Pre- & Post- Convergence Courses

While you are in the area, attend one of the Permaculture Design Courses and other courses  in the region in the weeks leading up to the APC.

Teachers planning courses around this time please contact us so we can include you in the list. Email:

Pre- APC Courses

1-15 March.    PDC, certified Permaculture Design Course. Permaculture College Australia, Djanbung Gardens, Nimbin

Residential immersion course. Live and learn in a working permaculture farm with one of the world’s most experienced PDC teachers, Robyn Francis, at Permaculture College Australia, Djanbung Gardens.
This 100-hour course includes the classic 72-hour PDC plus additional topics, practical projects and field trips. The course is fully catered by our qualified permaculture chef with local and organic produce for vegan and ethical omnivore diets. Camping on site.

Course fee: $2245 ($1995 Early bird) includes tuition, course handbook, full catering (except day off) and free camping on site. Enquire about accommodation & tent hire.
10% discount for Permaculture Australia members

Venue  Djanbung Gardens PCA, Nimbin Nthn NSW  Inspiring 26-year-old permaculture property where the concepts taught are practiced.
Further details and registration 

15 – 20 March . Creative Teachers, Facilitators and Group Leadership Course – ‘Dynamic Groups, Dynamic Learning’.  6 day intensive at Crystal Waters Permaculture EcoVillage with Robin Clayfield.

 What creates a dynamic group? What supports an effective, fun and successful learning environment? The jigsaw puzzle of groups learning and working together becomes an adventure in this Creative Facilitation intensive. The course equips people with the understanding and skills of what is ‘best practice, leading edge’ learning and facilitation methods through immersion and practical hands on experiences. Robin Clayfield has had 27 years’ experience training Permaculture teachers and specializes in creating an interactive learning environment and inspiring the use of creative processes. She has an underlying commitment to the empowerment of every person and the group as a whole. Participants have the experience that ‘Magic happens in Dynamic Groups and learning happens easily’. Not only will you have this experience, you’ll get to feel what it’s like to facilitate this for others in the group. You will be supported to develop confidence, fluency and often mastery in the art and skill of facilitating learning as opposed to presenting or teaching information in more commonly used ways.

Cost: Sliding scale – Waged $1095, Concession $895, Full Price/Govt Corporate $1295. Pay what you can with payment plan options if needed.

Book or more info from Robin Clayfield. .   Email – . Phone – 61(0)7 5494 4707

21 March . Formidable Vegetable Dance Party at Crystal Waters Permaculture EcoVillage with full band (Charlie Mgee, Mal Webb and Kylie Morrigan).

Come dance, mix and mingle with the world’s most acclaimed Permaculture Band and learn Permaculture through music.  Doors Open 6.30pm for a 7pm start. Meals available, pizza shop and bar.

$20 (or $25 if you are working, are rich, value the gig highly or can afford it 🙂

Permaculture funk-swing for a changing world. “So infectious that the most ardent climate sceptic would have trouble staying still”– Sydney Morning Herald.

With a wheelbarrow-load of dirty electro radish-beets, crusty jazz ukulele, swingin’ strings and hyperactive horns, Formidable Vegetable are here to sow the garden of your mind with seeds of future-resilience in the funkiest way possible. Having planted their tendrils into every corner of the globe from Glastonbury Festival to the United Nations (who acclaimed them for “singing about the important issues of the world”), Formidable Vegetable is using their quirky brand of musical activism to de-pave the problems and grow fertile, abundant solutions in their place.

Book or more info from Robin Clayfield . Email – . Phone – 61(0)7 5494 4707

22 March – 3 April. PDC (Permaculture Design Course) – Crystal Waters Permaculture EcoVillage with Max Lindegger and special guests Robin Clayfield, Annaliese Hordern and Richard Mochelle plus other guests.

Experience eco-village living at Crystal Waters Eco Village. Permaculture is a design system that attempts to emulate nature. The course covers a wide range of topics on ecological living, from energy efficiency to sustainable and organic agriculture, water, sun, food and soil, and living in harmony with our environment. The idea of permaculture as ‘permanent agriculture’ is evolving and now requires an expanded, all-inclusive view of permaculture design as ethics-centred, whole system design.

The venue, Crystal Waters, was developed over 30 years ago along Permaculture principles and now houses over 230 people of all ages on 83 properties, on the 650 acres of bushland at the headwaters of the Mary River. During this PDC, students will experience Permaculture first-hand through visiting several local properties and hearing from people about their practical experiences on their land.

The Course is internationally accredited for those who wish to become Permaculture Consultants. See the website for more info and for the topics covered

Cost: *EARLY-BIRD Course Fee AU$ 1,950 plus accommodation (camping is just $150) Note: Full Fee in 2020 will be $2200. Includes all meals, manual, site visits, outings etc.
All Enquiries and Bookings contact: Bruce Gibson, the PDC organiser on behalf of the Crystal Waters Community Co-op. Email: . Phone or SMS: 0429 455 200 (Bruce).

