Natural Systems Permaculture

Permaculture Design Course

26th September – 12th December 2023 @ Kinglake, Vic.

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Permaculture Design Course

This 84 hour Permaculture Design Certificate course is internationally-recognized, and results in a Permaculture Design Certificate.

It provides an introduction to permaculture design and implementation, and teaches a range of practical skills that can be applied in daily life for immediate benefits.


Course Description

The course covers sustainable living systems for a wide variety of landscapes and climates. It includes the application of permaculture principles to food production, home design, construction, energy conservation and generation, and explores alternative economic structures supporting permaculture solutions. Students are invited to bring details of their own sites or potential sites to consider during the course.

20 Funded positions available at


Through local government Live and Learn program

PDC Course Content

Some of the Topics Covered

Theory and principles of Permaculture

Designing integrated systems

Partnering with nature

Drought-proofing landscapes

Soil rehabilitation and erosion control

Fire safe design

Food growing systems

Animals in Permaculture

Ecological building and passive solar design

Energy conservation techniques 

Recycling and waste management

Community development

Teacher Bio

About Kushala

Kushala has been working as a permaculture designer and teacher since 2014

With a background as an artisan landscaper with over 30 years experience in design and construction, his permaculture & related trainings include:

  • PDC & Advanced PDC with Pete the Permie
  • Diploma of Permaculture (RPL)
  • Permaculture Earthworks, Hydrology & Farm Design with David Spicer & Danial Lawton
  • Food Forests & Crop Gardens – with Geoff Lawton
  • Aquaponics Design Course – with Murray Hallam

He lived in an intentional community in the Yarra Valley from 1990 – 1995, that had an early permaculture design from Permaculture co-founder David Holmgren – learning about food production, animal husbandry and land management, and was involved in community development work with Pathways Foundation 2000 – 2004 – supporting and assisting in rite of passage camps for teenage boys and fathers in Victoria, NSW and Tasmania

Kushala is passionate about sharing permaculture as an empowering solution for our times. He brings a wide range of skills and experience to support people to become more resilient, self reliant, and to thrive now and into the future.

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