Discounted Group who pre-booked the Introduction to Permaculture or the DAISY Introductory Course:

Just by following with Zoom Live Lessons (Those who missed the live broadcast can watch the recording later)

Zoom Live Lessons + 2 days of practice in Beykoz Ecopark

Zoom Live Lessons + 2 days of practice in Beykoz Ecopark

+ Bursa Belentepe Permaculture Farm trip (1 day)


'Everything that exists within this system of our world in which we live, with its borders and limited resources, is interconnected. We can try to solve local and urgent problems, but this will only be a 'cure of the symptom', it will not be a solution, on the contrary, it will deepen the problem and cause collapses. We should be able to recognize the root problem(s) and follow a roadmap for resolution. We should be able to make a new design for a better life.

With the road map to be provided, designs can be made at different scales, from a small garden establishment to ecociftlik, ecovillage and larger human communities living spaces.

You will see that the solution exists in nature and that life can be better by establishing support networks with all systems in the world.

Access to and use of information has been necessary for living species to survive in very difficult conditions since the very beginning of life. The first and most important step is to 'learn'.'

Taner Aksel

Permatürk Foundation Chairman of the Board

About Instructors
Permatürk Foundation Chairman of the Board

Born in 1968. He graduated from Istanbul Robert College in 1987. In 1991, I.T.U. After graduating from civil engineering department, he did his master's degree on 'Detection of Earthquake Behavior of Construction Structures' at the University of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA between 1991-1993. He returned to Turkey in 1994 and established his own company and provided software development, training and consultancy services in the field of civil engineering. When he found similarities between the human behavior that led to the global economic crisis in 2008 and the earthquake behavior of buildings, he wrote the book 'Critical Threshold' to draw attention to climate change, after two years of research.


In 2010, she received permaculture training from Bill Mollison and received a 'Permaculture Design Certificate'. By applying the principles of permaculture, he first transformed the garden of his house in Beykoz, Istanbul into a more efficient form that produces its own food using natural methods. Then he realized the permaculture design of his 14-decare land in Bursa Uludağ and established the Belentepe Permaculture Application and Natural Life Farm. Belentepe Farm became a laboratory and sample application area. It welcomes hundreds of visitors every year. Sustainable life is explained with courses-workshops and camps.


In 2020, he wrote the book 'New World', which describes the return to sustainable life in harmony with nature and solutions. He is also the founder and chairman of the Permaturk Foundation, which was established in 2020.


He is involved in various sustainability studies as a permaculture designer and trainer.


Born in 1984 in Istanbul, Emrah Ateş has worked as a founder and volunteer in various non-governmental organizations since 2007; In 2018, she received the Permaculture Design Certificate given by Taner Aksel at Belentepe Farm.

He graduated from MSGSU Mathematics Department in 2009 and received Pedagogical Formation Training at MSGSU in 2012.  He worked as a High School Mathematics Teacher and Permaculture Club consultant at ALEV Schools between 2013-2021. He worked on food forest design, geodesic dome construction and various compost workshops with his students until 2021 in the ALEV Schools Permaculture Club, which he founded in 2015. 

Emrah Teacher, who is also one of the founding members of the Permatürk Foundation, started to work as the consultant teacher of our foundation's 'Sustainable Life Club' as of the 2021-2022 academic year.

Thanksgiving THIN TOY

Born in 1972 in Istanbul, Şükran İnce Toy completed her undergraduate education in Istanbul University, Faculty of Letters, Department of Geography in 1994. While working as an educator in the education sector in various domestic and foreign colleges, he carried out various projects with TEMA and many other NGOs on the basis of schools and students. 

After receiving the “Introduction to Permaculture” training from Taner Aksel in 2014, she started to apply the principles of Permaculture with her students at school. He has attended and hosted training and conferences for the dissemination of permaculture studies and its implementation in schools. In 2016, together with his wife Sedat Toy and his students, with the support of Kadıköy Municipality, they implemented the Fenerbahçe Park Community Garden, the project of his student Defne Aksel. With this study, it contributed to the creation of an exemplary Social Responsibility Project consisting of a network of volunteers, where every age group from kindergarten to university receives education and practice, and also pioneered the creation of similar examples. 

In 2020, she completed the "Introduction to Nature and Design Course and Permaculture Design" course organized by Taner Aksel and received the PDC certificate. In 2021, she completed Teachers 2030: k12 School Teachers Training for Sustainable Development Goals and Climate 2030: Climate Change Training for Educators and Academics. In addition, he completed the training within the scope of the "2021 Advocates Program" within Global Schools in 2021 and received representation. He still teaches Geography at a private foreign high school and is a consultant to the Permaculture Club. He is a member of the board of trustees of the Permatürk Foundation, which was established in 2020.


Born in 1962, Macide Işık graduated from "Child Development and Education" and "Kindergarten Teaching".  She is also a school administrator, author of children's books, forest school leader, Permaculture Design Instructor, Permatürk Foundation Founder and Board of Directors He is a member.


He takes part in Permaculture Trainings, TUBITAK projects and social responsibility projects  within the scope of MEB - Teachers' Academies. He carries out garden design, applications and consultancy works in accordance with the philosophy of Permaculture in Bahçeşehir Kindergarten in Istanbul Başakşehir.


