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Looking to learn more about sustainable living and permaculture? Maybe you would like to expand your knowledge on natural building, beekeeping, fermenting, and organic gardening too? Here are some upcoming courses.

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February 2021

What is Permaculture? Register for a free introduction to the Noosa Forest Permaculture Design Course Online.

Learn from Australian Permaculture pioneers and a team of specialist guest presenters. Enrol for free and join a community of 2,000+ permie classmates!
Introduction - What is Permaculture? Definition of Permaculture and the PDC.
How it began - How Permaculture started back in 1972.
The 3 Permaculture Ethics
The Permaculture Vision - From industrial food production to permaculture system, showing 8 year transition
Know Your Goals: Step 1: Know what you want.
Energy and Emergy - Energy and the concept of emergy.

Dates and times that suit you!|Free

Online

6 videos

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Noosa Forest Permaculture Design Course - Online

This Permaculture design course online will give you the skills to design sustainable systems that provide for all human needs: Nutritious food, water, energy and shelter.
Our online Permaculture design course has a unique focus on natural health and community living. We are a small independent Permaculture community, living and teaching Permaculture since 10+ years, and with the help of your recent crowdfunding we could build this kick ass platform for you!

Dates and times that suit you! 20 Weeks of lessons.|A$49 per week, for 20 weeks (A$980) OR A$890 one time payment (save A$90)

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20 Weeks

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Discover the basics - Introduction to Permaculture

This Introduction to Permaculture is an immersion in permaculture. John covers the uses the permaculture principle together with elements of design. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain ideas, ask questions and develop understanding at any point on your permaculture journey. A theoretical and practical weekend so come and get you mind ticking over and your hands dirty.

On site camping is available or local accommodation options.

20-21 Feb 2021|$300.00inc GST

Brogo Permaculture Gardens, 397 Hawks Head Rd, Brogo NSW 2550, Australia

20 Feb, 8:30 am – 21 Feb, 4:30 pm

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Introduction to Natural Building - with Dani Wolff

Come along to learn about various earthen building materials such as Strawbales, Cob, Mudbricks & Lightearth, and learn how to use them in your project.

27 Feb|Concession: $153 Full Fee: $170

Mullumbimby Campus, Cnr Gordon & Burringbar Streets Mullumbimby NSW 2482

9am - 1pm

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Permaculture Ethics, Principles and Patterns - PDC with Bunya Halasz

What is permaculture and why is it relevant to our world today? How can we integrate the ethics and principles of Permaculture in our daily life? We will explore the foundations of Permaculture, where ecological understanding meets modern design and where science meets the arts and traditional knowledge systems. Learn about the underlying patterns in nature and how comprehending and working with them can support you to live a richer, more easeful life.

26 Feb|Concession: $89 Full Fee: $99

Mullumbimby Campus, Cnr Gordon & Burringbar Streets Mullumbimby NSW 2482

9am - 5pm

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Permaculture Design Course (PDC)

Follow your passion and immerse yourself in this Modular Permaculture Design Course held in the Beautiful Byron Shire. In this hands-on course you will discover how Permaculture principles can develop resilient systems, contributing to environmental, social and personal well-being. Through gaining a clear understanding of these principles you will be able to apply them to your everyday life and surroundings – from a small home garden to commercial production.

You will learn how to design, build and maintain abundantly productive food gardens within sustainable human settlements and be shown how to work with an appreciation and understanding of nature’s patterns and cycles. There is an additional focus upon practical activities in the garden including no-dig gardening, seed saving, plant propagation, food forestry, Hugelkultur, tree maintenance, animal care, composting and more...

The course takes place over 14 days held as individual short modules on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout the year. The foundational 72 hour International Permaculture Design Course (PDC) curriculum is covered – plus loads of hands on experience and field trips. This modular course is designed to support flexible, part time learning with the opportunity to complete all the modules within a 4 – 12 month period depending on your availability to attend each one*. Upon completion of all 14 modules you will graduate with a Permaculture Design Certificate. The PDC is held twice a year. The modules can be enrolled in separately if you prefer to do just one or two and don’t wish to do the full PDC.

