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Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC)


  • Rahamim Ecology Centre 34 Busby Street South Bathurst, NSW, 2795 Australia (map)

What it is: A Permaculture Design Certificate is traditionally a 72 hour course that gives you the skills        to analyse your climate and what changes to expect so to design a system that uses minimal              input (labour and energy) and yet achieves an abundant yield.

When: Monday nights 5:30 – 9:30 (29 July – 16 September, 21 October – 9 December) plus two Saturdays: 28 September, and another Saturday date in term 4 to be negotiated by class)

Where: Rahamim Ecology Centre, 34 Busby St South Bathurst NSW

Costs:  Tuition - $950

Topics included in the course:

  • Ecology

  • Permaculture Ethics and Principals

  • Zones and Sectors

  • Map Reading

  • Water – domestic and rural

  • Soil

  • Patterns in Nature and climate

  • Forests

  • Plants

  • Pest and weed management

  • Social permaculture

  • Land access and ethics

  • Ethical incomes and money

  • Permaculture in cities, villages and communities

Included in the Course:

  • Tuition

  • Site visits/tours

  • Tea/coffee

This is a self-catered course – more details to follow.

 Modes of Learning:

  • Lecture/discussion

  • Class discussions

  • Student tasks

  • Student presentations

  • Onsite tours/learning

  • Local Site visits

  • Practical hands on activities throughout. 

Your Tutor:

Jen Ringbauer 

Jen has studied permaculture with David Holmgren, Ian Lillington, Bec Lowe, Angela Enbom, Geoff Lawton, Lis Bastian and Rowe Morrow. 

Jen has implemented permaculture principals and ethics into the design of her own rural block of 25 Acres. She has designed urban household blocks for friends and family, consulted for other small holdings, written and presented many short courses and workshops to teach skills needed for a more sustainable life. She is currently working on a permaculture design and education suite for the staff and participants of Mercy Connect, a disability service provider, in Albury and Orange.

Jen has also studied in other areas of sustainable and/or regenerative agriculture giving much depth to her knowledge of permaculture. You will find elements of holisitic management, biological farming, natural sequence farming and keyline design scattered throughout the course.

There will be guest tutors from around the region. These tutors will be announced closer to the start of the course.