PDC in Rocklyn 2016

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Date(s) - 08/02/16 - 21/02/16
All Day

Rocklyn's Ashram


Rocklyn Ashram Garden and Composting system

Rocklyn Ashram Garden and Composting system

Pc FlowerThe course

The course will be structured around David Holmgren’s 12 permaculture principles (detailed in Permaculture: principles and pathways beyond sustainability) so that you will learn  in various ways – theory in the classroom and through visiting practical working examples including one of the best documented permaculture demonstration sites, Melliodora.

You will work on a design project of your choice during the course. You will be guided by experienced tutors, you will get hands-on experience, and learn the fundamentals of permaculture to design the world you want.

The venue

The course will take place at the Rocklyn  Ashram, nestled in the Wombat Forest near Daylesford in Central Victoria. Only a couple of hours away from Melbourne, you will feel like you are in another world. Relaxing, beautiful and quiet, this special environment creates an ideal learning environment.

You can take part in the Ashram’s daily yoga program at no extra cost. The serene and spiritual focus of the Ashram complements the mindfulness of permaculture practice and reminds us to balance our activity and thinking with reflection, a point not normally emphasised in PDCs.  Accommodation is gender segregated triple share.

CRW_9722The food

Food and eating is an integral part of this residential permaculture course. Delicious wholesome and nutritious meals will be prepared by Su Dennett with the Ashram’s catering crew. She will make sure that what you eat meets permaculture standards. You will be served lacto-vegetarian meals together with the Ashram residents.


You will learn from the  co-founder of permaculture, David Holmgren, and a team of excellent permaculture practitioners and educators. Their depth of practical and theoretical knowledge will make this a very special standout PDC. There will be ample opportunity to socialise with the presenters outside the session times.w42TgAMdR_D28PUc2o-uEPeoRINsCS2q1NHWEtvXua8


There are no prerequisites to do this course, but it is recommended that you to read in advance at least the Essence of permaculture if you have not yet done so. All other titles by David Holmgren are highly recommended for those who have read Essence already. Browse our online store.

What will I learn?

This course will equip you with the foundations of permaculture philosophy, design and knowledge. You will learn permaculture theory, the design process, the ethics and principles, and the importance and basics of reading landscapes in order to develop resilient designs.

CRW_9710You will learn how to design for sustainable and healthy living across a range of domains. You will be able to take this knowledge and apply it in your every day life to food production and choices, the built environment, building community and environmental stewardship.

You will receive a certificate at the end of the course which makes you eligible to practice or teach permaculture commercially and to proceed towards the Diploma in Permaculture Design.

The course outline here (2016 Ashram PDC outline).

how to enrol

The course size is limited to guarantee individual attention. Making a booking early is the sure way to secure your place in this unique PDC. Fees including full board are $2400, but all you need is the $500 deposit to secure your place now, and fix up the balance by 8 January, 2016. Pay in full by 8 December, you will receive an early bird discount of $200. Do not miss out.

[Note] We do not take deposits from outside Australia. If you are applying from overseas, we only accept the full amount via direct bank transfer. No deposit only. Earlybird discounts still apply.

Choose your payment below, complete and return the registration form to info@holmgren.com.au.

Payment options and extra charges

When making payment, our preferred option is the direct bank debit. Your booking is only complete when the funds arrive into our account. For those people paying from overseas via bank transfer, an additional $35 will be added, as every international bank transfer incurs a charge on our account. As the bank fees are charged by the numbers of transfers, we do not take deposit from overseas.

If paying via Paypal, no matter where you are applying from, an extra $70 will be added to your course fees, reflecting their charges to us. For $500 deposit only, add an extra $15.


Bookings are closed for this event.

4 Responses to PDC in Rocklyn 2016

  1. Jade miles May 5, 2016 at 7:10 am #

    Hello. This course sounds incredible. Am hoping you are running either a second course this year or another one next year. Would love to book

  2. Jade miles May 5, 2016 at 7:11 am #

    Hello this course sounds incredible. Can you confirm when your next one will be?


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