Permaculture Design Course

Would you like to do a Permaculture Design Course (PDC) in 2020?

Permaculture Principles game

Ballarat Permaculture Guild will run a PDC in 2020, using the weekend format of 8 weekends from January to June (Note: some months have 2 weekends)

Dates are:

  • Jan 18, 19
  • Feb 1, 2
  • Feb 29, March 1
  • March 21, 22
  • April 18, 19
  • May 2, 3 and 23, 24
  • June 20, 21

This course is especially relevant for those who want a higher quality educational experience than a two week intensive allows.  The extended format allows you to integrate your learnings and apply them at home. Timing of the course means that our site visits take place at the best 'weather' times of the year - and when gardens and farms are in peak production.

PDC students at Melliodora

If you have a busy week, can't take a weekday off, can't afford to spend two weeks holiday on a course or just want to have a great weekend to look forward to every few weeks, this is the course for you!  No previous permaculture experience necessary.

The weekend format gives increased opportunity for social connection, including pot luck dinners and/or films on some Friday & Saturday nights, where family and other BPG members will be invited to join us.

What we cover:

  •              History of permaculture
  •              Permaculture Ethics & Design Principles
  •              Ecology, embodied energies, climate and weather
  •              Land & Natural Environment
  •              Education and Culture
  •              Built environment
  •              Finance & Economics
  •              Tools and technology
  •              Health & Well being
  •              Design processes
  •              Animals in permaculture
  •              Developing a permaculture design

Presenters include:

Beck Lowe, Steve Burns, David Holmgren, Ian Lillington, Sonia van Dorssen, Paul Ryle, David Davidson, and a range of other local experts & specialists.  We visit many local permaculture sites, including Melliodora, home of permaculture co-founder David Holmgren.

Course venue:

Will be in Invermay (NE edge of Ballarat) on a local permaculture property.  Training facilities include a dedicated upstairs training room & library (if stairs are a challenge, please contact us).

Property is adjacent to state forest and includes vegetable garden, berry tunnel, chicken run, fruit trees & young forest garden.  Ample parking & only 10 minutes from central Ballarat. Pick up from Ballarat railway station possible.

Course fees:

As a not-for-profit, community group we are able to offer our PDC at a very affordable price compared with commercial offerings

Full fee $1195   Concession $595  Dual booking (couple or friends booking and paying together) $1095

Camping on site is available at the rate of $10 per person per night.  Hot showers and refrigeration of your goodies is covered, but no catering included.   Once numbers of campers are clear, arrangements for shared cooking, etc can be arranged.  (It is likely that the majority of students will live locally and not be camping.)

Enrolments are now open at info@ballaratpermacultureguild.org

Please read Conditions of Enrolment carefully before registering for course.

Conditions of Enrolment:

Deposit of $100 is due with enrolment (see bank details below)

Deadline for enrolment is January 1st, 2020

Full payment is due by January 11th, 2020

In the event that the course is cancelled, all monies will be refunded in full

Withdrawal of your enrolment before course starts must be notified to Coordinator a full 7 days in advance for refund of fees, less deposit.

Withdrawal from course after it has begun will not attract a refund, as operational costs still have to be met.

Concession rate ($595) is available to pension/health care card holders (proof required, call Karen 0488077628).

Note: Payment in instalments may be possible in exceptional circumstances, but must be discussed with Coordinator before course begins.

Payment details:

All payments must be made to the following account, either by direct debit or over the counter at the bank. Credit Card facilities are NOT available and cash will not be taken.

Bendigo Bank: BSB: 633-000   Account: 135425353

***It is important that you include your Last Name as the payment note