26 Feb - 13 June (14 Days)|Contact Byron Community College

Mullumbimby Campus, Cnr Gordon & Burringbar Streets Mullumbimby NSW 2482

26 Feb - 13 June (14 Days)

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Permaculture Gardens Tour

Brogo Permaculture Gardens is a 25-year-old permaculture demonstration farm on the beautiful south coast of NSW. John Champagne, highly respected permaculture teacher and consultant, designed it to showcase permaculture principles in action. On a typical tour day John leads a guided tour around the property and finishes in the home. The permaculture expert, designer, and builder will explain key design features such as food forests, swales, kitchen gardens, and hugelkulture during the tour and he and Sharon will discuss the design elements of the property and house.

28 Feb 2021|$35 inc GST

Brogo Permaculture Gardens, 397 Hawkshead Rd, Brogo, NSW, 2550

10:00am - 12:30pm (UTC+11:00)

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Permaculture Design Course - with Bynya Halasz, James Nash, Joey Venables, Sharon Gibson and Erin Young

The fundamentals of Permaculture design theory and practice. Explore how the elements of nature - earth, water, air and fire - define the unique conditions and opportunities of any site. Learn how to analyse and map these powerful forces to support you to work with, rather than against them to achieve your lifestyle and production goals.

Fri, Sat & Sun, various dates between the 26 February to 13 June|Concession: $1169 Full Fee: $1299

Mullumbimby Campus, Cnr Gordon & Burringbar Streets Mullumbimby NSW 2482

9am - 5pm

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Introduction to Permaculture Design - with James Nash

The fundamentals of Permaculture design theory and practice. Explore how the elements of nature - earth, water, air and fire - define the unique conditions and opportunities of any site. Learn how to analyse and map these powerful forces to support you to work with, rather than against them to achieve your lifestyle and production goals.

28 Feb|Concession: $89 Full Fee: $99

Mullumbimby Campus, Cnr Gordon & Burringbar Streets Mullumbimby NSW 2482

9am - 5pm

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March 2021

What is Permaculture? Register for a free introduction to the Noosa Forest Permaculture Design Course Online.

Learn from Australian Permaculture pioneers and a team of specialist guest presenters. Enrol for free and join a community of 2,000+ permie classmates!
Introduction - What is Permaculture? Definition of Permaculture and the PDC.
How it began - How Permaculture started back in 1972.
The 3 Permaculture Ethics
The Permaculture Vision - From industrial food production to permaculture system, showing 8 year transition
Know Your Goals: Step 1: Know what you want.
Energy and Emergy - Energy and the concept of emergy.

Dates and times that suit you!|Free

Online

6 videos

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Noosa Forest Permaculture Design Course - Online

This Permaculture design course online will give you the skills to design sustainable systems that provide for all human needs: Nutritious food, water, energy and shelter.
Our online Permaculture design course has a unique focus on natural health and community living. We are a small independent Permaculture community, living and teaching Permaculture since 10+ years, and with the help of your recent crowdfunding we could build this kick ass platform for you!

Dates and times that suit you! 20 Weeks of lessons.|A$49 per week, for 20 weeks (A$980) OR A$890 one time payment (save A$90)

Online

20 Weeks

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Permaculture Design Course (PDC)

Follow your passion and immerse yourself in this Modular Permaculture Design Course held in the Beautiful Byron Shire. In this hands-on course you will discover how Permaculture principles can develop resilient systems, contributing to environmental, social and personal well-being. Through gaining a clear understanding of these principles you will be able to apply them to your everyday life and surroundings – from a small home garden to commercial production.

You will learn how to design, build and maintain abundantly productive food gardens within sustainable human settlements and be shown how to work with an appreciation and understanding of nature’s patterns and cycles. There is an additional focus upon practical activities in the garden including no-dig gardening, seed saving, plant propagation, food forestry, Hugelkultur, tree maintenance, animal care, composting and more...

