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Australian Permaculture Course with leading Permaculture educators.
Experience eco-village living at Crystal Waters Eco Village.
In honour of the late Bill Mollison
Thank You Bill for your inspiration & legacy!
The Crystal Waters Permaculture Course
Some of the subjects covered in this PDC Course include:
- Introduction to Permaculture
- History, Principles & Ethics
- Observing Natural Systems
- Patterns in Nature
- Permaculture Design concepts
- Zone and Sector Planning
- First Steps in design
- Zone One Planning
- Water in the Landscape
- Basic principles, construction, keyline
- Aquaculture concepts
- Dam construction and methods towards drought proofing
- Dealing with waste systems
- Zone One System
- Establishing productive gardens
- Weeds ID & management
- Toward all year production
- Seed saving, seed raising
- Pest management – a healthy garden without poisons
- Making liquid fertilizers
- Establishing Orchard Systems
- Selection criteria
- Planning in time and space
- Maintenance of fruit trees
- Animals in the PC System
- Keeping animals for food or profit; from Bees to beasts
- The Place of forests
- Visit to local CW forest areas
- Establishing & maintaining forest systems, tree choice
- Windbreaks and their design
- Leanne Harper: (Home Soil Solutions) Important steps to improve soil conditions
- Nutrients & Microbes
- Understanding soil tests
- Organic matter & Composting
- Green manures & mulching
- Healthy Building
- Visit to low-energy Home example (Barry Goodman)
- Towards energy efficient design
- Myths and facts about energy systems & materials
- Visit to natural building examples
- Village Design
- The CW story – the challenges and lessons learned
- Community Food Systems
- The school gardening scheme
- City Farms, community gardens
- Urban Issues
- The place for Permaculture in high density environments
- Applying your skills
- Some business development ideas & discussions
- Robin Clayfield: Working as a Permaculture Designer, making a living
- Social Permaculture
- Group Dynamics
- Introduction to Ethics & Whole Systems Design. Richard Mochelle (see description below)
- Creating good Design
- Guidance in steps to Permaculture Design for a piece of land
- Past student’s Design examples PDC 2015/16/17
- Practical experience in Permaculture Design development
- Discussion & Feedback on Student design exercises
PDC Course Presenters
Max was invited by Bill Mollison to participate at the first Permaculture Course in 1979 and he also took part in the second course the year after. Since then he has been teaching Permaculture courses from the UK to the US, from Denmark to Macau and from Argentina to New Zealand and has been consulting on the subject in over 60 countries. Together with his wife Trudi he has been experimenting with Permaculture at Crystal Waters for over 30 years. They keep cattle, grow vegetables, fruits & nuts and keep bees. Beekeeping is one of Max’s real passions. Max continues to volunteer in Cambodia & downtown Manila where he searches for solutions which can help the poorest.
PLUS a diversity of Guest Instructors with a variety of interesting Topics
The Permaculture Course at Crystal Waters is Instructed & Facilitated by Max Lindegger, but we also have a unique lineup of very experienced Guest Presenters. Our special Guests include: Robin Clayfield, Barry Goodman and Richard Mochelle. *Update: We are pleased to now announce the addition of two new Guest Presenters who both have significant contributions in the PDC: Annaliese Hordern & Leanne Harper (Home Soil Solutions)
PDC Featured Guest Presenters
Several other Residents in our Crystal Waters Village also contribute to this Course in various ways & we are very grateful for the wide support this PDC Plus Course receives, it could not be a success without their valued input! We are also fortunate to have the input into this Program by Dr Richard Mochelle, as follows:
Whole Systems Design:
Dr Richard Mochelle
On Day 1 Richard introduces the essentials of Ethics, and how we can explore a range of ethical and system design choices – beyond the mainly agricultural focus of the PDC – choices which he argues each of us needs to consider and agree upon if we want a sustainable and just future world. Another Session explores what could develop for Urban culture if people were to serioulsy create better Sustainable technologies and behaviours. Springing from an early career in architecture, Richard’s career segued into environmental design education, future education and subsequently into moral, political and systems philosophy. His academic pursuit has been augmented by 3 decades of experimentation with school and community groups in search of effective ways to enable individuals to explore and envision ethically-based alternative futures. Richard’s university experience in recent years with lecturing and conducting workshops in ethics and whole systems design underpins the new course he is developing for offer at Crystal Waters.
