Ballarat Permaculture Guild wishes to extend its warmest wishes to all members and friends as we approach the end of 2019. Whatever your beliefs, whether you celebrate or not, we hope you enjoy a peaceful and relaxed end of year break. We look forward to meeting more of you in 2020, whether it be at formal events such as courses or permablitzes, or socially at potlucks, the market or the pub. Keep up with all our activities here
Ballarat Permaculture Guild, now in its 10th year, held its 3rd AGM as an incorporated body, on Wednesday 13th November, 2019. There was a great turnout for the meeting and to hear the speakers reporting on the activities of the working party for a new LETS (Local Exchange Trading System) scheme. All committee positions, except for Vice President, were filled without the need for voting. The committee for 2019-2020 is -
President - Steve Burns Secretary - Lisa Hofler Treasurer - Karen Fitzpatrick Ordinary members - John Moss, Elizabeth Moss, Liz O'Dwyer, Indigo Brooke, Jude Porteous, Sarah Ryan, Elise Sullivan
Keep up with all BPG activities via our Events page or the BPG page on Eventbrite
BPG runs an annual Permaculture Design Course (PDC) and has graduated at least 100 new permies since 2012. We're still collating figures for the ones prior to that but the first one that ran in 2008 had 40 participants, so it's possible the total figure is closer to 200!
We do smaller classes these days (max 22) and the format has changed several times to become the 8 weekends over 6 months model we use now. This extended format suits people who simply can't take 2 weeks off to do an intensive, live-in, style of PDC. It gives students time between classes to digest and reflect on the content, read further if they wish and work on projects. Students get to know one another better over a longer period, often forming lasting friendships, local permie groups, and a broad permaculture network.
Our students come from a fairly large catchment and we regularly have people from Melbourne, Geelong and Colac areas, as well as many from Ballarat and surrounding areas.
Our wide range of teachers are not only local but come from Melbourne, Castlemaine and Heathcote. We foster new teachers where possible (often past graduates)
Our site visits include Melliodora, a highly productive urban garden, a commercial worm farm and alternative buildings.
The PDC committee evaluates the course every year and adjusts the course in response to student feedback and teacher availability, in order to keep things fresh and current.
Undertaking a PDC can change your life and it's lots of fun. Consider joining us for our 2020 PDC. You can read more about the content and find an enrollment form on our PDC page