Introduction to Permaculture

Introduction to Permaculture

Sustainability, Climate Change & Environmental Knowledge

Rita Khawand

Rita is the co-founder of SOILS Permaculture Association Lebanon. A little under a decade ago, after a career in the cultural sector as a performer, project coordinator, and fundraising officer in Lebanon and Euro-Mediterranean countries, Rita embarked on a personal and professional transition journey to a lifestyle grounded in permaculture (permanent culture / agriculture), working closely with municipalities, organizations, and individuals to raise awareness of sustainability issues and promote best practices. She studied with the late Patrick Whitefield (UK), as well as with Daniel Halsey (US). In 2014, she partnered with like-minded friends to establish SOILS in her native village of Saidoun (Jezzine District), and has managed the organization ever since, promoting viable local solutions to global problems linked to development in rural areas, ecosystem conservation, and sustainable agriculture. She has organized the first internationally recognized Permaculture Design Course (PDC) in Lebanon over three consecutive years. In addition, she has led several projects across Lebanon aimed at empowering vulnerable communities, including refugees, through building capacities in sustainable agricultural practices. She has also facilitated numerous workshops and training in agro-ecology, waste sorting, beekeeping, and composting. In parallel, she has collaborated on different permaculture design projects in Lebanon, building a team of professionals with a proven track record. She is now managing all aspects of the AFIR Beekeeping and Nature Discovery Center, a comprehensive initiative involving sustainable agriculture, income generation, and eco-conservation.

Seminar Content


Permaculture is slowly gaining exposure in Lebanon - especially within circles of people interested in self-sufficiency and healthy living. But what is permaculture really and how can we apply it in our daily lives?

The philosophy of permaculture involves working with nature, instead of against it, to design efficient and regenerative systems that help us meet our needs, while respecting all supporting elements of an ecosystem and requiring minimal effort and interference.

In this Introduction to Permaculture session we'll take you through the origins, ethics and principles of permaculture, and give you an overview of the permaculture design methodology. You'll get to try out some of the analysis and design methods we use in permaculture (such as input/output analysis and zoning).

Date to be Determined


1 Unit SE




Sustainability, Climate Change & Environmental Knowledge


Sustainability, Climate Change & Environmental Knowledge

Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Cities & Communities
Responsible Consumption & Production
Climate Action
Life On Land

Who is it for?

Open to anyone, including teenagers. No prerequisites.

Overview of AgroEcology & Companion Planting

Sustainability, Climate Change & Environmental Knowledge

Discover agroecology: food production that makes the best use of nature's goods while conserving these resources & their biodiversity.

Beirut River Urban Afforestation Workshop

Sustainability, Climate Change & Environmental Knowledge

Discover what is meant by Urban Afforestation with the first project in Beirut to apply the Japanese Miyawaki technique of rapid afforestation using native vegetation.

Sustainable & Circular Agriculture

Sustainability, Climate Change & Environmental Knowledge

One cycle’s waste, another cycle’s input.

Composting DIY

The Circular Economy & Eco Design

Learn how to do composting at home or in your garden!