Member Update – CERES Community Environment Park in Melbourne

CERES are excited to host some powerhouses of Permaculture in Spring 2018. Robin Clayfield will be visiting over two days in November to share her skills and experience in facilitation and group dynamics. Robin has pioneered social Permaculture and dynamic decision-making around the world and brings her passion for creating deep change through effective, dynamic group work and co-operation between groups. More info and to book: Social Permaculture and Dynamic Group Decision Making
Rosemary Morrow is one of Permaculture’s pioneering women. For almost 40 years Morrow has worked extensively with farmers and villagers in Africa, Central and South East Asia, and Eastern Europe. She has especially dedicated much work to the people of war-torn nations such as Vietnam, Cambodia, Bosnia and Afghanistan. This two-day workshop on 8th & 9th of December focuses more on personal and group skills than growing plants, however the natural environment is always considered: Challenges & New Frontiers in Permaculture
Besides lots of other short courses in between, CERES’ 26th Permaculture Design Course starts on Wed 6th Feb 2019. The course is a mix of classroom presentations, workshops, design exercises, practical exercises and visits to properties to see Permaculture in action as well as a catered weekend away. The course content and approaches to teaching and learning is directed by a group of leading PDC teachers and practitioners. This 100 hour course is delivered by a range of professional, practicing permaculturists including David Holmgren, Joel Meadows, Kat Lavers, Donna Livermore, Peta Christensen and Earthcare Permaculture’s Graeme George. Payment plans can be arranged. More info and to book your: Permaculture Design Course

Member update – APT Courses From WA Now Available Nationwide

Candlelight Farm, in conjunction with Skills Strategies International, are now offering Cert I, Cert II, Cert III and Diploma Permaculture courses, as well as the Permaculture Demonstrator Skills Set for those who wish to teach CI and CII in schools or community organisations.
CI and CII have been developed with VET in schools as the focus. Bold Park School in WA is currently delivering CII, and there have been three workshops for teachers this year, explaining the courses and outlining the benefits for schoolchildren. Interest is growing so it is only a matter of time before other schools offer these too.

School teachers who have done a PDC are able to deliver CI and CII, but there is also the Demonstrator Skills Set which involves 4 units from CIII to provide some good background knowledge and skills for VET delivery.
CIII Permaculture is ideally suited to those who have undertaken a PDC and wish to broaden their knowledge, skills and understanding. The course is very practical-orientated and students learn about propagation, pest control, irrigation, construction, soils, site assessment, impacts of weather, organic crops, permaculture products and integrated plant and animal systems. Fifteen units are typically undertaken over one year.
The Diploma Permaculture is a course for those who wish to become designers and consultants. Twelve units are undertaken over a year or so, and include both rural and urban designs, managing projects, strategic planning, field research, managing soils and erosion, advising clients and using particular species in design work.
We can also provide Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) assessment for those practitioners who have a wealth of knowledge and experience but have not been able to undertake a course so far. You can RPL for CIII, Demonstrator Skills Set or Diploma.
For more information, RPL application forms, or details about buying particular units or whole courses so they can be offered in other states please contact Ross Mars on

Member update – 150 PDC milestone

Robyn Francis celebrated the teaching of her 150th Permaculture Design Course (PDC) that happened on July 7-21, 2018 at Djanbung Gardens in Nimbin. Permaculture Australia would like to add its congratulations.

Robyn has taught 150 PDCs in 15 different countries, plus as many advanced courses in diverse areas of professional permaculture practices including Teacher Training; Community Facilitation; Ecovillage Design; Sustainable Aid and Development;  Social Permaculture; Design for Food Security, and Year-round Food Production. She was one of the key instigators of the Accredited Permaculture Training and has spent 11 years providing full-time accredited vocational training in Permaculture Certificates III, IV and the Diploma of Permaculture. Now thousands of her graduates are doing important work in all continents and climates. Robyn was mentored by Bill Mollison and co-taught with him in the 1980’s.
Robyn has been on the Board of Permaculture Australia for many years and contributed countless hours of her time to the organisation. Thank you!
Here is a video describing Robyn’s work and some thoughts about permaculture:

Teacher Training opportunity

Rowe Morrow & Hannah Moloney will lead a permaculture teacher training in Ballarat from Saturday evening Nov 17 to Friday Nov 23, 2018.

Rowe will also then be attending the Yandoit Shindig and PEG gathering on the 24th & 25th. Most of the regular permaculture teacher training events on the permaculture calendar are in NSW so we’re very pleased to create this event in Victoria. Permaculture Australia will receive the majority of funds raised from the event, which is being run by Ballarat Permaculture Guild Inc.
To apply, email for an application form. Registration will not be through the BPG website but by direct application.
This course is designed to provide the necessary skills and confidence to deliver the internationally recognised Permaculture Design Certificate curriculum to students anywhere. Students will be able to develop a curriculum, structure a short or long course to maximise student learning, and design effective learning resources. By the end of the course all participants will have had the hands-on experience of a range of teaching methods and strategies, and will understand how to inspire and engage learners in a way that results in deep and meaningful learning.

