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Permaculture College Australia
Permaculture College Australia
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74 Cecil St, Nimbin, NSW, AU
+61 (0)2 66891755
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Permaculture College Australia

Project Type

Community, Philanthropic/aid, Demonstration, Educational

Project Summary

PCA is committed to empowering a new generation of permaculture activists, designers, educators and agents of change. We offer a full range of programs including PDC, Accredited Permaculture Training™, advanced & professional development courses, international internships and community education for self reliance. Home campus is Djanbung Gardens Permaculture Education Centre in Nthn NSW.

Project Description

PCA at Djanbung Gardens receives students, volunteers and visitors from around the world to learn and experience a working permaculture system, not only in the gardens but the eco-neighbourhood and wider community. PCA also provides PDC and Advanced Permaculture training internationally and elsewhere in Australia. Our graduates are doing exceptional work creating abundance and facilitating projects all around the world.

Our Mission:

We are committed to empowering people to become effective agents of change at home, work and building resilient communities in the transition to a society based on earth stewardship.

The Campus - Djanbung Gardens

 A purpose designed international training centre for permaculture - a permie paradise where gardens, wallabies and wildlife abound, ducks forage under the citrus, dragon flies flit over waterlilies, and ancient rainforested mountains grace the horizon. A chicken cackles over her fresh lay as a carpet snake lazily coils in a rafter dreaming of a warm egg for lunch.... here we find peace with nature and celebrate abundance. Here you learn Permaculture in practice and walk the talk.

Check out & follow Djanbung Gardens here and more at our website

See Jack Heimouth's videos of a Djanbung Garden tour with Robyn Francis.

PCA coordinates a BIOREGIONAL CAMPUS network of permaculture and sustainability projects, enterprises, communities and practitioners throughout the Northern Rivers Bioregion & beyond. PCA works closely with the local community, participating in the Nimbin Food Security Group and other transition and community initiatives. Students and interns are encouraged to gain real-life experience working with local projects and community organisations including the Nimbin Community Garden, Environment Centre, Farmers Markets.

Student resources

PCA invests in quality resources to support students and interns in their research, studies and practical skills development. Students enjoy 24-hour access to the training centre and comprehensive library of thousands of books, magazines and reports, plus videos and DVDs on all aspects of permaculture. Other resources include broadband internet (wireless and cable) and option to adopt a personal plot in the students community garden to try our their own experiments.

Organisational structure:

PCA is a non-profit incorporated association providing accredited vocational training and community education in permaculture, sustainable community development and transition skills.
The PCA campus is located at Djanbung Gardens permaculture education centre near Nimbin, in the lush subtropics of Northern NSW.  
PCA was founded by Robyn Francis, permaculture pioneer and international teacher/designer, with Janelle Schafer and Robert Rosen.  PCA was formerly called Erda Institute.

What we offer:

Accredited Permaculture Training™ qualifications Certificates III, IV and Diploma. Full-time courses (Austudy-approved)
Permaculture Design Course (PDC)
Professional development courses
Short courses and workshops
International internships
Gardens tours
Seasonal & Community events, open days



Student Open Day at Djanbung

the annual APT student's Open Day 'Simple Steps to Better Tomorrow' coming up on June 11. Lots of workshops, presentations, garden tours and inspiration

Posted about 13 years ago (0 comments)

Creative Community Facilitation in Taiwan

The first Creative Community Facilitation course in Taiwan commenced Mon 18th April in the indigenous village of Dulan on the east coast.

Posted about 13 years ago (0 comments)

Great jobs for Permies in the 'real' world

As city councils embrace the potential for community gardens, new jobs are coming up for permaculture professionals

Posted over 13 years ago (4 comments)

Meet the 2011 team at PCA, Djanbung Gardens

An inspiring, dynamic team, equally passionate about Earthcare and Peoplecare, ready to welcome the 2011 students into our living learning community

Posted over 13 years ago (0 comments)

Art, Activism and Permaculture

What happens when you bring artists, activists and Permaculture together? The Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination!!!

Posted over 13 years ago (1 comments)
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Robyn Francis - Admin
Team Members
Guy Stewart - Garden Manager 2015 season Tracey Lewis - Garden Manager 2015 season

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