Part-time Sydney PDC (Autumn – Winter 2013)

06/04/2013 - 22/06/2013 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Sydney College of Arts, Park Drive, Rozelle, NSW


WHEN: Saturday 6 April 2013 until Saturday 22 June 2013
TIME: 9:00am to 5:00pm
WHERE: Sydney College of Arts Park Drive Rozelle


Instructors: Alexia Martinez & guest teachers
When: Every Saturdays: 9h – 17h
6 April to 22 June 2013
Where: Sydney College of Arts – Rozelle
Participants: Limited to 20 participants (min 12)

Course details

The course is structured around lectures, demonstrations, workshops, visits, discussions and group exercises. The detailed program can be downloaded from our website (see below). Here are some of the topics we’ll be covering during the course: The course is designed around theory & practice with group discussions, visits, demonstrations, individual & group exercises, and technical workshops.

The course is primarily focused on design and your ability to ‘read’ the landscape and draw an appropriate set of solutions. Hence you will be assigned two design exercises during the course.

Full programme details are available on our website. Below are some of the themes we explore:

  • Ecoliteracy: ecology underpinnings: climate, soils, water, energy & nutrient cycles, etc
  • Ecology and environmental risks
  • Ethics & principles
  • Patterning & design methods
  • Water – rainwater harvesting – domestic & rural use
  • Soil – erosion control, fertilisation, etc.
  • Forests and windbreaks
  • Plants, food forests, food security
  • Agroecology & ecological gardening
  • Solar passive habitations
  • Urban solutions & invisible structures (finances, land use)
  • Income per acre, disaster prevention

This course enables anyone to design and implement productive, ecologically-sound urban and rural areas. It draws on skillful observations, study and design of each site in order to develop, retrofit or restore our landscapes (both physical and human) so that it not only meets our needs but reinstate some ecological balance.

It is open to all and no prior knowledge or past skills are required. Contact us if you have a disability or reduced mobility. We will do our best to accommodate your needs.

Who is it for?

  • Anyone seeking ethical, practical, do-able and sustainable solutions to current and future issues (food security, reliance on imports and petrol, energy descent, disintegration of communities, destructive agricultural practices, loss of responsibility, society failure, etc.).
  • Anyone wanting to learn what sustainable solutions we had in the past which we abandoned for industrial practices.
  • No prior experience is required.
  • Permaculture is for primary producers and consumers alike… whether ones lives in a rental property, an apartment, a house, an island or on top of a mountain, whether you know ecology, solar passive construction, gardening or none of the above.

Our PDC meets the international standards of 72 hours tuition set by the Permaculture Institute and it is grounded on several manuals and curriculums: Bill Mollison’s “Permaculture: A Designers Manual”, Rosemary Morrow’s “Permaculture Teachers Manual”, Dave Jacke’s “Edible Forest Gardens” and a variety of other complementary work from Joel Salatin, PA Yeoman, Martin Crawford, Toby Hemingway, and other permaculturists.

This course provides a comprehensive study of permaculture design and explores its foundations, its principles and applications. It is the basis for all practitioners, farmers, and urban permaculture designers. It is a must for all those who want to teach permaculture.

At the end of this training, students are able to design and implement permaculture principles into a wide range of situations: urban permaculture systems, small farms, neighborhoods, suburbs, aid projects, etc.

During the course, students will be working on two projects designs and they will carry out practical work.

A collection of books and DVDs on permaculture and other related topics will be available for consultation on site. Films and docos will be screened as well.

Contact us for any additional information you may need.


You can download the programme here (pdf document).

Course fees

The course aims at covering all costs, at providing organiser/teachers/helpers an acceptable livelihood, and at generating – ethically – a profit that can be reinvested into the community as follow:

  • scholarships for course students
  • donation to PermaFund
  • investment in a local project

There are two options to choose from:

  1. Option 1 – Early Bird: AUD 900 (full amount paid on or before February 7, 2013)
  2. Option 2 – Normal Rate: AUD1,000 (deposit of AUD400 paid on or before March 7, 2013, balance on or before April 1, 2013)

BYO lunch. Snacks and morning/afternoon tea break will be provided.

This is a prepaid event and we ask that full amount is settled prior to starting the course. We thank you for your understanding. You may also check our cancellation policy on our website.


You can book your course here.

Cancellation policy

A full refund of the course fees already paid will be carried out for cancellations registered no later than 6 March 2013.

After this date, a fee of  $100 will be retained to compensate administrative time.


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