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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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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]
$119 Limited inc GST / $107
Building a Tiny House

<p>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

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

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

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]
$75 Limited inc GST / $68
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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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]
$248 Limited inc GST / $223
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.

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]
$99 Limited inc GST / $89
Vegetables - Integrated Organic Production - PDC Module F

<p>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,

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

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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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.

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 you the opportunity to immerse yourself in sustainable living in Byron Shire, 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 how to: Permaculture principles and ethics Integrated plant and... [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

<p><div align="center">{image name:“NRT Logo”}</div></p><p><strong>Are you interested in learning permaculture skills to help make lives, homes and communities more sustainable?</strong> </p><p>We

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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

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

<p><div align="left">{image name:“NRT Logo”}</div></p><p><strong>Come on the journey to grow your permaculture know-how right in the green heart of Northern NSW!</strong></p><p>Permaculture is a

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