ecoliteracy and ecodesign
to be announced
internationally experienced educators and designers
MORAG GAMBLE & EVAN RAYMOND
plus many guests
ORGANISERS SEED International at Crystal Waters College
Crystal Waters Permaculture Village, QLD Australia
This course is accredited by the Permaculture Institute and is a foundation
course for the new nationally accredited permaculture qualifications.
International offers holistic, integrated and balanced programs that combine
practical, theoretical and philosophical approaches to ecoliteracy and
ecodesign. This course provides a unique opportunity to spend two weeks
living at the World Habitat Award-winning Crystal Waters, exploring healthy
and ecologically sustainable ways of living.
SEED International Permaculture Design Course provides tools to help you
design and develop your own property sustainably, revitalise your local
community, and restore an ecological balance. This course is recognised
by the Permaculture Institute and includes all core topics of the Permaculture
Design Certificate Curriculum. We emphasise the development of community
food systems, community gardens ecovillages & urban sustainability strategies.
course covers themes such as: ecological systems understanding, organic
food production and food security, natural soil improvement, water conservation
and management, harvest forests, natural habitat restoration, healthy
buildings and human settlements, renewable energy systems, sustainable
community development, local economics, reducing our ecological footprint,
and ecological planning and design methods.
examine the underlying assumptions of the current culture of consumerism
and economic globalisation, and encourage exploration of ways to contribute
to the emergence of a culture of sustainability, compassion and equity.
with others from around the world in a dynamic, ecological and cross-cultural
The Permaculture Design Certificate course covers a broad range of
subjects to provide a holistic overview of permaculture systems and sustainable
Introduction to ecological systems
observation of patterns & cycles of nature
reading the landscape
in the landscape
the water cycle
water storage and management
dams and swales ponds
aquaculture and edible water plants
waste water treatment and use
introduction to soil ecology
soil assessment methods
strategies for improving your soil naturally
green manures and cover crops
mulching, compost, and worm farming
mechanical and mineral rehabilitation of soils
establishment of organic
vegetable and herb gardens
plant propagation, seed saving and plant selection
establishment and maintenance of orchards
integrating animals into backyards and farms
ecological pest management
Forests and Harvest Forests
forest ecology and succession of ecosystems
wildlife corridors and habitat restoration
design of windbreaks
woodlots for firewood, timber and other yields food forests
buildings and sustainable settlements
selecting a house site
energy efficient design
healthy building materials
village and community design
city farms and community gardens
community supported agriculture
Revitalisation and Local Economics
urban and suburban revitalisation strategies
strengthening local community economics
sustainable community development
right livelihoods and co-operatives
working effectively in groups
methods and process of ecological planning and design
zones and sectors
individual design projects and designing with a group
HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES AND SITE VISITS
the course there are plenty of opportunities to view permaculture systems
in various stages of establishment and to be involved in practical permaculture
work. You will see many areas of Crystal Waters not normally open to
visitors, and visit other properties in the region. Some of the things
you will have the opportunity to see and do during the courses include...
mulch, no-dig garden construction, plant propagation and seed saving,
inoculating seed, pH testing and soil texture analysis, soil improvement
techniques, swale construction, bamboo forest and crafts, animal forage
systems, woodlot trail plots and tree-planting, reedbed water purification,
natural homes (solar, rammed earth, pole frame, strawbale, mud brick
and sod roof buildings) various composting toilet systems, food forest
walk, seasonal fruit tasting, remnant rainforest walk, group design
participating in the course, you will have access to a large library
of Permaculture related books, journals, wall-charts, files, designs
and audio-visual materials. There will also be Permaculture resources
available for sale.
IS THIS COURSE FOR?
is a course for everyone. The principles of Permaculture relate to any
scale of design, to highly urbanised areas as well as remote rural communities.
The Permaculture approach crosses between disciplines and creates links
are no prior qualifications required in the fields of environmental
studies or design for attendance. However, we do highly recommend that
you read Introduction to Permaculture by Bill Mollison prior to the
commencement of the course.
from around the world, of all ages and from all fields of work have
enjoyed and benefited from attending this Permaculture Design Course.
This diversity creates a rich learning environment. The age of previous
PDC participants has ranged from 14yo - 78yo.
