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Event – Central Victorian Permaculture Design Course, Bendigo & Castlemaine – 3 – 17 November

Posted in Events, Models, Movements, Research by Ferne Edwards on October 17th, 2007

The only Central Victorian Permaculture Design Course (PDC) this year will be in Bendigo and Castlemaine from 3rd until 17th November. Permaculturists have been teaching sustainable design for many years and this course offers the knowledge and experience of a wide range of experienced permaculturists, including one of the permaculture founders, David Holmgren from Hepburn, and local permaculture author, Ian Lillington.

Getting out of the classroom and experiencing working permaculture systems is also very important to the learning process, and the course offers a wide range of fieldtrips in Central Victoria. These include large and small suburban gardens, a community garden (Gravel Hill Gardens), a town/shire seeking to be sustainable (Castlemaine/Mt Alexander), an ecovillage (Fryers Forest) and various sized farms. One of the highlights of the course is the visit to “Melliodora”, David Holmgren and his partner Su’s home

This two week intensive course is an efficient and enjoyable means of:
* Gaining a full understanding of permaculture principles and ethics.
* Amassing the skills, techniques and knowledge base for designing and developing sustainable human settlements.
* Developing strategies for creating positive alternatives to the environmental and social problems surrounding us.
Many participants find that their PDC is a life-changing experience. You will be challenged and inspired.

Subjects on the PDC include: permaculture ethics and principles, reading the landscape, fuel futures, design methods, climates and microclimates, soils and soil improvement, home and community gardens, animals, orchards, pastures and shelterbelts, earthworks, building design, trees and forestry, community an economic strategies, household strategies, aquaculture, and weed ecologies.

Locals can travel daily to the Bendigo venue by train/bike; or use bunk-style accommodation on site. We will be staying at Koolamurt Scout Camp, in a bushland setting on the edge of Bendigo. Meals will be mostly organic and mostly vegetarian, and always delicious. Other food preferences can be catered for too.

The course fee for this PDC is $995. This includes up to 15 nights accommodation and all meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, morning and afternoon teas), as well as training costs.