He succeeded in transforming the garden of the school he is currently the principal of, according to permaculture. Raised vegetable beds and deep pots, creating soil (Cold compost, Worm compost), integrating plant and animal systems in the garden, recycling waste,  paper workshop setup and production, mulch making from pruned branches, tree mushroom production in logs, water harvesting - collecting roof water, incorporating the greenhouse and geodesic dome from natural structures into the design are among the main studies carried out at the school.


He was born in 1983 in Izmir. He completed his undergraduate education in the Department of Inland Waters and Marine Biology at Ege University Faculty of Fisheries in 2006 and his master's degree in the Department of Aquaculture of the same faculty in 2009. He has been continuing his doctorate education in the same department since 2010. Between 2005 and 2010, he worked in different fish breeding facilities in Aydın and Muğla provinces. Since 2010, he has been working in a UK-based company operating in the pharmaceutical industry, genetics and rare diseases in Istanbul.


At the beginning of 2020, she completed the Introduction to Design with Nature Course and Permaculture Design Certificate course organized by Taner Aksel. After these trainings, he started to work on Aquaponic systems, in which both aquatic organisms and plants can be grown together, which consume less water and are more efficient per unit area than traditional farming methods. He has also done research on aquatic plants, rainwater harvesting, gray water use, compost toilets, and green roofs.


He joined the advisory board and then the board of trustees of the Permatürk Foundation, which was established in 2020. He took part in the design team of Beykoz Permaculture Ecological Park located in Beykoz City Forest. He works on Permaculture and Aquaponic design and projects in different lands in Bursa and Çanakkale.


He was born in 1970 in Ş.Urfa. He completed his primary, secondary and high school education in Iskenderun. He graduated from Istanbul University, Faculty of Letters, Department of Geography. He received his master's degree in Human and Economic Geography from the Social Sciences Institute of Istanbul University.


While working as an educator in various domestic and foreign colleges in the education sector, he realized various projects on the basis of schools and students with TEMA, AKUT and many other NGOs. A group of Geography teachers carry out socio-economic development, permaculture practices, education, tourism, health and environmental projects in villages with their friends. 


After the Permaculture Design Certificate course he received from Taner Aksel in 2015, he started to practice with his students at school. It has hosted training and conferences for the dissemination of permaculture studies and its implementation in schools.


In March 2016, together with his wife Şükran İnce Toy and his students, the Fenerbahçe Park Permaculture Community Garden, supported by Kadıköy Municipality, has been implemented, while contributing to the creation of an exemplary social responsibility project consisting of a network of volunteers, where every age group from kindergarten to university receives education and practices. led to the creation of samples.


He still teaches International Baccalaureate Diploma Program TITC and Geography at a private foreign high school and works as an international exam evaluation specialist in the IB program.


He was born in 1989 in Istanbul. In 2008 St. After graduating from Georg Austrian High School, he continued his education at ITU City and Regional Planning Department. He continued his undergraduate education, which he took a break to gain experience in different business lines such as diving and translation, due to his increasing interest in ecology and climate change. Since 2016, she has taken part in various environmental-oriented non-governmental organizations and grassroots movements voluntarily.


His dream of living in an eco-village with a community that embraces a sustainable and ecological lifestyle has enabled him to meet permaculture. In 2019, she took the introductory course in Belentepe, followed by the Permaculture Design Certificate course, and worked as Taner Aksel's assistant. Ecological campus design and plants are of particular interest. He works for the planet and the life on it, with the belief that we can make a positive impact on the world by initiating change in our own lives. He is still working as a Project Manager at Permatürk Foundation.


He was born in 1986 in Istanbul. After graduating from Private ALEV High School, she completed her Sociology and Philosophy education at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University. He became a Philosophy Group Teacher with his Pedagogical Formation education at Istanbul University. She completed the 6-stage Creative Drama Education at the Contemporary Drama Association and wrote her final project on being a consumer-producer in daily life practices. He carried out projects on ecology, sustainability and recycling in the schools where he worked. It cooperated with associations such as WWF and Stiftung Mervator in these areas. He took IBDP CAS training and worked as a coordinator in this field for 4 years. He studied Philosophy for Children at Boğaziçi University and became a P4C Executive.


He crossed paths with permaculture practices through ecological groups he met in 2014. He first researched this discipline, which he was influenced by, with literature reviews and started to include it in his daily life with small practical practices. He opened a Permaculture Club at the school where he worked and carried out applications in the academic field and in the field together with the students. These works won the right to participate with a poster presentation at the 18th Educational Good Practices Conference organized by the Education Reform Initiative in 2018 and was selected among the top 10 projects in the 'Nature Pioneers Project' organized by WWF in 2019.


He received Permaculture Design Certificate from Taner Aksel in 2020. In the same year, he joined the board of trustees of the Permatürk Foundation. He supported the works carried out in the Beykoz Permaculture Ecological Park, which is located in the Beykoz City Forest of the foundation. He made voluntary presentations in many institutions and organizations, especially on the titles of 'Bokashi Compost, Permaculture Promotion, Sustainability Concept and Sustainable Development Goals, Responsible Consumption, Being Producer'. He acted as a consultant for the 'Let Our Trash Be Flowers' project carried out by Bakırköy Municipality.

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