Rowe has a very student-centred approach so if your experience so far has been lecture-style delivery, this could be a great opportunity to learn some new approaches. Even if you’ve been teaching for some years and are quite comfortable with your own teaching approach & style, attending this training could be a fabulous networking & collaboration opportunity as you’ll be working in small groups with the other students. You’ll learn more about existing colleagues and get to meet some of the ‘up-and-comers’!
There are two scholarship places available at the reduced fee level of $400. These will be awarded based on additional information provided by students who can show how their completion of this training will advance permaculture and their communities. What that looks like will be different in every case. Students might, for instance, show how they will create significant community benefit or introduce permaculture to a new cohort of learners. Letters of support from relevant stakeholders will strengthen a scholarship application. Scholarship applications will be received until October 1st and successful applicants will be contacted shortly thereafter.
Please note that if you enrol, you are required to attend ALL sessions. There have been issues on previous courses with students opting in and out of various sessions depending on their interest, perceived competence or need to deal with other business or pressures. If you know in advance that you can’t attend all sessions, please don’t enrol. Make arrangements to have pressing business dealt with by others so that you can focus fully on this great opportunity.
Course fee is $800 and includes:
6 days training & group work, including evenings (9am – 9 pm)
class notes & resources
morning and afternoon tea & supper
catered lunch & dinner on-site
Course fee does not include accommodation or breakfast. There are nearby accommodation options ranging from camping to hotels.
More about your teachers…
Rowe Morrow is an internationally renowned Permaculture Teacher who has written numerous permaculture books, including The Earth User’s Guide to Teaching Permaculture and Permaculture Teaching Matters. She has taught the Permaculture Design Course (PDC), and her popular Teacher Training Course, throughout Australia as well as in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. She has co-taught with Lis Bastian, co-founder of the Blue Mountains Permaculture Institute, for the last decade. Both she and Lis are passionate about teaching permaculture in a range of contexts, from communities and organisations, to business and government. Rowe is particularly interested in teaching permaculture in war-torn countries like Afghanistan, as well as countries facing major social or economic challenges, like Portugal, Spain and Greece.

Hannah Moloney grew up on a city farm in Brisbane (QLD) growing herbs and has over a decade of hands-on experience in designing, building, managing and doing projects around urban agriculture, small-scale farming, permaculture and community development. She has a post-grad diploma in Community cultural development, completed her Permaculture Design Course in 2008 and since 2009, has been teaching permaculture across Australia with the likes of the Southern Cross Permaculture Institute, the Permaforest Trust (which has since closed) and Milkwood Permaculture.In 2011 she completed a Diploma of Permaculture with Eltham College. In recent years Hannah has had the pleasure of teaching alongside some of the most celebrated permaculturalists in the world including David Holmgren (co-founder of permaculture), Rosemary Morrow and Dave Jacke (US author of Edible Forest Gardens). In 2015 she was awarded the Tasmanian ‘Young Landcare Leader Award’ for her work with Good Life Permaculture and co-establishing Hobart City Farm.

PA offering free promotion of your Permie courses and workshops at APC14

Do you offer courses in permaculture or permaculture-related skills? 

Would you like some help with promotion?

Permaculture Australia is hosting a stall at PermaFest18 on Sunday 15th April in Canberra where we want to showcase the wide range of offerings in Permaculture education. So, if you offer courses or workshops anywhere in Australia in anything related to Permaculture, please make contact so that we can include you. PDC, Intro, Diploma, short course, skills workshop, teacher training, school or community program – we aim to showcase the rich choices available in permaculture education all over Australia.

Formal or informal, accredited or not, on-line or face-to-face, funded or self-finding, the opportunities and choices are vast and we would love to celebrate everything. Membership of PA not necessary.

Whether you are attending APC14 or not, you can provide us with brochures, cards or other printed information for distribution, or display, or you can give us electronic links which we will make available at the stall.

Email Virginia at before April 8th and please feel free to pass on this offer to any other educators you know.

APT news from WA

Story and photos by Ross Mars, February 2018

Accredited Permaculture Training is up and running in Western Australia, through Skills Strategies International. The first CIII was delivered by Ross Mars last year, and this has expanded to another CIII and the first Diploma this year. During last year’s CIII course, students also undertook AHCPER321 (Training small groups) and were able to achieve the Permaculture Skills Set. This qualification was the first time it was successfully offered in Australia. 

One student during that course is now delivering CII Permaculture at Bold Park School. Yet another first for WA!

Currently three people are helping deliver the CIII and Diploma this year, with the aim of being more involved in the future.

View slideshow — making mudbricks, rammed earth wall, rendering strawbale seat

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