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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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
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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
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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.
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)

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

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

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 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, Quinta do Vale da Lama

A course by Home-grown Happiness

A week long residential course on applying permaculture to your inside and out.
26th August – 1st 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 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!

Full price – €350

Aug 26, 2014 at 02:30 PM - Sep 01, 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

Permaculture Design Course (PDC)

A course by Permaculture Community

A comprehensive introduction to permaculture principles, application & design practices. The 80 + hour PDC 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. This course meets a common international standard as a foundation course for permaculture practitioners and teachers.

Sep 12, 2014 at 05:00 PM - Nov 29, 2014 at 08:00 PM

Advanced Permaculture Skills Certificate

A course by Permaculture Community

Once you have done a PDC many new Permies find they then need real practical skills to become competent farmers, trainers or designers, this is what this class is all about, developing more skills in the context of permaculture and in a way that fits the permaculture ethics.

Feb 23, 2015 at 09:00 AM - Apr 13, 2015 at 05:00 PM

Permaculture Design Course Through The Heart

A course by Jiwa Damai Agro

Jiwa Damai Offerings – Education, Trainings and Events

Permaculture Design Course Through The Heart (PDCTTH) We 01 – Mo 27 October, 2014
Basics: We 01 – Th 09 October 2014
PDCTTH Intensive: Su 12 – Mo 20 October 2014
PDCTTH Active Practicum: Th 23 – Mo 27 October 2014

Home PDCTTH Projects support – monthly online group meeting, dates to be advised
We offer individual internships throughout the year

Oct 01, 2014 at 10:00 AM - Oct 27, 2014 at 04:00 PM

Permaculture Design Certificate

A course by Permaculture Community

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.

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

Permaculture Design Certificate

A course by Permaculture Community

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.

Nov 30, 2014 at 09:00 AM - Dec 12, 2014 at 04:30 PM

Permaculture Design Certificate

A course by Permaculture Community

Our PDC is a fully-catered, full-time course over two weeks, and we welcome you to stay and camp on our beautiful farm. During the day we will cover the core syllabus, and we will gather socially in the evenings with special guest speakers and demonstrations. Our farm’s inclusive community atmosphere will ensure you have fun and make friends while you learn. Naturally, the food we serve will be deliciously fresh, organic and local.

Jan 11, 2015 at 09:00 AM - Jan 25, 2015 at 05:00 PM

Permaculture Design Course

A course by Permaculture Community

This certificate course provides the tools, knowledge, inspiration, and framework to participate in developing positive environmental, social, and profitable solutions. If you are thinking about a career change or ways that you can incorporate regenerative practices into your existing job or business, the Permaculture Design Course can help guide you there.

Sep 20, 2014 at 09:00 AM - Nov 23, 2014 at 05:00 PM

Introduction to Permaculture: Panya Project, Northern Thailand

A course by Panya Project Education Center

This seven day introduction to Permaculture will get you inspired and informed about the possibilities and concepts behind permaculture design.

Sep 01, 2014 at 07:00 AM - Sep 07, 2014 at 06:00 PM

Permaculture In Practice, Panya Project, Northern Thailand

A course by Panya Project Education Center

One week practical permaculture course at the Panya Project. Get some great experience working with our developed permaculture systems.

Sep 14, 2014 at 07:00 AM - Sep 21, 2014 at 06:00 PM

11 day Renewable Energy Intensive for Permaculture Teachers and Interns

A course by Phil & Suzanne

Experience the fundamental system design and installation skills for photovoltaic, wind, micro-hydro, solar thermal and bio-thermal in this rare offering of a practical interactive, in-depth course, with take home documentation.
We will be building a hybrid system on-site using solar panels, a wind generator, a micro-hydro generator, batteries, inverter, charge controllers, diversion control and load, digital battery monitor, DC & AC loads, and also solar thermal & bio-thermal hot water systems.
Comprehensive renewable energy design theory classes, subtropical permaculture, several field trips, a planetary permaculture brainstorming summit, and andean adventures are all part of the course.

Oct 02, 2014 at 03:00 PM - Oct 13, 2014 at 03:00 PM

Urban Permaculture Design Certificate Course Tampa Bay

A course by Koreen Brennan

Our focus is on urban permaculture challenges and opportunities. The course instructors are veterans who have engaged in challenging permaculture design projects and who know their craft. We use multiple forms of instruction and understand multiple learning styles. The course is one weekend per month for seven months, giving lots of time in between classes to absorb the information and put it into practice. We offer career mentoring, project mentoring, field trips, group activities and hands on opportunities during and in between classes. Our courses are attended by people from all over Florida and focus on Florida specific solutions. We are proud of the high percentage of our graduates who go on to do great permaculture projects all over Florida and beyond.

