The PDC has been structured so you get to design your own property of choice, plus complete a permaculture design for a real life client and property. This provides you the opportunity to test and practice permaculture designing in a range of contexts with the support of experienced designers and practitioners right at your side to step you through it all.
As a fully catered, residential course you’ll get to immerse yourself in all things permaculture with like-minded folk. Classes run from 8:30am – 5pm each day with some optional (but highly recommended) evening sessions over the two weeks.
I loved this course. It hasn’t just changed my outlook on life – it’s changed my life (Anita, PDC student 2014).
Just wonderfully fun. So well coordinated (always on time, always organised), experience of a lifetime, truly life changing. Thank you so much (Nysha, 2014 student).
This PDC is for farmers, perennial renters, community development workers, sustainability officers, university students, students of life, market gardeners and big thinkers. Permaculture is relevant and useful to you whether you’re working in the paddock or in the office, you’ll become equipped with thinking tools to design properties *and* the life you’ve always wanted!
First and foremost, the PDC is a design course. It is not a hands on course where you actively get to grow food, build a house or ferment food… Although we do like to make yoghurt and kimchi with you (plus some other fun things), as it’s simple and powerful stuff. This means that while we will touch on the above topics, we will not focus on teaching you the practical skills for each one. Rather, we’re committed to teaching you foundation knowledge for each topic so you can create designs which are integrated, appropriate and darn clever. If you’d like to learn how to learn some hands-on, practical skills – have a look at some of the exciting short workshops we’ve got coming up!
We are enormously proud to offer you an all Tasmanian teaching team. As well as the great team listed below, we bring in guest teachers to offer their specialist skills and experience.
Hannah Moloney is Director of Good Life Permaculture, co-founder of the Hobart City Farm and has over 10 years of experience in urban agriculture and community development. She has a post-grad diploma in community cultural development, diploma of permaculture and has completed short courses in teacher training with Rosemary Morrow, the soil food web with Dr Elaine Ingham and reading the landscape with David Holmgren. Hannah divides her time between teaching permaculture, designing, managing permaculture projects and creating a cranking home with her young family in South Hobart. You can read more about Hannah here.
Nick Towle is a passionate advocate for sustainability and permaculture and brings a diverse set of skills to the course including home-based sustainability practices and community economic systems. His most recent permaculture adventure has involved establishing the RESEED Trust, a two acre urban property in the heart of Penguin (NW Tasmania) which is being developed into a permaculture demonstration site and sustainability education centre.
Kym Blechynden is a Nutritionist who has worked for sixteen years with communities in food security and nutrition in Australia, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Growing up in a small town on the mainland, she’s now based in North Tassie, teaching at University of Tasmania and volunteering with various community groups promoting local food and permaculture. When not overseas for work, you’ll be likely to find her in the veggie garden, visiting markets, eating/growing/making good Tassie food and hanging with her partner and two dogs on their ‘permaculture in development’ property in the West Tamar.
Oberon Carter is an ecologist and serious nature lover. He has worked with State government for 15 years, specialising in conservation management of a wide range of biodiversity, especially on private land. Oberon and his wife run a business called Spiral Garden, offering “permaculture for families” e-courses, finding creative ways to communicate permaculture to busy families! They also home educate their three children and are busy building an urban permaculture oasis near Hobart. Oberon is passionate about learning from nature to enact positive changes in our lives through a permaculture framework. At any spare opportunity Oberon is likely to be taking photos of native fungi in local forests!
This course is being held at the RESEED Centre in central Penguin, NW Tasmania. The site is an old infant school on 2 acres in an urban setting. Over a period of 10 years the former owners established a diverse range of fruit trees, vines and berry bushes using organic gardening and farming techniques.
In 2012 the property was purchased by a collective of six individuals who are transforming it into Tassie’s very own sustainability education facility. It will demonstrate the practical application of permaculture principles and support the development of sustainability-oriented enterprises. Yay!
Penguin is a beautiful, warm (for Tasmania) coastal town in the north end of the state, it even has it’s own giant Penguin. The course venue is within a 5-10 minute walk to all town facilities and a gorgeous beach so don’t forget your swimmers!
We provide free camping (BYO all your own gear), however if you don’t want to camp you can explore some of the local places to stay:
If you’d like to establish a payment plan so you can pay the course fee over a period of months we’re very happy to work with you to create that. Please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll organise a system that suits you best.
We ask that you give us two weeks notice if you choose to step out of the course; we’ll refund your fee, minus the deposit fee. Alternatively you can pass your place onto a friend or family member or choose to use this as credit towards one of our future courses. If we have to cancel the course for whatever reason, we’ll provide a full refund immediately.