Permaculture Design Certificate course (held in the Al Jawfa, Dead Sea Valley area in western Jordan)

A course by Permaculture Community

The Permaculture Design Certificate course is an internationally-recognized, seventy-two hour course resulting in a Permaculture Design Certificate. It provides an introduction to permaculture design as set forth by movement founder Bill Mollison. The course is taught by Geoff and Nadia Lawton, and other permaculture educators.

Oct 04, 2014 at 08:30 AM - Oct 15, 2014 at 05:00 PM

Vermont Applied Permaculture Design Course

A course by Permaculture Community

Utilizing the Whole Systems Research Farm permaculture site in Vermont’s Mad River Valley, a new 175 acre site we recently acquired in central Vermont, our design studio resources, and a team of leading facilitators, Whole Systems Design offers a one-of-a-kind skills-based resiliency training experience through permaculture.

Jul 04, 2014 at 08:00 AM - Jul 13, 2014 at 06:30 PM

2014 Permaculture Design Certificate Course

A course by Permaculture Community

72 hour PDC over 16 days & evenings packed with learning from various instructors who are specialists in their field.

May 16, 2014 at 06:00 PM - May 31, 2014 at 04:00 PM

Summer Permaculture Community Internship

A course by Permaculture Community

Join La’akea in this transformative, life changing immersion in community lifestyle. Learn skills in sustainable agriculture and gardening, permaculture, communication and counseling others. Our intensive one month Internship is offered by a small, egalitarian, intentional permaculture community on Hawai’i big island. We work together for health, relationship vitality, economic stability, personal/ spiritual growth.

Jun 11, 2014 at 08:00 AM - Jul 09, 2014 at 06:00 PM

Midwest Permaculture Spring PDC in Stelle, Illinois

A course by Permaculture Community

What you can expect are great people (local residents and fellow students), enlivened classroom presentations, hands-on exercises, a close up look at many permaculture applications and installations, design exercises, demonstrations, great discussions, wonderful meals (mostly organic and local), starry nights, and more.

Apr 25, 2014 at 08:00 AM - May 03, 2014 at 05:30 PM

Permaculture Design Course in the Tetons

A course by Higher Elevation Permaculture

This is the first course ever in Teton Valley Idaho. Hosted at a young site in the midst of implementing a permaculture design including and earthship, earthworks, rotational grazing pastures, and tons of annual and perennial gardens. Perfect phase for a design course.

Aug 10, 2014 at 08:00 AM - Aug 24, 2014 at 02:00 PM

Full Permaculture Design CZECH REPUBLIC

A course by Permaculture Community

PDC

Jul 04, 2014 at 09:00 AM - Jul 19, 2014 at 06:00 PM

Permaculture Design Course High Heathercombe Centre

A course by Permaculture Community

PDC

Apr 26, 2014 at 09:00 AM - May 10, 2014 at 06:00 PM

Permaculture Design Course High Heathercombe Centre

A course by Permaculture Community

PDC

Nov 08, 2014 at 09:00 AM - Nov 22, 2014 at 06:00 PM

Permaculture Design Course Sustainability Centre

A course by Permaculture Community

PDC

Oct 04, 2014 at 09:00 AM - Oct 18, 2014 at 05:00 PM

Permaculture Design Course Well End Permaculture International

A course by Permaculture Community

PDC

Jul 31, 2014 at 09:00 AM - Aug 11, 2014 at 05:00 PM

Permaculture Design Course in Northern Thailand, May 5

A course by Panya Project Education Center

We invite you to join us for a certified 72-hour Permaculture Design Course (PDC) taught by the Panya longterm community, all experienced permaculture facilitators. This PDC promises to be a very unique experience. We teach, based on our real life experience with Permaculture here at Panya.

May 05, 2014 at 08:00 AM - May 18, 2014 at 06:00 PM

PDC (P.R.I Aus & P.C. Assoc UK certified) at Ridgedale Permaculture

A course by Richard Perkins

Join us for our first PDC as we make history! Ridgedale Permaculture is a family owned pasture and perennial crop based beyond organic local food producer and educational hub in Värmland, Sweden. A flagship poly- income diverse small farm, Ridgedale is Scandinavia’s first Keyline designed farm and a leading regional education provider in the field of Permaculture and Regenerative Agriculture.

Ridgedale Permaculture’s primary responsibility is regenerating landscapes, ecosystem processes and soils through replicable, scalable and profitable symbiotic farm enterprises. Our secondary responsibility is to educate, facilitate, inform and empower people into action through regenerative design, enterprise and holistic decision-making that fosters and stimulates local community, economy and resilience.

May 16, 2014 at 12:00 AM - May 31, 2014 at 12:00 AM

PDC (P.R.I Aus & P.C. Assoc UK Certified)

A course by Richard Perkins

The world famous 2 week intensive Permaculture Design Course empowers participants with the effective design solutions, skills and a methodical scientific approach to create resilient, synergistic systems that are ecologically sound, economically profitable and meet human needs, regardless of the site and circumstance.

Jul 18, 2014 at 12:00 AM - Aug 02, 2014 at 12:00 AM

PDC (P.R.I & P.C. Assoc Certified)

A course by Richard Perkins

“The world famous 2 week intensive Permaculture Design Course empowers participants with the effective design solutions, skills and a methodical scientific approach to create resilient, synergistic systems that are ecologically sound, economically profitable and meet human needs, regardless of the site and circumstance.”

Sep 27, 2014 at 12:00 AM - Oct 11, 2014 at 12:00 AM

8 Week Professional Internship

A course by Richard Perkins

We will be offering 8 week professional accelerator programs with a focus on empowering project initiation and professional development at our new Farm HQ for 2014- a unique learning opportunity in Europe. There are limited places to get longer term professional training in the field of Permaculture design & regenerative agriculture and our focus is to engage highly motivated people looking to develop and hone the design, planning and decision making skills to implement successful projects/ enterprises elsewhere. Learning from field trained professionals in the implementation of a flagship project- the first Keyline designed Permaculture farm in Sweden, and as far as we know Scandinavia. This is an incredible opportunity for people wanting to develop the wide professional skill-set necessary in this incredible field.

Apr 28, 2014 at 12:00 AM - Jul 05, 2014 at 12:00 AM

8 Week Professional Internship

A course by Richard Perkins

We will be offering 8 week professional accelerator programs with a focus on empowering project initiation and professional development at our new Farm HQ for 2014- a unique learning opportunity in Europe. There are limited places to get longer term professional training in the field of Permaculture design & regenerative agriculture and our focus is to engage highly motivated people looking to develop and hone the design, planning and decision making skills to implement successful projects/ enterprises elsewhere. Learning from field trained professionals in the implementation of a flagship project- the first Keyline designed Permaculture farm in Sweden, and as far as we know Scandinavia. This is an incredible opportunity for people wanting to develop the wide professional skill-set necessary in this incredible field.

Aug 04, 2014 at 12:00 AM - Sep 26, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Permaculture Design Course Pacific Northwest

A course by Permaculture Community

PDC

Jul 27, 2014 at 09:00 AM - Aug 09, 2014 at 06:00 PM

Permaculture Deisgn Course

A course by Permaculture Community

pdc

Jul 13, 2014 at 09:00 AM - Jul 26, 2014 at 06:00 PM

Summer Permaculture Design Certificate Course (Summer PDC)

A course by Kinstone Academy of Applied Permaculture

So, you want to build your skills? Add some depth to your toolkit? Come join us for this Permaculture design course and learn essential life skills. The Permaculture Design Certificate course is a training program that utilizes the teachings of Bill Mollison’s Permaculture Design System. The goal is to achieve a basic working understanding in ecologically-based planning, site design and management. This course provides a comprehensive introduction to Permaculture principles, applications & design practices as first set out by Permaculture founder, Bill Mollison and meets a common international standard as a foundational course for Permaculture practitioners and teachers. We give special attention to climatic zones represented by course participants.

Key skills and proficiencies learned include: surveying, communications, IT and web skills, preparing maps and plans, practical gardening, composting, soil management, animal systems, natural building, implementation planning, design graphics, client brief, concept and detail drawings, bills of quantity, report writing, botany, propagation, food forests and orchards, native plants, integrated pest and weed management, planning food security, small crop production – vegetables, herbs, spices, craft plants, harvest and post harvest, storing and preserving crops, community event organization and management, wild foods and restoration ecology, specialist practical and theory workshops on composting toilets, waste water treatment, water testing, soil food web, seed saving and managing a seed bank, biochar, blacksmithing, plant harvest, treatment and construction, making natural dyes and inks, tropical crops and vegetable production, animal systems, and more.

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT THROUGH JULY 16

Aug 16, 2014 at 09:00 AM - Aug 24, 2014 at 06:00 PM

The Three Epochs of Humanity Permaculture Design Certificate Course (PDC)

A course by Kinstone Academy of Applied Permaculture

This unique PDC program contains the creative and experiential application of living skills passed down by our ancestors into the present time and beyond. It incorporates the full 72-hour PDC and so much more! Students will earn their Permaculture Design Certificate upon completion of the full program. The three areas of concentration are:

The Hunter-Gatherer Lifestyle
Agricultural Settlement and Pastoralism
Appropriate Technology and the Ecological Epoch

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT THROUGH MARCH 30

Apr 30, 2014 at 09:00 AM - May 11, 2014 at 06:00 PM

Advanced Permaculture Farming ~ Farming in Nature’s Image

A course by Kinstone Academy of Applied Permaculture

This year-long advanced track consists of two advanced farming courses which are provided in sequential order and held at two separate times during the year. Each course is a springboard for the following course. When signing up for this program, you are signing up to attend and complete both sessions as well as independent project(s) in between. Students taking this advanced program must already hold their Permaculture Design Certificate.

Advanced Farming I
Advanced Farming II

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT AVAILABLE THROUGH

May 07, 2014 at 09:00 AM - Oct 26, 2014 at 06:00 PM

Plants in Permaculture

A course by Kinstone Academy of Applied Permaculture

Plants make a front yard a place of beauty and abundant food production

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT THROUGH JUNE 30

In these intensive five days you will learn to identify trees and plants and come to an understanding of their significance in the landscape and delineate how to use plants for food, medicine and utility. We will observe trees and plants in their natural environment, and through observation, find methods to employ them as windbreaks, shelterbelts, habitat for animals, and companions for other plants that contribute to health and increased yields. Plant guilds, food forests, basic biology, basic botany, effects of weather on vegetation, interactions with animals, and the processes of various habitats and ecosystems (including farm ecosystems) will be discussed and examined. We will cover plant propagation, grafting, seed saving and more. We will explore prairie, woodland, savanna, pasture, gardens, farm fields, and other ecosystems found at or near Kinstone.

Jul 30, 2014 at 09:00 AM - Aug 03, 2014 at 05:00 PM

Hunter-Gatherer Skills Course

A course by Kinstone Academy of Applied Permaculture

Learn and practice some serious skills! Join us for this 5-day intensive short course as we take ourselves to the field and forest. In order to learn the intricacies of the local terrain and the origins of technology, for homesteading purposes and a general understanding of the immediate environment, it is important to become familiar with the spatial and temporal dimensions of the lay of the land. Folk and life ways, settlement configurations, geology, plants, animals and weather patterns will give us the ability to hone in our observation and develop creative hand and eye coordination. This entire course takes place in the field in the outdoors.

As hunter-gatherers we migrate to a “place”, settle in, construct camp (shelter, etc.), collect materials and make tools needed for our sustenance and comfort, and learn to live entirely embedded in a natural setting.

Sep 17, 2014 at 08:30 AM - Sep 21, 2014 at 05:00 PM

Natural Stone Workshop with Thea Alvin

A course by Kinstone Academy of Applied Permaculture

Do you love stone? Join stone mason & artist, Thea Alvin, as she teaches us the basics of stonework. We will build a permanent stone sculpture on the Kinstone campus. Thea Alvin was featured in the New York Times and in O Magazine in 2013. Her work can be seen on her website at myearthwork.com. Come join us for this unique and fun course in the art of stonework. Daily free breakfast, lunch and dinner available for registered students. Children ages 13-17 may register with a registered adult.

Instructor: Thea Alvin

Dates: September 27-October 6 (Sat., Sun., Mon.-Mon.)

Daily Schedule: 9:00am-6:00pm

Course Length: 10 days

Course Fee: Early bird: $1,350 After August 27: $1,500

Sep 27, 2014 at 09:00 AM - Oct 06, 2014 at 05:00 PM

3-Day Build A Rocket Mass Heater Workshop

A course by Kinstone Academy of Applied Permaculture

This workshop will focus on building a cob style rocket mass heater. It will be constructed inside the straw-clay cabin at Kinstone and will include a bench. This beautiful heater will be used to keep this cabin warm on chilly Wisconsin evenings. A rocket mass heater can heat a living space with a fraction of the firewood that would be used in a more traditional wood stove. Wood burns so efficiently in this style of heater that there is virtually no smoke, simply steam and carbon dioxide. The stove’s thermal mass stores and may radiate heat for days after a single firing. Over the course of this weekend workshop you will build a rocket mass heater and by doing so, learn how to: mix and apply cob and earthen mortars from sand, clay and water; lay bricks for the combustion chamber and manifold, use clay slip and perlite to insulate around the combustion chamber and heat riser, safely install and connect stove pipe for the exhaust/chimney, and more. Daily free breakfast, lunch and dinner available for registered students. Children ages 13-17 may register with a registered adult.

Instructor: Wayne Weiseman & C. Milton Dixon

Dates: September 12-14 (Friday-Sunday)

Course Length: 3 days

Daily Schedule: 9:00am-5:00pm

Course Fee: Early bird: $400

After August 12: $445

Sep 12, 2014 at 09:00 AM - Sep 14, 2014 at 05:00 PM

2014 LivingInPeace Project Permaculture Design Course

A course by Paul Murray

LivingInPeace Project PDCs are slightly different to most other PDC’s. The full theoretical curriculum will be presented, but we will also be expanding the classroom out into the surrounding environment and conducting practical workshops on our developing permaculture farm so that students will go home with all the theoretical information, but also with confidence, ability and skills to put their course material into practice.

May 05, 2014 at 09:00 AM - May 19, 2014 at 05:00 PM

New School PDC Permaculture Design Course in paradise island

A course by New School Permaculture

The New School Permaculture PDC is centred on the needs of the student.So you get what you need.
This course is presented by creative non formal education methods, that are based on creating a bridge between the right and left side of the brain, so that the analytical and creative abilities of the students get fully stimulated and get the most out of the experience…for many people is the most empowering and inspiring transformative process of their lives…and they carry this with them everywere they go….and thats our goal.

May 16, 2014 at 09:00 AM - May 25, 2014 at 07:00 PM

Permaculture Design Course Montana

A course by Permaculture Community

This 6-weekends course is focused on the climate of the Inland Northwest bioregion. Taught by Michael Pilarski.

May 03, 2014 at 09:00 AM - Jun 28, 2014 at 05:00 PM

Permaculture Design Course Oregon

A course by Permaculture Community

Aprovecho’s Sustainable Living Skills Program is the oldest program of its kind in the Northwest and includes hands on training in appropriate technology, sustainable forestry, natural building, and sustainable agriculture. Abel Kloster, Tao Orion, Jude Hobbs, Marisha Auerbach, Rick Valley and guests.

Jun 15, 2014 at 09:00 AM - Jul 19, 2014 at 05:00 PM

Permaculture Design Course Oregon

A course by Permaculture Community

Join Aprovecho’s stellar team of teachers and practitioners for a PDC this fall. Abel Kloster, Tao Orion, Jude Hobbs, Marisha Auerbach, Rick Valley, and guests.

Sep 28, 2014 at 09:00 AM - Oct 18, 2014 at 05:00 PM

Permaculture Design Course California

A course by Permaculture Community

Fully immerse yourself in the world of permaculture and experience lit on a working permaculture farm. Penny Livingston-Stark.

May 30, 2014 at 09:00 AM - Jun 14, 2014 at 05:00 PM

Permaculture Design Course, Cob Building Hands-on, Pacific Northwest

A course by Permaculture Community

Two week intensive PDC. Hosted at Restoration Seeds farm. Chuck Barr and guests.

Jul 27, 2014 at 09:00 AM - Aug 09, 2014 at 05:00 PM

Permaculture Design Course Colorado Front Range

A course by Permaculture Community

The first residential PDC in the Pikes Peak Region. Peter Bane, Marco Chung-Shu Lam, Sandy Cruz, Becky Elder

Jun 15, 2014 at 09:00 AM - Jun 28, 2014 at 05:00 PM

Permaculture Design Course Indiana

A course by Permaculture Community

Sponsored by Indiana University. Peter Bane, Keith Johnson, Rhonda Baird.

May 18, 2014 at 09:00 AM - Jun 03, 2014 at 05:00 PM

Permaculture Design Course SE Michigan

A course by Permaculture Community

A full PDC in two sessions. Peter Bane, Keith Johnson, Rhonda Baird, and guests.

Jul 13, 2014 at 09:00 AM - Aug 02, 2014 at 05:00 PM

Three Epochs of Humanity PDC

A course by Permaculture Community

This unique course include the entire PDC… Wayne Weiseman, C. Milton Dixon, Jarad Barkeim

Apr 30, 2014 at 09:00 AM - May 11, 2014 at 05:00 PM

Three Epochs of Humanity PDC

A course by Permaculture Community

This unique course include the entire PDC… Wayne Weiseman, C. Milton Dixon, Jarad Barkeim

Apr 30, 2014 at 09:00 AM - May 11, 2014 at 05:00 PM

Advanced Course – FARMING

A course by Permaculture Community

focus on small intensive and broadacre farming… Wayne Weiseman, Dan Halsey

May 07, 2014 at 09:00 AM - Oct 26, 2014 at 05:00 PM

Permaculture Teacher Training Michigan

A course by Permaculture Community

A five-day residential course with permaculture teacher’s certification. Peter Bane, Sandy Cruz, and guests.

Nov 09, 2014 at 09:00 AM - Nov 13, 2014 at 05:30 PM

Permaculture Teacher Training Course New England

A course by Permaculture Community

Teacher Training with Lauren Chase-Rowell, Josh Trought, Steve Whitman

Aug 18, 2014 at 09:00 AM - Aug 24, 2014 at 05:00 PM

Permaculture Design Course New England

A course by Permaculture Community

1 weekend per month PDC with Steve Whitman, Josh Trought, Dave Wichland, Lauren Chase-Rowell, Bryan Felice

May 01, 2014 at 08:00 AM - Nov 29, 2014 at 07:00 PM

Permaculture Design Course New England

A course by Permaculture Community

the art of re-visioning and remaking healthy human whole systems
with Keith Morris, Lisa DePiano, Mark Krawczyk, Alissa White

Jul 21, 2014 at 09:00 AM - Aug 02, 2014 at 06:00 PM

Permaculture Design Course Vermont

A course by Permaculture Community

PDC with Ben Falk, Erica Koch, Cornelius Murphy

Jul 04, 2014 at 09:00 AM - Aug 31, 2014 at 07:00 PM

Forest Garden Design & Implementation Workshop

A course by Permaculture Community

Empower yourself to transform conventionally managed properties into productive Edens modeled on the ecosystems found naturally in the forest. Learn to mimic the structures and functions of natural ecosystems while producing food and other products.

Through interactive design exercises, site walks through a burgeoning forest garden farm, and hands-on planting experience students will receive a comprehensive introduction to forest gardening as well as the skills and resources to take on their own forest gardening projects.

Fields Without Fences forest garden cultivates native fruits and small berries, specialty vegetables, culinary and medicinal herbs, and wild edibles within an innovative perennial design framework. This certified organic small farm combines cultivation, ecological regeneration and habitat creation. Fields Without Fences follows a philosophy of deep ecology rooted in the functionality and balance of natural systems. Saturday June 28th 2014
$35 Tuition
to register: Sean@WalshEcoDesign.com

www.fieldswithoutfences.org

Jun 28, 2014 from 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Mushroom Cultivation Workshop

A course by Permaculture Community

Edible mushrooms make a great addition to any home garden and can easily be cultivated in small spaces and locations too marginal for other crops. This hands-on workshop will explore several techniques for cultivating a wide array of gourmet mushroom species. We will work with several species, and participants can take inoculated material home to begin their own cultivation practices. With Sean Walsh
Please dress appropriately for working. Bring your lunch; we will supply beverages and dessert

May 03, 2014 from 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM

Permaculture Design Course

A course by Rancho Mastatal

Join renowned permaculture instructor Chris Shanks for this annual life-changing 2-week experience. The course covers the core Permaculture Design curriculum and emphasizes creating diverse multi-functional human landscapes based on ecological patterns. Utilizing Rancho Mastatal as a living classroom, the class will mix lectures and hands-on work, exploring design solutions for both North America and the tropics, and concluding with students working in teams to create their own permaculture site design. This course is applicable to anyone with an interest in designing sustainable futures as well as professionals in the fields of architecture, planning, ecology, education and community development. The whole-systems design thinking outlined in the course will give participants the tools to re-design and improve their surroundings, from gardens, farms and homes, to livelihoods, relationships and communities.

Jun 01, 2014 at 07:00 AM - Jun 15, 2014 at 07:00 PM

Solidarity Permaculture design Course (PDC)

A course by Hopeland Eco-community Natural Life, Sustainability, Knowledge, Unity

This full 12-day PDC will empower you with all the necessary knowledge, skills and practical experience to be able to design with confidence.

Participants will learn to observe patterns and principles in the wild, in self and in society, and explore how to use them in designing and decision making in many areas of life – from house construction to gardens to community development.

The course is not just about imparting information and techniques – there is plenty of knowledge accessible these days. We will show you how and where to use the techniques, and support you in choosing or
birthing the most appropriate ones.

This particular course will have a focus on community development and water harvesting/storing in the
landscape, alongside the traditional wide ranging, life changing PDC curriculum, covering land design, eco-building, social permaculture, food forests, soil improvement, working in different climate zones and much more.

Also, by attending this course you are helping us help others! We feel the need to give something back to the people of this country who are going through difficult times at the moment and are in need of new skills, but cannot afford to pay for them. So we decided to use the profits from this PDC to fund a ‘Permaculture Caravan‘ that will take Peter around the country for three weeks, spreading the word on sustainable living. This has never been done before and we are counting on your support to make it work!

So come join us create a better world, for you, for us, and for many many more…

Jun 18, 2014 at 06:00 PM - Jun 29, 2014 at 11:30 PM

Building with Strawbales

A course by Permaculture Community

The Course
In this two-day course we will present you with an opportunity to assess the opportunities for strawbale building in your life, whether you wish to build your own home, construct a chook shed or just decide if strawbale is the right medium for your project.
We take you through the theory and design of strawbale building as well as actually building part of a strawbale structure and we’ll discuss load-bearing versus pole frame structures, various wall shapes, foundations, plastering options, floors – earthen, concrete and wood.
You will learn through lectures, practical activities, case studies, videos, slides and a wealth of printed material.
In past workshops we have built an extension to the homestead at The Food Forest, a commercial coldroom, the ‘Eco Gazebo’, the ‘Studio’, an indoor/outdoor food preparation entertainment area and a beautiful sculptured garden wall using this extraordinary medium.

Jun 07, 2014 at 08:00 AM - Jun 08, 2014 at 06:00 PM

ORGANIC VEGETABLE GROWING & FREE RANGE POULTRY

A course by Permaculture Community

Growing high quality organic vegetables is not difficult once you understand the ecology of the garden, especially if you use free range poultry. This course will show you techniques for managing a self-sufficient backyard or small scale commercial garden and the basics of free range poultry husbandry.
We will consider the selection of vegetable species through the seasons, garden design, bio-diversity, irrigation, pest and disease management, mulching, composting and soil fertility, meeting quality and organic standards and small scale marketing.
The Chook is the world’s original recycler and pest controller. We will look at its housing, breed characteristics, supplementary feeding, keeping hens out of the lettuces and foxes out of the hens, managing pests and diseases in free-range flocks, rearing your own replacements, as well as chickens and geese in orchard management.

Jun 21, 2014 from 08:30 AM - 05:00 PM

Fruit and Nut Growing

A course by Permaculture Community

Growing your own fresh fruit and nuts has to be one of the most satisfying things you can do in your own backyard or property! What’’s more, South Australia’s Mediterranean climate enables us to grow the most intensely flavoured and nutritious tree crops in the world.

This one-day workshop will explore different varieties of stone fruit, citrus, olives, pecan nuts, figs, apples, pistachios and as many other crops as you desire. We will also discuss preserving techniques to stock your pantry for supply through the seasons.

Jun 22, 2014 from 08:30 AM - 05:00 PM

Introduction to Permaculture

A course by Permaculture Community

A concentrated introduction to the principles and techniques of this complete system for the sustainable design for gardens, farms, homes, waste re-use, economics, community development and energy management. Inspect appropriately designed structures and growing systems on this organically certified property and solve some property design challenges using three-dimensional interactive modelling.

Jul 06, 2014 from 08:30 AM - 05:00 PM

Sustainable House Design

A course by Permaculture Community

We’’ll discuss the details of passive-solar design, solar hot water and electricity production, how to stay warm in winter and cool in summer. We’ll consider site assessment, the qualities of different building materials, and how to gain council approval.
We will learn how to design compost toilet and grey-water systems which save you money every day, satisfy council requirements, are safe and hygienic, can produce rich compost, don’t smell, save thousands of litres of water per year, produce reeds for mulching and nutrient-rich water for irrigation of fruit trees.

Sep 01, 2014 from 08:30 AM - 05:00 PM

City Chooks – How to Guide

A course by Permaculture Community

Everyone loves chooks but keeping them in a small urban backyard with close neighbours, other pets and veggie gardens: can be tricky. Join Charles as he describes the best ways to house, feed and enjoy the company and egg from you feathered friends.
This will be a 1 hour information session with a 1 hour Q&A and look at chooks in action in Charles back yard. Group size will be limited so you can ask all the questions you need. A detailed and helpful booklet will be created with the workshops information, tips and tricks and placed in our resources area.

May 03, 2014 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Edible Weeds Workshop

A course by Permaculture Community

Identify and try edible weeds with Charles in his backyard. Most weeds are highly mineralised and healthy vegies and the young ones should go straight in the salad bowl. Those older stronger weeds can be put through the animals, or make excellent green manure then mulch keeping their minerals in your garden. Other than the obvious eating you will learn what your weeds do and how to manage them.
Feel free to BYO weeds to identify.

May 03, 2014 from 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Permaculture in Aid and Development

A course by Permaculture Community

A weekend experience looking at how Permaculture can be applied in communities in need.

About the workshop

Many communities and families around the world are living in circumstances of critical need, lacking basic needs like sufficient food and water, sanitation and shelter as well as other needs like employment, education, healthcare, justice and safety. This course will demonstrate a range of examples of aid projects from a range of countries where permaculture or permaculture-type techniques have been applied to make a difference. It will demonstrate the valuable roles that individuals can play in supporting communities in assisting them to recognise needs and undertake change.

This workshop will help you understand the complexities of aid, development and assisting others. It will introduce how to develop and support good projects and be a project worker in a community. It will provide an overview of how assessments are made, how funding is sought, how partnerships are established to sustain long term benefit and how lessons are recognised and shared for future benefit.

This course is intended as both a practical time those interested in this work and a time for support for those wanting to share their story with others. This will be an informative and important weekend for anyone wishing to work abroad or to contribute to aid and development for situations of need.

The Course will be presented by two long-term members of the permaculture community who have worked and volunteered in a wide range of countries from Cuba to Indonesia, Haiti to Afghanistan as well as many community initiatives in Australia. They are also both involved in the Permafund Committee, the charitable arm of Permaculture Australia that supports aid and development projects and an update will be provided on the Permafund Committee’s work and it’s 2013 Grants.

There will also be films and discussion in the evening for those that want more. This is a whole weekend experience with the trainers not just a come and go workshop.

Workshop Program

This workshop will include:

What does good Permaculture Aid look like? Examples around the world.
Resilience, Disaster preparedness, and survival
Cultural sensitivity.
Getting prepared and skilling-up.
Project management – Assessment, Design, Implementation, Learning
Evaluation and Assessment.
And a range of other issues.

May 17, 2014 from 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Sustainable Tree Management Workshop

A course by Permaculture Community

For those that want to learn about sustainable tree management, growing trees for fodder, food, fuel and materials, felling techniques, intro to chainsaw use and Lucas saw milling

About the Workshop
Trees have many benefits and essential functions in our eco-systems. They are a valuable resource needing thoughtful, respectful and appropriate management. When we inherit trees on our property or would like to plant them we need to know how to manage them responsibly and sustainably but many of us do not know how to do this correctly. This workshop will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to do this. Permaculture offers us principles, techniques and solutions for both sustainable farm forestry and natural forest management and enables us to see trees and forests from a broader perhaps entirely new perspective. The workshop will be theoretical and practical; entertaining and informative; and you will certainly benefit from spending two days in the beautiful forests of Bandusia. Whether you have a natural forest you need to manage, want to set up farm forestry with high yielding productive species, or just want to learn more about trees and forests, then this workshop is appropriate for you.

About the trainer
Dave Spicer

Dave Spicer PictureDave grew up in the Snowy Mountains, as a boy he was harvesting Eucalyptus oil and working alongside his father on their land, gaining a vast experience in tree felling and forestry management from an early age.

Dave has a proven practicality, with over 15 years’ experience in permaculture design and education working and teaching with Bill Mollison at Permaculture Institute Tasmania, & Geoff Lawton; Managing Director at Permaculture Research Institute Australia – Zaytuna farm. David also worked as farm manager of the renowned Tagari farm in northern NSW.

He has taught and designed both nationally and globally, working in 5 states of Australia, Morocco, Jordan and Palestine and in many different climate zones. He brings a unique combination of knowledge and experience with tree growing, management, harvesting, timber processing and utilization.

Workshop Program
Concepts

Overview of forest functions, services & yields
Forest types, rainfall gradients, fertility gradients and fire
Food, fodder, fuel & fibre forests
Review of permaculture ethics and principles with reference to forests
Forestry systems
Native fire forest, riparian non fire forests, pastoral woodlands, plantations, shelterbelts
Reading landscape tour of Bandusia forest
Forest products and yields
Application & Practice
The course will also involve practical demonstrations in the forests of Bandusia. It will include: pruning, thinning and coppicing; slash processing and fuel hazard reduction; debarking, sawing and drying; milling with the Lucas Mill and more.

There will be plenty of time for discussion and Q & A’s

May 24, 2014 from 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Balcony Garden Workshop

A course by Permaculture Community

“Abundance and Beauty on a Balcony”

About the workshop
Picture your balcony like a hanging garden of Babylon, overflowing with herbs, veggies and flowers? Imagine picking your own herbs, micro greens, salad, herbal tea, potatoes maybe even mushrooms. No space is too small and every balcony can grow something, helping to reduce food miles, carbon emissions and green house gas pollution. Growing your own also ensure you become more self-reliant and in control of the nutrimental content of at least some of your food. Growing your own food is the responsible thing to do and its fun and healthy.

I bet you’ve never considered producing your own eggs or even meat from quails on your balcony. What about worm farming or even composting? Propagation can be easy and so is developing your own balcony garden into an interesting, productive and diverse oasis.

This workshop shares with you many strategies you can use to create your ideal balcony garden, ensuring you can use the smallest of spaces to its full potential, in its most efficient and effective way to create maximum abundance. This workshop looks at balcony design, activities, routines and timings to ensure you maximise the potential of your space. This will set you up to be managing the whole system in an ongoing permanent and sustainable way.

Workshop Outcomes
At the end of this workshop you will;

Be able to design and develop a balcony garden
Understand the process of design, construction and sequence of events
Gain foundation skills to be able to manage your balcony garden such as propagation, worm farming, composting etc
Become familiar with a range of plants suitable for numerous balcony environments and microclimates
Growing food in pots and containers
Maintaining your balcony garden – fertilising; watering mulching
Small animals on a balcony
Understand some of the issues and pitfalls faced by balcony gardeners and solutions to overcome them
Be provided with resources and information to assist you after the workshop
Be provided with the ideas, inspiration and confidence you need to ensure you create the ideal balcony for you whatever your circumstances
This full day workshop provides both the theory and practical hands on-skills. At the end of the day you will also walk away with your own box of veggies ready to start.

BOOK ME IN!

About the trainer

penny-portraitPenny Pyett is the director of the Permaculture Sydney Institute, an institute she is currently developing with others as a permaculture eEducation and demonstration centre on 55 acres in St Albans on the outskirts of Sydney. Penny has extensive knowledge and experience in permaculture, horticulture, community development, management and business. Over the last ten years Penny has been teaching permaculture and horticulture courses for community organisations and at various colleges for TAFE NSW including Introduction to Permaculture; Permaculture Design Certificate and Gardening for People with disabilities courses. Through TAFE outreach she also teaches permaculture design courses for school and community garden groups, facilitating groups with the design and development of their own school or community garden.

In 2002 Penny completed her PDC with Bill Mollison and since then has played a leading management role with Permaculture Sydney North (the leading group of Permaculturalists in the Sydney bioregion) on the management committee and as President (2005-09). She was one of the key initiators and the national coordinator of National Permaculture Day and convener for the National Permaculture Convergence APC9 in 2010.

In 1999 Penny designed and developed her own urban permaculture garden at Ryde, which has won numerous awards and acknowledgment for best sustainable eco-garden and edible landscapes.

A community development worker for many years, for both local government and the community services sector, Penny has worked with many individuals and community groups in developing programs and services for their communities as well as neighborhood precinct committees. She has provided facilitative training for community groups, schools and organisations for over 20 years.

As the sometime owner of successful secondhand businesses, Penny likes to reduce waste and re-use second-hand materials in landscape design that is functional and aesthetic.

As well as quality permaculture and sustainability education, the Permaculture Sydney Institute (PSI) also offers permaculture consultation, design and community development and group facilitation services.

May 31, 2014 from 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Organic Kitchen Garden Workshop – Winter

A course by Permaculture Community

For people interested in producing abundant winter harvests of organic, fresh, healthy, living, fruit, vegetables and herbs throughout the season.

About the workshop
If you’re wondering how to have a productive and diverse kitchen garden throughout Winter, then this workshop is for you. It will show you what to do in the garden for winter; species selection and planting for winter; farming worms in the garden; kitchen garden harvests and how to use them (creating sensational soups) winter propagation (hardwood cuttings); pruning deciduous trees and shrubs; preparing for frosts; soil health & nutrition (legumes & green manures).

This workshop is one of four specifically tailored seasonal organic garden workshops conducted throughout the year. Save 10% by booking into all four seasonal organic garden workshops for $495

About the Trainers

Nicholas Crook has 30 years experience as a gardener and horticulturist, and studied at Pershore College of Horticulture, Worcestershire. He started growing vegetables at an early age, and worked in historic houses and nurseries in Great Britain, before emigrating to Australia. He has wide experience as an organic grower of fruit, vegetables and herbs, based on Permaculture principles. His gardening career has included garden design, consultation, propagation, garden maintenance, teaching horticulture and permaculture, nursery management and garden writing. Nick works at Ryde College of TAFE as a teacher of Landscape and Horticulture.

penny-portraitPenny Pyett BA (UNSW), Cert. Welfare Work (St George TAFE), Dip Hort Science (Ryde TAFE), PDC (Permaculture Institute).

Penny Pyett is the director of the Permaculture Sydney Institute, an institute she is currently developing with others as a Permaculture Education and Demonstration Centre on 55 acres in St Albans on the outskirts of Sydney. Penny has extensive knowledge and experience in permaculture, horticulture, community development, management and business. Over the last ten years Penny has been teaching permaculture and horticulture courses for community organisations and at various colleges for TAFE NSW including Introduction to Permaculture, Permaculture Design Certificate and Gardening for people with disabilities courses. Through TAFE outreach she also teaches Permaculture design courses for school and community garden groups, facilitating groups with the design and development of their own school or community garden.

In 2002 Penny completed her PDC with Bill Mollison and since then has played a leading management role with Permaculture Sydney North (the leading group of Permaculturalists in the Sydney bioregion) on the management committee and as President (2005-09). She was one of the key initiators and the national coordinator of National Permaculture Day and convener for the National Permaculture Convergence APC9 in 2010.

In 1999 Penny designed and developed her own urban permaculture garden at Ryde, which has won numerous awards and acknowledgment for best sustainable eco-garden and edible landscapes.

A community development worker for many years, for both local government and the community services sector, Penny has worked with many individuals and community groups in developing programs and services for their communities as well as neighborhood precinct committees. She has provided facilitative training for community groups, schools and organisations for over 20 years.

As the sometime owner of successful secondhand businesses, Penny likes to reduce waste and re-use second-hand materials in landscape design that is functional and aesthetic.

As well as quality permaculture and sustainability education, the Permaculture Sydney Institute (PSI) also offers permaculture consultation, design and community development and group facilitation services.

Jun 01, 2014 from 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Street Tree and Edible Verge Workshop

A course by Permaculture Community

Street Tree and Food Growing Workshop – “creating productive streets and resilient communities” , for those who are interested in learning more about growing productive edible fruit and nut trees and landscapes on your streets, in your communities.

Jun 01, 2014 from 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Bamboo Building Workshop

A course by Permaculture Community

This workshop is for those who appreciate bamboo and all its beauty, bounty and abundance; its strength and structural ability; its flexibility to bend and not break; its multi-functionality and usefulness; and its sustainability. It’s for those who wish to design and build bamboo structures for their home, farm or community and become more self-reliant, energy efficient and sustainable.