The course takes place over 14 days held as individual short modules on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout the year. The foundational 72 hour International Permaculture Design Course (PDC) curriculum is covered – plus loads of hands on experience and field trips. This modular course is designed to support flexible, part time learning with the opportunity to complete all the modules within a 4 – 12 month period depending on your availability to attend each one*. Upon completion of all 14 modules you will graduate with a Permaculture Design Certificate. The PDC is held twice a year. The modules can be enrolled in separately if you prefer to do just one or two and don’t wish to do the full PDC.

26 Feb - 13 June (14 Days)|Contact Byron Community College

Mullumbimby Campus, Cnr Gordon & Burringbar Streets Mullumbimby NSW 2482

26 Feb - 13 June (14 Days)

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Build your own 'Earth Oven' - with Dani Wolff

This hands on course will take you through the process of building a back yard oven made from clay & other earthen materials. These ovens can be scaled in size and used to cook wood fired pizzas, breads, crock pots and so much more!

Sat & Sun 13-14 Mar 2021|Concession: $179 Full Fee: $199

Mullumbimby Campus, Cnr Gordon & Burringbar Streets Mullumbimby NSW 2482

9am - 1pm

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Native Bees Introduction

Keeping native bees is easy! They are harmless, effective pollinators, which is what makes them a popular addition to many Australian gardens. During this workshop you will learn about native bee biology, husbandry, lifecycle and habits. So whether you are interested in keeping them for honey or conservation these little bees make a great addition to any backyard.

Sat 6 Mar 2021|Concessions: $76 and Full Fee $84

Mullumbimby Campus, Cnr Gordon & Burringbar Streets Mullumbimby NSW 2482

9am - 1pm

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Discover the basics - Introduction to Permaculture

This Introduction to Permaculture is an immersion in permaculture. John covers the uses the permaculture principle together with elements of design. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain ideas, ask questions and develop understanding at any point on your permaculture journey. A theoretical and practical weekend so come and get you mind ticking over and your hands dirty.

On site camping is available or local accommodation options.

6-7 Mar 2021|$300.00inc GST

Brogo Permaculture Gardens, 397 Hawks Head Rd, Brogo NSW 2550, Australia

06 Mar, 8:30 am – 07 Mar, 4:30 pm

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April 2021

What is Permaculture? Register for a free introduction to the Noosa Forest Permaculture Design Course Online.

Learn from Australian Permaculture pioneers and a team of specialist guest presenters. Enrol for free and join a community of 2,000+ permie classmates!
Introduction - What is Permaculture? Definition of Permaculture and the PDC.
How it began - How Permaculture started back in 1972.
The 3 Permaculture Ethics
The Permaculture Vision - From industrial food production to permaculture system, showing 8 year transition
Know Your Goals: Step 1: Know what you want.
Energy and Emergy - Energy and the concept of emergy.

Dates and times that suit you!|Free

Online

6 videos

Find out more

Permaculture Design Certificate Course Australia (PDC)

Permaculture Course Queensland, Australia
Experience the best value Australian Permaculture Design Course (PDC course) at Noosa Forest Retreat, a 160 acre holistic permaculture community & education centre in the United Nations accredited Biosphere of Noosa Hinterland, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

16 - 27 April|From $1,595 (discounts for early birds, students & couples).

Permaculture Education Centre & Community, 143 Golden Gully Rd, Kin Kin, 4571 QLD

16 - 27 April

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Noosa Forest Permaculture Design Course - Online

This Permaculture design course online will give you the skills to design sustainable systems that provide for all human needs: Nutritious food, water, energy and shelter.
Our online Permaculture design course has a unique focus on natural health and community living. We are a small independent Permaculture community, living and teaching Permaculture since 10+ years, and with the help of your recent crowdfunding we could build this kick ass platform for you!

Dates and times that suit you! 20 Weeks of lessons.|A$49 per week, for 20 weeks (A$980) OR A$890 one time payment (save A$90)

Online

20 Weeks

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Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) with David Holmgren

Permaculture Design Certificate
10 days spread out over three teaching blocks. The next PDC is scheduled for April/ May 2021 and will be programmed to comply with our COVID-19 safe plan.

