The 2-week intensive 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.
The March PDC is iat the start of Autumn here in the southern hemisphere. Days are quite warm and summery with maximum temperatures ranging from 25-30+ deg, and nights are pleasant. We often expect rain this time of year so do bring we weather gear.
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 commences 9am Sun March 1 and Ends 4.00pm Sunday March 15 NB participants are encouraged to arrive the day before to set up camp and book in. (NB catering does not start until lunchtime March 1. (There’s a communal camp kitchen available, or cafes in town just 10min walk away)
COST: $2245 or Early Bird price $1995 if fees paid in full before Feb 1, 2020. See details below for Fair-Share Exchange and multiple registration discounts. Course fees include tuition, PDC Handbook and resources, full catering and free camping on site. We have 4 bunk beds and tents available for hire. Other accommodation options are available in Nimbin village.
Fair-Share Exchange and multiple registration/couple discounts – please contact us and enquire.
To register please complete the REGISTRATION FORM
Register now and pay $300 deposit to secure your place. Balance due before course commencement.
• Permaculture principles, ethics, design methodologies, & pathways to sustainability
• 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
This course is a roadmap for meeting the challenges of climate breakdown and ecological collapse through practical strategies for adaption, mitigation and restoration.
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 response to resource depletion, 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?
THE TEACHING TEAM
Robyn 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.
John Button – special international guest teacher
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.
The PCA teaching team includes a great line-up of local trainers sharing experience in their specialist fields of expertise.
Janelle Schafer: Permaculture teacher, designer and practitioner with specialist knowledge in water systems, food forests, native forests, integrated pest and weed management and design for disaster
Angela Skehan: Permaculture practitioner and certified organic producer is passionate about soil and growing healthy food from the ground up.
Annaliese Hordern: Symbiotic Nature) is a passionate sustainability educator, with a strong focus on ethnobotanical research and plant based lifestyle. She has spent the last 3 years working as a horticulturalist with Green Harvest Organic Gardening and is on the Grounded Leadership Board with Grounded Permaculture Action Party.
Guest speakers and teachers will also include Guy Stewart and Greta Carroll.
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.
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.
If you cancel your course more than two weeks before the course commencement date you will receive a refund of fees paid minus a $300 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.