Permaculture Design Course
Join us for an intensive 2 weeks of permaculture design in which you will be inspired and skilled up for creating abundance in a world out of balance, with solid design skills and techniques.
A Milkwood Permaculture Design Course teaches you the skills and knowledge to design and implement fundamental and life-changing resilience into your everyday home, community and beyond.
Permaculture is set of principles that result in sustainable and productive systems. Systems for living, architecture, food production, land management and community. No chemicals and no excuses. Just good, thoughtful, innovative and effective design for the needs of our species.
This 2 week intensive course will arm you with the design thinking and skills to create resilient, synergistic systems for living, working and community.
By observing nature we can use natural patterning to design and implement ideas and systems that build on natural processes with energy efficient, low cost and high yielding results. Milkwood Permaculture PDC graduates leave this course ready to design and implement permaculture into a wide range of scenarios; from urban permaculture systems to small farms and community projects.
“The entire two weeks were truly awesome. I learned so much and I am excited to start implementing some of my personal design ideas back at home, as well as many of the ideas I picked up from the teachers and fellow students” – Graduate of Nov 2012 Milkwood PDC
What you will learn at a Milkwood PDC:
A Milkwood Permaculture Design Course is steadfastly dedicated to turning you into a better holistic designer. The learning outcomes of this intensive course have been built on what we see as the most useful design frameworks, tools and techniques to realise this goal.
Our intention is that you leave this immersive experience with the confidence and ability to create excellent permaculture designs for whatever situation is presented to you – an apartment balcony, a quarter acre farm, an intentional community, a company structure or whatever else needs designing.
“You helped me to open another door to see the world. Thank you…” – Graduate of Nov 2012 Milkwood PDC
Why do your PDC with Milkwood Permaculture?
We work with a world-class teaching team who are not only deeply involved in the theory and practice of Permaculture on a daily basis, but who passionate about passing their knowledge on to you. We know from experience that there is no ‘one way’ to design a system with Permaculture, so we encourage a principles-based approach.
We teach principle-based permaculture design, so that students emerge confident to design regenerative systems all over the planet, not just where certain bioregion-specific techniques for water harvesting, food production etc will work.
We offer a pragmatic and down to earth approach to permaculture as a design science; metaphysics and ideologies are not included in our curriculum. Students of all backgrounds and religions are welcome and respected.
We practice Permaculture full time, as a livelihood. You will not find a more committed crew of people actively being the change they want to see in this world. Our teaching team are are growers, teachers, writers, designers, educators and more, who have successfully used Permaculture design and thinking to create a meaningful life and livelihood. We’re here to share what we’ve learned with you, so that you can forge your own path towards a regenerative and resilient future.
We support our students after they leave with complimentary registration to Permaculture Australia, as well as the ongoing support you’ll receive from the Milkwood Permaculture alumni network – it’s growing into an amazing collection of folks from all over the world, many of whom have gone on to implement permaculture effectively at many levels of home, community and beyond.
“My experience with Milkwood was not only wonderfully educational, it was very inspirational. The teaching methods were excellent and i feel i have absorbed all of the information and now have the resources to explore, create and implement all that was learned.” – Milkwood PDC graduate
As part of this course we’ll visit some of the hidden gems of Kangaroo Valley, including permaculture farms and homesteads, as well as eco homes made from natural materials. We’ll also explore the escarpment rainforest, to learn and consider how diversity and biomimicry can be used in permaculture design.
While you’re on this course
Course hours are 9am – 5pm each day with a day off on the middle Saturday. Outside course hours there’s extra evening workshops, film nights and a mini permablitz for those interested and able to attend.
Students can learn more about and/or get their hands dirty helping out with compost making, planting and farm chores, or explore the many amazing walking trails of Brogers End which take you through a variety of different rainforest ecosystems.
“Just all round bloody fantastic.” – Milkwood PDC graduate
About your teachers:
Nick Ritar is a permaculture designer, consultant and educator who works extensively across a wide range of bioregions, farms, watersheds and city environments. He is recognized nationally as a leading advocate on how permaculture principles can contribute to food security through good design and regenerative farming and living.
Nick divides his time between extensive permaculture teaching, permaculture consultancy, writing and farming in central western NSW. Nick’s full profile.
Floyd Chris Constable is an experienced permaculture designer and teacher whose most recent appointment was permaculturalist-in-residence at Soneva Kiri by Six Senses in Thailand, which included establishing tropical market gardens and extensive aquaponics systems.
Floyd has worked in many parts of Australia with indigenous and local communities to design and actualise resilient food systems. Floyd is now designing and establishing a range of integrated small-farm animal systems to build the fertility, diversity and food production capacity of Milkwood Farm.
Michael Hewins is a market gardener with a background in permaculture and horticulture. He’s run his own Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) scheme in northern NSW and knows a lot about integrated pest management, as well as how to grow great vegies!
Michael is in charge of Milkwood Farm’s market garden production and education.
Booking into this course
You can pay for your course below with your credit card, or email or call Trev in our office on 02 5300 4473 to arrange payment by credit card or direct deposit over the phone. We’re happy to answer whatever questions you might have.
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