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Permaculture courses and workshops available in Byron Bay and Mullumbimby

Immerse yourself in sustainability, ecology and ethical living through our hands-on Permaculture courses and certificates.

Studying permaculture will give you the tools to design the integrated systems that can provide sustainable food, energy and shelter for communities.

Officially endorsed by National Regulatory bodies, our hands-on training programs, workshops and certificate courses cover the skills needed to create a more sustainable and integrated way of living. You’ll learn about design and management with experienced tutors in real permaculture projects in the Byron area.

We offer a range of permaculture courses to suit your interests and goals. These can create opportunities for you to transform a local space, progress onto further sustainability study and secure relevant employment, including in the Byron area.

The Byron Centre For Permaculture offers:

  • Certificate III in Permaculture
  • Certificate IV in Permaculture
  • Permaculture Design Courses (PDC)
  • Sustainability courses and a whole lot more...

Learn more about these courses below.

Urban Permaculture

Urban Permaculture

Learn how to transform your backyard into an edible landscape that is productive and beautiful. Using permaculture principles, we can create a garden that grows enough food for the household with maybe a little more to share or sell. This hands-on course will give you the skills and knowledge to apply this to your own urban patch. Sharon's home in the heart of Mullumbimby town is a demonstration in Urban Permaculture and sustainable living. Her garden is devoted to food production... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency.
  • Read and respond to short and simple workplace information (FSKRDG004)
  • Interact effectively with others at work (FSKOCM007)
  • Prepare to participate in a learning environment (FSKLRG001)

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.

AHC33822 - Certificate III in Permaculture

AHC33822 - Certificate III in Permaculture

Are you interested in learning permaculture skills to help make lives, homes and communities more sustainable? We offer you the opportunity to immerse yourself in sustainable living in Byron Shire, the green heart of the North Coast. Make like-minded friends in this highly practical course as you gain experience and confidence to transition your life and the lives of others towards a better future. You will learn: Permaculture principles and ethics Integrated plant and animal... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency from the Certificate III in Permaculture AHC33822.
  • Maintain integrated plant and animal systems (AHCPER332)
  • Establish a permaculture system (AHCPER324)
  • Develop recommendations for integrated plant and animal systems (AHCPER414)
  • Communicate permaculture system principles to stakeholders (AHCPER322)
  • Conduct site inspections (AHCWRK322)
  • Select plant and animal species for permaculture systems (AHCPER335)
  • Test, improve and maintain healthy soil in a permaculture system (AHCPER336)
  • Install and maintain permaculture water management systems (AHCPER326)
  • Use the characteristics of plant resilience in a permaculture system (AHCPER323)
  • Mitigate plant pests, diseases and disorders in a permaculture system (AHCPER325)
  • Coordinate preparation and storage of produce from a permaculture system (AHCPER329)
  • Monitor weather conditions (AHCWRK314)
  • Coordinate propagation activities for a permaculture system (AHCPER331)
  • Read and interpret property maps and plans (AHCPER334)
  • Install structures for permaculture systems (AHCPER327)
AHC33822 - Certificate III in Permaculture

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Animals - Integrated Production Systems - PDC

Animals - Integrated Production Systems - PDC

Learn how to incorporate animals into the design of your garden or food production system to increase its overall abundance, simplify management and optimise the health and productivity of your chickens, cows and other animals. This workshop includes a field trip exploring local animal production systems where we can experience successful integrative animal systems that can be implemented at various scales from the backyard to commercial. Topics covered include: Integration not... [More]

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.

Settlements - Sustainable Housing And Appropriate Technology - PDC

Settlements - Sustainable Housing And Appropriate Technology - PDC

Explore some of the latest innovations in green building techniques and materials, site layout, biophilic design, home ecology, house and village design, including tiny houses. Learn how to apply design methods to preserve foods, generate energy and heat, provide domestic drinking water, treat grey and black water, composting toilets and more. Topics covered include: Sustainable Housing Efficient Housing Design for your environment Passive heating and cooling New buildings/designs... [More]

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.

Design Project Presentations, Locavore Feast And Celebration - PDC core module

Design Project Presentations, Locavore Feast And Celebration - PDC core module

This course is for students completing the Permaculture Design Course only. You must complete all the other PDC modules before you can enrol in this subject. Past Student Feedback “We could review all the course content today, exchange learnings, ideas and experiences,” Flavia Renata Assuncao. [More]

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.

Community Design And Social Permaculture - PDC

Community Design And Social Permaculture - PDC

Learn about social permaculture design, supporting humans to be effective and thrive together. Explore ideas around collaborative governance and decision-making, social enterprise, localised community living, integrated permaculture lifestyles. Topics covered include: collaborative governance and decision-making holistic goal setting group ecology social enterprise localised community living deep ecology globalisation verse localisation Permaculture Design Course This course module... [More]

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.

Individual Project Design Workshop - PDC core module

Individual Project Design Workshop - PDC core module

This course is for students completing the Permaculture Design Course only. You must complete all the other PDC modules before you can enrol in this subject. [More]

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.

Group Design Project - PDC core module

Group Design Project - PDC core module

This course is for students completing the Permaculture Design Course only. You must complete all the other PDC modules before you can enrol in this subject. Feedback from Past Students “A Great and amazing way to finish off the PDC course. The PDC course has been an informative and positive eye opener, a wealth of knowledge has been past on.” Johnny Ivan Ripic [More]

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Trees and Perennial Crops - Creating Food Forests - PDC

Trees and Perennial Crops - Creating Food Forests - PDC

Learn how to design, establish and care for your own diverse, tree based food production system in a low maintenance fashion that works with nature's fundamental processes of land and soil repair. Discover a huge array of fruit and nut trees from around the world that thrive in our warm, subtropical climate including indigenous bush foods. The first part of this day will be in the classroom, followed by a sessions at The Farm in the afternoon for some hands on learning. h3. Topics... [More]

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Ecology - Weeds, Pests And Diseases In The Garden - PDC

Ecology - Weeds, Pests And Diseases In The Garden - PDC

Learn to identify and control a range of common weeds, pests and diseases of food crops through holistic, ecologically sensitive management techniques. This course will build an appreciation of the importance of soil management to nurture crop health for natural pest and disease resistance. Permaculture Design Course This course module is one of 14 which make up the internationally renowned Permaculture Design Course (PDC). You are welcome to attend just this module to learn the... [More]

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