This unique CERES Global course and trip provides the opportunity to undertake a complete 72 hour Permaculture Design Course (PDC) whilst travelling and learning from the riches and cultural diversity of Timor Leste. This is the first ever CERES PDC with an Austral Asian temperate/tropical and hands on focus.
Broken up into 28 hours in Melbourne and 44 hours in Timor, the course will teach you 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.
Melbourne or Online – 28 hours Over 2 weekends on the 6,7,13,14 May 2017 Cost: $480
This course works as a stand alone introduction as well as being incorporated into our full 72 hour PDC in Timor Leste. The course is run over 2 weekends at CERES or, if you are not a local to Melbourne, online. This will incorporate permaculture theory and a mix of classroom presentations giving you all the foundations you need to develop and explore your interests in Peramaculture.
Permaculture Design – 10 days, 44 hours 24 May – 2 June 2017Cost: $1590 (includes meals and accommodation in Timor)
For the final component we will spend 10 days in Timor undertaking the design aspect of the course. This will include, workshops, design exercises, practical exercises and visits to sites to see Permaculture in action.
Qualified Permies – 7 days 2 – 9 June 2017 Cost: $980
Course participants and other holders of a recognised PDC are invited to join us on a hands on permaculture implementation project installing School Gardens in local Timor Villages with with Ego Lemos and Permatil.
Your Teachers and facilitators
Brendan Morse (intro and Timor)
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 (intro only)
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.
Melbourne Intro to PDC: 6,7,13,14 May Timor PDC: 24 May – 2 June Timor Qualified permies: 2 – 9 June
- 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
- How to create a permaculture design for an existing site and client in Timor Leste
- 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, site visits around Timor Leste
- Whole design course curriculum including rural and urban systems and how to read the landscapes of cool temperate south-eastern Australia and warm tropical Timor Leste.
- An opportunity to travel with purpose and visit the incredible country of Timor Leste, working alongside our incredible in country partner organisations.
- A comprehensive what to bring list will be sent out to all participants prior to the course commencement
- A yearning for learning!
Casual culturally appropriate dress
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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.