This 10 day intensive design course, taught at The Food Forest will present you with an opportunity to consider your life in a new light and give you increased confidence and many skills needed to design a sustainable and meaningful place for your future.

You will work with a group of motivated fellow students with diverse skills and backgrounds and learn through lectures, practical activities, small group work, case studies, DVDs, field trips and games. In addition to our experienced teaching team, you will have access to a wide range of printed and digital resources.

The extended format of the course is designed to cause minimum disruption to other parts of your life. It will allow you to absorb and practise skills from one learning block before moving on to the next. However, the residential aspect is important, as it helps you become fully immersed in learning about sustainable living.
Sessions are scheduled on most evenings, but we finish at 5pm on the last day of each block. The first teaching block is 5 days, the 2nd, 3 days and the last, 2 days. Whilst this format may seem less than ideal if you are from a distant location, many participants use it as an opportunity to visit friends, permaculture projects or WWOOF between teaching blocks. In The Food Forest PDC you will work on a major design project of your choice. Many of the excellent designs have been implemented around the world.

Whilst many people study permaculture as a design system for their personal and/or professional lives, successful completion of the course will qualify you for a Permaculture Design Certificate which makes you eligible to practice or teach permaculture commercially. The course may also be recognised as relevant prior learning towards the completion of requirements for the nationally accredited VET Certificate IV in Permaculture.

Apr/May|$1960 early bird

80 Clifford Rd, Hillier, South Australia 5116. 20 min walk from Tambelin Railway station on the Gawler line.

This 10 day intensive design course, spread out over three teaching blocks.

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Permaculture Living

Our Permaculture Living course is a 12 week program that will take you from ‘hmm, that sounds like a good idea’ to a version of you who is FULL of new skills, habits and knowledge. You will be motivated to start making life better. Better for you, for your community, and for our Earth.
This course is your pathway to self-reliance, growing food, saving money AND creating a new mindset and skills and for resilience - to create positive change at a household and also at a community level, all around you.

You will learn about the principles of permaculture, from Permaculture co-originator David Holmgren. You will learn how to apply these principles in big picture thinking, and in everyday design.
Then, Kirsten and Nick from Milkwood will show you hands-on ways you can use these permaculture principles – arming you with practical, doable actions and skills that are perfect for your everyday life, while having a positive impact on the planet.
By the end of these 12 weeks, you will be empowered - you will have a personalised permaculture action plan, and a new community. You will have the skills to transform your daily habits and decisions into meaningful and useful actions and projects - ones that have far-reaching, positive outcomes for all. You will be armed to make a difference.
And we will be there to help you, all along the way - to ensure that you succeed, no matter what.

12 April (12 Weeks)|From $397 Contact Milkwood for Budget, Premium, Fast forward pricing options

Online

(12 Weeks)

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May 2021

What is Permaculture? Register for a free introduction to the Noosa Forest Permaculture Design Course Online.

Learn from Australian Permaculture pioneers and a team of specialist guest presenters. Enrol for free and join a community of 2,000+ permie classmates!
Introduction - What is Permaculture? Definition of Permaculture and the PDC.
How it began - How Permaculture started back in 1972.
The 3 Permaculture Ethics
The Permaculture Vision - From industrial food production to permaculture system, showing 8 year transition
Know Your Goals: Step 1: Know what you want.
Energy and Emergy - Energy and the concept of emergy.

Dates and times that suit you!|Free

Online

6 videos

Find out more

Noosa Forest Permaculture Design Course - Online

This Permaculture design course online will give you the skills to design sustainable systems that provide for all human needs: Nutritious food, water, energy and shelter.
Our online Permaculture design course has a unique focus on natural health and community living. We are a small independent Permaculture community, living and teaching Permaculture since 10+ years, and with the help of your recent crowdfunding we could build this kick ass platform for you!

Dates and times that suit you! 20 Weeks of lessons.|A$49 per week, for 20 weeks (A$980) OR A$890 one time payment (save A$90)

Online

20 Weeks

Find out more

June 2021

What is Permaculture? Register for a free introduction to the Noosa Forest Permaculture Design Course Online.

