Permaculture Design Course

Permaculture Design Course

A 12 day intensive experience with one of the leading permaculture exponents and teachers, John Champagne.

John has taught almost 50 Permaculture Design Courses in Australia and overseas in his over 10 years of teaching. He is supported in this course with qualified, experienced teachers such as Aaron Sorensen, Daniel Deighton, Kathleen McCann, Dean Turner and Julie Davies as well as other guests.

The course is taught at a purposefully, permaculture designed education centre in the Bega Valley with onsite accommodation options. Site visits to a variety of properties applying the Permaculture Principles, from urban to hectares demonstrates the diversity of permaculture theory and strategies.

The course is a mix of theory and practical and covers climatic and landscape differences, issues and strategies.

Completing a face to face 12 days course is a wonderful opportunity to create space for yourself in a busy world. During the 12 days you will learn through interacting in a supportive social environment with ample opportunity for discussion and group work. Through the design exercises and other practicals you will be able to apply your new knowledge while at the same time being able to ask question and get clear immediate answers in a safe and friendly environment.

One of the longest running permaculture courses in NSW and one of the best. Join us for a course that will change your life.

2021 Autum PDC (14 day course)

2021 Autum PDC (14 day course)

A Limestone Permaculture Design Certificate course offers real time examples of a successful design process and transitioning sustainable living systems on a successful working permaculture principled homestead! This is the backdrop for your PDC learning experience…!
https://www.limestonepermaculture.com/permaculture-design-certificate
Dates: Feb – 27th & 28th, Mar – 13th & 14th / 27th & 28th, April – 10th & 11th / 24th & 25th, May – 8th & 9th / 22nd & 23rd,

Lead teacher > Brett Cooper of Limestone Permaculture – https://www.facebook.com/LimestonePermaculture/
7x Guest specialist teachers – https://www.limestonepermaculture.com/pdc-guest-teachers-bio
3x offsite Permaculture farm visits
Loads of Demonstration
Hands on Learning

Permaculture Fundamentals

Over two fun-filled days we will explore the foundations and practical applications of Permaculture through hands on activities in a relaxed and supportive small-group setting.

Eagle Ridge Farm is a 20 acre property located in Fountaindale on the NSW Central Coast. The property is in the early phases of transition into a vibrant permaculture demonstration site with integrated animal systems (goats, sheep, ducks, chickens and bees), dams, kitchen gardens, established orchards and beautifully diverse bushland.

Your host and facilitator, Sandi Pointer, is a highly regarded Permaculture educator and Permacoach, with experience in design and implementation of both suburban and rural permaculture projects.

Don’t miss this opportunity to connect to the wonderful Central Coast Permaculture community and gain the knowledge and skills for creating a better life for yourself, your community and the planet!

LISMORE HOLISTIC MANAGEMENT COURSE

LISMORE HOLISTIC MANAGEMENT COURSE

A full HOLISTIC MANAGEMENT course taught by Educator, BRIAN WEHLBURG of Inside Outside Management.

– Improve your profitability with sound Decision Making and Holistic Financial Planning
– Learn to use animals as tools to create positive change
– Improve soil health and biodiversity
– Learn to monitor the ecological health of your land.
Holistic Management provides a solid foundation for Regenerative Agriculture.

Four 2-day sessions, 4-8 weeks apart
Session dates

Session 1 November 2020 10-11
Session 2 January 2021 28-29
Session 3 March 2021 2-3
Session 4 April 2021 13-14

Permaculture Design Course (PDC) with Permacoach and Eagle Ridge: Part time on weekends

Permaculture Design Course (PDC) with Permacoach and Eagle Ridge: Part time on weekends

PERMACULTURE AUSTRALIA MEMBERS ARE OFFERED A $100 DISCOUNT ON THIS COURSE

If you have completed an introduction to permaculture or have been developing your own permaculture knowledge but want to take things to the next level, two of the Central Coast’s most highly regarded permaculture designers and trainers have joined together to offer the Permaculture Design Course locally.

Run over six weekends from two working permaculture properties, this course will focus on best practice in permaculture design. Learn how to apply the ethics and principles as design tools. Create a plan for your home, (or for someone else), that will increase the ecological health of that site while providing for human needs. Understand how permaculture can be applied as a design system that is relevant to any context, from a balcony to a farm, from a business to a social enterprise.

Saturdays will be taught by Sandi Pointner at Eagle Ridge Farm, a 20 acre property in the early stages of permaculture implementation that includes animals systems and extensive earth works and water catchment. Sandi is an experienced permaculture designer and trainer, currently consulting professionally as part of the Permacoach team.

Sundays will be spent at the home of Meg McGowan and Graham King, best know as the founders of Permacoach. Their property has been under permaculture for over 20 years and includes an established forest garden and food systems that do not rely upon domestic animal inputs.

