Course – PDC

Course Details

Sat 13th Aug – Sat 3rd of Dec 2022
9:30 am – 4:30 pm 
CERES Brunswick, corner of Roberts & Stewart Streets, Brunswick East, VIC 3057
100+ hrs 
Concession available

Permaculture Design Course

The new CERES Permaculture Design Course (PDC) is a user’s manual for the planet you live on, it will equip you to design regenerative and productive landscapes, communities & households.

The CERES (PDC) is like a ‘user’s manual’ for the planet you live on. As we explore the huge elements that drive our living planet (energy, climate, geology, ecology etc.) we will stay grounded in the simple, practical steps participants can take to live full and meaningful lives within the limits of what nature offers.

The design skills of the CERES PDC will embolden participants to make clear decisions that balance big-picture thinking with local, practical life choices, whether applied to a rental property in the inner city, or a large rural setting.

The CERES PDC is a predominantly classroom-based, theoretical course with site visits – it is not intended to be a gardening course.

The course includes an Urban Excursions weekend visiting Joe’s Market Garden, permaculture rental properties and Kat Lavers’ incredible permaculture property – The Plummery.

The PDC will comprise a combination of Wednesday evenings 6.30pm – 9.30pm and additional individual weekend days (either a Saturday or Sunday from 9.30am – 4.30pm). There will be two weekend site visits, our new Urban Excursions weekend based in and around CERES and our well-loved Castlemaine weekend. The PDC is a 100hr+ commitment.

Course outcomes:

  • An understanding of the history of permaculture and the design processes and tools used in permaculture
  • Ability to incorporate ecological and energy principles in the design process
  • Ability to read patterns in landscapes  and design food production systems in those appropriate landscapes
  • An understanding of how communities and economic systems can be built on permaculture concepts
  • Understanding of how buildings and settlements can be designed to meet human needs on a sustainable basis
  • An appreciation of the technologies that are available to assist in building sustainable lifestyles – renewable energies and conservation of non-renewable resources.
  • Confidence in one’s ability to make a difference at the individual level.

The course schedule for PDC commencing 13 August 2022 is available Here.

CERES reserves the right to cancel workshops and courses due to insufficient numbers.
If we cancel the workshop/course you will be entitled to a 100% refund, or you may choose to transfer to another date, subject to availability.

If you decide to withdraw 7 or more days prior to the workshop/course date CERES will retain a 10% administration fee. If you decide to withdraw less than 7 days prior to the workshop/course date CERES will retain 100% of your workshop/course fee.

Should CERES have to cancel the workshop/course due to Government changes relating to the COVD-19 response, we will let you know as soon as possible. Affected participants will be sent a notification that includes details on how to re-book another date or workshop/course. While cancellations on our part remain refundable within the specified time period, we do hope you will consider bearing with us in these precarious and trying times, and consider the rescheduled date where possible.

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