Permaculture is a practical and ecological design science. By using appropriate and intelligent design principles, we learn to work with, rather than against nature at every level of the human environment.

Daily yoga sessions, nourishing vegetarian food and a beautiful natural setting help to harmonise body, mind and soul in service of us co-creating a more beautiful world.

Throughout the course, a variety of short group design exercises will be presented, culminating in a final and complete permaculture design grounding everything you will have learned. This experience will undoubtedly give you the confidence to create permaculture designs for yourself, friends, family and potentially be the first step in a wide-open career pathway.

During your time on this course you will experience and gain understanding of the following:

  • Permaculture Principles
  • Ecological Design Concepts
  • Patterns and their relationship to Design
  • Zone & Sector Analysis
  • How to design for any climate
  • The importance of water management
  • Soil fertility and creation
  • The 'rules' of building sustainable houses
  • Fine gardening, food forest & cropping strategies
  • People Permaculture & Community Development
  • Evolution of natural systems
  • Economic & legal considerations in land use
  • and much much more...

Your facilitators

Damien Bohler first started studying permaculture in 2005 during a holiday in Thailand. He has since taught permaculture in Jordan, Thailand and Australia and is a confident and inspiring teacher dedicated to human growth and wellbeing.

In addition to permaculture, Damien also writes about and teaches workshops on intimacy and conscious relating.

Fionn Quinlan has close to thirty years experience in working with the land and the learning processes associated with it. He was raised on the North Coast of NSW and has worked and studied alongside some of Permaculture's pioneers including Graham Bell, Robyn Francis, David Spicer, Geoff Lawton and David Holmgren.

When he is not running PDC courses, Fionn and his life partner Laura are converting a degraded cow pasture in the Northern NSW sub-tropical village 'The Channon' into a fully functioning and abundant permaculture farm; Djaning.


Example schedule on Sunday - Friday (Saturday is your day off)

5:00am - 6:15am Gentle Morning Yoga (optional)

6:15am - 8:15am Morning Practical Permaculture Session

8:15am - 9:15am Breakfast

9:15am - 10:45am Classroom Session

10:45am - 11am Morning Tea Break

11am - 12:30pm Classroom Session

12:30pm Kirtan (optional)

1:00pm - 2:00pm Yogic Living Class (optional)

2:00pm - 3:00pm Lunch

3:00pm - 4:00pm Classroom Session

4:15pm - 5:45pm Dynamic Afternoon Yoga (optional)

6:00pm Dinner

7:00pm - 9:00pm Permaculture Movie or Homework Time

Living Conditions.


  • private room
  • shared rooms
  • tent camping

Vegetarian Food

  • communal kitchen access
  • communally cooked meals


  • fast: streaming video

Getting here.

The Krishna Village is located half way between Byron Bay and the Gold Coast, about 30mins inland from the Pacific Highway. The closest town is Murwillumbah, where several bus services stop on their way to Byron Bay, Brisbane and the Gold Coast. The closest airport is the Gold Coast Airport (Coolangatta).


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