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Introduction to Permaculture
25th and 26th November 2023

Immerse yourself in the world of food growing and sustainable living by joining John Champagne at Brogo Permaculture Gardens in the Bega Valley.

This immersive Permaculture Introduction Course will help you develop a deep understanding of permaculture principles specifically focused on food growing. Led by John Champagne, an experienced permaculturist, this course will delve into the history and theories behind permaculture, drawing inspiration from David Holmgren's Permaculture Principles.

Through practical demonstrations and hands-on activities, you will learn how to create abundance, resilience, and practical sustainability in your life, regardless of your situation. Whether you reside in a rural area, live in a city, or find yourself somewhere in between, this course is designed to be applicable to anyone and everyone. It doesn't matter if you're a renter, homeowner, co-sharer, or even a school teacher – everyone can benefit from the knowledge gained.

The course will empower you with essential skills, boost your confidence, and inspire you to apply permaculture principles in your garden, home, and daily life. You'll have the opportunity to observe firsthand how the principles, systems, and techniques of permaculture are successfully implemented by experienced practitioners who live and breathe permaculture every day. This immersive approach ensures that you gain practical knowledge that goes beyond mere theory.

By joining John Champagne at Brogo Permaculture Gardens, you'll develop a strong foundation in permaculture, enabling you to create sustainable and abundant food systems in your own space while making a positive impact on the environment.


Your teacher

John Champagne has been one of Australia's leading permaculture teachers for nearly 30 years. During this time he has been actively involved in the permaculture movement in Australia and Asia. 


John is a  recognised permaculture elder, educator, consultant and educator. He has worked on projects as varied as school food gardens, eco-villages,  bioregional change and adaption , with Transition Towns, and is recognised in the permaculture movement for his skills and knowledge.

Course Fee

Our courses continue to be some of the best value permaculture courses in NSW.

The fee for the Introduction to Permaculture courses in 2023 is $300. 

This  includes  morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea on Saturday,  morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea on Sunday.

All food is organic, or local/homegrown and is waste free. 

For those staying over, a simple breakfast is provided on the Saturday/Sunday, a dinner on the Friday night and a BBQ will operate on Saturday night for your use.  Salads will be provided but bring your own nibbles, mains, a dessert to share and your preferred drink for the Saturday night.

The Venue

The venue is Brogo Permaculture Gardens, Yuin Country,  Bega Valley.

It is easily reached from Melbourne, Sydney, Wollongong and Canberra.


Free accommodation in BYO tents is available onsite. We have a few camping areas depending on the size of the tents.

We also have 2 beds which can be used if you are not comfortable in tents. These will incur a cost of $20 pp pn. 

We also have a large Belle glamping tent set up which can be booked . The cost is $150 for 2 nights for one or two people

Booking Here 

Brogo Permaculture Gardens Refunds Policy

We appreciate that there can be legitimate reasons for plans changing and you may not be able to attend the course.

If you notify us :

  • at least 30 days prior to the commencement of the course, your options are: a refund of your course fee, less an administration fee of $100 or a credit of the  amount paid  towards any future course organised by Brogo Permaculture Gardens

  • 14-30 days prior to the course commencing your options are: a 50% refund of the course costs (note that if  you have paid less than 50% of the total course costs there will be no refund)

  • Refunds + credits are not available within 14 days of a course commencing.

  • If we have to cancel for any reason a full refund will be paid.

Please note

  • The course is Saturday and Sunday.

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