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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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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

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AHC30716 - Certificate III in Horticulture

AHC30716 - Certificate III in Horticulture

Do you want to grow your passion, while creating and nurturing diverse types of green environments? A career in horticulture is a great choice if you enjoy working outdoors. It can provide you with vast opportunities to work within a wide range of horticulture settings. You will learn how to: Operate machinery and equipment Contribute to work health and safety processes Recognise plant specimens and provide information on their culture Conduct site inspections and coordinate work... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency from the Certificate III in Horticulture AHC30716.
  • Control weeds (AHCPMG301)
  • Implement a plant establishment program (AHCPGD301)
  • Implement a propagation plan (AHCNSY306)
  • Control plant pests, diseases and disorders (AHCPMG302)
  • Collect native seed (AHCNAR305)
  • Coordinate work site activities (AHCWRK305)
  • Provide information on plants and their culture (AHCPCM302)
  • Identify plant specimens (AHCPCM303)
  • Conduct site inspections (AHCWRK311)
  • Perform specialist amenity pruning (AHCPGD303)
  • Operate machinery and equipment (AHCMOM304)
  • Contribute to work health and safety processes (AHCWHS301)
  • Apply environmentally sustainable work practices (AHCWRK309)
  • Install pressurised irrigation systems (AHCIRG345)
  • Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas (AHCSOL304)
  • Prepare growing media (AHCSOL305)
AHC30716 - Certificate III in Horticulture

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Vegan Nut Cheeses and Milk

Vegan Nut Cheeses and Milk

Learn the creative art of making tasty cheese without dairy – it’s easier than you think! We will make a spreadable cheese, a bechamel cheesy pasta sauce, parmesan and a feta style cheese as well as almond milk, and an almond flour. Discover how to add different flavours to your cheeses using cashews, walnuts, almonds, macadamias, Brazil nuts and seeds. We will sample what we make during the day and take home goodies too. What to bring 3 × 500ml jam jars with lids 3 × 250ml... [More]
$109 Limited inc GST / $98
Vegan Nut Cheeses and Milk

<p>Learn the creative art of making tasty cheese without dairy – it’s easier than you think! We will make a spreadable cheese, a bechamel cheesy pasta sauce, parmesan and a feta style cheese as well

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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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Introduction To Natural Building

Introduction To Natural Building

Come along to learn about various earthen building materials such as straw bales, cob, mud bricks & light earth, and learn how to use them in your project. This introduction course will be a combination of class time and hands on time. Please come wearing clothes that can get muddy! What to bring A pen & paper Refreshments Important information Once your enrolment is completed you will receive a confirmation email. This email will be your receipt and inform you of the dates, time... [More]
$170 Limited inc GST / $153
Introduction To Natural Building

<p>Come along to learn about various earthen building materials such as straw bales, cob, mud bricks & light earth, and learn how to use them in your project.</p><p>This introduction course will be a

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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,

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

Build Your Own 'Earth Oven'

Build Your Own 'Earth Oven'

This hands on course will take you through the process of building a back yard oven made from clay & other earthen materials. These ovens can be scaled in size and used to cook wood fired pizzas, breads, crock pots and so much more! Come along for some fun & be prepared to get muddy! Please wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. What to bring Clothes that can get muddy Pen & paper for notes Refreshments Important information Once your enrolment is completed you will receive a... [More]
$199 Limited inc GST / $179
Build Your Own 'Earth Oven'

<p>This hands on course will take you through the process of building a back yard oven made from clay & other earthen materials. These ovens can be scaled in size and used to cook wood fired pizzas,

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

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]

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Open Garden

Open Garden

Visit a thriving urban food garden. So, you are interested in growing your own backyard fruit and veggies, maybe incorporating a couple of chooks. You know a bit about it, and really want to get into it, but would love to see how someone else is actually managing it, warts and all. Spend a morning having a good old sticky-beak at Heather’s small kitchen garden. Wander around, ask questions, and get some great advice and ideas for your own food-based garden. Loads of wonderful... [More]
$49 Limited inc GST / $44
Open Garden

<p>Visit a thriving urban food garden. So, you are interested in growing your own backyard fruit and veggies, maybe incorporating a couple of chooks. You know a bit about it, and really want to get

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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]

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