Jun 07, 2014 at 09:00 AM - Jun 09, 2014 at 05:00 PM

Rural Skills Series – Selecting Livestock for your property

A course by Permaculture Community

Detailed information on this workshop will be available soon.
To register your interest call PSI on 9888 2575 or email info@permaculturesydneyinstitute.org

Jun 21, 2014 from 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Rural Skills Series – Introduction to Farm Animals

A course by Permaculture Community

Detailed information on this workshop will be available soon.
To register your interest call PSI on 9888 2575 or email info@permaculturesydneyinstitute.org

Jun 22, 2014 from 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Permaculture Design Course Bandusia

A course by Permaculture Community

The Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC)is the ultimate permaculture course experience. Covering the Permaculture Designers Manual it brings together ancient and modern wisdoms, science and the arts and many practical design principles and techniques for living a totally sustainable lifestyle.

Jun 28, 2014 at 09:00 AM - Jul 14, 2014 at 05:00 PM

Rural Skills Series – Managing Diary Cattle

A course by Permaculture Community

Detailed information on this workshop will be available soon.
To register your interest call PSI on 9888 2575 or email info@permaculturesydneyinstitute.org

Aug 02, 2014 from 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Rural Skills Series – Managing Beef Cattle

A course by Permaculture Community

Detailed information on this workshop will be available soon.
To register your interest call PSI on 9888 2575 or email info@permaculturesydneyinstitute.org

Aug 03, 2014 from 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Cider and Wine Making Workshop

A course by Permaculture Community

This will be a fun packed hands-on day thinking about, making and tasting wine and cider. You will leave the course with the knowledge, skills and confidence to make your own. Your home will never be the same again with tempting cider and wine that will warm every heart when guests drop in.

Aug 16, 2014 from 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Cider and Wine Making Workshop

A course by Permaculture Community

This workshop will help you to transform fruit into delicious wines and ciders. It will enable you to become a traditional home brewer; save money reduce waste and food miles; become more self-reliant and energy efficient; and have an impressive display of wines and ciders at your fingertips to be proud of or even perhaps to sell for income.

Aug 17, 2014 from 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Organic Kitchen Garden Workshop – Spring

A course by Permaculture Community

This Spring Kitchen Garden Workshop will cover a vast array of invaluable organic kitchen garden tips and information for spring, provided by experienced seasoned organic gardeners. There will be plenty of hands on experience too, you will learn how to plan and start a new kitchen garden from scratch including preparing the soil, mulching, planting, fertilizing and maintenance.

Sep 07, 2014 from 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Chemical-free Vegetable Gardening, from Seed, Soil to Harvest!

A course by Permaculture Community

Join Seven Arrows farmer Meg Paska on Tuesday, May 6th and 13th from 6-8 p.m. as she guides you through the basics of chemical-free vegetable growing. Produce pure, flavorful foods from your backyard all season long!

In this two part class, students will learn the following:
-Basic soil science: Soil testing, organic amendments and biology.
-Seed selection, how and when to start seeds, direct seeding vs. transplanting.
-Maximizing space through succession planting, vertical growing and intercropping.
-Maintenance: weeding, irrigation, pest and disease management.
-Harvesting techniques.
The workshop will take place outdoors and will be all hands on! Live demos and student participation will be a big part of this class. All students will leave with a solid working knowledge of productive vegetable gardening!

May 06, 2014 at 06:00 PM - May 13, 2014 at 09:00 PM

Dairy Goats for Beginners!

A course by Permaculture Community

Join Seven Arrows farmer Meg Paska for a great workhop dedicated to dairy goats! Goats are a fun addition to any homestead. They are friendly, smart, resourceful and give the gift of amazing, pure milk! Goats come in many sizes and breeds, so it’s easy to find the type of goat that works best for your living situation, whether it’s on many acres or a small backyard homestead.

In this workshop, students can expect to learn:
-Goat anatomy and physiology
-Breed selection
-Diet, care and maintenance
-Housing and manure management
-Breeding and milking
-Goat kid care (we’ll have spring goat kids!)
Included will be a cheese making demo! Students will get to experience goat milking first hand and will get a farm made bar of goat’s milk soap to take home with them!

May 11, 2014 from 11:00 AM - 02:00 PM

Permaculture Design Course: Sydney: Jul 2014

A course by Permaculture Community

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Join Nick Ritar along with special guest David Holmgren (co-originator of Permaculture) and others as they get you inspired and skilled up for creating abundance in a world out of balance, with solid design skills and techniques.

This 2 week intensive course will arm you with the design thinking and skills to create resilient, synergistic systems for living, working and community.

Permaculture is set of principles that result in sustainable and productive systems. Systems for living, architecture, food production, land management and community. No chemicals and no excuses. Just good, thoughtful, innovative and effective design for the needs of our species

By observing nature we can use natural patterning to design and implement ideas and systems that build on natural processes with energy efficient, low cost and high yeilding results. Milkwood Permaculture PDC graduates leave this course ready to design and implement permaculture into a wide range of scenarios; from urban permaculture systems to small farms and community projects.

“The entire two weeks were truly awesome. I learned so much and I am excited to start implementing some of my personal design ideas back at home, as well as many of the ideas I picked up from the teachers and fellow students” – Graduate of Nov 2012 Milkwood PDC

What you will learn at this Milkwood PDC:

• 
aquaponicsPermaculture principles and ethics
• Solid permaculture design process
• Creating a balanced soil food web in your garden
• Pattern Understanding
• Designing water into urban/peri-urban landscapes
• Water harvesting and drought-proofing
• Intensive annual and perennial food and animal systems
• Orchard and food forest design
• System planning + integration
• Appropriate technologies for future communities
• Trees, water and energy cycling
• Strategies for building healthy, resilient communities

We also blend into our established and certified curriculum new material from a range of other world-leading thinkers and activators on subjects like transition, food security, regenerative agriculture, urban water harvesting and much more.

“You helped me to open another door to see the world, thanks” – Graduate of Nov 2012 Milkwood PDC

Why do your PDC with Milkwood Permaculture?

keyhole gardenWe work with a world-class teaching team of communicators who are both deeply involved in the theory and practice of Permaculture on a daily basis, but who can also effectively pass their knowledge on to you. We know from experience that there is no ‘one way’ to design a system with Permaculture, so we don’t pass on cookie-cutter techniques as the basis for permaculture design.

We offer a pragmatic and down to earth approach to permaculture as a design science; students emerge with solid info on how to design regenerative systems all over the planet from a principles-based design approach.

We do Permaculture farming and education full time, as a livelihood. You will not find a more committed crew of people actively being the change they want to see in this world. We are growers, teachers, parents, academics, writers, designers, mechanics, cooks and homesteaders, who have successfully made Permaculture their lives. We’re here to share what we’ve learned with you, so that you can forge your own path towards a regenerative and resilient future.

designingWe empower students to become competent designers with a wide range of scenarios used as student design exercises during the course. We encourage students to bring maps or resources in order to design their own projects as part of the course, to enable you to hit the ground running when you get home, with a supervised, workable design that you’re ready to activate as part of your course outcomes.

We support our students after they leave with resources and the ongoing support you’ll receive from the Milkwood Permaculture alumni network – it’s growing into an amazing collection of folks from all over the world, many of whom have gone on to implement permaculture effectively at many levels of home, community and beyond.

“My experience with Milkwood was not only wonderfully educational, it was very inspirational. The teaching methods were excellent and I feel I have absorbed all of the information and now have the resources to explore, create and implement all that was learned.” – Graduate of Jul 2012 PDC

Internationally Recognized Certification

forest gardenThe Milkwood Permaculture Design Certificate course draws from the curriculum set out by Bill Mollison (Co-originator of Permaculture) in Permaculture: A Designers Manual.

We enhance this foundation knowledge using David Holmgren’s permaculture principles and Dave Jacke’s design process to ensure excellent skill acquisition and learning outcomes for students.

Apon successful completion of this course, graduates are awarded a Permaculture Design Certificate from Milkwood Permaculture, which is recognized by many academies world wide.

Graduates may then progress towards a Diploma in Permaculture if they wish.

Additional workshops and tours

Course hours are 9am – 5pm each day with a day off on the middle Saturday. Your course also includes multiple site tours of some of Sydney’s best and most inspiring permaculture systems.

“Just all round bloody fantastic.” – Graduate of Jul 2012 PDC

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Booking into the course

You can pay for your course below with your credit card, or email or call us on 02 6373 7763 to arrange payment by credit card or direct deposit over the phone. We’re happy to answer whatever questions you might have.

Jun 29, 2014 at 09:00 AM - Jul 12, 2014 at 05:00 PM

Intro to Permaculture: Jun 2014: Sydney

A course by Permaculture Community

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Join us for 2 days of permaculture design theory and action. You will leave this course with a solid grounding of how you can apply permaculture principles in your home, garden, apartment or farm. You’ll also be in an informed position to further your journey into permaculture design.

This course will give you a comprehensive overview of how to apply pro-active, sustainable design techniques to your immediate environment – whether you live in a small apartment, a quarter-acre block, or a rural property.

In a rapidly changing world, we are all looking for solutions that can aid our community’s stability. We’re talking systems for living, architecture, food production, land management and community:

Effective ways of growing healthy, organic food in urban environments
Regenerative farming that can both feed a family, earn an income and build soil fertility
Retrofitting techniques for existing houses or property that results in lower energy costs and better health for its inhabitants
No chemicals and no excuses. Just good, thoughtful, innovative and effective design for the needs of our species.

This intensive weekend course covers the basics of designing resilient systems with permaculture principles; energy cycling, nutrient cycling, animal systems, veggie growing systems, and how to retrofit your existing habitat to become a haven of organic food and low-energy living.

We use examples of existing permaculture systems, projects and designs, both urban and rural, to show you how you can use permaculture design to create positive change.

This course arms you with practical strategies to better care and provide for yourself, your family and the planet. All set in a beautiful, abundant inner city community garden bursting with examples of urban permaculture in action.

“I have done several permaculture courses now and I would say that Nick Ritar is definitely one of the best and most dynamic permaculture teacher I’ve experienced. Thanks again, Milkwood.” – Paul Jordan, Project Officer + budding Permaculture Designer

Some resources to get you thinking:

Some of our student’s previous urban permaculture designs
David Holmgren’s Permaculture Principles
All our articles on Permaculture
About the teacher:

Nick Ritar is a permaculture designer, consultant and educator who works extensively across a wide range of bioregions, farms, watersheds and city environments. He is recognized nationally as a leading advocate on how permaculture principles can contribute to food security through good design and regenerative farming and living.

Nick divides his time between extensive permaculture teaching, permaculture consultancy, writing and farming in central western NSW. Nick’s full profile.

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Included in your course fee

Intro to PC cover

The classic text Introduction to Permaculture by Bill Mollison (RRP $41.70) is included in your course fee, to help get you started and keep you inspired when implementing what you learn at this course into your own habitat.

Your course fee includes course notes and tea + coffee + organic fruit during the day. For lunches, we usually put in a joint order to a great little organic cafe around the corner, LoveGrub – or feel free to bring your own.

Booking into the course

You can pay for your course below with your credit card, or email or call us on 02 6373 7763 to arrange payment by credit card or direct deposit over the phone. We’re happy to answer whatever questions you might have.

Jun 07, 2014 at 09:00 AM - Jun 08, 2014 at 05:00 PM

Intro to Permaculture: Aug 2014: Sydney

A course by Permaculture Community

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Join us for 2 days of permaculture design theory and action. You will leave this course with a solid grounding of how you can apply permaculture principles in your home, garden, apartment or farm. You’ll also be in an informed position to further your journey into permaculture design.

This course will give you a comprehensive overview of how to apply pro-active, sustainable design techniques to your immediate environment – whether you live in a small apartment, a quarter-acre block, or a rural property.

In a rapidly changing world, we are all looking for solutions that can aid our community’s stability. We’re talking systems for living, architecture, food production, land management and community:

Effective ways of growing healthy, organic food in urban environments
Regenerative farming that can both feed a family, earn an income and build soil fertility
Retrofitting techniques for existing houses or property that results in lower energy costs and better health for its inhabitants
No chemicals and no excuses. Just good, thoughtful, innovative and effective design for the needs of our species.

This intensive weekend course covers the basics of designing resilient systems with permaculture principles; energy cycling, nutrient cycling, animal systems, veggie growing systems, and how to retrofit your existing habitat to become a haven of organic food and low-energy living.

We use examples of existing permaculture systems, projects and designs, both urban and rural, to show you how you can use permaculture design to create positive change.

This course arms you with practical strategies to better care and provide for yourself, your family and the planet. All set in a beautiful, abundant inner city community garden bursting with examples of urban permaculture in action.

“I have done several permaculture courses now and I would say that Nick Ritar is definitely one of the best and most dynamic permaculture teacher I’ve experienced. Thanks again, Milkwood.” – Paul Jordan, Project Officer + budding Permaculture Designer

Some resources to get you thinking:

Some of our student’s previous urban permaculture designs
David Holmgren’s Permaculture Principles
All our articles on Permaculture
About the teacher:

Nick Ritar is a permaculture designer, consultant and educator who works extensively across a wide range of bioregions, farms, watersheds and city environments. He is recognized nationally as a leading advocate on how permaculture principles can contribute to food security through good design and regenerative farming and living.

Nick divides his time between extensive permaculture teaching, permaculture consultancy, writing and farming in central western NSW. Nick’s full profile.

nick
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Included in your course fee

Intro to PC cover

The classic text Introduction to Permaculture by Bill Mollison (RRP $41.70) is included in your course fee, to help get you started and keep you inspired when implementing what you learn at this course into your own habitat.

Your course fee includes course notes and tea + coffee + organic fruit during the day. For lunches, we usually put in a joint order to a great little organic cafe around the corner, LoveGrub – or feel free to bring your own.

Booking into the course

You can pay for your course below with your credit card, or email or call us on 02 6373 7763 to arrange payment by credit card or direct deposit over the phone. We’re happy to answer whatever questions you might have.

Aug 16, 2014 at 09:00 AM - Aug 17, 2014 at 05:00 PM

Intro to Permaculture: Oct 2014: Sydney

A course by Permaculture Community

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Join us for 2 days of permaculture design theory and action. You will leave this course with a solid grounding of how you can apply permaculture principles in your home, garden, apartment or farm. You’ll also be in an informed position to further your journey into permaculture design.

This course will give you a comprehensive overview of how to apply pro-active, sustainable design techniques to your immediate environment – whether you live in a small apartment, a quarter-acre block, or a rural property.

In a rapidly changing world, we are all looking for solutions that can aid our community’s stability. We’re talking systems for living, architecture, food production, land management and community:

Effective ways of growing healthy, organic food in urban environments
Regenerative farming that can both feed a family, earn an income and build soil fertility
Retrofitting techniques for existing houses or property that results in lower energy costs and better health for its inhabitants
No chemicals and no excuses. Just good, thoughtful, innovative and effective design for the needs of our species.

This intensive weekend course covers the basics of designing resilient systems with permaculture principles; energy cycling, nutrient cycling, animal systems, veggie growing systems, and how to retrofit your existing habitat to become a haven of organic food and low-energy living.

We use examples of existing permaculture systems, projects and designs, both urban and rural, to show you how you can use permaculture design to create positive change.

This course arms you with practical strategies to better care and provide for yourself, your family and the planet. All set in a beautiful, abundant inner city community garden bursting with examples of urban permaculture in action.

“I have done several permaculture courses now and I would say that Nick Ritar is definitely one of the best and most dynamic permaculture teacher I’ve experienced. Thanks again, Milkwood.” – Paul Jordan, Project Officer + budding Permaculture Designer

Some resources to get you thinking:

Some of our student’s previous urban permaculture designs
David Holmgren’s Permaculture Principles
All our articles on Permaculture
About the teacher:

Nick Ritar is a permaculture designer, consultant and educator who works extensively across a wide range of bioregions, farms, watersheds and city environments. He is recognized nationally as a leading advocate on how permaculture principles can contribute to food security through good design and regenerative farming and living.

Nick divides his time between extensive permaculture teaching, permaculture consultancy, writing and farming in central western NSW. Nick’s full profile.

nick
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Included in your course fee

Intro to PC cover

The classic text Introduction to Permaculture by Bill Mollison (RRP $41.70) is included in your course fee, to help get you started and keep you inspired when implementing what you learn at this course into your own habitat.

Your course fee includes course notes and tea + coffee + organic fruit during the day. For lunches, we usually put in a joint order to a great little organic cafe around the corner, LoveGrub – or feel free to bring your own.

Booking into the course

You can pay for your course below with your credit card, or email or call us on 02 6373 7763 to arrange payment by credit card or direct deposit over the phone. We’re happy to answer whatever questions you might have.

Oct 11, 2014 at 09:00 AM - Oct 12, 2014 at 05:00 PM

Natural Beekeeping: Sept 2014: Sydney

A course by Permaculture Community

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Join Tim Malfroy of Malfroy’s Gold as he leads you through the basics of bee-friendly, natural, organic, small-scale beekeeping. You will leave this course with a competent knowledge of the fundamentals of natural beekeeping, and be ready to take the plunge and keep your own bees, Warré style!

The course will focus on a style of apiculture that is exclusively designed for the small-scale beekeeper.

Warré beekeeping is a bee-friendly method that aims to care for the bees, allow them to control their own environment, and is a gentler approach than conventional beekeeping, resulting in healthy contented bees, and superb raw honey.

This course is a series of presentations that draw a wide perspective on the evolution of flowering plants and honeybees, and the long and rich tradition of apiculture. There will be open discussion, and loads of practical advice!

In addition to discussing the role of the beekeeper and how to keep bees, Tim will talk extensively about the amazing social behavior and biology of the honeybee, giving you a solid grounding in the intricate world of the honeybee and how to approach keeping them in an ethical, sustainable manner.

This course also includes a visit to a urban Warré apiary and a hive inspection (weather permitting).

You will learn the ins and outs of sustainable beekeeping in general, and leave this course all ready to take the plunge of keeping your own bees!

Topics include, but are not limited to:

Evolution of the Honeybee and flowering plants
History of Honey Hunting & Beekeeping
Beehives throughout History
Beekeeping in Australia
Honeybees: Understanding the Super Organism
Biology of the Honeybee
The Importance of Natural Comb
The People’s Hive of Émile Warré
Getting Set-Up for Beekeeping: Buying bees, hives & equipment
Site and Forage Assessment
Forms required for keeping bees
Situating beehives in urban areas – backyards + rooftops
Handling bees gently and confidently
Introducing your bees to the hive
Ensuring the ongoing health of your colony
Pests & Diseases
Swarming
Raw honey & comb harvesting techniques
Honey appreciation
Strategies for safe and successful beekeeping within a neighborhood
Planting a Bee-friendly garden
Native Bees
Some resources to get you thinking

Milkwood’s Warré beekeeping resources
Tim Malfroy’s Warré beekeeping resources
About the teacher

Tim MalfroyTim Malfroy is the founder of the award-winning Malfroy’s Gold honey label with his wife Emma, and has been practicing organic and biodynamic beekeeping since he started keeping his own bees in 2006.

In 2008 he was the first beekeeper in Australia to build and trial a Warré hive, and traveled to the Apimondia in France 2009 to take part in the first conference session on Warré and top-bar beekeeping. Tim is a second-generation beekeeper, growing up on a large apiary in the foothills of the Blue Mountains.

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Booking into the course

You can pay for your course below with your credit card, or call Trev at our office on 02 6373 7763 or email us to arrange payment by credit card over the phone, or direct deposit.

Sep 20, 2014 at 09:00 AM - Sep 21, 2014 at 05:00 PM

Natural Beekeeping: Oct 2014: Sydney

A course by Permaculture Community

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Join Tim Malfroy of Malfroy’s Gold as he leads you through the basics of bee-friendly, natural, organic, small-scale beekeeping. You will leave this course with a competent knowledge of the fundamentals of natural beekeeping, and be ready to take the plunge and keep your own bees, Warré style!

The course will focus on a style of apiculture that is exclusively designed for the small-scale beekeeper.

Warré beekeeping is a bee-friendly method that aims to care for the bees, allow them to control their own environment, and is a gentler approach than conventional beekeeping, resulting in healthy contented bees, and superb raw honey.

This course is a series of presentations that draw a wide perspective on the evolution of flowering plants and honeybees, and the long and rich tradition of apiculture. There will be open discussion, and loads of practical advice!

In addition to discussing the role of the beekeeper and how to keep bees, Tim will talk extensively about the amazing social behavior and biology of the honeybee, giving you a solid grounding in the intricate world of the honeybee and how to approach keeping them in an ethical, sustainable manner.

This course also includes a visit to a urban Warré apiary and a hive inspection (weather permitting).

You will learn the ins and outs of sustainable beekeeping in general, and leave this course all ready to take the plunge of keeping your own bees!

Topics include, but are not limited to:

Evolution of the Honeybee and flowering plants
History of Honey Hunting & Beekeeping
Beehives throughout History
Beekeeping in Australia
Honeybees: Understanding the Super Organism
Biology of the Honeybee
The Importance of Natural Comb
The People’s Hive of Émile Warré
Getting Set-Up for Beekeeping: Buying bees, hives & equipment
Site and Forage Assessment
Forms required for keeping bees
Situating beehives in urban areas – backyards + rooftops
Handling bees gently and confidently
Introducing your bees to the hive
Ensuring the ongoing health of your colony
Pests & Diseases
Swarming
Raw honey & comb harvesting techniques
Honey appreciation
Strategies for safe and successful beekeeping within a neighborhood
Planting a Bee-friendly garden
Native Bees
Some resources to get you thinking

Milkwood’s Warré beekeeping resources
Tim Malfroy’s Warré beekeeping resources
About the teacher

Tim MalfroyTim Malfroy is the founder of the award-winning Malfroy’s Gold honey label with his wife Emma, and has been practicing organic and biodynamic beekeeping since he started keeping his own bees in 2006.

In 2008 he was the first beekeeper in Australia to build and trial a Warré hive, and traveled to the Apimondia in France 2009 to take part in the first conference session on Warré and top-bar beekeeping. Tim is a second-generation beekeeper, growing up on a large apiary in the foothills of the Blue Mountains.

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Booking into the course

You can pay for your course below with your credit card, or call Trev at our office on 02 6373 7763 or email us to arrange payment by credit card over the phone, or direct deposit.

Oct 18, 2014 at 09:00 AM - Oct 19, 2014 at 05:00 PM

Serious Backyard Vegies: May 2014: Sydney

A course by Permaculture Community

Do you want to grow seriously great vegetables in your backyard? Are you finding that it’s a little harder than you thought to get your beloved seeds from their packets all the way to a super, plentiful harvest?

Join Michael Hewins, Milkwood Farm’s market gardener, for 2 days of hands-on knowledge, tips and tricks on how to grow truly awesome backyard vegies using organic permaculture technique.

This course will cover:

Vegetable garden design, placement and retrofitting
Creating great garden soil using DIY, organic techniques
Raising great seedlings
Planting techniques for different plant families
What different vegetable varieties require to grow really well
Backyard nutrient cycling strategies to ensure enough plant food
Integrated Pest Management

Michael has a heap of experience in growing many types of annual vegetables in temperate and sub-tropical environments, and has particular enthusiasm and knowledge for managing and preventing pests and plant diseases with good garden management and biodiversity.

He can help you get activated about taking your organic veggie production from zero to hero, using easy and effective nutrient cycling and soil building techniques that complement his years of experience with planting plans to ensure a bountiful harvest.

This class will be approximately half class time and half garden time, so arrive expecting to get your hands dirty! You will leave this course with a competent working knowledge of how to either begin or immediately improve your vegie garden, as well as sample seeds and lots of course notes.

The majority of this course’s content applies to year-round growing for the greater Sydney region, with additional notes and tricks for planting and growing great vegies in Summer.

Booking your place:

You can pay for your course below with your credit card, or you can email us or call Trev at the Milkwood office on 02 6373 7763 to arrange payment by direct deposit or credit card over the phone.

May 03, 2014 at 09:00 AM - May 04, 2014 at 05:00 PM

Gourmet Mushroom Cultivation: Jun 2013: Sydney

A course by Permaculture Community

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Join us for two jam-packed days of hands-on skills in edible mushroom propagation. Learn how to grow delicious oyster, shiitake and many other mushrooms at home, organically!

This practical workshop will take you through the details of home mushroom propagation and introduce you to the fascinating world of fungi. You’ll also receive a host of take-home mushroom resources to get you growing.

Our approach is designed to ensure a sustainable mushroom supply for your home. We use minimal intervention with our mushroom propagation and focuses on creating resilient strains of mycelium which can better handle natural environments, rather than the climate-controlled approach of conventional large-scale mushroom propagation.

By the end of this course you will have the skills to take any suitable store-bought or foraged mushroom, clone and propagate it in a variety of ways, and create a lifetime supply of free mushrooms with very little startup cost.

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This workshop covers:

The basics of how mycelium works in nature
An overview of the fungi of Australia
‘Cloning’ store-bought mushrooms to make your own mycelium
Making agar to grow spawn, ready to be transferred to substrate
Making grain and sawdust spawn for cultivating mushrooms in bags
Inoculating logs with spawn in order to grow shiitake mushrooms
How to create mushroom gardens in your backyard
Growing your own organic mushrooms is a great way to introduce important trace minerals to your family’s diet, as well as being a heap of fun and extremely interesting to do.

Growing organic mushrooms can lead to a successful micro-enterprise that fits well with many small farms, homesteads and urban growers. Once you know how to do it, there is very little ongoing cost.

So if you’re curious about how to start growing mushrooms in bags, logs or in the ground and how to propagate your own strains of mycelium for a lifetime supply, join us!

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Booking your place:

You can pay for your course below with your credit card, or you can email us or call Trev at the Milkwood office on 02 6373 7763 to arrange payment by direct deposit or credit card over the phone.

Jun 21, 2014 at 09:00 AM - Jun 22, 2014 at 05:00 PM

Backyard Aquaponics: Jun 2013: Sydney NSW

A course by Permaculture Community

Does growing water-wise organic herbs, leafy greens and vegetables at your back door sound good to you? How about growing fresh fish while you’re at it?

Join us for a practical aquaponics workshop on how to build your own aquaponics system and produce organic, water-wise vegetables and fresh fish in your own backyard.

This 2-day intensive workshop is designed to de-mystify home aquaponics systems, and give you the knowledge and confidence you need to embark on building a range of DIY backyard aquaponics setups.

Aquaponics is a water-wise food growing system that can be integrated into any backyard, patio or balcony space. When well designed and managed, your aquaponics system can result in a year-round supply of fresh salads, herbs and fish, once you know how to balance and manage everything involved.

We know there’s no ‘one way’ to do aquaponics, so in this workshop we ensure you get a good grasp on all the options out there for home aquaponics systems. Then you can build your own with confidence.

This workshop covers the basics of:

The theory and history of Aquaponics
Nutrient cycling in different types of aquaponics systems
Integrating aquaponics with a permaculture approach for low-energy, high yeild systems
Different types of setups, grow beds, pumps and equipment
Integrating an aquaponics system efficiently and aesthetically into your backyard
Then we’ll move into the nitty-gritty of adaptable, modular, upgradable, DIY, media based aquaponics systems:

Design and hands-on construction of different aquaponics systems
Which kinds of pumps your can use, and how they’re different
The pros and cons of different fish food strategies (including Black Soldier Fly production, water weeds, worms and so on)
Selecting the best fish species for your backyard system
Selecting the best plants for your backyard system
How to approach the design of your system, to ensure success
And finally we’ll look at system maintenance and troubleshooting:

Understanding ‘system cycling’
Understanding basic water testing methods, including pH, and interpreting their results
Fish disease prevention strategies for a super healthy system
Natural strategies for nutrient management of your leafy green and veggie crops
You will leave with a competent beginners level knowledge of aquaponics, and with the confidence to build and maintain your own abundant aquaponics system, for many harvests to come.
Booking your place:

You can pay for your course below with your credit card, or you can email us or call Trev at the Milkwood office on 02 6373 7763 to arrange payment by direct deposit or credit card over the phone.

Jun 14, 2014 at 09:00 AM - Jun 15, 2014 at 05:00 PM

Backyard Aquaponics: Sept 2014: Sydney NSW

A course by Permaculture Community

Does growing water-wise organic herbs, leafy greens and vegetables at your back door sound good to you? How about growing fresh fish while you’re at it?

Join us for a practical aquaponics workshop on how to build your own aquaponics system and produce organic, water-wise vegetables and fresh fish in your own backyard.

This 2-day intensive workshop is designed to de-mystify home aquaponics systems, and give you the knowledge and confidence you need to embark on building a range of DIY backyard aquaponics setups.

Aquaponics is a water-wise food growing system that can be integrated into any backyard, patio or balcony space. When well designed and managed, your aquaponics system can result in a year-round supply of fresh salads, herbs and fish, once you know how to balance and manage everything involved.

We know there’s no ‘one way’ to do aquaponics, so in this workshop we ensure you get a good grasp on all the options out there for home aquaponics systems. Then you can build your own with confidence.

This workshop covers the basics of:

The theory and history of Aquaponics
Nutrient cycling in different types of aquaponics systems
Integrating aquaponics with a permaculture approach for low-energy, high yeild systems
Different types of setups, grow beds, pumps and equipment
Integrating an aquaponics system efficiently and aesthetically into your backyard
Then we’ll move into the nitty-gritty of adaptable, modular, upgradable, DIY, media based aquaponics systems:

Design and hands-on construction of different aquaponics systems
Which kinds of pumps your can use, and how they’re different
The pros and cons of different fish food strategies (including Black Soldier Fly production, water weeds, worms and so on)
Selecting the best fish species for your backyard system
Selecting the best plants for your backyard system
How to approach the design of your system, to ensure success
And finally we’ll look at system maintenance and troubleshooting:

Understanding ‘system cycling’
Understanding basic water testing methods, including pH, and interpreting their results
Fish disease prevention strategies for a super healthy system
Natural strategies for nutrient management of your leafy green and veggie crops
You will leave with a competent beginners level knowledge of aquaponics, and with the confidence to build and maintain your own abundant aquaponics system, for many harvests to come.
Booking your place:

You can pay for your course below with your credit card, or you can email us or call Trev at the Milkwood office on 02 6373 7763 to arrange payment by direct deposit or credit card over the phone

Sep 13, 2014 at 09:00 AM - Sep 14, 2014 at 05:00 PM

Intro to Organic Market Gardening: Sept 2014: Sydney

A course by Permaculture Community

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Learn how to start a market garden from scratch, and take bare ground to thriving, intensive vegetable production in one season. This course is for those who want to establish a viable, small-scale organic growing enterprise.

Australia needs more growers who are committed to the ethics of organic growing, and who want to provide their communities with clean local food for a fair price.

This three day intensive covers everything from soil health to finding markets for your produce – it’s a nuts-and-bolts course filled with solid knowledge and techniques for future growers.

You will also leave this course with a swag of resources for your future growing enterprise, and you’ll be ready to take action to make your future as a grower happen.

You will learn:

Garden design, planning & layout
Tools, resources and other considerations
Propagating healthy seedlings
Bed preparation
Soil fertility and management
Designing appropriate crop rotations
Harvest & storage
Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
Irrigation strategies
Startegies for establishing and leveraging markets for your produce
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Using two established Market Gardens as our training grounds, students will get a chance to learn how to plan their garden layout, make beds, plant a variety of crops, plan what goes where, strategise for integrated pest management and prepare for a bumper harvest.

As part of this course, we’ll be spending time at both Common2Us and also Warrah Farm, two organic market gardens in Dural growing incredible, chemical free and biodynamic food for the Sydney community.

We’ll see how they grow, harvest and interact with their Sydney markets, from on-farm shops to community supported agriculture and veggie box schemes.

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Leading you through this 3 days of knowledge will be Michael Hewins. Michael has been a full-time market gardener for a number of years in northern NSW as well as spearheading market garden projects at Milkwood Farm in Mudgee and Common2Us in Sydney.

The great thing about Michael’s growing experience is that it’s incredibly varied – he’s worked in a variety of climates and soils. He’s grown organic veggies as a self-employed grower, and within a larger enterprise.

Michael has a passion for dynamic adult learning environments, and has a strong focus upon sharing his knowledge to help inspire and guide positive change in the community.

In this course it is Michael’s mission to make sure that you leave with solid learning outcomes, so that you’re ready to make the most of your new knowledge about soils, seeds, design, crop rotation, growing, harvest, markets and more.

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So if you’re ready to get the skills and knowledge you need to plan, design and begin a market garden enterprise, join us!

Your course fee includes:

A copy of Allsun’s very comprehensive Growing Organic Vegetables CD ROM, in addition to extensive notes and take-home resources. We’ll also provide you with a light lunch, tea, coffee and organic fruit throughout the day.

Booking your place:

You can pay for your course below with your credit card, or you can email us or call Trev at the Milkwood office on 02 6373 7763 to arrange payment by direct deposit or credit card over the phone.

Sep 11, 2014 at 09:00 AM - Sep 13, 2014 at 05:00 PM

Stingless Beekeeping: Oct 2014: Sydney

A course by Permaculture Community

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A one-day intensive course on native beekeeping with Tim Heard: world-renowned expert in Australia’s native, stingless bee species. Covering hive design, splitting, honey extraction and bonus sessions on the details of native bees and how to encourage them in your garden.

These bees make the best garden pets ever, are completely safe for everyone and provide beautiful learning opportunities for kids around pollination and the natural cycles within your garden.

Stingless bees are Australia’s indigenous social bee. They are harmless and well suited to home gardens. They are effective pollinators of many garden plants. They yield small amounts of delectable honey, although note that in Sydney, honey production will be very low. They are great tools for environment education as they are inherently fascinating to children and have many interactions with plants and other insects.

The day in a nutshell – what we’ll cover:

The background…

What are bees? Basic biology, anatomy, diversity, distribution
Stingless bees: social behaviour, nest architecture, life cycle and reproduction
Anthropology of stingless bees and humans
Native bees and crop pollination
Foraging behaviour
Native bee honey production and properties
Natural enemies, swarming, fanning
The hive…

Practical demonstration of hive design
Practical demonstration of splitting two different hives
Practical demonstration of extracting honey from the hive
Native honey tasting!
Getting set to be a stingless beekeeper…

Hive design and construction
Hive placement
Moving a hive
Planting for native pollinators
What skills and knowledge will I get out of this course?

You will leave this course with a competent working understanding of tetragonula (formerly known as trigona, now re-classified) colonies, as well as many other native bees and the role they
play in our ecosystems.

You will learn how to open and split a tetragonula hive, and how to extract honey.

You will also learn how to encourage native pollinators to your balcony, garden or farm, and which native pollinators tend to pollinate which sorts of plants.

Some resources to get you thinking:

Tim Heard’s website, www.sugarbag.net
Aussie Bee, a great source of native bee info and booklets
Australian Stingless Bees: A guide to Sugarbag Beekeeping – an excellent book by John Klumpp
Hive Sales: Hives are available to be pre-ordered by students from Tim Heard, this course’s teacher. Tim has the capacity to bring a limited amount of hives to Sydney with him, and this is a great chance to get all set to go with a colony from Australia’s pre-eminent native bee expert. Please contact Tim directly after you’ve booked in if you’d like to take up this option.
Where in Australia can I keep Sugarbag bees?

“The most cold tolerant Australian native social stingless bee species, carbonaria, can survive in many parts of NSW, including all coastal areas from Nowra north. However as you move inland from the coast and the moderating influence of the ocean, the climate becomes less favourable. This is especially true where you gain altitude. So Canberra and Katoomba are definitely not suitable. But an area like Picton, about 25 km from the coast and 200m ASL seems to be OK.

In cooler areas hives need to be carefully sited and managed. Feeding the bees may help them survive in marginal areas. Harvesting honey from hives in these areas may not be possible. They will not fly below 18 degrees C and they need their stored food to survive through winter. It also may never be possible to propagate your hive in these areas. Areas where you can grow bananas perennially and they bear fruit, may also be suitable to keep carbonaria.” – Tim Heard

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Booking into the course

You can pay for your course below with your credit card, or you can email us or call Trev at the Milkwood office on 02 6373 7763 to arrange payment by direct deposit or credit card over the phone.

Oct 11, 2014 from 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Permaculture Design Course – Permaculture College Australia

A course by Permaculture Community

comprehensive introduction to permaculture principles, applications & design practices. The 80+hour PDC at Djanbung Gardens includes the standard 72-hour international PDC curriculum, addressing all major climatic zones (temperate, subtropic, tropical & arid) and the breadth of permaculture applications for sustainable urban, rural & bioregional design and development.

Our permaculture training gives special attention to climatic zones represented by course participants. The course meets a common international standard as a foundation course for permaculture practitioners and teachers.

“Fantastic! Inspiring, informative, practical, engaging.” – Niall, Ireland

“Informative, creative, relevant, cram packed, up to date” – Aleasa, NSW

“An excellent course. This course helped deepen my understanding of permaculture. I felt deeply inspired to step up into leadership for the changing world.” Jason, USA

NEXT INTENSIVE RESIDENTIAL PDC at Djanbung Gardens: July 11-24, 2014

with leading international permaculture pioneer and trainer

Robyn Francis and the PCA team

Janelle Schafer, Guy Stewart, Annaliese Hordern, Angela Skehan, Melian Fertl & Guests

melcookingThe 2-week intensive PDC at Djanbung Gardens is an inspiring and empowering experience, in a living working permaculture farm where the concepts taught are practiced. Located in the beautiful Nimbin Valley, an area famous for it’s natural beauty, rainforests, sustainability initiatives and alternative culture.