10 – 13 April.    Advanced Design Skills . Permaculture College Australia, Djanbung Gardens, Nimbin

You’ve done a PDC and want to dive deeper? This course is for people who seek further skills for professional design and consulting or designing your own property, and is highly recommended for permaculture teachers and community project designers. Learn tricks of trade from one of permaculture’s leading designers and educators, Robyn Francis.
In 4 intensive days you will learn how to draw up professional designs, deal confidently with clients, cost jobs and prepare bills of quantity, present reports and get your consultancy practice going.  This course is for people who have already completed a full PDC.

Course fee: $645 (Earlybird $585 includes tuition, free camping on site, b’fast, lunch, M/A teas plus one evening meal. NB camp kitchen available for self-catering evening meals or a short walk to village shops and cafes.
10% discount for Permaculture Australia members.

Venue: Djanbung Gardens PCA, Nimbin Nthn NSW  Inspiring 26-year-old permaculture property where the concepts taught are practiced.
Limited places available. This is a small group course to maximise teacher/student support and guidance.
Further details and registration


13 – 18 April, 8.30 – 6pm each day. Teaching Permaculture Teachers.

Northey Street City Farm, Brisbane. with Rowe Morrow, Brenna Quinlan, & Michael Wardle

*Please note, there is no camping onsite and no food provided for this course.

Permaculture as a curriculum has been a significant success in education on a global scale. Few curricula can claim such broad adoption of the essential elements and features of it as an educational proposal as permaculture does. The success of permaculture as a course of study can be attributed to the teachers who have taught the students moving exponentially. Teaching permaculture and learning and translating it into effective practice.

This course is offered to share a particular approach with the next generations of teachers. The course was developed from my conviction that teachers could demonstrate the best in adult learning, teaching, understanding and methodology. And produce excellent teachers who will create excellent permaculturists. Teachers would need to develop the capacity within their students to think within the discipline. There are layers of knowledge and behaviour. I have explored a diversity of strategies always focused on the learner and Care of People to offer a considered choice of methods effective in giving students confidence and competence to be excellent teachers of future permaculturists.

All participants are required to hold a recognised PDC. They are also required to attend 100% of the course. The certificate is recognised globally, and this course curriculum has been taught in eight European countries as well as Kashmir, India, and others.

Venue: Northey Street City Farm, Windsor, Brisbane.

Cost: $800( plus booking fee)*Please note,cost does not include food or accommodation.

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17 April (3pm – 8.30pm) to 18 April (9.30am – 5pm). Retrosuburbia Trainers and Facilitators Workshop with Beck Lowe. Brisbane

Read and loved David Holmgren’s RetroSuburbia and want to spread the message wider? We’d love to have more people running retrosuburban workshops, facilitating local group activities and incorporating more retrosuburbian material into their existing teaching practices.

Beck Lowe is running a special Retrosuburbia Trainers and Facilitators Workshop  in Brisbane just before the Convergence. This is a great chance for permies attending the Convergence to undertake the workshop.

Cost: $330 full / $280 concession. This includes access to all the training and facilitation resources that have been developed, and the option to advertise your workshops on Price does not include food or accommodation, apart from morning and afternoon teas. We will have a shared dinner on the Friday and lunch on Saturday – please bring food to share.

For more details and bookings:

Post-APC Courses


25 – 27 April.  Deep Adaption and Cultural Regeneration for Social and Climate Change.  3-day Social Permaculture Retreat with Star Hawk and Robyn Francis at Djanbung Gardens, Nimbin

Living with climate grief and eco-despair can be a catalyst for personal and collective response to the challenges and opportunities in a world facing social collapse and climate catastrophe.

We will explore the transformative potential of deepening our relationship with our living planet and each other; of accepting what is and how things are; of acknowledging the depth of our grief, of solastalgia; and of turning despair into courage, compassion and meaningful action with renewed resolve and inner strength.  Discover ways to initiate cultural regeneration in our communities and strengthen our resilience.

Learn what positive steps we can take to mitigate and adapt to climate change, and hear hopeful stories of regeneration from around the world.

The workshop will involve individual, small group and whole group work through experiential processes as well as song, dance, meditation and ritual.  It draws inspiration from Deep Ecology, The Work that Reconnects, Cultural Emergence, Social and Cultural Ecology, Deep Adaption, Extinction Rebellion, Starhawk’s writings and the Reclaiming tradition of earth-based spirituality.

This course brings together two inspiring pioneers of social permaculture and earth-based spirituality, Starhawk and Robyn Francis, to explore new edges in cultural regeneration for climate and social change.

Cost: $545  (E/B $495) includes full catering plus welcome dinner Friday 24th. Free camping on site.  10% discount for Permaculture Australia members

Further details & registration:

7 – 10 May . Circles of Community – Using Social Permaculture Principles to Design Groups, Coalitions and Collaborations at Crystal Waters Permaculture EcoVillage with Starhawk and Robin Clayfield. 

Social Permaculture in action. Living and designing your life and your groups for changing times. Fluency in using Permaculture Principles and dynamic social and cultural practices. Tools for working with Community Groups and organisations. Inspiration for a heart based and earth connected journey. Support for holistic, effective and harmonious groups. We’re all in this together, let’s do it well.

COST: $525 Full Waged. $455 Concession. + Accommodation Cost (various low cost options). Payment Plans Available.   Book or more info from Robin Clayfield. . Phone – 61(0)7 5494 4707

ACCOMMODATION: Various options at Crystal Waters EcoPark – View or Book accommodation via website