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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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Settlements - Sustainable Housing And Appropriate Technology - PDC Module H

Settlements - Sustainable Housing And Appropriate Technology - PDC Module H

Explore some of the latest innovations in green building techniques and materials, site layout, biophilic design, home ecology, house and village design, including tiny houses. Learn how to apply design methods to preserve foods, generate energy and heat, provide domestic drinking water, treat grey and black water, composting toilets and more. Topics covered include: Sustainable Housing Efficient Housing Design for your environment Passive heating and cooling New buildings/designs... [More]

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

Backyard Chooks

Backyard Chooks

Keeping chickens in the backyard is fun and easy. They eat our kitchen scraps, will happily scratch up every weed, seed and grub as well as give us eggs and manure for our gardens.This workshop will cover every-day care, feeding, popular breeds, problem solving and housing. Keeping even a few chooks has many benefits for living a more sustainable lifestyle. What to bring Pen and paper Wear appropriate clothing for outside work Bring your own lunch Important information Once your... [More]

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

Bamboo Basics

Bamboo Basics

One of the most intensive “hands on” bamboo courses available in Australia. Bamboo Basics is an introduction to bamboo. In this short course you will learn how to harvest and maintain mature bamboo lumps and how best to propagate and grow different species. You will also learn the basic craft techniques to join, split and weave bamboo to make some simple items. Come along and be part of a team in this course. Held at the Mullumbimby Community Garden with Julianne Hartman and Sharon... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency.
  • Write basic workplace information (FSKWTG03)
  • Participate in simple spoken interactions at work (FSKOCM03)
  • Use digital technology for basic workplace tasks (FSKDIG01)

This course has no current classes. 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]

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

Native Bees Introduction

Native Bees Introduction

Learn about native stingless bees and how to keep Tetragonula bee hives in your garden or on your farm for enjoyment, pollination and to help our environment. Learn about hive design and see hive splitting and how honey can be harvested and a propolis extract (natural medicine) made. Stingless bees are Australia’s native social bee. They are harmless and well suited to home gardens and for pollination in agriculture. They make great garden pets and provide great learning for... [More]

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

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 wide range of tools and will work collaboratively to build you own pallet furniture that is 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. At... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency.
  • Participate in simple spoken interactions at work (FSKOCM03)
  • Use strategies to plan simple workplace tasks (FSKLRG05)
  • Read and respond to routine visual and graphic texts (FSKRDG08)

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

Bush Regeneration

Bush Regeneration

Are you interested in caring for our native and natural environments? Bush Regeneration is the rehabilitation of land from a weed affected or otherwise degraded area to a healthier community of native plants and animals. From bushlands to costal dunes or rainforests or wetlands, the aim is to restore and maintain the ecosystems health by helping the natural regeneration of indigenous plants. In this short course we will look at a ‘whole of environment’ integrated approach that... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency.
  • Use digital technology for basic workplace tasks (FSKDIG01)
  • Read and respond to basic workplace information (FSKRDG04)

This course has no current classes. 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]

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)
  • Write routine formal workplace texts (FSKWTG07)

This course has no current classes. 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]

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