Price is $1750 or Early Bird price $1575 if fees paid in full by Jun 11. See details below for Fair-Share Exchange and multiple registration discounts. Course fees include tuition, PDC Handbook and resources, full catering and camping. Limited bunk and private accommodation available for extra cost, or check out other accommodation options in Nimbin.

The course is followed by the 4-day Advanced Design Skills course – special discounted price for enrolling in both courses

Please click on the link below to all details about this advanced design course.

Advanced Design Skills

Course Catering by our permaculture fine-food chef, Melian Fertl – food features fresh garden, local and organic produce, international cuisine with options for omnivores (local free-range meats) and vegetarian diets. Gluten free can also be catered for.

Jul 11, 2014 at 09:00 AM - Jul 24, 2014 at 05:00 PM

Plants in Permaculture & Intro to Botany

A course by Permaculture Community

Basic botany for gardeners and seed savers, plant physiology, families, botanical terms, using keys for plant identification. Explore the role of plants in Permaculture, considerations for plant selection and methods of propagation

May 05, 2014 from 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Small Crop Production for Food Security

A course by Permaculture Community

Learn how to plan and manage small crops for domestic self-reliance and organic commercial production. Includes vegetables, herb, spice and perennial crops, companion planting, crop rotation, poly-culture,soil nutrient management, and how to develop planting schedules for year-round food supply.

May 12, 2014 from 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course, with Tom Kendall at PRI Maungaraeeda Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

A course by Permaculture Community

Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course, with Tom Kendall at PRI Maungaraeeda Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
27
Apr
2014
Starts Apr 27, 2014 and runs for 13 day(s).

“I just got back from doing a twelve-day Permaculture Design Certificate course in Kin Kin (on the Sunshine Coast between Noosa and Gympie) with Tom Kendall at Maungaraeeda, the permaculture centre that he and his wife Zaia run. Fantastic experience. After doing some research on available PDC courses, I went to Maungaraeeda with high expectations – and they were exceeded. Tom is a wonderful teacher, very warm, very knowledgeable, and very committed to ensuring his students get the most out of the course.” – a quote from GC, one of our satisfied PDC students

The Permaculture Design Certificate is a 72 hour theoretical course based on Bill Mollison’s Designers’ Manual, teaching how we can use today’s tools and technology to create a more sustainable and equitable world for all species. Permaculture is more than just gardening, it is a sustainable lifestyle. Permaculture ethics are Earth Care, People Care and Return of Surplus and this is taught by showing students to focus on local resources and their local community, and to have well thought out design practices to create abundance sustainably.

As part of the spirit of Permaculture we encourage students to participate in community building for the time they spend at the institute. Students will be shown and will be required to participate in a number of aspects of sustainable and community living and Permaculture systems and routines. This will enhance the Permaculture learning experience during the two weeks, as well as give students the feeling of belonging to a community and strengthening the bond of the group. We encourage students to acknowledge their talents, so they can contribute to the community experience by doing what they are good at.

About the Teacher:

Tom Kendall grew up and worked on his parents’ farm and took on the farm in 1992 when his father retired. He downsized the 11,000 acre farm to 7,000 acres and converted to Biodynamics. The farm produced wheat and barley and ran cattle and sheep. In 2000 he sold the farm and moved to the Sunshine Coast. In 2005 he and his partner Zaia found their ideal property in Kin Kin, Noosa Hinterland. Tom had by then become interested in Permaculture, and started converting the property into a Permaculture site. With his background in farming, he was able to take on most jobs that needed to be done himself; renovations, building, operating heavy machinery for earthworks, etc, gardening, fixing, installing plumbing and many other jobs that came with setting up the property. He became a WWOOF host and always taught the WWOOFers about Permaculture and why the property was set up the way it was. In 2008 he did a Permaculture Design Certificate with Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton. He followed that up early 2010 with a Teacher Training Course with Geoff Lawton.

At that stage he realised he had so much knowledge to share with people about Permaculture and Self Reliance skills that he decided to focus on teaching. It was a natural extension from teaching wwoofers for all those years. Tom is a very practical person with an wealth of knowledge about shaping landscapes and creating tools and infrastructure. Having spent all his life working the land he has an astute awareness about today’s environmental issues and aims to minimise his footprint as much as possible. His courses are unique in that he shows a lot of practical applications on his property, Maungaraeeda, now a Permaculture demonstration site, to complement the theory taught. His aim is to bring Permaculture to as many people as possible, and to empower people to be self reliant. He is now a Permaculture Research Institute accredited teacher and runs The Permaculture Research Institute Maungaraeeda, on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland Australia.
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Important information about this course
Course hours:

9am – 5pm daily, Sunday – Friday (Middle Saturday is a day off)

Accommodation:

Camping (tent) accommodation is included in the course fee, please BYO tent and camping gear (bedding etc). Limited cabin accommodation ($30 per night per cabin) or backpacker style shared accommodation ($10 per night per person) is also available. Arrive mid to late afternoon Saturday prior to course start for camp set up.

Meals:

Fully catered for, 3 meals per day plus morning and afternoon tea. We can cater for Gluten Free, vegans and vegetarians. On Saturdays students are to cater for themselves. Camp kitchen available. First Saturday evening meal provided at 6pm.

Directions to get to the Permaculture Research Institute Maungaraeeda:

Take the Bruce Highway towards Gympie from the South or toward Brisbane from the North. Take the Pomona Kin Kin turnoff. Follow the road, turn right at the T-intersection. Take the road through Pomona town, straight through the roundabout, over the railway line, then turn left at the T-Intersection. Follow that road to Kin Kin. Turn left to go into Kin Kin and past the pub. Follow that road for about 3 kms, Golden Gully Road is on your left (a dirt road). PRI Maungaraeeda, Kin Kin SOULS is 930 metres down that road on your left.

For further information for this course please contact education@permaculturenews.org.

Course pricing / bookings
Prices in Australian dollars

$1590 (Regular price for this course. Must be paid in full 21 days before course commencement)
$200 (Non-refundable deposit to lock in booking)
$1450 Early bird discount if paid 42 days before course commencement

Apr 27, 2014 at 09:00 AM - May 09, 2014 at 05:00 PM

3-week Urban Focus Permaculture Life Skills Internship with Tom Kendall at PRI Maungaraeeda Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

A course by Permaculture Community

3-week Urban Focus Permaculture Life Skills Internship with Tom Kendall at PRI Maungaraeeda Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
11
May
2014
Starts May 11, 2014 and runs for 21 day(s).

Interns will learn all aspects of living and working on a permaculture farm and will learn methods and design applicable to everyday farm situations. They will be fully involved in all farm activities. There will be no “lecture room” experiences in the internship because all learning will be accompanied by practical experience (learning whilst doing), but it is probably a good idea to carry a notebook and pen around with you!

The Internships are in 3 week blocks, with 2 one week projects in between each block. This way you may decide to do one 3 week block, one 3 week block plus 1 or 2 project weeks or the full 8 week block. Each 3 week block focusses on a different area. One 3 week block has an Urban focus, the other 3 week block has a Rural focus. Each Internship week runs from Sunday to Friday (6 day week), the project weeks run from Monday to Friday (5 day week). Project weeks are priced differently, unless you book in to do the 8 week Internship, which includes 2 x 3 weeks Internship and 2 week long projects.

As part of the spirit of Permaculture we encourage students to participate in community building for the time they spend at the Institute. Students will be shown and will be required to participate in a number of aspects of sustainable and community living and Permaculture systems and routines. This will enhance the Permaculture learning experience, as well as give students the feeling of belonging to a community and strengthening the bond of the group. We encourage students to acknowledge their talents, so they can contribute to the community experience by doing what they are good at.

Urban Focus Permaculture Life Skills Internship:

Week 1: Urban design, container gardening and espalier
Week 2: Propagation, compost and worm farms
Week 3: Aquaponics and small animal systems

Interns will also be fully involved in farm activities such as animal care, garden maintenance, harvesting and preparing food for storage, planting, self reliance activities, etc. Interns are also expected to be part of the farm’s community, which involves daily tasks and routines.

Please note that Interns must have a Permaculture Design Certificate. Internships are also capped at 10 interns!

Projects are open to non-interns, but participants will need a PDC.

About the Teacher:

Tom Kendall grew up and worked on his parents’ farm and took on the farm in 1992 when his father retired. He downsized the 11,000 acre farm to 7,000 acres and converted to Biodynamics. The farm produced wheat and barley and ran cattle and sheep. In 2000 he sold the farm and moved to the Sunshine Coast. In 2005 he and his partner Zaia found their ideal property in Kin Kin, Noosa Hinterland. Tom had by then become interested in Permaculture, and started converting the property into a Permaculture site. With his background in farming, he was able to take on most jobs that needed to be done himself; renovations, building, operating heavy machinery for earthworks, etc, gardening, fixing, installing plumbing and many other jobs that came with setting up the property. He became a WWOOF host and always taught the WWOOFers about Permaculture and why the property was set up the way it was. In 2008 he did a Permaculture Design Certificate with Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton. He followed that up early 2010 with a Teacher Training Course with Geoff Lawton.

At that stage he realised he had so much knowledge to share with people about Permaculture and Self Reliance skills that he decided to focus on teaching. It was a natural extension from teaching wwoofers for all those years. Tom is a very practical person with an wealth of knowledge about shaping landscapes and creating tools and infrastructure. Having spent all his life working the land he has an astute awareness about today’s environmental issues and aims to minimise his footprint as much as possible. His courses are unique in that he shows a lot of practical applications on his property, Maungaraeeda, now a Permaculture demonstration site, to complement the theory taught. His aim is to bring Permaculture to as many people as possible, and to empower people to be self reliant. He is now a Permaculture Research Institute accredited teacher and runs The Permaculture Research Institute Maungaraeeda, on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland Australia.
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Important information about this course
Course location:

The Permaculture Research Institute Maungaraeeda
93 Golden Gully Road, Kin Kin QLD 4571, Australia

Course hours:

Full days, Sunday – Friday (Saturdays off)

Accommodation:

Camping (tent) accommodation is included in the course fee, please BYO tent and camping gear (bedding etc). Limited cabin accommodation ($30 per night per cabin) or backpacker style shared accommodation ($10 per night per person) is also available. Arrive mid to late afternoon Saturday prior to course start for camp set up.

Meals:

Fully catered for, 3 meals per day plus morning and afternoon tea. We can cater for Gluten Free, vegans and vegetarians. On Saturdays students are to cater for themselves. Camp kitchen available. First Saturday evening meal provided at 6pm.

Directions to get to the Permaculture Research Institute Maungaraeeda:

Take the Bruce Highway towards Gympie from the South or toward Brisbane from the North. Take the Pomona Kin Kin turnoff. Follow the road, turn right at the T-intersection. Take the road through Pomona town, straight through the roundabout, over the railway line, then turn left at the T-Intersection. Follow that road to Kin Kin. Turn left to go into Kin Kin and past the pub. Follow that road for about 3 kms, Golden Gully Road is on your left (a dirt road). PRI Maungaraeeda, Kin Kin SOULS is 930 metres down that road on your left.

For further information for this course please contact education@permaculturenews.org.

Course pricing / bookings
Prices in Australian dollars

$1890 (Regular price for this course. Must be paid in full 42 days prior to course commencement)
$200 (Non-refundable deposit to lock in booking)

May 11, 2014 at 09:00 AM - May 31, 2014 at 05:00 PM

Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course (The Permaculture Research Institute, Zaytuna Farm at The Channon, NSW, Australia)

A course by Permaculture Community

Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course (The Permaculture Research Institute, Zaytuna Farm at The Channon, NSW, Australia)
07
Jul
2014
Starts Jul 07, 2014 and runs for 10 day(s).

Geoff Lawton leads a line-up of Zaytuna Farm staff with a specialised 75-hour learning curriculum. The Permaculture Design Certificate course is an internationally-recognized, seventy-two hour course resulting in a Permaculture Design Certificate. It provides an introduction to permaculture design as set forth by movement founder Bill Mollison. The course is taught by Geoff with the Zaytuna Farm staff members plus occasional PRI guest teachers and lecturers.

The Permaculture Design Certificate course is an internationally-recognized, seventy-two hour course resulting in a Permaculture Design Certificate. It provides an introduction to permaculture design as set forth by movement founder Bill Mollison. The course is taught by Geoff and Nadia Lawton, and other permaculture educators.

The PDC serves as foundation for further permaculture work and study and is a prerequisite for the Diploma in Permaculture Design, offered through The Permaculture Institute. Credit for this course is now accepted by a growing number of universities around the world.

To date, thousands of permaculture designers worldwide have been certified through this course, and now comprise a global network of educators, ecological activists who influence major corporations, individuals creating new business alternatives and groups of committed people working together to change the way we view and design into our landscapes.

The course covers sustainable living systems for a wide variety of landscapes and climates. It includes the application of permaculture principles to food production, home design, construction, energy conservation and generation, and explores alternative economic structures and legal strategies supporting permaculture solutions.

Specific topics include:

* Theory and principles of permaculture
* Eco-friendly house placement and design
* Energy conservation techniques for cold climates
* Recycling and waste management
* Organic food production
* Water harvesting and management
* Ecological pest control
* Drought-proofing
* Soil rehabilitation and erosion control
* Livestock
* Aquaculture
* Catastrophe preparedness and prevention
* Windbreaks and fire control

The foundation for this course is A Permaculture Designers’ Manual by Bill Mollison and is distributed to students on the first day. The Manual is included in the cost of the course tuition.

Students are invited to bring details of their own sites or potential sites to consider during the course.

Course Instructors

Geoff Lawton is an internationally-renowned permaculture educator, consultant and practitioner. He emigrated from England to Australia and later studied permaculture with Bill Mollison in Tasmania. He established the Permaculture Research Institute at Tagari Farm in New South Wales, Australia, a 147-acre farmstead previously developed by Mollison. PRI was eventually moved to Zaytuna Farm, in The Channon, where it continues today.

Since 1985, Geoff has designed and implemented permaculture projects in 30 countries for private individuals and groups, communities, governments, aid organizations, and multinational corporations. He has taught the Permaculture Design Certificate course and designed permaculture projects in 30 countries.

Nadia Lawton was born and raised in the Jordan Valley, in one of the lowest and driest places on earth. She completed her PDC with Geoff Lawton in Jordan and went on to complete a Permaculture Diploma in Education and Site Design. She regularly travels with her husband for aid project and permaculture consulting work, and assists in teaching permaculture design courses.
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Important information about this course

Course hours:

9am – 5:30pm Monday to Friday (15 minutes break in morning and afternoon, and 30 minutes lunch break). Weekends are off, and self-catered.

Pricing options

All prices are in Australian dollars. The fee for the course is $2585 including GST. A non-refundable (though transferable) $300 deposit is required at the time of booking. The balance of $2285 is due 21 days prior to the course start date. Note: Late bookings – those made less than three weeks before course commencement – incur a late booking penalty charge of 10%.

How to Pay: You can pay via Paypal, credit card, direct bank deposit or cheque. Click here for details.

***Accommodation and other Details***

Information on directions, accommodation/facilities and Visas can be found here.
For further information for this course please contact education@permaculturenews.org.

Course pricing / bookings
Prices in Australian dollars

$300 (Non-refundable deposit to lock in booking)
$2585 (Normal price, including GST)
$2843 (Late Booking Penalty Price (10% extra) for bookings made less than three weeks before course commencement)

Jul 07, 2014 at 09:00 AM - Jul 17, 2014 at 05:00 PM

3-week Rural Focus Permaculture Life Skills Internship with Tom Kendall at PRI Maungaraeeda Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

A course by Permaculture Community

3-week Rural Focus Permaculture Life Skills Internship with Tom Kendall at PRI Maungaraeeda Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
31
Aug
2014
Starts Aug 31, 2014 and runs for 21 day(s).

Note: This course is not organised and run by The Permaculture Research Institute. It is facilitated by another organisaton and meets the high teaching standards required by the Permaculture Institue.

Interns will learn all aspects of living and working on a permaculture farm and will learn methods and design applicable to everyday farm situations. They will be fully involved in all farm activities. There will be no “lecture room” experiences in the internship because all learning will be accompanied by practical experience (learning whilst doing), but it is probably a good idea to carry a notebook and pen around with you!

The Internships are in 3 week blocks, with 2 one week projects in between each block. This way you may decide to do one 3 week block, one 3 week block plus 1 or 2 project weeks or the full 8 week block. Each 3 week block focusses on a different area. One 3 week block has an Urban focus, the other 3 week block has a Rural focus. Each Internship week runs from Sunday to Friday (6 day week), the project weeks run from Monday to Friday (5 day week). Project weeks are priced differently, unless you book in to do the 8 week Internship, which includes 2 x 3 weeks Internship and 2 week long projects.

As part of the spirit of Permaculture we encourage students to participate in community building for the time they spend at the Institute. Students will be shown and will be required to participate in a number of aspects of sustainable and community living and Permaculture systems and routines. This will enhance the Permaculture learning experience, as well as give students the feeling of belonging to a community and strengthening the bond of the group. We encourage students to acknowledge their talents, so they can contribute to the community experience by doing what they are good at.

Rural Focus Permaculture Life Skills Internship:

Week 1: Survey and contour, dams and swales
Week 2: Compost, compost tea and biofertiliser
Week 3: Waste systems for grey water and biogas and animal routines

Interns will also be fully involved in farm practices and routines such as animal care, garden maintenance, harvesting and preparing food for storage, planting, self reliance activities, etc. Interns are also expected to be part of the farm’s community, which involves daily tasks and routines shared by everyone.

Please note that Interns must have a Permaculture Design Certificate. Internships are capped at 10 interns!

Projects are open to non-interns, but participants will need a PDC.

About the Teacher:

Tom Kendall grew up and worked on his parents’ farm and took on the farm in 1992 when his father retired. He downsized the 11,000 acre farm to 7,000 acres and converted to Biodynamics. The farm produced wheat and barley and ran cattle and sheep. In 2000 he sold the farm and moved to the Sunshine Coast. In 2005 he and his partner Zaia found their ideal property in Kin Kin, Noosa Hinterland. Tom had by then become interested in Permaculture, and started converting the property into a Permaculture site. With his background in farming, he was able to take on most jobs that needed to be done himself; renovations, building, operating heavy machinery for earthworks, etc, gardening, fixing, installing plumbing and many other jobs that came with setting up the property. He became a WWOOF host and always taught the WWOOFers about Permaculture and why the property was set up the way it was. In 2008 he did a Permaculture Design Certificate with Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton. He followed that up early 2010 with a Teacher Training Course with Geoff Lawton.

At that stage he realised he had so much knowledge to share with people about Permaculture and Self Reliance skills that he decided to focus on teaching. It was a natural extension from teaching wwoofers for all those years. Tom is a very practical person with an wealth of knowledge about shaping landscapes and creating tools and infrastructure. Having spent all his life working the land he has an astute awareness about today’s environmental issues and aims to minimise his footprint as much as possible. His courses are unique in that he shows a lot of practical applications on his property, Maungaraeeda, now a Permaculture demonstration site, to complement the theory taught. His aim is to bring Permaculture to as many people as possible, and to empower people to be self reliant. He is now a Permaculture Research Institute accredited teacher and runs The Permaculture Research Institute Maungaraeeda, on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland Australia.
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Important information about this course
Course location:

The Permaculture Research Institute Maungaraeeda
93 Golden Gully Road, Kin Kin QLD 4571, Australia

Course hours:

Full days, Sunday – Friday (Saturdays off)

Accommodation:

Camping (tent) accommodation is included in the course fee, please BYO tent and camping gear (bedding etc). Limited cabin accommodation ($30 per night per cabin) or backpacker style shared accommodation ($10 per night per person) is also available. Arrive mid to late afternoon Saturday prior to course start for camp set up.

Meals:

Fully catered for, 3 meals per day plus morning and afternoon tea. We can cater for Gluten Free, vegans and vegetarians. On Saturdays students are to cater for themselves. Camp kitchen available. First Saturday evening meal provided at 6pm.

Directions to get to the Permaculture Research Institute Maungaraeeda:

Take the Bruce Highway towards Gympie from the South or toward Brisbane from the North. Take the Pomona Kin Kin turnoff. Follow the road, turn right at the T-intersection. Take the road through Pomona town, straight through the roundabout, over the railway line, then turn left at the T-Intersection. Follow that road to Kin Kin. Turn left to go into Kin Kin and past the pub. Follow that road for about 3 kms, Golden Gully Road is on your left (a dirt road). PRI Maungaraeeda, Kin Kin SOULS is 930 metres down that road on your left.

For further information for this course please contact education@permaculturenews.org.

Course pricing / bookings
Prices in Australian dollars

$1890 (Regular price for this course. Must be paid in full 21 days prior to course commencement)
$200 (Non-refundable deposit to lock in booking)

Aug 31, 2014 at 09:00 AM - Sep 19, 2014 at 05:00 PM

Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course, with Tom Kendall at PRI Maungaraeeda Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

A course by Permaculture Community

Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course, with Tom Kendall at PRI Maungaraeeda Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
21
Sep
2014
Starts Sep 21, 2014 and runs for 13 day(s).

“I just got back from doing a twelve-day Permaculture Design Certificate course in Kin Kin (on the Sunshine Coast between Noosa and Gympie) with Tom Kendall at Maungaraeeda, the permaculture centre that he and his wife Zaia run. Fantastic experience. After doing some research on available PDC courses, I went to Maungaraeeda with high expectations – and they were exceeded. Tom is a wonderful teacher, very warm, very knowledgeable, and very committed to ensuring his students get the most out of the course.” – a quote from GC, one of our satisfied PDC students

The Permaculture Design Certificate is a 72 hour theoretical course based on Bill Mollison’s Designers’ Manual, teaching how we can use today’s tools and technology to create a more sustainable and equitable world for all species. Permaculture is more than just gardening, it is a sustainable lifestyle. Permaculture ethics are Earth Care, People Care and Return of Surplus and this is taught by showing students to focus on local resources and their local community, and to have well thought out design practices to create abundance sustainably.

As part of the spirit of Permaculture we encourage students to participate in community building for the time they spend at the institute. Students will be shown and will be required to participate in a number of aspects of sustainable and community living and Permaculture systems and routines. This will enhance the Permaculture learning experience during the two weeks, as well as give students the feeling of belonging to a community and strengthening the bond of the group. We encourage students to acknowledge their talents, so they can contribute to the community experience by doing what they are good at.

About the Teacher:

Tom Kendall grew up and worked on his parents’ farm and took on the farm in 1992 when his father retired. He downsized the 11,000 acre farm to 7,000 acres and converted to Biodynamics. The farm produced wheat and barley and ran cattle and sheep. In 2000 he sold the farm and moved to the Sunshine Coast. In 2005 he and his partner Zaia found their ideal property in Kin Kin, Noosa Hinterland. Tom had by then become interested in Permaculture, and started converting the property into a Permaculture site. With his background in farming, he was able to take on most jobs that needed to be done himself; renovations, building, operating heavy machinery for earthworks, etc, gardening, fixing, installing plumbing and many other jobs that came with setting up the property. He became a WWOOF host and always taught the WWOOFers about Permaculture and why the property was set up the way it was. In 2008 he did a Permaculture Design Certificate with Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton. He followed that up early 2010 with a Teacher Training Course with Geoff Lawton.

At that stage he realised he had so much knowledge to share with people about Permaculture and Self Reliance skills that he decided to focus on teaching. It was a natural extension from teaching wwoofers for all those years. Tom is a very practical person with an wealth of knowledge about shaping landscapes and creating tools and infrastructure. Having spent all his life working the land he has an astute awareness about today’s environmental issues and aims to minimise his footprint as much as possible. His courses are unique in that he shows a lot of practical applications on his property, Maungaraeeda, now a Permaculture demonstration site, to complement the theory taught. His aim is to bring Permaculture to as many people as possible, and to empower people to be self reliant. He is now a Permaculture Research Institute accredited teacher and runs The Permaculture Research Institute Maungaraeeda, on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland Australia.
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Important information about this course
Course hours:

9am – 5pm daily, Sunday – Friday (Middle Saturday is a day off)

Accommodation:

Camping (tent) accommodation is included in the course fee, please BYO tent and camping gear (bedding etc). Limited cabin accommodation ($30 per night per cabin) or backpacker style shared accommodation ($10 per night per person) is also available. Arrive mid to late afternoon Saturday prior to course start for camp set up.

Meals:

Fully catered for, 3 meals per day plus morning and afternoon tea. We can cater for Gluten Free, vegans and vegetarians. On Saturdays students are to cater for themselves. Camp kitchen available. First Saturday evening meal provided at 6pm.

Directions to get to the Permaculture Research Institute Maungaraeeda:

Take the Bruce Highway towards Gympie from the South or toward Brisbane from the North. Take the Pomona Kin Kin turnoff. Follow the road, turn right at the T-intersection. Take the road through Pomona town, straight through the roundabout, over the railway line, then turn left at the T-Intersection. Follow that road to Kin Kin. Turn left to go into Kin Kin and past the pub. Follow that road for about 3 kms, Golden Gully Road is on your left (a dirt road). PRI Maungaraeeda, Kin Kin SOULS is 930 metres down that road on your left.

For further information for this course please contact education@permaculturenews.org.

Course pricing / bookings
Prices in Australian dollars

$1590 (Regular price for this course. Must be paid in full 21 days before course commencement)
$200 (Non-refundable deposit to lock in booking)
$1450 (Early bird discount if paid 42 days before course commencement)

Sep 21, 2014 at 09:00 AM - Oct 03, 2014 at 05:00 PM

Permaculture Design Certificate course (held in the Al Jawfa, Dead Sea Valley area in western Jordan)

A course by Permaculture Community

Permaculture Design Certificate course (held in the Al Jawfa, Dead Sea Valley area in western Jordan)
04
Oct
2014
Starts Oct 04, 2014 and runs for 12 day(s).

The Permaculture Design Certificate course is an internationally-recognized, seventy-two hour course resulting in a Permaculture Design Certificate. It provides an introduction to permaculture design as set forth by movement founder Bill Mollison. The course is taught by Geoff and Nadia Lawton, and other permaculture educators.


The PDC serves as foundation for further permaculture work and study and is a prerequisite for the Diploma in Permaculture Design, offered through The Permaculture Institute. Credit for this course is now accepted by a growing number of universities around the world. 

To date, thousands of permaculture designers worldwide have been certified through this course, and now comprise a global network of educators, ecological activists who influence major corporations, individuals creating new business alternatives and groups of committed people working together to change the way we view and design into our landscapes.



The course covers sustainable living systems for a wide variety of landscapes and climates. It includes the application of permaculture principles to food production, home design, construction, energy conservation and generation, and explores alternative economic structures and legal strategies supporting permaculture solutions.


Specific topics include:



- Theory and principles of permaculture

- Eco-friendly house placement and design

- Energy conservation techniques for all climates
 with specific focus on arid hot regions
- Recycling and sustainable waste management

- Organic food production

- Water harvesting and management

- Ecological pest control

- Drought-proofing
 landscapes
- Soil rehabilitation and soil erosion control

- Livestock

- Aquaculture

- Catastrophe preparedness and prevention

- Windbreaks and fire control



The foundation for this course is the Permaculture Designer’s Manual by Bill. Students are invited to bring details of their own sites or potential sites to consider during the course.


Course Instructors

Geoff Lawton is an internationally-renowned permaculture educator, consultant and practitioner. He emigrated from England to Australia and later studied permaculture with Bill Mollison in Tasmania. He established the Permaculture Research Institute at Tagari Farm in New South Wales, Australia, a 147-acre farmstead previously developed by Mollison. PRI was eventually moved to Zaytuna Farm, in The Channon, where it continues today.

Since 1985, Geoff has designed and implemented permaculture projects in 30 countries for private individuals and groups, communities, governments, aid organizations, and multinational corporations. He has taught the Permaculture Design Certificate course and designed permaculture projects in 30 countries.

Nadia Lawton was born and raised in the Jordan Valley, in one of the lowest and driest places on earth. She completed her PDC with Geoff Lawton in Jordan and went on to complete a Permaculture Diploma in Education and Site Design. She regularly travels with her husband for aid project and permaculture consulting work, and assists in teaching permaculture design courses internationally.

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Important information about this course
About the Site

The site is located in the Al Jawfa area in western Jordan, Shouneh Janobieh (i.e., South Shouneh), in the Dead Sea Valley just 10km north of the Dead Sea and 6 km east of the Jordanian-Palestinian border, directly east of the West Bank.

The local population is made up of traditional Bedouin tribes and long-term refugees stemming from displacement of local populations from within Palestine. The project site is typical of the area – a marginal arid land low-income settlement. It is currently still under development and upon completion it will demonstrate energy-efficient appropriate housing with natural cooling systems and a plant nursery attachment, solar electricity, solar hot water, biological waste water treatment recycling, dry compost toilets, rain water harvesting earthworks and diverse interactive plant, animal and tree systems for local food production and processing. The demonstration house will function as a classroom and administration office for the project and local Permaculture group. Once established, the project will serve as a model that can be replicated within the village, throughout Jordan and other countries in the region.

 The project, started in 2008, has already seen significant progress. The first trees were planted and are growing well and the first garden is producing some vegetables. Now, the water tank needs to be expanded, the fence and gate improved and the rest of the project started. The current focus is to set up basic living accommodations for volunteers coming to work on the project. PRI has the people power in place to move on this project, but is in great need of funds to purchase supplies. Any financial support is greatly appreciated. In this heightened time of great tragedy for the Palestinian people, this is something positive we can all do to directly affect their survival.

Directions to the Site

From the airport you have two options:

Airport/bus station pick-up: If you register your name with us ahead of time, we can arrange for someone to pick you up, at the airport for a fee of US$42. (This can be shared.)

Airport Taxi to the site: JD$40 approximately. Upon request, we can also email you written directions, in Arabic, so that you can print these off and give these directions to your driver.

Accommodation for the Course

Camping is included in the price of the course. Students must provide their own camping gear including tent, sleeping bag, toiletries, a torch etc.

Alternative accommodation is in the farm house. It has a limited number of rooms available for rent during the duration of the course. There is one share room for $3JD a day per person. There are four couple rooms for $5JD per person per day. Fees for room renting are paid on arrival to the farm manger. Please per book with the education coordinator at education(at)permaculturenews.org as rooms are limited.

The house includes a toilet, shower, lounge and kitchen for use by all students (camping or renting).

Catering: Morning/afternoon tea and lunch are supplied to all participants. Breakfast and dinner are self-catered. Students are welcome to use the house kitchen to self-cater.

Rest Day Catering: There will be a rest day during the PDC (the Friday in the middle of the course) and participants will not be catered for on this day (no meals provided). Please ensure you are prepared for this.

Dinner Shopping: There is a supermarket 5 minutes away by car. The cost for a one way trip to this supermarket is some JD$3-4.

Cultural Sensitivity

The Jordan Valley is home to an ancient and classical civilization that has had many cultures, traditions, and peoples cross through its land and also settle within. International students are requested to be culturally sensitive to the Islamic traditions and Muslim social protocol. A full orientation will be provided.

General Guidelines include:

- Open and receptive attitude toward cross cultural communication
- Willingness to ask questions whenever necessary
- Conservative attire is recommended
- Respecting cultural gender relations
- Sobriety at all times during the PDC course
- Respect for elders, religious traditions and practice, and community leaders
- Not photographing locals without permission, with cautionary emphasis on photographing local women and children

For men this would include:

- Respecting Muslim gender relation etiquette
- Wearing long shorts at least to the knee
- Wearing shirts at all times
- Not touching or shaking hands of Muslim women without explicit permission
- Not displaying overly intimate affection in public with wife or partner

For ladies this would include:

- Showing respect for oneself
- Respecting Muslim gender relation etiquette
- Long skits or pants (Shorts considered offensive)
- Wearing shirts at all times
- Not displaying overly intimate affection in public with husband or partner

What You Will Need

The climate during the course will be dry and warm although the extreme heat of the summer will have passed.

Recommended to bring:

- Sun Hat and sunglasses
- Good walking or working shoes
- Casual and comfortable clothing – natural fabrics recommended for coolness
- Sunscreen
- Water bottle
- Flashlight/headlamp
- Your own bedding (sheets etc.)
- Ample supply of any needed medications
- Tent if needed (depending on accommodation option)
- Sleeping bag and hiking mattress if needed
- Sandals
- Personal toiletries

VISA requirements for entering Jordan

Please download this PDF for details on VISA requirements for Jordan.

Please Note: Unlike our PDCs at Zaytuna Farm in Australia, where a copy of the Designers’ Manual is included in the cost of the course, this book is not included for the Jordan PDC (carrying all the books to Jordan is price prohibitive). The cost of the course has been adjusted to reflect this. The Designers’ Manual can be purchased here.

For further information for this course please contact admin@middleeastpermaculture.com.

Course pricing / bookings
Prices in Australian dollars

$1500 (International Student Rate – if paid in full 30 days before the course)
$1700 (International Student Rate – Regular Price)
$600 (Rate for Jordanians – if paid in full 30 days in advance)
$700 (Rate for Jordanians – Regular Price)
$300 (Deposit to lock in Booking)

Oct 04, 2014 at 09:00 AM - Oct 15, 2014 at 05:00 PM

8-week Permaculture Life Skills Internship with Tom Kendall at PRI Maungaraeeda Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

A course by Permaculture Community

8-week Permaculture Life Skills Internship with Tom Kendall at PRI Maungaraeeda Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
05
Oct
2014
Starts Oct 05, 2014 and runs for 56 day(s).

Interns will learn all aspects of living and working on a permaculture farm and will learn methods and design applicable to everyday farm situations. They will be fully involved in all farm activities. There will be no “lecture room” experiences in the internship because all learning will be accompanied by practical experience (learning whilst doing), but it is probably a good idea to carry a notebook and pen around with you!

The Internships are in 3 week blocks, with 2 one week projects in between each block. This way you may decide to do one 3 week block, one 3 week block plus 1 or 2 project weeks or the full 8 week block. Each 3 week block focusses on a different area. One 3 week block has an Urban focus, the other 3 week block has a Rural focus. Each Internship week runs from Sunday to Friday (6 day week), the project weeks run from Monday to Friday (5 day week). Project weeks are priced differently, unless you book in to do the 8 week Internship, which includes 2 x 3 weeks Internship and 2 week long projects.

As part of the spirit of Permaculture we encourage students to participate in community building for the time they spend at the Institute. Students will be shown and will be required to participate in a number of aspects of sustainable and community living and Permaculture systems and routines. This will enhance the Permaculture learning experience, as well as give students the feeling of belonging to a community and strengthening the bond of the group. We encourage students to acknowledge their talents, so they can contribute to the community experience by doing what they are good at.

Urban Focus Permaculture Life Skills Internship:

Week 1: Urban design, container gardening and espalier
Week 2: Propagation, compost and worm farms
Week 3: Aquaponics and small animal systems

Interns will also be fully involved in farm activities such as animal care, garden maintenance, harvesting and preparing food for storage, planting, self reliance activities etc. Interns are also expected to be part of the farm’s community, which involves daily tasks and routines.

Projects:

Project 1: Water Management

Designing water management for a property, building dams and swales and subsequent planting out to prevent erosion.

Project 2: Natural Building Methods

Designing and building structures using natural and recycled materials. White ant prevention, natural heating methods and solar passive design are also discussed and implemented.

Rural Focus Permaculture Life Skills Internship:

Week 1: Survey and contour, dams and swales
Week 2: Compost, compost tea and biofertiliser
Week 3: Waste systems for grey water and biogas and animal routines.

Interns will also be fully involved in farm practices and routines such as animal care, garden maintenance, harvesting and preparing food for storage, planting, self reliance activities etc. Interns are also expected to be part of the farm’s community, which involves daily tasks and routines shared by everyone.

Please note that Interns must have a Permaculture Design Certificate. Internships are capped at 10 interns!

Projects are open to non-interns, but participants will need a PDC.

About the Teacher:

Tom Kendall grew up and worked on his parents’ farm and took on the farm in 1992 when his father retired. He downsized the 11,000 acre farm to 7,000 acres and converted to Biodynamics. The farm produced wheat and barley and ran cattle and sheep. In 2000 he sold the farm and moved to the Sunshine Coast. In 2005 he and his partner Zaia found their ideal property in Kin Kin, Noosa Hinterland. Tom had by then become interested in Permaculture, and started converting the property into a Permaculture site. With his background in farming, he was able to take on most jobs that needed to be done himself; renovations, building, operating heavy machinery for earthworks, etc, gardening, fixing, installing plumbing and many other jobs that came with setting up the property. He became a WWOOF host and always taught the WWOOFers about Permaculture and why the property was set up the way it was. In 2008 he did a Permaculture Design Certificate with Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton. He followed that up early 2010 with a Teacher Training Course with Geoff Lawton.

