• PDC 2020 @ Telopea Mtn Monbulk Feb – July 147hrs

    The  funded PDC 2020 @ Monbulk  PDC 147 hrs is now open with names being taken via Emerald community house for 2020

    The Kinglake class has transferred to Kushala Prem running this he has been a tutor for years on all 3 PDC we run, many tutors are all still to teach their sections on this class starting Sept 3rd,  Peter & Silvia will sill run some sessions and help get it transferred over.

    This is the Full Permaculture Design Course, PDC  + Applied permaculture skills certificate,we call these permaculture level 1&2 as we then run a 10 day advanced PDC level 3 class with fruit trees through to food forest ( with 13 days to choose from)

    since 2017 we also run a level 4 advanced PDC , in 2017 it was 4 days on renovate an orchard , in 2020 it will be a 4-5 day class in designing a food forest or edible forest garden.

    OUR Permaculture Design Course @  Telopea Mtn- we were pleased to be a finalist for this PDC in the Govt training awards in 2015, it was great recognition for Permaculture itself as an independent industry in its own right.

    This class was nominated under the category of Outstanding PATHWAYS Program to future education & work) which is terrific as this is our particular focus with our PDC, we have been often loan crusaders trying to get Permies to be more professional and gain real yields for their work, in this current time it means getting jobs or your own paid work

    To add to this Peter was made a “Permaculture Elder” at the Australian conference in Perth 2016 while Silvia was the first to receive a “Community Service to Permaculture” award, for all her 20+ years work in the permaculture community

    Full Permaculture Design Course, PDC  + Applied permaculture skills certificate, it  runs  each Tues 9am -4.30 plus 4 of either  Sat or Sunday 9am-4.30pm. starts Tues 18th FEB 2020

    This is not just the very basic 72hr course, its twice as long due to so much new information to cover since 1981, we also include many real skills with strong skills in the areas of growing food, fruits, veggies and meat.

    “see typical topics list below for this course”

    Call me for more info on 0418 665 880 or email for more info

    Why do a PDC at Telopea Mtn.

    When doing my PDC in 1995 I found there were not many places to see what was being taught, so Silvia and I designed our place to demonstrate some examples and so for the last 24 years we have had thousands come here to look & learn.

    Our strengths are in Soils- building & understanding them, Bio-dynamics, Heritage Fruit trees of many kinds, growing, caring and producing these plus Animals in Permaculture which most think is only about chooks & worms, we have experience with meat & dairy animals and protecting rare & useful breeds such as Llama, Alpaca, Scottish Highland Cows, Goats, 3 breeds of Sheep,  Geese, Guinea fowl, Duck, Call ducks & Chicken rare breeds.

    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 deliver and expand on these plus we teach some real skills such as making 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) with 4 micro businesses operating off our property  (where most old school would say this is not possible on this size land).

    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.

    We are now offering “Beyond the PDC” classes to help you expand your skills & knowledge even further. This draws on our overseas experience in learning &  consulting. Once you can grow stuff we then can show you what to do with it.

    Making wine, cheese and smoking foods are just some of it. 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.

    Many who have done the PDC’s here in the hills since it started in 1995 return to see us for support and friendship and many local people have joined the Local Permie group MDPG we have been the conveners of for the last 18 years. Our international and interstate students keep in contact as well.

    Doing a PDC with a group of 20 odd people forms bonds in each group, I cherish those & now I still  regularly see the ones I did mine with 20+ years ago.

    PDC Info for interested participants

    So What is a PDC ?

    A “Permaculture Design Certificate”, started as an intense 72hr course developed from the “Permaculture- A designers manual” written by Bill Mollison and published by Tagari Press in 1988. this followed the work of the co-originators of Permaculture,
    Bill Mollison & David Holmgren that started in the early 70’s in Tasmania.

    Bill still runs a 72 hr course (for $1600-1850 with no visits) in Melb once a year (2008)
    In Victoria this has progressed to a syllabus written for South East Australia by the Permaculture Melbourne Victorian educators group (VEG.) over the last fifteen years.
    We will use this syllabus for our 147hr course

    By completing a PDC you would cover the concepts and could then practice and teach Permaculture as people have now done all over the world. now with the Nationally “Accredited Permaculture Training” ( APT) you can apply for RPL- RCC to convert my course into units towards Cert III, IV or Diploma in Permaculture (with some additional homework), this works well with Hort and other similar studies as well.

    Who would benefit from completing a PDC ?

    Simple answer is anyone.

