ABOUT OUR WORKSHOPS

HANDS ON PERMACULTURE DAYS

@ PANDURUNGA FARM

The HANDS ON PERMACULTURE DAY'S are designed to enhance your knowledge and understanding of permaculture systems further than the workshop style education. We select activities that are relevant to the season and encourage 'hands on' participation for participants who benefit from doing rather than reading etc. The day also provides participants with a real immersion of living in a permaculture designed system. We encourage participants to bring along a plate of yummy food for a shared lunch. The days start around 9.00am and finish up around 3.00pm

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                   AN INTRODUCTION TO PERMACULTURE DESIGN                   @ MACKAY COMMUNITY GARDEN

      This two day workshop is for those who wish to apply design for sustainability and food systems using permaculture principles based on our natural environment. This workshop  is very beneficial for  individuals who wish to  live healthier lives by growing some of THEIR own organic food or have just purchased a block of land and are not quite sure where to start. Great to do before building your home. It also benefits our farming community, our school community, planners, architects, designers or anyone interested in sustainability.   
We cover;  Ethics,  Natural patterning,   Basic permaculture principles including sectors and zones,    Landscape hydrology. Participants can be guided through the designing of their own property; house yard, balcony, farm, school (or parts thereof) and much more.
Generally 9.00AM to 4.00PM both days.

GO TO www.mackaycommunitygarden.org FOR FURTHER DETAILS


MULCHING AND COMPOST

   This 2 day workshop, @ Pandurunga Farm, has been designed to share information about the importance of mulching and compost for any type of plant growing in the tropics. We will look at how to make mulching sustainable, an introduction to living mulches, what types to use and how to apply it. This information is very much linked in with composting and explores composting further than our Basic Composting workshop, so we will also explore, compost teas, how to apply composts and general soil building techniques. This information is relevant to all who grow, big and small. The two days work best served together.

Generally 9.00am to 4.00pm both days.

$200.00 includes meals and camping, or $100.00 per day. (mulching - day 1, composting - day 2)

AN INTRODUCTION TO BASIC COMPOSTING

This 3 to 4 hour workshop is great for householders who wish to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill, schools wishing to establish a composting system or farmers wishing to reduce on farm costs.

We cover what ingredients are required to make good compost and why it is important to use them, how to set up your composting area, where best to locate it and some trouble shooting tips. We use real products and relate knowledge directly to individual circumstances.

Generally 9.00AM to 1.00PM

Cost   The next one is for free (courtesy of Mackay Regional Council).  Morning tea provided.

           $300.00 per group booking at Gardens ($400.00 off site)  6-20 participants.   Schools can vary. Contact Pandurunga for group bookings.

Go to Mackay regional council for further details and booking.


72 HOUR PERMACULTURE DESIGN CERTIFICATE COURSE.

The Permaculture Design Certificate Course (PDC), is the primary and most comprehensive introduction to the

world of Permaculture developed by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in the early 1970's. The 72 hour PDC covers

the Permaculture ethics, principles, methods of design, pattern understanding and energy cycles.

We also cover design for different climatic factors, earth works, aquaculture, soils, trees and water

and conclude the course with future strategies for our changing world.

This course has provided many participants worldwide, with the knowledge necessary for involvement in developing their own properties including urban and suburban properties as well as small and large farms, schools and has  paved a path to foreign aid work overseas and community development.

Permaculture uses a set of principles which will provide both productive and sustainable systems which support architecture, food production, land management, community development as well as day to day living experiences. 

This is a live in, 2 week Permaculture experience to be held in the majority, at a developing property in Finch Hatton, 45 minutes Nth. West of Mackay. This 2 week course is our preferred teaching method as participants are fully immersed in the Permaculture experience. The fee for this course is $1,200.00 for Mackay Community Garden members and $1400 for non members, which includes all meals and tent or dorm style accommodation. We also have a discounted course fee of $1,000.00 if you wish to help out with some chores during the two week experience. A $500.00 deposit is required for this course to be paid at least 6 weeks prior to the course starting date. Other accommodation is available a short drive from the site and can be arranged upon request. The course will be posted on the workshops page. Please note that our live in course is a 14 day experience.

Please contact us to register your interest in the PDC. We require at least 6 participants to run the PDC and can confirm dates when we have the numbers. Thanks.

JUNE 26TH - JULY 10TH 2016

Day 1.  Introductions and Permaculture design concepts.

Day 2.  Methods of Design.

Day 3.  Patterns in Nature.

Day 4.  Climate and Climatic factors.

Day 5.  Trees and their functions.

Day 6.  Water in the landscape.

Day 7.  Soils, Earthworks and Earth resources.

Day 8.  The Humid landscape.  Dry land strategies and Humid Cool to Cold climate.

Day 9. Aquaculture and Animals in the system.

Day 10. Strategies for an Alternative Nation.   Design for Catastrophe.

Day 11.  Final Design presentation and Celebration. 

Day 12. Certificate presentation and Where to from here.