Annaliese joins the Crystal Waters PDC Team for the second time in 2017 and brings a wealth of practical experience and enthusiasm for Permaculture. With already several years experience in Permaculture and Teaching in PDC’s in Australia and overseas, we welcome Annaliese and look forward to her valued contribution to the Crystal Waters Permaculture teachings. Annaliese is a passionate Permaculture educator committed to evolving an inclusive and interactive teaching style, fostered by some of the great Permaculture pioneers. She is also a research consultant on Permaculture designs, presents at public events and facilitates community workshops. Annaliese is excited by curriculum development, designing new leaning tools and mentoring her students towards their personal goals in sustainability and design. Localising food and preparedness for community response to disaster is important to her. Inspired by wilderness and interesting useful plants, she is involved with conservation of important plant medicines in the Amazon Rainforest. Annaliese is a director of Permaculture Australia, is a regular attendee of Permaculture convergences and is rising in the next generation of Permaculture educators.
Leanne’s presentation on Soils (and the importance of soil nutrients) last year at the Crystal Waters PDC was well received and it soon become clear that Leanne has an extensive knowledge on the topic. We recognise the significance of understanding the SOIL in Permaculture so are pleased to welcome her back for a longer session this year. Leanne believes that minerally balanced, biologically active, well structured soils are the basis for plant and animal health, and also the mental, physical and emotional health of our people. She has grown food in her own garden organically for many years, and the “green” chapters of her life include, permaculture, rainforest revegetation, ecological agriculture/biological farming, and now Home Soil Solutions, her own small business, which offers soil analysis and soil mineral balancing to the home gardener. She also contracts to the home garden division of Nutri-Tech Solutions®, and to professional landscape soil manufacturers.
The Permaculture Course is held at the beautiful Crystal Waters Permaculture Village, Sunshine Coast Hinterland, Queensland, Australia. Lessons are held in the purpose built Eco Centre at the Village Green, and at permaculture properties within Crystal Waters.
Meals are served from the licensed commercial kitchen on the Deck on the Village Green, just a couple of minutes’ walk from the Eco Centre. The Food prepared in the Crystal Waters commercial kitchen uses locally sourced and organic (where possible), not processed food ingredients. The Menu is based on healthy foods with vegetarian and non-vegetarian choices, and prepared with love, providing a variety for your enjoyment. The Meals are provided Smorgasbord style, with an enjoyable eating & sharing atmosphere created on the Crystal Waters “Deck” near the Village Green and close to the Eco Centre Teaching Venue.
Camping is offered at Crystal Waters Visitors Camping Area, only 7 minutes walk to The Village Green & Eco Centre. Or you can upgrade Accommodation to one of the Bunk/cabin rooms.
The park has a good Amenities block with hot showers and laundry facilities, there is a covered Camp Kitchen setup with hotplates as well as a large open fire pit. Set in a lovely bush setting with wildlife (mainly Kangaroos & Wallabies) and bird-life in abundance.
If Camping, you will need to bring your own Tent & bedding and all your personal needs.
Other accommodation is available within the “EcoPark” – Crystal Waters Visitors Camping Area or with Residents in the Village by prior arrangement for an extra fee for the 14 nights: (subject to availability – book early). Amenities (shower & toilets) are nearby and a Camp Kitchen is here with Fridge space.
Please check the availability and rates and Book with the EcoPark Manager: Greg.
- Bunk bed in shared room at EcoPark Bunkhouse. (8 beds available in 2 bunk rooms – shared.) Pay extra $25 per night/person. Special rate for the PDC is: $270 for the 14 nights of the Course. Add $12 per person (once) if linen required.
- Private Room or Family room at Bunk House (in EcoPark, 2 available rooms – please check on current availability), Pay extra $700 (2 weeks)(1 available).
- The Cabin (1 currently available), at EcoPark, double bed room (& fold out double sofa bed). Pay extra $720.00, (2 weeks).
- A Cottage is available at Max Lindegger’s, contact Max for details (07 54944 741)
- Or, subject to availability there are some other Accommodation options at Crystal Waters. Please Contact Us to discuss any of these Options.
Bedding extra: Q: $15 & S: $13 per bed or supply your own.
About Crystal Waters Permaculture Village
GATHERING OF CRYSTAL WATERS FOLK
Crystal Waters Permaculture Village was established at the headwaters of the Mary River in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland in 1988. Around 230 people live on 84 residential lots within the 650 acre property.
On the Saturday in the middle of the PDC course, the Crystal Waters Monthly Market welcomes you to enjoy the relaxed and creative ecovillage ambiance on the Village Green. Fill your basket with local organic fresh produce, freshly baked sourdough organic bread, veggie seedlings, herbs, raw honey, gourmet foods, handmade soaps, and a range of other products. Shiatsu, acupuncture and massage are also available to help you unwind. Enjoy food and drinks from the cafes and food stalls and take in the morning program of live music and childrens activities offered on the green.
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