Permaculture Design Course (PDC) Byron Community College

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Permaculture Design Course (PDC)

Permaculture Design Course (PDC)
$1,299 Limited inc GST / $1,169
Permaculture Design Course (PDC)

<p>{image name:“GreenDressRosemary”} {image name:“ThreeGuysPDC”} {image name:“Polytunnel”}</p><p>Follow your passion and immerse yourself in this Modular Permaculture Design Course in the Beautiful

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Follow your passion and immerse yourself in this Modular Permaculture Design Course 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 courses 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 course. Upon completion of all 14 modules you will graduate with a Permaculture Design Certificate. Each individual course is held twice a year. These modules can be enroled in seperately but to take advantage of price savings, enrol in the PDC rather than in each individual module.

2019 course dates are:

Fri 26th July - Permaculture Ethics, Principles And Patterns with Bunya Halasz
Sat 27th July - Plant Propagation And Seed Saving with Bunya Halasz
Sun 28th July - Introduction To Permaculture Design with James Nash
Fri 23rd August - Soils – Organic Management with Joey Venables
Sat 24th August - Trees And Perennial Crops – Creating Food Forests with Bunya Halasz
Sun 25th August - Vegetables – Integrated Organic Production with Bunya Halasz
Fri 20th September - Water Systems For The Home And Landscape with James Nash
Sat 21st September - Settlements – Sustainable Housing And Appropriate Technology with James Nash
Sun 22nd September - Animal-Integrated Production Systems with Sharon Gibson
Sat 25th October - Ecology – Weeds, Pests And Diseases In The Garden with Joey Venables
Sat 26th October - Group Design Project with James Nash
Sun 27th October - Individual Design Workshop with James Nash
Fri 22nd November - Community Design And Social Permaculture with Erin Young
Sun 24th Nov - Design Project Presentations, Locavore Feast And Celebration with Bunya Halasz and 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, have a diverse, complimentary and deep range of experience and skills.
Other Tutors Include: Sharon Gibson, James Nash, Erin Young 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.

Student Feedback

“Enjoyed every minute of this course; a real credit to the College and all the tutors involved - thanks for everything!!” Chris

“Terrific experience - satisfied my curiosity about what environmental and social permaculture are about. Full marks to the College and tutors for a great experience” Penny

“I loved the way the course provides so many positive and practical ways for living in a real world ecologically sensitive way” Peter

“I am most enthused that the tutors themselves are living permaculture practices. I really liked the outdoor classes and how such a variety of tutors experiences were shared” Scott

“I really loved the teachers- each with their area of knowledge. I loved getting to know my peers over 5 months. The site visits were amazing too! More of those!” Hannah

"Doing the course over several months allows plenty of time to digest learnings and start observing through the eyes of a permie and do more reading.
I have already recommended this course to several people. Fantastic, knowledgeable tutors and excellent value for money. Another benefit was making like minded permie friends." Gabriella

“The teachers were amazing! Such depth of knowledge, I could have just listened to them ramble the whole time! I felt the time spread between weekends was really valuable, and enabled us to take in more knowledge, work with various tutors on some of their projects to gain field experience, as well as come up with questions and issues we were facing with our own projects. I've taken similar courses before so much of the information in this course was review, however the local plant knowledge, community connections, and the in-depth teaching of the design process was so worth it. Thank you!” Heather

“I loved this course. The teachers were absolutely fantastic ! Full of knowledge and so inspiring. The support has been great !” Andrea

What to bring

  • Pen and paper for class
  • There will be hands on learning components in various locations so please wear: Comfortable outdoor work clothes and covered shoes and sun protection
  • Water bottle
  • Own refreshments/lunch



Important information

Once your enrolment is completed you will receive a confirmation email. This email will be your receipt and inform you of the dates, time and venue of your course, it will also let you know of anything you need to take to class with you. Please make sure that you give us a valid email address and mobile number as any course changes will be communicated via sms or email.

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We keep our class sizes small so that you get a better experience. Avoid disappointment, enrol early!

Ask us about personalised workshops and courses at a time that suits you. Perfect for team building, birthdays, hens/bucks parties, getting the gang together or just because. Call 02 6684 3374 or email admin@byroncollege.org.au for details (min 8 students or more)