At that stage he realised he had so much knowledge to share with people about Permaculture and Self Reliance skills that he decided to focus on teaching. It was a natural extension from teaching wwoofers for all those years. Tom is a very practical person with an wealth of knowledge about shaping landscapes and creating tools and infrastructure. Having spent all his life working the land he has an astute awareness about today’s environmental issues and aims to minimise his footprint as much as possible. His courses are unique in that he shows a lot of practical applications on his property, Maungaraeeda, now a Permaculture demonstration site, to complement the theory taught. His aim is to bring Permaculture to as many people as possible, and to empower people to be self reliant. He is now a Permaculture Research Institute accredited teacher and runs The Permaculture Research Institute Maungaraeeda, on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland Australia.
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Important information about this course
Course location:

The Permaculture Research Institute Maungaraeeda
93 Golden Gully Road, Kin Kin QLD 4571, Australia

Course hours:

Full days, Sunday – Friday (Saturdays off)

Accommodation:

Camping (tent) accommodation is included in the course fee, please BYO tent and camping gear (bedding etc). Limited cabin accommodation ($30 per night per cabin) or backpacker style shared accommodation ($10 per night per person) is also available. Arrive mid to late afternoon Saturday prior to course start for camp set up.

Meals:

Fully catered for, 3 meals per day plus morning and afternoon tea. We can cater for Gluten Free, vegans and vegetarians. On Saturdays students are to cater for themselves. Camp kitchen available. First Saturday evening meal provided at 6pm.

Directions to get to the Permaculture Research Institute Maungaraeeda:

Take the Bruce Highway towards Gympie from the South or toward Brisbane from the North. Take the Pomona Kin Kin turnoff. Follow the road, turn right at the T-intersection. Take the road through Pomona town, straight through the roundabout, over the railway line, then turn left at the T-Intersection. Follow that road to Kin Kin. Turn left to go into Kin Kin and past the pub. Follow that road for about 3 kms, Golden Gully Road is on your left (a dirt road). PRI Maungaraeeda, Kin Kin SOULS is 930 metres down that road on your left.

For further information for this course please contact education@permaculturenews.org.

Course pricing / bookings
Prices in Australian dollars

$4750 (Regular price for this course. Must be paid in full 42 days prior to course commencement)
$475 (Non-refundable deposit to lock in booking)

Oct 05, 2014 at 09:00 AM - Dec 05, 2014 at 05:00 PM

3-week Urban Focus Permaculture Life Skills Internship with Tom Kendall at PRI Maungaraeeda Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

A course by Permaculture Community

3-week Urban Focus Permaculture Life Skills Internship with Tom Kendall at PRI Maungaraeeda Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
05
Oct
2014
Starts Oct 05, 2014 and runs for 21 day(s).

Interns will learn all aspects of living and working on a permaculture farm and will learn methods and design applicable to everyday farm situations. They will be fully involved in all farm activities. There will be no “lecture room” experiences in the internship because all learning will be accompanied by practical experience (learning whilst doing), but it is probably a good idea to carry a notebook and pen around with you!

The Internships are in 3 week blocks, with 2 one week projects in between each block. This way you may decide to do one 3 week block, one 3 week block plus 1 or 2 project weeks or the full 8 week block. Each 3 week block focusses on a different area. One 3 week block has an Urban focus, the other 3 week block has a Rural focus. Each Internship week runs from Sunday to Friday (6 day week), the project weeks run from Monday to Friday (5 day week). Project weeks are priced differently, unless you book in to do the 8 week Internship, which includes 2 x 3 weeks Internship and 2 week long projects.

As part of the spirit of Permaculture we encourage students to participate in community building for the time they spend at the Institute. Students will be shown and will be required to participate in a number of aspects of sustainable and community living and Permaculture systems and routines. This will enhance the Permaculture learning experience, as well as give students the feeling of belonging to a community and strengthening the bond of the group. We encourage students to acknowledge their talents, so they can contribute to the community experience by doing what they are good at.

Urban Focus Permaculture Life Skills Internship:

Week 1: Urban design, container gardening and espalier
Week 2: Propagation, compost and worm farms
Week 3: Aquaponics and small animal systems

Interns will also be fully involved in farm activities such as animal care, garden maintenance, harvesting and preparing food for storage, planting, self reliance activities, etc. Interns are also expected to be part of the farm’s community, which involves daily tasks and routines.

Please note that Interns must have a Permaculture Design Certificate. Internships are also capped at 10 interns!

Projects are open to non-interns, but participants will need a PDC.

About the Teacher:

Tom Kendall grew up and worked on his parents’ farm and took on the farm in 1992 when his father retired. He downsized the 11,000 acre farm to 7,000 acres and converted to Biodynamics. The farm produced wheat and barley and ran cattle and sheep. In 2000 he sold the farm and moved to the Sunshine Coast. In 2005 he and his partner Zaia found their ideal property in Kin Kin, Noosa Hinterland. Tom had by then become interested in Permaculture, and started converting the property into a Permaculture site. With his background in farming, he was able to take on most jobs that needed to be done himself; renovations, building, operating heavy machinery for earthworks, etc, gardening, fixing, installing plumbing and many other jobs that came with setting up the property. He became a WWOOF host and always taught the WWOOFers about Permaculture and why the property was set up the way it was. In 2008 he did a Permaculture Design Certificate with Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton. He followed that up early 2010 with a Teacher Training Course with Geoff Lawton.

At that stage he realised he had so much knowledge to share with people about Permaculture and Self Reliance skills that he decided to focus on teaching. It was a natural extension from teaching wwoofers for all those years. Tom is a very practical person with an wealth of knowledge about shaping landscapes and creating tools and infrastructure. Having spent all his life working the land he has an astute awareness about today’s environmental issues and aims to minimise his footprint as much as possible. His courses are unique in that he shows a lot of practical applications on his property, Maungaraeeda, now a Permaculture demonstration site, to complement the theory taught. His aim is to bring Permaculture to as many people as possible, and to empower people to be self reliant. He is now a Permaculture Research Institute accredited teacher and runs The Permaculture Research Institute Maungaraeeda, on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland Australia.
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Important information about this course
Course location:

The Permaculture Research Institute Maungaraeeda
93 Golden Gully Road, Kin Kin QLD 4571, Australia

Course hours:

Full days, Sunday – Friday (Saturdays off)

Accommodation:

Camping (tent) accommodation is included in the course fee, please BYO tent and camping gear (bedding etc). Limited cabin accommodation ($30 per night per cabin) or backpacker style shared accommodation ($10 per night per person) is also available. Arrive mid to late afternoon Saturday prior to course start for camp set up.

Meals:

Fully catered for, 3 meals per day plus morning and afternoon tea. We can cater for Gluten Free, vegans and vegetarians. On Saturdays students are to cater for themselves. Camp kitchen available. First Saturday evening meal provided at 6pm.

Directions to get to the Permaculture Research Institute Maungaraeeda:

Take the Bruce Highway towards Gympie from the South or toward Brisbane from the North. Take the Pomona Kin Kin turnoff. Follow the road, turn right at the T-intersection. Take the road through Pomona town, straight through the roundabout, over the railway line, then turn left at the T-Intersection. Follow that road to Kin Kin. Turn left to go into Kin Kin and past the pub. Follow that road for about 3 kms, Golden Gully Road is on your left (a dirt road). PRI Maungaraeeda, Kin Kin SOULS is 930 metres down that road on your left.

For further information for this course please contact education@permaculturenews.org.

Course pricing / bookings
Prices in Australian dollars

$1890 (Regular price for this course. Must be paid in full 42 days prior to course commencement)
$200 (Non-refundable deposit to lock in booking)

Oct 05, 2014 at 09:00 AM - Oct 24, 2014 at 05:00 PM

The Dead Sea Valley Permaculture Project (aka Greening the Desert – the Sequel) Internship, Jordan

A course by Permaculture Community

The Dead Sea Valley Permaculture Project (aka Greening the Desert – the Sequel) Internship, Jordan
19
Oct
2014
Starts Oct 19, 2014 and runs for 20 day(s).

This is a four week internship at the Dead Sea (or Jordan) Valley Permaculture Project (aka ‘Greening the Desert – the Sequel’) site. This small project is located in the village of Jawasari on less than 1 acre of ground.

Immerse yourself in a once in a lifetime experience. Come and join us, live and learn about permaculture in the lowest place on earth.

Some of the subjects that we will cover will be:

- Home garden and school garden design and maintenance
- Food Forests
- Small animal systems
- Large grazing animal system
- Water harvesting
- Broad landscape rehabilitation
- constructing wicking beds
- Worm farms
- Grey water reed beds establishment
- Installing a solar system
- Rocket stove hot water
- Building rocket a rocket stove
- Solar hot water systems
- Fuel wood systems
- House design
- Straw bale mudbrick systems
- Compost production and compost tea
- Biological fertilizer
- Aquaponics
- Nursery systems
- Building a mandala garden

Students will be engaged in the development of the land as a demonstration site and education centre. It has established food forests that will be pruned, chopped and dropped and mulched for early winter maintenance.

An alternative building on site will be maintained and extended in mud brick and straw bale.

Small animal systems and natural fertility systems with compost, compost tea and soil pro-biotic systems using animal products, natural fermentation and anaerobic natural fertilizer will be developed.

There will be desert vegetable gardens, a nursery and shade house.

There will be lessons in creating minimum-fuel rocket stove heaters and cookers, rocket stove heaters for hot water and rocket stove kitchen cookers plus food solar dryers created during the project plus much more.

This is an opportunity to experience a Permaculture Master Plan project in action during the establishment phase.

About the Teachers:

Course instructor: Geoff Lawton

Geoff Lawton is an internationally-renowned Permaculture educator, consultant and practitioner. He emigrated from England to Australia and later studied Permaculture with Bill Mollison in Tasmania. He established the Permaculture Research Institute at Tagari Farm in New South Wales, Australia, a 147-acre farmstead previously developed by Mollison. PRI was eventually moved to Zaytuna Farm, in The Channon, where it continues today.

Since 1985, Geoff has designed and implemented Permaculture projects in 30 countries for private individuals and groups, communities, governments, aid organizations and multinational corporations. He has taught the Permaculture Design Certificate course and designed Permaculture projects in 30 countries.

Co-instructor: Nadia Lawton

Nadia Lawton was born and raised in the Jordan Valley, in one of the lowest and driest places on earth. She completed her PDC with Geoff Lawton in Jordan and went on to complete a Permaculture Diploma in Education and Site Design. She regularly travels with her husband for aid project and Permaculture consulting work and assists in teaching Permaculture design courses.

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Important information about this course
Requirements: Student must have completed a PDC and provide a certificate as proof.

About the Site

The site is located in the Al Jawfa area in western Jordan, Shouneh Janobieh (i.e., South Shouneh), in the Dead Sea Valley just 10km north of the Dead Sea and 6 km east of the Jordanian-Palestinian border, directly east of the West Bank.

The local population is made up of traditional Bedouin tribes and long-term refugees stemming from displacement of local populations from within Palestine. The project site is typical of the area – a marginal arid-land low-income settlement. It is currently still under development and upon completion it will demonstrate energy-efficient appropriate housing with natural cooling systems and a plant nursery attachment, solar electricity, solar hot water, biological waste water treatment recycling, dry compost toilets, rain water harvesting earthworks and diverse interactive plant, animal and tree systems for local food production and processing. The demonstration house will function as a classroom and administration office for the project and local Permaculture group.

Once established, the project will serve as a model that can be replicated within the village, throughout Jordan and other countries in the region.

 The project, started in 2008, has already seen significant progress. The first trees were planted and are growing well and the first garden is producing some vegetables. Now, the water tank needs to be expanded, the fence and gate improved and the rest of the project started. The current focus is to set up basic living accommodations for volunteers coming to work on the project.

Directions to the Site

From the airport you have two options:

Airport/bus station pick-up: If you register your name with us ahead of time, we can arrange for someone to pick you up, at the airport for a fee of US$42. (This can be shared.)

Airport Taxi to the site: JD$40 approximately. Upon request, we can also email you written directions, in Arabic, so that you can print these off and give these directions to your driver.

Accommodation for the Course

Camping is included in the price of the course. Students must provide their own camping gear including tent, sleeping bag, toiletries, a torch etc.

Alternative accommodation is in the farm house. It has a limited number of rooms available for rent during the duration of the course. There is one share room for $3JD a day per person. There are four couple rooms for $5JD per person per day. Fees for room renting are paid on arrival to the farm manger. Please per book with the education coordinator at education(at)permaculturenews.org as rooms are limited.

The house includes a toilet, shower, lounge and kitchen for use by all students (camping or renting).

Catering: Morning/afternoon tea and lunch are supplied to all participants. Breakfast and dinner are self-catered. Students are welcome to use the house kitchen to self-cater.

Days off – Fridays each week of the internship will be off. You should be prepared to self-cater for these days.

Dinner Shopping: There is a supermarket 5 minutes away by car. The cost for a one way trip to this supermarket is some JD$3-4.

Cultural Sensitivity

The Jordan Valley is home to an ancient and classical civilization that has had many cultures, traditions, and peoples cross through its land and also settle within. International students are requested to be culturally sensitive to the Islamic traditions and Muslim social protocol. A full orientation will be provided.

General Guidelines include:

- Open and receptive attitude toward cross cultural communication
- Willingness to ask questions whenever necessary
- Conservative attire is recommended
- Respecting cultural gender relations
- Sobriety at all times during the PDC course
- Respect for elders, religious traditions and practice, and community leaders
- Not photographing locals without permission, with cautionary emphasis on photographing local women and children

For men this would include:

- Respecting Muslim gender relation etiquette
- Wearing long shorts at least to the knee
- Wearing shirts at all times
- Not touching or shaking hands of Muslim women without explicit permission
- Not displaying overly intimate affection in public with wife or partner

For ladies this would include:

- Showing respect for oneself
- Respecting Muslim gender relation etiquette
- Long skirts or pants (Shorts considered offensive)
- Wearing shirts at all times
- Not displaying overly intimate affection in public with husband or partner

What You Will Need

The climate during the course will be dry and warm although the extreme heat of the summer will have passed.

Recommended to bring:

- Sun Hat and sunglasses
- Good walking or working shoes
- Casual and comfortable clothing – natural fabrics recommended for coolness
- Sunscreen
- Water bottle
- Flashlight/headlamp
- Your own bedding (sheets etc.)
- Ample supply of any needed medications
- Tent if needed (depending on accommodation option)
- Sleeping bag and hiking mattress if needed
- Sandals
- Personal toiletries

VISA requirements for entering Jordan

Please download this PDF for details on VISA requirements for Jordan.

For further information for this course please contact admin@middleeastpermaculture.com.

Course pricing / bookings
Prices in Australian dollars

$2600 (Internationals – If paid in full 30 days before the course)
$3000 (Internationals – Full price for this course)
$1800 (Jordanian locals only – if paid in full 30 days before the course)
$2100 (Jordanian locals only – full price for this course)
$300 (non-refundable deposit to lock in booking)

Oct 19, 2014 at 09:00 AM - Nov 07, 2014 at 05:00 PM

5-Day Water Management Project course with Tom Kendall at PRI Maungaraeeda Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

A course by Permaculture Community

5-Day Water Management Project course with Tom Kendall at PRI Maungaraeeda Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
27
Oct
2014
Starts Oct 27, 2014 and runs for 5 day(s).

Learn to design water management for a property, building dams and swales and subsequent planting out to prevent erosion. As part of the design, surveying and contour will be discussed and applied in practice. Students will be actively involved in the full process, from design to dig, and will learn how to implement water management on their property. Erosion issues are discussed and soil repair using plants after earthworks will be undertaken.

This course is a specialist course and is part of the 8-week Permaculture Life Skills Internship but can be attended as a separate course.

This course will teach students how to design, measure and set out water management on a property. It will teach which tools to use and how to determine contour. Students will be actively involved in the full process, from design to dig, and will learn how to implement water management. Erosion issues are discussed and soil repair using plants after earthworks will be undertaken.

As part of the spirit of Permaculture we encourage students to participate in community building for the time they spend at the Institute. Students will be shown and will be required to participate in a number of aspects of sustainable and community living and Permaculture systems and routines. This will enhance the Permaculture learning experience, as well as give students the feeling of belonging to a community and strengthening the bond of the group. We encourage students to acknowledge their talents, so they can contribute to the community experience by doing what they are good at.

About the Teacher:

Tom Kendall grew up and worked on his parents’ farm and took on the farm in 1992 when his father retired. He downsized the 11,000 acre farm to 7,000 acres and converted to Biodynamics. The farm produced wheat and barley and ran cattle and sheep. In 2000 he sold the farm and moved to the Sunshine Coast. In 2005 he and his partner Zaia found their ideal property in Kin Kin, Noosa Hinterland. Tom had by then become interested in Permaculture, and started converting the property into a Permaculture site. With his background in farming, he was able to take on most jobs that needed to be done himself; renovations, building, operating heavy machinery for earthworks, etc, gardening, fixing, installing plumbing and many other jobs that came with setting up the property. He became a WWOOF host and always taught the WWOOFers about Permaculture and why the property was set up the way it was. In 2008 he did a Permaculture Design Certificate with Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton. He followed that up early 2010 with a Teacher Training Course with Geoff Lawton.

At that stage he realised he had so much knowledge to share with people about Permaculture and Self Reliance skills that he decided to focus on teaching. It was a natural extension from teaching wwoofers for all those years. Tom is a very practical person with an wealth of knowledge about shaping landscapes and creating tools and infrastructure. Having spent all his life working the land he has an astute awareness about today’s environmental issues and aims to minimise his footprint as much as possible. His courses are unique in that he shows a lot of practical applications on his property, Maungaraeeda, now a Permaculture demonstration site, to complement the theory taught. His aim is to bring Permaculture to as many people as possible, and to empower people to be self reliant. He is now a Permaculture Research Institute accredited teacher and runs The Permaculture Research Institute Maungaraeeda, on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland Australia.
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Important information about this course
Course location:

The Permaculture Research Institute Maungaraeeda
93 Golden Gully Road, Kin Kin QLD 4571, Australia

Course hours:

9am � 5pm daily

Accommodation:

Camping (tent) accommodation is included in the course fee, please BYO tent and camping gear (bedding etc). Limited cabin accommodation ($30 per night per cabin) or backpacker style shared accommodation ($10 per night per person) is also available. Arrive mid to late afternoon Saturday prior to course start for camp set up.

Meals:

Fully catered for, 3 meals per day plus morning and afternoon tea. We can cater for Gluten Free, vegans and vegetarians. On Saturdays students are to cater for themselves. Camp kitchen available. First Saturday evening meal provided at 6pm.

Directions to get to the Permaculture Research Institute Maungaraeeda:

Take the Bruce Highway towards Gympie from the South or toward Brisbane from the North. Take the Pomona Kin Kin turnoff. Follow the road, turn right at the T-intersection. Take the road through Pomona town, straight through the roundabout, over the railway line, then turn left at the T-Intersection. Follow that road to Kin Kin. Turn left to go into Kin Kin and past the pub. Follow that road for about 3 kms, Golden Gully Road is on your left (a dirt road). PRI Maungaraeeda, Kin Kin SOULS is 930 metres down that road on your left.

For further information for this course please contact education@permaculturenews.org.

Course pricing / bookings
Prices in Australian dollars

$795 (Regular price for this course. Must be paid in full 21 days prior to course commencement)
$100 (Non-refundable deposit to lock in booking)

Oct 27, 2014 at 09:00 AM - Oct 31, 2014 at 05:00 PM

5-Day Sustainable Building Methods Project Course with Tom Kendall at PRI Maungaraeeda Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

A course by Permaculture Community

5-Day Sustainable Building Methods Project Course with Tom Kendall at PRI Maungaraeeda Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
03
Nov
2014
Starts Nov 03, 2014 and runs for 5 day(s).

Students will learn to design around materials that are available, and how to set up a structure giving it structural integrity. Solar passive design is discussed and the best materials for particular climates. Pest control and prevention as part of the design and building process is also looked at. Every course will have a different practical aspect to it, and will use a range of materials, both recycled and natural (local) materials. This is a hands on course and will teach students how to work with what is available and to make a suitable structure for what is required.

This course is a specialist course and is part of the 8-week Permaculture Life Skills Internship but can be attended as a separate course.

Students will learn to design around materials that are available, and how to set up a structure giving it structural integrity. Solar passive design is discussed and the best materials for particular climates. Pest control and prevention as part of the design and building process is also looked at. Every course will have a different practical aspect to it, and will use a range of materials, both recycled and natural (local) materials. This is a hands on course and will teach students how to work with what is available and to make a suitable structure for what is required.

As part of the spirit of Permaculture we encourage students to participate in community building for the time they spend at the Institute. Students will be shown and will be required to participate in a number of aspects of sustainable and community living and Permaculture systems and routines. This will enhance the Permaculture learning experience, as well as give students the feeling of belonging to a community and strengthening the bond of the group. We encourage students to acknowledge their talents, so they can contribute to the community experience by doing what they are good at.

About the Teacher:

Tom Kendall grew up and worked on his parents’ farm and took on the farm in 1992 when his father retired. He downsized the 11,000 acre farm to 7,000 acres and converted to Biodynamics. The farm produced wheat and barley and ran cattle and sheep. In 2000 he sold the farm and moved to the Sunshine Coast. In 2005 he and his partner Zaia found their ideal property in Kin Kin, Noosa Hinterland. Tom had by then become interested in Permaculture, and started converting the property into a Permaculture site. With his background in farming, he was able to take on most jobs that needed to be done himself; renovations, building, operating heavy machinery for earthworks, etc, gardening, fixing, installing plumbing and many other jobs that came with setting up the property. He became a WWOOF host and always taught the WWOOFers about Permaculture and why the property was set up the way it was. In 2008 he did a Permaculture Design Certificate with Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton. He followed that up early 2010 with a Teacher Training Course with Geoff Lawton.

At that stage he realised he had so much knowledge to share with people about Permaculture and Self Reliance skills that he decided to focus on teaching. It was a natural extension from teaching wwoofers for all those years. Tom is a very practical person with an wealth of knowledge about shaping landscapes and creating tools and infrastructure. Having spent all his life working the land he has an astute awareness about today’s environmental issues and aims to minimise his footprint as much as possible. His courses are unique in that he shows a lot of practical applications on his property, Maungaraeeda, now a Permaculture demonstration site, to complement the theory taught. His aim is to bring Permaculture to as many people as possible, and to empower people to be self reliant. He is now a Permaculture Research Institute accredited teacher and runs The Permaculture Research Institute Maungaraeeda, on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland Australia.
Map
Important information about this course
Course location:

The Permaculture Research Institute Maungaraeeda
93 Golden Gully Road, Kin Kin QLD 4571, Australia

Course hours:

9am – 5pm daily

Accommodation:

Camping (tent) accommodation is included in the course fee, please BYO tent and camping gear (bedding etc). Limited cabin accommodation ($30 per night per cabin) or backpacker style shared accommodation ($10 per night per person) is also available. Arrive mid to late afternoon Saturday prior to course start for camp set up.

Meals:

Fully catered for, 3 meals per day plus morning and afternoon tea. We can cater for Gluten Free, vegans and vegetarians. On Saturdays students are to cater for themselves. Camp kitchen available. First Saturday evening meal provided at 6pm.

Directions to get to the Permaculture Research Institute Maungaraeeda:

Take the Bruce Highway towards Gympie from the South or toward Brisbane from the North. Take the Pomona Kin Kin turnoff. Follow the road, turn right at the T-intersection. Take the road through Pomona town, straight through the roundabout, over the railway line, then turn left at the T-Intersection. Follow that road to Kin Kin. Turn left to go into Kin Kin and past the pub. Follow that road for about 3 kms, Golden Gully Road is on your left (a dirt road). PRI Maungaraeeda, Kin Kin SOULS is 930 metres down that road on your left.

For further information for this course please contact education@permaculturenews.org.

Course pricing / bookings
Prices in Australian dollars

$795 (Regular price for this course. Must be paid in full 21 days prior to course commencement)
$100 (Non-refundable deposit to lock in booking)

Nov 03, 2014 at 09:00 AM - Nov 07, 2014 at 05:00 PM

Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) in Bærum, Norway July 12th – July 20th 2014

A course by Thale Lindstad

The experienced diploma holder Jan Bang will teach PDC in Norway from the 12th-20th of July. The course will be held in a traditional cabin by the lake Dælivannet in Bærum, Norway. Being located in the forest, the natural surroundings are secluded and charming, whilst still being close to Oslo. We emphasize that as many aspects of the course as possible are truly sustainable, and so we will provide transport and food that is eco-friendly, as well as minimizing water and electricity use. The course will be taught in English – and you are very welcome to both new skills and the joys of norwegian summer time :)

Please see further info under “Files” here: www.facebook.com/groups/pdc2014

or feel free to contact Spira Svendsen or Thale Lindstad: spirasvendsen@gmail.com / thale.lindstad@gmail.com

Jul 12, 2014 at 09:00 AM - Jul 20, 2014 at 09:00 PM

Edible Landscape Design Workshop – a course by Koreen Brennan

A course by Cathy Bersier

Edible Landscape Design Workshop

This specialty course will focus on practical, step by step methods and Florida-specific techniques to create beautiful edible landscaping and edible forest gardens. We will do a step by step design of a private residence lot, creating an abundant and sustainable edible landscape.
Learn:
Basic landscaping techniques such as how to use color, texture, symmetry, patterns, and seasonal adjustments
Edible landscaping – how to combine beautiful and useful plants
Right plant, right place – how to choose your plants. We’ll go over specific plant lists and choices. Shade loving, sun loving, winter, summer, hot, cold, year-round flowers and fruit, etc.
Great plant combinations
Microclimates – how to create them Florida friendly “no-watering or low-watering needed” methods of planting
Growing for high yields commercial growing in small areas
Putting it all together in a design
Implementation – staging, timing, and maintenance
How to keep your design looking good and staying productive with minimal upkeep (This can be the most challenging aspect because of nature’s continual changes.)

Materials provided to students:
Useful plant lists for Zones 9 & 10
Weather and climate tools
Sector assessment tools
List of where to find soil building material
Basic landscaping tools and techniques
Basic drawing techniques
Creative techniques – how to make your design “pop.” How to keep it looking good

When: May 22-26 from 9am – 5pm
Where: Private residence to be announced, Tampa Bay area
Who should take this course? Landscapers who want to incorporate edible landscaping into the business
Community gardeners who want to beautify their gardens and neighborhoods, and increase yield
Homeowners who want beautiful, edible landscaping
Planners and designers
Landscape architects
Gardeners
Small farmers
Local foodies
Health conscious people
Slow Food afficionados

SCHEDULE:
Day 1:
Client interview
Assessing the site – water, temp, microclimates, shade/sun, other features
Basics of landscaping technique
Color, texture, height, symmetry, styles of landscaping
Day 2:
Water systems, “low watering/no watering” planting methods, simple irrigation, rainwater systems
Microclimates – how to create them in Florida
How much food can you grow on one suburban lot? What to grow for best yields, etc.
Day 3:
Field trips, seeing edible landscaping, grafting, propagation
Day 4:
Design charrette – Patterns of design
Water, soil, plant themes, hardscape
Details of design
Tools for water catchment/distribution
Soil combinations
Hardscape choices
Plant selection – right plant, right place; creating plant palettes
Tweaking yield
Day 5:
Installation – Sequence, timing
Maintenance – Follow up, sequential plantings, when & how
Misc – Q and A and wrap up

FULL PRICE: $475
EARLY BIRD, before April 8: $375

Film showings or social time in evenings.

Local community-based camping site available!

This class can accommodate only a limited number of attendees, so register early!
For more information, contact Cathy at 727-495-6145, or cathy@growpermaculture.com
To register, please go to www.growpermaculture.com

May 22, 2014 at 09:00 AM - May 26, 2014 at 05:00 PM

PDC Practical Internship in Chiang Mai, Thailand

A course by Permaville

This 4-week intensive Permacultue Design Course offers the opportunity to learn and practice permaculture on need-based installations at site around SE Asia. You will receive all information required for the standard 72-hour Permaculture Design Course (PDC) and two weeks of practical experience working in the areas of natural building, gardening, composting, appropriate technology and more.

Jun 01, 2014 at 12:00 PM - Jun 28, 2014 at 12:00 PM

PDC Practical Internship in Lamjung, Nepal

A course by Permaville

Earn a Permaculture Design Certificate and get hands-on experience working on permaculture projects in Nepal!

Aug 10, 2014 at 12:00 PM - Sep 07, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Urban Permaculture Design Certificate Course, Fall 2014. Koreen Brennan

A course by Cathy Bersier

Urban Permaculture Design Course, Fall 2014
This is Grow Permaculture’s 12th internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certification Course, based on Bill Mollison’s work. This course will unfold one weekend per month over seven months, from September 2014, to March 2015. Permaculture design offers regenerative techniques, tools and design principles to enable you to live abundantly while caring for the environment and the people around you. Grow food with less work and expense, create stronger economic networks, and increase your overall quality of life, while using less, and helping the environment.
By cooperating with nature and her energies, we are able to design human systems, from backyards to neighborhoods, farms or even cities to be more abundant, more long lasting, more ethical, healthier for all life in the system, and more enjoyable. It is a cutting edge approach to living that helps both people and the environment.
The course is designed to offer multiple opportunities including career mentoring and pathways, community building opportunities, resource networking, skill building, as well as what is for many, a life changing experience. The course is extended over seven months to give students maximum time to absorb the information and put it into practice. This also allows people with busy schedules to take the course.
We continue to refine and expand our curriculum based on feedback from dozens of students regarding what helps them learn best. We incorporate multiple learning styles including hands on, visual aids, immersion, lecture, interaction, and more. Our choice of materials, videos, expert speakers, field trips, focused hands on activities (that give you step by step useful skill sets), Florida-specific information, well-organized written materials, networking and career opportunities, and design tools are the result of this feedback. We live in this community and care about its future and we continue to work with graduates in the community to create something better, together.
Homes, work places, gardens, farms, communities, local economies, or cities that are designed with permaculture principles and techniques are more resilient; they use resources in a regenerative way, ensuring that we, our children and our grandchildren will have access to all the resources we need. By incorporating people care into the equation, this process becomes deeply enjoyable too. Students meet others who think like they do, and often make life long friendships during the course; some find new career or lifestyle opportunities. Be the change you would like to see, and be effective at it, by designing that change!
Some of the subjects covered include:
Permaculture design ethics and principles
Creating abundance with natural patterns
Organic gardening and farming
Grow more food with less work by working with nature
Edible landscaping, food in small spaces
Soil building
Designing sustainable water use
Greywater and rainwater catchment
Building food forests
Agroforestry and ecoagriculture
Aquaculture
Composting and vermicomposting
Alternative pest management
Natural building, regenerative building technology
Reducing energy costs in your home
Best forms of sustainable energy
Appropriate technology
Boosting your career with permaculture
Sustainable economies
Increasing quality of life through “placemaking” design
Community revitalization and rebuilding
Successful intentional communities, ecovillages and cohousing, urban and rural
Here’s what our graduates say:
This course changed my life forever. It changed the way I look at everything, and gave me tools to address problems I thought had no solutions. It reinvigorated my connection to, respect for and love of the natural world and increased my understanding of it tremendously. It made me feel powerful and able to change things rather than helpless or apathetic. It gave me hope again, a renewed purpose for life and so many tools that I never dreamed existed! It brought back magic to my life, lightness, and fun! GH
This course is the most exciting one I’ve ever attended because it’s all about finding solutions and connecting people together. JJ
I’ve had my permaculture friends tell me this course changed their life. I never understood why, or what the fuss was about, until I did the course myself. It is a paradigm shift to a much nicer and better paradigm. Don’t hesitate to do this course! DM
I really enjoyed the whole PDC experience. I knew I would, but it was even better than I had thought. I loved the detailed theoretical classes in which I learned how to build soil, how to make it faster than it would happen naturally, how plants benefit each other. I also liked the hands on experiences a lot, it made many concepts so much clearer. I enjoyed the teacher’s methods, and the warmth of the teachers’ helpers. It was a learning experience in every single level not to mention a great opportunity to meet nice people and grow. Thanks!!! MM
I am so grateful for your instruction Koreen, truly a wonderful and transformational experience. I will treasure and put in practice the permaculture ethics & principles every day, integrating them in my immediate environment and eventually reach out to my community. Thanks again for the excellent course, honored to have your friendship and be a part of the Grow Permaculture tribe. MO
After participating in Grow Permaculture’s PDC, I feel confident that I can accurately evaluate a variety of sites and come up with integrated, sustainable designs. LB
The instructors have a wealth of knowledge and it’s clear they really want to share. I feel confidenct, after attending their PDC course, that I could make basic designs that would work well for any potential client. Knowing that they will review any plans encourages me to jump right in and design! MN

The unity of the group was awesome. The shared knowledge very inspiring. Learning this way with the hands on demonstration, I could understand more of the school. And thank you so much for all your teachings and welcoming of Dylan. Very grateful, DM
I would highly recommend this course, taught by Koreen and her associates to anyone who has great concern for the future of this planet and the destructive path it is on. Permaculture is the solution we have all been waiting for. As permaculturists, “We are the ones we have been waiting for” to save ourselves from ourselves. Koreen is incredibly knowledgeable and has experienced many areas of the world first hand. If you have been feeling at a loss and discouraged this is your last chance to educate yourself as if the earth herself were revealing her deepest secrets on how you can help her. This is what permaculture is. Grow Permaculture far exceeded my expectations, even after years of experience working with organic gardening methods already. This is just the tip of the iceberg on how much is available for you to learn as you will find out. The depth of how very differently agriculture and water managment and land useage really need to be can’t be stressed enough. SK
Thank you very much for this amazing course. The setting was ideal. The fact of being able to practice on real ground was invaluable. The presentation was very lively and instructive and really opened my eyes on how good design takes care of both the earth, the people and creates a surplus without waste. I love permaculture principles and how thoroughly and thoughful they are and how caring. JB
I am Graduate of Grow Permaculture’s Permaculture Design Course. I am very impressed with the quality and professionalism that I experienced during the course. I learned so much and thoroughly enjoyed every minute. It was a great balance of theory and practical training. I feel very prepared and confident going forward with the new knowledge I have. I have made some very big improvements in the way my company conducts business. Our business is all about tree preservation & creating a healthier planet. I acquired the knowledge and ability to create a “truly” regenerative company. I am very grateful for the expert knowledge, compassion and competence of my teacher & Mentor, Koreen. Thank you for creating a better planet one student at a time. NN
The value of this course is worth far more than its cost. The knowledge gained is really priceless. There is so much information provided that is life changing and really valuable. I was told that I can save more than the cost of the course if I use only a portion of the information provided. This was true, but what wasn’t said is that I got something from it that is really hard to put a price on which is life long friends, and a new, creative view about life. CS
Who Takes This Permaculture Design Course?
Artists
Do it yourselfers
Educators – homeschool, teachers, professors
Gardeners
Green architects/builders
Green consultants
Homesteaders
Landscapers
Natural health practitioners
Non-profit/community organizers
People who care about the earth and each other
People who love healthy food
Permaculturists
Policy makers
Professionals (of many types)
Recent college graduates
Students
Urban and rural farmers
Vegan, raw food, slow food, and/or local food
Yoga practitioners
Permaculture Design Course
Moccasin Lake Nature Park
2750 Park Trail Lane
Clearwater, FL 33759
727-793-2976
Saturdays and Sundays
Seven Weekends over Seven Months
Beginning on September 27, 2014, ending March 29, 2015
9 AM to 5 PM
Special Early Bird rate will go toward our volunteer work at Pine Ridge reservation:
$900 by April 30, 2014
To register for entire course or individual weekends
Call Cathy at 727-495-6145 or write cathy@growpermaculture.com
Or Register via PayPal on right side of our web site near the top of the site.
http://www.permacultureguild.us/urban-permaculture-design-course-fall-2014/

Sep 27, 2014 at 09:00 AM - Mar 29, 2015 at 05:00 PM

PERMACULTURE DESIGN COURSE (PDC) IN KOLI NATIONAL PARK 31.5.-12.6.2014, FINLAND (in english)

A course by Elontila

The permaculture design course (PDC) is an internationally recognized, 72 –hour full design –course resulting in a permaculture design certificate.

May 31, 2014 at 09:00 AM - Jun 12, 2014 at 06:00 PM

PERMAKULTTUURIKURSSI (PDC) KOLIN MATTILASSA 31.8.-12.9.2014 (in finnish)

A course by Elontila

Kurssilla perehdytään permakulttuurin etiikkaan, periaatteisiin ja suunnitteluprosessiin kestävämmän yhteisön ja kestävämmän elämäntavan rakentamiseksi.

Aug 31, 2014 at 09:00 AM - Sep 12, 2014 at 06:00 PM

Permaculture Design Course with Lesley Martin

A course by André Carvalho

Join us for another PDC at Quinta do Vale da Lama!

This PDC is a 12-day residential course.

You’ll be camping in “Campo do Vale”, a space for running events at Quinta do Vale da Lama. You will enjoy the lovely landscape near the river and estuary, with classroom indoor and outdoors, kitchen, toilets and showers.

Some of the things you will learn include:

● Learn strategies to improve the way we collect, process and review information;
● Antecipate and identify challenges, and find solution within nature, you and your community;
● Adapting your actions to proper scale and needs;
● Increase productivity using intensive garden design strategies including: stacking, soil- building, mulch, nutrient cycling, pest control, green manures, worms, compost & companion planting;
● Read weather patterns, create and enhance micro-climates and use design strategies for all major global climatic zones;
● Save money on energy bills with efficient home design, retrofit and renewable energy systems.
● Learn how to weave and integrate these concepts (and much more) together in a permaculture design.

Join us in this life-long learning experience!!!

Jun 01, 2014 at 06:00 PM - Jun 14, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Permaculture Teaching Matters

A course by André Carvalho

Join us for six days of exciting permaculture teacher training that will change the way you think about education.

Move towards a permaculture teaching career
Empower others with life-changing skills
Learn to pass on knowledge of permaculture theory and practice in ways that creates real change in your students, and activates entire communities.

