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You will learn how permaculture principles can enable you to create a sustainable, regenerative lifestyle in the city, a large block or on a farm by looking at energy flows and systems for design.

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 Education in 2018 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.

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 Penny Kothe for two 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


  • 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
  • Sectors and Zones

What you’ll need to bring

  • Hat and sunscreen
  • Sturdy shoes
  • Notepad and pen

$250 Southern Harvest and Canberra City Farm Members
$300 General Admission

Southern Harvest personal memberships cost from as little as $15 and give you access to discounted courses for twelve months.  Join now.

The course will be fully catered with a wholesome morning tea and lunch supplied.

About your instructors

John Champagne is one of Australia’s principal permaculture teachers for over 10 years with 20 plus years experience of active involvement in the permaculture movement in Australia and Asia.

Penny Kothe owns and operates Caroola Farm, a permaculture-based, organic, and holistically managed farm near Bungendore.

Book online below or email us for an invoice.


40 available
Introduction to Permaculture$300.00

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38 available
Introduction to Permaculture Members/Partner Members$250.00

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