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Permaculture courses and workshops available in Byron Bay and Mullumbimby

Immerse yourself in sustainability, ecology and ethical living through our hands-on Permaculture courses and certificates.

Studying permaculture will give you the tools to design the integrated systems that can provide sustainable food, energy and shelter for communities.

Officially endorsed by National Regulatory bodies, our hands-on training programs, workshops and certificate courses cover the skills needed to create a more sustainable and integrated way of living. You’ll learn about design and management with experienced tutors in real permaculture projects in the Byron area.

We offer a range of permaculture courses to suit your interests and goals. These can create opportunities for you to transform a local space, progress onto further sustainability study and secure relevant employment, including in the Byron area.

The Byron Centre For Permaculture offers:

  • Certificate III in Permaculture
  • Certificate IV in Permaculture
  • Permaculture Design Courses (PDC)
  • Sustainability courses and a whole lot more...

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Backyard Food Production

Backyard Food Production

Growing your own herbs and vegetables can be a rewarding and exciting experience. This course provides you with a mix of practical information and hands-on experience to achieve great results. During this 8 week course, you will become part of a small team who will be the custodians of our backyard vegetable garden plot at our purpose designed 1-acre permaculture site located at Mullumbimby Community Gardens (MCG). We will follow the seasons of a north coast vegetable garden.... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency.
  • Engage in short and simple spoken exchanges at work (FSKOCM002)
  • Estimate, measure and calculate with routine metric measurements for work (FSKNUM015)
  • Read and respond to routine workplace information (FSKRDG010)
Backyard Food Production

<p>Growing your own herbs and vegetables can be a rewarding and exciting experience. This course provides you with a mix of practical information and hands-on experience to achieve great results.</p>

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You are NOT ENROLLED until we receive a completed application form & payment. Click APPLY NOW which starts the enrolment process, by requesting an Application Form for this course.

If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

Building Healthy Soils

Building Healthy Soils

This course is for those who would like a deeper understanding of the natural systems at work within the soil. Participants will gain an understanding of the soil food web; the microscopic world that forms soils, and feeds and protects plants. During this course you will learn how to harvest micro-organisms from your local area and apply them to your soil. You will gain an understanding of the plant socio-biome and how food producers can work to enhance an environment that allows... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency.
  • Use oral communication skills to participate in workplace meetings (FSKOCM004)
  • Use digital technology for routine and simple workplace tasks (FSKDIG002)
  • Write short and simple workplace information (FSKWTG003)
Building Healthy Soils

<p><strong>This course is for those who would like a deeper understanding of the natural systems at work within the soil.</strong></p>

<p>Participants will gain an understanding of the soil food web;

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You are NOT ENROLLED until we receive a completed application form & payment. Click APPLY NOW which starts the enrolment process, by requesting an Application Form for this course.

If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

Animals - Integrated Production Systems - PDC

Animals - Integrated Production Systems - PDC

Learn how to incorporate animals into the design of your garden or food production system to increase its overall abundance, simplify management and optimise the health and productivity of your chickens, cows and other animals. This workshop includes a field trip exploring local animal production systems where we can experience successful integrative animal systems that can be implemented at various scales from the backyard to commercial. Topics covered include: Integration not... [More]
$118 Limited inc GST / $106
Animals - Integrated Production Systems - PDC

<p>Learn how to incorporate animals into the design of your garden or food production system to increase its overall abundance, simplify management and optimise the health and productivity of your

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If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

Water - Systems For The Home And Landscape - PDC

Water - Systems For The Home And Landscape - PDC

Learn how to work with water in the landscape, exploring theoretical and practical examples of water harvesting, catching, storing and irrigation, changing our mindset from draining to ‘sponging’ water INTO the landscape. We will investigate and visit a range of local and global examples of swales, keylines, earthworks, wicking beds, dams, aquaponics and water biofiltration methods. Permaculture Design Course This course module is one of 13 which make up the internationally... [More]
$118 Limited inc GST / $106
Water - Systems For The Home And Landscape - PDC

<p>Learn how to work with water in the landscape, exploring theoretical and practical examples of water harvesting, catching, storing and irrigation, changing our mindset from draining to ‘sponging’