Oct 26, 2014 at 06:00 PM - Nov 01, 2014 at 06:00 PM

Home-grown Happiness, Vale dos Coicos

A course by Home-grown Happiness

A week long residential course on applying permaculture to your inside and out.
18-24th August 2014

This Introduction to Permaculture is a week full of inspiration to empower your life, using the knowledge of nature, science and traditional understanding. Your hands, heart and head will learn how to design your zones 00 (personal development), 0 (in the house) and zone 1 (around your house). Join us in the beautiful valley of Vale dos Coicos where the water never stops flowing and many families are using permaculture to regenerate the land.

Topic tasters…. Grow happiness outside, inside and inside YOU…

Permaculture gardening and techniques – Roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty!
Natural home-made skin and body care – Eat your deodorant!
Fermentation – tangy recipes and take-homes
Community living – share, laugh, enjoy

Grow your own happiness!

Early bird price until the 1st of June – €320

Full price – €350

Aug 18, 2014 at 02:30 PM - Aug 24, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Home-grown Happiness, Quinta da Ravina

A course by Home-grown Happiness

A week long residential course on applying permaculture to your inside and out.
4-10th September 2014

This Introduction to Permaculture is a week full of inspiration to empower your life, using the knowledge of nature, science and traditional understanding. Your hands, heart and head will learn how to design your zones 00 (personal development), 0 (in the house) and zone 1 (around your house). Join us iJoin us at Quinta da Ravina, a new permaculture farm, where waterfalls and fresh mountain air awaits you!

Topic tasters….

Permaculture gardening and techniques – Roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty!
Natural home-made skin and body care – Eat your deodorant!
Fermentation – tangy recipes and take-homes
Community living – share, laugh, enjoy

Grow your own happiness!

Early bird price until the 15th of June – €320

Full price – €350

Sep 04, 2014 at 02:30 PM - Sep 10, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Water Resource Design Workshop

A course by Siskiyou Permaculture

Learn to integrate water resources on a small homestead in Southern Oregon. We will explore strategies for drought proofing, rainwater harvesting, greywater, irrigation district water utilization, small scale carbon farming and horticultural self-reliance based on careful use of water. Summer is a great time to design water systems in preparation for doing earthworks in the fall and harvesting rainwater for the following year.

Jul 26, 2014 at 08:30 AM - Jul 28, 2014 at 06:30 PM

Permaculture Design Certificate course (held in the Al Jawfa, Dead Sea Valley area in western Jordan)

A course by Permaculture Community

The Permaculture Design Certificate course is an internationally-recognized, seventy-two hour course resulting in a Permaculture Design Certificate. It provides an introduction to permaculture design as set forth by movement founder Bill Mollison. The course is taught by Geoff and Nadia Lawton, and other permaculture educators.

Vermont Applied Permaculture Design Course

A course by Permaculture Community

Utilizing the Whole Systems Research Farm permaculture site in Vermont’s Mad River Valley, a new 175 acre site we recently acquired in central Vermont, our design studio resources, and a team of leading facilitators, Whole Systems Design offers a one-of-a-kind skills-based resiliency training experience through permaculture.

2014 Permaculture Design Certificate Course

A course by Permaculture Community

72 hour PDC over 16 days & evenings packed with learning from various instructors who are specialists in their field.

Summer Permaculture Community Internship

A course by Permaculture Community

Join La’akea in this transformative, life changing immersion in community lifestyle. Learn skills in sustainable agriculture and gardening, permaculture, communication and counseling others. Our intensive one month Internship is offered by a small, egalitarian, intentional permaculture community on Hawai’i big island. We work together for health, relationship vitality, economic stability, personal/ spiritual growth.

Midwest Permaculture Spring PDC in Stelle, Illinois

A course by Permaculture Community

What you can expect are great people (local residents and fellow students), enlivened classroom presentations, hands-on exercises, a close up look at many permaculture applications and installations, design exercises, demonstrations, great discussions, wonderful meals (mostly organic and local), starry nights, and more.

Permaculture Design Course in the Tetons

A course by Higher Elevation Permaculture

This is the first course ever in Teton Valley Idaho. Hosted at a young site in the midst of implementing a permaculture design including and earthship, earthworks, rotational grazing pastures, and tons of annual and perennial gardens. Perfect phase for a design course.

  • 1899 S 1750 E, Driggs, ID 83422, USA
  • Aug 10, 2014 at 08:00 AM -
    Aug 24, 2014 at 02:00 PM
  • Gift Economy
  • http://www.HigherE.org
  • The Sustainability Centre Mercury Park, East Meon, Petersfield, United Kingdom
  • Oct 04, 2014 at 09:00 AM -
    Oct 18, 2014 at 05:00 PM
  • info@sustainability-centre.org
  • http://www.sustainability-centre.org

Permaculture Design Course in Northern Thailand, May 5

A course by Panya Project Education Center

We invite you to join us for a certified 72-hour Permaculture Design Course (PDC) taught by the Panya longterm community, all experienced permaculture facilitators. This PDC promises to be a very unique experience. We teach, based on our real life experience with Permaculture here at Panya.

  • Mae Taeng District, Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • May 05, 2014 at 08:00 AM -
    May 18, 2014 at 06:00 PM
  • $300-$1000
  • panyaproject@gmail.com
  • http://www.PanyaProject.org

PDC (P.R.I Aus & P.C. Assoc UK certified) at Ridgedale Permaculture

A course by Richard Perkins

Join us for our first PDC as we make history! Ridgedale Permaculture is a family owned pasture and perennial crop based beyond organic local food producer and educational hub in Värmland, Sweden. A flagship poly- income diverse small farm, Ridgedale is Scandinavia’s first Keyline designed farm and a leading regional education provider in the field of Permaculture and Regenerative Agriculture.

Ridgedale Permaculture’s primary responsibility is regenerating landscapes, ecosystem processes and soils through replicable, scalable and profitable symbiotic farm enterprises. Our secondary responsibility is to educate, facilitate, inform and empower people into action through regenerative design, enterprise and holistic decision-making that fosters and stimulates local community, economy and resilience.

PDC (P.R.I Aus & P.C. Assoc UK Certified)

A course by Richard Perkins

The world famous 2 week intensive Permaculture Design Course empowers participants with the effective design solutions, skills and a methodical scientific approach to create resilient, synergistic systems that are ecologically sound, economically profitable and meet human needs, regardless of the site and circumstance.

PDC (P.R.I & P.C. Assoc Certified)

A course by Richard Perkins

“The world famous 2 week intensive Permaculture Design Course empowers participants with the effective design solutions, skills and a methodical scientific approach to create resilient, synergistic systems that are ecologically sound, economically profitable and meet human needs, regardless of the site and circumstance.”

8 Week Professional Internship

A course by Richard Perkins

We will be offering 8 week professional accelerator programs with a focus on empowering project initiation and professional development at our new Farm HQ for 2014- a unique learning opportunity in Europe. There are limited places to get longer term professional training in the field of Permaculture design & regenerative agriculture and our focus is to engage highly motivated people looking to develop and hone the design, planning and decision making skills to implement successful projects/ enterprises elsewhere. Learning from field trained professionals in the implementation of a flagship project- the first Keyline designed Permaculture farm in Sweden, and as far as we know Scandinavia. This is an incredible opportunity for people wanting to develop the wide professional skill-set necessary in this incredible field.

8 Week Professional Internship

A course by Richard Perkins

We will be offering 8 week professional accelerator programs with a focus on empowering project initiation and professional development at our new Farm HQ for 2014- a unique learning opportunity in Europe. There are limited places to get longer term professional training in the field of Permaculture design & regenerative agriculture and our focus is to engage highly motivated people looking to develop and hone the design, planning and decision making skills to implement successful projects/ enterprises elsewhere. Learning from field trained professionals in the implementation of a flagship project- the first Keyline designed Permaculture farm in Sweden, and as far as we know Scandinavia. This is an incredible opportunity for people wanting to develop the wide professional skill-set necessary in this incredible field.

  • Ashland, OR 97520, USA
  • Jul 27, 2014 at 09:00 AM -
    Aug 09, 2014 at 06:00 PM
  • $1450-$1650
  • 541 201 2688
  • courses@sopermaculture.org
  • http://www.sopermaculture.org
  • Occidental, CA, USA
  • Jul 13, 2014 at 09:00 AM -
    Jul 26, 2014 at 06:00 PM
  • $1550-$1650
  • 707 874 1557
  • oaec@oaec.org
  • http://www.oaec.org

Summer Permaculture Design Certificate Course (Summer PDC)

A course by Kinstone Academy of Applied Permaculture

So, you want to build your skills? Add some depth to your toolkit? Come join us for this Permaculture design course and learn essential life skills. The Permaculture Design Certificate course is a training program that utilizes the teachings of Bill Mollison’s Permaculture Design System. The goal is to achieve a basic working understanding in ecologically-based planning, site design and management. This course provides a comprehensive introduction to Permaculture principles, applications & design practices as first set out by Permaculture founder, Bill Mollison and meets a common international standard as a foundational course for Permaculture practitioners and teachers. We give special attention to climatic zones represented by course participants.

Key skills and proficiencies learned include: surveying, communications, IT and web skills, preparing maps and plans, practical gardening, composting, soil management, animal systems, natural building, implementation planning, design graphics, client brief, concept and detail drawings, bills of quantity, report writing, botany, propagation, food forests and orchards, native plants, integrated pest and weed management, planning food security, small crop production – vegetables, herbs, spices, craft plants, harvest and post harvest, storing and preserving crops, community event organization and management, wild foods and restoration ecology, specialist practical and theory workshops on composting toilets, waste water treatment, water testing, soil food web, seed saving and managing a seed bank, biochar, blacksmithing, plant harvest, treatment and construction, making natural dyes and inks, tropical crops and vegetable production, animal systems, and more.

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT THROUGH JULY 16

The Three Epochs of Humanity Permaculture Design Certificate Course (PDC)

A course by Kinstone Academy of Applied Permaculture

This unique PDC program contains the creative and experiential application of living skills passed down by our ancestors into the present time and beyond. It incorporates the full 72-hour PDC and so much more! Students will earn their Permaculture Design Certificate upon completion of the full program. The three areas of concentration are:

The Hunter-Gatherer Lifestyle
Agricultural Settlement and Pastoralism
Appropriate Technology and the Ecological Epoch

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT THROUGH MARCH 30

Advanced Permaculture Farming ~ Farming in Nature’s Image

A course by Kinstone Academy of Applied Permaculture

This year-long advanced track consists of two advanced farming courses which are provided in sequential order and held at two separate times during the year. Each course is a springboard for the following course. When signing up for this program, you are signing up to attend and complete both sessions as well as independent project(s) in between. Students taking this advanced program must already hold their Permaculture Design Certificate.

Advanced Farming I
Advanced Farming II

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT AVAILABLE THROUGH

Plants in Permaculture

A course by Kinstone Academy of Applied Permaculture

Plants make a front yard a place of beauty and abundant food production

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT THROUGH JUNE 30

In these intensive five days you will learn to identify trees and plants and come to an understanding of their significance in the landscape and delineate how to use plants for food, medicine and utility. We will observe trees and plants in their natural environment, and through observation, find methods to employ them as windbreaks, shelterbelts, habitat for animals, and companions for other plants that contribute to health and increased yields. Plant guilds, food forests, basic biology, basic botany, effects of weather on vegetation, interactions with animals, and the processes of various habitats and ecosystems (including farm ecosystems) will be discussed and examined. We will cover plant propagation, grafting, seed saving and more. We will explore prairie, woodland, savanna, pasture, gardens, farm fields, and other ecosystems found at or near Kinstone.

Hunter-Gatherer Skills Course

A course by Kinstone Academy of Applied Permaculture

Learn and practice some serious skills! Join us for this 5-day intensive short course as we take ourselves to the field and forest. In order to learn the intricacies of the local terrain and the origins of technology, for homesteading purposes and a general understanding of the immediate environment, it is important to become familiar with the spatial and temporal dimensions of the lay of the land. Folk and life ways, settlement configurations, geology, plants, animals and weather patterns will give us the ability to hone in our observation and develop creative hand and eye coordination. This entire course takes place in the field in the outdoors.

As hunter-gatherers we migrate to a “place”, settle in, construct camp (shelter, etc.), collect materials and make tools needed for our sustenance and comfort, and learn to live entirely embedded in a natural setting.

Natural Stone Workshop with Thea Alvin

A course by Kinstone Academy of Applied Permaculture

Do you love stone? Join stone mason & artist, Thea Alvin, as she teaches us the basics of stonework. We will build a permanent stone sculpture on the Kinstone campus. Thea Alvin was featured in the New York Times and in O Magazine in 2013. Her work can be seen on her website at myearthwork.com. Come join us for this unique and fun course in the art of stonework. Daily free breakfast, lunch and dinner available for registered students. Children ages 13-17 may register with a registered adult.

Instructor: Thea Alvin

Dates: September 27-October 6 (Sat., Sun., Mon.-Mon.)

Daily Schedule: 9:00am-6:00pm

Course Length: 10 days

Course Fee: Early bird: $1,350 After August 27: $1,500

3-Day Build A Rocket Mass Heater Workshop

A course by Kinstone Academy of Applied Permaculture

This workshop will focus on building a cob style rocket mass heater. It will be constructed inside the straw-clay cabin at Kinstone and will include a bench. This beautiful heater will be used to keep this cabin warm on chilly Wisconsin evenings. A rocket mass heater can heat a living space with a fraction of the firewood that would be used in a more traditional wood stove. Wood burns so efficiently in this style of heater that there is virtually no smoke, simply steam and carbon dioxide. The stove’s thermal mass stores and may radiate heat for days after a single firing. Over the course of this weekend workshop you will build a rocket mass heater and by doing so, learn how to: mix and apply cob and earthen mortars from sand, clay and water; lay bricks for the combustion chamber and manifold, use clay slip and perlite to insulate around the combustion chamber and heat riser, safely install and connect stove pipe for the exhaust/chimney, and more. Daily free breakfast, lunch and dinner available for registered students. Children ages 13-17 may register with a registered adult.

Instructor: Wayne Weiseman & C. Milton Dixon

Dates: September 12-14 (Friday-Sunday)

Course Length: 3 days

Daily Schedule: 9:00am-5:00pm

Course Fee: Early bird: $400

After August 12: $445

2014 LivingInPeace Project Permaculture Design Course

A course by Paul Murray

LivingInPeace Project PDCs are slightly different to most other PDC’s. The full theoretical curriculum will be presented, but we will also be expanding the classroom out into the surrounding environment and conducting practical workshops on our developing permaculture farm so that students will go home with all the theoretical information, but also with confidence, ability and skills to put their course material into practice.

New School PDC Permaculture Design Course in paradise island

A course by New School Permaculture

The New School Permaculture PDC is centred on the needs of the student.So you get what you need.
This course is presented by creative non formal education methods, that are based on creating a bridge between the right and left side of the brain, so that the analytical and creative abilities of the students get fully stimulated and get the most out of the experience…for many people is the most empowering and inspiring transformative process of their lives…and they carry this with them everywere they go….and thats our goal.

Permaculture Design Course Montana

A course by Permaculture Community

This 6-weekends course is focused on the climate of the Inland Northwest bioregion. Taught by Michael Pilarski.

Permaculture Design Course Oregon

A course by Permaculture Community

Aprovecho’s Sustainable Living Skills Program is the oldest program of its kind in the Northwest and includes hands on training in appropriate technology, sustainable forestry, natural building, and sustainable agriculture. Abel Kloster, Tao Orion, Jude Hobbs, Marisha Auerbach, Rick Valley and guests.

  • Cottage Grove, OR 97424, USA
  • Jun 15, 2014 at 09:00 AM -
    Jul 19, 2014 at 05:00 PM
  • $2200-$3000
  • 541-942-8198
  • abelkloster@aprovecho.net
  • http://www.aprovecho.net

Permaculture Design Course Oregon

A course by Permaculture Community

Join Aprovecho’s stellar team of teachers and practitioners for a PDC this fall. Abel Kloster, Tao Orion, Jude Hobbs, Marisha Auerbach, Rick Valley, and guests.

  • Cottage Grove, OR 97424, USA
  • Sep 28, 2014 at 09:00 AM -
    Oct 18, 2014 at 05:00 PM
  • $1000
  • abelkloster@aprovecho.net
  • http://www.aprovecho.net

Permaculture Design Course California

A course by Permaculture Community

Fully immerse yourself in the world of permaculture and experience lit on a working permaculture farm. Penny Livingston-Stark.

  • Bolinas, CA, USA
  • May 30, 2014 at 09:00 AM -
    Jun 14, 2014 at 05:00 PM
  • $1650
  • info@regenerativedesign.org

Permaculture Design Course, Cob Building Hands-on, Pacific Northwest

A course by Permaculture Community

Two week intensive PDC. Hosted at Restoration Seeds farm. Chuck Barr and guests.

Permaculture Design Course Colorado Front Range

A course by Permaculture Community

The first residential PDC in the Pikes Peak Region. Peter Bane, Marco Chung-Shu Lam, Sandy Cruz, Becky Elder

  • Woodland Park, CO 80863, USA
  • Jun 15, 2014 at 09:00 AM -
    Jun 28, 2014 at 05:00 PM
  • xtinazahn@gmail.com

Permaculture Design Course Indiana

A course by Permaculture Community

Sponsored by Indiana University. Peter Bane, Keith Johnson, Rhonda Baird.

  • Lafayette, IN, USA
  • May 18, 2014 at 09:00 AM -
    Jun 03, 2014 at 05:00 PM
  • $1250
  • shelteringhills@gmail.com

Permaculture Design Course SE Michigan

A course by Permaculture Community

A full PDC in two sessions. Peter Bane, Keith Johnson, Rhonda Baird, and guests.

  • Adrian, MI 49221, USA
  • Jul 13, 2014 at 09:00 AM -
    Aug 02, 2014 at 05:00 PM
  • pcactivist@mindspring.com

Three Epochs of Humanity PDC

A course by Permaculture Community

This unique course include the entire PDC… Wayne Weiseman, C. Milton Dixon, Jarad Barkeim

  • Fountain City, WI, USA
  • Apr 30, 2014 at 09:00 AM -
    May 11, 2014 at 05:00 PM
  • $1620
  • inquiry@kinstoneacademy.com

Three Epochs of Humanity PDC

A course by Permaculture Community

This unique course include the entire PDC… Wayne Weiseman, C. Milton Dixon, Jarad Barkeim

  • Fountain City, WI, USA
  • Apr 30, 2014 at 09:00 AM -
    May 11, 2014 at 05:00 PM
  • $1620
  • inquiry@kinstoneacademy.com

Advanced Course – FARMING

A course by Permaculture Community

focus on small intensive and broadacre farming… Wayne Weiseman, Dan Halsey

  • Fountain City, WI, USA
  • May 07, 2014 at 09:00 AM -
    Oct 26, 2014 at 05:00 PM
  • $1495
  • inquiry@kinstoneacademy.com

Permaculture Teacher Training Michigan

A course by Permaculture Community

A five-day residential course with permaculture teacher’s certification. Peter Bane, Sandy Cruz, and guests.

Permaculture Teacher Training Course New England

A course by Permaculture Community

Teacher Training with Lauren Chase-Rowell, Josh Trought, Steve Whitman

  • Dorchester, NH, USA
  • Aug 18, 2014 at 09:00 AM -
    Aug 24, 2014 at 05:00 PM
  • $1000
  • 603-381-1798
  • steve@low-energy-future.com
  • http://www.dacres.org

Permaculture Design Course New England

A course by Permaculture Community

1 weekend per month PDC with Steve Whitman, Josh Trought, Dave Wichland, Lauren Chase-Rowell, Bryan Felice

  • Dorchester, NH, USA
  • May 01, 2014 at 08:00 AM -
    Nov 29, 2014 at 07:00 PM
  • $1300
  • 6033811798
  • steve@low-energy-future.com
  • http://www.dacres.org

Permaculture Design Course New England

A course by Permaculture Community

the art of re-visioning and remaking healthy human whole systems
with Keith Morris, Lisa DePiano, Mark Krawczyk, Alissa White

Permaculture Design Course Vermont

A course by Permaculture Community

PDC with Ben Falk, Erica Koch, Cornelius Murphy

Forest Garden Design & Implementation Workshop

A course by Permaculture Community

Empower yourself to transform conventionally managed properties into productive Edens modeled on the ecosystems found naturally in the forest. Learn to mimic the structures and functions of natural ecosystems while producing food and other products.

Through interactive design exercises, site walks through a burgeoning forest garden farm, and hands-on planting experience students will receive a comprehensive introduction to forest gardening as well as the skills and resources to take on their own forest gardening projects.

Fields Without Fences forest garden cultivates native fruits and small berries, specialty vegetables, culinary and medicinal herbs, and wild edibles within an innovative perennial design framework. This certified organic small farm combines cultivation, ecological regeneration and habitat creation. Fields Without Fences follows a philosophy of deep ecology rooted in the functionality and balance of natural systems. Saturday June 28th 2014
$35 Tuition
to register: Sean@WalshEcoDesign.com

www.fieldswithoutfences.org

Mushroom Cultivation Workshop

A course by Permaculture Community

Edible mushrooms make a great addition to any home garden and can easily be cultivated in small spaces and locations too marginal for other crops. This hands-on workshop will explore several techniques for cultivating a wide array of gourmet mushroom species. We will work with several species, and participants can take inoculated material home to begin their own cultivation practices. With Sean Walsh
Please dress appropriately for working. Bring your lunch; we will supply beverages and dessert

Permaculture Design Course

A course by Rancho Mastatal

Join renowned permaculture instructor Chris Shanks for this annual life-changing 2-week experience. The course covers the core Permaculture Design curriculum and emphasizes creating diverse multi-functional human landscapes based on ecological patterns. Utilizing Rancho Mastatal as a living classroom, the class will mix lectures and hands-on work, exploring design solutions for both North America and the tropics, and concluding with students working in teams to create their own permaculture site design. This course is applicable to anyone with an interest in designing sustainable futures as well as professionals in the fields of architecture, planning, ecology, education and community development. The whole-systems design thinking outlined in the course will give participants the tools to re-design and improve their surroundings, from gardens, farms and homes, to livelihoods, relationships and communities.

  • Mastatal, Costa Rica
  • Jun 01, 2014 at 07:00 AM -
    Jun 15, 2014 at 07:00 PM
  • $1250
  • Scholarships Available
  • info@ranchomastatal.com
  • http://www.ranchomastatal.com

Solidarity Permaculture design Course (PDC)

A course by Hopeland Eco-community Natural Life, Sustainability, Knowledge, Unity

This full 12-day PDC will empower you with all the necessary knowledge, skills and practical experience to be able to design with confidence.

Participants will learn to observe patterns and principles in the wild, in self and in society, and explore how to use them in designing and decision making in many areas of life – from house construction to gardens to community development.

The course is not just about imparting information and techniques – there is plenty of knowledge accessible these days. We will show you how and where to use the techniques, and support you in choosing or
birthing the most appropriate ones.

This particular course will have a focus on community development and water harvesting/storing in the
landscape, alongside the traditional wide ranging, life changing PDC curriculum, covering land design, eco-building, social permaculture, food forests, soil improvement, working in different climate zones and much more.

Also, by attending this course you are helping us help others! We feel the need to give something back to the people of this country who are going through difficult times at the moment and are in need of new skills, but cannot afford to pay for them. So we decided to use the profits from this PDC to fund a ‘Permaculture Caravan‘ that will take Peter around the country for three weeks, spreading the word on sustainable living. This has never been done before and we are counting on your support to make it work!

So come join us create a better world, for you, for us, and for many many more…

Building with Strawbales

A course by Permaculture Community

The Course
In this two-day course we will present you with an opportunity to assess the opportunities for strawbale building in your life, whether you wish to build your own home, construct a chook shed or just decide if strawbale is the right medium for your project.
We take you through the theory and design of strawbale building as well as actually building part of a strawbale structure and we’ll discuss load-bearing versus pole frame structures, various wall shapes, foundations, plastering options, floors – earthen, concrete and wood.
You will learn through lectures, practical activities, case studies, videos, slides and a wealth of printed material.
In past workshops we have built an extension to the homestead at The Food Forest, a commercial coldroom, the ‘Eco Gazebo’, the ‘Studio’, an indoor/outdoor food preparation entertainment area and a beautiful sculptured garden wall using this extraordinary medium.

ORGANIC VEGETABLE GROWING & FREE RANGE POULTRY

A course by Permaculture Community

Growing high quality organic vegetables is not difficult once you understand the ecology of the garden, especially if you use free range poultry. This course will show you techniques for managing a self-sufficient backyard or small scale commercial garden and the basics of free range poultry husbandry.
We will consider the selection of vegetable species through the seasons, garden design, bio-diversity, irrigation, pest and disease management, mulching, composting and soil fertility, meeting quality and organic standards and small scale marketing.
The Chook is the world’s original recycler and pest controller. We will look at its housing, breed characteristics, supplementary feeding, keeping hens out of the lettuces and foxes out of the hens, managing pests and diseases in free-range flocks, rearing your own replacements, as well as chickens and geese in orchard management.

Fruit and Nut Growing

A course by Permaculture Community

Growing your own fresh fruit and nuts has to be one of the most satisfying things you can do in your own backyard or property! What’’s more, South Australia’s Mediterranean climate enables us to grow the most intensely flavoured and nutritious tree crops in the world.

This one-day workshop will explore different varieties of stone fruit, citrus, olives, pecan nuts, figs, apples, pistachios and as many other crops as you desire. We will also discuss preserving techniques to stock your pantry for supply through the seasons.

Introduction to Permaculture

A course by Permaculture Community

A concentrated introduction to the principles and techniques of this complete system for the sustainable design for gardens, farms, homes, waste re-use, economics, community development and energy management. Inspect appropriately designed structures and growing systems on this organically certified property and solve some property design challenges using three-dimensional interactive modelling.

Sustainable House Design

A course by Permaculture Community

We’’ll discuss the details of passive-solar design, solar hot water and electricity production, how to stay warm in winter and cool in summer. We’ll consider site assessment, the qualities of different building materials, and how to gain council approval.
We will learn how to design compost toilet and grey-water systems which save you money every day, satisfy council requirements, are safe and hygienic, can produce rich compost, don’t smell, save thousands of litres of water per year, produce reeds for mulching and nutrient-rich water for irrigation of fruit trees.

City Chooks – How to Guide

A course by Permaculture Community

Everyone loves chooks but keeping them in a small urban backyard with close neighbours, other pets and veggie gardens: can be tricky. Join Charles as he describes the best ways to house, feed and enjoy the company and egg from you feathered friends.
This will be a 1 hour information session with a 1 hour Q&A and look at chooks in action in Charles back yard. Group size will be limited so you can ask all the questions you need. A detailed and helpful booklet will be created with the workshops information, tips and tricks and placed in our resources area.

Edible Weeds Workshop

A course by Permaculture Community

Identify and try edible weeds with Charles in his backyard. Most weeds are highly mineralised and healthy vegies and the young ones should go straight in the salad bowl. Those older stronger weeds can be put through the animals, or make excellent green manure then mulch keeping their minerals in your garden. Other than the obvious eating you will learn what your weeds do and how to manage them.
Feel free to BYO weeds to identify.

Permaculture in Aid and Development

A course by Permaculture Community

A weekend experience looking at how Permaculture can be applied in communities in need.

About the workshop

Many communities and families around the world are living in circumstances of critical need, lacking basic needs like sufficient food and water, sanitation and shelter as well as other needs like employment, education, healthcare, justice and safety. This course will demonstrate a range of examples of aid projects from a range of countries where permaculture or permaculture-type techniques have been applied to make a difference. It will demonstrate the valuable roles that individuals can play in supporting communities in assisting them to recognise needs and undertake change.

This workshop will help you understand the complexities of aid, development and assisting others. It will introduce how to develop and support good projects and be a project worker in a community. It will provide an overview of how assessments are made, how funding is sought, how partnerships are established to sustain long term benefit and how lessons are recognised and shared for future benefit.

This course is intended as both a practical time those interested in this work and a time for support for those wanting to share their story with others. This will be an informative and important weekend for anyone wishing to work abroad or to contribute to aid and development for situations of need.

The Course will be presented by two long-term members of the permaculture community who have worked and volunteered in a wide range of countries from Cuba to Indonesia, Haiti to Afghanistan as well as many community initiatives in Australia. They are also both involved in the Permafund Committee, the charitable arm of Permaculture Australia that supports aid and development projects and an update will be provided on the Permafund Committee’s work and it’s 2013 Grants.

There will also be films and discussion in the evening for those that want more. This is a whole weekend experience with the trainers not just a come and go workshop.

Workshop Program

This workshop will include:

What does good Permaculture Aid look like? Examples around the world.
Resilience, Disaster preparedness, and survival
Cultural sensitivity.
Getting prepared and skilling-up.
Project management – Assessment, Design, Implementation, Learning
Evaluation and Assessment.
And a range of other issues.

Sustainable Tree Management Workshop

A course by Permaculture Community

For those that want to learn about sustainable tree management, growing trees for fodder, food, fuel and materials, felling techniques, intro to chainsaw use and Lucas saw milling

About the Workshop
Trees have many benefits and essential functions in our eco-systems. They are a valuable resource needing thoughtful, respectful and appropriate management. When we inherit trees on our property or would like to plant them we need to know how to manage them responsibly and sustainably but many of us do not know how to do this correctly. This workshop will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to do this. Permaculture offers us principles, techniques and solutions for both sustainable farm forestry and natural forest management and enables us to see trees and forests from a broader perhaps entirely new perspective. The workshop will be theoretical and practical; entertaining and informative; and you will certainly benefit from spending two days in the beautiful forests of Bandusia. Whether you have a natural forest you need to manage, want to set up farm forestry with high yielding productive species, or just want to learn more about trees and forests, then this workshop is appropriate for you.

About the trainer
Dave Spicer

Dave Spicer PictureDave grew up in the Snowy Mountains, as a boy he was harvesting Eucalyptus oil and working alongside his father on their land, gaining a vast experience in tree felling and forestry management from an early age.

Dave has a proven practicality, with over 15 years’ experience in permaculture design and education working and teaching with Bill Mollison at Permaculture Institute Tasmania, & Geoff Lawton; Managing Director at Permaculture Research Institute Australia – Zaytuna farm. David also worked as farm manager of the renowned Tagari farm in northern NSW.

He has taught and designed both nationally and globally, working in 5 states of Australia, Morocco, Jordan and Palestine and in many different climate zones. He brings a unique combination of knowledge and experience with tree growing, management, harvesting, timber processing and utilization.

Workshop Program
Concepts

Overview of forest functions, services & yields
Forest types, rainfall gradients, fertility gradients and fire
Food, fodder, fuel & fibre forests
Review of permaculture ethics and principles with reference to forests
Forestry systems
Native fire forest, riparian non fire forests, pastoral woodlands, plantations, shelterbelts
Reading landscape tour of Bandusia forest
Forest products and yields
Application & Practice
The course will also involve practical demonstrations in the forests of Bandusia. It will include: pruning, thinning and coppicing; slash processing and fuel hazard reduction; debarking, sawing and drying; milling with the Lucas Mill and more.

There will be plenty of time for discussion and Q & A’s

Balcony Garden Workshop

A course by Permaculture Community

“Abundance and Beauty on a Balcony”

About the workshop
Picture your balcony like a hanging garden of Babylon, overflowing with herbs, veggies and flowers? Imagine picking your own herbs, micro greens, salad, herbal tea, potatoes maybe even mushrooms. No space is too small and every balcony can grow something, helping to reduce food miles, carbon emissions and green house gas pollution. Growing your own also ensure you become more self-reliant and in control of the nutrimental content of at least some of your food. Growing your own food is the responsible thing to do and its fun and healthy.

I bet you’ve never considered producing your own eggs or even meat from quails on your balcony. What about worm farming or even composting? Propagation can be easy and so is developing your own balcony garden into an interesting, productive and diverse oasis.

This workshop shares with you many strategies you can use to create your ideal balcony garden, ensuring you can use the smallest of spaces to its full potential, in its most efficient and effective way to create maximum abundance. This workshop looks at balcony design, activities, routines and timings to ensure you maximise the potential of your space. This will set you up to be managing the whole system in an ongoing permanent and sustainable way.

Workshop Outcomes
At the end of this workshop you will;

Be able to design and develop a balcony garden
Understand the process of design, construction and sequence of events
Gain foundation skills to be able to manage your balcony garden such as propagation, worm farming, composting etc
Become familiar with a range of plants suitable for numerous balcony environments and microclimates
Growing food in pots and containers
Maintaining your balcony garden – fertilising; watering mulching
Small animals on a balcony
Understand some of the issues and pitfalls faced by balcony gardeners and solutions to overcome them
Be provided with resources and information to assist you after the workshop
Be provided with the ideas, inspiration and confidence you need to ensure you create the ideal balcony for you whatever your circumstances
This full day workshop provides both the theory and practical hands on-skills. At the end of the day you will also walk away with your own box of veggies ready to start.

BOOK ME IN!

About the trainer

penny-portraitPenny Pyett is the director of the Permaculture Sydney Institute, an institute she is currently developing with others as a permaculture eEducation and demonstration centre on 55 acres in St Albans on the outskirts of Sydney. Penny has extensive knowledge and experience in permaculture, horticulture, community development, management and business. Over the last ten years Penny has been teaching permaculture and horticulture courses for community organisations and at various colleges for TAFE NSW including Introduction to Permaculture; Permaculture Design Certificate and Gardening for People with disabilities courses. Through TAFE outreach she also teaches permaculture design courses for school and community garden groups, facilitating groups with the design and development of their own school or community garden.

In 2002 Penny completed her PDC with Bill Mollison and since then has played a leading management role with Permaculture Sydney North (the leading group of Permaculturalists in the Sydney bioregion) on the management committee and as President (2005-09). She was one of the key initiators and the national coordinator of National Permaculture Day and convener for the National Permaculture Convergence APC9 in 2010.

In 1999 Penny designed and developed her own urban permaculture garden at Ryde, which has won numerous awards and acknowledgment for best sustainable eco-garden and edible landscapes.

A community development worker for many years, for both local government and the community services sector, Penny has worked with many individuals and community groups in developing programs and services for their communities as well as neighborhood precinct committees. She has provided facilitative training for community groups, schools and organisations for over 20 years.

As the sometime owner of successful secondhand businesses, Penny likes to reduce waste and re-use second-hand materials in landscape design that is functional and aesthetic.

As well as quality permaculture and sustainability education, the Permaculture Sydney Institute (PSI) also offers permaculture consultation, design and community development and group facilitation services.

Organic Kitchen Garden Workshop – Winter

A course by Permaculture Community

For people interested in producing abundant winter harvests of organic, fresh, healthy, living, fruit, vegetables and herbs throughout the season.

About the workshop
If you’re wondering how to have a productive and diverse kitchen garden throughout Winter, then this workshop is for you. It will show you what to do in the garden for winter; species selection and planting for winter; farming worms in the garden; kitchen garden harvests and how to use them (creating sensational soups) winter propagation (hardwood cuttings); pruning deciduous trees and shrubs; preparing for frosts; soil health & nutrition (legumes & green manures).

This workshop is one of four specifically tailored seasonal organic garden workshops conducted throughout the year. Save 10% by booking into all four seasonal organic garden workshops for $495

About the Trainers

Nicholas Crook has 30 years experience as a gardener and horticulturist, and studied at Pershore College of Horticulture, Worcestershire. He started growing vegetables at an early age, and worked in historic houses and nurseries in Great Britain, before emigrating to Australia. He has wide experience as an organic grower of fruit, vegetables and herbs, based on Permaculture principles. His gardening career has included garden design, consultation, propagation, garden maintenance, teaching horticulture and permaculture, nursery management and garden writing. Nick works at Ryde College of TAFE as a teacher of Landscape and Horticulture.

penny-portraitPenny Pyett BA (UNSW), Cert. Welfare Work (St George TAFE), Dip Hort Science (Ryde TAFE), PDC (Permaculture Institute).

Penny Pyett is the director of the Permaculture Sydney Institute, an institute she is currently developing with others as a Permaculture Education and Demonstration Centre on 55 acres in St Albans on the outskirts of Sydney. Penny has extensive knowledge and experience in permaculture, horticulture, community development, management and business. Over the last ten years Penny has been teaching permaculture and horticulture courses for community organisations and at various colleges for TAFE NSW including Introduction to Permaculture, Permaculture Design Certificate and Gardening for people with disabilities courses. Through TAFE outreach she also teaches Permaculture design courses for school and community garden groups, facilitating groups with the design and development of their own school or community garden.

In 2002 Penny completed her PDC with Bill Mollison and since then has played a leading management role with Permaculture Sydney North (the leading group of Permaculturalists in the Sydney bioregion) on the management committee and as President (2005-09). She was one of the key initiators and the national coordinator of National Permaculture Day and convener for the National Permaculture Convergence APC9 in 2010.

In 1999 Penny designed and developed her own urban permaculture garden at Ryde, which has won numerous awards and acknowledgment for best sustainable eco-garden and edible landscapes.

A community development worker for many years, for both local government and the community services sector, Penny has worked with many individuals and community groups in developing programs and services for their communities as well as neighborhood precinct committees. She has provided facilitative training for community groups, schools and organisations for over 20 years.

As the sometime owner of successful secondhand businesses, Penny likes to reduce waste and re-use second-hand materials in landscape design that is functional and aesthetic.

