Introduction to Permaculture – a weekend course Oct 31-Nov 1

Introduction to Permaculture – a weekend course Oct 31-Nov 1


“Permaculture is a design system for the creation of socially, economically and ecologically sustainable settlements” – Bill Mollison.

Introduction to Permaculture is just the beginning for  those with a passion for gardening resilience and sustainable lifestyles. At Green Connect’s urban farm, in Warrawong NSW join us for a weekend-long workshop with expert permaculturalist, John Champagne from Brogo Permaculture Gardens.

Put the principles of permaculture into action on the Green Connect farm whilst taking in the theory over two days. By the end of the weekend you will:

  • Know all 12 principles of permaculture well and use these as a thinking tool to take stock of your own home and lifestyle. Then, use this thinking to feel make an empowered plan, full of new strategies.
  • Know the history of permaculture and its roots in Australia.
  • Have a few practical skills – planting a garden bed and applying the “chop and drop” method to growing legumes.

Saturday: Permaculture Principles 1-6 with practical demonstrations.

Sunday: Permaculture Principles 7-12 with practical demonstrations.

Before booking, please read: Terms-and-Conditions-PDC (1)

EARLY BIRD special price $330 until end of September – be quick!



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Introduction to Permaculture 

Saturday October 31 & Sunday November 1 2020 

9am – 5pm at Green Connect Farm (Warrawong, NSW)

This course will:

  • Explain and explore the history and the theories behind permaculture, utilising David Holmgrens’ Permaculture Principles.

  • Teach you the basics of  how to create abundance, resilience and practical sustainability in your life.

  • Inform your choices no matter what your situation; rural property, city dweller, or anywhere in between.

  • Develop your knowledge and skills, increase your confidence and inspire you to use permaculture in your garden, your home, your life.

  • Demonstrate the principles, systems and techniques of  permaculture with hands-on activities.

  • Answer the question of what to do about resource scarcity in a post-COVID world. Together, we are creating the world we wish to live in.

Your course fee includes:

  • Two full days of face-to-face teaching at the Green Connect Farm, Warrawong NSW.
  • Catered lunches and morning teas, including sampling some of the farm produce. Let us know your dietary requirements.
  • A copy of the “Essence of Permaculture” booklet (2020) by David Holmgrem.
Your teacher: John Champagne

John’s long involvement in permaculture began when he completed his first PDC in 1992 with Vries & Hugh Gravestein who were taught by Bill Mollison. Permaculture then became both a life path and career for John, who has now taught over 45 PDC’s throughout the temperate climate of South East Australia, tropical Asia as well as courses in cool, temperate Europe. His PDC teaching career began in 2004 alongside David Holmgren at Mumbulla Steiner School in Bega.

​John Champagne is recognised as an elder within the Permaculture Movement in Australia  and continues to be active in permaculture.  John was on the Board of Permaculture Australia for 3 years and is currently the convenor of Permafund, a charitable group that receives and distributes funds to  permaculture projects worldwide.

John brings his many years of  permaculture experience to this introduction course, with his hard-earned background and understanding of the many facets of permaculture. From its broad application … actually living it.

John Champagne Permaculture

John Champagne Permaculture

Coming from Sydney, Canberra or beyond?

Click here to read about local Airbnbs that we recommend, plus other tips for places to eat and sights to see while you’re in the Illawarra.

Why is Green Connect offering studies in permaculture?

Well, because we are proud of the work we have done to turn 11 aces of disused land into a thriving permaculture farm abundant with vegetables, fruit, herbs and animals (goats, pigs, sheep and chickens). And because we’re so proud of it, we want to share it with you. People often ask us what we do, how we do it and why it’s such a success story for the Illawarra. Rest assured, as a not for profit, your ticket price goes directly to our farm. Every purchase helps and supports the work that we do.

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Additional information


EARLY BIRD SPECIAL $330 Introduction to Permaculture Sat 31 Oct and Sun 1 Nov from 9am – 5pm, $390 Introduction to Permaculture Sat 31 Oct and Sun 1 Nov from 9am – 5pm


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