Permaculture Design Course 2018

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Would you like to do a Permaculture Design Course in 2018?

Ballarat Permaculture Guild will again run a PDC in 2018, again using the weekend format of 7 weekends from Jan to June

Dates :

Jan 20, 21
Feb 17, 18
March 10, 11, 12 (Labour Day weekend/ Begonia Festival)
April 7, 8 (during school holidays)
May 5, 6
May 26, 27
June 16, 17

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.  In addition, family will be invited to join several practical sessions including our Passata Day on the March long weekend, plus seasonal activities like seed saving, pruning & grafting.

Presenters include Beck Lowe, Ian Lillington, Steve Burns, David Holmgren, Sonia van Dorssen, Paul Ryle, David Davidson, Yonke van Geloven, 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: $995 full fee.  Concession $495

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.)

Enrolements will open soon. Expressions of interest can be sent  to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please read Conditions of Enrolment carefully before registering for course.


2014 PDC field trip to Melliodora

 Conditions of Enrolment:

  • Deposit of $100 is due with enrolment (see bank details below)
  • Deadline for enrolment is January 1st, 2018
  • Full payment is due January 13th, 2018
  • 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 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 ($495) 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.

Payment details:

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


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