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July 1, 2020

Permaculture course in ‘sustainable paradise’

A “living learnscape” in northern New South Wales Djanbung Gardens, is continuing its focus on education by hosting a comprehensive permaculture course focusing on design next month.

Permaculture can be broadly defined as an ecological design system that utilises self-reinforcing systems to support the earth so it can support humans.

Djanbung gardens permaculture course

Djanbung Garden’s introduction to permaculture principles and design practices is a two-week course that meets a common international standard, and is a foundation course for permaculture practitioners and teachers.

The permaculture course will address all major climatic zones (temperate, subtropic, tropical & arid) and the breadth of permaculture applications for sustainable urban, rural and bioregional design and development.

Janelle Schafer has 22 years of experience and will be the principal, among multiple teachers, who will be running the course over July 12 to 26.

The Djanbung property was once a degraded cow pasture but was established as a permaculture site by Robyn Francis in 1993, and has since been transformed into “a paradise of sustainability in action”.

The 2.16 hectare property is a botanic gardens of useful plants and production ecology aiming to provide a constant supply of fresh fruit, vegetables, herbs and spices throughout the year.

It also operates as the home of Permaculture College Australia and has a broad mission to inspire, educate and empower people in earth-friendly and sustainable lifestyle and design. It also promotes practical skills for self-reliance, organic production and resource conservation.

Graduates from its permaculture courses are working, teaching and managing permaculture projects and programs around the world.

For people who want to get a taste for permaculture without signing up for a full course Djanbung Gardens is open for self-guided visits during open hours: 10.30am to 3.00pm each day, except Sundays. Guided tours are run every Saturday.

People can also volunteer at the centre for a few hours a day or a few days a week. There is also the opportunity for live-in volunteering in the style of WWooF’ing (Willing Workers on Organic Farms).

For more information checkout: http://permaculture.com.au

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