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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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Certificate III Permaculture

Certificate III Permaculture

Permaculture skills and knowledge help make our lives, homes and communities more sustainable. Inspired by natural ecosystems, it is a holistic philosophy integrating organic farming, animal systems, natural building, food preservation, systems thinking, community development and more. Permaculture systems are productive, self-managing, have few inputs and no waste. Byron Region Community College offers the opportunity to immerse yourself in sustainable living in Byron Shire, the... [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)
Certificate III Permaculture

<p><div align="center">{image name:“NRT Logo”}</div></p><p>Permaculture skills and knowledge help make our lives, homes and communities more sustainable. Inspired by natural ecosystems, it is a

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Certificate IV In Permaculture

Certificate IV In Permaculture

Grow your permaculture interest into a richly rewarding career and immerse yourself in sustainable living and organic farming practices right in the green heart of Northern NSW. Develop your permaculture design, implementation and management skills, and learn how to manage sustainable community permaculture projects in our Certificate IV in Permaculture course. This course provides skills training for people involved in or wanting to establish an enterprise or small business,... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency from the Certificate IV in Permaculture AHC42116.
  • Plan and implement permaculture works (AHCPER404)
  • Select appropriate technology for a permaculture system (AHCPER405)
  • Evaluate suitability of species as solutions for permaculture applications (AHCPER413)
  • Design an urban permaculture system (AHCPER403)
  • Manage a permaculture seed bank (AHCPER409)
  • Design harvesting and storage systems for permaculture products (AHCPER407)
  • Operate within a budget framework (AHCBUS404)
  • Recommend approaches for sustainable community and bioregional development (AHCPER410)
  • Provide advice on permaculture principles and practices (AHCPER401)
  • Develop community networks (AHCCCF405)
  • Identify and analyse bioregional characteristics and resources (AHCPER406)
  • Manage organic soil improvement (AHCORG403)
Certificate IV In Permaculture

<p><div align="center">{image name:“NRT Logo”}</div></p><p>Grow your permaculture interest into a richly rewarding career and immerse yourself in sustainable living and organic farming practices right

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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]
$99 Limited inc GST / $89
Native Bees Introduction

<p>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

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

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]
$113 Limited inc GST / $102
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.

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]
$59 Limited inc GST / $53
Growing Herbs At Home

<p>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.<br/>Even though they are easy to grow, there are certain

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

Permaculture Ethics, Principles And Patterns - PDC Module A

Permaculture Ethics, Principles And Patterns - PDC Module A

What is permaculture and why is it relevant to our world today? How can I integrate the ethics and principles of Permaculture in my daily life? In this module we will explore the foundations of Permaculture, where ecological understanding meets modern design and where science meets the arts and traditional knowledge systems. Learn about the underlying patterns in nature and how comprehending and working with them can support you to live a richer, more easeful life. Topics covered... [More]
$99 Limited inc GST / $89
Permaculture Ethics, Principles And Patterns - PDC Module A

<p>What is permaculture and why is it relevant to our world today? How can I integrate the ethics and principles of Permaculture in my daily life? In this module we will explore the foundations of

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If there isn't a class to suit you, 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]
$99 Limited inc GST / $89
Plant Propagation And Seed Saving - PDC Module B

<p>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

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

Introduction To Permaculture Design - PDC Module C

Introduction To Permaculture Design - PDC Module C

The fundamentals of Permaculture design theory and practice. Explore how the elements of nature – earth, water, air and fire – define the unique conditions and opportunities of any site. Learn how to analyse and map these powerful forces to support you to work with, rather than against them to achieve your lifestyle and production goals. Topics covered include: Introduction To Permaculture Design Comprehend Zones and Energy Flows Interpret and Complete a Sector Analysis... [More]
$99 Limited inc GST / $89
Introduction To Permaculture Design - PDC Module C

<p>The fundamentals of Permaculture design theory and practice. Explore how the elements of nature – earth, water, air and fire – define the unique conditions and opportunities of any site. Learn how

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

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