Permaculture Design Course (PDC) Modular Format

Permaculture Design Course (PDC) Modular Format

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.

2022 course dates are:

Fri 25th Feb – Permaculture Ethics, Principles And Patterns with Bunya Halasz
Sat 26th Feb – Plant Propagation And Seed Saving with Bunya Halasz
Sun 27th Feb – Introduction To Permaculture Design with James Nash

Fri 11th March – Community Design And Social Permaculture with Dani Wolff
Sat 12th March – Trees And Perennial Crops – Creating Food Forests with Bunya Halasz
Sun 13th March – Vegetables – Integrated Organic Production with Bunya Halasz

Fri 8th April – Animals – Integrated Production Systems with Sharon Gibson
Sat 9th April – Settlements – Sustainable Housing And Appropriate Technology with James Nash
Sun 10th April – Water Systems For The Home And Landscape with James Nash

Fri 29th April – Soils – Organic Management with Joey Venables
Sat 30th April – Group Design Project with James Nash
Sun 1st May – Individual Design Workshop with James Nash

Sat 21st May – Ecology – Weeds, Pests And Diseases In The Garden with Joey Venables
Sun 22 May – Design Project Presentations and Locavore Feast with Bunya Halasz & 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, has a diverse, complimentary and deep range of experience and skills.
Other Tutors Include: Sharon Gibson, James Nash, Dani Wolff 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.

Get Growing – Your own food

Get Growing – Your own food

If you want to get growing your own food for the purposes of self sufficiency then this intensive 8 day course will give you all the knowledge and skills you need to grow an abundance of food year round. Delivered by a team of professional facilitators with expertise in food security, rural sustainable development, soils, permaculture and plant propagation you will learn a vast range of skills whilst undertaking this course including

Planning and growing a garden for year round supply of fruit and vegetables
Identifying of plant nutrient dificiencies and solutions
Testing soils and undertake organic improvements
Collecting, storagee and successfully seed sowing
Various plant propagation techniques including cuttings and grafting
Installing a simple irrigation system
Identification of invasive weeds, pests and disease and organic management
Building basic garden structures and install trellises and fencing
Poultry management and breeding
Creating a food garden that can cope with extreme weather
Workshop materials, tools, morning tea and lunch are all provided

Onsite camping and cabin accomodation is available.

An Alternative Life Farm Tour

An Alternative Life Farm Tour

Take a guided tour of An Alternative Life Learning Centre, see how we grow food year round, check out the vegetable gardens, stroll though the mixed fruit and nut orchard, say g’day to the chooks and ducks, see our off grid aquaponics set up and the new espalier cider orchard progress. Filled with inspiring ideas and a load of tips on how to grow food year round even in difficult conditions. Enjoy a lovely morning tea of farm produce.

Held on the 3rd Saturday of each month in 2022. Limited places, bookings essential

Home Grown Retreat: An Introduction to Permaculture

Home Grown Retreat: An Introduction to Permaculture

A delicious weekend in the country where you will learn the skills you need to easily begin growing your own edible garden at home.​

Get your hands in the dirt, breathe in fresh country air, enjoy farm-to-table organic dining and relax in luxury accomodation amongst the rolling hills of the beautiful Southern Highlands.

Explore a more sustainable and regenerative way of life with Farmer Pete and local Permaculture guru, Jill Cockram. Learn about gut health with nutritionist Shannon Rosie and how to pickle, preserve and ferment with Chef Eilish.

Sustainable Living Farm Tour with Lunch

Sustainable Living Farm Tour with Lunch

Come along and get a taste of farm life at one of our upcoming farm tours with 3 course lunch. Enjoy an inspiring and informative guided tour of our sustainable self sufficiency farm, stroll through the food gardens, mixed fruit and nut orchard,, check out the aquaponics and propagation areas, meet the chooks and ducks and enjoy a 3 course lunch of farm produce. Held on the 3rd Sunday of every month.