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Permaculture Design Certificate: Sydney July 2013
Permaculture Design Certificate: Sydney July 2013
Jun 29 2013 - Jul 12 2013  9:00am - 5:00pm
Alexandria Park Community Centre - Sydney
Permaculture Design Certificate


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This 2 week intensive course will arm you with the design thinking and skills to create resilient, synergistic systems for living, working and community.

Join Hannah Moloney, Nick Ritar and special guest David Holmgren (co-originator of Permaculture) as they get you inspired and skilled up for creating abundance in a world out of balance, with solid design skills and techniques. This course offers 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.

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 yeilding 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

Eventbrite - Urban Permaculture Design Certificate: Sydney: July 2013

What you will learn at a Milkwood PDC:

aquaponicsPermaculture principles and ethics
•    Design strategies for urban and rural situations
•    Creating a balanced soil food web in your garden
•    Pattern Understanding
•    Designing water into urban/rural landscapes
•    Water harvesting and drought-proofing
•    Intensive annual and perennial food and animal systems
•    Orchard and food forest design
•    System planning + integration
•    Design for different biospheres: tropics / drylands / cool climates
•    Appropriate technologies for future communities
•    Trees, water and energy cycling
•    Strategies for building healthy, resilient communities

We also blend into our established and certified curriculum new material from a range of other world-leading thinkers and activators on subjects like transition, food security, regenerative agriculture, urban water harvesting and much more.

"You helped me to open another door to see the world, thanks" - Graduate of Nov 2012 Milkwood PDC

Why do your PDC with Milkwood Permaculture?

keyhole gardenWe work with a world-class teaching team of communicators who are both deeply involved in the theory and practice of Permaculture on a daily basis, but who can also effectively pass their knowledge on to you. We know from experience that there is no 'one way' to design a system with Permaculture, so we don't pass on cookie-cutter techniques as the basis for permaculture design.

We offer a pragmatic and down to earth approach to permaculture as a design science; students emerge with solid info on how to design regenerative systems all over the planet from a principles-based design approach.

We do Permaculture farming and education 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. We are growers, teachers, parents, academics, writers, designers, mechanics, cooks and homesteaders, who have successfully made Permaculture their lives. 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.

designingWe empower students to become competent designers with a wide range of scenarios used as student design exercises during the course. We encourage students to bring maps or resources in order to design their own projects as part of the course, to enable you to hit the ground running when you get home, with a supervised, workable design that you're ready to activate as part of your course outcomes.

We support our students after they leave with complimentary registration to your nearest permaculture group, 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." - Graduate of Jul 2012 PDC

Internationally Recognized Certification

designThe Milkwood Permaculture Design Certificate contains the standard curriculum as set out by Bill Mollison (Co-originator of Permaculture as a design science) and the Permaculture Institute. It is a standard 72 hr curriculum and covers the 14 chapters of Permaculture: A Designers Manual, which is included in your course fee.

Apon successful completion of this course, graduates are awarded a Permaculture Design Certificate from Milkwood Permaculture, which is recognized by the Permaculture Research Institute and many other academies world wide.

Graduates may then progress towards a Diploma in Permaculture if they wish.

Additional workshops and tours

forest gardenCourse hours are 9am - 5pm each day with a day off on the middle Saturday. Outside course hours there's optional hands-on workshops to help get you skilled up in urban permaculture skills, including composting, worm farming, aquaponics and more.

We also take students on multiple site tours of some of Sydney's best and most inspiring permaculture systems.

"Just all round bloody fantastic." - Graduate of Jul 2012 PDC

Booking into the course

You can pay for your course below with your credit card, or get in contact with us to arrange payment by credit card, cheque or direct deposit.

Please ensure you read our refund policy. Also, as part of our Fair Share policy, we provide pensioner, couples and unwaged discounts where needed. Please get in touch for more informatio

About the teachers:

Hannah Moloney has worked with urban food systems for over 10 years and is the President of the Australian City Farm and Community Garden Network. Having grown up on a small herb farm in inner city Brisbane she has a firm foundation of the delight and necessity of growing food in and close to where the majority of people live, the city. Hannah has a particular interest in community composting in cities and advocating for small- hold farmers in urban, peri-urban and rural settings.

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.

David Holmgren is an ecologist, ecological design engineer and writer. He is perhaps most well known as co-originator of the permaculture concept with Bill Mollison. Through the spread of permaculture around the world, his environmental principles have exerted a global influence. He is the author of several significant permaculture texts, the best known being Permaculture: principles and pathways beyond sustainability. David lives at Melliodora near Hepburn Springs, Victoria, with his partner Su Dennett. David's website.

Included in your course fee:

designingThe course text Permaculture: A Designers Manual (RRP $120) is included in your course fee. We also make available our extensive library of Permaculture and associated texts.

Your course fee also includes extensive take-home resources on all subjects covered in this course, as well as our ongoing advice and assistance in questions that might arise beyond the course completion.

Your course fee includes tea + coffee + lashings of yummy organic fruit during the day. For lunches, we usually put in a joint order to a great little organic cafe around the corner, LoveGrub - or feel free to bring your own.

So if you're passionately curious about how to start making a difference in your community and designing an abundant place to live, please join us!

Can't make these dates? check out our other upcoming Permaculture Design Certificates here...

Some resources to get you thinking:

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Alexandria Park Community Centre
Alexandria Park Community Centre   -   Website
Park Road, Alexandria


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Our Sydney course venue is Alexandria Park Community Centre, set in the grounds of Alexandria Community School, on the corner of Park Road and Power Avenue. This amazing place has multiple thriving community gardens, school gardens, a bush tucker garden and outdoor classroom learning areas.

>> Venue MAP

Getting there by Train: The venue is 15 minutes walk from Redfern Station. Take the Gibbons St exit and continue south. Gibbons St will become Wyndham St, and soon you will reach Alexandria Park on your right. Cut through the park to the corner of Park Rd and Power Avenue, and there you are. Cityrail website.

Getting there by Bus: The 370 and 355 bus routes run along McEvoy St, one block from the venue. Sydney Buses website.

Parking: There is ample street parking around the school.

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Reading List

Prior to attending your course, you might like to take a look at our ever-expanding reading list,a bunch of recommended and practical texts on Permaculture, sustainable agriculture and community resilience.

None of these texts are pre-requisite for our courses, we just like to be able to provide suggestions on background reading, in case you're champing at the bit to get going.

"Permaculture is a design system for creating sustainable human environments."
Bill Mollison
co-founder of permaculture
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