PDC – July

$2,345.00 $2,145.00

Permaculture Design Course with Robyn Francis and friends July 6-20, 2019

Study with one of permaculture’s most renowned teachers

Join us for our residential Winter School certified PDC experience, living and learning permaculture at Djanbung Gardens where we walk the talk and the concepts taught are practiced.

Fantastic! Inspiring, informative, practical, engaging.” – Niall, Ireland
Informative, creative, relevant, cram packed, up to date” – Aleasa, NSW


In July 2018 Robyn Francis celebrated teaching her 150th PDC

Immerse yourself in permaculture for a 2-week living, learning experience at Djanbung Gardens. Gain the knowledge and skills to design your property, create abundance, build resilient community and bring practical sustainability into your personal life, profession and workplace.

A comprehensive introduction to permaculture principles, applications & design practices, the 80+hour PDC at Djanbung Gardens includes the standard 72-hour international PDC curriculum, addressing all major climatic zones (temperate, subtropic, tropical & arid) and the breadth of permaculture applications for sustainable urban, rural & bioregional design and development.

Our permaculture training gives special attention to climatic zones represented by course participants. The course meets a common international standard as a foundation course for permaculture practitioners and teachers.

An excellent course. This course helped deepen my understanding of permaculture. I felt deeply inspired to step up into leadership for the changing world.” Jason, USA

Dates: July 6-20, 2019

Course Fee:  $2345  is exceptionally good value and includes all tuition, course handbook, full catering (except for free day), free wifi and access to course resources and a 5 acre permaculture paradise to explore and enjoy.  Early Bird price $2145 if fees paid in full before Jun 6, 2019
For  other discounts see below.  Please complete the REGISTRATION FORM.
Accommodation: Free camping on site with your own tent/campervan.
We have limited undercover accommodation in the Artisan workshop plus a roomy canvas 2-room tent with sleeping stretchers (single) or double mattress: Bring your own sleeping bag/bedding. These prices are for the full course period or 16 nights
• Single shared $150 each
• Single private $200
• Double $250
Check out other accommodation options in Nimbin. We do have a few small tents available for hire – please enquire.

Catering by Abundance Cafe and permaculture chef, Melian Fertl. Fresh garden and local organic produce, vegetarian with ethical local free range meat options, Some special diets can be catered for on request such as gluten-free and vegan.

PCA teaching team:  leading international permaculture pioneer and trainer Robyn Francis and the PCA team Janelle Schafer, Guy Stewart, Annaliese Hordern, Angela Skehan, Melian Fertl & Guests Meet the team

The 2-week (90hr) intensive certified PDC at Djanbung Gardens is an inspiring and empowering experience, in a living working permaculture farm where the concepts taught are practiced. Located in the beautiful Nimbin Valley, an area famous for it’s natural beauty, rainforests, sustainability initiatives and alternative culture.

Winter, July,  here in the subtropics is the main season for growing temperate (European) vegetables and the orchard is bursting with ripe citrus fruits. Daytime maximum temperatures are generally around 19-23deg C, a little cooler in wet weather. Nights can get down to 0-4 deg, so make sure you bring a warm sleeping bag and warm clothing. The classroom has a wood heater for morning and evening warmth. In good weather we often enjoy sitting around a warming campfire after class.

Course commences 9am Sat 6th July and Ends 4.00pm Sat 20th July.
NB participants are encouraged to arrive on Friday 6th to set up camp and book in. (NB catering does not start until lunchtime Sat 6th – communal kitchen available, or cafes in town just 10min walk away). Free camping includes Fri 5th and Sat 21st

To register please complete the REGISTRATION FORM

Register now and pay $300 deposit to secure your place. Balance due before course commencement.

NB multiple discounts are not available, please choose only one if you are eligible.
• Coming with a friend or partner? 10% off for couples
or multiple registrations.
•  FairShare partial work exchange Limited opportunities for partial work exchange for low income applicants – please enquire about our FairShare program.
• Refresher PDC For those who’ve already done a PDC and want to hone up your knowledge and skills through a refresher course, we offer a special refresher PDC $500 discount. NB conditions apply.
• Are you a member of Permaculture Australia? We offer a special 10% discount for financial members on all our courses. Please login to the Permaculture Australia website, Key Supporters page, you’ll find us listed under NSW.
IMPORTANT please download and complete the registration form and email it to us if you are applying for a special discount

Course Catering by Abundance Cafe and our permaculture chef, Melian Fertl – food features fresh garden, local and organic produce, international cuisine with options for omnivores (local free-range meats) and vegetarian diets. Gluten free can also be catered for.


