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Top End PDC - Darwin 2011

Posted by Floyd C. Constable about 13 years ago

Permaculture Darwin and Lakeside Drive Community Garden proudly announce....

Top End Permaculture Design Course - Darwin

9th - 22nd May 2011


Be a leader in creating a sustainable and healthy 21st century for Darwin and beyond!


A Permaculture Design Course, Top End specific with hands-on activities, will enable participants to design and maintain a positive footprint lifestyle and a more sustainable and vibrant local community. Everything from gardens to energy use, house design to localising production and economies and much more!



A full time two-week intensive course, 9am - 4pm most days, though times will depend on activities. Internationally accredited curriculum.

Permaculture is the integrated and holistic design of sustainable communities. It draws on natural patterns and how ecosystems function to increase diversity, resilience, recycling and production whilst focusing on the permanence of our society ? protecting and improving soil, the environment and our communities. Permaculture creates localised systems that are compatible with the people, landscape and climates. It treats all parts of our living and needs as a holistic system rather than separate systems, with all parts being vital and integral to the whole.

Permaculture Design Course graduates will be able to apply permaculture and create designs for dwellings from flats to large rural properties and from different climates: tropical, sub - tropical and temperate. Throughout the PDC we will be looking at and practicing different techniques to achieve our design goals.

However, it is not just the knowledge of design and techniques that are important, as permaculture is centred around creating a different means of how we live, how we interact with the environment, how we produce our needs and how our society functions. It is an important alternative for people looking for a way to live more responsibly, more respectfully and more in balance with their surroundings. Sooner rather than later we need this to be the mainstream, not the alternative.

The Permaculture Design Course in Darwin will look at all climates, but will be locally based with an emphasis on tropical living, tropical agriculture and gardening and the tropical environment surrounding us.


Course Outline

The Permaculture Design Course will be fun and interactive, though by the end of the two weeks feelings of impending brain explosions due to information overload are inevitable! A focus will be on group discussions and drawing on the knowledge of the participants. Theory will be presented through many forms; verbal, illustration, slide show and practical, and various field trips will also be included to show different examples of tropical permaculture in action. Participants will also be putting their learning into action through designs, practicals, presentations and even role-plays.


PDC Topics will include:

•State of play - where the world is at and where we want to go

•Ethics and Principles of permaculture

•Design techniques used in permaculture including zones and sectors

•Natural Patterns and how we use them

•Permaculture in different climates ? tropical, subtropical and temperate

•Water security and water use


•Home gardens and agriculture

•Seed saving and nurseries

•Animal Systems

•Orchards and Tree crops

•Housing - low energy design, local materials and retrofitting

•Renewable and sustainable energy

•Reusing and recycling household and society waste

•Developing sustainable and local based communities

•Developing sustainable and local based economies


Permaculture Design Course Facilitators

Lachlan McKenzie is a permaculture junkie. After completing his PDC in 1994 in Burra, South Australia, he practiced permaculture for many years in S.A., W.A., and Tasmania. In 1998 - 99 Lachlan undertook a training apprenticeship at Djanbung Gardens Permaculture Centre with Robyn Francis as well as a Creative Facilitation Course with Robin Clayfield and Skye at Crystal Waters. His permaculture adventures took him to East Timor in 2001 where he ended up living for 5 years working with a Timorese and internationals providing training and setting up demonstration sites. This culminated in the writing and production of a Permaculture Guidebook for East Timor with Timorese Permaculture expert Ego Lemos and the local NGO Permatil, along with many other training materials. A second accompanying facilitators book was written with IDEP Foundation as well as an educational DVD during his year long stay in Indonesia, where he worked in Bali and Aceh.

Lachlan now resides in Darwin and is working to help set up Lakeside Drive Community Garden in Alawa, permaculture gardens at Millner Primary School and providing permaculture and organic gardening workshops with other Darwin specialists.

Floyd C. Constable has worked in natural area restoration/management and horticulture for many years. Over this time he has organically developed a passion for Permaculture and sustainable integrated design methods. 

He completed his PDC with Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton and since then has practiced permaculture wherever he lives. Floyd has just returned from a 3 month stint at Milkwood Permaculture where he assisted on various Permaculture courses, including some teaching at the Milkwood Summer PDC along side Bill Mollison, Nick Ritar and Cam Wilson.

