Castlemaine Permaculture Hub

Permaculture Design Course (PDC)

22 July – 18 Nov 2024

Mondays: 9.15am - 3.15pm

(excluding school holidays)

About the course

Design a life that works for you, your community and the planet.

This Permaculture Design Course (PDC) focuses on the application of permaculture to a wide range of situations. It’s not just about food growing (although that’s a big part of it).

The facilitators

Local permaculture experts, Beck Lowe, Ian Lillington and Joel Meadows, will guide you through a 16-week course that may change your life!

This PDC includes a tour of Melliodora, the home of permaculture coordinator David Holmgren, lead by David himself, as well as a range of other local permaculture projects.

I loved the site visits and the practical down to earth approach of this course. Beck, Ian and Joel brought such a diversity of knowledge and understanding of permaculture design.

Change your life for the better.

The course offers ways to:

We do this through:

Keep positive into an uncertain future.

Permaculture offers positive solutions for creating sustainable human settlements, and the Permaculture Design Course (PDC) is the classic way to learn about permaculture.

Permaculture offers positive solutions for creating sustainable human settlements, and the Permaculture Design Course (PDC) is the classic way to learn about permaculture. PDCs have been held across the globe since the 1980s.

This PDC covers the topics of the classic PDC, with a particular focus on our local bioregion. These topics include: permaculture ethics and principles, food growing strategies, energy descent, retrofitting and permaculture design techniques.

Classroom sessions are balanced by many fieldtrips in the local area, allowing you to experience working permaculture properties first-hand, meet a range of experienced permaculture practitioners, and gain inspiration for your own place.

As with all traditional PDC, participants are expected to produce a permaculture design to present towards the end of the course. This PDC allows participants to tailor their project to their own needs – most participants use this opportunity to create a design for their own place, both the physical space and their way of life, but there are other options too.

Beck Lowe, Ian Lillington and Joel Meadows are experienced tutors who have been practicing (and teaching) permaculture for decades. Their particular areas of specialisation, slightly different approaches to permaculture and overall wealth of knowledge allow the participants insight into the different ways that permaculture can be applied.

One-day-a-week PDCs have been running in Castlemaine since 2008, with hundreds of enthusiastic graduates. All three tutors have been involved in these Castlemaine PDCs over many years (with Beck & Ian having been there from the start). Although the hosting of the PDC is switching to Castlemaine Permaculture Hub in 2022, the format, content and fieldtrips remain much the same as the previous much-loved local courses.


Permaculture Design Course (PDC) - Mondays

One Time Payment

Early Bird*

Save up to $150 - before 13 June


$850 concession

Full Price from 13 June 2024

$1,400 / $990 concession

OR - Payment Plan

No early bird discount
on payment plan

2 x monthly payments of


$500 concession

Payments must be finalised
before 24 June 2024.

Payment options

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  • Castlemaine Permaculture Hub reserves the right to cancel workshops and courses due to insufficient numbers.
  • If we cancel the course you will be entitled to a 100% refund, or you may choose to transfer to another date, subject to availability.
  • If you decide to withdraw 14 or more days prior to the course commencement date Castlemaine Permaculture Hub will refund 90% of your payment, retaining 10% to cover administration fees, merchant facility credit card fees and advertising to fill your place.
  • If you decide to withdraw 7 to 14 days prior to the course commencement date Castlemaine Permaculture Hub will refund 50% of your payment, retaining 50% to cover filling your place, administration, and merchant facility credit card fees.
  • If you decide to withdraw less than 7 days prior to the course date Castlemaine Permaculture Hub will retain 100% of your course payment.
  • You may postpone your booking to a future course at no charge providing you notify us more than 7 days before the start of the course.
  • Should Castlemaine Permaculture Hub have to cancel the course due to Government changes relating to the COVD-19 response, we will let you know as soon as possible. Affected participants will be sent a notification that includes details on how to re-book another date or course. While cancellations on our part remain refundable within the specified time period, we do hope you will consider bearing with us in these precarious and trying times, and consider the rescheduled date where possible.

I really enjoyed seeing permaculture in action at the properties we visited. Life on earth would be better for everyone if permaculture principles were more widely adopted.

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