occupations of participants have included:
- Aid Workers - Air Traffic Controllers o Architects - Artists and Craft
workers - Bakers - Builders - Business Development Managers - Chiropractors
- Community Gardeners - Community Housing Workers - Computer Programmers
- Conservation Volunteers - Developers - Dress-Makers - Economists -
Eco-Tourism Operators - Education Consultants - Engineers - Environmental
Campaigners - Environmental Managers - Environmental Planners - Farmers
- Flight Attendants - Forest Managers - Gardeners - Hairdresser - High
School and TAFE Students - Horticulturalists - Interior Designers -
Labourers - Landscape Architects - Lecturers - Mail Contractors - Massage
Therapists - Mechanics - Medical Scientist - Mothers - Musicians - Naturopaths
- NGO Executives - Nurses - Pest Controllers - Pilots - Planners - Psychologists
- Retirees - School Teachers - Steiner School Teachers and Students
- Social Scientists - Social Workers - University Students - Waste management
consultants - Writers - Yoga and Meditation Teachers - Youth Workers
come from all over Australia and around the world to attend this course
at Crystal Waters. Countries from which people have attended:
- Australia - Bangladesh - Belgium - Cameroon - Canada - Columbia -
Denmark - England - Germany - Holland - Hong Kong - India - Israel -
Italy - Japan - Mexico - New Zealand - Scotland - Slovenia - Solomon
Islands - South Africa - South Korea - Spain - Sri Lanka - Thailand
DESIGN COURSE GRADUATES
satisfactory completion of this course a Certificate of Permaculture
Design is issued. Graduates are then eligible to use Permaculture in
the promotion of designs, teaching and landscaping. Following at least
two years of applied work, you are eligible to apply for a Diploma of
course is also the foundation program for the nationally accredited
International courses are led by a team of internationally experienced
permaculture designers and teachers. Their broad-ranging skills, knowledge
and experience, and their passion for the themes they teach provides an
engaging learning environment and a holistic perspective of permaculture
system design and establishment.
TEACHERS AND COURSE FACILITATORS
Gamble and Evan Raymond, are international Permaculture teachers and
eco-designers. They are based at Crystal Waters Permaculture Village.
and Evan work closely with Permaculture and sustainability networks
throughout the Asia-Pacific region and internationally - having worked
in over 20 countries.
Australia they have co-founded the Australian City Farms and Community
Gardens Network, Northey Street City Farm and Permaculture Brisbane.
Morag has published several articles and is directly involved with the
development of an ecoliteracy program for Indonesian schools.
Morag and Evan have been working in the field of ecological planning
and design and actively contributing to the establishment of local community-based
projects for the past twelve years.
number inspiring guest speakers from Crystal Waters and the region often
join the teaching team to share their knowledge and experience in specific
areas of Permaculture.
Teachers on previous courses have included:
Lang, Jenny Allen, Julie Shelton, Pat Forsman, Lorelle Fisher, Peter
van der Duys, Paul Williamson, Barry Goodman, Hans Erkin, Barry O'Connell,
Rob Swain, Dr Eric Kawabe, Max Lindegger, Barb Knudsen, Jill Jordan,
John Muir, Delia Catacutan, Steve Cran, Michael Cowan, John and Mary
King, Peter Pamment.
COURSE FEE: AU$1495
Comprehensive course notes
All course materials
All field trips
Three delicious and healthy meals a day plus morning and afternoon tea
Access to extensive library of books, videos and journals.
Extensive tours of Crystal Waters Permaculture Village - including visits
to private properties not usually open to the public.
Practical permaculture field work
Hands-on design experience
The opportunity to stay in an award-winning Permaculture Village.
GST (Goods and Services Tax)
ensure your place please send a AUD$300 deposit with the registration
form. Course numbers are limited to provide individual attention and
early registration is advised. You can make a booking by mail, by email,
by fax or by phone.
A $100 discount is available for registrations with full payment received
3 months prior to the commencement of the course.
We accept paypal, cheque, money order and direct deposit payments. All
cheques should be made out to SEED International and be in Australian
Dollars. The balance of fees can be paid by on or before arrival. (sorry,no
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Once your registration (with deposit or full payment) has been received,
confirmation will be sent with a receipt and further details about what
to bring - including detailed directions to Crystal Waters.
If for some reason you cannot make it to the course, a $100 adminstration
fee will be charged. The balance of your payment will be promptly refunded
you let us know 21 days in advance your deposit can be transferred to
another Permaculture Design Course offered by SEED International at
you cancel within 7 days of the course start date, no refund will be
for some reason the course is cancelled, you will receive at least 21
days notice and your full payment will be refunded.
note, we do not take responsibility for any flight arrangements you
have made. Please take out travel insurance.
is a range of accommodation available at Crystal Waters. We prefer course
participants stay in the Community Co-op's visitor area as it is close
to teaching and eating facilities.
Bunkhouse Cabin: $110/week ($120 with Linen set).
may wish to stay in the guesthouse or B&B run by local residents
- prices start from $55/night.
meals and refreshments are provided during the course. Experienced course
caterer, Rebecca Hopkins, prepares delicious and healthy meals for course
participants. Rebecca is able to cater for most special dietary requirements.
Please give us advance notice of any such needs. The main fare is varied
and tasty vegetarian food, although meat options are available if requested.
We actively seek GE-Free, local organic produce as the main ingredients
of the course meals.
to printable REGISTRATION FORM
more information, please contact:
SEED International: Sustainability Education and Ecological Design
50 Crystal Waters, Kilcoy Lane, Conondale, QLD 4552 Australia
phone: +61 (0)7 5494 4833