He now resides in Darwin and is currently working to implement Permaculture systems in remote NT communities. 

Emma Lupin sailed around the tropics with her partner Jon for many years before settling in Darwin. She worked as a chef and enjoyed making food from the local foods available at the time. She has completed a PDC with Geoff Lawton and is a keen permaculturalist, gardener and local food promoter. She currently works at Alawa School Farm as the kitchen coordinator of their School Kitchen Garden Project, and is helping facilitate the current series of organic gardening workshops.


Course Location

Base camp will be Nightcliff Uniting Church with its fantabulous new community garden The Mulch Pit. We will do most of the course and practical work there but will also visit many other places around urban and rural Darwin.


Course Provisions

The course will include incredible lunches and snacks prepared by Emma. The meals are as organic and local as possible and are designed to be as much a part of the courses as any other lessons Emma is gifted at using local tropical ingredients in delicious and inovative ways...your note book and your tummy will be busy durring breaks!

Any participants with special dietary requirements will be happily catered for as much as possible. 

Course notes will be provided for participants. Transport to and from field trip is also included, and we will help facilitate car pooling/transport to and from Nightcliff each day.



The total cost is $750 (plus GST) for the two weeks. This can be paid in total or as payment instalments (please arrange this with us first). The PDC is part of the education component of the Lakeside Drive Community Garden. The community garden is supported by Charles Darwin University (CDU) and part of this support is the processing of workshop fees. CDU will send an invoice to you with payment options including on-line, EFT, cheque, credit card or cash. If paying by cash, please bring your invoice and pay over the counter at the Uni Info shop. All of the personal information that you give is protected by general CDU privacy laws.


Please Bring;
Note pad and pens
Appropriate clothing for practical work
Drink bottle for water refills
An open mind

growyourown (at) y7mail.com.au or ph 0407 168200



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Kirsten Bradley
Kirsten Bradley : Rockin! Sounds like a great course. Floyd is an awesome teacher...
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Rebekah Copas
Rebekah Copas : Hi Floyd, I am wondering how fluid communication can become between Permaculture teaching and any/every local indigenous community. Here in Brisbane, so far there have only been a few hiccups between Northey Street City Farm, and one local Aboriginal group, and another few hiccups among similar organisations south of the river. It is clear that most Aboriginal involvement in permaculture has so far been individual, which is very normal in the start of Aboriginal cultural involvement in any new idea. A while back, I had a chat in Facebook, with some of my Facebook friends, who are indigenous to Top End, some of who are graduates of Kormilda College, now living back in their remote communities, and feeling at odds within their comprehension of the intense gap between mainstream culture and indigenous culture. I ran the idea past a few of them, that if a permaculture organisation were to be able to offer a place in a designer course, in exchange for learning local knowledge of local indigenous plants, it could provide the linking cultural fibres necessary for a bunch of slightly disillusioned youth. They agree, but are not yet old enough, to know how to make an approach themselves, without their elders voices being involved. So I am wondering if your permaculture group is feeling up to approaching Larrakia elders with this idea I had? Ask about whether any other land/language groups in Top End might want to send a person to Darwin to learn permaculture also, but approaching a Larrakia mob Elder is the proper protocol. I don't know if it might be useful or not to mention that the suggestion came from myself, but that is normally good protocol within Aboriginal cultural contexts also, to say who the idea came from. To make an invitation like I am suggesting, it would be proper to begin at the beginning with the story of David Holmgren and Bill Mollison. I think now is a good time to begin this kind of cultural exchange, and that the changes which the intervention have caused, are opening a way for permaculture to be well considered by older Aboriginal men as a good part of the solution they need also. But an approach in which you ask for their assistance, would not be regarded as appropriate. You would need to prove that permaculture is of value to traditional land owners, (therefore of value to the land itself), by giving a gift of the freedom to enroll in a PDC without needing to pay for it with money. Aboriginal culture is very strictly regulated in respect of making sure every exchange is accurately accounted for, so there need be no fears of being ripped off, so long as you know how to make the approach into a community, with an offer. Making an offer to the older men, to give younger men permaculture training, in return for gaining knowledge about appropriate use of local indigenous flora, will be well received.
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