As well as quality permaculture and sustainability education, the Permaculture Sydney Institute (PSI) also offers permaculture consultation, design and community development and group facilitation services.

Street Tree and Edible Verge Workshop

A course by Permaculture Community

Street Tree and Food Growing Workshop – “creating productive streets and resilient communities” , for those who are interested in learning more about growing productive edible fruit and nut trees and landscapes on your streets, in your communities.

Bamboo Building Workshop

A course by Permaculture Community

This workshop is for those who appreciate bamboo and all its beauty, bounty and abundance; its strength and structural ability; its flexibility to bend and not break; its multi-functionality and usefulness; and its sustainability. It’s for those who wish to design and build bamboo structures for their home, farm or community and become more self-reliant, energy efficient and sustainable.

Rural Skills Series – Selecting Livestock for your property

A course by Permaculture Community

Detailed information on this workshop will be available soon.
To register your interest call PSI on 9888 2575 or email info@permaculturesydneyinstitute.org

Rural Skills Series – Introduction to Farm Animals

A course by Permaculture Community

Detailed information on this workshop will be available soon.
To register your interest call PSI on 9888 2575 or email info@permaculturesydneyinstitute.org

Permaculture Design Course Bandusia

A course by Permaculture Community

The Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC)is the ultimate permaculture course experience. Covering the Permaculture Designers Manual it brings together ancient and modern wisdoms, science and the arts and many practical design principles and techniques for living a totally sustainable lifestyle.

Rural Skills Series – Managing Diary Cattle

A course by Permaculture Community

Detailed information on this workshop will be available soon.
To register your interest call PSI on 9888 2575 or email info@permaculturesydneyinstitute.org

Rural Skills Series – Managing Beef Cattle

A course by Permaculture Community

Detailed information on this workshop will be available soon.
To register your interest call PSI on 9888 2575 or email info@permaculturesydneyinstitute.org

Cider and Wine Making Workshop

A course by Permaculture Community

This will be a fun packed hands-on day thinking about, making and tasting wine and cider. You will leave the course with the knowledge, skills and confidence to make your own. Your home will never be the same again with tempting cider and wine that will warm every heart when guests drop in.

Cider and Wine Making Workshop

A course by Permaculture Community

This workshop will help you to transform fruit into delicious wines and ciders. It will enable you to become a traditional home brewer; save money reduce waste and food miles; become more self-reliant and energy efficient; and have an impressive display of wines and ciders at your fingertips to be proud of or even perhaps to sell for income.

Organic Kitchen Garden Workshop – Spring

A course by Permaculture Community

This Spring Kitchen Garden Workshop will cover a vast array of invaluable organic kitchen garden tips and information for spring, provided by experienced seasoned organic gardeners. There will be plenty of hands on experience too, you will learn how to plan and start a new kitchen garden from scratch including preparing the soil, mulching, planting, fertilizing and maintenance.

Chemical-free Vegetable Gardening, from Seed, Soil to Harvest!

A course by Permaculture Community

Join Seven Arrows farmer Meg Paska on Tuesday, May 6th and 13th from 6-8 p.m. as she guides you through the basics of chemical-free vegetable growing. Produce pure, flavorful foods from your backyard all season long!

In this two part class, students will learn the following:
-Basic soil science: Soil testing, organic amendments and biology.
-Seed selection, how and when to start seeds, direct seeding vs. transplanting.
-Maximizing space through succession planting, vertical growing and intercropping.
-Maintenance: weeding, irrigation, pest and disease management.
-Harvesting techniques.
The workshop will take place outdoors and will be all hands on! Live demos and student participation will be a big part of this class. All students will leave with a solid working knowledge of productive vegetable gardening!

Dairy Goats for Beginners!

A course by Permaculture Community

Join Seven Arrows farmer Meg Paska for a great workhop dedicated to dairy goats! Goats are a fun addition to any homestead. They are friendly, smart, resourceful and give the gift of amazing, pure milk! Goats come in many sizes and breeds, so it’s easy to find the type of goat that works best for your living situation, whether it’s on many acres or a small backyard homestead.

In this workshop, students can expect to learn:
-Goat anatomy and physiology
-Breed selection
-Diet, care and maintenance
-Housing and manure management
-Breeding and milking
-Goat kid care (we’ll have spring goat kids!)
Included will be a cheese making demo! Students will get to experience goat milking first hand and will get a farm made bar of goat’s milk soap to take home with them!

Permaculture Design Course: Sydney: Jul 2014

A course by Permaculture Community

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Join Nick Ritar along with special guest David Holmgren (co-originator of Permaculture) and others as they get you inspired and skilled up for creating abundance in a world out of balance, with solid design skills and techniques.

This 2 week intensive course will arm you with the design thinking and skills to create resilient, synergistic systems for living, working and community.

Permaculture is set of principles that result in sustainable and productive systems. Systems for living, architecture, food production, land management and community. No chemicals and no excuses. Just good, thoughtful, innovative and effective design for the needs of our species

By observing nature we can use natural patterning to design and implement ideas and systems that build on natural processes with energy efficient, low cost and high yeilding results. Milkwood Permaculture PDC graduates leave this course ready to design and implement permaculture into a wide range of scenarios; from urban permaculture systems to small farms and community projects.

“The entire two weeks were truly awesome. I learned so much and I am excited to start implementing some of my personal design ideas back at home, as well as many of the ideas I picked up from the teachers and fellow students” – Graduate of Nov 2012 Milkwood PDC

What you will learn at this Milkwood PDC:

• 
aquaponicsPermaculture principles and ethics
• Solid permaculture design process
• Creating a balanced soil food web in your garden
• Pattern Understanding
• Designing water into urban/peri-urban landscapes
• Water harvesting and drought-proofing
• Intensive annual and perennial food and animal systems
• Orchard and food forest design
• System planning + integration
• Appropriate technologies for future communities
• Trees, water and energy cycling
• Strategies for building healthy, resilient communities

We also blend into our established and certified curriculum new material from a range of other world-leading thinkers and activators on subjects like transition, food security, regenerative agriculture, urban water harvesting and much more.

“You helped me to open another door to see the world, thanks” – Graduate of Nov 2012 Milkwood PDC

Why do your PDC with Milkwood Permaculture?

keyhole gardenWe work with a world-class teaching team of communicators who are both deeply involved in the theory and practice of Permaculture on a daily basis, but who can also effectively pass their knowledge on to you. We know from experience that there is no ‘one way’ to design a system with Permaculture, so we don’t pass on cookie-cutter techniques as the basis for permaculture design.

We offer a pragmatic and down to earth approach to permaculture as a design science; students emerge with solid info on how to design regenerative systems all over the planet from a principles-based design approach.

We do Permaculture farming and education full time, as a livelihood. You will not find a more committed crew of people actively being the change they want to see in this world. We are growers, teachers, parents, academics, writers, designers, mechanics, cooks and homesteaders, who have successfully made Permaculture their lives. We’re here to share what we’ve learned with you, so that you can forge your own path towards a regenerative and resilient future.

designingWe empower students to become competent designers with a wide range of scenarios used as student design exercises during the course. We encourage students to bring maps or resources in order to design their own projects as part of the course, to enable you to hit the ground running when you get home, with a supervised, workable design that you’re ready to activate as part of your course outcomes.

We support our students after they leave with resources and the ongoing support you’ll receive from the Milkwood Permaculture alumni network – it’s growing into an amazing collection of folks from all over the world, many of whom have gone on to implement permaculture effectively at many levels of home, community and beyond.

“My experience with Milkwood was not only wonderfully educational, it was very inspirational. The teaching methods were excellent and I feel I have absorbed all of the information and now have the resources to explore, create and implement all that was learned.” – Graduate of Jul 2012 PDC

Internationally Recognized Certification

forest gardenThe Milkwood Permaculture Design Certificate course draws from the curriculum set out by Bill Mollison (Co-originator of Permaculture) in Permaculture: A Designers Manual.

We enhance this foundation knowledge using David Holmgren’s permaculture principles and Dave Jacke’s design process to ensure excellent skill acquisition and learning outcomes for students.

Apon successful completion of this course, graduates are awarded a Permaculture Design Certificate from Milkwood Permaculture, which is recognized by many academies world wide.

Graduates may then progress towards a Diploma in Permaculture if they wish.

Additional workshops and tours

Course hours are 9am – 5pm each day with a day off on the middle Saturday. Your course also includes multiple site tours of some of Sydney’s best and most inspiring permaculture systems.

“Just all round bloody fantastic.” – Graduate of Jul 2012 PDC

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Booking into the course

You can pay for your course below with your credit card, or email or call us on 02 6373 7763 to arrange payment by credit card or direct deposit over the phone. We’re happy to answer whatever questions you might have.

Intro to Permaculture: Jun 2014: Sydney

A course by Permaculture Community

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Join us for 2 days of permaculture design theory and action. You will leave this course with a solid grounding of how you can apply permaculture principles in your home, garden, apartment or farm. You’ll also be in an informed position to further your journey into permaculture design.

This course will give you a comprehensive overview of how to apply pro-active, sustainable design techniques to your immediate environment – whether you live in a small apartment, a quarter-acre block, or a rural property.

In a rapidly changing world, we are all looking for solutions that can aid our community’s stability. We’re talking systems for living, architecture, food production, land management and community:

Effective ways of growing healthy, organic food in urban environments
Regenerative farming that can both feed a family, earn an income and build soil fertility
Retrofitting techniques for existing houses or property that results in lower energy costs and better health for its inhabitants
No chemicals and no excuses. Just good, thoughtful, innovative and effective design for the needs of our species.

This intensive weekend course covers the basics of designing resilient systems with permaculture principles; energy cycling, nutrient cycling, animal systems, veggie growing systems, and how to retrofit your existing habitat to become a haven of organic food and low-energy living.

We use examples of existing permaculture systems, projects and designs, both urban and rural, to show you how you can use permaculture design to create positive change.

This course arms you with practical strategies to better care and provide for yourself, your family and the planet. All set in a beautiful, abundant inner city community garden bursting with examples of urban permaculture in action.

“I have done several permaculture courses now and I would say that Nick Ritar is definitely one of the best and most dynamic permaculture teacher I’ve experienced. Thanks again, Milkwood.” – Paul Jordan, Project Officer + budding Permaculture Designer

Some resources to get you thinking:

Some of our student’s previous urban permaculture designs
David Holmgren’s Permaculture Principles
All our articles on Permaculture
About the teacher:

Nick Ritar is a permaculture designer, consultant and educator who works extensively across a wide range of bioregions, farms, watersheds and city environments. He is recognized nationally as a leading advocate on how permaculture principles can contribute to food security through good design and regenerative farming and living.

Nick divides his time between extensive permaculture teaching, permaculture consultancy, writing and farming in central western NSW. Nick’s full profile.

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Included in your course fee

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The classic text Introduction to Permaculture by Bill Mollison (RRP $41.70) is included in your course fee, to help get you started and keep you inspired when implementing what you learn at this course into your own habitat.

Your course fee includes course notes and tea + coffee + organic fruit during the day. For lunches, we usually put in a joint order to a great little organic cafe around the corner, LoveGrub – or feel free to bring your own.

Booking into the course

You can pay for your course below with your credit card, or email or call us on 02 6373 7763 to arrange payment by credit card or direct deposit over the phone. We’re happy to answer whatever questions you might have.

Intro to Permaculture: Aug 2014: Sydney

A course by Permaculture Community

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Join us for 2 days of permaculture design theory and action. You will leave this course with a solid grounding of how you can apply permaculture principles in your home, garden, apartment or farm. You’ll also be in an informed position to further your journey into permaculture design.

This course will give you a comprehensive overview of how to apply pro-active, sustainable design techniques to your immediate environment – whether you live in a small apartment, a quarter-acre block, or a rural property.

In a rapidly changing world, we are all looking for solutions that can aid our community’s stability. We’re talking systems for living, architecture, food production, land management and community:

Effective ways of growing healthy, organic food in urban environments
Regenerative farming that can both feed a family, earn an income and build soil fertility
Retrofitting techniques for existing houses or property that results in lower energy costs and better health for its inhabitants
No chemicals and no excuses. Just good, thoughtful, innovative and effective design for the needs of our species.

This intensive weekend course covers the basics of designing resilient systems with permaculture principles; energy cycling, nutrient cycling, animal systems, veggie growing systems, and how to retrofit your existing habitat to become a haven of organic food and low-energy living.

We use examples of existing permaculture systems, projects and designs, both urban and rural, to show you how you can use permaculture design to create positive change.

This course arms you with practical strategies to better care and provide for yourself, your family and the planet. All set in a beautiful, abundant inner city community garden bursting with examples of urban permaculture in action.

“I have done several permaculture courses now and I would say that Nick Ritar is definitely one of the best and most dynamic permaculture teacher I’ve experienced. Thanks again, Milkwood.” – Paul Jordan, Project Officer + budding Permaculture Designer

Some resources to get you thinking:

Some of our student’s previous urban permaculture designs
David Holmgren’s Permaculture Principles
All our articles on Permaculture
About the teacher:

Nick Ritar is a permaculture designer, consultant and educator who works extensively across a wide range of bioregions, farms, watersheds and city environments. He is recognized nationally as a leading advocate on how permaculture principles can contribute to food security through good design and regenerative farming and living.

Nick divides his time between extensive permaculture teaching, permaculture consultancy, writing and farming in central western NSW. Nick’s full profile.

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Included in your course fee

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The classic text Introduction to Permaculture by Bill Mollison (RRP $41.70) is included in your course fee, to help get you started and keep you inspired when implementing what you learn at this course into your own habitat.

Your course fee includes course notes and tea + coffee + organic fruit during the day. For lunches, we usually put in a joint order to a great little organic cafe around the corner, LoveGrub – or feel free to bring your own.

Booking into the course

You can pay for your course below with your credit card, or email or call us on 02 6373 7763 to arrange payment by credit card or direct deposit over the phone. We’re happy to answer whatever questions you might have.

Intro to Permaculture: Oct 2014: Sydney

A course by Permaculture Community

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Join us for 2 days of permaculture design theory and action. You will leave this course with a solid grounding of how you can apply permaculture principles in your home, garden, apartment or farm. You’ll also be in an informed position to further your journey into permaculture design.

This course will give you a comprehensive overview of how to apply pro-active, sustainable design techniques to your immediate environment – whether you live in a small apartment, a quarter-acre block, or a rural property.

In a rapidly changing world, we are all looking for solutions that can aid our community’s stability. We’re talking systems for living, architecture, food production, land management and community:

Effective ways of growing healthy, organic food in urban environments
Regenerative farming that can both feed a family, earn an income and build soil fertility
Retrofitting techniques for existing houses or property that results in lower energy costs and better health for its inhabitants
No chemicals and no excuses. Just good, thoughtful, innovative and effective design for the needs of our species.

This intensive weekend course covers the basics of designing resilient systems with permaculture principles; energy cycling, nutrient cycling, animal systems, veggie growing systems, and how to retrofit your existing habitat to become a haven of organic food and low-energy living.

We use examples of existing permaculture systems, projects and designs, both urban and rural, to show you how you can use permaculture design to create positive change.

This course arms you with practical strategies to better care and provide for yourself, your family and the planet. All set in a beautiful, abundant inner city community garden bursting with examples of urban permaculture in action.

“I have done several permaculture courses now and I would say that Nick Ritar is definitely one of the best and most dynamic permaculture teacher I’ve experienced. Thanks again, Milkwood.” – Paul Jordan, Project Officer + budding Permaculture Designer

Some resources to get you thinking:

Some of our student’s previous urban permaculture designs
David Holmgren’s Permaculture Principles
All our articles on Permaculture
About the teacher:

Nick Ritar is a permaculture designer, consultant and educator who works extensively across a wide range of bioregions, farms, watersheds and city environments. He is recognized nationally as a leading advocate on how permaculture principles can contribute to food security through good design and regenerative farming and living.

Nick divides his time between extensive permaculture teaching, permaculture consultancy, writing and farming in central western NSW. Nick’s full profile.

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Included in your course fee

Intro to PC cover

The classic text Introduction to Permaculture by Bill Mollison (RRP $41.70) is included in your course fee, to help get you started and keep you inspired when implementing what you learn at this course into your own habitat.

Your course fee includes course notes and tea + coffee + organic fruit during the day. For lunches, we usually put in a joint order to a great little organic cafe around the corner, LoveGrub – or feel free to bring your own.

Booking into the course

You can pay for your course below with your credit card, or email or call us on 02 6373 7763 to arrange payment by credit card or direct deposit over the phone. We’re happy to answer whatever questions you might have.

Natural Beekeeping: Sept 2014: Sydney

A course by Permaculture Community

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Join Tim Malfroy of Malfroy’s Gold as he leads you through the basics of bee-friendly, natural, organic, small-scale beekeeping. You will leave this course with a competent knowledge of the fundamentals of natural beekeeping, and be ready to take the plunge and keep your own bees, Warré style!

The course will focus on a style of apiculture that is exclusively designed for the small-scale beekeeper.

Warré beekeeping is a bee-friendly method that aims to care for the bees, allow them to control their own environment, and is a gentler approach than conventional beekeeping, resulting in healthy contented bees, and superb raw honey.

This course is a series of presentations that draw a wide perspective on the evolution of flowering plants and honeybees, and the long and rich tradition of apiculture. There will be open discussion, and loads of practical advice!

In addition to discussing the role of the beekeeper and how to keep bees, Tim will talk extensively about the amazing social behavior and biology of the honeybee, giving you a solid grounding in the intricate world of the honeybee and how to approach keeping them in an ethical, sustainable manner.

This course also includes a visit to a urban Warré apiary and a hive inspection (weather permitting).

You will learn the ins and outs of sustainable beekeeping in general, and leave this course all ready to take the plunge of keeping your own bees!

Topics include, but are not limited to:

Evolution of the Honeybee and flowering plants
History of Honey Hunting & Beekeeping
Beehives throughout History
Beekeeping in Australia
Honeybees: Understanding the Super Organism
Biology of the Honeybee
The Importance of Natural Comb
The People’s Hive of Émile Warré
Getting Set-Up for Beekeeping: Buying bees, hives & equipment
Site and Forage Assessment
Forms required for keeping bees
Situating beehives in urban areas – backyards + rooftops
Handling bees gently and confidently
Introducing your bees to the hive
Ensuring the ongoing health of your colony
Pests & Diseases
Swarming
Raw honey & comb harvesting techniques
Honey appreciation
Strategies for safe and successful beekeeping within a neighborhood
Planting a Bee-friendly garden
Native Bees
Some resources to get you thinking

Milkwood’s Warré beekeeping resources
Tim Malfroy’s Warré beekeeping resources
About the teacher

Tim MalfroyTim Malfroy is the founder of the award-winning Malfroy’s Gold honey label with his wife Emma, and has been practicing organic and biodynamic beekeeping since he started keeping his own bees in 2006.

In 2008 he was the first beekeeper in Australia to build and trial a Warré hive, and traveled to the Apimondia in France 2009 to take part in the first conference session on Warré and top-bar beekeeping. Tim is a second-generation beekeeper, growing up on a large apiary in the foothills of the Blue Mountains.

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Booking into the course

You can pay for your course below with your credit card, or call Trev at our office on 02 6373 7763 or email us to arrange payment by credit card over the phone, or direct deposit.

Natural Beekeeping: Oct 2014: Sydney

A course by Permaculture Community

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Join Tim Malfroy of Malfroy’s Gold as he leads you through the basics of bee-friendly, natural, organic, small-scale beekeeping. You will leave this course with a competent knowledge of the fundamentals of natural beekeeping, and be ready to take the plunge and keep your own bees, Warré style!

The course will focus on a style of apiculture that is exclusively designed for the small-scale beekeeper.

Warré beekeeping is a bee-friendly method that aims to care for the bees, allow them to control their own environment, and is a gentler approach than conventional beekeeping, resulting in healthy contented bees, and superb raw honey.

This course is a series of presentations that draw a wide perspective on the evolution of flowering plants and honeybees, and the long and rich tradition of apiculture. There will be open discussion, and loads of practical advice!

In addition to discussing the role of the beekeeper and how to keep bees, Tim will talk extensively about the amazing social behavior and biology of the honeybee, giving you a solid grounding in the intricate world of the honeybee and how to approach keeping them in an ethical, sustainable manner.

This course also includes a visit to a urban Warré apiary and a hive inspection (weather permitting).

You will learn the ins and outs of sustainable beekeeping in general, and leave this course all ready to take the plunge of keeping your own bees!

Topics include, but are not limited to:

Evolution of the Honeybee and flowering plants
History of Honey Hunting & Beekeeping
Beehives throughout History
Beekeeping in Australia
Honeybees: Understanding the Super Organism
Biology of the Honeybee
The Importance of Natural Comb
The People’s Hive of Émile Warré
Getting Set-Up for Beekeeping: Buying bees, hives & equipment
Site and Forage Assessment
Forms required for keeping bees
Situating beehives in urban areas – backyards + rooftops
Handling bees gently and confidently
Introducing your bees to the hive
Ensuring the ongoing health of your colony
Pests & Diseases
Swarming
Raw honey & comb harvesting techniques
Honey appreciation
Strategies for safe and successful beekeeping within a neighborhood
Planting a Bee-friendly garden
Native Bees
Some resources to get you thinking

Milkwood’s Warré beekeeping resources
Tim Malfroy’s Warré beekeeping resources
About the teacher

Tim MalfroyTim Malfroy is the founder of the award-winning Malfroy’s Gold honey label with his wife Emma, and has been practicing organic and biodynamic beekeeping since he started keeping his own bees in 2006.

In 2008 he was the first beekeeper in Australia to build and trial a Warré hive, and traveled to the Apimondia in France 2009 to take part in the first conference session on Warré and top-bar beekeeping. Tim is a second-generation beekeeper, growing up on a large apiary in the foothills of the Blue Mountains.

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Booking into the course

You can pay for your course below with your credit card, or call Trev at our office on 02 6373 7763 or email us to arrange payment by credit card over the phone, or direct deposit.

Serious Backyard Vegies: May 2014: Sydney

A course by Permaculture Community

Do you want to grow seriously great vegetables in your backyard? Are you finding that it’s a little harder than you thought to get your beloved seeds from their packets all the way to a super, plentiful harvest?

Join Michael Hewins, Milkwood Farm’s market gardener, for 2 days of hands-on knowledge, tips and tricks on how to grow truly awesome backyard vegies using organic permaculture technique.

This course will cover:

Vegetable garden design, placement and retrofitting
Creating great garden soil using DIY, organic techniques
Raising great seedlings
Planting techniques for different plant families
What different vegetable varieties require to grow really well
Backyard nutrient cycling strategies to ensure enough plant food
Integrated Pest Management

Michael has a heap of experience in growing many types of annual vegetables in temperate and sub-tropical environments, and has particular enthusiasm and knowledge for managing and preventing pests and plant diseases with good garden management and biodiversity.

He can help you get activated about taking your organic veggie production from zero to hero, using easy and effective nutrient cycling and soil building techniques that complement his years of experience with planting plans to ensure a bountiful harvest.

This class will be approximately half class time and half garden time, so arrive expecting to get your hands dirty! You will leave this course with a competent working knowledge of how to either begin or immediately improve your vegie garden, as well as sample seeds and lots of course notes.

The majority of this course’s content applies to year-round growing for the greater Sydney region, with additional notes and tricks for planting and growing great vegies in Summer.

Booking your place:

You can pay for your course below with your credit card, or you can email us or call Trev at the Milkwood office on 02 6373 7763 to arrange payment by direct deposit or credit card over the phone.

Gourmet Mushroom Cultivation: Jun 2013: Sydney

A course by Permaculture Community

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Join us for two jam-packed days of hands-on skills in edible mushroom propagation. Learn how to grow delicious oyster, shiitake and many other mushrooms at home, organically!

This practical workshop will take you through the details of home mushroom propagation and introduce you to the fascinating world of fungi. You’ll also receive a host of take-home mushroom resources to get you growing.

Our approach is designed to ensure a sustainable mushroom supply for your home. We use minimal intervention with our mushroom propagation and focuses on creating resilient strains of mycelium which can better handle natural environments, rather than the climate-controlled approach of conventional large-scale mushroom propagation.

By the end of this course you will have the skills to take any suitable store-bought or foraged mushroom, clone and propagate it in a variety of ways, and create a lifetime supply of free mushrooms with very little startup cost.

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This workshop covers:

The basics of how mycelium works in nature
An overview of the fungi of Australia
‘Cloning’ store-bought mushrooms to make your own mycelium
Making agar to grow spawn, ready to be transferred to substrate
Making grain and sawdust spawn for cultivating mushrooms in bags
Inoculating logs with spawn in order to grow shiitake mushrooms
How to create mushroom gardens in your backyard
Growing your own organic mushrooms is a great way to introduce important trace minerals to your family’s diet, as well as being a heap of fun and extremely interesting to do.

Growing organic mushrooms can lead to a successful micro-enterprise that fits well with many small farms, homesteads and urban growers. Once you know how to do it, there is very little ongoing cost.

So if you’re curious about how to start growing mushrooms in bags, logs or in the ground and how to propagate your own strains of mycelium for a lifetime supply, join us!

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Booking your place:

You can pay for your course below with your credit card, or you can email us or call Trev at the Milkwood office on 02 6373 7763 to arrange payment by direct deposit or credit card over the phone.

Backyard Aquaponics: Jun 2013: Sydney NSW

A course by Permaculture Community

Does growing water-wise organic herbs, leafy greens and vegetables at your back door sound good to you? How about growing fresh fish while you’re at it?

Join us for a practical aquaponics workshop on how to build your own aquaponics system and produce organic, water-wise vegetables and fresh fish in your own backyard.

This 2-day intensive workshop is designed to de-mystify home aquaponics systems, and give you the knowledge and confidence you need to embark on building a range of DIY backyard aquaponics setups.

Aquaponics is a water-wise food growing system that can be integrated into any backyard, patio or balcony space. When well designed and managed, your aquaponics system can result in a year-round supply of fresh salads, herbs and fish, once you know how to balance and manage everything involved.

We know there’s no ‘one way’ to do aquaponics, so in this workshop we ensure you get a good grasp on all the options out there for home aquaponics systems. Then you can build your own with confidence.

This workshop covers the basics of:

The theory and history of Aquaponics
Nutrient cycling in different types of aquaponics systems
Integrating aquaponics with a permaculture approach for low-energy, high yeild systems
Different types of setups, grow beds, pumps and equipment
Integrating an aquaponics system efficiently and aesthetically into your backyard
Then we’ll move into the nitty-gritty of adaptable, modular, upgradable, DIY, media based aquaponics systems:

Design and hands-on construction of different aquaponics systems
Which kinds of pumps your can use, and how they’re different
The pros and cons of different fish food strategies (including Black Soldier Fly production, water weeds, worms and so on)
Selecting the best fish species for your backyard system
Selecting the best plants for your backyard system
How to approach the design of your system, to ensure success
And finally we’ll look at system maintenance and troubleshooting:

Understanding ‘system cycling’
Understanding basic water testing methods, including pH, and interpreting their results
Fish disease prevention strategies for a super healthy system
Natural strategies for nutrient management of your leafy green and veggie crops
You will leave with a competent beginners level knowledge of aquaponics, and with the confidence to build and maintain your own abundant aquaponics system, for many harvests to come.
Booking your place:

You can pay for your course below with your credit card, or you can email us or call Trev at the Milkwood office on 02 6373 7763 to arrange payment by direct deposit or credit card over the phone.

Backyard Aquaponics: Sept 2014: Sydney NSW

A course by Permaculture Community

Does growing water-wise organic herbs, leafy greens and vegetables at your back door sound good to you? How about growing fresh fish while you’re at it?

Join us for a practical aquaponics workshop on how to build your own aquaponics system and produce organic, water-wise vegetables and fresh fish in your own backyard.

This 2-day intensive workshop is designed to de-mystify home aquaponics systems, and give you the knowledge and confidence you need to embark on building a range of DIY backyard aquaponics setups.

Aquaponics is a water-wise food growing system that can be integrated into any backyard, patio or balcony space. When well designed and managed, your aquaponics system can result in a year-round supply of fresh salads, herbs and fish, once you know how to balance and manage everything involved.

We know there’s no ‘one way’ to do aquaponics, so in this workshop we ensure you get a good grasp on all the options out there for home aquaponics systems. Then you can build your own with confidence.

This workshop covers the basics of:

The theory and history of Aquaponics
Nutrient cycling in different types of aquaponics systems
Integrating aquaponics with a permaculture approach for low-energy, high yeild systems
Different types of setups, grow beds, pumps and equipment
Integrating an aquaponics system efficiently and aesthetically into your backyard
Then we’ll move into the nitty-gritty of adaptable, modular, upgradable, DIY, media based aquaponics systems:

Design and hands-on construction of different aquaponics systems
Which kinds of pumps your can use, and how they’re different
The pros and cons of different fish food strategies (including Black Soldier Fly production, water weeds, worms and so on)
Selecting the best fish species for your backyard system
Selecting the best plants for your backyard system
How to approach the design of your system, to ensure success
And finally we’ll look at system maintenance and troubleshooting:

Understanding ‘system cycling’
Understanding basic water testing methods, including pH, and interpreting their results
Fish disease prevention strategies for a super healthy system
Natural strategies for nutrient management of your leafy green and veggie crops
You will leave with a competent beginners level knowledge of aquaponics, and with the confidence to build and maintain your own abundant aquaponics system, for many harvests to come.
Booking your place:

You can pay for your course below with your credit card, or you can email us or call Trev at the Milkwood office on 02 6373 7763 to arrange payment by direct deposit or credit card over the phone

Intro to Organic Market Gardening: Sept 2014: Sydney

A course by Permaculture Community

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Learn how to start a market garden from scratch, and take bare ground to thriving, intensive vegetable production in one season. This course is for those who want to establish a viable, small-scale organic growing enterprise.

Australia needs more growers who are committed to the ethics of organic growing, and who want to provide their communities with clean local food for a fair price.

This three day intensive covers everything from soil health to finding markets for your produce – it’s a nuts-and-bolts course filled with solid knowledge and techniques for future growers.

You will also leave this course with a swag of resources for your future growing enterprise, and you’ll be ready to take action to make your future as a grower happen.

You will learn:

Garden design, planning & layout
Tools, resources and other considerations
Propagating healthy seedlings
Bed preparation
Soil fertility and management
Designing appropriate crop rotations
Harvest & storage
Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
Irrigation strategies
Startegies for establishing and leveraging markets for your produce
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Using two established Market Gardens as our training grounds, students will get a chance to learn how to plan their garden layout, make beds, plant a variety of crops, plan what goes where, strategise for integrated pest management and prepare for a bumper harvest.

As part of this course, we’ll be spending time at both Common2Us and also Warrah Farm, two organic market gardens in Dural growing incredible, chemical free and biodynamic food for the Sydney community.

We’ll see how they grow, harvest and interact with their Sydney markets, from on-farm shops to community supported agriculture and veggie box schemes.

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Leading you through this 3 days of knowledge will be Michael Hewins. Michael has been a full-time market gardener for a number of years in northern NSW as well as spearheading market garden projects at Milkwood Farm in Mudgee and Common2Us in Sydney.

The great thing about Michael’s growing experience is that it’s incredibly varied – he’s worked in a variety of climates and soils. He’s grown organic veggies as a self-employed grower, and within a larger enterprise.

Michael has a passion for dynamic adult learning environments, and has a strong focus upon sharing his knowledge to help inspire and guide positive change in the community.

In this course it is Michael’s mission to make sure that you leave with solid learning outcomes, so that you’re ready to make the most of your new knowledge about soils, seeds, design, crop rotation, growing, harvest, markets and more.

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So if you’re ready to get the skills and knowledge you need to plan, design and begin a market garden enterprise, join us!

Your course fee includes:

A copy of Allsun’s very comprehensive Growing Organic Vegetables CD ROM, in addition to extensive notes and take-home resources. We’ll also provide you with a light lunch, tea, coffee and organic fruit throughout the day.

Booking your place:

You can pay for your course below with your credit card, or you can email us or call Trev at the Milkwood office on 02 6373 7763 to arrange payment by direct deposit or credit card over the phone.

Stingless Beekeeping: Oct 2014: Sydney

A course by Permaculture Community

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A one-day intensive course on native beekeeping with Tim Heard: world-renowned expert in Australia’s native, stingless bee species. Covering hive design, splitting, honey extraction and bonus sessions on the details of native bees and how to encourage them in your garden.

These bees make the best garden pets ever, are completely safe for everyone and provide beautiful learning opportunities for kids around pollination and the natural cycles within your garden.

Stingless bees are Australia’s indigenous social bee. They are harmless and well suited to home gardens. They are effective pollinators of many garden plants. They yield small amounts of delectable honey, although note that in Sydney, honey production will be very low. They are great tools for environment education as they are inherently fascinating to children and have many interactions with plants and other insects.

The day in a nutshell – what we’ll cover:

The background…

What are bees? Basic biology, anatomy, diversity, distribution
Stingless bees: social behaviour, nest architecture, life cycle and reproduction
Anthropology of stingless bees and humans
Native bees and crop pollination
Foraging behaviour
Native bee honey production and properties
Natural enemies, swarming, fanning
The hive…

Practical demonstration of hive design
Practical demonstration of splitting two different hives
Practical demonstration of extracting honey from the hive
Native honey tasting!
Getting set to be a stingless beekeeper…

Hive design and construction
Hive placement
Moving a hive
Planting for native pollinators
What skills and knowledge will I get out of this course?

You will leave this course with a competent working understanding of tetragonula (formerly known as trigona, now re-classified) colonies, as well as many other native bees and the role they
play in our ecosystems.

You will learn how to open and split a tetragonula hive, and how to extract honey.

You will also learn how to encourage native pollinators to your balcony, garden or farm, and which native pollinators tend to pollinate which sorts of plants.

Some resources to get you thinking:

Tim Heard’s website, www.sugarbag.net
Aussie Bee, a great source of native bee info and booklets
Australian Stingless Bees: A guide to Sugarbag Beekeeping – an excellent book by John Klumpp
Hive Sales: Hives are available to be pre-ordered by students from Tim Heard, this course’s teacher. Tim has the capacity to bring a limited amount of hives to Sydney with him, and this is a great chance to get all set to go with a colony from Australia’s pre-eminent native bee expert. Please contact Tim directly after you’ve booked in if you’d like to take up this option.
Where in Australia can I keep Sugarbag bees?

“The most cold tolerant Australian native social stingless bee species, carbonaria, can survive in many parts of NSW, including all coastal areas from Nowra north. However as you move inland from the coast and the moderating influence of the ocean, the climate becomes less favourable. This is especially true where you gain altitude. So Canberra and Katoomba are definitely not suitable. But an area like Picton, about 25 km from the coast and 200m ASL seems to be OK.

In cooler areas hives need to be carefully sited and managed. Feeding the bees may help them survive in marginal areas. Harvesting honey from hives in these areas may not be possible. They will not fly below 18 degrees C and they need their stored food to survive through winter. It also may never be possible to propagate your hive in these areas. Areas where you can grow bananas perennially and they bear fruit, may also be suitable to keep carbonaria.” – Tim Heard

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Booking into the course

You can pay for your course below with your credit card, or you can email us or call Trev at the Milkwood office on 02 6373 7763 to arrange payment by direct deposit or credit card over the phone.

Permaculture Design Course – Permaculture College Australia

A course by Permaculture Community

comprehensive introduction to permaculture principles, applications & design practices. The 80+hour PDC at Djanbung Gardens includes the standard 72-hour international PDC curriculum, addressing all major climatic zones (temperate, subtropic, tropical & arid) and the breadth of permaculture applications for sustainable urban, rural & bioregional design and development.

Our permaculture training gives special attention to climatic zones represented by course participants. The course meets a common international standard as a foundation course for permaculture practitioners and teachers.

“Fantastic! Inspiring, informative, practical, engaging.” – Niall, Ireland

“Informative, creative, relevant, cram packed, up to date” – Aleasa, NSW

“An excellent course. This course helped deepen my understanding of permaculture. I felt deeply inspired to step up into leadership for the changing world.” Jason, USA

NEXT INTENSIVE RESIDENTIAL PDC at Djanbung Gardens: July 11-24, 2014

with leading international permaculture pioneer and trainer

Robyn Francis and the PCA team

Janelle Schafer, Guy Stewart, Annaliese Hordern, Angela Skehan, Melian Fertl & Guests

melcookingThe 2-week intensive PDC at Djanbung Gardens is an inspiring and empowering experience, in a living working permaculture farm where the concepts taught are practiced. Located in the beautiful Nimbin Valley, an area famous for it’s natural beauty, rainforests, sustainability initiatives and alternative culture.

Price is $1750 or Early Bird price $1575 if fees paid in full by Jun 11. See details below for Fair-Share Exchange and multiple registration discounts. Course fees include tuition, PDC Handbook and resources, full catering and camping. Limited bunk and private accommodation available for extra cost, or check out other accommodation options in Nimbin.

The course is followed by the 4-day Advanced Design Skills course – special discounted price for enrolling in both courses

Please click on the link below to all details about this advanced design course.

Advanced Design Skills

Course Catering by our permaculture fine-food chef, Melian Fertl – food features fresh garden, local and organic produce, international cuisine with options for omnivores (local free-range meats) and vegetarian diets. Gluten free can also be catered for.

