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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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Bush Regeneration

Bush Regeneration

Are you intersted in caring for native and natural environments? In this short course you will learn about bush regeneration. Most people associate bush regeneration with weed removal. It is important to remember bush regeneration is not just about weed removal, it is a ‘whole of environment’ integrated approach that encourages the bush to ‘bounce back’. Learn about the impact of weeds, stormwater and altered fire regimes and the basic skills required to assist in the maintenance... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency.
  • Read and respond to basic workplace instructions (FSKRDG03)
  • Use digital technology for basic workplace tasks (FSKDIG01)
  • Read and respond to basic workplace signs and symbols (FSKRDG02)
Bush Regeneration

<p>Are you intersted in caring for native and natural environments?</p><p>In this short course you will learn about bush regeneration. Most people associate bush regeneration with weed removal. It is

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

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)
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.

Certificate III In Horticulture

Certificate III In Horticulture

Grow your passion into a career with our nationally-recognised certificate in Horticulture. Learn to grow your own food, work in nursery or secure landscaping jobs. This hands-on qualification gives you real-world knowledge of working across the industry and is suitable for anyone wishing to develop their green-fingered passion. You’ll learn about irrigation, pest and disease control, plant nutrition, machinery use and how to effectively identify plants. You Will Learn Technical... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency from the Certificate III in Horticulture AHC30716.
  • Collect native seed (AHCNAR305)
  • Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas (AHCSOL303)
  • Conduct site inspections (AHCWRK311)
  • Apply environmentally sustainable work practices (AHCWRK309)
  • Implement a propagation plan (AHCNSY306)
  • Control weeds (AHCPMG301)
  • Coordinate work site activities (AHCWRK305)
  • Operate machinery and equipment (AHCMOM304)
  • Provide information on plants and their culture (AHCPCM302)
  • Identify plant specimens (AHCPCM303)
  • Prepare growing media (AHCSOL301)
  • Contribute to work health and safety processes (AHCWHS301)
  • Perform specialist amenity pruning (AHCPGD303)
  • Implement a plant establishment program (AHCPGD301)
  • Install pressurised irrigation systems (AHCIRG331)
  • Control plant pests, diseases and disorders (AHCPMG302)
Certificate III In Horticulture

<p><div align="center">{image name:“NRT Logo”}</div></p><p>Grow your passion into a career with our nationally-recognised certificate in Horticulture.</p><p>Learn to grow your own food, work in

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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]
$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.

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]

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Build Pallet Furniture

Build Pallet Furniture

Shelve that trip to Ikea and join this interactive and supportive pallet furniture-making workshop series. You will be guided through the safe use of a range of tools and will work collaboratively to build you own pallet furniture items that are easily transportable, well-crafted and sustainable. This course will exclusively use non-toxic pallets and paints. You will learn a great range of diverse DIY skills you can apply to any home carpentry project, including natural finishes.... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency.
  • Read and respond to routine visual and graphic texts (FSKRDG08)
  • Participate in simple spoken interactions at work (FSKOCM03)
  • Use strategies to plan simple workplace tasks (FSKLRG05)
Build Pallet Furniture

<p>Shelve that trip to Ikea and join this interactive and supportive pallet furniture-making workshop series. You will be guided through the safe use of a range of tools and will work collaboratively

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

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. In this course you will learn about: Native social and solitary bees Lifecycle and habits interaction within society... [More]

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

Permablitz Community Project

Permablitz Community Project

Have you always wanted to organise a community project but were not sure where to start? Become part of a Permablitz team, get your hands dirty and help transform Wildspace Community Learning into an abundant edible landscape. This course will give you the skills to work with a team learning how to plan and organise a small-scale permaculture-related project, including fundraising and budgeting. This training is subsidised by the NSW Government You will learn Learn how to plan and... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency from the Certificate I in Skills for Vocational Pathways FSK10213.
  • Read and respond to routine visual and graphic texts (FSKRDG08)
  • Use oral communication skills to participate in workplace meetings (FSKOCM04)
  • Apply strategies to respond to complex workplace problems (FSKLRG13)
  • Write personal details on basic workplace forms (FSKWTG01)
  • Complete routine workplace formatted texts (FSKWTG08)

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

Growing Herbs At Home

Growing Herbs At Home

Growing your own herbs is a fun and easy way to ensure you have just what you need to add extra flavour and nutrients to your dishes. Even though they are easy to grow, there are certain growing techniques best used in our sub-tropical climate. After 23 years of propagating and selling herbs at Byron Bay Herb Nursery, Deb shares a few tips for local production so you can enjoy an all year round, productive and attractive herb garden. Location is wheelchair accessible. Additional... [More]

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

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