Students will complete this course with a deep appreciation of both the theory and practical application of permaculture. They will have a finished concept plan for the site of their choice and will also have the opportunity to be part of an ongoing community of support.

Students will be required to purchase Rosemary Morrow’s Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture prior to the course. Chapters will be allocated for self directed learning between weekends with discussion of the content and extended learning during class. This format allows us to focus on practical designing and hands on learning during class time.

The 72 hour course follows the curriculum set down by Bill Mollison as a requirement for awarding a permaculture design certificate (PDC). Students successfully completing the course will be awarded a PDC.

Change Makers Permaculture Design Course

Change Makers Permaculture Design Course

Symbiotic Nature & Grounded Permaculture Action Party Inc. present:

Change Makers Permaculture Design Course (PDC)
6th – 20th November 2020
Crystal Waters Eco Village, Sunshine Coast Hinterland, QLD

Our environmental, social and cultural climate is changing at an exponential rate… Are you armed with the right knowledge and practical skills to not only keep up, but influence change?

Despite the apparent increase in environmental problems and social polarisation, there is a band of humans emerging that are integrating all perspectives and seeking holistic solutions grounded in common sense; care for the earth, care for our common unity, and care for our future generations.

Permaculture is a design science founded on common sense. It unlocks ancient wisdom in a modern context and provides the necessary perspective, framework and practical tools to not only survive, but thrive in an era of exponential change.

Our two week immersive Change Makers PDC is specifically designed, carefully curated and gracefully facilitated for you to achieve an embodied understanding of natural ecosystems and you place in it. It will show how permaculture design principles can help you become the most effective Change Maker you are destined to be through regeneration of connection to self, country, community and culture.

Our team of activated, visionary permaculture practitioners have a rich arsenal of offerings covering the full 72hr PDC curriculum, and more.

You will be guided by inspirational, next-generation Permaculture practitioners, led by Annaliese Hordern, in collaboration with Rupert Faust, Erin Young, Taj Scicluna, Jaye Irving & Paul Daley and featuring guest sessions from Permaculture pioneers Max Lindegger, Robin Clayfield & Frances Michaels.

BEGA HOLISTIC MANAGEMENT COURSE

BEGA HOLISTIC MANAGEMENT COURSE

A full HOLISTIC MANAGEMENT course taught by Educator, BRIAN WEHLBURG of Inside Outside Management.

– Improve your profitability with sound Decision Making and Holistic Financial Planning
– Learn to use animals as tools to create positive change
– Improve soil health and biodiversity
– Learn to monitor the ecological health of your land.
Holistic Management provides a solid foundation for Regenerative Agriculture.

Four 2-day sessions, 4-8 weeks apart
Session dates

Session 1 November 3-4
Session 2  November 30 – December 1
Session 3 January 19-20
Session 4 February 16-17

NORTHAM, WA  HOLISTIC MANAGEMENT COURSE

NORTHAM, WA HOLISTIC MANAGEMENT COURSE

A full HOLISTIC MANAGEMENT course
– Improve your profitability with sound Decision Making and Holistic Financial Planning
– Learn to use animals as tools to create positive change
– Improve soil health and biodiversity
– Learn to monitor the ecological health of your land.

Holistic Management provides a solid foundation for Regenerative Agriculture.
Four 2-day sessions, 4-8 weeks apart
Session dates are
Session 1 October 20-21
Session 2 January 12-13
Session 3 February 9-10
Session 4 March 16-17

KOYUGA HOLISTIC MANAGEMENT COURSE

KOYUGA HOLISTIC MANAGEMENT COURSE

A full HOLISTIC MANAGEMENT course taught by Educator, BRIAN WEHLBURG of Inside Outside Management.

– Improve your profitability with sound Decision Making and Holistic Financial Planning
– Learn to use animals as tools to create positive change
– Improve soil health and biodiversity
– Learn to monitor the ecological health of your land.
Holistic Management provides a solid foundation for Regenerative Agriculture.

Four 2-day sessions, 4-8 weeks apart
Session dates

Session 1 October 6-7
Session 2 November 17-18
Session 3 December 15-16
Session 4 February 2-3 2021

This project is supported by Goulburn Broken CMA through funding from the Australia Government’s National Landcare Program. If you are a property owner in the Goulburn Broken region you may be eligible to access funding to assist with 60% of the course fee

“Grow food and grow farmers” – permaculture graduates

“Grow food and grow farmers” – permaculture graduates

“Jeff concluded years ago that growing soil and growing food would be the most important skills for humanity in the next thirty years – a conviction that hasn’t changed since. Asked whether he thinks that permaculture and regenerative farming skills will become more important in the future, Jeff answers with a resounding “Absolutely”.

