Would you like to do a Permaculture Design Course in 2019?
Enrolments are now open
Ballarat Permaculture Guild's 2019 PDC.
This PDC will run using the weekend format of 8 weekends from Jan to June, with one weekend every 3rd week (note some months have 2 weekends).
Jan 19, 20
Feb 9, 10
March 2, 3 & 23, 24
April 13, 14
May 4, 5 & 25, 26
June 15, 16
This course is especially relevant for those who want a higher quality educational experience than a two week intensive allows. The extended format allows you to integrate your learnings and apply them at home. Timing of the course means that our site visits take place at the best 'weather' times of the year - and when gardens and farms are in peak production.
If you have a busy week, can't take a weekday off, can't afford to spend two weeks holiday on a course or just want to have a great weekend to look forward to every few weeks, this is the course for you! No previous permaculture experience necessary.
The weekend format gives increased opportunity for social connection, including pot luck dinners and/or films on some Friday & Saturday nights, where family and other BPG members will be invited to join us.
Presenters include Beck Lowe, Ian Lillington, Steve Burns, David Holmgren, Sonia van Dorssen, Paul Ryle, David Davidson, and a range of other local experts & specialists. We visit many local permaculture sites, including Melliodora, home of permaculture co-founder David Holmgren.
Main course venue will be in Invermay (NE edge of Ballarat) on a local permaculture property. Training facilities included dedicated upstairs training room & library (if stairs are a challenge, please contact us). Property is adjacent to state forest and includes vegetable garden, berry tunnel, chicken run, fruit trees & young forest garden. Ample parking & only 10 minutes from central Ballarat. Pick up from Ballarat railway station possible.
Course fees: $1195 full course fee. Concession $595 Dual bookings (couple or friends booking and paying together) $1095.
Camping on site is available at the rate of $5 per person per night. Hot showers and refrigeration of your goodies is covered, but no catering included. Once numbers of campers are clear, arrangements for shared cooking, etc can be arranged. (It is likely that the majority of students will live locally and not be camping.)
Please read Conditions of Enrolment carefully before registering for course.
Conditions of Enrolment:
- Deposit of $100 is due with enrolment (see bank details below)
- Deadline for enrolment is January 1st, 2019
- Full payment is due January 13th, 2019
- In the event that the course is cancelled, all monies will be refunded in full
- Withdrawal of your enrolment before course starts must be notified to Coordinator a full 7 days in advance of course start for refund of fees, less deposit.
- Withdrawal from course after it has begun will not attract a refund, as operational costs still have to be met.
- Concession rate ($595) is available to pension/health care card holders (proof required, call Karen 0488077628).
Note: Payment in installments may be possible in exceptional circumstances, but must be discussed with Coordinator before course begins.
All payments must be made to the following account, either by direct debit or over the counter at the bank. Credit Card facilities are NOT available and cash will not be taken.
Bendigo Bank: BSB: 633-000 Account: 135425353
***It is important that you include your Last Name as the payment note
When you register just choose Week 1, registration for the rest is automatic
Date: Sunday 24th June
This blitz will focus on transforming a small garden area as part of a larger garden design. The space is planned to be a fruit tree/herb guild.
It will involve removal of a large banksia rose (no thorns), cherry suckers, weed mat and other assorted weeds and grass.
A swale is planned to direct run-off across the area and away from the house. There will be the usual covering with cardboard and mulching with woodchip or other suitable mulch, and planting of trees and other plants on the day. A second job if there are lots of people will be to make an existing metal garden bed frame into a wicking bed for growing kitchen herbs.
Morning tea and lunch supplied. Note: Gluten free/vegan/non-allergenic food cannot be guaranteed.
Registration is essential. Please click the Register button below to do so. You do not need to be signed in. Once you register you will receive details of the property address.
On Day One, we learn about the ethics and design principles that underpin permaculture. We also visit one or two local sites to see how people have implemented permaculture design.