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Permaculture Matters - Permaculture Design Course (PDC)

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Permaculture Matters offers an internationally recognised Permaculture Design Course (PDC) over six weekends in 2024: 

October 5th & 6th AND 19th & 20th, AND 26th & 27th

November 16th & 17th, AND 23rd & 24th AND Nov 30/Dec 1

You will need to complete at least 80% of the course in order to attain a PDC certificate.

permaculture design course (PDC):   who's it for

Whoever you are, wherever you live, whatever your age, whatever your background, learning about permaculture will give you a new and inspired way to live within your means and the means of the world. Permaculture Matters is offering a Permaculture Design Course (PDC) - a rich, connected, creative course that is for you!

permaculture:   what's it all about

"Permaculture is a philosophy of working with rather than against nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation .... of looking at systems and people in all their functions ..... and of allowing systems to demonstrate their own evolutions." Bill Mollison (2028-2016): researcher, author, scientist, naturalist,

It’s not all about gardening!  On our Permaculture Design Course you will:

  • learn the foundations of permaculture – ethics and principles, - which provide a framework for living your life ethically and sustainably, and providing the best possible outcome for our grandchildren. 
  • cover in depth core competencies (reading the landscape,  contour mapping,  energy cycling, nutrient cycling, patterns in nature, water harvesting and management, community strategies, permaculture design principles) and their practical application.
  • complete an individual design, on your “home”, or another place important to you.
  • work together in a team to produce a group design of local space.
  • increase your understanding of natural patterns and how to use them to create beautiful and resilient systems in your life.

the benefits

  • ​change the way you see the world
  • strengthen your sense of community
  • have a positive impact on your mental health
  • save money! (for example, it cuts down your food costs)
  • increase the quality of what you eat (organically grown herbs and vegetables are higher in nutrition)
  • reduce your carbon footprint, which is a gift not only to you, but also to future generations
  • brings flow and structure to your gardening and your home life
  • certification in Permaculture Design
  • have fun
  • build deep connections with community


Sonya Forrest, a participant of the current PDC says the course is  " enriching and transformative experience"and provides an "..opportunity to create new connections with like-minded individuals in the community. Permaculture Matters has crafted an exceptional learning experience that goes beyond traditional education."


Up to two places will be made available at no charge.

Eligibiilty: Aboriginal, Torres Straight Islander, Refugee, or Youth (18-22)

Please contact us for more information.

cost and discounts

Standard rate $1350, concession/unwaged $850.
Early bird, before 31 July, 2024 10% discount: Standard $1215, concession/unwaged $765

10% discount for up front cash payment. 
Payment plans available, please enquire.

Peek into Permaculture Matters is a one hour FREE information/experiential opportunity to get an embodied sense of how we (Permaculture Matters) work to teach permaculture. This gives you a taste of what you might expect if you enrol on one of our courses, e.g. the Permaculture Design Course (PDC).

Upcoming dates for Peek into Permaculture Matters

Saturday 13 July 10-11am

Peek into Permaculture
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