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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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Ornamental Edible Landscapes

Ornamental Edible Landscapes

Your backyard Eden doesn't need to be unattractive.  Get the low down on how to make a beautiful yet functional, edible paradise. There are many edible plants that lend themselves to amenity horticulture, as well as ornamental plants that have functional or edible uses. Learn about the edible flowers, hedges, fruit trees and grasses that can bring colour, structure and texture to your garden or those of your clients. Get inspired by examples of beautiful and functional gardens... [More]
$95 Limited inc GST / $85
Ornamental Edible Landscapes

<p>Your backyard Eden doesn't need to be unattractive.  Get the low down on how to make a beautiful yet functional, edible paradise.</p>

<p>There are many edible plants that lend themselves to amenity

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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

Creating yummy, tasty cheese without dairy is easier than you think! Learn to make a spreadable cheese, a béchamel cheesy pasta sauce, parmesan and a feta style cheese, as well as almond mylk and 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 you’ll get to take home some goodies too. What to bring 3 × 500ml jam jars with lids 3 × 250ml container... [More]
$130 Limited inc GST / $117
Vegan Nut Cheeses and Milk

<p>Creating yummy, tasty cheese without dairy is easier than you think! Learn to make a spreadable cheese, a béchamel cheesy pasta sauce, parmesan and a feta style cheese, as well as almond mylk and

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

Bamboo Basics Part 1

Bamboo Basics Part 1

Join us for one of the most comprehensive bamboo courses available in Australia. Split into 2 parts and held at the Mullumbimby Community Gardens, it is recommended students enrol in Part 1 and 2 to gain the full benefits of this hands on, rigorous bamboo course. Bamboo Basics Part 1: An introduction to bamboo. In this short course you will learn how to harvest good quality bamboo and treat it for longevity. It will also cover how to grow different species of bamboo and how to... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency.
  • Use digital technology for short and basic workplace tasks (FSKDIG001)

This course has no current classes. 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.

Bamboo Basics Part 2

Bamboo Basics Part 2

Join us for one of the most comprehensive bamboo courses available in Australia. Split into 2 parts and held at the Mullumbimby Community Gardens, it is recommended students enrol in Part 1 and 2 to gain the full benefits of this hands on, rigorous bamboo course. Bamboo Basics Part 2: Builds on the skills learnt in Bamboo Basics Part 1. You will delve deeper into the 1001 multifunctional uses for this incredible renewable resource and master the basics of designing to build with... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency.
  • Read and respond to short and simple workplace signs and symbols (FSKRDG002)
  • Participate in familiar spoken interactions at work (FSKOCM003)
  • Write short and simple workplace information (FSKWTG003)

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

AHC30716 - Certificate III in Horticulture

AHC30716 - Certificate III in Horticulture

2023 applications open in October 2022. Click the button above to join the wait list for more information. Not sure which course is right for you? Click here to book a chat with our Student Support Coordinator to discuss your options and study pathways. 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... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency from the Certificate III in Horticulture AHC30716.
  • Conduct site inspections (AHCWRK311)
  • Perform specialist amenity pruning (AHCPGD303)
  • Control weeds (AHCPMG301)
  • Identify plant specimens (AHCPCM303)
  • Collect native seed (AHCECR305)
  • Control plant pests, diseases and disorders (AHCPMG302)
  • Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas (AHCSOL303)
  • Coordinate work site activities (AHCWRK305)
  • Contribute to work health and safety processes (AHCWHS301)
  • Implement a plant establishment program (AHCPGD301)
  • Provide information on plants and their culture (AHCPCM302)
  • Operate machinery and equipment (AHCMOM304)
  • Prepare growing media (AHCSOL301)
  • Implement a propagation plan (AHCNSY306)
  • Maintain nursery plants (AHCNSY301)
  • Install pressurised irrigation systems (AHCIRG331)

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

AHC33816 - Certificate III in Permaculture

AHC33816 - Certificate III in Permaculture

2023 applications open in October 2022. Click the button above to join the wait list for more information. Not sure which course is right for you? Click here to book a chat with our Student Support Coordinator to discuss your options and study pathways. 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... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency from the Certificate III in Permaculture AHC33816.
  • Plan organic garden and orchard systems (AHCPER312)
  • Implement crop maintenance and harvesting programs for permaculture systems (AHCPER305)
  • Research and communicate information on permaculture principles and practices (AHCPER301)
  • Test, improve and maintain healthy soil in a permaculture system (AHCPER319)
  • Plan propagation activities for a permaculture system (AHCPER318)
  • Coordinate preparation and storage of permaculture products (AHCPER313)
  • Develop recommendations for integrated plant and animal systems (AHCPER302)
  • Manage plant pests, diseases and disorders in a permaculture system (AHCPER320)
  • Select plant and animal species for permaculture systems (AHCPER316)
  • Maintain integrated plant and animal systems (AHCPER303)
  • Conduct site inspections (AHCWRK311)
  • Install structures for permaculture systems (AHCPER310)
  • Install and maintain permaculture water systems (AHCPER309)
  • Establish an urban permaculture system (AHCPER308)
  • Prepare raw materials and compost feedstock (AHCPHT302)

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

AHC42116 - Certificate IV in Permaculture

AHC42116 - Certificate IV in Permaculture

2023 applications open in October 2022. Click the button above to join the wait list for more information. Not sure which course is right for you? Click here to book a chat with our Student Support Coordinator to discuss your options and study pathways. 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... [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)

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

Settlements - Sustainable Housing And Appropriate Technology - PDC

Settlements - Sustainable Housing And Appropriate Technology - PDC

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]

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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]

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