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

Introduction to Permaculture – Chiang Mai, October 11-12, 18-19 2014

A course by Permaville

Course Details
In this course, you will learn about the basic concepts of permaculture and get your hands-on several practical projects:

Day 1
Overview of Permaculture – Origins, ethics, principles and goals
Soil – Learn about the amazing soil food web and make a compost pile
Gardening – Learn about gardening and crop rotation and plant a garden

Day 2
Design methodology – Learn how to assess any piece of land and draw a site map
Natural building – Learn about natural building and make adobe bricks

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

Permaculture Design Course – Kailash Akhara, Phy Ruea, Thailand, November 10-30, 2014

A course by Permaville

Come to the high hills of Eastern Thailand and learn about all aspects of permaculture. In this three week certified PDC course, we will cover all aspects of permaculture and do several hands-on practical projects.

Nov 10, 2014 at 09:00 AM - Nov 30, 2014 at 04:00 PM

Permaculture FEAST

A course by Lisa DePiano

A weekend based design course with a focus on urban and social permaculture taught by inhabitants of the edible forest garden “Paradise Lot” featured in the book “Edible Forest Gardens”

Sep 06, 2014 at 09:00 AM - Nov 30, 2014 at 05:00 PM

Regenerative Landscape Design Course

A course by Balkan Ecology Project

The Regenerative Landscape Design Course will cover step by step how to develop a regenerative landscape based on a real location. We’ll cover practical skills such as mapping, surveying, earthwork design and implementation, fertility building and habitat design, as well as the essential theoretical components behind decision making, management, reading landscapes, soil building and crop selection.

http://www.balkep.org/regenerative-landscape-design-course-31oct—4nov.html

Oct 31, 2014 at 05:00 PM - Nov 04, 2014 at 08:00 PM

Cob Building Series” “This Cob House”

A course by We Grow From Here, Inc.

Cob is a natural building technique employed for hundreds of years, using only the gifts of Mother Nature–sand, clay, and straw. With the skills and tools provided in this course, you can learn to create your own habitat, whether off-grid or in community!

Oct 18, 2014 at 09:00 AM - Oct 31, 2014 at 05:00 PM

Permaculture Design Course (PDC), 7-21 December 2014, at Phayao Permaculture Center in Phayao, Thailand

A course by Permaville

Come learn about permaculture with renowned permaculture teacher John Champagne when he teams up with Brian Newhouse and Ben Dunn, in this 2-week PDC at Phayao Permaculture Center in Phayao, Thailand.

Dec 07, 2014 at 12:00 PM - Dec 21, 2014 at 12:00 PM

2014 Orlando Permaculture Design Course

A course by Green Education Center

This course is a life changing experience and has truly transformed the lives of participants and our community! With some of the brightest Permaculture teachers, we are pleased to offer this Permaculture Design Course in Orlando, FL. This will be a weekend format course that will give you an in-depth understanding of permaculture design concepts and applications in the Central Florida region or any sub-tropical location. Participants that attend all sessions of this class and complete the final design project will receive a certificate in Permaculture Design.

Oct 03, 2014 at 08:30 AM - Oct 26, 2014 at 05:00 PM

Permaculture Design Course in Thailand

A course by Mindfulness Project

3 leading projects, 2 incredible teachers, one course! The Permaculture Institute Thailand, WWOOF Thailand and the Mindfulness Project are hosting an exeptional course on one of the most beautifull islands in Thailand.

Sep 29, 2014 at 08:00 AM - Oct 11, 2014 at 02:00 PM

Permaculture Design Course with Christian Shearer

A course by Panya Project Education Center

3 amazing teachers, two awesome locations, and lots of inspiration. This PDC in Northern Thailand is a very special event that has drawn Christian Shearer back to Thailand to teach. Come be a part of the collaboration between the Panya Project and the Mindfulness Project

Jan 22, 2015 at 08:00 AM - Feb 05, 2015 at 12:00 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.

  • 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

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.”

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

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 Teacher Training Michigan

A course by Permaculture Community

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

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.

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.

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

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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.

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.

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.

