31st Oct – 1st Of November 2020

You can solve all your health problems in the garden.  Improve your physical and mental health by working with nature and accepting its gifts.  Life in relationship to life in a food garden builds respect and furthers life understanding.

This course teaches you how to design, implement and maintain an organic food garden that will provide real nutrient density super food constantly.

You can create a productive food garden that is also a beautiful landscape feature. Recharge your inner self, in a peaceful place of your creation where both you and guests can sit in a state of natural wonder.

This is food gardening made easy and the smaller the area the larger the production per square meter.

It is the best food for your health with zero food miles, zero food time, zero food guilt and the best value for money, time and effort possible for the best nutrition.

A food garden gives you a feeling of self-respect that you are part of the solution and less a part of the problem.

You will learn to keep an attractive fertile garden with minimum effort, maintaining fertility and remaining attractive even in your absence.

You will have a place to teach children some of the most important lessons they will ever learn that will remain with them for life.

 

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

Note taking materials.

Appropriate outdoor workwear for the season-long pants and shirts recommended, work boots, wet weather apparel, wide brim hat, gloves if desired.

 

The Course Covers:

  • Work and play, stress and fun, tense and relaxed gardening.
  • Nature does not lie.
  • Small space design and function.
  • Large space design and function.
  • Sun, shade and wind assessment.
  • Soil preparation and shaping to climate variation on site.
  • Footpath design minimum/maximum and why?
  • Design for psychological health, peace of mind and meditative space.
  • Cover crop preparation and security.
  • Soil fertility components, compost types and worm farms.
  • Species selection to season annual.
  • Species selection perennial.
  • Seed propagation in the ground.
  • Seed propagation and micro nursery on site.
  • Cuttings, tubers and propagule inclusions.
  • Maintaining soil structure and fertility.
  • Trellis and espalier inclusions.
  • Weed control and fertility, turn the problem into the solution.
  • Integrated pest control and management by including beautiful features and willing wildlife workers.
  • In your absence, your garden can be rested in a secure fertility building state ready for your return back into rapid production.

 

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

For people who wish to stay on site, accommodation is free and camping style on platforms (suitable for two-person tents) or a camp-ground for larger tents or caravans etc. There is one powered sea container cabin available (to be booked for a fee). People who wish to stay on a farm outside of course timings, bookings can be made via Hipcamp at Zaytuna Farm.

Options nearby include The Channon Tavern accommodation, and bed and breakfast/AirBnB facilities in the local region. Lismore is the nearest main town 21km away with inns, motels and hotels.

MEALS

Meals are not included, however, basic self-catering facilities are available on site.

Zaytuna Farm Café will be open for meal purchasing. We will provide the menu with each morning and snacks, coffee and tea will also be available.

BREAKS:

The course day starts after breakfast at 9.00 am.
Morning tea break at 10.30 am
Lunch break at 12.30 pm
Afternoon tea break at 3.00 pm
Course day finishes at 5 pm, except the final day by 4 pm.

Accommodation Option:

For people who wish to stay on site, accommodation is free and camping style on platforms (suitable for two-person tents) or a camp-ground for larger tents or caravans etc. There is one powered sea container cabin available (to be booked for a fee). People who wish to stay on a farm outside of course timings, bookings can be made via Hipcamp at Zaytuna Farm.

Options nearby include The Channon Tavern accommodation, and bed and breakfast/AirBnB facilities in the local region. Lismore is the nearest main town 21km away with inns, motels and hotels.town 21km away with inns, motels, and hotels.

Youcamp

ABOUT THE TEACHER
Geoff Lawton Permaculture Teacher

GEOFF LAWTON

 

Geoff Lawton is the main facilitator for this course. He is a Permaculture consultant, designer and teacher. He first took his Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course with Bill Mollison in 1983. He holds a Diploma in Permaculture Education, Design, Implementation, System Establishment, Administration and Community Development given by the founder of Permaculture, Bill Mollison.

 

Geoff has undertaken thousands of jobs teaching, consulting, designing, administrating and implementing, in 6 continents and close to 50 countries around the world. Clients have included private individuals, groups, communities, governments, aid organizations, non-government organisations and multinational companies.

 

He has currently educated over 15,000 students in Permaculture worldwide. These include graduates of the Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course and courses focused on the practical design of sustainable soil, water, plant, and legal and economic systems.

ZAYTUNA FARM

ABOUT THE LOCATION

This course will be taught at Zaytuna Farm, As one of the leading Permaculture demonstration sites in the world, Zaytuna Farm has a range of functioning systems including water harvesting, food production, and a very productive animal husbandry. All of which will add to the learning experience and make this course a very rich experience and one not to be missed.

What OUR STUDENTS SAY

I NOW HAVE A NEW PERCEPTION OF THE WORLD!

The PDC and PIA course at Zaytuna Farm have opened my mind for a new perception of the world around me, in particular, the connection with people, community, and Earth. These three weeks have cracked open my heart, it is almost like a spiritual journey. Because finally, I know there is a practical and realistic path everyone and I can walk on to make a positive impact on the world.

-YING GLORIA CHUNG

ZAYTUNA FARM IS A VERY UNIQUE PLACE

Geoff and his team have built Zaytuna Farm into a very unique place. One which turns nervousness into comfort, strangers into family, and teaching Permaculture into an amazing mix of art, science, and community. I simply cannot recommend the PDC at Zaytuna Farm enough – and would love to go back one day soon!

– SCOTT WILSON

Scott Wilson

YOU GET THE TOOLS TO BECOME PART OF THE SOLUTION

Doing my PDC at Zaytuna Farm was a dream come true. Being immersed in Permaculture — especially followed by Permaculture in Action — is a life-changing experience. Coming to understand Permaculture means you can never look at things the same way again and opens up the natural world to you. You have the tools to become part of the solution. In addition to the PDC curriculum, the chance to meet interesting, positive people from around the world was a huge plus!

-JEANMARIE TODD

WHAT NEXT ?

The Next Steps

1. Check our Courses & Events page and enrol in an additional course to broaden your Permaculture knowledge.

3. Create a profile and join the Permaculture Network

Zaytuna Farm

LOCATION:

This course will be taught at Zaytuna Farm, which is located 1 kilometre from the village of the Channon, 20km outside of Lismore in New South Wales, Australia.

Nearest Airport

Regional: Lismore, Coolangatta, Ballina
International: Brisbane

Train Station

Casino (with bus service on to Lismore)

Bus Stop

The Channon

NB: A limited service that runs Mon-Fri