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Permaculture Design Course (PDC) Modular Format

February 28, 2020 @ 9:00 am - June 14, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

Follow your passion and immerse yourself in this Modular Permaculture Design Course held in the Beautiful Byron Shire. In this hands-on course you will discover how Permaculture principles can develop resilient systems, contributing to environmental, social and personal well-being. Through gaining a clear understanding of these principles you will be able to apply them to your everyday life and surroundings – from a small home garden to commercial production.

You will learn how to design, build and maintain abundantly productive food gardens within sustainable human settlements and be shown how to work with an appreciation and understanding of nature’s patterns and cycles. There is an additional focus upon practical activities in the garden including no-dig gardening, seed saving, plant propagation, food forestry, Hugelkultur, tree maintenance, animal care, composting and more…

The course takes place over 14 days held as individual short modules on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout the year. The foundational 72 hour International Permaculture Design Course (PDC) curriculum is covered – plus loads of hands on experience and field trips. This modular course is designed to support flexible, part time learning with the opportunity to complete all the modules within a 4 – 12 month period depending on your availability to attend each one*. Upon completion of all 14 modules you will graduate with a Permaculture Design Certificate. The PDC course is held twice a year. The modules can be enroled in seperately but to take advantage of price savings, enrol in the PDC rather than in each individual module.

2020 course dates are:

Fri 28th Feb – Permaculture Ethics, Principles And Patterns with Bunya Halasz
Sat 29th Feb – Plant Propagation And Seed Saving with Bunya Halasz
Sun 1st March – Introduction To Permaculture Design with James Nash
Fri 27th March – Soils – Organic Management with Joey Venables
Sat 28th March – Trees And Perennial Crops – Creating Food Forests with Bunya Halasz
Sun 29th March – Vegetables – Integrated Organic Production with Bunya Halasz
Fri 1st May – Water Systems For The Home And Landscape with James Nash
Sat 2nd May – Settlements – Sustainable Housing And Appropriate Technology with James Nash
Sun 3rd May – Animal-Integrated Production Systems with Sharon Gibson
Fri 29th May – Community Design And Social Permaculture with Erin Young
Sat 30th May – Group Design Project with James Nash
Sun 31st May – Individual Design Workshop with James Nash
Sat 13th June – Ecology – Weeds, Pests And Diseases In The Garden with Joey Venables
Sun 14th June – Design Project Presentations, Locavore Feast And Celebration with Bunya Halasz and James Nash

The course will incorporate field trips to the award winning Mullumbimby Community Garden, Urban Food Forests, Intensive Permaculture Production Systems, Bush Permaculture gardens and Natural Forest Ecosystems.

The teaching team, led by Bunya Halasz, have a diverse, complimentary and deep range of experience and skills.
Other Tutors Include: Sharon Gibson, James Nash, Erin Young and Joey Venables

This course offers a great introduction to permaculture and is suitable for anyone concerned with the environmental and social challenges around them who wants to help develop positive solutions. It would also benefit students interested in studying Permaculture Certificate III or IV with Byron Community College in the future.


Byron Community College
Cnr Burringbar and Gordon Street
Mullumbimby, New South Wales 2482 Australia
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02 6684 3374