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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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Obtain A Yield - In Your Summer Garden

Obtain A Yield - In Your Summer Garden

"You can’t work on an empty stomach" Obtain a Yield is Permaculture Design Principle 3. During the course you will focus on growing vegetables through our subtropical summer period, which poses special challenges when growing food. You will explore soil improvement, making compost, propagation techniques and how to plant out. You will learn the plants that are best suited to our local area and how to grow, harvest and use them. Come and gain hands-on experience planting, harvesting... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency.
  • Read and respond to simple workplace information (FSKRDG007)
  • Write simple workplace information (FSKWTG006)
Obtain A Yield - In Your Summer Garden

<p><strong>"You can’t work on an empty stomach"</strong></p><p>Obtain a Yield is Permaculture Design Principle 3. During the course you will focus on growing vegetables through our subtropical summer

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If there isn't a class to suit you, 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]
$99 Limited inc GST / $89
Trees and Perennial Crops - Creating Food Forests - PDC Module E

<p>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.

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If there isn't a class to suit you, 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]
$99 Limited inc GST / $89
Vegetables - Integrated Organic Production - PDC Module F

<p>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,

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

AHC33816 - Certificate III in Permaculture

AHC33816 - Certificate III in Permaculture

Are you interested in learning permaculture skills to help make lives, homes and communities more sustainable? We offer you the opportunity to immerse yourself in sustainable living in Byron Shire, the green heart of the North Coast. Make like-minded friends in this highly practical course as you gain experience and confidence to transition your life and the lives of others towards a better future. You will learn how to: Permaculture principles and ethics Integrated plant and... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency from the Certificate III in Permaculture AHC33816.
  • Coordinate preparation and storage of permaculture products (AHCPER313)
  • Install structures for permaculture systems (AHCPER310)
  • Maintain integrated plant and animal systems (AHCPER303)
  • Conduct site inspections (AHCWRK311)
  • Install and maintain permaculture water systems (AHCPER309)
  • Select plant and animal species for permaculture systems (AHCPER316)
  • Research and communicate information on permaculture principles and practices (AHCPER301)
  • Prepare raw materials and compost feedstock (AHCPHT307)
  • Plan propagation activities for a permaculture system (AHCPER318)
  • Test, improve and maintain healthy soil in a permaculture system (AHCPER319)
  • Manage plant pests, diseases and disorders in a permaculture system (AHCPER320)
  • Establish an urban permaculture system (AHCPER308)
  • Plan organic garden and orchard systems (AHCPER312)
  • Develop recommendations for integrated plant and animal systems (AHCPER302)
  • Implement crop maintenance and harvesting programs for permaculture systems (AHCPER305)
AHC33816 - Certificate III in Permaculture

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

AHC42116 - Certificate IV in Permaculture

AHC42116 - Certificate IV in Permaculture

Come on the journey to grow your permaculture know-how right in the green heart of Northern NSW! Permaculture is a richly rewarding career, where you can immerse yourself in sustainable living and organic farming practices. It can provide you with opportunities to work in community development locally and internationally, aid projects, integrated food production or design for sustainable living. You will learn how to: Provide advice on permaculture principles and practices Identify... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency from the Certificate IV in Permaculture AHC42116.
  • Provide advice on permaculture principles and practices (AHCPER401)
  • Design harvesting and storage systems for permaculture products (AHCPER407)
  • Manage a permaculture seed bank (AHCPER409)
  • Identify and analyse bioregional characteristics and resources (AHCPER406)
  • Manage organic soil improvement (AHCORG403)
  • Recommend approaches for sustainable community and bioregional development (AHCPER410)
  • Design an urban permaculture system (AHCPER403)
  • Operate within a sustainable community and bioregional development program (AHCPER411)
  • Plan and implement permaculture works (AHCPER404)
  • Select appropriate technology for a permaculture system (AHCPER405)
  • Evaluate suitability of species as solutions for permaculture applications (AHCPER413)
  • Cost a project (AHCBUS407)
AHC42116 - Certificate IV in Permaculture

<p><div align="left">{image name:“NRT Logo”}</div></p><p><strong>Come on the journey to grow your permaculture know-how right in the green heart of Northern NSW!</strong></p><p>Permaculture is a

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Backyard Food Production

Backyard Food Production

Growing your own herbs, vegetables and fruit trees 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 the course we will be planting and harvesting produce at the local Mullumbimby Community Gardens, giving you valuable tips and tricks for what grows well locally. And as a bonus you get to take home fresh, healthy veggies grown throughout the course. So whether you have a... [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, vegetables and fruit trees can be a rewarding and exciting experience. This course provides you with a mix of practical information and hands-on experience to achieve great

...
Backyard Food Production

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

...

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

Bamboo Advanced

Bamboo Advanced

Have you completed our Bamboo Basics course, or worked with bamboo before? Do you want to develop your bamboo skills further? Advanced Bamboo builds on the skills learnt in Bamboo Basics. In this short course you will make furniture, learn structural joints and the basics of designing to build with bamboo. Held at the Mullumbimby Community Garden with Julianne Hartmann. Julianne is a pioneer of bamboo building and craft in Australia and helped set up new industries in East Timor... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency from the Certificate I in Skills for Vocational Pathways FSK10213.
  • Calculate with whole numbers and familiar fractions, decimals and percentages for work (FSKNUM14)
  • Use basic strategies for work-related learning (FSKLRG04)
  • Write routine workplace texts (FSKWTG09)

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

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]

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

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]

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

Plant Propagation And Seed Saving - PDC Module B

Plant Propagation And Seed Saving - PDC Module B

Explore a range of simple plant propagation techniques including cuttings, root division and seed raising to allow you to grow a range of plants for your garden in a simple and cost effective manner. Learn a range of seed saving and storage techniques that empower you to secure the great diversity of food varieties on our planet. Discover how you can develop and evolve varieties of food plants that will have optimum productivity in the unique conditions of your own home garden.... [More]

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

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