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Permaculture Design Certificate

January 21, 2017 @ 9:00 am - February 3, 2017 @ 6:00 pm

21 January – 3 February, 2017, Dodges Ferry, Southern Tasmania
Join us for two weeks of deep permaculture design learning. You’ll leave this course knowing how to design resilient, robust landscapes & people-scapes in a  beautiful learning environment.
This Permaculture Design Certificate (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.
This workshop has now sold out. Pop your name on the waiting list at the bottom of the page – just in case!
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).

This course covers a wide breadth of topics including…

Permaculture ethics & principles
Design theory and practical application
Systems thinking
Patterns understanding
Water management, in the home and in the land
Soil health: How to improve and maintain it
Cropping systems: food production, seed saving and integrated pest management
Alternative economics
Energy systems
Social permaculture
Food forests
Sustainable building design
Plus more. View the full course schedule here. 


Just wonderfully fun. So well coordinated (always on time, always organised), experience of a lifetime, truly life changing. Thank you so much (Nysha).

Who should do this course?
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!

What the PDC is not…
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. You can read about some of our previous PDCs here & here. 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.
As part of your course fee you receive…

Free camping (BYO all your own camping gear)
Delicious and nutritious vegetarian catering for the full course
Course resources
Field trips to local properties featuring clever design in action
A one year membership to Pip Permaculture Magazine
A whole bunch of new permaculture friends and networks

The Teaching Team
All members of our teaching team have completed Permaculture Teaching Training with Rosemary Morrow, meaning you’ll get a learning experience like no other!

YOUR LEAD TEACHER: Hannah Moloney is a professional permaculture designer who works with urban and rural land holders to design landscapes that are true to them and the surrounding environment. She completed her Permaculture Design Course in 2008, her Permaculture Diploma in 2011, has a post-graduate diploma in community cultural development and has been designing and building permaculture gardens and working on community projects that create positive change since 2001. She’s been teaching permaculture since 2009 across Australia with the likes of the Southern Cross Permaculture Institute, Milkwood Permaculture and at home in Tasmania with Good Life Permaculture.
In recent years Hannah has had the pleasure of working alongside some of the most celebrated permaculturalists in the world including David Holmgren (co-founder of permaculture), Rosemary Morrow and Dave Jacke (US author of Edible Forest Gardens). In 2015 she was awarded the Tasmanian ‘Young Landcare Leader Award’ for her work with Good Life Permaculture and co-founding Hobart City Farm. You can read more about Hannah here.
YOUR *SPECIAL* GUEST: Nick Ritar from Milkwood will join us for two days of greatness. He is a permaculture designer, consultant and educator who works extensively across a wide range of bioregions, farms, watersheds and city environments. He is recognized nationally as a leading advocate on how permaculture principles can contribute to food security through good design and regenerative farming and living.
He and his partner, Kirsten Bradley (and their little Ashar) are on the verge of moving to Melliodora, home to Sue Dennett and David Holmgren (co-founder of permaculture). They’re completing a one-year, land based residency where they’ll co-manage the property and share this experience online and through their teaching, meaning everyone coming on this PDC will benefit.

YOUR LOCAL GUEST TEACHER # 1: Jonathon Cooper is the current organic market gardener for Fat Pig Farm and lives in the Huon Valley. He has several years experience working in agriculture, including as co-owner of a diversified 200 acre regenerative farm south of Hobart. He also has a long history in working with a range of businesses and community organisations to establish strong community-based food production and distribution systems. He’s passionate about empowering people to get involved with the future of their food. You can follow his adventures at Fat Pig Farm here. 
YOUR LOCAL GUEST TEACHER # 2: Danny Lees has an enormous amount of practical experience in horticulture, permaculture and sustainable building. Specialising in garden design and implementation, he’s worked with Hobart’s leading edible landscaping business, FIMBY and some of Tasmania’s most renowned sustainable builders.  In addition to his PDC, he’s completed short courses in Advanced Permaculture Design and Permaculture Teacher Training.
When he’s not immersed in growing and building, you’ll most likely find him doing acrobatics and eating cake..

Thanks for being awesome! Thanks also for the shared life-experiences/knowledge of the teachers. One thing that really stood-out for me was the “people care” of the students, and everyone really, throughout the two weeks. I have never before experienced this in the many workshops, courses and places of learning/study that I have attended. My wish is that such a thing becomes the “normal” way of being – YEAH!

