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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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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]
$99 Limited inc GST / $89
Soils - Organic Management - PDC Module D

<p>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

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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 that are available in this area. We will delve deeper into the nuances of plant ID and the interconnectedness of plant... [More]
$98 Limited inc GST / $88
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,

...

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 the opportunity to immerse yourself in sustainable living in Byron Shire, in 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 and be inspired by natural ecosystems, holistic philosophy integrating... [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)

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

AHC42116 - Certificate IV in Permaculture

AHC42116 - Certificate IV in Permaculture

Grow your permaculture know-how into a richly rewarding career and immerse yourself in sustainable living and organic farming practices, right in the green heart of Northern NSW. This course is designed to expand your permaculture knowledge and skills to acquire the resilience to adapt to a rapidly changing world. At the end of this course you will be qualified to work as a project supervisor and designer for permaculture design projects. Your new found expertise will also open the... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency from the Certificate IV in Permaculture AHC42116.
  • Identify and analyse bioregional characteristics and resources (AHCPER406)
  • Evaluate suitability of species as solutions for permaculture applications (AHCPER413)
  • Select appropriate technology for a permaculture system (AHCPER405)
  • Provide advice on permaculture principles and practices (AHCPER401)
  • Plan and implement permaculture works (AHCPER404)
  • Manage organic soil improvement (AHCORG403)
  • Recommend approaches for sustainable community and bioregional development (AHCPER410)
  • Design harvesting and storage systems for permaculture products (AHCPER407)
  • Design an urban permaculture system (AHCPER403)
  • Manage a permaculture seed bank (AHCPER409)
  • Operate within a sustainable community and bioregional development program (AHCPER411)
  • Cost a project (AHCBUS402)
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.

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.
  • Estimate, measure and calculate with routine metric measurements for work (FSKNUM15)
  • Engage in basic spoken exchanges at work (FSKOCM02)
  • Read and respond to routine workplace information (FSKRDG10)

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

Bamboo Basics

Bamboo Basics

One of the most intensive “hands on” bamboo courses available in Australia. Bamboo Basics is an introduction to bamboo. In this short course you will learn how to harvest and maintain mature bamboo lumps and how best to propagate and grow different species. You will also learn the basic craft techniques to join, split and weave bamboo to make some simple items. Come along and be part of a team in this course. Held at the Mullumbimby Community Garden with Julianne Hartman and Sharon... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency.
  • Write basic workplace information (FSKWTG03)
  • Participate in simple spoken interactions at work (FSKOCM03)
  • Use digital technology for basic workplace tasks (FSKDIG01)

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

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