Permaculture Training

There are many opportunities for Permaculture training – from a short Introduction to Permaculture, to the full-curriculum Permaculture Design Certificate, through to Diploma courses. Some courses offered in Permaculture Victoria’s immediate bio-region are listed below. (For courses elsewhere in Australia, check out Permaculture Australia.)

Permaculture Victoria does not endorse specific courses as the ‘best’; instead we recommend that you make your own enquiries: discuss with the course convenors your learning, schedule and budget needs; ask course graduates; and choose the course that best suits you. The list of courses below is in alphabetical order (by provider) and does not purport to be exhaustive. If you would like a course to be listed on this page, or your course details to be updated, please email

The Victorian Educators’ Group is a group of Permaculture teachers involved in the updating of A Syllabus for Permaculture Design in Cool Temperate South Eastern Australia – a resource to help Permaculture educators plan Permaculture Design Courses. It covers the whole PDC curriculum as required by The Permaculture Institute and includes additional material relevant to our bio-region.


• Ararat – Mudlark Permaculture 
Duration: 12 Sundays over 3 months

Cost: $800

72 hour International curriculum – Based on the foundation text ‘Permaculture: A Designers’ Manual’ – by Bill Mollison. This PDC will be run from the Mudlark Permaculture Urban Demonstration Site – Ararat. You will be able to share in the creation and understanding of our half acre urban site. Learn how to live a low energy, regenerative, abundant life!
Bookings: or 03 5352 5592 for further information or to sign up!

• Ballarat – Permaculture Guild •

Ballarat Permaculture Guild is running a PDC beginning January 21 & 22.

The course will run on a weekend format on the following days:

Feb 18, 19, March 11, 12 13, April 1, 2, April 29, 30, May 20, 21, June 17, 18

Course fees: $995 full fee.  Concession $495

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

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 Friday & Saturdaynights, where family and other BPG members will be invited to join us.  In addition, family will be invited to join several practical sessions including our Passata Day on the March long weekend, plus seasonal activities like seed saving, pruning & grafting.

Presenters include Beck Lowe, Ian Lillington, Steve Burns, David Holmgren, Sonia van Dorssen, Paul Ryle, David Davidson, Yonke van Geloven, Joel Meadows, Kat Lavers, Taj Scicluna and a range of other local experts & specialists.  We visit many local permaculture sites, including Melliodora, home of permaculture co-founder David Holmgren.

Main course venue will be in Invermay (NE edge of Ballarat) on a local permaculture property.  Training facilities included 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.

Camping on site is available at the rate of $5 per person per night.  Hot showers and refrigeration of your goodies is covered, but no catering included.   Once numbers of campers are clear, arrangements for shared cooking, etc can be arranged.  (It is likely that the majority of students will live locally and not be camping.)

Book direct at

• Brunswick – CERES •
Duration: 17 x Tuesday evenings 6.30-9.30pm, plus 8 x Sundays OR

17 x Wednesday evenings 6.30-9.30pm, plus 8 x Sundays
Cost: Full $1700, CERES member/concession $1500

This extended part-time PDC covers 100 hrs of tuition following The Syllabus for Permaculture Design in Cool Temperate South Eastern Australia. At CERES, Cnr Stewart and Roberts St, Brunswick. Tutors: Graeme George, Adam Grubb, Dan Palmer, Kat Lavers and guests.
More info: 9389 0124

• Dandenong Ranges – Moonrise Permaculture & The Perma Pixie 
Duration: 6 months
Cost: $800 or $650 Concession

Our Permaculture Design Course focuses on creative facilitation which is
fun, engaging and hands on. We believe that there are many ways in which
people can learn, and try to cover as many teaching styles as possible in
order to compliment individual learning styles.
Join us for an interative, hands on, practical and immersive Permaculture
Course with a Social Permaculture and community focus!

Our Courses are unique as classes provide a break from the regular ‘chalk
and talk’ academic environment, focusing on each person’s learning style to
give a variety of teaching methods and processes that compliment the
diversity of a group.