Plants in Permaculture & Intro to Botany

A course by Permaculture Community

Basic botany for gardeners and seed savers, plant physiology, families, botanical terms, using keys for plant identification. Explore the role of plants in Permaculture, considerations for plant selection and methods of propagation

  • 74 Cecil St, Nimbin NSW, Australia
  • May 05, 2014 from 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
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Small Crop Production for Food Security

A course by Permaculture Community

Learn how to plan and manage small crops for domestic self-reliance and organic commercial production. Includes vegetables, herb, spice and perennial crops, companion planting, crop rotation, poly-culture,soil nutrient management, and how to develop planting schedules for year-round food supply.

Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course, with Tom Kendall at PRI Maungaraeeda Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

A course by Permaculture Community

Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course, with Tom Kendall at PRI Maungaraeeda Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
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Starts Apr 27, 2014 and runs for 13 day(s).

“I just got back from doing a twelve-day Permaculture Design Certificate course in Kin Kin (on the Sunshine Coast between Noosa and Gympie) with Tom Kendall at Maungaraeeda, the permaculture centre that he and his wife Zaia run. Fantastic experience. After doing some research on available PDC courses, I went to Maungaraeeda with high expectations – and they were exceeded. Tom is a wonderful teacher, very warm, very knowledgeable, and very committed to ensuring his students get the most out of the course.” – a quote from GC, one of our satisfied PDC students

The Permaculture Design Certificate is a 72 hour theoretical course based on Bill Mollison’s Designers’ Manual, teaching how we can use today’s tools and technology to create a more sustainable and equitable world for all species. Permaculture is more than just gardening, it is a sustainable lifestyle. Permaculture ethics are Earth Care, People Care and Return of Surplus and this is taught by showing students to focus on local resources and their local community, and to have well thought out design practices to create abundance sustainably.

As part of the spirit of Permaculture we encourage students to participate in community building for the time they spend at the institute. Students will be shown and will be required to participate in a number of aspects of sustainable and community living and Permaculture systems and routines. This will enhance the Permaculture learning experience during the two weeks, as well as give students the feeling of belonging to a community and strengthening the bond of the group. We encourage students to acknowledge their talents, so they can contribute to the community experience by doing what they are good at.

About the Teacher:

Tom Kendall grew up and worked on his parents’ farm and took on the farm in 1992 when his father retired. He downsized the 11,000 acre farm to 7,000 acres and converted to Biodynamics. The farm produced wheat and barley and ran cattle and sheep. In 2000 he sold the farm and moved to the Sunshine Coast. In 2005 he and his partner Zaia found their ideal property in Kin Kin, Noosa Hinterland. Tom had by then become interested in Permaculture, and started converting the property into a Permaculture site. With his background in farming, he was able to take on most jobs that needed to be done himself; renovations, building, operating heavy machinery for earthworks, etc, gardening, fixing, installing plumbing and many other jobs that came with setting up the property. He became a WWOOF host and always taught the WWOOFers about Permaculture and why the property was set up the way it was. In 2008 he did a Permaculture Design Certificate with Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton. He followed that up early 2010 with a Teacher Training Course with Geoff Lawton.

At that stage he realised he had so much knowledge to share with people about Permaculture and Self Reliance skills that he decided to focus on teaching. It was a natural extension from teaching wwoofers for all those years. Tom is a very practical person with an wealth of knowledge about shaping landscapes and creating tools and infrastructure. Having spent all his life working the land he has an astute awareness about today’s environmental issues and aims to minimise his footprint as much as possible. His courses are unique in that he shows a lot of practical applications on his property, Maungaraeeda, now a Permaculture demonstration site, to complement the theory taught. His aim is to bring Permaculture to as many people as possible, and to empower people to be self reliant. He is now a Permaculture Research Institute accredited teacher and runs The Permaculture Research Institute Maungaraeeda, on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland Australia.
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Important information about this course
Course hours:

9am – 5pm daily, Sunday – Friday (Middle Saturday is a day off)

Accommodation:

Camping (tent) accommodation is included in the course fee, please BYO tent and camping gear (bedding etc). Limited cabin accommodation ($30 per night per cabin) or backpacker style shared accommodation ($10 per night per person) is also available. Arrive mid to late afternoon Saturday prior to course start for camp set up.

Meals:

Fully catered for, 3 meals per day plus morning and afternoon tea. We can cater for Gluten Free, vegans and vegetarians. On Saturdays students are to cater for themselves. Camp kitchen available. First Saturday evening meal provided at 6pm.

Directions to get to the Permaculture Research Institute Maungaraeeda:

Take the Bruce Highway towards Gympie from the South or toward Brisbane from the North. Take the Pomona Kin Kin turnoff. Follow the road, turn right at the T-intersection. Take the road through Pomona town, straight through the roundabout, over the railway line, then turn left at the T-Intersection. Follow that road to Kin Kin. Turn left to go into Kin Kin and past the pub. Follow that road for about 3 kms, Golden Gully Road is on your left (a dirt road). PRI Maungaraeeda, Kin Kin SOULS is 930 metres down that road on your left.

For further information for this course please contact education@permaculturenews.org.

Course pricing / bookings
Prices in Australian dollars

$1590 (Regular price for this course. Must be paid in full 21 days before course commencement)
$200 (Non-refundable deposit to lock in booking)
$1450 Early bird discount if paid 42 days before course commencement

3-week Urban Focus Permaculture Life Skills Internship with Tom Kendall at PRI Maungaraeeda Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

A course by Permaculture Community

3-week Urban Focus Permaculture Life Skills Internship with Tom Kendall at PRI Maungaraeeda Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
11
May
2014
Starts May 11, 2014 and runs for 21 day(s).

Interns will learn all aspects of living and working on a permaculture farm and will learn methods and design applicable to everyday farm situations. They will be fully involved in all farm activities. There will be no “lecture room” experiences in the internship because all learning will be accompanied by practical experience (learning whilst doing), but it is probably a good idea to carry a notebook and pen around with you!

The Internships are in 3 week blocks, with 2 one week projects in between each block. This way you may decide to do one 3 week block, one 3 week block plus 1 or 2 project weeks or the full 8 week block. Each 3 week block focusses on a different area. One 3 week block has an Urban focus, the other 3 week block has a Rural focus. Each Internship week runs from Sunday to Friday (6 day week), the project weeks run from Monday to Friday (5 day week). Project weeks are priced differently, unless you book in to do the 8 week Internship, which includes 2 x 3 weeks Internship and 2 week long projects.

As part of the spirit of Permaculture we encourage students to participate in community building for the time they spend at the Institute. Students will be shown and will be required to participate in a number of aspects of sustainable and community living and Permaculture systems and routines. This will enhance the Permaculture learning experience, as well as give students the feeling of belonging to a community and strengthening the bond of the group. We encourage students to acknowledge their talents, so they can contribute to the community experience by doing what they are good at.

Urban Focus Permaculture Life Skills Internship:

Week 1: Urban design, container gardening and espalier
Week 2: Propagation, compost and worm farms
Week 3: Aquaponics and small animal systems

Interns will also be fully involved in farm activities such as animal care, garden maintenance, harvesting and preparing food for storage, planting, self reliance activities, etc. Interns are also expected to be part of the farm’s community, which involves daily tasks and routines.

Please note that Interns must have a Permaculture Design Certificate. Internships are also capped at 10 interns!

Projects are open to non-interns, but participants will need a PDC.

About the Teacher:

Tom Kendall grew up and worked on his parents’ farm and took on the farm in 1992 when his father retired. He downsized the 11,000 acre farm to 7,000 acres and converted to Biodynamics. The farm produced wheat and barley and ran cattle and sheep. In 2000 he sold the farm and moved to the Sunshine Coast. In 2005 he and his partner Zaia found their ideal property in Kin Kin, Noosa Hinterland. Tom had by then become interested in Permaculture, and started converting the property into a Permaculture site. With his background in farming, he was able to take on most jobs that needed to be done himself; renovations, building, operating heavy machinery for earthworks, etc, gardening, fixing, installing plumbing and many other jobs that came with setting up the property. He became a WWOOF host and always taught the WWOOFers about Permaculture and why the property was set up the way it was. In 2008 he did a Permaculture Design Certificate with Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton. He followed that up early 2010 with a Teacher Training Course with Geoff Lawton.

At that stage he realised he had so much knowledge to share with people about Permaculture and Self Reliance skills that he decided to focus on teaching. It was a natural extension from teaching wwoofers for all those years. Tom is a very practical person with an wealth of knowledge about shaping landscapes and creating tools and infrastructure. Having spent all his life working the land he has an astute awareness about today’s environmental issues and aims to minimise his footprint as much as possible. His courses are unique in that he shows a lot of practical applications on his property, Maungaraeeda, now a Permaculture demonstration site, to complement the theory taught. His aim is to bring Permaculture to as many people as possible, and to empower people to be self reliant. He is now a Permaculture Research Institute accredited teacher and runs The Permaculture Research Institute Maungaraeeda, on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland Australia.
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Important information about this course
Course location:

The Permaculture Research Institute Maungaraeeda
93 Golden Gully Road, Kin Kin QLD 4571, Australia

Course hours:

Full days, Sunday – Friday (Saturdays off)

Accommodation:

Camping (tent) accommodation is included in the course fee, please BYO tent and camping gear (bedding etc). Limited cabin accommodation ($30 per night per cabin) or backpacker style shared accommodation ($10 per night per person) is also available. Arrive mid to late afternoon Saturday prior to course start for camp set up.

Meals:

Fully catered for, 3 meals per day plus morning and afternoon tea. We can cater for Gluten Free, vegans and vegetarians. On Saturdays students are to cater for themselves. Camp kitchen available. First Saturday evening meal provided at 6pm.

Directions to get to the Permaculture Research Institute Maungaraeeda:

Take the Bruce Highway towards Gympie from the South or toward Brisbane from the North. Take the Pomona Kin Kin turnoff. Follow the road, turn right at the T-intersection. Take the road through Pomona town, straight through the roundabout, over the railway line, then turn left at the T-Intersection. Follow that road to Kin Kin. Turn left to go into Kin Kin and past the pub. Follow that road for about 3 kms, Golden Gully Road is on your left (a dirt road). PRI Maungaraeeda, Kin Kin SOULS is 930 metres down that road on your left.

For further information for this course please contact education@permaculturenews.org.

Course pricing / bookings
Prices in Australian dollars

$1890 (Regular price for this course. Must be paid in full 42 days prior to course commencement)
$200 (Non-refundable deposit to lock in booking)

Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course (The Permaculture Research Institute, Zaytuna Farm at The Channon, NSW, Australia)

A course by Permaculture Community

Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course (The Permaculture Research Institute, Zaytuna Farm at The Channon, NSW, Australia)
07
Jul
2014
Starts Jul 07, 2014 and runs for 10 day(s).

Geoff Lawton leads a line-up of Zaytuna Farm staff with a specialised 75-hour learning curriculum. The Permaculture Design Certificate course is an internationally-recognized, seventy-two hour course resulting in a Permaculture Design Certificate. It provides an introduction to permaculture design as set forth by movement founder Bill Mollison. The course is taught by Geoff with the Zaytuna Farm staff members plus occasional PRI guest teachers and lecturers.

The Permaculture Design Certificate course is an internationally-recognized, seventy-two hour course resulting in a Permaculture Design Certificate. It provides an introduction to permaculture design as set forth by movement founder Bill Mollison. The course is taught by Geoff and Nadia Lawton, and other permaculture educators.

The PDC serves as foundation for further permaculture work and study and is a prerequisite for the Diploma in Permaculture Design, offered through The Permaculture Institute. Credit for this course is now accepted by a growing number of universities around the world.

To date, thousands of permaculture designers worldwide have been certified through this course, and now comprise a global network of educators, ecological activists who influence major corporations, individuals creating new business alternatives and groups of committed people working together to change the way we view and design into our landscapes.

The course covers sustainable living systems for a wide variety of landscapes and climates. It includes the application of permaculture principles to food production, home design, construction, energy conservation and generation, and explores alternative economic structures and legal strategies supporting permaculture solutions.

Specific topics include:

* Theory and principles of permaculture
* Eco-friendly house placement and design
* Energy conservation techniques for cold climates
* Recycling and waste management
* Organic food production
* Water harvesting and management
* Ecological pest control
* Drought-proofing
* Soil rehabilitation and erosion control
* Livestock
* Aquaculture
* Catastrophe preparedness and prevention
* Windbreaks and fire control

The foundation for this course is A Permaculture Designers’ Manual by Bill Mollison and is distributed to students on the first day. The Manual is included in the cost of the course tuition.

Students are invited to bring details of their own sites or potential sites to consider during the course.

Course Instructors

Geoff Lawton is an internationally-renowned permaculture educator, consultant and practitioner. He emigrated from England to Australia and later studied permaculture with Bill Mollison in Tasmania. He established the Permaculture Research Institute at Tagari Farm in New South Wales, Australia, a 147-acre farmstead previously developed by Mollison. PRI was eventually moved to Zaytuna Farm, in The Channon, where it continues today.

Since 1985, Geoff has designed and implemented permaculture projects in 30 countries for private individuals and groups, communities, governments, aid organizations, and multinational corporations. He has taught the Permaculture Design Certificate course and designed permaculture projects in 30 countries.

Nadia Lawton was born and raised in the Jordan Valley, in one of the lowest and driest places on earth. She completed her PDC with Geoff Lawton in Jordan and went on to complete a Permaculture Diploma in Education and Site Design. She regularly travels with her husband for aid project and permaculture consulting work, and assists in teaching permaculture design courses.
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Important information about this course

Course hours:

9am – 5:30pm Monday to Friday (15 minutes break in morning and afternoon, and 30 minutes lunch break). Weekends are off, and self-catered.

Pricing options

All prices are in Australian dollars. The fee for the course is $2585 including GST. A non-refundable (though transferable) $300 deposit is required at the time of booking. The balance of $2285 is due 21 days prior to the course start date. Note: Late bookings – those made less than three weeks before course commencement – incur a late booking penalty charge of 10%.

How to Pay: You can pay via Paypal, credit card, direct bank deposit or cheque. Click here for details.

***Accommodation and other Details***

Information on directions, accommodation/facilities and Visas can be found here.
For further information for this course please contact education@permaculturenews.org.

Course pricing / bookings
Prices in Australian dollars

$300 (Non-refundable deposit to lock in booking)
$2585 (Normal price, including GST)
$2843 (Late Booking Penalty Price (10% extra) for bookings made less than three weeks before course commencement)

3-week Rural Focus Permaculture Life Skills Internship with Tom Kendall at PRI Maungaraeeda Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

A course by Permaculture Community

3-week Rural Focus Permaculture Life Skills Internship with Tom Kendall at PRI Maungaraeeda Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
31
Aug
2014
Starts Aug 31, 2014 and runs for 21 day(s).

Note: This course is not organised and run by The Permaculture Research Institute. It is facilitated by another organisaton and meets the high teaching standards required by the Permaculture Institue.

Interns will learn all aspects of living and working on a permaculture farm and will learn methods and design applicable to everyday farm situations. They will be fully involved in all farm activities. There will be no “lecture room” experiences in the internship because all learning will be accompanied by practical experience (learning whilst doing), but it is probably a good idea to carry a notebook and pen around with you!

The Internships are in 3 week blocks, with 2 one week projects in between each block. This way you may decide to do one 3 week block, one 3 week block plus 1 or 2 project weeks or the full 8 week block. Each 3 week block focusses on a different area. One 3 week block has an Urban focus, the other 3 week block has a Rural focus. Each Internship week runs from Sunday to Friday (6 day week), the project weeks run from Monday to Friday (5 day week). Project weeks are priced differently, unless you book in to do the 8 week Internship, which includes 2 x 3 weeks Internship and 2 week long projects.

As part of the spirit of Permaculture we encourage students to participate in community building for the time they spend at the Institute. Students will be shown and will be required to participate in a number of aspects of sustainable and community living and Permaculture systems and routines. This will enhance the Permaculture learning experience, as well as give students the feeling of belonging to a community and strengthening the bond of the group. We encourage students to acknowledge their talents, so they can contribute to the community experience by doing what they are good at.

Rural Focus Permaculture Life Skills Internship:

Week 1: Survey and contour, dams and swales
Week 2: Compost, compost tea and biofertiliser
Week 3: Waste systems for grey water and biogas and animal routines

Interns will also be fully involved in farm practices and routines such as animal care, garden maintenance, harvesting and preparing food for storage, planting, self reliance activities, etc. Interns are also expected to be part of the farm’s community, which involves daily tasks and routines shared by everyone.

Please note that Interns must have a Permaculture Design Certificate. Internships are capped at 10 interns!

Projects are open to non-interns, but participants will need a PDC.

About the Teacher:

Tom Kendall grew up and worked on his parents’ farm and took on the farm in 1992 when his father retired. He downsized the 11,000 acre farm to 7,000 acres and converted to Biodynamics. The farm produced wheat and barley and ran cattle and sheep. In 2000 he sold the farm and moved to the Sunshine Coast. In 2005 he and his partner Zaia found their ideal property in Kin Kin, Noosa Hinterland. Tom had by then become interested in Permaculture, and started converting the property into a Permaculture site. With his background in farming, he was able to take on most jobs that needed to be done himself; renovations, building, operating heavy machinery for earthworks, etc, gardening, fixing, installing plumbing and many other jobs that came with setting up the property. He became a WWOOF host and always taught the WWOOFers about Permaculture and why the property was set up the way it was. In 2008 he did a Permaculture Design Certificate with Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton. He followed that up early 2010 with a Teacher Training Course with Geoff Lawton.

At that stage he realised he had so much knowledge to share with people about Permaculture and Self Reliance skills that he decided to focus on teaching. It was a natural extension from teaching wwoofers for all those years. Tom is a very practical person with an wealth of knowledge about shaping landscapes and creating tools and infrastructure. Having spent all his life working the land he has an astute awareness about today’s environmental issues and aims to minimise his footprint as much as possible. His courses are unique in that he shows a lot of practical applications on his property, Maungaraeeda, now a Permaculture demonstration site, to complement the theory taught. His aim is to bring Permaculture to as many people as possible, and to empower people to be self reliant. He is now a Permaculture Research Institute accredited teacher and runs The Permaculture Research Institute Maungaraeeda, on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland Australia.
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Important information about this course
Course location:

The Permaculture Research Institute Maungaraeeda
93 Golden Gully Road, Kin Kin QLD 4571, Australia

Course hours:

Full days, Sunday – Friday (Saturdays off)

Accommodation:

Camping (tent) accommodation is included in the course fee, please BYO tent and camping gear (bedding etc). Limited cabin accommodation ($30 per night per cabin) or backpacker style shared accommodation ($10 per night per person) is also available. Arrive mid to late afternoon Saturday prior to course start for camp set up.

Meals:

Fully catered for, 3 meals per day plus morning and afternoon tea. We can cater for Gluten Free, vegans and vegetarians. On Saturdays students are to cater for themselves. Camp kitchen available. First Saturday evening meal provided at 6pm.

Directions to get to the Permaculture Research Institute Maungaraeeda:

Take the Bruce Highway towards Gympie from the South or toward Brisbane from the North. Take the Pomona Kin Kin turnoff. Follow the road, turn right at the T-intersection. Take the road through Pomona town, straight through the roundabout, over the railway line, then turn left at the T-Intersection. Follow that road to Kin Kin. Turn left to go into Kin Kin and past the pub. Follow that road for about 3 kms, Golden Gully Road is on your left (a dirt road). PRI Maungaraeeda, Kin Kin SOULS is 930 metres down that road on your left.

For further information for this course please contact education@permaculturenews.org.

Course pricing / bookings
Prices in Australian dollars

$1890 (Regular price for this course. Must be paid in full 21 days prior to course commencement)
$200 (Non-refundable deposit to lock in booking)

Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course, with Tom Kendall at PRI Maungaraeeda Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

A course by Permaculture Community

Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course, with Tom Kendall at PRI Maungaraeeda Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
21
Sep
2014
Starts Sep 21, 2014 and runs for 13 day(s).

“I just got back from doing a twelve-day Permaculture Design Certificate course in Kin Kin (on the Sunshine Coast between Noosa and Gympie) with Tom Kendall at Maungaraeeda, the permaculture centre that he and his wife Zaia run. Fantastic experience. After doing some research on available PDC courses, I went to Maungaraeeda with high expectations – and they were exceeded. Tom is a wonderful teacher, very warm, very knowledgeable, and very committed to ensuring his students get the most out of the course.” – a quote from GC, one of our satisfied PDC students

The Permaculture Design Certificate is a 72 hour theoretical course based on Bill Mollison’s Designers’ Manual, teaching how we can use today’s tools and technology to create a more sustainable and equitable world for all species. Permaculture is more than just gardening, it is a sustainable lifestyle. Permaculture ethics are Earth Care, People Care and Return of Surplus and this is taught by showing students to focus on local resources and their local community, and to have well thought out design practices to create abundance sustainably.

As part of the spirit of Permaculture we encourage students to participate in community building for the time they spend at the institute. Students will be shown and will be required to participate in a number of aspects of sustainable and community living and Permaculture systems and routines. This will enhance the Permaculture learning experience during the two weeks, as well as give students the feeling of belonging to a community and strengthening the bond of the group. We encourage students to acknowledge their talents, so they can contribute to the community experience by doing what they are good at.

About the Teacher:

Tom Kendall grew up and worked on his parents’ farm and took on the farm in 1992 when his father retired. He downsized the 11,000 acre farm to 7,000 acres and converted to Biodynamics. The farm produced wheat and barley and ran cattle and sheep. In 2000 he sold the farm and moved to the Sunshine Coast. In 2005 he and his partner Zaia found their ideal property in Kin Kin, Noosa Hinterland. Tom had by then become interested in Permaculture, and started converting the property into a Permaculture site. With his background in farming, he was able to take on most jobs that needed to be done himself; renovations, building, operating heavy machinery for earthworks, etc, gardening, fixing, installing plumbing and many other jobs that came with setting up the property. He became a WWOOF host and always taught the WWOOFers about Permaculture and why the property was set up the way it was. In 2008 he did a Permaculture Design Certificate with Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton. He followed that up early 2010 with a Teacher Training Course with Geoff Lawton.

At that stage he realised he had so much knowledge to share with people about Permaculture and Self Reliance skills that he decided to focus on teaching. It was a natural extension from teaching wwoofers for all those years. Tom is a very practical person with an wealth of knowledge about shaping landscapes and creating tools and infrastructure. Having spent all his life working the land he has an astute awareness about today’s environmental issues and aims to minimise his footprint as much as possible. His courses are unique in that he shows a lot of practical applications on his property, Maungaraeeda, now a Permaculture demonstration site, to complement the theory taught. His aim is to bring Permaculture to as many people as possible, and to empower people to be self reliant. He is now a Permaculture Research Institute accredited teacher and runs The Permaculture Research Institute Maungaraeeda, on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland Australia.
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Important information about this course
Course hours:

9am – 5pm daily, Sunday – Friday (Middle Saturday is a day off)

Accommodation:

Camping (tent) accommodation is included in the course fee, please BYO tent and camping gear (bedding etc). Limited cabin accommodation ($30 per night per cabin) or backpacker style shared accommodation ($10 per night per person) is also available. Arrive mid to late afternoon Saturday prior to course start for camp set up.

Meals:

Fully catered for, 3 meals per day plus morning and afternoon tea. We can cater for Gluten Free, vegans and vegetarians. On Saturdays students are to cater for themselves. Camp kitchen available. First Saturday evening meal provided at 6pm.

Directions to get to the Permaculture Research Institute Maungaraeeda:

Take the Bruce Highway towards Gympie from the South or toward Brisbane from the North. Take the Pomona Kin Kin turnoff. Follow the road, turn right at the T-intersection. Take the road through Pomona town, straight through the roundabout, over the railway line, then turn left at the T-Intersection. Follow that road to Kin Kin. Turn left to go into Kin Kin and past the pub. Follow that road for about 3 kms, Golden Gully Road is on your left (a dirt road). PRI Maungaraeeda, Kin Kin SOULS is 930 metres down that road on your left.

For further information for this course please contact education@permaculturenews.org.

Course pricing / bookings
Prices in Australian dollars

$1590 (Regular price for this course. Must be paid in full 21 days before course commencement)
$200 (Non-refundable deposit to lock in booking)
$1450 (Early bird discount if paid 42 days before course commencement)

Permaculture Design Certificate course (held in the Al Jawfa, Dead Sea Valley area in western Jordan)

A course by Permaculture Community

Permaculture Design Certificate course (held in the Al Jawfa, Dead Sea Valley area in western Jordan)
04
Oct
2014
Starts Oct 04, 2014 and runs for 12 day(s).

The Permaculture Design Certificate course is an internationally-recognized, seventy-two hour course resulting in a Permaculture Design Certificate. It provides an introduction to permaculture design as set forth by movement founder Bill Mollison. The course is taught by Geoff and Nadia Lawton, and other permaculture educators.


The PDC serves as foundation for further permaculture work and study and is a prerequisite for the Diploma in Permaculture Design, offered through The Permaculture Institute. Credit for this course is now accepted by a growing number of universities around the world. 

To date, thousands of permaculture designers worldwide have been certified through this course, and now comprise a global network of educators, ecological activists who influence major corporations, individuals creating new business alternatives and groups of committed people working together to change the way we view and design into our landscapes.



The course covers sustainable living systems for a wide variety of landscapes and climates. It includes the application of permaculture principles to food production, home design, construction, energy conservation and generation, and explores alternative economic structures and legal strategies supporting permaculture solutions.


Specific topics include:



- Theory and principles of permaculture

- Eco-friendly house placement and design

- Energy conservation techniques for all climates
 with specific focus on arid hot regions
- Recycling and sustainable waste management

- Organic food production

- Water harvesting and management

- Ecological pest control

- Drought-proofing
 landscapes
- Soil rehabilitation and soil erosion control

- Livestock

- Aquaculture

- Catastrophe preparedness and prevention

- Windbreaks and fire control



The foundation for this course is the Permaculture Designer’s Manual by Bill. Students are invited to bring details of their own sites or potential sites to consider during the course.


Course Instructors

Geoff Lawton is an internationally-renowned permaculture educator, consultant and practitioner. He emigrated from England to Australia and later studied permaculture with Bill Mollison in Tasmania. He established the Permaculture Research Institute at Tagari Farm in New South Wales, Australia, a 147-acre farmstead previously developed by Mollison. PRI was eventually moved to Zaytuna Farm, in The Channon, where it continues today.

Since 1985, Geoff has designed and implemented permaculture projects in 30 countries for private individuals and groups, communities, governments, aid organizations, and multinational corporations. He has taught the Permaculture Design Certificate course and designed permaculture projects in 30 countries.

Nadia Lawton was born and raised in the Jordan Valley, in one of the lowest and driest places on earth. She completed her PDC with Geoff Lawton in Jordan and went on to complete a Permaculture Diploma in Education and Site Design. She regularly travels with her husband for aid project and permaculture consulting work, and assists in teaching permaculture design courses internationally.

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Important information about this course
About the Site

The site is located in the Al Jawfa area in western Jordan, Shouneh Janobieh (i.e., South Shouneh), in the Dead Sea Valley just 10km north of the Dead Sea and 6 km east of the Jordanian-Palestinian border, directly east of the West Bank.

The local population is made up of traditional Bedouin tribes and long-term refugees stemming from displacement of local populations from within Palestine. The project site is typical of the area – a marginal arid land low-income settlement. It is currently still under development and upon completion it will demonstrate energy-efficient appropriate housing with natural cooling systems and a plant nursery attachment, solar electricity, solar hot water, biological waste water treatment recycling, dry compost toilets, rain water harvesting earthworks and diverse interactive plant, animal and tree systems for local food production and processing. The demonstration house will function as a classroom and administration office for the project and local Permaculture group. Once established, the project will serve as a model that can be replicated within the village, throughout Jordan and other countries in the region.

 The project, started in 2008, has already seen significant progress. The first trees were planted and are growing well and the first garden is producing some vegetables. Now, the water tank needs to be expanded, the fence and gate improved and the rest of the project started. The current focus is to set up basic living accommodations for volunteers coming to work on the project. PRI has the people power in place to move on this project, but is in great need of funds to purchase supplies. Any financial support is greatly appreciated. In this heightened time of great tragedy for the Palestinian people, this is something positive we can all do to directly affect their survival.

Directions to the Site

From the airport you have two options:

Airport/bus station pick-up: If you register your name with us ahead of time, we can arrange for someone to pick you up, at the airport for a fee of US$42. (This can be shared.)

Airport Taxi to the site: JD$40 approximately. Upon request, we can also email you written directions, in Arabic, so that you can print these off and give these directions to your driver.

Accommodation for the Course

Camping is included in the price of the course. Students must provide their own camping gear including tent, sleeping bag, toiletries, a torch etc.

Alternative accommodation is in the farm house. It has a limited number of rooms available for rent during the duration of the course. There is one share room for $3JD a day per person. There are four couple rooms for $5JD per person per day. Fees for room renting are paid on arrival to the farm manger. Please per book with the education coordinator at education(at)permaculturenews.org as rooms are limited.

The house includes a toilet, shower, lounge and kitchen for use by all students (camping or renting).

Catering: Morning/afternoon tea and lunch are supplied to all participants. Breakfast and dinner are self-catered. Students are welcome to use the house kitchen to self-cater.

Rest Day Catering: There will be a rest day during the PDC (the Friday in the middle of the course) and participants will not be catered for on this day (no meals provided). Please ensure you are prepared for this.

Dinner Shopping: There is a supermarket 5 minutes away by car. The cost for a one way trip to this supermarket is some JD$3-4.

Cultural Sensitivity

The Jordan Valley is home to an ancient and classical civilization that has had many cultures, traditions, and peoples cross through its land and also settle within. International students are requested to be culturally sensitive to the Islamic traditions and Muslim social protocol. A full orientation will be provided.

General Guidelines include:

- Open and receptive attitude toward cross cultural communication
- Willingness to ask questions whenever necessary
- Conservative attire is recommended
- Respecting cultural gender relations
- Sobriety at all times during the PDC course
- Respect for elders, religious traditions and practice, and community leaders
- Not photographing locals without permission, with cautionary emphasis on photographing local women and children

For men this would include:

- Respecting Muslim gender relation etiquette
- Wearing long shorts at least to the knee
- Wearing shirts at all times
- Not touching or shaking hands of Muslim women without explicit permission
- Not displaying overly intimate affection in public with wife or partner

For ladies this would include:

- Showing respect for oneself
- Respecting Muslim gender relation etiquette
- Long skits or pants (Shorts considered offensive)
- Wearing shirts at all times
- Not displaying overly intimate affection in public with husband or partner

What You Will Need

The climate during the course will be dry and warm although the extreme heat of the summer will have passed.

Recommended to bring:

- Sun Hat and sunglasses
- Good walking or working shoes
- Casual and comfortable clothing – natural fabrics recommended for coolness
- Sunscreen
- Water bottle
- Flashlight/headlamp
- Your own bedding (sheets etc.)
- Ample supply of any needed medications
- Tent if needed (depending on accommodation option)
- Sleeping bag and hiking mattress if needed
- Sandals
- Personal toiletries

VISA requirements for entering Jordan

Please download this PDF for details on VISA requirements for Jordan.

Please Note: Unlike our PDCs at Zaytuna Farm in Australia, where a copy of the Designers’ Manual is included in the cost of the course, this book is not included for the Jordan PDC (carrying all the books to Jordan is price prohibitive). The cost of the course has been adjusted to reflect this. The Designers’ Manual can be purchased here.

For further information for this course please contact admin@middleeastpermaculture.com.

Course pricing / bookings
Prices in Australian dollars

$1500 (International Student Rate – if paid in full 30 days before the course)
$1700 (International Student Rate – Regular Price)
$600 (Rate for Jordanians – if paid in full 30 days in advance)
$700 (Rate for Jordanians – Regular Price)
$300 (Deposit to lock in Booking)

8-week Permaculture Life Skills Internship with Tom Kendall at PRI Maungaraeeda Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

A course by Permaculture Community

8-week Permaculture Life Skills Internship with Tom Kendall at PRI Maungaraeeda Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
05
Oct
2014
Starts Oct 05, 2014 and runs for 56 day(s).

Interns will learn all aspects of living and working on a permaculture farm and will learn methods and design applicable to everyday farm situations. They will be fully involved in all farm activities. There will be no “lecture room” experiences in the internship because all learning will be accompanied by practical experience (learning whilst doing), but it is probably a good idea to carry a notebook and pen around with you!

The Internships are in 3 week blocks, with 2 one week projects in between each block. This way you may decide to do one 3 week block, one 3 week block plus 1 or 2 project weeks or the full 8 week block. Each 3 week block focusses on a different area. One 3 week block has an Urban focus, the other 3 week block has a Rural focus. Each Internship week runs from Sunday to Friday (6 day week), the project weeks run from Monday to Friday (5 day week). Project weeks are priced differently, unless you book in to do the 8 week Internship, which includes 2 x 3 weeks Internship and 2 week long projects.

As part of the spirit of Permaculture we encourage students to participate in community building for the time they spend at the Institute. Students will be shown and will be required to participate in a number of aspects of sustainable and community living and Permaculture systems and routines. This will enhance the Permaculture learning experience, as well as give students the feeling of belonging to a community and strengthening the bond of the group. We encourage students to acknowledge their talents, so they can contribute to the community experience by doing what they are good at.

Urban Focus Permaculture Life Skills Internship:

Week 1: Urban design, container gardening and espalier
Week 2: Propagation, compost and worm farms
Week 3: Aquaponics and small animal systems

Interns will also be fully involved in farm activities such as animal care, garden maintenance, harvesting and preparing food for storage, planting, self reliance activities etc. Interns are also expected to be part of the farm’s community, which involves daily tasks and routines.

Projects:

Project 1: Water Management

Designing water management for a property, building dams and swales and subsequent planting out to prevent erosion.

Project 2: Natural Building Methods

Designing and building structures using natural and recycled materials. White ant prevention, natural heating methods and solar passive design are also discussed and implemented.

Rural Focus Permaculture Life Skills Internship:

Week 1: Survey and contour, dams and swales
Week 2: Compost, compost tea and biofertiliser
Week 3: Waste systems for grey water and biogas and animal routines.

Interns will also be fully involved in farm practices and routines such as animal care, garden maintenance, harvesting and preparing food for storage, planting, self reliance activities etc. Interns are also expected to be part of the farm’s community, which involves daily tasks and routines shared by everyone.

Please note that Interns must have a Permaculture Design Certificate. Internships are capped at 10 interns!

Projects are open to non-interns, but participants will need a PDC.

About the Teacher:

Tom Kendall grew up and worked on his parents’ farm and took on the farm in 1992 when his father retired. He downsized the 11,000 acre farm to 7,000 acres and converted to Biodynamics. The farm produced wheat and barley and ran cattle and sheep. In 2000 he sold the farm and moved to the Sunshine Coast. In 2005 he and his partner Zaia found their ideal property in Kin Kin, Noosa Hinterland. Tom had by then become interested in Permaculture, and started converting the property into a Permaculture site. With his background in farming, he was able to take on most jobs that needed to be done himself; renovations, building, operating heavy machinery for earthworks, etc, gardening, fixing, installing plumbing and many other jobs that came with setting up the property. He became a WWOOF host and always taught the WWOOFers about Permaculture and why the property was set up the way it was. In 2008 he did a Permaculture Design Certificate with Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton. He followed that up early 2010 with a Teacher Training Course with Geoff Lawton.

At that stage he realised he had so much knowledge to share with people about Permaculture and Self Reliance skills that he decided to focus on teaching. It was a natural extension from teaching wwoofers for all those years. Tom is a very practical person with an wealth of knowledge about shaping landscapes and creating tools and infrastructure. Having spent all his life working the land he has an astute awareness about today’s environmental issues and aims to minimise his footprint as much as possible. His courses are unique in that he shows a lot of practical applications on his property, Maungaraeeda, now a Permaculture demonstration site, to complement the theory taught. His aim is to bring Permaculture to as many people as possible, and to empower people to be self reliant. He is now a Permaculture Research Institute accredited teacher and runs The Permaculture Research Institute Maungaraeeda, on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland Australia.
Map
Important information about this course
Course location:

The Permaculture Research Institute Maungaraeeda
93 Golden Gully Road, Kin Kin QLD 4571, Australia

Course hours:

Full days, Sunday – Friday (Saturdays off)

Accommodation:

Camping (tent) accommodation is included in the course fee, please BYO tent and camping gear (bedding etc). Limited cabin accommodation ($30 per night per cabin) or backpacker style shared accommodation ($10 per night per person) is also available. Arrive mid to late afternoon Saturday prior to course start for camp set up.

Meals:

Fully catered for, 3 meals per day plus morning and afternoon tea. We can cater for Gluten Free, vegans and vegetarians. On Saturdays students are to cater for themselves. Camp kitchen available. First Saturday evening meal provided at 6pm.

Directions to get to the Permaculture Research Institute Maungaraeeda:

Take the Bruce Highway towards Gympie from the South or toward Brisbane from the North. Take the Pomona Kin Kin turnoff. Follow the road, turn right at the T-intersection. Take the road through Pomona town, straight through the roundabout, over the railway line, then turn left at the T-Intersection. Follow that road to Kin Kin. Turn left to go into Kin Kin and past the pub. Follow that road for about 3 kms, Golden Gully Road is on your left (a dirt road). PRI Maungaraeeda, Kin Kin SOULS is 930 metres down that road on your left.

For further information for this course please contact education@permaculturenews.org.

