Permaculture Design Certificate – Cairns – June/July 2012
30th June – 13th July 2012 – Cairns • Far North Queensland
Join us at The Flexible Learning Centre, Cairns and take part in a very special two week Permaculture Design Certificate Course with the co-author of the principle book on Permaculture in Schools “Outdoor Classrooms”, Janet Millington and FreeRange Permaculture’s very own Kym Kruse.
A FreeRange Permaculture Design Certificate provides a solid foundation in Permaculture design and theory. Our PDC equips graduates with the skills
and knowledge required to design and implement permaculture principles in a variety of contexts; from urban permaculture systems to small farms,
suburban blocks and overseas aid projects. Our courses incorporate intensive theory and practice in all aspects of·Permaculture Design.
Student numbers for this PDC will be strictly limited to 24 people to ensure effective learning outcomes for everyone.
“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.”
We are all looking for practical solutions. Farmers are seeking ways to earn an income and build soil fertility. People in cities are seeking effective ways of growing healthy, organic food in urban environments. It is possible to retrofit an existing house or property that results in lower energy costs and better health for us and our families. There are solutions that use intelligent, thoughtful design principles to build sustainable lives, and sustainable communities.
Permaculture design principles can be applied across any biosphere, on any property, in any landscape, and in any city. Permaculture offers an integrated approach to land use and community building, designing diverse and stable ecosystems for people to provide food, energy, shelter, and other needs. With positivism and practical applications of innovative and effective design, we can all live in a sustainable way and allow natural systems to flourish for the betterment of global health.
“The only ethical decision is to take responsibility for our own existence and that of our children,” -·Bill Mollison
What is a Permaculture Design Certificate Course?
The Permaculture Design Certificate Course (PDC) has been delivered since the early 1980’s to possibly millions of people across the globe. All manner of people have done a PDC to equip themselves with the ability to confront constant cultural & environmental change & to become more sustainable, energy efficient members of the community.The PDC is an efficient & cost effective means of gaining the knowledge of Permaculture Ethics & Principles together with amassing a skills, techniques & knowledge base for designing & developing sustainable human settlements – from a small home to a broad acre farm.
The 2 week format combines all of this to make for a totally empowering experience that is very likely to change your life…not to mention the connections and friends you will make for life too!
Why take this Permaculture Design Certificate Course?
This PDC delivers the certified curriculum from·The Permaculture Institute of Australia (Bill Mollison)·. The curriculum is therefore based on Mollison’s Magnus opus:·Permaculture: A Designer’s Manual.
The PDC is a very intensive learning experience. This interactive course has been specifically designed to meet the needs of adult learners, using a wide range of creative facilitation methods which have been roundly appreciated by Janet & Kym’s past participants.
The course aims to empower participants with the skills and knowledge required to become a person capable of designing and developing sustainable systems anywhere in the world.
“I thought I was coming to learn about gardens, and instead I learned about life, and the importance of community and interdependence.” – Quote from a previous course participant
The 72-hour Permaculture Institute PDC is equivalent to one university/college subject of one semester. It has always been intended to be a course focused on design and thinking, rather than about technique.
This PDC manages to balance the needs of participants by delivering the curriculum using a diverse range of outdoor practicum & design exercises for applied learning, along with imagery-based slideshows & videos.·This course can also serve as the foundation for further study and is a prerequisite for a·Diploma in Permaculture Design.
The Course Curriculum
FreeRange Permaculture’s PDC course covers the following Permaculture principles, with additional workshops, design practice exercises, practical sessions and films:
······ Permaculture ethics
······ Concepts and themes in Permaculture Design
······ Methods of good design
······ Pattern Understanding
······ Climatic factors in design
······ Trees & their energy transactions
······ Earthworking + earth resources
······ Design for different biospheres: humid tropics / drylands / humid cool to cold climates
······ Future scenarios & strategies
·······Strategies for building healthy, resilient communities
·······Farm walks and explaination of Rosella Waters permaculture system
About the Teachers·
Janet Millington is an educator, author and researcher with a long background in community development. She has taught Permaculture courses locally, nationally and internationally during the past 13 years, has 22 years primary school teaching experience, a Masters of Education and is an experienced and highly qualified aquaculturist.
Janet was also a key person in the development of Accredited Permaculture Training (APT) giving students the opportunity to formalise their Permaculture education. Janet has designed many properties, community & school gardens, working with teachers across the regions to provide engaging and authentic learning experiences for children of all ages. She co-authored “Outdoor Classrooms” now used by over 1000 schools, and enjoys supporting teachers and parents to teach the entire curriculum from the school garden.
Janet is recognised as a leader in the global Transition Towns movement here in Australia. Together with Sonya Wallace, she developed the first ever Energy Decent Action Plan (EDAP) for the Sunshine Coast outside of Kinsale, Ireland. She currently resides in Cairns and together with leading the development of an EDAP for the Cairns Regional Council she is the newly appointed President of non-for profit community group, Permaculture Cairns.
Kym Kruse is a permaculture designer, consultant and educator and co-director of FreeRange Permaculture. He is also a co-director and consultant of KingBrown Technology makers of quality compost for regional farms. As a Director of the RegenAG® Group, Kym has been instrumental in bringing world-leaders within regenerative agriculture to deliver courses to the farming community of Far North QLD. He was also the co-founder and inaugural President of non-for profit community group Permaculture Cairns and established the Flexible Learning Centre permaculture system which was recently recognized by Queensland Education with The Showcase Award for Inclusive Education. Kym is currently developing Rosella Waters, a Permaculture demonstration site with his wife and business partner Georgie Kruse.
Location & Travel
The course will be held at The Flexible Learning Centre, Cairns in Tropical Far North Queensland, an easy 1hr drive from Cairns International Airport or 15 minutes from Atherton, the largest township on the majestic Atherton tablelands.
Flexible Learning Center, Cairns
90 Clarke Street
Please visit our map for the exact location.
Your course fee·includes all meals incl.; morning & afternoon tea and a yummy lunch. Meals are made from fresh local ingredients and organic where possible, omnivore or vegetarian options are available. Please let us know your preference when booking.
The full course fee for this two-week course is $1,500. This fee includes all meals (omni or veg) and basic camping facilities over the two-week period. We also offer a 10% discount on earlybird bookings.
During the course
Class starts on the morning of Saturday 23rd June and concludes in the afternoon of Saturday 7th July, with a day off in the middle on Saturday 30th.
Classes run in a rough 9am – 5pm format, depending on the material of the day.
Once you’ve booked into this course, we will contact you via email regarding food preferences, what to bring along with you, and any further info you might need or request.
For those coming from afar, Cairns has a wide range of accommodation options available. Please visit the Cairns Accommodationwebsite.
About FreeRange Permaculture
Our Permaculture demonstration site is “Rosella Waters” near Cairns in Far North Queensland. The 2.38H property is located in Walkamin near what is locally known as the “jump-up”, the edge of an ancient lava flow. At an elevation of close to 600 meters above sea level and with over 1000mm of rainfall per year, it is a unique climate suited to a wide range of produce. The property is fronted by 194 meters of the Barron River, which flows year round and is the major river in the region.
Any questions, just call Kym on 0447054466 or Georgie on 0407243298.
Alternatively you can·Email·us.