Jeff Pow and Michelle McManus are the faces behind Southampton Homestead near Balingup in the Southwestern corner of WA, where they are regeneratively farming meat on 130 acres. After a three-year break from chicken farming, they are just returning to raising pastured meat chickens again, while also running a few heads of cattle and some pigs for their own consumption and as an additional income. Clydesdale horses for work and enjoyment are complementing the grazing regime to improve pasture and soil. Southampton Homestead is home to the only micro-abattoir in Western Australia. PA’s Education volunteer Martina chats with Jeff and Michelle about combining permaculture, regenerative agriculture & organic practices to improve their land, and the importance of growing food and farmers for a resilient food system.

Jeff’s motto is ‘Grow food and grow farmers’, as he sees a strong need for more small farming businesses. He is concerned about the decline in numbers of farming families and farms as well as diversity in the food-producing sector and is driven by the need to re-establish food sovereignty and a resilient food system. He tells me that there used to be 54 abattoirs in the Southwest of WA in 1992. Now he is the only one left and had to battle bureaucracy to be able to slaughter his own poultry. All rules and regulations are geared at big-scale agriculture, excluding small businesses from the market. In Jeff’s opinion there is a huge risk in this centralisation of agricultural businesses and services. “One big thing falls over quickly when something happens. With lots of little things, some will probably survive”, he explains. Jeff feels farmer’s democratic right to access the market place is taken away from them, when they are not able to bring food to market themselves without involving big corporations in the processing.

Southampton Homestead is run under holistic management principles and planned with the help of Regrarian Platform. Jeff and Michelle are self-taught farmers that take the best from regenerative agriculture, organic growing and permaculture to improve their land. They have taught at Fair Harvest’s Permaculture Design Course and are passionate about passing on their knowledge.

When asked about the importance of additional training opportunities that contain permaculture and other related knowledge systems, Jeff agrees that there is not nearly enough on offer in Australia at the moment to support farmers. Qualifications that focus on intense small-scale food growing are desperately needed, but Jeff argues that training in different ways of retail and marketing is at least as important. He says traditional retail opportunities like supermarkets are nearly impossible to access for small farmers and farmers markets mostly aren’t a financially viable alternative. Therefore alternative ways of marketing their products like community supported agriculture and online distributors such as Wide Open Agriculture will play a big role for new farmers. It would be irresponsible to teach new farmers food-producing without including the marketing side of the business.

To help this along, Southampton Homestead offers a residency program to train future farmers and is planning to become a not-for-profit education business in the longer run. His residents are not only gaining the practical skills of raising livestock, but just as importantly, business planning and management as well as marketing skills.

For Jeff, permaculture means ecological thinking. Part of what he has learned from permaculture is understanding and mitigating catastrophes. He says nothing will ever be perfect and you have to plan for things going wrong. Southampton Homestead once lost hundreds of chickens when a tornado swept through their property, and the farm burnt down completely in a bushfire in 2013. Jeff and Michelle have rebuilt it and have now planted over 1000 oaks, mulberries, poplars and other deciduous trees in shelter belts to mitigate the risk of this happening again and to provide fodder for their animals. The right plant at the right place for the right reason is one of the principles they have taken from permaculture.

There are golden opportunities for new farming businesses and he encourages aspiring farmers not to give up because they don’t have millions in seed money to buy property. Farming is labour-intense work and there are lots of opportunities to add more layers to existing farms and improve them by adding fertility and ecological services. He says his own land could support more businesses, but it has so far been difficult to find people to run them. Jeff’s advice when starting out is to master one aspect of farming before adding more layers, instead of trying to do everything at once. Business enterprises that could be added to existing sheep or cattle farms to increase soil and pasture health and to provide ecological services include pastured poultry, bees, composting, small-scale intense market gardening and many more.

Jeff comes from a business and management background, but concluded years ago that growing soil and growing food would be the most important skills for humanity in the next thirty years – a conviction that hasn’t changed since. Yet when he proposed to present a stall at his daughter’s university career expo, his offer was declined. He is convinced though, that times are changing and COVID-19 has made many young people reconsider their priorities.

Asked whether he thinks that permaculture and regenerative farming skills will become more important in the future, he answers with a resounding “Absolutely”.

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Martina Hoeppner holds a Diploma in Permaculture and a Certificate IV in Training & Assessment, teaches PDCs and Certificate III in Permaculture in Perth and is the current Co-Convenor of Permaculture West. She contributes to Permaculture Australia’s Education Team and tries keep alive her own garden and three sons in her spare time. More information on the different types of permaculture education completed by both Martina and Jeff can be found here.

Martina is a professional members of Permaculture Australia, the national member based organisation in Australia. Sign up as a member here today to join hundreds of members across Australia advocating for permaculture solutions.