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Training : Introduction to permaculture

Formation TELLUS Initiation à la permaculture par Baptiste Pasteur
Atelier pratique et test de stabilité structurale du sol lors de la formation permaculture de Baptiste Pasteur Tellus

How long does permaculture initiation take ?

Durée de la formation

It usually takes place on weekends to allow as many interested people as possible to be available. 

The times are as follows :

  • Saturday 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. / 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

  • Sunday 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. / 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

The first day is dedicated to the theoretical training. The second day is shared between 3 hours of theoretical training and an afternoon of practice (4h).

Who is this training for ?

A qui s'adresse la formation ?

To have a good group dynamic and interesting exchanges, you should ideally have between 3 and 15 people.

This training is for:

  • Curious people who have heard of permaculture and want to know the ethics and the practices ;

  • Experienced or beginner gardeners, wishing to discover all the aspects surrounding permaculture and go further in its understanding ;

  • For people wishing to explore alternatives respectful of people and environment faced with the challenges posed by the current production system ;

  • To people with knowledge or not, with experience or not ;

  • In summary, to everyone between 18 and 118 years old.

How much does the training cost ?

Prix de la formation

For the purpose of inclusion, we offer a free price in consciousness.

This means that we wish to give priority to access to this training for everyone. The primary goal is to share knowledge, we do not wish to enter into economic competition with learners. We exchange knowledge for financial aid whose you decide the amount.​ At the end of the training, you will estimate how much it is worth and how high you can participate to help us. Payment can be made via bank transfer or cash on the day of the training. Recommended price for the good performance of our activities: 70 € per person.

However, you will have to pay the membership fees to the host structure if you are not already a member. Do not panic ! It depends on the associations, but the price is generally 5 €.

Lieux de la formation

Where will the training be given ?

The potential places to welcome you are as follows:

  • Farm of the Croix-Rousse, 51 rue Philippe de Lassalle, 4th arrondissement of Lyon. Go through the gate and go to the end of the footpath. The Croix-Rousse farm is an associative educational activity farm, recognized as being of general interest, under the status of an association under the 1901 law, created on the initiative of the Croix-Rousse Ouest district council;​​

  • O Golden Gardens, place Lénoard Peyrat in Saint-Didier au Mont D'Or, beautiful garden of 3 hectares made available by the College of Fromente. You will discover nearly 1,200 square meters of cultivated plots by its members and adherents. Something to delight your retinas and awaken all your senses.

The places of reception can evolve according to the opportunities and the season.

Description de la formation

What is the content of these 2 days of training in permaculture ?

The gardening techniques respecting the natural functioning of ecosystems are an important aspect of permaculture, but are far from the only ones.

Considering the ethics and principles of permaculture, as they were developed by Australians Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in the 1970s and embellished since, makes it possible to meet the basic needs of humans while regenerating the environment.

Through a multidisciplinary and global approach, the permaculture is therefore a means of designing, developing and planning the resources at our disposal. This in order to ensure respect for everyone's basic needs while not consuming more than what our environment has to offer. It goes through the food production obviously, but also by many areas such as habitat, education, health, energy, etc.

The Introduction to Permaculture proposed will address these topics and allow trainees to leave with all the keys to have a complete vision and deepen permaculture according to their needs and desires.


More specifically, this training will cover, over 2 days:

  • 1st day :

    • The founders and origins of permaculture,

    • The ethical and principles of permaculture in details,

    • The techniques of design,

    • Methodologies of permaculture design,

    • Animal husbandry in permaculture,

  • 2nd day:

    • Agroforestry and the importance of trees;

    • Relevant areas in permaculture : housing, appropriate technologies, energy,

    • Permaculture in the city,

    • Introduction to human permaculture.

This theoretical training is also accompanied by practical workshops, during the afternoon of the second day, on the training site.

The workshops offered, in connection with the practice of permaculture, will be as follows:

  • Design exercise according to the theory seen in class ;

  • Soil structural stability test, to reproduce it on your land.

Informations pratiques

Practical information

The training is not leading to a diploma and is provided by a certified trainer, with 10 hours of theoretical discussions and 4 hours of on-site practice.

This is intended for adults as there is no possibility of childcare on site. Pets are prohibited on site. There is also no possibility of accommodation on site.


No prior skills are required.


Food for lunch breaks is not included, only coffee and tea can be provided to trainees. However, you can have lunch on site by bringing your own food (fridge and microwave) and having a picnic on the site.

Equipment necessary

Matériel nécessaire
  • Pens and Paper ;

  • Protection for Sunday afternoon practical activity (sun/rain) ;

  • Personal cup / gourd.


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