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•
Duration: 16 weeks
Cost: Full $995, Concession $275

The Ballarat Permaculture Guild in collaboration with the Creswick Neighbourhood Centre is excited to announce our new-look Permaculture Design Certificate Course. The course will be held at the Creswick Neighbourhood Centre over 16 weeks (every Friday) with a mixture of classroom learning and site visits. Principal tutors are Ian Lillington and Beck Lowe, both well-known and respected Permaculture practitioners and educators.
Bookings: Creswick Neighbourhood Centre Phone: (03) 5345 2356 Email:

•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: $700 waged, $550 concession

Join Tamara Griffiths (Moonrise Permaculture) and Taj Scicluna (The Perma Pixie) on a journey to become more conscious citizens through Permaculture Design. This 72-hr Permaculture Design Course is an internationally recognised qualification that will introduce such topics as: Permaculture Ethics and Principles, Soil, Methods of Design, Plants, Forests, Natural Building, Social Systems and Community, Animal Systems, Water, Earthworks and even some specialised topics such as Wildfoods and Food Forests.
Taught in our home in the lush Dandenong Ranges, the forest surrounds are a nice setting and the style is comfortable and creative. A range of different processes and teaching tools are used to aid people’s individual learning styles, and many resources are provided in the form of booklets, handouts and on-line systems to facilitate the progression of Permaculture in your lives post PDC!
Information on the school and upcoming courses can be found at
Enrol/more info:, or call 0450375528.

•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: