Permaculture Design Course (PDC) 1 Byron Community College

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Permaculture Design Course (PDC) 1

Permaculture Design Course (PDC) 1
Assessments are made against units of competency.
  • Use strategies to plan simple workplace tasks (FSKLRG05)
  • Read and respond to simple workplace information (FSKRDG07)
  • Use digital technology for simple workplace tasks (FSKDIG02)
  • Write simple workplace information (FSKWTG06)
  • Use oral communication skills for effective workplace presentations (FSKOCM05)

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.

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 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 units you will graduate with a Permaculture Design Certificate. Each individual course is held twice a year. These courses can be enroled in seperately but to take advantage of price savings, enrol in the PDC rather than in each individual module.

2018 course dates are:

Fri 8th March - Permaculture Ethics, Principles And Patterns with Bunya Halasz
Sat 9th March - Plant Propagation And Seed Saving with Bunya Halasz
Sun 10th March - Introduction To Permaculture Design with James Nash
Fri 5th April - Soils – Organic Management with Joey Venables
Sat 6th April - Trees And Perennial Crops – Creating Food Forests with Bunya Halasz
Sun 7th April - Vegetables – Integrated Organic Production with Bunya Halasz
Fri 3rd May - Water Systems For The Home And Landscape with Bunya Halasz
Sat 4th May - Settlements – Sustainable Housing And Appropriate Technology with Mark Pickard
Sun 5th May - Animal-Integrated Production Systems with Sharon Gibson
Fri 31st May - Community Design And Social Permaculture with Erin Young
Sat 1st June - Group Design Project with James Nash and Bunya Halasz
Sun 2nd June - Individual Design Workshop with James Nash and Bunya Halasz
Sat 29th June - Ecology – Weeds, Pests And Diseases In The Garden with Joey Venables
Sun 30th June - Design Project Presentations, Locavore Feast And Celebration with Bunya Halasz

Each course will be delivered again in the second half of the year so any you miss can be undertaken then.

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 – Intensive Food Production and Integrated Urban Permacultural Plant and Animal Systems
James Nash – Landscape Architect and Creative Designer
Mark Pickard – Permaculture Consultant, Educator and Training Facilitator
Erin Young – Social Permaculture and Dynamic Governance Systems
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

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
  • 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!