Permaculture Design Course (PDC) Nov 13 – 25, 2017, 2 Weeks Full Time

Permaculture Design Course (PDC) Nov 13 – 25, 2017, 2 Weeks Full Time

Issue6_FinalCoverLRThe Permaculture Design Certificate (72 hours) provides an introduction to permaculture design as created by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren.  Upon completion of the full curriculum students will earn the internationally recognised Permacutlure Design Certificate.

Course: Permaculture Design Certificate Course (PDC)

Date: Monday 13th November – 25th November 2017 (72 hours)

Venue: Garden to Table Permaculture, A Permaculture Homestead

Mid North Coast of Australia, Pacific Palms, NSW, just 3 hours north of Sydney

Includes: A 1 year subscription to PIP magazine and a 1 year membership to Permaculture Australia. Morning & afternoon tea, lunch & dinner.  *Students will provide their own breakfast.


Earlybird price: $1995  ($300 deposit – Paid before September 20th)

(Full amount due by 13th October)

Full Price: $2300 (Paid after September 20th)

Group price: $1700 (2 or more people)

Nestled amongst a Eucalyptus Forest on the Mid North Coast of NSW Garden to Table Permaculture is just 3 hours drive north of Sydney. We are passionate about teaching people how easy it is to grow and prepare their own food in line with the Permaculture Ethics – Earth Care, People Care & Fair Share. A two week residential Permaculture Design Course taught on a small acreage Permaculture Homestead.

A small balcony garden in the city, a suburban block or acres, Garden to Table Permaculture will teach you how to make growing food part of your everyday life and have food at your fingertips to nourish yourself, your family and your community.

Do you want to learn skills for sustainable living, growing your own food, designing your own patch of Paradise or designing to create sustainable communities ? It doesn’t matter if you live in an apartment in the city, a suburban block or acres, you will learn how to make sustainable living part of your daily life.

Phone Megan Cooke on 0413 769 530 for more information, I’d love to chat to you personally about this course. We’re so excited!


Students will enjoy hands on experience in the Permaculture Garden

A Rammed Earth Studio for rent at Pacific Palms

The Rammed Earth Permaculture Education Centre at Garden to Table, Pacific Palms


Thai beef salad

Our delicious food using local and organic produce

Permaculture Education Centre

The Rammed Earth Permaculture Education Centre.


Our teachers…

Brett Cooper, Permaculture Teacher, Designer

Brett Cooper, Permaculture Teacher, Designer

Brett Cooper owns and operates Limestone Permaculture Farm with his wife Nicole & two children in the Stroud Valley, on the Mid North Coast, a small diverse farm with a farm gate, market garden and mixed animals. He works as a Permaculture designer, educator & market gardener.

Brett is a Carpenter & Joiner by trade, has years of experience in Building & Landscaping, carries Diplomas in Project & People Management, is certified by Permaculture Research Institute for his PDC undertaken with Allyn River Permaculture and has been vegetable gardening for over 40 years.

In the past, Brett has been a director on the Gloucester Food Hub, coordinator for the Mayfield Community Gardens, manager for the Stroud Growers Market and is currently the Chief Steward of the ‘Produce Pavilion’ at the Stroud Show.

His passion is teaching small scale permaculture & designing ‘Permaculture Principled Homesteads’!


Megan Cooke Permaculture Teacher

Megan Cooke Permaculture Teacher

Megan Cooke, director of Garden to Table Permaculture, has a combined 24 years experience in horticulture, permaculture and outdoor education. Megan worked for Great Lakes Council teaching a ‘Gardening for Sustainability Program, taught children in the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program and managed Forster Community Garden for seven years.

Certified by Permaculture College Australia in 2006  she completed her PDC with Robyn Francis. In 2012 she completed her Permaculture teacher training with Rosemary Morrow & Nick Ritar at Milkwood Permaculture. In 2013 Megan visited Malawi in Africa where she completed her second Permaculture Design Course.

Megan is passionate about sharing the knowledge she has learnt from her sustainable living journey of building a Rammed Earth passive solar house surrounded by Permaculture gardens, with her husband and two children in Pacific Palms.



Alexia Martinez, Permaculture Teacher

Alexia Martinez, born on a suburban block complete with veggie patch, fruit trees, poultry, rabbits, and a gigantic compost bay, Alexia went to live overseas as a young adult and worked in marketing, communications and corporate training.

Certified and mentored by Rosemary Morrow in Australia, she completed her teacher’s training with Rowe in July 2011.

Alexia is a new generation permaculture designer and teacher with a combined experience of over ten years in permaculture, gardening, project management and teaching.

She teaches gardening and sustainability to school students and adults and she develops permaculture sites both within the city sphere and the rural landscape.

Alexia lives on a rural Permaculture Property, Valley’s End Farm in Jilliby NSW and is director of Terra Permaculture.


Permaculture Design Certificate Prerequisites

Whilst there are no prerequisites for a PDC it is helpful to have a basic understanding of what Permaculture is about.

Suggested Reading

  • Earth Users Guide to Permaculture – Rosemary Morrow
  • Introduction to Permaculture – Bill Millison & Reny Slay.

The Curriculum

Origins of Permaculture, why is there a need, Ethics & Principles of Permaculture

Basics of Ecology, Energy laws, law of return

Climate and microclimate

Designing for Different Climatic Zones

Garden Management

Small-Farm Strategies

Large-Farm Possibilities

Soils – erosion control, fertilisation, nutrient cycling

Plants and Trees

Eco-Building & Alternative Energy

Planning the Homestead

Guilds and Polycultures

Forests, Windbreaks, Trees

Plants, food forests

Water & Earthworks

Keyline Water Harvesting

Freshwater Aquaculture

Zone & Sector Analysis in Permaculture

Planning for Disaster

Reading the landscape – Patterns in Nature, Patterns in Design


Working with People

Starting a Permaculture Business

Building stronger communities

The Global Permaculture Movement


NB: In keeping with the People Care ethic we believe in keeping a good ratio of students to teachers, to give you the most out of your PDC experience.

There will be a maximum of 20 students. As at 12.10.16 we have 7 students booked into the course.


ACCOMMODATION… just 5 minutes drive from Garden to Table Permaculture, right opposite Elizabeth beach!

Pacific Palms Caravan Park at Elizabeth Beach –

Phone (02) 6554 0209


Camping $15 per night at Elizabeth Beach Caravan Park

Shared Cabins: Approximately 4 – 5 people per cabin $300 for 2 weeks

(Accommodation options are paid separately directly to accommodation provider)

To find out more information contact Megan on 0413 769 530 or email

Boomerang, Bluey's & Elizabeth Beaches just 5 mins away

Boomerang, Bluey’s & Elizabeth Beach just 5 mins away from Garden to Table Permaculture


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