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Sustainable Living courses available in Byron Bay and Mullumbimby

Do you dream of living more sustainably? Gain the hands-on skills and knowledge to make that dream a reality.

Learn to reduce your footprint on the planet in an affordable way, engage positively with your surroundings and help your community gain the benefits of sustainability too.

Choose from our nationally-recognised Permaculture certificate courses to one-day workshops and short courses.

Develop your interests in sustainability by enrolling, today.

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Permaculture Design Course (PDC)

Permaculture Design Course (PDC)

Follow your passion and immerse yourself in this Modular Permaculture Design Course held 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]
$1,400 Limited inc GST / $1,260
Permaculture Design Course (PDC)

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

Bees Wax Wraps

Bees Wax Wraps

Did you know that half of the 300 million tons of plastic produced each year is used only once? Want to get creative while also fighting the war on plastic? Bees Wax wraps are a great alternative to plastic wrap and can be used to cover all fruits, vegetables, bowls, salads, cheeses, breads, platters and more. Brooke from DRIFT – LOVELY THINGS will be joining us to share her bees wax tips where you’ll have the chance to make a small, medium and large bees wax wrap to use at home.... [More]
$95 Limited inc GST / $85
Bees Wax Wraps

<p>Did you know that half of the 300 million tons of plastic produced each year is used only once? Want to get creative while also fighting the war on plastic? Bees Wax wraps are a great alternative

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

Beekeeping - Level 2

Beekeeping - Level 2

This is the next level from an Introduction To Beekeeping, which is a prerequisite to this course. You will be working in pairs on live bee hives. You’ll be covering such things as safety and risk management, opening and inspecting a hive, assessing pests and diseases, swarm control, Queen raising, honey extraction, processing, packaging and more. Those who haven’t yet started would benefit from the confidence and skill building gained by this next level, while those that have bees... [More]

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

AHC30716 - Certificate III in Horticulture

AHC30716 - Certificate III in Horticulture

Do you enjoy working outdoors and have a keen interest in plants? Grow your passion and kick-start your career in this nationally recognised entry level course that will qualify you to work in nurseries, parks and gardens. In this hands-on course you will gain real-world skills and knowledge of working across the horticulture industry. You will learn about irrigation, pest and disease control, plant identification, plant nutrition, pruning, machinery use, how to grow food, work in... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency from the Certificate III in Horticulture AHC30716.
  • Operate machinery and equipment (AHCMOM304)
  • Contribute to work health and safety processes (AHCWHS301)
  • Install pressurised irrigation systems (AHCIRG331)
  • Identify plant specimens (AHCPCM303)
  • Conduct site inspections (AHCWRK311)
  • Provide information on plants and their culture (AHCPCM302)
  • Implement a propagation plan (AHCNSY306)
  • Collect native seed (AHCNAR305)
  • Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas (AHCSOL303)
  • Control plant pests, diseases and disorders (AHCPMG302)
  • Prepare growing media (AHCSOL301)
  • Control weeds (AHCPMG301)
  • Implement a plant establishment program (AHCPGD301)
  • Perform specialist amenity pruning (AHCPGD303)
  • Coordinate work site activities (AHCWRK305)
  • Maintain nursery plants (AHCNSY301)

This course has no current classes. 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.