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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 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]
$1,299 Limited inc GST / $1,169
Permaculture Design Course (PDC)

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$1,299 Limited inc GST / $1,169
Permaculture Design Course (PDC)

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

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)
Bamboo Advanced

<p>Have you completed our Bamboo Basics course, or worked with bamboo before? Do you want to develop your bamboo skills further?</p><p>Advanced Bamboo builds on the skills learnt in Bamboo Basics. In

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

Caring for Water Places

Caring for Water Places

Do you live near a creek or stream that looks in poor shape? Are you interested in caring for our water places? Sadly, many of our beautiful creeks and rivers 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 in the 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 (FSKRDG06)
  • Use digital technology for routine workplace tasks (FSKDIG03)
Caring for Water Places

<p>Do you live near a creek or stream that looks in poor shape? Are you interested in caring for our water places? </p><p>Sadly, many of our beautiful creeks and rivers are seriously degraded through

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

Community Design And Social Permaculture - PDC Module J

Community Design And Social Permaculture - PDC Module J

Learn about social permaculture design, supporting humans to be effective and thrive together. Explore ideas around collaborative governance and decision-making, social enterprise, localised community living, integrated permaculture lifestyles. Topics covered include: collaborative governance and decision-making holistic goal setting group ecology social enterprise localised community living deep ecology globalisation verse localisation Permaculture Design Course This course module... [More]
$99 Limited inc GST / $89
Community Design And Social Permaculture - PDC Module J

<p>Learn about social permaculture design, supporting humans to be effective and thrive together. Explore ideas around collaborative governance and decision-making, social enterprise, localised

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If there isn't a class to suit you, 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]
$99 Limited inc GST / $89
Design Project Presentations, Locavore Feast And Celebration - PDC core module

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Beekeeping -  An Introduction

Beekeeping - An Introduction

This workshop introduces potential bee keepers to the delight and fascination of this rewarding hobby. The session covers safety, myth busting, hands-on bee keeping (Ben will bring along a beehive), legal requirements and the most important thing – how to get started! Please wear a broad brimmed hat, long sleeved shirt with a collar, long trousers, shoes and socks as you will get to handle the bees if you would like to. What to bring Pen and paper Bring your own lunch Please wear a... [More]
$126 Limited inc GST / $113
Beekeeping - An Introduction

<p>This workshop introduces potential bee keepers to the delight and fascination of this rewarding hobby. The session covers safety, myth busting, hands-on bee keeping (Ben will bring along a beehive

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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)
AHC33816 - Certificate III in Permaculture

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If there isn't a class to suit you, 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)
AHC42116 - Certificate IV in Permaculture

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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)
AHC30716 - Certificate III in Horticulture

<p><div align="center">{image name:“NRT Logo”}</div></p><p>Do you enjoy working outdoors and have a keen interest in plants? Grow your passion and kick-start your career in this nationally recognised

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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.