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If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

Community Design And Social Permaculture - PDC

Community Design And Social Permaculture - PDC

Learn about social permaculture design, supporting humans to be effective and thrive together. Explore ideas around collaborative governance and decision-making, social enterprise, localised community living, integrated permaculture lifestyles. Topics covered include: collaborative governance and decision-making holistic goal setting group ecology social enterprise localised community living deep ecology globalisation verse localisation Permaculture Design Course This course module... [More]
$118 Limited inc GST / $106
Community Design And Social Permaculture - PDC

<p>Learn about social permaculture design, supporting humans to be effective and thrive together. Explore ideas around collaborative governance and decision-making, social enterprise, localised

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If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

Permaculture On A Plate

Permaculture On A Plate

Want to diversify your garden and experiment with unusual perennial vegetables? Cassava, Yams and Madagascar Bean are just a few that thrive with little effort and produce abundantly in the subtropics. Your tutor, Sharon, has been growing perennials for many years, experimenting with traditional techniques and developing her own delicious recipes. She will introduce perennial vegetables in season now and share techniques for growing, harvesting and processing perennial vegetables,... [More]
$219 Limited inc GST / $197
Permaculture On A Plate

<p>Want to diversify your garden and experiment with unusual perennial vegetables? Cassava, Yams and Madagascar Bean are just a few that thrive with little effort and produce abundantly in the

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If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

Native Plant Identification and Bush Tucker

Native Plant Identification and Bush Tucker

Join us for an introduction into the wonderful world of plant identification and become familiar with some of our local rainforest species and unique bush tucker. In the spirit of fun and inquiry, we will cover some basic and intermediate level botanic terminology, identify rainforest species, plant families, and discover what edible fruits, shoots and roots are available in this area. We will delve deeper into the nuances of plant ID and the interconnectedness of plant Families,... [More]
$123 Limited inc GST / $111
Native Plant Identification and Bush Tucker

<p>Join us for an introduction into the wonderful world of plant identification and become familiar with some of our local rainforest species and unique bush tucker. In the spirit of fun and inquiry,

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If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

Ecology - Weeds, Pests And Diseases In The Garden - PDC

Ecology - Weeds, Pests And Diseases In The Garden - PDC

Learn to identify and control a range of common weeds, pests and diseases of food crops through holistic, ecologically sensitive management techniques. This course will build an appreciation of the importance of soil management to nurture crop health for natural pest and disease resistance. Permaculture Design Course This course module is one of 14 which make up the internationally renowned Permaculture Design Course (PDC). You are welcome to attend just this module to learn the... [More]
$118 Limited inc GST / $106
Ecology - Weeds, Pests And Diseases In The Garden - PDC

<p>Learn to identify and control a range of common weeds, pests and diseases of food crops through holistic, ecologically sensitive management techniques. This course will build an appreciation of the

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If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

Bamboo Basics Part 1

Bamboo Basics Part 1

Join us for one of the most comprehensive bamboo courses available in Australia. Split into 2 parts and held at the Mullumbimby Community Gardens, it is recommended students enrol in Part 1 and 2 to gain the full benefits of this hands on, rigorous bamboo course. Bamboo Basics Part 1: An introduction to bamboo. In this short course you will learn how to harvest good quality bamboo and treat it for longevity. It will also cover how to grow different species of bamboo and how to... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency.
  • Use digital technology for short and basic workplace tasks (FSKDIG001)

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

Bamboo Basics Part 2

Bamboo Basics Part 2

Join us for one of the most comprehensive bamboo courses available in Australia. Split into 2 parts and held at the Mullumbimby Community Gardens, it is recommended students enrol in Part 1 and 2 to gain the full benefits of this hands on, rigorous bamboo course. Bamboo Basics Part 2: Builds on the skills learnt in Bamboo Basics Part 1. You will delve deeper into the 1001 multifunctional uses for this incredible renewable resource and master the basics of designing to build with... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency.
  • Read and respond to short and simple workplace signs and symbols (FSKRDG002)
  • Participate in familiar spoken interactions at work (FSKOCM003)
  • Write short and simple workplace information (FSKWTG003)

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

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