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$990 Residential PDC with Darren Doherty

Posted by Darren J. Doherty over 10 years ago

Australia's best value residential PDC


We've been watching the Permaculture Design Certificate Course (PDC) get more & more expensive here in Australia whilst in other markets you can get the same course for much less. In Europe its not unusual for PDC's to be €600-700 or less & so we thought with things getting tighter here in Oceania we wanted to take the lead & offer a fair dinkum, day to a subject, fully-catered, 14 day PDC experience with one of the world's most experienced practitioners, HD's own Darren J. Doherty, for just  AUD$990 (inc. GST). 

Darren did his 1st PDC in 1993 for $700 and we wanted to offer a similar experience to that with camping-based accommodation and field-based practical & theory in a Permaculture-designed landscape with many examples all over the place. Every day this program will have you doing a practical exercise based around the subject of the day, all building real knowledge & experience, all because what you know you will not forget

The HD PDC follows a day to a subject program based around Permaculture: A Designer's Manual (Mollison) in the following order:

Day 1 – Introduction

Day 2 – Concepts & Themes in Design

Day 3 – Methods of Design

Day 4 – Pattern Understanding

Day 5 – Climatic Factors

Day 6 – Trees & Their Energy Transactions

Day 7 – Soils

Day 8 – Water

Day 9 – Earthworks & Earth Resources

Day 10 – Aquaculture

Day 11 - Strategies for An Alternative Nation

Day 12 – Humid Tropics

Day 13 – Drylands

Day 14 – Cold Humid


Monday 17th March - Monday 31st March, 2014 (Monday 24th March - day off)


AUD$990 (inc. GST) - No discounts apply


Darren J. Doherty: has delivered over 160 courses & seminars to more than 6000 people since 2001, including 39 PDC's (13 solo). Darren has also completed more than 1600 property development plans since 1993 in 45 countries and is widely recognised as a leader & pioneer in the Permaculture & Regenerative Agriculture movements. 


Your participation in this PDC includes access to Lisa's ProBiotic Omnivorous Offerings include breakfast, morning/afternoon tea, lunch & dinner. These amazing locally sourced food & beverages are supplied Free of Charge for everyone attending this event and it is your choice to eat that which is provided.

If you don't want to consume any of the locally sourced, processed and supplied food & beverages we have on offer then you will need to self-cater at your own expense.

If you have strict dietary requirements then either bring some of your favourites or let us know ASAP otherwise your options will be limited. HD Breaks are generous to allow you plenty of time to catch up with old and new friends. You'll be contacted by email once you've made your booking and also close to the event giving any final instructions and information.

  • 14 day Permaculture Design Certificate Course (PDC) Tuition 
  • 4 x 90 minute sessions per day, 0900-1930 + evening sessions, 2 x 30 min morning/afternoon breaks + 1 hour lunch
  • HeenanDoherty (HD) Permaculture Design Certificate


  • Tent or Camping Gear comfortable for a 11-12 night stay (the farm shearing & machinery sheds are also available to camp in for limited numbers)
  • Camping mug/cup/plate & (refillable) water bottle
  • Torch/Head Lamp (campers only)
  • Day bag or small backpack
  • If you don't want to drink the farm's tank water then please bring your own supply of water
  • Clothes for Autumn/Early Winter in North Central Victoria (nights 5ºC/40ºF - days 15º-25+ºC/59º-77+ºF)
  • Sturdy boots
  • Long-sleeved shirt & pants/shorts
  • Wide-brimmed hat & sunglasses
  • Notebook, Laptop/Tablet & Video/still camera
  • A great attitude for participatory learning

If you want to have a portable chair for those times when we are stopping for a while around the farm, then bring one (though this is Sherpa-free event !)

Anything that you need to make your stay as comfortable and pleasant as possible

Whatever non-compostable rubbish you bring you will be taking with you when you leave


'Dehesa Felix', Corner of Mills & Shanahans Rd, Eppalock, Victoria, Australia, 3551. 'Dehesa Felix' is the home base of HD and is a 25 acre (9ha) gently-undulating property owned by Lisa Heenan. Since 2006 this site has been under development as a working farm, applying a wide range of ecological design principles following HD's Regen10 process. 


We'll collect you from and drop you at the Bendigo Train Station, or you can choose any of the following options:


Qantas & Virgin Australia and major international carrier flights are available into Melbourne (MEL). Check out the broader flight options through Kayak.com. Get the SkyBus into Southern Cross Railway Station & catch the Bendigo train. All major car rentals are available from Melbourne Airport.

Trains (and Buses):

Vline provides a multiple rail services to Bendigo direct from Melbourne (1.5-2 hours about every hour) with bus services also available through Vline from many other places in South Eastern Australia.


From Bendigo: Get onto the Eppalock Rd (C327) and head towards Strathfieldsaye/ Eppalock. After heading through the round-about at Strathfieldsaye then stay on this road 8.6km & turn left into Shanahans Rd. Drive 3.5km and turn left into 'Dehesa Felix' Entrance #1. Car Parking is on the left side of this internal road. Park & come to the main building envelope and we'll go from there! 

From Melbourne: Turn left off of Calder Fwy (M79) onto the Heathcote-Redesdale Rd (C327) and head towards Strathfieldsaye/Eppalock. From the off-ramp roundabout drive 26.5km & then turn left at Redesdale. After 25.9km turn right into Mills Rd, go 0.8km and turn left into Shanahans Rd, go 200m and turn right into 'Dehesa Felix' Entrance #1. Car Parking is on the left side of this internal road. Park & come to the main building envelope and we'll go from there! 



Bendigo is Victoria’s third largest city & right in the centre of the state. As you’d expect in a thriving city of nearly 100,000 people, there are a multitude of accommodation options available. Bendigo Tourism is a great resource to see what’s available on-line. We use Wotif.com when we travel and you’d be surprised what deals you can get using this service.

Otherwise for those who wanted to rough it we are you are welcome to camp at the PDC course venue.  If you are doing this then you'll need to:

  • Arrive squeaky clean
  • A compost-heated shower will be available for use (5 mins max) using clean dam water
  • Please bring all that you need as this is a working farm, not a caravan park or accommodation provider. You will be roughing it with the basic provisions an organised camp out would usually provide (ie. toilet, bush shower & washing up)
  • There is grid electricity available at the site along with 3G access (Telstra/Optus) across the farm. There are no other internet access available
  • There are no laundry facilities available (AKA use your day off!)


In keeping with HeenanDoherty policy, you are permitted to record anything and everything at this event. By attending this event you give permission for images/voice of yourself to be used by HeenanDoherty Pty. Ltd. unless otherwise arranged.


We understand that sometimes circumstances dictate that you are not able to attend after you’ve made and paid for your booking. We are happy to give a full refund 14 days out from the date of any HD events minus a $25 administration fee. If you need to cancel your booking within 14 days then we are unable to provide a refund though you can use your payment towards a future HD event.


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Bill Mollison Titles - available here

Design Principles for Farm Forestry - Rowan Reid Ed. - available here 

Edible Forest Gardens - Dave Jacke with Eric Toensmeier - available here

The Geographic Basis of Keyline - J. MacDonald Holmes - Available here

Water for Every Farm - Yeomans Keyline Plan - P.A. Yeomans & Ken B. Yeomans- Available here

Keyline Notes - Abe Collins & Darren J. Doherty - Available here

HD Media - Keyline Channel - Available here


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