Permaculture Course Australia Certificate PDC


Permaculture Course Australia, Sunshine Coast Queensland. Permaculture Design Certificate Course study (PDC) at Noosa Forest Retreat on the Sunshine Coast Queensland Australia. Next PDC Permaculture Course education program beginning March 3 -14 2017, celebrating 10 years special prices; $1295 early bird/ $1390, normal price $1600    Sign up now;     Permaculture course  Australia, Sunshine Coast Noosa Forest Retreat.

Our next Permaculture Design Certificate  (PDC) Course  is offered at a special price as part of Noosa Forest Retreat's 10- year anniversary celebration. This special permaculture design course is being held at Noosa Forest Retreat and is a full residential educational course with 2 key co-presenters +4  guest presenters. Noosa Forest Retreat Holisitic and permaculture Community offering farm fresh organic produce meals and accommodation.
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The permaculture course Co-Presenters Ian Trew  and Christina Laurikainen are an inspiring couple who between them have decades of permaculture and ecological practical design, management and teaching experience within a multitude of settings from urban residential, rural to 4 star resort to 3rd world scenarios.

Ian comes from a rural background having spent his early years on a Victorian dairy farm,  involved with pioneering work with cell grazing or Holisitc Farm Management. Ian has been activly involved with permaculture  as an educator, consultant, designer, project manager and activist for over 20 years.
      Ian has a degree in health sciences with majors in psychology and religious studies. He has worked in private and public health for the last 25 years. During this time Ian has developed a deep, intimate and inspiring aproach to personal wellbeing integrating environmental, cultural and personal health with cutting edge insight, methodology and practices. Ian currently co-manages  a private holisitic health retreat.
      Ian has designed, implemented and managed a number of projects around Australia, as well as attended and presented at a number of permaculture gatherings and convergances. This includes, presenting on stage with the co-founder of permaculture- Bill Mollison. Ian is known for his ability to inspire those he comes into contact with, easily delivering the life changing permaculture message.  For those with an interest in personal wellbeing and peak performance, inspired living  or community living this is Ian's field and this PDC is for you. 

Christina  was blessed to be able to develop a deep  and profound appreciation for our beautiful planet Earth and numerous human cultures during her childhood with extensive world travel.  By age of 14 she had sailed from Australia through Asia, Arabia & Europe – living in a total of thirteen countries. 
       Christina (aka. Chrissy orTiina) was blessed to be able to develop a deep and profound appreciation for our beautiful planet Earth and numerous human cultures during her childhood with extensive world travel. By the age of  14 Tiina had sailed from Australia through Asia, Arabia and Europe -living in a total of thirteen countries.
       Christina developed an interest in plant chemistry after working at “Beelarong Community Farm” (Brisbane, Australia), completing a “Diploma in Laboratory Technology” at Southbank Institute of TAFE and then  a “Bachelor of Science (Environment) – majoring in Natural Resources & Pollution” with Griffith University (where she received  a number of awards for high achievement).  Following this, Christina worked  as a research assistant (aka. Environmental Scientist) at Australian River’s Institute, who boast Australia’s largest number of water-based scientists.  Tiina has completed a number of specialist permaculture studies in earthworks, hydrology and natural building and brings a wealth of scientific insight and rigour to the standard PDC curriculum. 

  • Environmental science (thanks to Griffith University).
  • Agricultural techniques of Australian aboriginals (thanks to Bruce Pascoe).
  • Natural Farming (techniques of Masanobu Fukuoka).
  • Holistic Farm Management.
  • Concepts in support of a resource-based economy.
  • Phytochemistry (plant chemistry) & bioprospecting

Noosa Forest Retreat is set on a beautiful lush 160 acre property with 4 houses in the Noosa Hinterland on the Sunshine Coast Australia. The property is home to 9 full time residents backs onto the Woondum national Park.  The property rises to an elevation of 420 meters with the highest house site on the Sunshine Coast. Noosa Forest Retreat is one of the largest and longest running permaculture demonstration and education centres in Queensland, Australia. As a community Noosa Forest Retreat was at the forefront of the ultimatly succesful activism to stand up for the will of the Noosa Community  to save local scale small council is the face of state Government push to amalgamate and create much larger impersonal super councils. The location is part of the Noosa Biosphere -recognised by the United Nations for excelence in local planning and governance  addressing environmental and social sustainability)
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This Permaculture Design Certificate Course donates 5% of profits to permaculture charity and in last 12 months alone has donated over $3290.

This 12 day full residential permaculture course, accommodation & food is offered at extra specoial early bird (first 6 applicants) and student/pensioner price of only $1295, with full price  $1490 normal price PDC is $1600 plus.


The Noosa Forest Retreat Permaculture course on Australias beautiful Sunshine Coast will include the standard PDC curriculum study as created by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren plus valuable hands on practical exercises and experince with permaculture principles and systems including; animal systems, super compost making, swale design and implementation for water harvesting and food forest establishment. Permaculture design course (PDC) study at Noosa Forest retreat is well suited to anyone interested in sustainability, organic food growing, natural farming, community living, holisitic or healthy living or self sufficiency.


The permaculture Design certificiate course study is a globally recognised ceducation ourse in sustainable living design. This PDC education course is unique not only for its relative special  best value price but also in that students will get to live for 12 days in the normally private community Noosa Forest Retreat and get to directly contribute to greater permacultue projects while gaining a permaculture education themselves in return.
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Accommodation including work exchange and ongoing practical training in permaculture is available following the official Permaculture design Certificate  course.

Scholarship position available for an overseas or aboriginal student. Also, limited work exchange positions are available for the "Permaculture Design Certificate" (PDC) course. If you know anyone that would benifit from this life changing study and practical training and who is short on funds please contact Ian for details of scholarship and work exchange. Contact Ian via email, addressed attention Ian, to sunshinenaturalhealth@gmail.com with a brief description of why you would love to do this PDC and your situation.


For more details of this special Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) education program, March 3 - 14 2017 for 12 days see, facebook page under Noosa Forest Retreat or go to Noosa Forest Retreat Permaculture course Australia.  Also offering a 20% discount for couples or twin bookings prepared to share a room (on full price only)


For any questions or to reserve your place at the Permaculture Course held at Noosa Forest Retreat please phone our  office on  Ph +61 7 5409 7577 (work hours) or text 0400 80 33 93 or email sunshinenaturalhealth@gmail.com