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with John Champagne

Learn how permaculture principles can enable you to create renewable, regenerative growing systems and production methods without the use of synthetic chemicals.

Located on a working permaculture farm, this introductory course will expose you to the principles and systems used in permaculture and will also provide you with the insight into the possibilities of transitioning to a small holding, farm or rural community. It is also the first weekend of a modular series of weekend courses being run by Southern Harvest in 2016 that will lead to the completion of your Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC).

You are welcome to attend whether or not you wish to do your PDC, and in fact, it’s a great way to find out if a PDC is for you.

Course topics:

  • Origins of Permaculture
  • Definitions
  • Why the need?
  • Ethics of Permaculture
  • Permaculture Principles
  • Natural energy
  • Basics of Ecology
  • Energy Laws
  • Law of Return
  • Terminology
  • Climate and Microclimate
  • Interactivity
  • Design considerations


What you’ll need to bring:

  • Yourself
  • Notebook and pen
  • Sunscreen and hat
  • Closed in shoes


Fully catered with a light lunch, morning and afternoon tea as well as tea and coffee.

Is permaculture for me?

There are so many aspects to permaculture it can benefit everyone – whether you are starting with 5 square metres or 500 acres!

Connecting with John Champagne and the Southern Harvest crew for 2 days of permaculture basics will leave you full of enthusiasm, knowledge and skills ready to roll up your sleeves and get stuck into sustainability projects.

You’ll also be in a prime position to explore and research aspects of sustainable design that may interest you from land regeneration, efficient healthy gardening for yourself or profit, or ultimately building more sustainable community networks like food co-operatives or community garden groups in your local area.

This course focuses on practical implementation as well as the theory behind permaculture, its history, principles and design skills.


Your instructors:

John Champagne is one of the principle Permaculture teachers and has been lead teacher on permaculture courses for over 10 years. John’s teaching career has taken him all over Australia and in recent years to South East Asia where he has taught Permaculture Courses (PDCs) and workshops in Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Cambodia.

John brings to any event the experience of over 20 years of active involvement in the permaculture movement. From private property design and establishment, consultancies, school gardens and eco-village designs, his activities are well documented.

John is also a Bioregional Strategist and community leader… weaving permaculture principles into the social domain. John has been the President of SCPA-South East Producers for 12 years and the co-originator of the South Coast Field Days in 1995. This was Australia’s first showcase event focusing on sustainable landuse and living.

John has been an active member of the national permaculture network, spending 3 years on the Board of Permaculture Australia and is the convener of Permafund, which raises funds for worthy permaculture aid projects in Australia and overseas.

Penny Kothe is Head Farm Girl (herb and vegetable grower, cook, marketing, research, observation and assisting with larger projects) at Caroola Farm.

Raised in Tumbaruma in the NSW Snowies, then Sydney and later Mudgee and the north coast of NSW. Penny has always wanted to get back to the farm. Coming from a farming family with a great interest in gardening, Penny feels right at home on the open spaces of the farm. Shebecame interested in studying horticulture, then permaculture and holistic management and is continuing to learn and apply these principles each and every day.

Penny completed her PDC with Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton in 2012 as well as various courses including Forest Gardens, Natural Bee Keeping, Urban Permaculture and Holistic Management. She has recently finished studying a Diploma in Organic Farming and has taught numerous parts of Introduction to Permaculture and Permaculture Design Certificate courses at Caroola Farm.

Penny is involved in many aspects of permaculture and sustainable food related activities in the region, being involved in Permaculture eXchange, on the executive team for SCPA-South East Producers, SCPA Organics, the Vice President of Southern Harvest Association and one of the founding committee members for the Southern Harvest Farmers Market in Bungendore.

Who's Attending

8 people are attending Introduction to Permaculture

  • Jane Ambrose
  • Margaret Hough
  • Craig Crompton
  • Julie Simpkin
  • Ruth Gaha-Morris
  • James Innes
  • Rebecca Samson