CHANGE MAKERS

PERMACULTURE DESIGN COURSE

4th-20th NOVEMBER 2022

CRYSTAL WATERS ECO-VILLAGE

 SUNSHINE COAST - AUSTRALIA

COURSE CONTENT

Based on the internationally recognised 72hr curriculum - our course empowers you to design, build and manage regenerative living systems at any scale for any context in a wide variety of landscapes and climates. 

DESIGN

ethics, principles, methodologies, strategies & techniques

PATTERNS

patterns in nature, reading landscapes & maps

CLIMATE

global climatic regions, influences, & design techniques

WATER

catchment hydrology, earthworks, water cycle, storage & treatment

SOIL

soil ecology, management & remediation techniques

FORESTS

successional agroforestry, ecosystems & design approaches

PLANTS

perennial & annual plant selection, seed-saving & propagation

ANIMALS

integrated & regenerative animals systems

MICRO-CLIMATES

design techniques for home & land to mitigate local climate

BUILDINGS

perennial & annual plant selection, seed-saving & propagation

PRODUCTION

integrated & regenerative animals systems

DISASTER PROOF

how to prepare for the worst-case scenario

SOCIAL

group ecology, collaborative decision-making and governance

ECONOMY

alternative economies, community exchange, local & crypto currencies

COMMUNITY

bioregional planning, transition initiatives, eco-village design

DELIVERED BY A DYNAMIC & DIVERSE

FACILITATION TEAM

ANNALIESE HORDERN

Symbiotic Nature

Creative Director of the Change Makers PDC, Annaliese, is passionate about permaculture, sustainability and community development with a strong focus on ethnobotanical research and plant-based lifestyle.

RUPERT FAUST

Grounded Permaculture

Rupert is a polymath that diligently follows his curiosity. He is as good with his hands as he is with his head and is a specialist in conceptual planning, systems thinking and making things happen.

ERIN YOUNG

Potent Edge

Erin helps purpose-led people access tools to activate group intelligence, transforming inspiration into a positive impact. Collaborative decision-making and governance tools and holistic design for people's systems are her primary frameworks; all nature-inspired and informed.


JAY JACKSON

Permaculture Coach

As a Permaculture Consultant and Coach Jay ensures that landscape designs meet clients' visions, obtain on ground outcomes and handle the puzzle work of timelines, budgets, suppliers, managing workers and meeting deadlines.

TAJ SCICLUNA

The Perma Pixie

Taj is motivated to inspire people to live more regenerative lifestyles with a deep connection to nature. Using her skills of Permaculture and Herbalism, she reminds those wishing for a deeper sense of purpose that individual and collective action can generate change and reformat the current state of humanity.

JAYE IRIVING

Barefoot Sustainable Design

As an award-winning architect, artisan, builder and keen permaculturist, his interest in natural materials has led him on a global search for grassroots green design. Along the way, he has fortified his skills in integrated food systems, ecological sewage design and a gambit of natural building practices including bamboo, earth and straw.


LOCATION: CRYSTAL WATERS ECO-VILLAGE

Located in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, Queensland, Australia, Crystal Waters is an environmentally and socially responsible rural community, designed using permaculture principles.

With a community of over 230 people living in the village, it is continually evolving, physically and socially and provides an excellent living example of permaculture design and community.


The course dates have been specifically chosen to align with the monthly community market which you will get to experience first hand.

VENUE: ECO-CENTRE

Our primary learning space is the Eco-Centre. A purpose built solar passive facility with several areas; indoor, outdoor on the verandah and breakout spaces outside.

 

The space lends itself perfectly to the learning experience for Participants to get the most from the PDC. The EcoCentre has a Kitchenette for refreshments and filtered water supply. The wide north-facing Verandah overlooks the Village Centre, the main Kitchen & The Deck with the Blackall Range to the East.

ACTION: IN THE FIELD

One of the big features that makes our PDC different from all the others is the amount of field experiences and permaculture action we do. 

