[permaculture] April PDC

ERDA Institute erda at nor.com.au
Sun Mar 23 18:14:51 EST 2003

Last reminder - 
Permaculture Design Course, April 6-19
at Djanbung Gardens Permaculture Centre, Nimbin, NSW

Still places available for the April course.

Join this permaculture course to learn the skills to
-  design productive and beautiful landscapes that draw from ecology and
sustainable traditional systems
-  plan environments that support good ecology and social needs
-  create social and economic systems that provide people with opportunities
for abundance, security and meaningful lifestyles
- be involved in sustainable community development, urban renewal &
-  develop strategies for Earth repair, reforestation and healing the earth
-  understand nature as a living dynamic system to work more effectively
with it¹s processes

Dynamic Learning
The learning style is dynamic, interactive and practical with access to the
permaculture-in-action projects and systems at Djanbung Gardens, Jarlanbah
Permaculture Hamlet and the unique village of Nimbin.

Bridge theory and practice as you live, learn and explore this creative
environment and experience first-hand ecological building, productive
gardens and forest ecosystems, integrated poultry, biological sewage and
greywater treatment, intricate water catchment management and aquaculture,
eco-village and community development projects, alternative technology and
energy systems and an excursion to the ancient world heritage rainforest of
Nightcap National Park to observe forest ecology and an introduction to
Aboriginal ethnobotany.

This course includes the 72 hour curriculum of the Permaculture Institute
and on completion you will receive the Permaculture Design Course
Certificate of Completion.

Participants receive a copy of Permaculture Education¹s PDC Handbook with
over 120 pages of notes and resource information prepared by Robyn Francis,
to reduce the stress of note-taking & provide you with a valuable
information resource for future reference.

Topics include
- Patterns and processes in nature and human culture & application to design
for sustainability
- Soil ecology, improvement and management, natural nutrients, mulches and
- Water management planning, collection, storage and conservation,
earthworks and aquaculture
- Forest ecosystems and design of forests for food, forage, fibre,
structural materials, habitat, conservation, wildlife, tree-cropping and
farm forestry
- Food producing systems for home gardens and small holdings through to
broad acre farmlands
- Integrated free-range and animal forage systems
- Design to reduce vulnerability to fire, drought and natural disasters
- Integrated pest & weed control
- Appropriate energy and resource conserving technologies and design,
renewable energy systems, and passive solar house design
- Bioregional & community development strategies, urban renewal, eco-village
design, community economics, legal structures, community gardens and city

Course Details
Course duration: 85-90 hours
The PDC is a 2 week intensive programme over 13 days from 9am-5.30pm with
some evening sessions.
First day starts 10am

Registration Fee:
AUD $850/$750(conc) 2-week Intensive PDC
includes all tuition & course activities, course handbook, lunches and some
evening meals - send a $100 deposit with your registration form.
Low income students can apply to do voluntary work for a course fee
concession (up to 20%)

Accommodation - bunks and camping available on site

Robyn Francis and guest tutors who may include Janelle Schafer, Peter
Hardwick, Peter Gould and other resource people.

Robyn Francis is well known for her extensive work in permaculture since
1984: as a teacher, designer, presenter, writer, editor of the Permaculture
International Journal ('87-92) & founding director of Permaculture
International Ltd. She has taught and consulted in USA, Germany, New
Zealand, India, Bali & many parts of Australia including work with
Aboriginal communities.

Robyn Francis¹ extensive design work has included suburban edible
landscapes, self-sufficiency & commercial farms, community gardens, public
landscapes, rural communities & village development, in climates ranging
from cold temperate to arid & humid tropics, for grass roots individuals and
businesses through to Government Departments

Further details:
Ph 02-6689 1755
Email  erda at nor.com.au

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