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 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.


Silvan – Perma Pixie’s Permaculture Design Course

The Perma Pixie Permaculture Design Course at Geo Eco Farm
We believe in skill-based learning on the Farm, catering for the kinesthetic, leaving participants empowered with a range of intellectual knowledge and experiential skill.

The Perma Pixie is currently retrofitting and helping manage a Farm property near the lush Dandenong Ranges, that is home to a range of animals such as Goats, Sheep, Pigs, Geese, Ducks, Chickens and more. We will be creating functional systems using Permaculture strategies as part of this Permaculture Design Course, assisting the efficiency of the property whilst offering real skill-based learning.

10 Weeks 3 Full Weekends and 7 Saturdays
Course Fee: $1400 waged, $1200 for concession card holders, low income card holders and elderly.  2 work exchange places are offered to make Permaculture accessible. Work exchange is 40 hrs for the course duration, each Wednesday for 4-8 hrs a week.
Included in your Course Fee:
– The Gaiacraft Permaculture Design Course Curriculum Booklet
– A range of handouts for different sessions
– Extensive digital resources and downloads, access to the course Google Drive
– Hands-on experience in Gardening, Soil building, Natural Building, Forest Gardening and more
– Knowledge of design process and systems and how to design a Permaculture Property
– Tea, Coffee and morning tea
– Site visits to existing and functioning Permaculture sites
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 interactive, hands on, creative, practical and immersive Permaculture Course!
Enrol/more info or or call 0450375528

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 Inc
Duration: 8 weekends over 6 months (Jan-June)
Cost: Full $1195, Concession $595

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.
IT IS ESSENTIAL TO BOOK ON THE BPG WEBSITE (after reading the Terms & Conditions) –

Brunswick – CERES Community Environment Park
Duration: 15 x Wednesday evenings 6.30-9.30pm, with some Saturdays and Sundays 9.30am – 5pm Cost: Full $1895, CERES member/concession $1775
Cnr Stewart and Roberts St, Brunswick.
The CERES PDC covers the whole design course curriculum with extra time for urban issues and reading the landscapes of cool temperate south-eastern Australia. Our course follows the Permaculture Educators Guild Syllabus. The course is a mix of classroom presentations, workshops, design exercises, practical exercises and visits to properties to see Permaculture in action as well as a catered weekend away. The course content and approaches to teaching and learning is directed by a group of leading PDC teachers and practitioners. This 100 hour course is delivered by a range of professional, practicing permaculturists including David Holmgren, Joel Meadows and Earthcare Permaculture’s Graeme George.

CERES PDC graduates may be able to gain credits towards components of accredited Permaculture qualifications subject to a relevant RTOs’ RPL policies and procedures.  You are encouraged to speak directly to RTOs to clarify this.  Enrol:  More info: 9389 0100

Monbulk & Emerald – Telopea Mountain Permaculture- Pete the Permie
Duration: 18 weeks
Tuesdays 9am – 4.30pm, plus 4 x Saturday or Sunday 9am-4.30pm.
Cost: $649

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.
Enrol: Emerald Community House 5968 3881
More info:

Ringwood – Pete the Permie
80hrs on Thursdays 9-4.30  with 9x Thurs & 3x Saturdays
$495 full price.
Book via Ringwood Central community centre Ph 9870 2602 
This course is near Ringwood train station for easy access.  This PDC is the same as our other PDC’s we run, with a larger focus on urban with 5 site visits and looking at Retrosuburbia, Compost making and other soils skills will be done on the Community Garden next to the community house, this garden  was started and designed by a past student
Zones, trees and animals will be done at Telopea Mtn our 125 year old Permaculture demonstration site

With our PDC’s we not only deliver the core subjects of 72 hours that all PDC’s are obliged to, we take more time to expand on these we teach Hot compost, No-dig & wicking beds, how to graft a fruit tree, we demonstrate how you can make a yield (real cash income or meet your  families needs).

Our tutors are selected because they have worked hard in their field of expertise and we believe you need multiple ideas and viewpoints so we also take you to many properties big & small to show you what is real & possible. Swales are discussed in PDC’s but we look at the many we have built in different location/situations plus you can get involved in making them as well.

So our aim is to send new Permies on their way who are not just empowered but also skilled, some become teachers , consultant designers or just damn good food providers, whatever they wish for.

Mornington Peninsula – Santosha Permaculture – 
SUNDAYS 9.30am – 4.30pm
14-week PDC offers 98+ hours of permaculture learning through interactive classroom activities and site visits in a supportive small group environment. All learning styles are catered for, with a mix of discussion, videos, readings and hands-on activities.

The only PDC offered on the Mornington Peninsula, on a picturesque working alpaca farm!
Cost: $1200 full fee, Early Bird: $950 paid in full prior to commencement.
Explore the world of Permaculture, developing insight and skills to live an abundant life and look after the planet. Learn to apply permaculture ethics and principles to individuals, community groups or business settings. Suitable for people wishing to develop their own productive garden, planning a larger scale rural enterprise, involved in community groups or wanting to live a resilient and more sustainable life.
By the end of this course you will have the skills to prepare permaculture designs, which can be applied to individuals, households, communities or business to build a sustainable future.

Bookings: A $250 deposit is required to confirm your booking; places are limited. Book here:
(Please contact me to set up a payment plan or to discuss concession pricing or alternative arrangements)
Contact: email with any questions, or phone Fleur on 0425 785 233.

Very Edible Gardens
Duration: Varied
Cost: $2300 full price.(or $2,070 per person if booking as part of a group). Fee includes all tuition, camping accommodation, discounts on other VEG courses, & a 250-page book of comprehensive notes. Delicious locavore food is provided for free for every meal! To secure your space you can register with a $100 deposit ( payment plan available).

VEG’s Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Courses include over 100 hours of class time.  Offered either as an intensive two-week event over fourteen days or part time over three months. Tutors include VEG team members Adam Grubb and Dan Palmer, permaculture co-originator David Holmgren, David’s partner Su Dennett and some handpicked local legends.
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