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
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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
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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.
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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)

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)

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)

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/

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 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, Quinta do Vale da Lama

A course by Home-grown Happiness

A week long residential course on applying permaculture to your inside and out.
26th August – 1st 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 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!

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

Permaculture Design Course (PDC)

A course by Permaculture Community

A comprehensive introduction to permaculture principles, application & design practices. The 80 + hour PDC 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. This course meets a common international standard as a foundation course for permaculture practitioners and teachers.

Advanced Permaculture Skills Certificate

A course by Permaculture Community

Once you have done a PDC many new Permies find they then need real practical skills to become competent farmers, trainers or designers, this is what this class is all about, developing more skills in the context of permaculture and in a way that fits the permaculture ethics.

Permaculture Design Course Through The Heart

A course by Jiwa Damai Agro

Jiwa Damai Offerings – Education, Trainings and Events

Permaculture Design Course Through The Heart (PDCTTH) We 01 – Mo 27 October, 2014
Basics: We 01 – Th 09 October 2014
PDCTTH Intensive: Su 12 – Mo 20 October 2014
PDCTTH Active Practicum: Th 23 – Mo 27 October 2014

Home PDCTTH Projects support – monthly online group meeting, dates to be advised
We offer individual internships throughout the year

  • Banjar Bindu, Mambal, Badung, Jalan Melati, 3 Jalan Raya Mambal, Ubud, Indonesia
  • Oct 01, 2014 at 10:00 AM -
    Oct 27, 2014 at 04:00 PM
  • $1190.00
  • +62 (0)361 898 8384
  • info@jiwadamai.net
  • http://www.jiwadamai.net

Permaculture Design Certificate

A course by Permaculture Community

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.

  • 93 Golden Gully Rd, Kin Kin QLD 4571, Australia
  • Sep 21, 2014 at 09:00 AM -
    Oct 03, 2014 at 05:00 PM
  • $1450-$1590
  • 617 5485 4664
  • info@permaculturesunshinecoast.org
  • http://permaculturesunshinecoast.org

Permaculture Design Certificate

A course by Permaculture Community

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.

  • 93 Golden Gully Rd, Kin Kin QLD 4571, Australia
  • Nov 30, 2014 at 09:00 AM -
    Dec 12, 2014 at 04:30 PM
  • $1450-$1590
  • 617 5485 4664
  • info@permaculturesunshinecoast.org
  • http://permaculturesunshinecoast.org

Permaculture Design Certificate

A course by Permaculture Community

Our PDC is a fully-catered, full-time course over two weeks, and we welcome you to stay and camp on our beautiful farm. During the day we will cover the core syllabus, and we will gather socially in the evenings with special guest speakers and demonstrations. Our farm’s inclusive community atmosphere will ensure you have fun and make friends while you learn. Naturally, the food we serve will be deliciously fresh, organic and local.

  • 426 Carters Rd, Burnside WA 6285, Australia
  • Jan 11, 2015 at 09:00 AM -
    Jan 25, 2015 at 05:00 PM
  • $1500-$1600
  • (08) 9758 8582
  • info@fairharvest.com.au
  • http://fairharvest.com.au

Permaculture Design Course

A course by Permaculture Community

This certificate course provides the tools, knowledge, inspiration, and framework to participate in developing positive environmental, social, and profitable solutions. If you are thinking about a career change or ways that you can incorporate regenerative practices into your existing job or business, the Permaculture Design Course can help guide you there.

  • San Diego, CA, USA
  • Sep 20, 2014 at 09:00 AM -
    Nov 23, 2014 at 05:00 PM
  • $795-$895
  • (619) 884-7749
  • info@sdsustainable.org
  • http://sdsustainable.org

Introduction to Permaculture: Panya Project, Northern Thailand

A course by Panya Project Education Center

This seven day introduction to Permaculture will get you inspired and informed about the possibilities and concepts behind permaculture design.

Permaculture In Practice, Panya Project, Northern Thailand

A course by Panya Project Education Center

One week practical permaculture course at the Panya Project. Get some great experience working with our developed permaculture systems.

11 day Renewable Energy Intensive for Permaculture Teachers and Interns

A course by Phil & Suzanne

Experience the fundamental system design and installation skills for photovoltaic, wind, micro-hydro, solar thermal and bio-thermal in this rare offering of a practical interactive, in-depth course, with take home documentation.
We will be building a hybrid system on-site using solar panels, a wind generator, a micro-hydro generator, batteries, inverter, charge controllers, diversion control and load, digital battery monitor, DC & AC loads, and also solar thermal & bio-thermal hot water systems.
Comprehensive renewable energy design theory classes, subtropical permaculture, several field trips, a planetary permaculture brainstorming summit, and andean adventures are all part of the course.

Urban Permaculture Design Certificate Course Tampa Bay

A course by Koreen Brennan

Our focus is on urban permaculture challenges and opportunities. The course instructors are veterans who have engaged in challenging permaculture design projects and who know their craft. We use multiple forms of instruction and understand multiple learning styles. The course is one weekend per month for seven months, giving lots of time in between classes to absorb the information and put it into practice. We offer career mentoring, project mentoring, field trips, group activities and hands on opportunities during and in between classes. Our courses are attended by people from all over Florida and focus on Florida specific solutions. We are proud of the high percentage of our graduates who go on to do great permaculture projects all over Florida and beyond.

  • 2750 Park Trail Ln, Clearwater, FL, United States
  • Sep 27, 2014 at 09:00 AM -
    Mar 29, 2015 at 05:00 PM
  • $950
  • Accepts Work Trade
  • Scholarships Available
  • 7274956145
  • info@growpermaculture.com
  • http://www.growpermaculture.com

Introduction to Permaculture – Chiang Mai, October 11-12, 18-19 2014

A course by Permaville

Course Details
In this course, you will learn about the basic concepts of permaculture and get your hands-on several practical projects:

Day 1
Overview of Permaculture – Origins, ethics, principles and goals
Soil – Learn about the amazing soil food web and make a compost pile
Gardening – Learn about gardening and crop rotation and plant a garden

Day 2
Design methodology – Learn how to assess any piece of land and draw a site map
Natural building – Learn about natural building and make adobe bricks

Permaculture Design Course – Kailash Akhara, Phy Ruea, Thailand, November 10-30, 2014

A course by Permaville

Come to the high hills of Eastern Thailand and learn about all aspects of permaculture. In this three week certified PDC course, we will cover all aspects of permaculture and do several hands-on practical projects.

Permaculture FEAST

A course by Lisa DePiano

A weekend based design course with a focus on urban and social permaculture taught by inhabitants of the edible forest garden “Paradise Lot” featured in the book “Edible Forest Gardens”

Regenerative Landscape Design Course

A course by Balkan Ecology Project

The Regenerative Landscape Design Course will cover step by step how to develop a regenerative landscape based on a real location. We’ll cover practical skills such as mapping, surveying, earthwork design and implementation, fertility building and habitat design, as well as the essential theoretical components behind decision making, management, reading landscapes, soil building and crop selection.

http://www.balkep.org/regenerative-landscape-design-course-31oct—4nov.html

Cob Building Series” “This Cob House”

A course by We Grow From Here, Inc.

Cob is a natural building technique employed for hundreds of years, using only the gifts of Mother Nature–sand, clay, and straw. With the skills and tools provided in this course, you can learn to create your own habitat, whether off-grid or in community!

Permaculture Design Course (PDC), 7-21 December 2014, at Phayao Permaculture Center in Phayao, Thailand

A course by Permaville

Come learn about permaculture with renowned permaculture teacher John Champagne when he teams up with Brian Newhouse and Ben Dunn, in this 2-week PDC at Phayao Permaculture Center in Phayao, Thailand.

2014 Orlando Permaculture Design Course

A course by Green Education Center

This course is a life changing experience and has truly transformed the lives of participants and our community! With some of the brightest Permaculture teachers, we are pleased to offer this Permaculture Design Course in Orlando, FL. This will be a weekend format course that will give you an in-depth understanding of permaculture design concepts and applications in the Central Florida region or any sub-tropical location. Participants that attend all sessions of this class and complete the final design project will receive a certificate in Permaculture Design.

Permaculture Design Course in Thailand

A course by Mindfulness Project

3 leading projects, 2 incredible teachers, one course! The Permaculture Institute Thailand, WWOOF Thailand and the Mindfulness Project are hosting an exeptional course on one of the most beautifull islands in Thailand.

Permaculture Design Course with Christian Shearer

A course by Panya Project Education Center

3 amazing teachers, two awesome locations, and lots of inspiration. This PDC in Northern Thailand is a very special event that has drawn Christian Shearer back to Thailand to teach. Come be a part of the collaboration between the Panya Project and the Mindfulness Project