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2022 Permaculture Design Course (PDC)

Ballarat Permaculture Guild will NOT run its popular Permaculture Design Course in 2022.

We will run the course again in 2023, when we expect the impact of the COVID pandemic to have diminished.  Our 2020 course was cancelled after 3 weekends and the 2021 course had to have weekends rescheduled three times due to lockdowns, which created major logistical headaches!

Our focus on permaculture education remains as strong as ever, though!

In 2022, we will run:

  • Multiple Introduction to Permaculture days (new one day format)
  • Retrosuburbia bookclubs each term (via Zoom, for maximum accessibility)
  • Half and single day events featuring our amazing PDC presenters
  • Half and single day workshops on practical skills

BPG financial members also access the fabulous Milkwood Permaculture Living course at a 25% discount.  The Permaculture Living course is a 12 week practically focussed course accessed online but requiring positive practical actions at home.  It has been thoroughly enjoyed by many BPG members over the last 18 months, especially during COVID lockdowns!

We also look forward to getting together again at social events, permablitzes, produce swaps, film nights, fruit harvests and more.  It’s been great to have online events but some of us are looking forward to real hugs rather than virtual curtsies!

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2021 Permaculture Design Course (PDC) – finally complete

Congratulations to all our 2021 Permaculture Design Course (PDC) graduates, who finally completed their journey in late August!

Two postponements of the final weekend meant that everyone had plenty of time to polish their presentations, although lockdown in Melbourne meant that two people participated via Zoom rather than in person.

The students showed fabulous patience as we negotiated several sets of rescheduled weekends due to lockdown, so it was a collective sigh of relief as we got over the line!

We're already planning a reunion in early November - hoping for a relaxed day with a garden tour followed by lots of catching up at a pizza party in the evening.BIG thanks to the PDC organising team and special mention to Steve Barnes and Breanna Hodges who filmed many sessions this year (as a backup for future years when we may be "COVID interrupted").

If you're looking for some practical ways to implement permaculture during lockdown, you might like to enrol in the Permaculture Living Course offered by Milkwood Permaculture.  BPG financial members receive a 25% discount on the enrolment for this 12 week course.  We recommend the 'lifetime access' option so you can dip in & out of the course whenever you want.

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Cold wet day at the PDC

Dr. Ben Habib kicking off the day on the Permaculture Design Course. Perfect action for a cold wet day!

We're stoked to have Dr Ben Habib joining us again this weekend on the Permaculture Design Course. Ben is a senior lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Latrobe University and talked to us about aspects of social permaculture, including people-centred, localised economics. It's an inspiring day full of exciting ideas! [The PDC has had to run a little longer this year as we 'lost' one weekend during a snap lockdown. Thanks to all our students, site hosts and presenters for their flexibility as we've negotiated new dates.]

Permaculture courses

Permaculture Design Course

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.

PDC students visiting Melliodora

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