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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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AHC33816 - Certificate III in Permaculture

AHC33816 - Certificate III in Permaculture

2023 applications open in October 2022. Click the button above to join the wait list for more information. Not sure which course is right for you? Click here to book a chat with our Student Support Coordinator to discuss your options and study pathways. 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... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency from the Certificate III in Permaculture AHC33816.
  • Plan organic garden and orchard systems (AHCPER312)
  • Implement crop maintenance and harvesting programs for permaculture systems (AHCPER305)
  • Research and communicate information on permaculture principles and practices (AHCPER301)
  • Test, improve and maintain healthy soil in a permaculture system (AHCPER319)
  • Plan propagation activities for a permaculture system (AHCPER318)
  • Coordinate preparation and storage of permaculture products (AHCPER313)
  • Develop recommendations for integrated plant and animal systems (AHCPER302)
  • Manage plant pests, diseases and disorders in a permaculture system (AHCPER320)
  • Select plant and animal species for permaculture systems (AHCPER316)
  • Maintain integrated plant and animal systems (AHCPER303)
  • Conduct site inspections (AHCWRK311)
  • Install structures for permaculture systems (AHCPER310)
  • Install and maintain permaculture water systems (AHCPER309)
  • Establish an urban permaculture system (AHCPER308)
  • Prepare raw materials and compost feedstock (AHCPHT302)

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

AHC42116 - Certificate IV in Permaculture

AHC42116 - Certificate IV in Permaculture

2023 applications open in October 2022. Click the button above to join the wait list for more information. Not sure which course is right for you? Click here to book a chat with our Student Support Coordinator to discuss your options and study pathways. 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... [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)

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

Settlements - Sustainable Housing And Appropriate Technology - PDC

Settlements - Sustainable Housing And Appropriate Technology - PDC

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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Backyard Permaculture Living Laboratory

Backyard Permaculture Living Laboratory

Want to get your children into the garden? Your backyard may be the most essential learning space your family can have. In this course, you will learn how to use whole-systems thinking strategies to create a living-learning laboratory where children can play, eat healthily and understand nature. Learn how to apply permaculture principles within curriculum guidelines to support homeschooling, nature-based learning or caring educators. Join our experienced permaculture tutor Lucy... [More]

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

Bamboo Yurt Workshop

Bamboo Yurt Workshop

Join us in this hands-on workshop where we share our knowledge and skills from years of experience working with this amazing material. We will be building an 8 meter bamboo yurt, creating a usable, undercover area that is both beautiful and sustainable. The yurt structure is economical, eco-friendly, strong and can be built in many configurations to suit your site requirements. This workshop will include: Introduction to bamboo and its building properties Site visit to learn about... [More]

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Native Bees Introduction

Native Bees Introduction

Keeping native bees is easy! They are harmless, effective pollinators, which is what makes them a popular addition to many Australian gardens. During this workshop you will learn about native bee biology, husbandry, lifecycle and habits. So whether you are interested in keeping them for honey or conservation these little bees make a great addition to any backyard. Extra information Join us as we learn about native stingless bees and how to keep Tetragonula bee hives in your garden... [More]

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Building a Tiny House

Building a Tiny House

Learn all the skills and steps to build your own off-grid tiny house. Based on practical experience by the tutor – who built and lives in his own tiny house, this course will give the necessary guidance to plan your design and build your own tiny house. You will develop an understanding of the whole project, from sourcing the materials, to design and implementation, to the different sources of renewable energy. This course will save you money and months of research. What to bring... [More]

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

Caring for Water Places

Caring for Water Places

Do you live near a creek, river or estuary that looks in poor shape? Are you interested in helping them come back to life? Sadly, many of our beautiful water places are seriously degraded through development and historic land use practices. In this short course you will learn how to determine the quality of your waterway and gain knowledge and experience to take steps to fix it, in the process restoring aquatic plant and animal life, drawing down some carbon and healing the planet.... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency.
  • Read and respond to simple informal workplace texts (FSKRDG006)
  • Use digital technology for non-routine workplace tasks (FSKDIG003)

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

Design Project Presentations, Locavore Feast And Celebration - PDC core module

Design Project Presentations, Locavore Feast And Celebration - PDC core module

This course is for students completing the Permaculture Design Course only. You must complete all the other PDC modules before you can enrol in this subject. Past Student Feedback “We could review all the course content today, exchange learnings, ideas and experiences,” Flavia Renata Assuncao. [More]

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Colours from Nature

Colours from Nature

This course will introduce you to local and traditional plants which provide a harvest of dye or fibre materials and teach you how to grow your own. Learn cultivation and management techniques for growing these abundant and useful species. This short course will focus on planting and managing the dye and fibre garden. A must for those serious about sustainable fashion and basketry. Course participants will learn about a range of herbs and shrubs suitable to grow in the local area... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency.
  • Use simple and highly familiar spatial information for work (FSKNUM006)
  • Participate in familiar spoken interactions at work (FSKOCM003)

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

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