Course pricing / bookings
Prices in Australian dollars

$4750 (Regular price for this course. Must be paid in full 42 days prior to course commencement)
$475 (Non-refundable deposit to lock in booking)

3-week Urban Focus Permaculture Life Skills Internship with Tom Kendall at PRI Maungaraeeda Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

A course by Permaculture Community

3-week Urban Focus Permaculture Life Skills Internship with Tom Kendall at PRI Maungaraeeda Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
05
Oct
2014
Starts Oct 05, 2014 and runs for 21 day(s).

Interns will learn all aspects of living and working on a permaculture farm and will learn methods and design applicable to everyday farm situations. They will be fully involved in all farm activities. There will be no “lecture room” experiences in the internship because all learning will be accompanied by practical experience (learning whilst doing), but it is probably a good idea to carry a notebook and pen around with you!

The Internships are in 3 week blocks, with 2 one week projects in between each block. This way you may decide to do one 3 week block, one 3 week block plus 1 or 2 project weeks or the full 8 week block. Each 3 week block focusses on a different area. One 3 week block has an Urban focus, the other 3 week block has a Rural focus. Each Internship week runs from Sunday to Friday (6 day week), the project weeks run from Monday to Friday (5 day week). Project weeks are priced differently, unless you book in to do the 8 week Internship, which includes 2 x 3 weeks Internship and 2 week long projects.

As part of the spirit of Permaculture we encourage students to participate in community building for the time they spend at the Institute. Students will be shown and will be required to participate in a number of aspects of sustainable and community living and Permaculture systems and routines. This will enhance the Permaculture learning experience, as well as give students the feeling of belonging to a community and strengthening the bond of the group. We encourage students to acknowledge their talents, so they can contribute to the community experience by doing what they are good at.

Urban Focus Permaculture Life Skills Internship:

Week 1: Urban design, container gardening and espalier
Week 2: Propagation, compost and worm farms
Week 3: Aquaponics and small animal systems

Interns will also be fully involved in farm activities such as animal care, garden maintenance, harvesting and preparing food for storage, planting, self reliance activities, etc. Interns are also expected to be part of the farm’s community, which involves daily tasks and routines.

Please note that Interns must have a Permaculture Design Certificate. Internships are also capped at 10 interns!

Projects are open to non-interns, but participants will need a PDC.

About the Teacher:

Tom Kendall grew up and worked on his parents’ farm and took on the farm in 1992 when his father retired. He downsized the 11,000 acre farm to 7,000 acres and converted to Biodynamics. The farm produced wheat and barley and ran cattle and sheep. In 2000 he sold the farm and moved to the Sunshine Coast. In 2005 he and his partner Zaia found their ideal property in Kin Kin, Noosa Hinterland. Tom had by then become interested in Permaculture, and started converting the property into a Permaculture site. With his background in farming, he was able to take on most jobs that needed to be done himself; renovations, building, operating heavy machinery for earthworks, etc, gardening, fixing, installing plumbing and many other jobs that came with setting up the property. He became a WWOOF host and always taught the WWOOFers about Permaculture and why the property was set up the way it was. In 2008 he did a Permaculture Design Certificate with Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton. He followed that up early 2010 with a Teacher Training Course with Geoff Lawton.

At that stage he realised he had so much knowledge to share with people about Permaculture and Self Reliance skills that he decided to focus on teaching. It was a natural extension from teaching wwoofers for all those years. Tom is a very practical person with an wealth of knowledge about shaping landscapes and creating tools and infrastructure. Having spent all his life working the land he has an astute awareness about today’s environmental issues and aims to minimise his footprint as much as possible. His courses are unique in that he shows a lot of practical applications on his property, Maungaraeeda, now a Permaculture demonstration site, to complement the theory taught. His aim is to bring Permaculture to as many people as possible, and to empower people to be self reliant. He is now a Permaculture Research Institute accredited teacher and runs The Permaculture Research Institute Maungaraeeda, on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland Australia.
Map
Important information about this course
Course location:

The Permaculture Research Institute Maungaraeeda
93 Golden Gully Road, Kin Kin QLD 4571, Australia

Course hours:

Full days, Sunday – Friday (Saturdays off)

Accommodation:

Camping (tent) accommodation is included in the course fee, please BYO tent and camping gear (bedding etc). Limited cabin accommodation ($30 per night per cabin) or backpacker style shared accommodation ($10 per night per person) is also available. Arrive mid to late afternoon Saturday prior to course start for camp set up.

Meals:

Fully catered for, 3 meals per day plus morning and afternoon tea. We can cater for Gluten Free, vegans and vegetarians. On Saturdays students are to cater for themselves. Camp kitchen available. First Saturday evening meal provided at 6pm.

Directions to get to the Permaculture Research Institute Maungaraeeda:

Take the Bruce Highway towards Gympie from the South or toward Brisbane from the North. Take the Pomona Kin Kin turnoff. Follow the road, turn right at the T-intersection. Take the road through Pomona town, straight through the roundabout, over the railway line, then turn left at the T-Intersection. Follow that road to Kin Kin. Turn left to go into Kin Kin and past the pub. Follow that road for about 3 kms, Golden Gully Road is on your left (a dirt road). PRI Maungaraeeda, Kin Kin SOULS is 930 metres down that road on your left.

For further information for this course please contact education@permaculturenews.org.

Course pricing / bookings
Prices in Australian dollars

$1890 (Regular price for this course. Must be paid in full 42 days prior to course commencement)
$200 (Non-refundable deposit to lock in booking)

The Dead Sea Valley Permaculture Project (aka Greening the Desert – the Sequel) Internship, Jordan

A course by Permaculture Community

The Dead Sea Valley Permaculture Project (aka Greening the Desert – the Sequel) Internship, Jordan
19
Oct
2014
Starts Oct 19, 2014 and runs for 20 day(s).

This is a four week internship at the Dead Sea (or Jordan) Valley Permaculture Project (aka ‘Greening the Desert – the Sequel’) site. This small project is located in the village of Jawasari on less than 1 acre of ground.

Immerse yourself in a once in a lifetime experience. Come and join us, live and learn about permaculture in the lowest place on earth.

Some of the subjects that we will cover will be:

- Home garden and school garden design and maintenance
- Food Forests
- Small animal systems
- Large grazing animal system
- Water harvesting
- Broad landscape rehabilitation
- constructing wicking beds
- Worm farms
- Grey water reed beds establishment
- Installing a solar system
- Rocket stove hot water
- Building rocket a rocket stove
- Solar hot water systems
- Fuel wood systems
- House design
- Straw bale mudbrick systems
- Compost production and compost tea
- Biological fertilizer
- Aquaponics
- Nursery systems
- Building a mandala garden

Students will be engaged in the development of the land as a demonstration site and education centre. It has established food forests that will be pruned, chopped and dropped and mulched for early winter maintenance.

An alternative building on site will be maintained and extended in mud brick and straw bale.

Small animal systems and natural fertility systems with compost, compost tea and soil pro-biotic systems using animal products, natural fermentation and anaerobic natural fertilizer will be developed.

There will be desert vegetable gardens, a nursery and shade house.

There will be lessons in creating minimum-fuel rocket stove heaters and cookers, rocket stove heaters for hot water and rocket stove kitchen cookers plus food solar dryers created during the project plus much more.

This is an opportunity to experience a Permaculture Master Plan project in action during the establishment phase.

About the Teachers:

Course instructor: Geoff Lawton

Geoff Lawton is an internationally-renowned Permaculture educator, consultant and practitioner. He emigrated from England to Australia and later studied Permaculture with Bill Mollison in Tasmania. He established the Permaculture Research Institute at Tagari Farm in New South Wales, Australia, a 147-acre farmstead previously developed by Mollison. PRI was eventually moved to Zaytuna Farm, in The Channon, where it continues today.

Since 1985, Geoff has designed and implemented Permaculture projects in 30 countries for private individuals and groups, communities, governments, aid organizations and multinational corporations. He has taught the Permaculture Design Certificate course and designed Permaculture projects in 30 countries.

Co-instructor: Nadia Lawton

Nadia Lawton was born and raised in the Jordan Valley, in one of the lowest and driest places on earth. She completed her PDC with Geoff Lawton in Jordan and went on to complete a Permaculture Diploma in Education and Site Design. She regularly travels with her husband for aid project and Permaculture consulting work and assists in teaching Permaculture design courses.

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Important information about this course
Requirements: Student must have completed a PDC and provide a certificate as proof.

About the Site

The site is located in the Al Jawfa area in western Jordan, Shouneh Janobieh (i.e., South Shouneh), in the Dead Sea Valley just 10km north of the Dead Sea and 6 km east of the Jordanian-Palestinian border, directly east of the West Bank.

The local population is made up of traditional Bedouin tribes and long-term refugees stemming from displacement of local populations from within Palestine. The project site is typical of the area – a marginal arid-land low-income settlement. It is currently still under development and upon completion it will demonstrate energy-efficient appropriate housing with natural cooling systems and a plant nursery attachment, solar electricity, solar hot water, biological waste water treatment recycling, dry compost toilets, rain water harvesting earthworks and diverse interactive plant, animal and tree systems for local food production and processing. The demonstration house will function as a classroom and administration office for the project and local Permaculture group.

Once established, the project will serve as a model that can be replicated within the village, throughout Jordan and other countries in the region.

 The project, started in 2008, has already seen significant progress. The first trees were planted and are growing well and the first garden is producing some vegetables. Now, the water tank needs to be expanded, the fence and gate improved and the rest of the project started. The current focus is to set up basic living accommodations for volunteers coming to work on the project.

Directions to the Site

From the airport you have two options:

Airport/bus station pick-up: If you register your name with us ahead of time, we can arrange for someone to pick you up, at the airport for a fee of US$42. (This can be shared.)

Airport Taxi to the site: JD$40 approximately. Upon request, we can also email you written directions, in Arabic, so that you can print these off and give these directions to your driver.

Accommodation for the Course

Camping is included in the price of the course. Students must provide their own camping gear including tent, sleeping bag, toiletries, a torch etc.

Alternative accommodation is in the farm house. It has a limited number of rooms available for rent during the duration of the course. There is one share room for $3JD a day per person. There are four couple rooms for $5JD per person per day. Fees for room renting are paid on arrival to the farm manger. Please per book with the education coordinator at education(at)permaculturenews.org as rooms are limited.

The house includes a toilet, shower, lounge and kitchen for use by all students (camping or renting).

Catering: Morning/afternoon tea and lunch are supplied to all participants. Breakfast and dinner are self-catered. Students are welcome to use the house kitchen to self-cater.

Days off – Fridays each week of the internship will be off. You should be prepared to self-cater for these days.

Dinner Shopping: There is a supermarket 5 minutes away by car. The cost for a one way trip to this supermarket is some JD$3-4.

Cultural Sensitivity

The Jordan Valley is home to an ancient and classical civilization that has had many cultures, traditions, and peoples cross through its land and also settle within. International students are requested to be culturally sensitive to the Islamic traditions and Muslim social protocol. A full orientation will be provided.

General Guidelines include:

- Open and receptive attitude toward cross cultural communication
- Willingness to ask questions whenever necessary
- Conservative attire is recommended
- Respecting cultural gender relations
- Sobriety at all times during the PDC course
- Respect for elders, religious traditions and practice, and community leaders
- Not photographing locals without permission, with cautionary emphasis on photographing local women and children

For men this would include:

- Respecting Muslim gender relation etiquette
- Wearing long shorts at least to the knee
- Wearing shirts at all times
- Not touching or shaking hands of Muslim women without explicit permission
- Not displaying overly intimate affection in public with wife or partner

For ladies this would include:

- Showing respect for oneself
- Respecting Muslim gender relation etiquette
- Long skirts or pants (Shorts considered offensive)
- Wearing shirts at all times
- Not displaying overly intimate affection in public with husband or partner

What You Will Need

The climate during the course will be dry and warm although the extreme heat of the summer will have passed.

Recommended to bring:

- Sun Hat and sunglasses
- Good walking or working shoes
- Casual and comfortable clothing – natural fabrics recommended for coolness
- Sunscreen
- Water bottle
- Flashlight/headlamp
- Your own bedding (sheets etc.)
- Ample supply of any needed medications
- Tent if needed (depending on accommodation option)
- Sleeping bag and hiking mattress if needed
- Sandals
- Personal toiletries

VISA requirements for entering Jordan

Please download this PDF for details on VISA requirements for Jordan.

For further information for this course please contact admin@middleeastpermaculture.com.

Course pricing / bookings
Prices in Australian dollars

$2600 (Internationals – If paid in full 30 days before the course)
$3000 (Internationals – Full price for this course)
$1800 (Jordanian locals only – if paid in full 30 days before the course)
$2100 (Jordanian locals only – full price for this course)
$300 (non-refundable deposit to lock in booking)

5-Day Water Management Project course with Tom Kendall at PRI Maungaraeeda Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

A course by Permaculture Community

5-Day Water Management Project course with Tom Kendall at PRI Maungaraeeda Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
27
Oct
2014
Starts Oct 27, 2014 and runs for 5 day(s).

Learn to design water management for a property, building dams and swales and subsequent planting out to prevent erosion. As part of the design, surveying and contour will be discussed and applied in practice. Students will be actively involved in the full process, from design to dig, and will learn how to implement water management on their property. Erosion issues are discussed and soil repair using plants after earthworks will be undertaken.

This course is a specialist course and is part of the 8-week Permaculture Life Skills Internship but can be attended as a separate course.

This course will teach students how to design, measure and set out water management on a property. It will teach which tools to use and how to determine contour. Students will be actively involved in the full process, from design to dig, and will learn how to implement water management. Erosion issues are discussed and soil repair using plants after earthworks will be undertaken.

As part of the spirit of Permaculture we encourage students to participate in community building for the time they spend at the Institute. Students will be shown and will be required to participate in a number of aspects of sustainable and community living and Permaculture systems and routines. This will enhance the Permaculture learning experience, as well as give students the feeling of belonging to a community and strengthening the bond of the group. We encourage students to acknowledge their talents, so they can contribute to the community experience by doing what they are good at.

About the Teacher:

Tom Kendall grew up and worked on his parents’ farm and took on the farm in 1992 when his father retired. He downsized the 11,000 acre farm to 7,000 acres and converted to Biodynamics. The farm produced wheat and barley and ran cattle and sheep. In 2000 he sold the farm and moved to the Sunshine Coast. In 2005 he and his partner Zaia found their ideal property in Kin Kin, Noosa Hinterland. Tom had by then become interested in Permaculture, and started converting the property into a Permaculture site. With his background in farming, he was able to take on most jobs that needed to be done himself; renovations, building, operating heavy machinery for earthworks, etc, gardening, fixing, installing plumbing and many other jobs that came with setting up the property. He became a WWOOF host and always taught the WWOOFers about Permaculture and why the property was set up the way it was. In 2008 he did a Permaculture Design Certificate with Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton. He followed that up early 2010 with a Teacher Training Course with Geoff Lawton.

At that stage he realised he had so much knowledge to share with people about Permaculture and Self Reliance skills that he decided to focus on teaching. It was a natural extension from teaching wwoofers for all those years. Tom is a very practical person with an wealth of knowledge about shaping landscapes and creating tools and infrastructure. Having spent all his life working the land he has an astute awareness about today’s environmental issues and aims to minimise his footprint as much as possible. His courses are unique in that he shows a lot of practical applications on his property, Maungaraeeda, now a Permaculture demonstration site, to complement the theory taught. His aim is to bring Permaculture to as many people as possible, and to empower people to be self reliant. He is now a Permaculture Research Institute accredited teacher and runs The Permaculture Research Institute Maungaraeeda, on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland Australia.
Map
Important information about this course
Course location:

The Permaculture Research Institute Maungaraeeda
93 Golden Gully Road, Kin Kin QLD 4571, Australia

Course hours:

9am � 5pm daily

Accommodation:

Camping (tent) accommodation is included in the course fee, please BYO tent and camping gear (bedding etc). Limited cabin accommodation ($30 per night per cabin) or backpacker style shared accommodation ($10 per night per person) is also available. Arrive mid to late afternoon Saturday prior to course start for camp set up.

Meals:

Fully catered for, 3 meals per day plus morning and afternoon tea. We can cater for Gluten Free, vegans and vegetarians. On Saturdays students are to cater for themselves. Camp kitchen available. First Saturday evening meal provided at 6pm.

Directions to get to the Permaculture Research Institute Maungaraeeda:

Take the Bruce Highway towards Gympie from the South or toward Brisbane from the North. Take the Pomona Kin Kin turnoff. Follow the road, turn right at the T-intersection. Take the road through Pomona town, straight through the roundabout, over the railway line, then turn left at the T-Intersection. Follow that road to Kin Kin. Turn left to go into Kin Kin and past the pub. Follow that road for about 3 kms, Golden Gully Road is on your left (a dirt road). PRI Maungaraeeda, Kin Kin SOULS is 930 metres down that road on your left.

For further information for this course please contact education@permaculturenews.org.

Course pricing / bookings
Prices in Australian dollars

$795 (Regular price for this course. Must be paid in full 21 days prior to course commencement)
$100 (Non-refundable deposit to lock in booking)

5-Day Sustainable Building Methods Project Course with Tom Kendall at PRI Maungaraeeda Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

A course by Permaculture Community

5-Day Sustainable Building Methods Project Course with Tom Kendall at PRI Maungaraeeda Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
03
Nov
2014
Starts Nov 03, 2014 and runs for 5 day(s).

Students will learn to design around materials that are available, and how to set up a structure giving it structural integrity. Solar passive design is discussed and the best materials for particular climates. Pest control and prevention as part of the design and building process is also looked at. Every course will have a different practical aspect to it, and will use a range of materials, both recycled and natural (local) materials. This is a hands on course and will teach students how to work with what is available and to make a suitable structure for what is required.

This course is a specialist course and is part of the 8-week Permaculture Life Skills Internship but can be attended as a separate course.

Students will learn to design around materials that are available, and how to set up a structure giving it structural integrity. Solar passive design is discussed and the best materials for particular climates. Pest control and prevention as part of the design and building process is also looked at. Every course will have a different practical aspect to it, and will use a range of materials, both recycled and natural (local) materials. This is a hands on course and will teach students how to work with what is available and to make a suitable structure for what is required.

As part of the spirit of Permaculture we encourage students to participate in community building for the time they spend at the Institute. Students will be shown and will be required to participate in a number of aspects of sustainable and community living and Permaculture systems and routines. This will enhance the Permaculture learning experience, as well as give students the feeling of belonging to a community and strengthening the bond of the group. We encourage students to acknowledge their talents, so they can contribute to the community experience by doing what they are good at.

About the Teacher:

Tom Kendall grew up and worked on his parents’ farm and took on the farm in 1992 when his father retired. He downsized the 11,000 acre farm to 7,000 acres and converted to Biodynamics. The farm produced wheat and barley and ran cattle and sheep. In 2000 he sold the farm and moved to the Sunshine Coast. In 2005 he and his partner Zaia found their ideal property in Kin Kin, Noosa Hinterland. Tom had by then become interested in Permaculture, and started converting the property into a Permaculture site. With his background in farming, he was able to take on most jobs that needed to be done himself; renovations, building, operating heavy machinery for earthworks, etc, gardening, fixing, installing plumbing and many other jobs that came with setting up the property. He became a WWOOF host and always taught the WWOOFers about Permaculture and why the property was set up the way it was. In 2008 he did a Permaculture Design Certificate with Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton. He followed that up early 2010 with a Teacher Training Course with Geoff Lawton.

At that stage he realised he had so much knowledge to share with people about Permaculture and Self Reliance skills that he decided to focus on teaching. It was a natural extension from teaching wwoofers for all those years. Tom is a very practical person with an wealth of knowledge about shaping landscapes and creating tools and infrastructure. Having spent all his life working the land he has an astute awareness about today’s environmental issues and aims to minimise his footprint as much as possible. His courses are unique in that he shows a lot of practical applications on his property, Maungaraeeda, now a Permaculture demonstration site, to complement the theory taught. His aim is to bring Permaculture to as many people as possible, and to empower people to be self reliant. He is now a Permaculture Research Institute accredited teacher and runs The Permaculture Research Institute Maungaraeeda, on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland Australia.
Map
Important information about this course
Course location:

The Permaculture Research Institute Maungaraeeda
93 Golden Gully Road, Kin Kin QLD 4571, Australia

Course hours:

9am – 5pm daily

Accommodation:

Camping (tent) accommodation is included in the course fee, please BYO tent and camping gear (bedding etc). Limited cabin accommodation ($30 per night per cabin) or backpacker style shared accommodation ($10 per night per person) is also available. Arrive mid to late afternoon Saturday prior to course start for camp set up.

Meals:

Fully catered for, 3 meals per day plus morning and afternoon tea. We can cater for Gluten Free, vegans and vegetarians. On Saturdays students are to cater for themselves. Camp kitchen available. First Saturday evening meal provided at 6pm.

Directions to get to the Permaculture Research Institute Maungaraeeda:

Take the Bruce Highway towards Gympie from the South or toward Brisbane from the North. Take the Pomona Kin Kin turnoff. Follow the road, turn right at the T-intersection. Take the road through Pomona town, straight through the roundabout, over the railway line, then turn left at the T-Intersection. Follow that road to Kin Kin. Turn left to go into Kin Kin and past the pub. Follow that road for about 3 kms, Golden Gully Road is on your left (a dirt road). PRI Maungaraeeda, Kin Kin SOULS is 930 metres down that road on your left.

For further information for this course please contact education@permaculturenews.org.

Course pricing / bookings
Prices in Australian dollars

$795 (Regular price for this course. Must be paid in full 21 days prior to course commencement)
$100 (Non-refundable deposit to lock in booking)

Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) in Bærum, Norway July 12th – July 20th 2014

A course by Thale Lindstad

The experienced diploma holder Jan Bang will teach PDC in Norway from the 12th-20th of July. The course will be held in a traditional cabin by the lake Dælivannet in Bærum, Norway. Being located in the forest, the natural surroundings are secluded and charming, whilst still being close to Oslo. We emphasize that as many aspects of the course as possible are truly sustainable, and so we will provide transport and food that is eco-friendly, as well as minimizing water and electricity use. The course will be taught in English – and you are very welcome to both new skills and the joys of norwegian summer time :)

Please see further info under “Files” here: www.facebook.com/groups/pdc2014

or feel free to contact Spira Svendsen or Thale Lindstad: spirasvendsen@gmail.com / thale.lindstad@gmail.com

Edible Landscape Design Workshop – a course by Koreen Brennan

A course by Cathy Bersier

Edible Landscape Design Workshop

This specialty course will focus on practical, step by step methods and Florida-specific techniques to create beautiful edible landscaping and edible forest gardens. We will do a step by step design of a private residence lot, creating an abundant and sustainable edible landscape.
Learn:
Basic landscaping techniques such as how to use color, texture, symmetry, patterns, and seasonal adjustments
Edible landscaping – how to combine beautiful and useful plants
Right plant, right place – how to choose your plants. We’ll go over specific plant lists and choices. Shade loving, sun loving, winter, summer, hot, cold, year-round flowers and fruit, etc.
Great plant combinations
Microclimates – how to create them Florida friendly “no-watering or low-watering needed” methods of planting
Growing for high yields commercial growing in small areas
Putting it all together in a design
Implementation – staging, timing, and maintenance
How to keep your design looking good and staying productive with minimal upkeep (This can be the most challenging aspect because of nature’s continual changes.)

Materials provided to students:
Useful plant lists for Zones 9 & 10
Weather and climate tools
Sector assessment tools
List of where to find soil building material
Basic landscaping tools and techniques
Basic drawing techniques
Creative techniques – how to make your design “pop.” How to keep it looking good

When: May 22-26 from 9am – 5pm
Where: Private residence to be announced, Tampa Bay area
Who should take this course? Landscapers who want to incorporate edible landscaping into the business
Community gardeners who want to beautify their gardens and neighborhoods, and increase yield
Homeowners who want beautiful, edible landscaping
Planners and designers
Landscape architects
Gardeners
Small farmers
Local foodies
Health conscious people
Slow Food afficionados

SCHEDULE:
Day 1:
Client interview
Assessing the site – water, temp, microclimates, shade/sun, other features
Basics of landscaping technique
Color, texture, height, symmetry, styles of landscaping
Day 2:
Water systems, “low watering/no watering” planting methods, simple irrigation, rainwater systems
Microclimates – how to create them in Florida
How much food can you grow on one suburban lot? What to grow for best yields, etc.
Day 3:
Field trips, seeing edible landscaping, grafting, propagation
Day 4:
Design charrette – Patterns of design
Water, soil, plant themes, hardscape
Details of design
Tools for water catchment/distribution
Soil combinations
Hardscape choices
Plant selection – right plant, right place; creating plant palettes
Tweaking yield
Day 5:
Installation – Sequence, timing
Maintenance – Follow up, sequential plantings, when & how
Misc – Q and A and wrap up

FULL PRICE: $475
EARLY BIRD, before April 8: $375

Film showings or social time in evenings.

Local community-based camping site available!

This class can accommodate only a limited number of attendees, so register early!
For more information, contact Cathy at 727-495-6145, or cathy@growpermaculture.com
To register, please go to www.growpermaculture.com

PDC Practical Internship in Chiang Mai, Thailand

A course by Permaville

This 4-week intensive Permacultue Design Course offers the opportunity to learn and practice permaculture on need-based installations at site around SE Asia. You will receive all information required for the standard 72-hour Permaculture Design Course (PDC) and two weeks of practical experience working in the areas of natural building, gardening, composting, appropriate technology and more.

PDC Practical Internship in Lamjung, Nepal

A course by Permaville

Earn a Permaculture Design Certificate and get hands-on experience working on permaculture projects in Nepal!

Urban Permaculture Design Certificate Course, Fall 2014. Koreen Brennan

A course by Cathy Bersier

Urban Permaculture Design Course, Fall 2014
This is Grow Permaculture’s 12th internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certification Course, based on Bill Mollison’s work. This course will unfold one weekend per month over seven months, from September 2014, to March 2015. Permaculture design offers regenerative techniques, tools and design principles to enable you to live abundantly while caring for the environment and the people around you. Grow food with less work and expense, create stronger economic networks, and increase your overall quality of life, while using less, and helping the environment.
By cooperating with nature and her energies, we are able to design human systems, from backyards to neighborhoods, farms or even cities to be more abundant, more long lasting, more ethical, healthier for all life in the system, and more enjoyable. It is a cutting edge approach to living that helps both people and the environment.
The course is designed to offer multiple opportunities including career mentoring and pathways, community building opportunities, resource networking, skill building, as well as what is for many, a life changing experience. The course is extended over seven months to give students maximum time to absorb the information and put it into practice. This also allows people with busy schedules to take the course.
We continue to refine and expand our curriculum based on feedback from dozens of students regarding what helps them learn best. We incorporate multiple learning styles including hands on, visual aids, immersion, lecture, interaction, and more. Our choice of materials, videos, expert speakers, field trips, focused hands on activities (that give you step by step useful skill sets), Florida-specific information, well-organized written materials, networking and career opportunities, and design tools are the result of this feedback. We live in this community and care about its future and we continue to work with graduates in the community to create something better, together.
Homes, work places, gardens, farms, communities, local economies, or cities that are designed with permaculture principles and techniques are more resilient; they use resources in a regenerative way, ensuring that we, our children and our grandchildren will have access to all the resources we need. By incorporating people care into the equation, this process becomes deeply enjoyable too. Students meet others who think like they do, and often make life long friendships during the course; some find new career or lifestyle opportunities. Be the change you would like to see, and be effective at it, by designing that change!
Some of the subjects covered include:
Permaculture design ethics and principles
Creating abundance with natural patterns
Organic gardening and farming
Grow more food with less work by working with nature
Edible landscaping, food in small spaces
Soil building
Designing sustainable water use
Greywater and rainwater catchment
Building food forests
Agroforestry and ecoagriculture
Aquaculture
Composting and vermicomposting
Alternative pest management
Natural building, regenerative building technology
Reducing energy costs in your home
Best forms of sustainable energy
Appropriate technology
Boosting your career with permaculture
Sustainable economies
Increasing quality of life through “placemaking” design
Community revitalization and rebuilding
Successful intentional communities, ecovillages and cohousing, urban and rural
Here’s what our graduates say:
This course changed my life forever. It changed the way I look at everything, and gave me tools to address problems I thought had no solutions. It reinvigorated my connection to, respect for and love of the natural world and increased my understanding of it tremendously. It made me feel powerful and able to change things rather than helpless or apathetic. It gave me hope again, a renewed purpose for life and so many tools that I never dreamed existed! It brought back magic to my life, lightness, and fun! GH
This course is the most exciting one I’ve ever attended because it’s all about finding solutions and connecting people together. JJ
I’ve had my permaculture friends tell me this course changed their life. I never understood why, or what the fuss was about, until I did the course myself. It is a paradigm shift to a much nicer and better paradigm. Don’t hesitate to do this course! DM
I really enjoyed the whole PDC experience. I knew I would, but it was even better than I had thought. I loved the detailed theoretical classes in which I learned how to build soil, how to make it faster than it would happen naturally, how plants benefit each other. I also liked the hands on experiences a lot, it made many concepts so much clearer. I enjoyed the teacher’s methods, and the warmth of the teachers’ helpers. It was a learning experience in every single level not to mention a great opportunity to meet nice people and grow. Thanks!!! MM
I am so grateful for your instruction Koreen, truly a wonderful and transformational experience. I will treasure and put in practice the permaculture ethics & principles every day, integrating them in my immediate environment and eventually reach out to my community. Thanks again for the excellent course, honored to have your friendship and be a part of the Grow Permaculture tribe. MO
After participating in Grow Permaculture’s PDC, I feel confident that I can accurately evaluate a variety of sites and come up with integrated, sustainable designs. LB
The instructors have a wealth of knowledge and it’s clear they really want to share. I feel confidenct, after attending their PDC course, that I could make basic designs that would work well for any potential client. Knowing that they will review any plans encourages me to jump right in and design! MN

The unity of the group was awesome. The shared knowledge very inspiring. Learning this way with the hands on demonstration, I could understand more of the school. And thank you so much for all your teachings and welcoming of Dylan. Very grateful, DM
I would highly recommend this course, taught by Koreen and her associates to anyone who has great concern for the future of this planet and the destructive path it is on. Permaculture is the solution we have all been waiting for. As permaculturists, “We are the ones we have been waiting for” to save ourselves from ourselves. Koreen is incredibly knowledgeable and has experienced many areas of the world first hand. If you have been feeling at a loss and discouraged this is your last chance to educate yourself as if the earth herself were revealing her deepest secrets on how you can help her. This is what permaculture is. Grow Permaculture far exceeded my expectations, even after years of experience working with organic gardening methods already. This is just the tip of the iceberg on how much is available for you to learn as you will find out. The depth of how very differently agriculture and water managment and land useage really need to be can’t be stressed enough. SK
Thank you very much for this amazing course. The setting was ideal. The fact of being able to practice on real ground was invaluable. The presentation was very lively and instructive and really opened my eyes on how good design takes care of both the earth, the people and creates a surplus without waste. I love permaculture principles and how thoroughly and thoughful they are and how caring. JB
I am Graduate of Grow Permaculture’s Permaculture Design Course. I am very impressed with the quality and professionalism that I experienced during the course. I learned so much and thoroughly enjoyed every minute. It was a great balance of theory and practical training. I feel very prepared and confident going forward with the new knowledge I have. I have made some very big improvements in the way my company conducts business. Our business is all about tree preservation & creating a healthier planet. I acquired the knowledge and ability to create a “truly” regenerative company. I am very grateful for the expert knowledge, compassion and competence of my teacher & Mentor, Koreen. Thank you for creating a better planet one student at a time. NN
The value of this course is worth far more than its cost. The knowledge gained is really priceless. There is so much information provided that is life changing and really valuable. I was told that I can save more than the cost of the course if I use only a portion of the information provided. This was true, but what wasn’t said is that I got something from it that is really hard to put a price on which is life long friends, and a new, creative view about life. CS
Who Takes This Permaculture Design Course?
Artists
Do it yourselfers
Educators – homeschool, teachers, professors
Gardeners
Green architects/builders
Green consultants
Homesteaders
Landscapers
Natural health practitioners
Non-profit/community organizers
People who care about the earth and each other
People who love healthy food
Permaculturists
Policy makers
Professionals (of many types)
Recent college graduates
Students
Urban and rural farmers
Vegan, raw food, slow food, and/or local food
Yoga practitioners
Permaculture Design Course
Moccasin Lake Nature Park
2750 Park Trail Lane
Clearwater, FL 33759
727-793-2976
Saturdays and Sundays
Seven Weekends over Seven Months
Beginning on September 27, 2014, ending March 29, 2015
9 AM to 5 PM
Special Early Bird rate will go toward our volunteer work at Pine Ridge reservation:
$900 by April 30, 2014
To register for entire course or individual weekends
Call Cathy at 727-495-6145 or write cathy@growpermaculture.com
Or Register via PayPal on right side of our web site near the top of the site.
http://www.permacultureguild.us/urban-permaculture-design-course-fall-2014/

PERMACULTURE DESIGN COURSE (PDC) IN KOLI NATIONAL PARK 31.5.-12.6.2014, FINLAND (in english)

A course by Elontila

The permaculture design course (PDC) is an internationally recognized, 72 –hour full design –course resulting in a permaculture design certificate.

  • Ylä-kolintie 12, Kolin kansallispuisto, 83960 Lieksa, Suomi
  • May 31, 2014 at 09:00 AM -
    Jun 12, 2014 at 06:00 PM
  • +358(0)45 8797999
  • et@elontila.fi
  • http://www.elontila.fi

PERMAKULTTUURIKURSSI (PDC) KOLIN MATTILASSA 31.8.-12.9.2014 (in finnish)

A course by Elontila

Kurssilla perehdytään permakulttuurin etiikkaan, periaatteisiin ja suunnitteluprosessiin kestävämmän yhteisön ja kestävämmän elämäntavan rakentamiseksi.

  • Ylä-kolintie 12, Kolin kansallispuisto, 83960 Lieksa, Suomi
  • Aug 31, 2014 at 09:00 AM -
    Sep 12, 2014 at 06:00 PM
  • +358(0)45 8797999
  • et@elontila.fi
  • http://www.elontila.fi

Permaculture Design Course with Lesley Martin

A course by André Carvalho

Join us for another PDC at Quinta do Vale da Lama!

This PDC is a 12-day residential course.

You’ll be camping in “Campo do Vale”, a space for running events at Quinta do Vale da Lama. You will enjoy the lovely landscape near the river and estuary, with classroom indoor and outdoors, kitchen, toilets and showers.

Some of the things you will learn include:

● Learn strategies to improve the way we collect, process and review information;
● Antecipate and identify challenges, and find solution within nature, you and your community;
● Adapting your actions to proper scale and needs;
● Increase productivity using intensive garden design strategies including: stacking, soil- building, mulch, nutrient cycling, pest control, green manures, worms, compost & companion planting;
● Read weather patterns, create and enhance micro-climates and use design strategies for all major global climatic zones;
● Save money on energy bills with efficient home design, retrofit and renewable energy systems.
● Learn how to weave and integrate these concepts (and much more) together in a permaculture design.

Join us in this life-long learning experience!!!

Permaculture Teaching Matters

A course by André Carvalho

Join us for six days of exciting permaculture teacher training that will change the way you think about education.

Move towards a permaculture teaching career
Empower others with life-changing skills
Learn to pass on knowledge of permaculture theory and practice in ways that creates real change in your students, and activates entire communities.

Home-grown Happiness, Vale dos Coicos

A course by Home-grown Happiness

A week long residential course on applying permaculture to your inside and out.
18-24th August 2014

This Introduction to Permaculture is a week full of inspiration to empower your life, using the knowledge of nature, science and traditional understanding. Your hands, heart and head will learn how to design your zones 00 (personal development), 0 (in the house) and zone 1 (around your house). Join us in the beautiful valley of Vale dos Coicos where the water never stops flowing and many families are using permaculture to regenerate the land.

Topic tasters…. Grow happiness outside, inside and inside YOU…

Permaculture gardening and techniques – Roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty!
Natural home-made skin and body care – Eat your deodorant!
Fermentation – tangy recipes and take-homes
Community living – share, laugh, enjoy

Grow your own happiness!

Early bird price until the 1st of June – €320

Full price – €350

Home-grown Happiness, Quinta da Ravina

A course by Home-grown Happiness

A week long residential course on applying permaculture to your inside and out.
4-10th September 2014

This Introduction to Permaculture is a week full of inspiration to empower your life, using the knowledge of nature, science and traditional understanding. Your hands, heart and head will learn how to design your zones 00 (personal development), 0 (in the house) and zone 1 (around your house). Join us iJoin us at Quinta da Ravina, a new permaculture farm, where waterfalls and fresh mountain air awaits you!

Topic tasters….

Permaculture gardening and techniques – Roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty!
Natural home-made skin and body care – Eat your deodorant!
Fermentation – tangy recipes and take-homes
Community living – share, laugh, enjoy

Grow your own happiness!

Early bird price until the 15th of June – €320

Full price – €350

Water Resource Design Workshop

A course by Siskiyou Permaculture

Learn to integrate water resources on a small homestead in Southern Oregon. We will explore strategies for drought proofing, rainwater harvesting, greywater, irrigation district water utilization, small scale carbon farming and horticultural self-reliance based on careful use of water. Summer is a great time to design water systems in preparation for doing earthworks in the fall and harvesting rainwater for the following year.