Intro to Permaculture (2 days)




‘Permaculture’, you have heard the term but what is? 

If you are thinking about learning more then this is a great place to start! This two day intensive is part theory, part practical and will immerse you in the ethics, principles and framework to help you design a sustainable and abundant life.

Some of the topics covered include:

- What is permaculture and its relevance today?

- The ethics and design principles- Energy and nutrient cycling

- Veggies, fruit and animals in permaculture systems

- Social permaculture

There will be examples from tiny urban gardens to suburban and rural permaculture properties showing how we can create resilient, sustainable systems that work with nature and the natural limits of our planet. With its market and community garden, chickens, food forest, water and energy harvesting systems and more, CERES provides a great opportunity to study a permaculture property in action. This workshop will be beneficial to those new to the concept and for those thinking of undertaking a Permaculture Design Certificate.

CERES members and concession holders are entitled to a 10% discount. Enter "ceresmember" under the promotion and gifts code field.

*Please note that the CERES member or concession discount does not apply to "Bring-A-Friend" tickets which are already discounted

Trainer Bio:

Donna Livermore is an educator, biologist, permaculture teacher and community activator. She is passionate about living a life of good health, sustainable abundance and with a strong connection to the environment and local community. Donna has an on-going commitment to school education and she is on the board of a new school in Melbourne’s Inner West.

With chickens, worms and a productive permaculture food garden in the front yard of her tiny suburban block, Donna is reimagining what it means to live a good life in the city and shares this with others through local fermenting and gardening workshops and through her Facebook page A Good Life in the City

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Class Schedule

This workshop runs from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM Workshop dates: 16th & 23rd June 2018 and 7th & 21st October 2018

What you will learn
  • Introduction to the concept of permaculture
  • The principles of permaculture and design methods associated with permaculture

What to bring
  • Notepad
  • Writing materials
What to wear




Vendor sincce 2013

CERES - Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies, is an award winning, not-for-profit, sustainability centre located on 4.5 hectares on the Merri Creek in East Brunswick, Melbourne.

It is also a thriving community, an urban farm, Australia’s largest deliverer of environmental education, an event and conference venue and a place rich with social and cultural diversity. CERES is recognised as an international leader in community and environmental practice.

Built on a decommissioned rubbish tip that was once a bluestone quarry, today CERES is a vibrant eco-oasis. 350,000 people visit CERES each year. Many more engage with us through our Sustainable Schools program which takes sustainable education into schools across the state.

CERES’ green technology displays, buildings, education and training programs and social enterprises (CERES’ Organic Market, Café, Permaculture Nursery and Fair Food organics delivery) demonstrate food security, sustainable agriculture, energy efficiencies, renewables and water conservation in action.

CERES is a model for a future with sustainability, innovation and connectedness at its heart.

Come, be welcome, you never know what you will find on our rambling paths.

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05 July 2017 • Intro to Permaculture (2 days)

I learnt a lot about the fundamentals of permaculture, some useful tips for growing veggies and storing all types of energy among many other things. Donna is a great teacher and her passion really shows. good on ya Donna. P.s the best water saving technique is to give up meat.


23 June 2017 • Intro to Permaculture (2 days)

Excellent! Very comprehensive and useful course contents & materials, exactly what I expected to get from this course. Donna is very friendly, knowledgeable and resourceful, and willing to share her own experience. Attending her class was both fun and fruitful, opened my eyes to the world of permaculture.


20 June 2017 • Intro to Permaculture (2 days)

Donna provided a comprehensive intro to Permaculture as well as valuable 'take home' detail of ideas that are easy to implement. I felt inspired by class discussions and the facilitator was relaxed and open to participation. There was a good balance between theory, film and practical examples through walks around the site at CERES. I have already recommended this course to others. The class room in the first session left a little to be desired. Even if the 'train' classroom was basic we could have got more from interaction by facing each other/configuring the tables and chairs differently.