Permaculture has been referred to as “Australia’s most significant intellectual export” and considering how far across the globe it has spread, this claim may have some basis.

Permaculture is a process for designing sustainable communities and is derived from permanent agriculture and permanent culture. Permaculture is a combination of traditional wisdom, modern science and technology and a detailed understanding of natural processes. Permaculture provides practical solutions to current unsustainable living standards, generating life styles which minimise our impact on the environment.

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 Permaculture Design Course (PDC) covers the whole design course curriculum with extra time for urban issues and reading the landscapes of cool temperate south-eastern Australia. The course is a mix of classroom presentations, workshops, design exercises, practical exercises and visits to properties to see Permaculture in action. The course will be led by Earthcare Permaculture’s Graeme George and includes sessions with a range of professional, practicing permaculturists including David Holmgren.

Participants who complete the course will earn a CERES Permaculture Design Course certificate and credits toward Certificates III & IV in Accredited Permaculture Training.