Permaculture Design Course
PDC #28 Starts Wednesday 5th February 2020 – bookings now open. Download schedule here.
What is Permaculture?
Permaculture is a design science, philosophy & lifestyle that merges natural principles with human management systems. The aim of Permaculture is to design regenerative and productive landscapes, communities & households. Created from a combination of traditional wisdom, modern science & technology and a detailed understanding of natural processes, Permaculture provides practical solutions to current unsustainable living standards, empowering people with the tools to create a better world and to generate lifestyles which minimise our impact on the environment. Permaculture Design is 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 regenerative future.
CERES Permaculture Design Course (PDC)
The CERES PDC is a classroom-based, theoretical course. This is not intended to be a hands-on, practical or gardening course. Primarily, this is a design course that is contextualised within socio-political & environmental systems.
The PDC is intended to produce graduate Permaculture designers, ready to apply their Permaculture knowledge in their own lives and to continue self-directed learning into their individual areas of interest.
The extensive course material covers the whole design course curriculum within the context of urban & regional landscapes of cool temperate south-eastern Australia. The course pivots around a 3 hr, weekly class/presentation, with additional weekend classes, site visits and tours including two catered weekends away. The course also requires students to complete an individual project and a groups Permaculture Design project to demonstrate their learning throughout the course.
This 100+ hour course is delivered by a range of passionate, professional Permaculture teachers and practitioners from urban and regional areas.
Part payment plans are available, please contact Luisa to discuss email@example.com
CERES PDC graduates may be able to gain credits towards components of accredited Permaculture qualifications subject to a relevant RTOs’ RPL policies and procedures. You are encouraged to speak directly to RTOs to clarify this.
Kat Lavers is a passionate gardener, permaculture designer and facilitator. She has taught permaculture in Australia and with nomadic herders and aid agency staff in Mongolia. In her former role at Cultivating Community she used a bobcat and 500000 compost worms to compost café food waste in the City of Yarra. She currently coordinates the My Smart Garden program for Hobsons Bay City Council and offers freelance permaculture and gardening coaching and classes. Her award-winning house and garden, ‘The Plummery’, is a 1/14th of an acre urban permaculture system that produces almost all the vegies, herbs, fruit and eggs consumed (more than 350kg in 2016), as well as recycling all organic waste on site and harvesting the majority of power and water used by the household. There is also a retrofitted light earth studio made from onsite clay and scavenged materials. Kat is a volunteer coordinator of Permablitz Melbourne.
Joel Meadows is an energy auditor, sustainable transport consultant, environmental educator, designer and maker in steel and wood, cooker of food, avid gardener and musician. Joel has worked for private, government and not for profit organisations and runs his own business – the Green Hand Institute. Joel lives with his family in Castlemaine – Central Victoria, where he is working on a permaculture house and property.
PDC #28 Starts Wednesday 5th February 2020. Bookings now open.
COURSE OVERVIEW & TOPICS
- What is Permaculture: Ethics, Principles & history
- The Ecological basis of Permaculture: Global Climate, Weather & Ecology
- Patterns in the Landscape: Major patterns of Geology, Flora, Water & Land use
- Permaculture Design Methodology: Permaculture design process and practice
- Land use and Nature Stewardship: Soil, cropping, water use and animals in Permaculture systems
- Social applications: Permaculture design in the broader contexts of communities.
- Finance & Economics, Land tenure & economic reform: Permaculture design in the broader contexts of Economies, business & settlements
- Permaculture in built environments and technologies: Appropriate technology & building techniques for a energy-descent future.
- Implementing Permaculture: Business strategies, personal strategies and practicing Permaculture beyond the PDC.
The PDC is a commitment.
Approx. 4-6hrs per week of project work
Approx. 2-3hrs per week of reading time
This course includes study beyond the class hours. Students are required to complete two projects (one individual and one group) that are requirements to pass the course. Approximately 4-6 hours per week should be allocated to these projects throughout the duration of the course. The projects are not graded but are an essential part of learning Permaculture design.
To gain the most out of the PDC, students are encouraged to read further materials before and after each class topic. Reading materials and online learning resources are provided and students are encouraged to be self-directed learners in using the PDC as a launching pad into topics covered. Recommend 2-3 hours per week of additional reading & research.
There are three PDCs each year at CERES.
Currently these PDCs run:
- Early February-Late May
- Late April-Early August
- Early August-Late November
The course will include two full weekends away to Permaculture sites in Victoria.
Course Start Dates & Length: PDC #28 starts Wednesday 5th February 2020. 17 evenings 6.30 – 9.30pm 10 weekend days 9.30am – 5pm
Compulsory requirements to pass the course and obtain a Permaculture Design Course certification:
-Students are required to attend 90% of the course content and must complete the core subjects of Permaculture Principles & Ethics and all design subjects
-Students are required to complete both projects during the course
The PDC facilitator will use discretion to make the final decision over any pass/fail decisions.
- An appreciation of the fundamentals of permaculture and the historical context in which it was developed.
- Ability to incorporate ecological and energy literacy/understanding in the design process
- An ability to read patterns in landscapes and understand how they influence design choices
- An understanding of the design processes and the conceptual design tools used in permaculture, as background for later application topics.
- An ability to design food production and other agricultural systems in appropriate landscapes
- An understanding of how communities function and how permaculture concepts can be used to build functional communities.
- An understanding of how trading functions and how permaculture concepts can be used to build more equitable systems.
- Understanding of how settlements can be designed to meet human needs on a sustainable basis
- An understanding of how buildings 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.
Participants who complete the course will earn a CERES Permaculture Design Course certificate CERES PDC graduates may be able to gain credits towards components of accredited Permaculture qualifications subject to a relevant RTOs’ RPL policies and procedures. You are encouraged to speak directly to RTOs to clarify this.
Participants will be provided with access to an online portal with resources as well as a resource folder and permaculture principles booklet. There is an expectation of attendance to all sessions for completion of the certificate. Where classes are missed they can be made up in another course stream.
Be prepared for classroom work and work in the field. Excursions will be in the course schedule and participants will need to be dressed in outdoor gear to protect against the weather.
PDC #28 Starts Wednesday 5th February 2020. Bookings now open. Course schedule available here.
CERES PDC #28 starts Wednesday 5th February 2020 – bookings now open. Course schedule available for download here.
Book now at CERES Reception – 9389 0100 or online –
15 Wednesday evenings 6.30 – 9.30pm
Some Saturdays and Sundays 9.30am – 5pm
CERES Community Environment Park
Full fee $1950 | CERES member/concession $1825
Payment in full is required upon enrolment to secure a place on the course. Please contact us on 9389 0100 should you not have access to a credit card as payment can be made by cash, eftpos or cheque via reception. Should you be keen to attend and warrant consideration for a payment plan, please contact Luisa below.
Limited to 24 students.