Permaculture Design Course April 2017

14/04/2017 - 26/04/2017 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Crossing Land Education, Nutleys Creek Road, Bermagui, NSW


WHEN: Friday 14 April 2017 until Wednesday 26 April 2017
TIME: 9:00am to 5:00pm
WHERE: The Crossing Land Education Nutleys Creek Road Bermagui


Our courses offer a range of prices: earlybird, past PDC graduates, and discount for couples/friends/groups. A range of accommodation is also available  As part of your course price you will also receive a one year subscription to Pip magazine.

Deciding to do a Permaculture Course with Us

Deciding to do a  Permaculture  Design  Course (PDC), is a big commitment. At Brogo Permaculture Gardens we take your commitment very seriously by offering a high quality and memorable course. We have run permaculture courses for over 12 years in the Bega Valley, other parts of Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia and in England, but more importantly we have tested and lived permaculture, its ethics, principles and permaculture design for over 20 years.

Along with other like minded and committed permaculture teachers we provide one of the best permaculture courses in Australia and our commitment to you is that you will leave this course with skills to develop the resilient lifestyle you want.

We know that a good permaculture course should be a life changing experience. Feedback from participants over the years regarding our Permaculture Design Course  has been positive not only in terms of the teachers, the course and its delivery, but about the impact the permaculture course has had on their life.

Permaculture Design Course Curriculum

Based on Bill Mollison’s book ‘Permaculture: A Designers Manual’ the permaculture course curriculum addresses the broad concept of permaculture through emphasis of the 12 permaculture principles (David Holmgren). Proven examples from around Australia and the world are used to demonstrate the effectiveness of permaculture.

Topics include :

  • Origins, Development, Ethics & Principles of Permaculture
  • Basics of Ecology & proven knowledge on climate, water, soils & trees.
  • Pattern Understanding
  • Design Methods & tools for creative design and process.
  • Food Production systems from an urban to rural scale & animal integration.
  • Aquaculture & Appropriate Technology.
  • Designing for different climatic zones & disaster mitigation strategies.
  • Energy Efficient Housing & Eco-Village design.
  • Bioregional & Local strategies for community resilience.

The Teachers

The permaculture course at The Crossing features a team teaching approach. John Champagne leads & weaves through the course and introduces his colleagues who are selected for their first hand experience in the subject they teach.

Many of our teachers have completed a Creative Facilitation Workshop with Robyn Clayfield. Creative teaching techniques are used throughout the course ensuring we meet the needs of different learning styles, the vast amount of information is best retained and that each section of the course is new and exciting.

Site Visits

Reading the feedback from our Permaculture Design Courses (PDC), the two full days of site visits offered on this permaculture course is a real feature. We visit 8 properties from urban backyards, small acreage farms and the BEND Eco-Village in Bega. It’s not just the physical aspect of the sites that will impress you, but also the people who own them.

The Venue

The course is held at The Crossing Education Land Trust in Bermagui on the beautiful south coast of NSW which is easily accessed from Sydney, Wollongong, Melbourne, Canberra and surrounds.

Permaculture Design Course Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for doing a permaculture design course however a basic understanding of what Permaculture is about is desirable. For complete novices to the concept, three books  worth looking at in preparation include :

    • Earth Users Guide to Permaculture – Rosemary Morrow
    • Introduction to Permaculture – Bill Mollison & Reny Slay.
    • The Holistic Life – Ian Lillington.

Texts Used During the Permaculture Design Course

    • “A Designers Manual” – Bill Mollison
    • “Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability” – David Holmgren.
    • “Teachers Notes” – Rosemary Morrow.
    • “Teaching Permaculture Creatively” – Robin Clayfield.

Permaculture Design Course (PDC) Benefits

On successful completion of the course a certificate will be issued which is a prerequisite for

    • Teaching Accredited Permaculture Training.(APT)
    • Membership of Permaculture Australia.
    • Use of the word “Permaculture” in any business activity.
    • Entry to both National and International Permaculture Convergences

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Permaculture Design Course Costs

PDC Prices range from $980 for PDC Graduates, $1500 Earlybird bookings, $1500 pp for couples or friends booking together and $1700 Full price.

Earlybird price applies for bookings made and deposit received by 14th February 2017. Participants who are applying as earlybirds must pay the full cost of the course and accommodation by the 14th March 2017.

Past PDC graduates– we have a small number of places for those who have already completed a PDC. Apply early to avoid disappointment.

A monthly payment option is available.

The price includes  lunches and morning and afternoon tea plus one dinner. Breakfast is provided by the participants to meet their own requirements and dinners are prepared by the group, on roster, from goods they bring to the course. The price does not include accommodation-see below for accommodation options. Accommodation is not covered in the costs.

Accommodation  at The Crossing is bunk beds  in railway carriages. There is also an option for those who want to camp,(providing your own tent and equipment)  to do so. If you are a local and/or want to work out your own accommodation and commute to The Crossing each day thats fine too. Prices for accommodation options are: bunkbed in shared room- $348, camping -$300.

A deposit of $200 is required to ensure a place is reserved in the course for you.
Note Please: if you want to arrive the night before the course  and stay on the final night  you will need to make this arrangement with The Crossing-these extra nights and any catering on these days are not part of the above costs.

Book for the April 2017 Permaculture Design Course Now!

Brogo Permaculture Gardens Refunds policy:

We appreciate that there can be legitimate reasons for plans changing and you may not be able to attend the course.

If you notify us at least 14 days prior to the commencement of the course, your options are:

      • a refund of your course fee, less an administration fee of $100
      • a credit of the full amount towards any future course organised by Brogo Permaculture Gardens

Refunds + credits are not available within 14 days of a course’s commencement.


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