You will learn how to make more informed and conscious choices, you will
develop an understanding of the Natural world, you will design various
garden, housing and social systems for wholistic outcomes, you will get
your hands dirty and rediscover the radical responsibility we have to the
Earth that sustains us.”


Next Course
August 24th – December 10th

Dandenong Ranges
Wednesdays 6pm-9:30pm
4 Saturday Classes

$800 or $650 Concession
Two $400 Scholarships available*

The course will run Wednesday nights from 6:00pm – 9:30pm, to ensure people
can go about their daily lives and still have a fruitful learning
experience. There are 4 Saturday classes for hands on activities, field
trips and Presentation day.

Each participant will receive a Permaculture Design Course Booklet by
Gaiacraft, as well as additional handouts compiled from various sources and
written both by Tamara Griffiths and The Perma Pixie.

For Bookings:

* Scholarships are available for people facing situations of hardship or
those from socio-economic backgrounds that have had an impact on the
equality, choice and opportunity of the individual.
We have ethics surrounding the accessability of Permaculture. In order to
still create a right livliehood for ourselves as well as providing
Permaculture courses for people of many financial situations (in the West),
we provide scholarship positions, concession positions and also offer
payment plans.
Please contact us if you would like to apply for a scholarship or payment

• Geelong – Permaculture Geelong •
Duration: 19 July to 15 November 2015 (15 Sundays over 20 weeks, except 6, 20 & 27 September)
Cost: $1095 full $275 concession (limited places), includes Permaculture Victoria membership, course notes & field trips

This PDC is being run by Permaculture Geelong (a local group of Permaculture Victoria) with ACFE funding via Haddon Community House. Learn to effectively design urban areas and small acreage, build resilience, create abundance! Understand and build soil; capture, store and reuse water; integrate systems – animals, plants, trees, water, etc. Learn from experienced permaculture tutors including Steve Burns, Ian Lillington, Beck Lowe and Wendy Marchment.
Enrol: manager @ or 5342 7050 (Joan)
More info: permaculturegeelong @ or 0432 057 945 (Wendy) 

• Monbulk & Emerald – Telopea Mountain Permaculture •
Duration: 4 August – 22 November 2015 

Tuesdays 9am – 4.30pm, plus 4 x Saturday or Sunday 9am-4.30pm.
Cost: $495

Held at Emerald Community House and onsite at Telopea Mountain in Monbulk. This PDC course is 147 hours with many tutors and site visits covering the PDC basics plus much more; 2 certificates on completion.
(Note – this is the last chance to do this 2-certificate course for $495. In 2016 the course will have its first price rise in 13 years, to $649.)
Enrol: Emerald Community House 5968 3881
More info:

• Mornington Peninsula – Santosha Permaculture PDC •
Duration: 1 May – 28 August 2016
Cost: $1050 (Early-bird before March 31 – $950)
We are running a Permaculture Design Course (PDC) which runs over 14 weeks. There are two options – either each Wednesday ORSunday, plus site visits and additional workshops. This course will benefit people wishing to develop their own productive garden, planning a larger scale rural or commercial enterprise, those wishing to live or work more sustainably.
Enrol: or call 0425 785 233 (Fleur)
More info here

• Violet Town – Murrnong Permaculture Farm •
Duration: 31 October 2015 – 10 April 2016 (14 days over 7 weekend sessions from Spring to Autumn)
Cost: $970 individual / $1800 couple. Discount may apply if you’ve done a PDC before.

This PDC engages and immerses you in design examples, at Murrnong, and at diverse other sites, from intensive urban to rural. The extended format gives you time to absorb what you’ve learnt each session, and grow together as a learning community through these seasons. On successful completion of the course you will receive a permaculture design certificate, and become part of the worldwide permaculture movement. Tutors include host David Arnold, Beck Lowe, Richard Telford, Dani Wolff and Jesse Robertson, and Brian Bowring.
Participants and tutors will contribute to shared meals. Produce grown and made at Murrnong Farm and the other sites will be available to share, and purchase. For each PDC weekend, overnight camping is possible, by arrangement.
Bookings: or contact David on or 03 5798 1679 for more information.