  • Crystal Waters Tour w/ Max Lindegger
  • Mary Cairns Cross Deep Ecology Experience
  • Permaculture Action Day at CW
  • Tour of Annaliese's Permaculture Property
  • Maleny Tour with talks from IGA & Maleny Food. Co. Founders. 

CATERING: GOOD FOOD VIBE

Meals cater for all dietary requirements and are a mix of cuisine from local, fresh and organic ingredients. 

They will be prepared in the Crystal Waters commercial kitchen and served on the iconic Crystal Waters Deck overlooking the Village Green, located only a short stroll from the Eco Centre.

 

Our chefs are Bec & Yoav from Good Food Vibe and are selected for their love and passion for their cuisine creations, and for their connection to the local community.

All meals during course days are included in the course fee. 

ACCOMODATION: ECO-PARK CAMPING AREA

We recommend you stay at the Crystal Waters Eco-Park Visitors Camping Area. You can bring your own tent, van or camper or you can opt for one of the bunk bed and cabin options. The Eco-Park has a good amenities block with hot showers and laundry facilities, a covered camp kitchen setup with hot plates as well as a large open fire pit. 

Set in a lovely bush setting with wildlife (mainly Kangaroos & Wallabies) and abundant bird-life. After you register for the PDC we will send you details on how you can book your accomodation. Check out their pricing and options. 

Please note accomodation is not included in the course fee.  

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

We know this is a big commitment and you probably have a few questions you'd like answered before you commit... here is a list of the most common ones. Please send us a message if you have a question now listen below.

IS FOOD INCLUDED IN THE COURSE FEE?

YES! Meals cater for all dietary requirements and are a mix of vegan, vegetarian and non-vegetarian cuisine from local, fresh and organic (where possible) ingredients. They will be prepared in the Crystal Waters commercial kitchen and served on the iconic Crystal Waters Deck overlooking the Village Green, located only a short stroll from the Eco Centre. Our chefs are Bec & Yoav from Good Food Vibe and are selected for the love and passion they put into their cuisine creations, and for their connection to the local community.

IS ACCOMODATION INCLUDED IN THE FEE?

No, camping and bunk/cabins are offered at Crystal Waters Visitors Camping Area, only a 7-minute walk to The Village Green & Eco Centre.

There is a good amenities block with hot showers and laundry facilities, there is a covered camp kitchen setup with hot plates as well as a large open fire pit. Set in a lovely bush setting with wildlife (mainly Kangaroos & Wallabies) and abundant bird-life.

Check the availability and book with the Eco Park Managers Ayca or Greg: ecopark@westnet.com.au.

Options for 15 nights accommodation (when booking refer to Change Makers PDC Nov 4-19):

  • Camping: BYO tent, bedding and personal needs.
  • Bunk bed: in shared room at EcoPark Bunkhouse (8 beds available in 2 rooms)
  • Exclusive Private Room

DO I GET ANY FORMAL QUALIFICATION?

Yes! This course is based on the traditional 72-hour PDC format. You must attend 80% of the course to receive a certificate. If for some unforeseen event you can’t complete the requirements, and you still wish to receive a certificate, an alternative educational opportunity must be completed by arrangement.

CAN I DO PERMACULTURE CONSULTING?

Technically you could! Doing a PDC is an essential step in the journey to being a permaculture design consultant. However, all successful consultants always work within their existing skills and competency - gently pushing the edge of what they are capable of.

DO YOU OFFER PAYMENT PLANS?

Yes, payment plans are an option. But you must pay for the entirety of the course before it finishes to get your certificate.

WHATS YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY?

Cancellations anytime before October 7 can receive a full refund of the course fee minus a $100 refund fee.

Cancellations between October 7-21 receive a 50% refund of the course fee.

Cancellations without compelling grounds in the last 14 days before the course starts are non-refundable.