CERES & Timor Permaculture Design Course

In collaboration with CERES Training and education we have developed an exciting new trip with a focus on permaculture in Timor. The trip incorporates a 72 hour Permaculture Design Course and for the first time ever an Austral Asian temperate/tropical and hands on focus.

Broken up into 28 hours in Melbourne and 44 hours in Timor, the course will teach you fundamental life changing skills to consciously listen and learn from the patterns and relationships in  nature, grow food and fibre, harness energy and explore new ways of organising yourself and people.  

This trip is open to people of all backgrounds and knowledge in permaculture whether you are an expert or just exploring it for the first time. You can choose to join us for all or any section of the course.

Intensive Introduction to Permaculture
We will kick off with a 4 day intensive introduction to permaculture with some of the leading permaculture experts in Australia run over 2 weekends at CERES. This will incorporate permaculture theory and a mix of classroom presentations giving you all the foundations you need before heading into the field in Timor.

Dates and Costs:
Melbourne – 28 hours
Over 2 weekends on the 6,7,13,14 May 2017
Cost: $480

Timor Leste
Permaculture Design
For the final component we will spend 10 days in Timor undertaking the design aspect of the course.  This will include, workshops, design exercises, practical exercises and visits to sites to see Permaculture in action.

Dates and Costs:
Timor – 10 days, 44 hours
24 May – 2 June 2017
Cost: $1590 (includes meals and accommodation in Timor)

Timor Leste
Qualified Permies (optional)

Course participants and other holders of a recognised PDC are invited to join us on a hands on permaculture implementation project.

Dates and Costs:
Timor – 7 days
2 – 9 June 2017
Cost: $980

Outcomes of the PDC
Permaculture is a design system based on ethics and principles which can be used to establish, design, manage and improve all efforts made by individuals, households and communities towards a sustainable future. The CERES PDC covers the whole design course curriculum with extra time for developing issues and reading the landscapes of cool temperate south-eastern Australia and tropical Asia. Our course follows the Permaculture Educators Guild Syllabus. The course content and approaches to teaching and learning is directed by a group of leading PDC teachers and practitioners.

Participants who complete the full course will receive a Permaculture Design Course Certificate. All PDC graduates become members of the worldwide Permaculture practitioners’ network and earn the right to practice as a professional permaculturist. This is not a formal qualification so much as a peer to peer review and recognition system. PDC holders may be able to claim RPL some credits towards Certificates III and IV in Accredited Permaculture Training.

How it came about?
CERES Global has been visiting Timor since 2013 building relationships and working in
partnerships with key local sustainability organisations.  On one of our recent visits,  we were asked by the local community in the village of Ailaeu to help in designing a permaculture garden. From here we decided, why not use the CERES Global principle of two way education and sharing by getting you, the course participants, to travel to Timor as part of a permaculture design course, learn from the rich environmental and cultural diversity of Timor at the same time as undertaking a permaculture course with a focus on Asia and tropical environments. We will then get you, the course participants to design the garden in your final project with the assistance of permaculture teachers.

Food forest walk

Our next trip

Melbourne Intro to PDC: 6,7,13,14 May
Timor PDC: 24 May – 2 June
Timor Qualified permies: 2 – 9 June

How much will it cost?
Melbourne: $480
Timor PDC: $1590 (includes meals and accommodation)
Timor Qualified permies: $980  (includes meals and accommodation)

For further details contact Sophie or Ben


(03) 9389 0183

Melbourne: $480
Timor PDC: $1590 (includes meals and accommodation)
Timor Qualified Permies: $980 (includes meals and accommodation)

CERES Global is a not for profit community organisation and all trips run at cost price.

The fee in Timor includes all internal meals, accommodation, transport, community contributions, facilitator support, PDC training, course materials, carbon offsets, pre trip preparations and administration. It does not include flights, passport, visa, medical and travel insurance, vaccinations, alcoholic beverages, laundry and other items of a personal nature.

The fee in Melbourne includes all facilitator support, PDC training, course materials, light snacks, tea and coffee.

CERES has built a great network in Timor. The connections with key stakeholders enabled the trip to be more unique and deep. We could learn a lot about the local challenges, positive outcomes of permaculture projects and ecosystem in East Timor. (Mariko 2016 Timor PDC participant).

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