Learn from Australian Permaculture pioneers and a team of specialist guest presenters. Enrol for free and join a community of 2,000+ permie classmates!
Introduction - What is Permaculture? Definition of Permaculture and the PDC.
How it began - How Permaculture started back in 1972.
The 3 Permaculture Ethics
The Permaculture Vision - From industrial food production to permaculture system, showing 8 year transition
Know Your Goals: Step 1: Know what you want.
Energy and Emergy - Energy and the concept of emergy.

Dates and times that suit you!|Free

Online

6 videos

Find out more

Noosa Forest Permaculture Design Course - Online

This Permaculture design course online will give you the skills to design sustainable systems that provide for all human needs: Nutritious food, water, energy and shelter.
Our online Permaculture design course has a unique focus on natural health and community living. We are a small independent Permaculture community, living and teaching Permaculture since 10+ years, and with the help of your recent crowdfunding we could build this kick ass platform for you!

Dates and times that suit you! 20 Weeks of lessons.|A$49 per week, for 20 weeks (A$980) OR A$890 one time payment (save A$90)

Online

20 Weeks

Find out more

Permaculture Living

Our Permaculture Living course is a 12 week program that will take you from ‘hmm, that sounds like a good idea’ to a version of you who is FULL of new skills, habits and knowledge. You will be motivated to start making life better. Better for you, for your community, and for our Earth.
This course is your pathway to self-reliance, growing food, saving money AND creating a new mindset and skills and for resilience - to create positive change at a household and also at a community level, all around you.

You will learn about the principles of permaculture, from Permaculture co-originator David Holmgren. You will learn how to apply these principles in big picture thinking, and in everyday design.
Then, Kirsten and Nick from Milkwood will show you hands-on ways you can use these permaculture principles – arming you with practical, doable actions and skills that are perfect for your everyday life, while having a positive impact on the planet.
By the end of these 12 weeks, you will be empowered - you will have a personalised permaculture action plan, and a new community. You will have the skills to transform your daily habits and decisions into meaningful and useful actions and projects - ones that have far-reaching, positive outcomes for all. You will be armed to make a difference.
And we will be there to help you, all along the way - to ensure that you succeed, no matter what.

21 June (12 Weeks)|From $397 Contact Milkwood for Budget, Premium, Fast forward pricing options

Online

(12 Weeks)

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July 2021

Mushroom Cultivation - Online

Finally! Our acclaimed 'Gourmet Mushroom Cultivation' workshop, with its many hundreds of successful students... will soon be a live, interactive, and downright awesome online course.
Get ready to learn everything you need to know - to successfully grow organic AND waste-free edible & medicinal mushrooms, at your place.

Join the waitlist now + get our free no-waste fungi growing starter guides. We're busily working to finalise our new Mushroom Cultivation course, ready to launch this year.

To help you get going right away, you can join our course waitlist - and we'll give you immediate access to a pack of free useful resources:
A detailed how-to video with Milkwood's Nick Ritar, to get you started with growing edible mushrooms in buckets.
Our free No-Waste Mushroom Growing Guide, to download and keep.
AND a second downloadable Wild Fungi Identification and Foraging Guide, offering tips for getting to know the wild fungi, where you live.

1 July|Contact Milkwood for pricing

Online

(12 Weeks)

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August 2021

Permaculture Gardens Tour

Brogo Permaculture Gardens is a 25-year-old permaculture demonstration farm on the beautiful south coast of NSW. John Champagne, highly respected permaculture teacher and consultant, designed it to showcase permaculture principles in action. On a typical tour day John leads a guided tour around the property and finishes in the home. The permaculture expert, designer, and builder will explain key design features such as food forests, swales, kitchen gardens, and hugelkulture during the tour and he and Sharon will discuss the design elements of the property and house.

