Permaculture Design Course
Friday 23 February – Saturday 10 March 2018
Are you looking to create a more sustainable lifestyle?
Meet like-minded people?
Retrofit your house, your community and your life?
Become less dependent on big business and supermarkets?
Design a resilient system in the face of growing uncertainties?
A PDC can be a life changing experience. Join us in the unique environment of the Rocklyn Ashram and be taught by a mix of experienced and enthusiastic permaculture tutors including David Holmgren.
This is a fully residential, fully catered course running over 15 days with a short break in the middle. This is a completely immersive experience.
The course will be structured around Holmgren’s 12 permaculture principles (detailed in Permaculture: principles and pathways beyond sustainability) and goes beyond land-based design, bringing permaculture to all aspects of human living.
The course will take place at the Rocklyn Ashram, nestled in the Wombat Forest near Daylesford in Central Victoria. Only a one and a half hour drive from Melbourne, you will feel like you are in another world. Beautiful and quiet, this special space creates an ideal learning environment.
Taking part in the ashram’s daily yoga program can further enhance your learning and enrich your experience. The ashram environment exemplifies and provides an experience of living by permaculture ethics. The serene and spiritual focus of the ashram complements the mindfulness of permaculture practice and reminds us to balance our activity and think with reflection.
Accommodation is camping in the grounds of the ashram. You will need to BYO tent and gear. Alternatively you can choose to stay in a gender segregated triple share dorm room or a private room. Please note, these last two options incur additional fees.
At times the ashram program and the intensity of the course can seem challenging, however almost all of the participants comment that the benefits continue long after the course ends.
Delicious, wholesome and ethical meals will be prepared by Su Dennett and the ashram’s kitchen volunteers. Su will make sure that what you eat meets permaculture standards. Items will be sourced from local organic and bio-dynamic growers in a living example of using and maintaining sustainable food supply networks. You will be served vegetarian meals together with the ashram residents.
You will learn from the co-founder of permaculture, David Holmgren, and a team of excellent permaculture practitioners and educators. Their depth of practical and theoretical knowledge will make this a very special PDC. There will also be opportunities to socialise with the presenters outside of session times.
There are no prerequisites for this course, but it is recommended you read the Essence of Permaculture if you have not yet done so. All other titles and writings by David Holmgren are highly recommended for those who have read Essence already. Please have a look through our online store or visit your local library.
This course will equip you with the foundations of permaculture. You will learn permaculture ethics, principles and design, and their application across the domains, so that you can integrate them into all aspects of your life.
- permaculture ethics and principles
- ecology and natural cycles
- weather and climates
- permaculture food growing
- energy literacy
- reading the landscape
- appropriate technology
- built environment
- design processes and practices
- animals in permaculture
- health and spiritual wellbeing
- urban retrofitting
- finance and economics
- community strategies
The classroom experience will be complemented by field trips to working permaculture farms, homes and gardens including one of the best documented demonstration sites, Melliodora.
You will work on a design project of part of the ashram during the course. You will be guided by experienced tutors and learn the fundamentals of permaculture to design the world you want.
Payment and extra charges
|Non-refundable deposit – Australian participant||$500||Upon enrolment|
|Remaining course fee – Australian participant – earlybird||$1700||Friday 1st December 2017|
|Remaining course fee – Australian participant – full fee||$1900||Friday 26th January 2018|
|Course fee – Australian / Overseas participant – earlybird||$2200||Upon enrolment, before Friday 1st December 2017|
|Course fee – Australian / Overseas participant – full fee||$2400||Upon enrolment, before Friday 26th January 2018|
|Overseas payment / Payment via paypal – bank charge||$35||With payment – per transaction|
|Gender segregated, triple share room||$2475||$2275 earlybird price|
|Private accommodation at the Ashram||$3450||$3250 earlybird price|
Is there a concession price?
Yes, we do offer a concession rate on a needs basis via an application process. Please fill in this form before Friday November 17 2017 to be eligible.
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Expressions of Interest
If the 2018 Ashram PDC sounds like it’s for you, fantastic! Please register your interest by emailing us.