Permaculture Design Course

Our April 2017 course is well underway now. Sorry that you’ve missed it!

We will be running a Permaculture Design Certificate Course  at The Crossing in April 2018 (dates tbc) prior to the 14th  Australian Permaculture Convergence. We are also organising a second course in 2018, here at Brogo Permaculture Gardens, in November 2018 (dates tbc).

Contact us to express your interest in either course and we will get back to you as soon as details are finalised.

Read about what to expect from our courses:


We We offer a range of prices: earlybird, past PDC graduates, fairshare and discount for couples/friends/groups. We encourage you to talk to us early if you want to do a course but circumstances make it financially difficult. We could have a solution for you!


Accommodation options at The Crossing are shared rooms in railway carriages or BYO camping.

At Brogo Permaculture Gardens we will be offering shared tents (glamping), BYO camping and a few rooms in the house.

Is doing a Permaculture Design course with us right for you?

Deciding to do a  Permaculture  Design  Course (PDC), is a big commitment. At Brogo Permaculture Gardens we take your commitment very seriously by offering a high quality and memorable course. We have run permaculture courses for over 12 years in the Bega Valley, other parts of Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia and in England, but more importantly we have tested and lived permaculture, its ethics, principles and permaculture design for over 20 years.

We work with a group of like minded and committed permaculture teachers to provide one of the best permaculture courses in Australia and our commitment to you is that you will leave this course with skills to develop the resilient lifestyle you want.

We know that a good permaculture course should be a life changing experience. Feedback from participants over the years regarding our Permaculture Design Course  has been positive, not only in terms of the teachers, the course and its delivery, but about the impact the permaculture course has had on the lives of participants.

Permaculture Design Course Curriculum

Our curriculum is based on Bill Mollison’s book ‘Permaculture: A Designers Manual’ and addresses the broad concept of permaculture through emphasis of the 12 permaculture principles (David Holmgren). Proven examples, from around Australia and the world, are used to demonstrate the effectiveness of permaculture.

Topics include :

  • Origins, Development, Ethics & Principles of Permaculture
  • Basics of Ecology & proven knowledge on climate, water, soils & trees.
  • Pattern Understanding
  • Design Methods & tools for creative design and process.
  • Food Production systems from an urban to rural scale & animal integration.
  • Aquaculture & Appropriate Technology.
  • Designing for different climatic zones & disaster mitigation strategies.
  • Energy Efficient Housing & Eco-Village design.
  • Bioregional & Local strategies for community resilience.

The Teachers

The permaculture course at The Crossing features a team teaching approach. John Champagne leads & weaves through the course and introduces his colleagues who are selected for their first hand experience in the subject they teach.
Students will be engaged with the likes of Phil Gall, Aaron Sorensen, Daniel Deighton, Kathleen McGann and Julie Davies as well as a range of guests.

Many of our teachers have completed a Creative Facilitation Workshop with Robyn Clayfield. Creative teaching techniques are used throughout the course ensuring we meet the needs of different learning styles, the vast amount of information is best retained and that each section of the course is new and exciting.

Site Visits

Reading the feedback from our Permaculture Design Courses (PDC), the two full days of site visits offered on this permaculture course is a real feature. We visit 8 properties from urban backyards, small acreage farms and the BEND Eco-Village in Bega. It’s not just the physical aspect of the sites that will impress you, but also the people who own them.

Permaculture Design Course Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for doing a permaculture design course however a basic understanding of what Permaculture is about is desirable. For complete novices,three books  worth looking at in preparation include :

    • Earth Users Guide to Permaculture – Rosemary Morrow
    • Introduction to Permaculture – Bill Millison & Reny Slay.
    • The Holistic Life – Ian Lillington.

Texts Used During the Permaculture Design Course

    • “A Designers Manual” – Bill Mollison
    • “Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability” – David Holmgren.
    • “Teachers Notes” – Rosemary Morrow.
    • “Teaching Permaculture Creatively” – Robin Clayfield.

Permaculture Design Course (PDC) Benefits

On successful completion of the course a certificate will be issued which is a prerequisite for

  • Teaching Accredited Permaculture Training.(APT)
  • Membership of Permaculture Australia.
  • Use of the word “Permaculture” in any business activity.
  • Entry to both National and International Permaculture Convergences