Students will learn all aspects of living and working on a permaculture farm and will learn methods and design applicable to everyday farm situations. They will be fully involved in all farm activities.
There will be no “lecture room” experiences in the Practicals, because all learning will be accompanied by practical experience (learning whilst doing), but it is probably a good idea to carry a notebook and pen around with you!
The Practicals are in blocks, a 2 week Urban Focus Block followed by a Sustainable Building week, and a 4 week Rural Focus Block, with a Water Management week in the middle. Each Practical week runs from Monday to Friday (5 day week).
Urban Focus Block Permaculture Life Skills Practical:
Week 1: Urban design, container gardening, propagation, worm farms
Week 2: Composting, Aquaponics and small animal systems, garden design
Week 3 Project: Natural Building Methods
Designing and building structures using natural and recycled materials. White ant prevention, natural heating methods and solar passive design are also discussed and implemented.
Rural Focus Block Permaculture Life Skills Practical:
Week 4: Compost, compost tea and biofertiliser, food forestry
Week 5: Survey and contour, dams and swales
Week 6 Project: Water Management
Designing water management for a property, building dams and swales and subsequent planting out to prevent erosion.
Week 7: Planting, chop and drop, erosion management
Week 8: Waste systems for grey water, biogas and animal routines.
Students will also be fully involved in farm practices and routines such as animal care, garden maintenance, harvesting and preparing food for storage, planting, self reliance activities etc. Students are also expected to be part of the farm’s community, which involves daily tasks and routines shared by everyone.
Please note that all Practical students must have a Permaculture Design Certificate!!
Practicals are capped at 8 students!
Camping (tent) accommodation is included in the course fee, please byo tent and camping gear (bedding etc). Should you not wish to stay in a tent, we can offer limited cabin accommodation at $30 per night or backpacker style shared accommodation at $10 per night (you will need to supply bedding). Bathroom facilities are shared. We invite students to share our meals with us, 3 meals per day plus morning and afternoon tea. Saturdays are a day off, and students will need to cater for themselves on those days. Some leftovers from the week may be made available for Saturdays.
Directions to get to the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast: Take the Bruce Highway towards Gympie from the South or toward Brisbane from the North. Take the Pomona Kin Kin turnoff. Follow the road, turn right at the T-intersection. Take the road through Pomona town, straight through the roundabout, over the railway line, then turn left at the T-Intersection. Follow that road to Kin Kin. Turn left to go into Kin Kin and past the pub. Follow that road for about 3 kms, Golden Gully Road is on your left (a dirt road). “Maungaraeeda” is 930 metres down that road on your left. Click here for Google map.
Permaculture Life Skills Practical hours: as per farm hours: 6am – 6pm daily, Saturdays and Sundays are free (optional farm work available if requested for Sundays). Breaks for meals and morning/afternoon tea. Your will need to self cater on Saturdays.
Course price (prices include camping accommodation (byo tent)):
8 week Practical: (includes 2 weeks projects): $5350 ($535 deposit upon booking)
Deposits are non-refundable but transferable once to another course. Full amount due 3 weeks prior to start date.
Bookings Essential! Please book by emailing info (at) permaculturesunshinecoast.org (replace (at) with @ in the email).