    • Whether you just wish to expand your knowledge.
    • You may be a student in a related discipline you will find it beneficial to see things from another side of your chosen field.(ie Horticulture, Agriculture, Social sciences, Environmental pursuits, Scientist or Teaching)
    • Any household in suburbia would benefit from better design of space and resource use
    • It is an essential prerequisite to anyone contemplating a rural property purchase or a Conversion to Organic or Bio-Dynamic farming.
    • Or even starting and operating a business.

    There are no age, social, political, ethnic or spiritual barriers, no slick sales talks or people trying to convert you to something.

    You may bring any past experiences, Spiritual belief or anything else with you to the course and should find no conflict with integrating it into your life.

    How is the course conducted ?

    The guidelines we run by are rooted in the “Ethics of Permaculture”

    • Care of the earth,
    • Care of the people,
    • Set limits to consumption and reproduction, and redistribute surplus.
    • Care of spirit

    The course will cover essential topics including design tools and principles;
    it will also involve site visits to see examples.
    It will also draw on the large volume of knowledge that is usually present
    within the participants of a course on an enormous array of subjects.

    Why do a PDC ?

    It is this last point that consolidates the value of attending a PDC as opposed
    to reading the growing volume of publications produced over the last 30 years now available on the subject.
    The conversations in the breaks often yield the most answers to your
    individual questions.

    This program of topics is from the 2009- 2 certificate course, the sequence varies yearly due to Tutor availability plus it has to fit around the many commitments we and the visitor properties have in Permaculture or Heritage Fruits Society

    The class topics and content evolves every year based on the feedback received from over 400 students of PDC, we aim to meet the curriculum plus the needs of our students.

    Tutor Venue
    Peter Allen Emerald Introductions,
    Ethical Principles.
    Design Principles.
    Energy Laws & Processes.
    Renewable and non-renewable Energies.
     Teresa Telopea Mtn Gaia, ecosystems & food webs.
     Fleur Trees and forest ecology.
    Peter Telopea Mtn Pattern Recognition.
    Reading the Landscape – landforms & soil
    Reading the Landscape – water.
    Soil ecology.
    zone 1 & 2 strategies,
    Peter Allen Telopea mtn Practical permaculture Day
    Biodynamic composting- No- Dig gardens easy potato patches
    Peter telopea mtn
    Design Tools:
    Zones , sectors,
    functional analysis.
    Design features of Landscapes
    Design of fire-prone landscapes.
    Peter Allen Telopea Mtn Strategic Planning & Mapping.
    Design Workshop – PRE site analysis.
    Designing Zone 1 Gardens
    Genetic Diversity & Seed-saving.
    Orchards for Zone 2.
    Sunday site visit local property
    visit 1st visit to possible final design site, or do your own
    Peter Allen Telopea Mtn Zone 2 design.
    Zone 3 & 4 Broadacre Farming
    Peter Allen telopea Mtn Trees in Pc Systems.
     Aquaculture & basic Rural water use
    visit Jenny, Vicki & Maybe Lees
    school hols no classes for Tuesdays
    Olwyn heathmont Treating & Recycling waste water , ponds, green cleaners and there effectiveness
     peter  Plus see Biolytix composting toilet & other water saving devices
    peter 3 site visits
     Olwyn Smiley  Heathmont  grey water system, cleaners, ponds
    Heathmont Urban food garden
    John Ferris Visit edible food forest nursery
    John Aukett Telopea mtn Rural water use
    9-4.30pm Water in Pc Systems.     PA Yeomans & Peter Andrews
    Peter Allen Telopea Mtn Animals in Permaculture.
    Silvia animals- poultry
    Rare breeds
    Animals, Behaviour,
    design(Shed, central laneway, housing)
    Peter Allen Vicki intro to beekeeping
    Damian native fauna
    Karen Van Huisen Telopea Mtn Energy efficient housing design
    passive solar
    Retrofitted House(cont)
     Peter  Alternative energy systems, heating
     Dave Key  building materials, insulation, thermal mass
    Telopea Mtn Economic Strategies.
     Miranda Ethical Investment
    Community Stratergies
    Alternative energies
    Peak Oil, Nuclear,
    Heather & Andrew Dixons creek solar
    Visit Dixons Ck solar array, passive solar, water, trees & fire design
    Kushala telopea Mtn Cuba video
    community startergies and events
     Peter Settlement Design.
    all (arvo 4hrs) Telopea Mtn Working as a Designer.
    Starting a Business.
    Design Workshop – Final Designs.
    All tutors invited Telopea Mtn Design Presentations.
    Beyond the Design Course.