28 Aug 2021|$35 inc GST

Brogo Permaculture Gardens, 397 Hawkshead Rd, Brogo, NSW, 2550

10:00am - 12:30pm (UTC+11:00)

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September 2021

Permaculture Design Course

Looking for a Permaculture Course that offers you all this and more? Your search is over. We live permaculture....and have done for over 25 years.
A 12 day intensive experience with one of the leading permaculture exponents and teachers, John Champagne.John has taught almost 50 Permaculture Design Courses in Australia and overseas in his over 10 years of teaching. He is supported in this course with qualified, experienced teachers such as Aaron Sorensen, Daniel Deighton, Kathleen McCann, Dean Turner and Julie Davies as well as other guests.

The course is taught at a purposefully, permaculture designed education centre in the Bega Valley with onsite accommodation options. Site visits to a variety of properties applying the Permaculture Principles, from urban to hectares demonstrates the diversity of permaculture theory and strategies.

The course is a mix of theory and practical and covers climatic and landscape differences, issues and strategies.

Completing a face to face 12 days course is a wonderful opportunity to create space for yourself in a busy world. During the 12 days you will learn through interacting in a supportive social environment with ample opportunity for discussion and group work. Through the design exercises and other practicals you will be able to apply your new knowledge while at the same time being able to ask question and get clear immediate answers in a safe and friendly environment.

11-23 Sept 2021|$300 inc GST

Brogo Permaculture Gardens, 397 Hawkshead Rd, Brogo, NSW, 2550

11 Sept, 8:30 am – 23 Sept, 4:30 pm

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October 2021

Permaculture Gardens Tour

Brogo Permaculture Gardens is a 25-year-old permaculture demonstration farm on the beautiful south coast of NSW. John Champagne, highly respected permaculture teacher and consultant, designed it to showcase permaculture principles in action. On a typical tour day John leads a guided tour around the property and finishes in the home. The permaculture expert, designer, and builder will explain key design features such as food forests, swales, kitchen gardens, and hugelkulture during the tour and he and Sharon will discuss the design elements of the property and house.

23 Oct 2021|$35 inc GST

Brogo Permaculture Gardens, 397 Hawkshead Rd, Brogo, NSW, 2550

10:00am - 12:30pm (UTC+11:00)

Find out more

Permaculture Gardens Tour

Brogo Permaculture Gardens is a 25-year-old permaculture demonstration farm on the beautiful south coast of NSW. John Champagne, highly respected permaculture teacher and consultant, designed it to showcase permaculture principles in action. On a typical tour day John leads a guided tour around the property and finishes in the home. The permaculture expert, designer, and builder will explain key design features such as food forests, swales, kitchen gardens, and hugelkulture during the tour and he and Sharon will discuss the design elements of the property and house.

3 Oct 2021|$35 inc GST

Brogo Permaculture Gardens, 397 Hawkshead Rd, Brogo, NSW, 2550

10:00am - 12:30pm (UTC+11:00)

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November 2021

Discover the basics - Introduction to Permaculture

This Introduction to Permaculture is an immersion in permaculture. John covers the uses the permaculture principle together with elements of design. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain ideas, ask questions and develop understanding at any point on your permaculture journey. A theoretical and practical weekend so come and get you mind ticking over and your hands dirty.

On site camping is available or local accommodation options.

13-14 Nov 2021|$300.00inc GST

Brogo Permaculture Gardens, 397 Hawks Head Rd, Brogo NSW 2550, Australia

13 Nov, 8:30 am – 14 Nov, 4:30 pm

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Discover the basics - Introduction to Permaculture

This Introduction to Permaculture is an immersion in permaculture. John covers the uses the permaculture principle together with elements of design. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain ideas, ask questions and develop understanding at any point on your permaculture journey. A theoretical and practical weekend so come and get you mind ticking over and your hands dirty.

On site camping is available or local accommodation options.

27-28 Nov 2021|$300.00inc GST

Brogo Permaculture Gardens, 397 Hawks Head Rd, Brogo NSW 2550, Australia

27 Nov, 8:30 am – 28 Nov, 4:30 pm

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December 2021

Watch this space - more courses coming soon!

December|

9:30am - 4:30pm (UTC+11:00)

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