This course will give you a comprehensive introduction to fundamental life changing skills to consciously listen and learn from the patterns and relationships in nature, grow food and fibre, harness energy and explore new ways of organising yourself and people. This will incorporate permaculture theory, classroom presentations, workshops and practical excersises giving you all the foundations you need to develop and explore your interests in Peramaculture.
28 hours over 2 weekends at CERES in Melbourne
Course Length: 4 Days: 9:00am - 5:30pm on Saturday and Sunday the 6,7,13,14 of May
Brendan is a professional Plant Lover, Food Grower, Sculptor-Designer, Adventurist and "sustainable living fanatic".. Trained as a Botanist and Environmental Specialist he has worked variously and passionately as a Conservation Botanist; Rainforest, Safari, Trekking and Kayaking Tour Guide; Bush Regenerator; Reforestation Coordinator; Conservation Field Officer; Environmental Educationist; Decorative Gardener-Landscaper; Nurseryman; Sculptor, Metalworker, Curator and Project Manager in Public Art Production; Carbon and Sustainability Coordinator; and Environmental & Waste Manager. He currently teachers permaculture at CERES in Brunswick and short courses and PDC sessions with Milkwood Permaculture. He also operates a business called Fertile Crescent Design.
Ian Lillington is a permaculture teacher, author, sustainability activist and is a leader of the international team ‘Permaculture’s Next Big Step’. Based in Castlemaine, Victoria, in the SE of Australia, Ian is developing his own food forest and is involved in the local permaculture/transition town project called ‘Growing Abundance’. Ian is author of an introduction to permaculture – “The Holistic Life – a Beginners’ Guide to Permaculture”, and is editor of many of David Holmgren’s books, especially ‘Permaculture Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability’. He’s also featured in the anthology – “Permaculture Pioneers” and wrote the chapter on Permaculture in the “Encyclopedia of Sustainability” Ian participated in the recent International Conference in London, and co-organsied the Australian Permaculture Conference in Tasmania in March 2015. Ian has worked at CERES in Melbourne, for the National Centre for Sustainability, and also with the environment shop and “Greener Houses”, a project that promotes eco-retrofits of suburban houses in Melbourne. In the mid 1990’s, Ian designed and managed the building of a solar/eco home from rammed earth and recycled materials in South Australia, and a similar project in 2008 with a house made from regular brick veneer. Ian and his partner Marita build energy efficient homes and eco-renovate older houses by adding insulation, solar panels, rainwater tanks and orchards. Ian is passionate about agroforestry and natural building, and when asked what his favourite topic to teach in a PDC, was, he outlined the importance of social permaculture and his passion of applying permaculture’s ethics and principles to every aspect of life.
9:00am - 5:30pm on Saturday and Sunday the 6, 7 and 13, 14 of May.
- Introduction to permaculture principles and design principles
- Reading the landscape, patterns in nature and communities, economic systems & reforms, energy use & flows in design and more
- A selection of expert CERES Trainers providing expert theory and advice on real life applications of permaculture
- Access to an online portal with resources, resource folder and permaculture texts
- Classroom theory, practical examples, CERES site visits
- Learning about rural and urban systems and how to read the landscapes of cool temperate south-eastern Australia
- Be prepared for classroom work and time outside. Outside time requires you to dress for the weather
- Appropriate weather gear eg sunhat, rainc coat and sturdy shoes.
- Pen and paper
- Your own lunch. Fruit, tea and coffee will be provided.
- A yearning for learning!
Vendor since 2016
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.
We are a not-for-loss community business. We run extensive environmental education programs, urban agriculture projects, green technology demonstrations and a number of social enterprises including a market, grocery, café, community kitchen, organic online supermarket and a permaculture and bushfood nursery.
CERES (pronounced ‘series’) is a place where people come together to share ideas about living well together, and directly participate in meeting their social and material needs in a sustainable way. Through social enterprises, education and training, employment and community engagement, CERES provides the means by which people can build awareness of current local and global issues, and join in the movement for economic, social and environmental sustainability.
For thousands of years the Wurundjeri people lived on the land where CERES now stands. The Merri Creek was a focus of their lifestyle, a place to swim and play and a vital source of food. Following the European invasion, the Victorian gold rush and the growth of Melbourne city, the site was quarried for bluestone then turned into a landfill site… As industry moved in the water became polluted and the trees and wildlife disappeared.