Course Topics

• Permaculture principles, ethics, design methodologies, & pathways to sustainabilityBasilHarvest-wr

• Patterns and processes in nature, biome approach to sustainable management, essential earth systems science and understanding global climate influences

• Soil ecology, organic soil management, mulches and compost

• Water management planning, collection, storage and conservation, earthworks and aquaculture

• Forest ecosystems and design of forests for food, forage, fibre, structural materials, habitat, conservation, wildlife, tree-cropping and farm forestry

• Food producing systems for home gardens, small holdings, urban systems to broad acre farmlands

• Design to reduce vulnerability to fire, drought, natural disasters, and impacts of global climate change

• Appropriate technology, renewable energy systems, and passive solar house design

• Bioregional & community development strategies, urban renewal, eco-village design, community economics, legal structures, community gardens and city farms


Skills & Knowledge you will learn

• integrated approach to earth systems science, working with ecological processes and planetary life sustaining systems

• Practical design for low energy productive urban and rural environments: domestic to broad-scale

• Holistic approach to sustainable landuse planning, conservation and resource management

• Creative problem solving and participatory processes to facilitate positive change

• Tools for community building, bioregional sustainability & transition initiatives

• Strategies for individual, enterprise and community responses to peak oil, climate change, globalisation, and challenges of the 21stC


Who should attend a PDC?

• Individuals concerned with sustainable lifestyle and self-reliance
• Property owners (rural and urban) and developers
• Educators, community workers and people involved in transition initiatives
• Workers and volunteers involved in sustainable aid and development
• Environmental and social activists
• Professionals such as architects, planners, engineers, biological and social sciences
• Trades: builders, electrics, plumbers etc
• All sectors of sustainable horticulture, agriculture, conservation & land management practices.


Why do a Course with PCA?

Robyn-FrancisRobyn Francis, the main teacher, is one of the world’s most experienced and respected permaculture educators and designers. She has taught 150 PDCs in 15 different countries, plus as many advanced courses in diverse areas of professional permaculture practices including Teacher Training; Community Facilitation; Ecovillage Design; Sustainable Aid and Development;  Social Permaculture; Design for Food Security & Year-round Food Production. She was one of the key instigators of the Accredited Permaculture Training and has spent 11 years providing full-time accredited vocational training in Permaculture Certificates III, IV and Diploma of Permaculture. Now thousands of her graduates are doing important work in all continents and climates. Robyn was mentored by Bill Mollison and co-taught with him in the 1980’s.

The PCA teaching team includes a great line-up of local trainers sharing experience in their specialist fields of expertise.  PCA is committed to providing high quality training and all trainers have recognised permaculture qualifications and teacher training. We also encourage trainee permaculture teachers to gain experience with us and are mentoring a new generation. Meet our teaching team.

Djanbung Gardens is a living classroom of forest, gardens, animals, buildings and technology as integrated permaculture design

Djanbung Gardens is a living classroom of forest, gardens, animals, buildings and technology as integrated permaculture design

The Venue: Djanbung Gardens has been described as one of permaculture’s best designed properties in the subtropics and been featured in books and magazines around the world. Established in 1994 as a living learnscape, you will learn in an environment where the concepts taught are being practiced in the spirit of Earth Care and People Care.

We endeavour to keep our courses affordable and they are priced to cover costs. You will find our course fees are generally lower than comparable residential PDCs and offer exceptionally good quality and value with one of the world’s most experienced permaculture teachers.

If you cancel your registration more than two weeks before the course commencement date you will receive a refund of fees paid minus a $200 administration fee.
Cancellations 5-14 days prior to course commencement you will be refunded 50% of the course fee
Cancellations less than 5 days prior to course commencement date you will be refunded 30% of the course fee.


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