Ballarat Permaculture Guild
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Chestnut Farm
Invermay, (near Ballarat)

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Jan 30 2021


Full fee $1195 Concession $595



Ballarat Permaculture Guild Permaculture Design Course

Would you like to do a Permaculture Design Course (PDC) in 2021?

Permaculture Principles game

Ballarat Permaculture Guild will run a PDC in 2021, using the weekend format of 8 weekends from January to July (Note: 2 weekends in May)

Dates are:

  • January 30,31
  • February 20,21
  • March 20,21
  • April 10, 11
  • May 1,2 then 29, 30
  • June 19,20
  • July 3,4

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 many of our site visits take place at the best ‘weather’ times of the year – and when gardens and farms are in peak production.

PDC students at Melliodora

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.

What we cover:

  • History of permaculture
  • Permaculture Ethics & Design Principles
  • Ecology, embodied energies, climate and weather
  • Land & Natural Environment
  • Education and Culture
  • Built environment
  • Finance & Economics
  • Tools and technology
  • Health & Well being
  • Design processes
  • Animals in permaculture
  • Developing a permaculture design
  • Presenters include:

Beck LoweSteve BurnsDavid Holmgren, Ben Habib, 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.

Something Special

In 2021, we will be filming a lot of the course; especially the theory components.  This is so we can deliver a lot of the content digitally in future. Once the core information can be accessed by students in their own time, we can use our precious time together for relationship building, group work, designing together and gaining practical skills.  We are NOT planning a move to a fully online course; instead, we envisage great synergy between self-directed accessing of theory and very valuable time together … which will also include us interacting digitally with some of our keynote speakers.  (Plus we are prepared for a future pandemic!)

Course venue:

Will be in Invermay (NE edge of Ballarat) on a local permaculture property.  Training facilities include a 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:

As a not-for-profit, community group we are able to offer our PDC at a very affordable price compared with commercial offerings

Full fee $1195  // Concession $595  Dual booking (couple or friends booking and paying together) $1095  BPG financial member (more than 1 year) $750

Camping on site is available at the rate of $10 per person per night.  Hot showers and refrigeration of your goodies is covered, but no catering included.  

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 4th, 2021

Full payment is due by January 18th, 2021

In the event that the course is cancelled before commencement by us or due to renewed COVID restrictions, all monies will be refunded in full.  If cancellation occurs after commencement, reimbursement will be on a pro-rate basis (e.g. if 3 weekends have been completed, you will be reimbursed 5/8ths of your course fee).

If you withdraw from the course before it starts, you must notify the Coordinator a full 7 days in advance for refund of fees, less $100 deposit.

If you withdraw from course after it has begun there will be NO refund, as we will have committed to operational costs which still have to be met.

Concession rate ($595) is available to pension/health care card holders (proof required, we will contact you after you have applied).

Note: Payment in instalments 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


For further enquiries – [email protected]

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