Course Fee: $2295 (early bird $1195 ends Sep 16) Fees cover all course activities, free camping on site and is fully catered (except for the day off). Fee also includes a hard copy of Robyn Francis’s PDC Handbook, and access to an extensive collection of e-resources.
During the course you will have full access to our extensive reference library, free wi-fi, education centre resources and to explore the gardens.
Catering is provided by Abundance Cafe, managed by our qualified permaculture chef, Melian Fertl. Delicious healthy food features a diverse range of ethnic cuisines prepared from garden fresh, local and organic ingredients, mostly vegetarian with some ethical (local, grassfed) meat options. Vegan and gluten-free diets are also catered for.
Accommodation: Free camping on site with your own tent/campervan.
You can also book accommodation in a hire tent (includes ground sheet & yoga mat) or partitioned beds in the Artisans Barn (see registration form). Bring your own sleeping bag/bedding. Tent spacing and bed availability will be in compliance with Covid-19 requirements at the time.
Check out other accommodation options in Nimbin (some are within walking distance).
How to register: First please read all the information on our PDC page. Then complete the Registration Form and we will contact you.
If you are paying the full amount use the online payment option below. If you prefer to pay by direct bank transfer or pay a holding deposit, make your request in the registration form, likewise if you are applying for a special discount for a refresher PDC or for multiple registrations of 2 or more people.
PA Member discount Permaculture Australia Members are eligible for 10% discount on all PCA courses. Please get your special discount code from the PA website.
Refresher PDC Discount PCA offers limited places for a special refresher PDC discount (up to $500). Applications are open to those who’ve already completed a PDC (here or elsewhere) and wish to consolidate their knowledge for professional work and teaching permaculture.
NB only one discount given per person, no multiple discounts.
ABOUT the COURSE
Join our living learning community for this PDC at Djanbung Gardens, October 17-31, 2020. This 90+ hour course includes the full 72-hour certified PDC curriculum plus additional topics, practical sessions and excursions.
Doing the PDC at Djanbung Gardens is an inspiring and empowering experience. Learn 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.
“Loved every action packed minute. Great teacher and methodology, my fellow students all bonded in no time, the “wholesum organic alive food” was a learning experience all of its own. Only the vegie bar in Melbourne can compare to what we ate.” – Tony, Vic
The course is comprehensive introduction to permaculture principles, applications & design practices. The 90+hour PDC at Djanbung Gardens includes the standard certified 72-hour international PDC curriculum initially created by Bill Mollison, co-founder of the Permaculture concept, and further developed by Robyn Francis, international permaculture designer, educator and pioneer.
Our PDC addresses all major climatic zones (temperate, subtropic, tropical & arid) and the breadth of permaculture applications for sustainable urban, rural & bioregional design and development.
Permaculture principles, ethics, design methodologies, pathways to sustainability and regenerative design
- Patterns and processes in nature, a biome (climate-based) approach to sustainable management, essential earth systems science and understanding global climate influences and climate change implications in design
- Soil ecology, organic soil management, soil food web, use of mulches, making compost & compost teas, biochar and ways to build a healthy soil ecosystem
- 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 technologies, renewable energy systems, and passive solar house design
- Social Permaculture: Bioregional & community development strategies, urban renewal, eco-village design, community economics, legal structures, community gardens and city farms
Read more about our PDCs HERE
Special guest teachers joining the team during this course: John Button
John Button, permaculture designer, educator and consultant with over 30 years experience in Australia, Asia, Africa, South America and Europe. He has worked on a diverse range of projects from reforesting a sacred mountain in Sth India, designing the Green School in Bali and teaching Tibetan communities in exile to consulting on community development programs for Plan International in South East Asia. John is an inspiring person and engaging teacher bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience into his work.
Plus our regular teaching team lead by international permaculture pioneer, Robyn Francis, one of the world’s most experienced permaculture educators, and local permaculture teachers and practitioners, Janelle Schafer and Angela Skehan.