Short Courses

For Practical Skills

2017 short courses & workshops

Learn practical skills and knowledge for sustainable living and self reliance through our Workshops and Short Courses. We also offer the residential 2-3 week Permaculture Design Course and short 4-7 day intensive advanced courses for professional development (PD) for the serious permaculture designer, teacher and activist. Our faculty of highly experienced trainers deliver some of these programs elsewhere in the Northern Rivers and overseas. Please contact us if you are interested in hosting a workshop in your area.

2017 Short Course Program
MARCH 4, Sat 10-3.30   Soap Making & Natural Cleaning Workshop   Learn how make natural soaps and simple effective cleaning products for a healthy home. Teacher: Robyn Francis. Cost $95 incl lunch

APRIL 1-9  Growing Abundance All Year Round – Food production for Self-reliance & Market Gardening 
Learn how to grow an abundance of organic food throughout the year. This 9-day intensive course is ideal for anyone serious about food self-reliance and small-scale commercial market gardening with a focus on vegetable and herb production. Residential intensive course includes camping and catering. Register now!

APRIL 29 Edible Forest Gardens  Grow seasonal fruit throughout the year, in an ecological and forest-like setting. Learn about functional guilds of plants, and how to imitate wild ecology in a food forest system. Cost is $95 inc lunch, or $75 concession.

MAY  Sat 13, 10-4  Permaculture Fair – workshops, talks, tours, stall and displays

JUNE  Sat 3, 10-3.30   Natural Dyeing Learn the traditional art of fabric dyeing with vibrant colours from nature. Non-toxic. This workshop will focus on madder and vegetables on natural wool and cotton . Teacher: Janelle Schafer. Cost $95 incl lunch

JUNE  Sat 10-Mon 12 Garden-to-Table Foodies Bootcamp  Join us for this special three day action-based learning over the June long weekend. Harvesting, planting, processing, preserving, fermenting, cooking and eating amazing food with Robyn Francis and Melian Fertl $475 (incl tuition, notes, camping & food)

JULY Fri 7-Fri 21  Permaculture Design Course (PDC)  the classic certified PDC originally developed by founder Bill Mollison brought up-to-date with the latest earth sciences, regenerative design and social innovations. Intensive residential course includes full catering & free camping on site. Teachers: Robyn Francis, Janelle Schafer, Annaliese Hordern, Guy Stewart and Angela Skehan

JULY Mon 24-Thu 27  Advanced Design Skills – for PDC certificate graduates to develop professional design and consulting skills, draw concept and detail plans, costing, client communications, tricks and tips of the trade with Robyn Francis


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