We’re holding this course at the vibrant Okines Community House and garden in Dodges Ferry, southern Tasmania. This active community hub features a food co-op, beautiful community garden, a pizza oven and is located near a local surf beach – it’s a rocking place!

We provide free camping (BYO all your own gear) onsite with access to toilets, showers and inside spaces to relax in.
If you’d prefer to not camp, there are also local places you can stay independently, have a look at a large selection here, here and here. 
Post PDC Farm Stays
*This is rather exciting*… We’ve organised free post PDC farm stays for some of our students who’d like to back up the PDC with hands-on skill development with folks already living the good life. You can see what farms we have on board and book in HERE.  

One Full PDC Scholarship on Offer!
In the spirit of fair share, we’re offering one full scholarship to a lucky someone. The person we give this scholarship to will be someone who:

Does not have the financial capacity to attend the PDC, and
Is committed to applying their new skills to benefit more than just themselves.

All applications should address these two points and can be sent to Hannah at hello@goodlifepermaculture.com.au by December 1st, 2016.
We provide nutritious and delicious vegetarian food for the entire course and can cater for a large range of dietary needs with wholesome, locally sourced and organic food where possible.

Surf & Yoga Rejuvenation Day

This PDC has one rest day (Saturday 28th January). On this day there is an option for a limited amount of students to book in for a soulful surf and yoga day out with local surfer, Claire Boost and yogi, Gabrielle Gartrell. Experience the relaxed yet active vibe of surf and yoga culture at one of Hobart’s most popular surf beaches, here in Dodges Ferry.
This package includes two, one hour yoga sessions in a waterfront yoga studio and two one hour surf lessons. Perfect for first time beginners or those who want to progress to peeling waves and simple manoeuvres. Lunch, morning and afternoon tea will be served on the beach from gourmet, fresh produce food truck AliCart.
You can book in this day of awesome for an additional $155 below (usually $255). You’re also welcome to get touch with Claire directly for more info at laboosta@gmail.com.
**All surf and yoga equipment is provided on the day.
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How to get to the PDC
Dodges Ferry is approximately 45 minutes from Hobart and 30 minutes from the Hobart airport.

By Boat: If you’re coming from Melbourne, Victoria – you can catch the boat (a 12 hour journey) from Port Melbourne to Devonport. From Devonport it is a 4 hour drive to Dodges Ferry.  To see the timetable and book your ticket visit the Spirit of Tasmania

By car: If you’re driving to the course and have a spare seat you’re willing to offer to another student, please get in touch so we can help connect you. It’s also well worth checking out Cool Pool Tas, Tasmania’s very own car pooling network! There is easy bike and car parking at the venue in an off street car park.
By bus: There are regular buses traveling from Hobart to Dodges Ferry, check out the timetable here.
By plane: The closest airports to Dodges Ferry is the Hobart airport. Check out the webjet website to find the most affordable deal. To get to Dodges Ferry from the airport your options are to hire a car, or talk to us about organising a carpooling arrangement with a fellow student or a possible bulk pick up.

Why study with Good Life Permaculture?

We are Tasmania’s expert permaculture education provider, committed to facilitating meaningful and high quality learning processes for our students. We have REALLY applied our heads, hearts and hands to create this course to be one of the best permaculture adult education experiences available.

Our teachers are amongst the most experienced and passionate in Australia. You will always have at least one professional permaculture designer/practitioner on site at all times.

We are committed to ensuring our students are equipped with the best start possible to being competent and effective designers and practitioners.

We feed your mind with a huge array of top quality content. We also feed your body with delicious and nutritious food for the whole course. Where possible we source local and organic foods to support Tasmanian growers and producers.

Upon completion of the course, you’ll be on your way to being a professional permaculture designer (if this interests you), be able to teach on a permaculture design course and continue studying towards your permaculture diploma, anywhere in the world. Cool hey!

Payment Plan
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. We ask that people set up this plan prior to the course, so that the fee is paid in full be the time the course commences. Please send us an email at hello@goodlifepermaculture.com.au and we can talk details.
Cancellation Policy
We ask that you give us two weeks notice if you choose to step out of the course; we’ll provide a refund, 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.


January 21, 2017 @ 9:00 am
February 3, 2017 @ 6:00 pm


Okines Community House
510 Old Forcett Road
Dodges Ferry, Tasmania 7173 Australia


Good Life Permaculture