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    Introduction to Permaculture Design: Mid week: May 2024

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    Learn the fundamentals of the permaculture design model over four consecutive days 
    with highly qualified and experienced teachers on an established permaculture property.

    If you can't afford to pay for our course or would like to reduce the cost we offer people the option to "bank hours" by working in the garden prior to the course. We also offer scholarship positions to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as part of our commitment to "Fair Share". Please contact us for more information prior to enrolling. 

    Monday 27 May
    Tuesday 28 May
    Wednesday 29 May
    Thursday 30 May

    Is this course for you? Here is a quick check list:

    I live in the NSW Central Coast region 
    I am available for ALL of the course dates (the content builds from one day to the next)
    I am interested in learning more about permaculture design
    I like cats (we have two mostly-inside rescue cats)

    We're passionate about spreading permaculture as part of the solution to many of humanity's problems. We think it's a pattern for a better way to be human. Most people begin permaculture to learn an ecologically friendly way to grow food, and then go on to understand that it's a design model that can be applied to anything. 

    "I am yet so find a design task that cannot be improved by permaculture" (Rosemary Morrow)

    Our highly interactive and practical course is a fun way to learn about the permaculture design model. It's suitable for those just starting out, and for people interested in expanding their understanding of permaculture or teaching it to others. 

    Our course is run from our home, "Adagio" in Matcham and is designed to be friendly, inclusive and relaxed. There are no tests or exams. You'll develop practical skills on a property that has been under permaculture for over 28 years. 

    "Permaculture is an ethically based pattern for creating integrated systems that rebuild ecological health while providing for all living things" (Meg McGowan)


    Our course includes an overview of the entire permaculture design model. We'll give you the big picture, from the goals, ethics and principles through to the design process, and all the way up to the strategies, tools and techniques that we use in permaculture to work with nature rather than against it. 

    • Learn why permaculture is so much more than just organic gardening and how you can apply this amazing design system to everything, from your wardrobe to your suburb

    • Get hands-on experience while you learn to build soil, grow healthy food, cycle nutrients, design out the need for irrigation, draw down carbon and create habitat for wildlife all without using synthetic chemicals or lots of expensive trips to the hardware store

    • Develop a practical understanding of the permaculture design model that you can start using right away

    • Reconnect to the natural world and remember your part in it

    • Join the generous and supportive local permaculture community that is expanding across the Central Coast (if you haven't already done so!)


    All days start at 9.00am and finish at 3.30pm. As a courtesy to those that arrive on time, we always start on time. You are welcome to arrive any time from 8.30am to settle in, have a cuppa and chat with other students. 

    We will provide fruit, tea, herbal tea and coffee for breaks. Please bring a vegetarian share plate to contribute to lunch each day. We'll send some easy suggestions just before the course. 

    This course is stand alone, and can also be used as the foundation for progressing to our part time permaculture design course (PDC). Our PDC is only offered to those that have completed our introductory course or an equivalent. 


    Meg McGowan is one half of the Permacoach Team. With over 30 years of permaculture design experience and a merit based diploma for her innovative approach to permaculture teaching and practice, Meg is well known to Central Coast people for her generosity and commitment to getting more permaculture happening on the ground. She is a passionate gardener, writer, designer and permaculture advocate. Meg is lead trainer on this course.

    Graham King is a permaculture designer, facilitator and practitioner. He is other half of the Permacoach team. Graham seeks to create an adult learning environment that is cooperative, kind, interactive and fun. He obtained his Permaculture Design Certificate with permaculture founder, David Holmgren, and completed his teacher training with permaculture legend, Rowe Morrow. 

    Meg and Graham's property, "Adagio" is on three and a half acres at Matcham on the NSW Central Coast. The property has been designed and managed using permaculture for over 28 years and includes food production areas, a forest garden and over an acre of regenerated bushland. Meg and Graham consider the garden to be their greatest teacher, and recognise the benefits to students of learning within this environment. The garden has been described as "vegan friendly" because Meg and Graham don't keep any domestic animals (other than spoilt cats!) or import manures. Learn how this is possible.


    At checkout you will be offered to opportunity to make a donation to Bush Heritage Australia. We love what they do and support them whenever we can. Donations are optional, but please consider supporting their work if you are fortunate enough to be in a position to do so. 


    "Thank you both for being so generous with our knowledge and beautiful Adagio. Being here is always very healing and your place gives those of us starting out the inspiration to get going. I like the good mix of practical and discussion - space to work together as a group and really think things through....."

    "Fantastic mix of academic learning, visual aids and practical work in the garden. Created a great culture amongst the students. Learning about permaculture in situation is a great way to really bed down the permaculture information you shared...."

    "Loved the overviews and how the essence of permaculture is taught through exposure to the two of you. Learning and deepening and understanding of what permaculture means emotionally, spiritually and as a community venture..."

    "Different ways of learning. I struggle with classroom settings for too long. I was grateful to see the practical exercises/ hands on work/ videos/ open discussions...."

    "I came here thinking I was going to learn how to grow vegetables sustainably and make compost but instead found "my people", a way of living and renewed hope for my kids and their future generations..."

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