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Permaculture courses 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 College of Permaculture offers:

• Certificate III in Permaculture
• Certificate IV in Permaculture
• Permaculture Design Courses (PDC)
• The Business of Permaculture
• Sustainability courses

Learn more about these courses below.

Student Experience Cert III Permaculture

A student experience Tasara Dewhurst

"I participated in the Byron Community College Permablitz 2014 course because I saw it as a wonderful opportunity to step into a wholesome world of possibility. I then continued this journey by enrolling in the Cert III in Permaculture. Learning to live off the land gives one a huge sense of power and freedom. We can create our own independent worlds that work in harmony with the earth, instead of against it. The course gave me all this and more. Every day was joyful and abundant in giggles, I met lifelong friends and felt connected to my community.

I now study in Melbourne, and have a cranking garden, where I get the majority of my veggies from, my urban system is admired by all, and has inspired the birth of many others. The knowledge I gained will enrich my life in many ways and I am forever grateful to have had the opportunity through Byron Community College."

“Don't hesitate, you have nothing to lose and a whole lot to gain!”

Tasara is continuing her learning by studying Steiner Education in Melbourne, she has a strong passion to educate children about sustainability and is gaining the skills required to share that knowledge. We wish her all the best in her future studies.

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Permaculture Design Course (PDC) 1

Permaculture Design Course (PDC) 1

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... [More]
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)
$1,400 Limited GST free / $1,260
Permaculture Design Course (PDC) 1

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STOP! If you live or work in NSW do not enrol online! We have NSW Government subsidised places available for $999 for this course, please call 02 6684 3374 for details.

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

Trees and Perennial Crops - Creating Food Forests - PDC Module E

Trees and Perennial Crops - Creating Food Forests - PDC Module E

Learn how to design, establish and care for your own diverse, tree based food production system in a low maintenance fashion that works with natures fundamental processes of land and soil repair. Discover a huge array of fruit and nut trees from around the world that thrive in our warm, subtropical climate including indigenous bush foods. Topics covered include: Characteristics and Functions of Trees Ecological Succession – a template for earth repair Plant Stacking/Guilds... [More]

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

Vegetables - Integrated Organic Production - PDC Module F

Vegetables - Integrated Organic Production - PDC Module F

Explore a comprehensive range of Organic Gardening techniques including composting, crop rotation, companion planting and natural pest and disease management. Create a ‘no-dig garden’ from local, low cost materials and learn about seasonal planting in the humid Subtropics. Topics covered include: Seasonal Vegetable Gardening: The Four Elements of Life – Earth, Water, Air and Fire Seasonal Planting – and reading natures signals of seasons changing Crop Rotation Companion Planting... [More]

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

Secondary Dwelling Designs

Secondary Dwelling Designs

This course will teach you what to consider when designing a secondary dwelling for your backyard or property. Including the legal ins and outs of town planning in relation to placement, size and privacy etc. We will also cover some of the different new eco-friendly materials and products available. What to bring Note book and pen Feedback from Past Students “Great information very relevant.” Kristan Burnnand “Night one was very good in discussing the classes individual projects &... [More]
$112 Limited inc GST / $101
Secondary Dwelling Designs

<p>This course will teach you what to consider when designing a secondary dwelling for your backyard or property. Including the legal ins and outs of town planning in relation to placement, size and

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

Soils - Organic Management - PDC Module D

Soils - Organic Management - PDC Module D

Get to know your own soil – what is it made of, what will grow well in it and how you can improve your soil to make the most of what it has to offer. Delve into the world of compost, soil nutrition and microbiology as we explore some of the myriad of ways you can build a healthy, fertile, robust soil through organic practices that will help you to grow food packed full of life force. What is Soil Processes of Soil Formation Soil Profiles Australian Soils in Global Context – local... [More]

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

Water - Systems For The Home And Landscape - PDC Module G

Water - Systems For The Home And Landscape - PDC Module G

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]

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Settlements - Sustainable Housing And Appropriate Technology - PDC Module H

Settlements - Sustainable Housing And Appropriate Technology - PDC Module H

Explore some of the latest innovations in green building techniques and materials, site layout, biophilic design, home ecology, house and village design, including tiny houses. Learn how to apply design methods to preserve foods, generate energy and heat, provide domestic drinking water, treat grey and black water, composting toilets and more. Topics covered include: Sustainable Housing Efficient Housing Design for your environment Passive heating and cooling New buildings/designs... [More]

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Animals - Integrated Production Systems - PDC Module I

Animals - Integrated Production Systems - PDC Module I

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]

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Introduction to Organic Gardening

Introduction to Organic Gardening

Interested in growing your own organic vegetables and herbs at home? With increased publicity about large scale farming techniques and the chemicals used, it’s no wonder many of us are looking to grow our own organic produce at home. It’s not hard to get started, all you need is a bit of know-how and some space to plant. So whether you have a small back yard, or a large acreage, this short course will introduce you to the basic skills required to grow and nurture your organic... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency from the Certificate I in Access to Vocational Pathways FSK10113.
  • Engage in basic spoken exchanges at work (FSKOCM02)
  • Identify strategies to respond to basic workplace problems (FSKLRG02)
  • Use digital technology for basic workplace tasks (FSKDIG01)
  • Read and respond to basic workplace information (FSKRDG04)
  • Write basic workplace information (FSKWTG03)
Introduction to Organic Gardening

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

Community Design And Social Permaculture - PDC Module j

Community Design And Social Permaculture - PDC Module j

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]
$99 Limited inc GST / $89
Community Design And Social Permaculture - PDC Module j

<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.

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