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.
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. There is one rest day on January 30th. .
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!
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. 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 key members of our teaching team have completed Permaculture Teaching Training with Rosemary Morrow, meaning you’ll get a learning experience like no other!
Brenna Quinlan is permaculture educator and illustrator who has taught alongside the biggest names in permaculture, including Rosemary Morrow and David Holmgren. She is part of the Formidable Vegetable teaching team for the School Permaculture Tour program run in association with Resource Smart Schools Victoria, and she regularly teaches and collaborates with Milkwood Permaculture on their various projects. After living at Melliodora for the past four years, she’s now embarking on building her own house and garden. You can read more about Brenna 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. He is the Sustainable Project Officer & Senior Lecturer in Medicine at UTAS. One of his key permaculture adventures 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.
We’ll also take students on a field trip day to look and learn from a range of people and landscapes.
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’re camping (or staying locally), we welcome people to arrive on Sunday 23rd from 3pm to set up camp and have an early welcome dinner.
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:
Applications have now closed.
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.
How to get to the PDC
Dodges Ferry is approximately 45 minutes from Hobart and 30 minutes from the Hobart airport. If you’re thinking about coming from interstate, we strongly recommend you check all Covid-19 guidelines (including for Tasmania) to ensure there are no border restrictions.
- 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. 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 gaining the skills 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!
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 by the time the course commences. Please contact us and we can organise details.
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.
Please note, this workshop will be run in accordance to Covid-19 guidelines recommended at the time. If you are unwell with flu like symptoms we ask you to please not attend the workshop – contact us beforehand to discuss options.