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Permaculture Design Certificate: Sydney July 2013

Title: Permaculture Design Certificate: Sydney July 2013
Venue: Alexandria Park Community Centre / Sydney
Category: Permaculture Design Certificate
Date: Jun 29 2013 - Jul 12 2013
Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Join Nick Ritar with special guests for an amazing two weeks of permaculture theory, practical workshops, site visits and intensive design exercises exploring permaculture in the middle of Sydney.

Our PDC graduates leave our courses ready to design and implement permaculture principles into a wide range of scenarios; from urban permaculture systems to small farms and community projects.


Permaculture is set of principles that result in sustainable and productive systems. Systems for living, architecture, food production, land management and community.

No chemicals and no excuses. Just good, thoughtful, innovative and effective design for the needs of our species.

mandala bed

During this PDC, examples of designing for energy conservation, food production systems, nutrient cycling and more will all be addressed with a combination of rural and urban examples.

We also blend into our established and certified curriculum new material from a range of other world-leading thinkers and activators on subjects like transition, food security, regenerative agriculture, urban water harvesting and many more.

forest gardening

Our PDC curriculum includes the following:

Permaculture principles and ethics
•    Permaculture design for urban and rural situations
•    Creating a balanced soil food web
•    Pattern Understanding
•    Designing water into landscape (or streetscape)
•    Passive water harvesting and drought-proofing
•    Intensive food and animal systems
•    Orchard and food forest design
•    System planning + integration
•    Design for different biospheres: tropics / drylands / cool climates
•    Appropriate technologies for future communities
•    Trees, water and energy cycling
•    Strategies for building healthy, resilient communities
•    In-depth site visits to two of Sydney's best examples of urban Permaculture systems.


This PDC will be taught in combination within both a classroom and a community garden environment, with site visits to amazing urban permaculture systems. The class size for this course is limited to ensure quality learning outcomes for everyone, and students emerge as accredited Permaculture Designers.

You will emerge from this course confident and ready to tackle a range of permaculture design scenarios, with a strong toolbox of resources and a team of fellow alumni.

Nick Ritar's teaching demonstrates high levels of technical expertise, and he is skilled at conveying complex information to a diverse group of learners.

More importantly, he continually demonstrates that permaculture values and ethics can, and should, be embedded within professional practice

- Kath Albury, PDC student


So if you're passionately curious about how to start making a difference in your city or town, please join us!

Some resources to get you thinking:

Video of our last Urban PDC
Some of our student's previous urban permaculture designs
David Holmgren's Permaculture PrinciplesAll our articles on Permaculture

About the teachers:

Nick Ritar is a permaculture designer, consultant and educator who works extensively across a wide range of bioregions, farms, watersheds and city environments. He is recognized nationally as a leading advocate on how permaculture principles can contribute to food security through good design and regenerative farming and living.

Nick divides his time between extensive permaculture teaching, permaculture consultancy, writing and farming in central western NSW. Nick's full profile.

Further special guests to be announced... see who we work with on our Teachers Page...

Booking into the course

You can pay for your course below with your credit card, or get in contact with us to arrange payment by credit card over the phone, or cheque or direct deposit.

You can book your course above by credit or debit card. Your banking details are secure and will not be provided to Milkwood Permaculture or any other third party. Please ensure you read our refund policy.

Included in your course fee:

PDMThe course text Permaculture: A Designers Manual (RRP $120) is included in your course fee. We also make available our extensive library of Permaculture and associated texts.

Your course fee also includes a USB stick full of Milkwood Permaculture's extensive take-home resources on all subjects covered in this course to further your studies, design sand projects. You will receive an accredited certificate from Milkwood Permaculture which is recognized by all major permaculture certifying bodies.

Your course fee includes tea + coffee + lashings of yummy organic fruit during the day. For lunches, we usually put in a joint order to a great little organic cafe around the corner, LoveGrub - or feel free to bring your own.

As part of our Fair Share policy, we provide pensioner, couples and unwaged discounts where needed. Please get in touch for more information.

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