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Permaculture Design Course Autumn 2020 – 

Commencing Sunday April 19, 2020

Are you interested in growing food, land regeneration, sustainability, energy conservation, climate change, healthy homes, animal care, school gardens, building resilient communities and people?

Explore the world of Permaculture, developing insight and skills to live an abundant life and look after the planet. Learn to apply permaculture ethics and principles to individuals, community groups or business settings. Suitable for people wishing to develop their own productive garden, planning a larger scale rural enterprise, involved in community groups or wanting to live a resilient and more sustainable life.

You will learn to:

  • develop problem solving and design skills for resilience in home, community and workplace settings
  • assess and design for urban or rural scale properties, based on permaculture ethics and principles
  • use sector analysis and zone planning for energy efficiency
  • incorporate site analysis, soil assessment, climate influences and water assessment to develop sustainable design concepts
  • assess, select and integrate animal systems
  • read patterns in the landscape and understand forest ecology
  • analyse elements, design connections and networks to improve productivity and efficiency
  • develop skills to build resilient local communities

And build friendships, local networks and become part of a world-wide permaculture community!

By the end of this course you will have the skills to prepare permaculture designs, which can be applied to individuals, households, communities or business to build a sustainable future.

When: SUNDAYS 9.30am – 4.30pm
Commencing April 19 – August 16, 2020 (No classes during winter school holidays)

This 14-week PDC offers 98+ hours of permaculture learning through a mix of discussions, interactive classroom activities, guest tutors and site visits in a supportive small group environment. All learning styles are catered for, with a mix of discussion, videos, readings and hands-on activities.

Where: ‘Summerhill Farm’ Main Ridge. This is the only PDC offered on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, on a picturesque working alpaca farm!

Includes: Weekly course notes, site visits and guest tutors. Previous guest tutors have included John Ferris (Edible Forest Gardens), Pete Allen (AKA Pete the Permie -Telopea Mountain Permaculture), John Ballard (Your Green Companion), Kirsty Bishop (Sustainable Pathways) and John Eldridge (local permaculture elder). In a flexible small group environment, it may be possible to include additional topics into the program, depending on topic and tutor availability. Please let me know if you have a special area of interest.

Cost: $1200 full fee                                  Early Bird: $950 (Paid in full by February 28, 2020)

Bookings: A $200 deposit is required to confirm your booking; places are limited. Please go to: to register and hold your place.

Please email for more information, to set up a payment plan or to discuss concession pricing or alternative arrangements.



Permaculture Design Course 2019 – May-September 2019

March 23rd 2019 – Permaculture Basics –  Start your permaculture journey here! Learn to create a productive and resilient garden and life with permaculture design. We will explore the ethics and principles that underpin permaculture and how to use sector analysis and zones as tools for assessment and planning. Finish the day with a walk through the design process of your own site and take home some ideas to get you started. (Please bring along a base map sketch.)

Permaculture Design Course 2018 – June-October 2018

April 7th 2018 – Food Forests – Learn how to design beneficial polycultures for your home garden, the layers of the food forest ecosystem and the benefits of guild planting. The ultimate in perennial food production!

March 3rd 2018 – Soil health, pH testing, worm farms and compost systems – Understand how microbes transform tired soil into gold! Come along to learn how to set up a successful system suitable to your circumstances, feed the ‘microherds’ beneath your feet, rejuvenate the soil and grow amazing produce!

February 3rd 2018 – Sheet mulching and wicking beds – The ultimate in no-dig or self-watering systems!  Find out the features of each, and how to build one yourself. Small or large the principles are the same, and can often be made from up-cycled materials or existing garden beds.

December 2nd 2017 – Permaculture exploration – Covering the basics of ethics and principles, zones, sectors, and the design process. Perfect if you are starting out in the garden, considering the Permaculture Design Course, or just to find out why people get excited about Permaculture!

November 4th 2017 – Backyard chooks – Everything you need to know to successfully set up chooks in your own backyard. Fabulous, productive pets – what’s not to love?  Breed selection, coops, runs, health and nutrition, and lots more! With Fleur from

2 May 2017: Permaculture Design Course

28 March 2017: Introduction to Permaculture