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  • Event date:
    03/08/2024 at 9:30 am
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  • $2110 - $2350
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This course commences Saturday 3rd August 2024 and comprises of a combination of Wednesday evenings 6.30pm – 9.30pm and additional individual weekend days (either a Saturday or Sunday from 9.30am – 4.30pm) over approx 15 weeks. Course fee includes CERES PDC Alumni membership.
Part payment plans available, for enquiries please contact or via enquiry form on page.

Course Vision

The new CERES Permaculture Design Course (PDC) is like a ‘user’s manual’ for the planet you live on. As we explore the huge elements that drive our living planet (energy, climate, geology, ecology etc) we will stay grounded in the simple, practical steps participants can take to live full and meaningful lives within the limits of what nature offers.

The design skills of the CERES PDC will embolden participants to make clear decisions that balance big-picture thinking with local, practical life choices, whether applied to a rental property in the inner city, or a large rural setting.

Course Overview

CERES Permaculture Design Course has been refined by our inspiring and innovative core team of Permaculture Educators and Practitioners. There is a stronger focus on urban environments, both owned and rented. The course includes an Urban Excursions weekend visiting Joe’s Market Garden, permaculture rental properties and Kat Lavers’ incredible permaculture property – The Plummery. We have also added new, hands in the dirt experiential sessions to ensure that participants learn through doing! Some great additions include Extending the Harvest and Retrosurburbia. Learn, live and give to the earth with new knowledge, passion and practical permaculture skills.

The CERES PDC is a predominantly classroom-based, theoretical course with site visits – it is not intended to be a gardening course. The PDC is an ecologically-inspired design course that also integrates socio-political & environmental systems.

The PDC is intended to produce trainee Permaculture designers, ready to apply their Permaculture knowledge in their own lives and to continue self-directed learning into their individual areas of interest to improve their design skills. The extensive course material covers the whole design course curriculum within the context of urban & regional landscapes of cool temperate south-eastern Australia.

Central to the PDC is completion of a group urban Permaculture Design project. This involves small groups designing for the same urban site by completing practical design exercises on the site and then creating a permaculture design based on the client’s needs and wants. This project will demonstrate your learning throughout the course.



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