Permaculture Introduction Course

 2- 3  November 2019

16-17 November 2019 

Develop an understanding of permaculture by joining us at our 11-acre permaculture farm in the beautiful Bega Valley. 

This  Permaculture Introduction Course will 

  • explain and explore the history and the theories behind permaculture utilising  David Holmgrens' Permaculture Principles 

  • explain and explore how to create abundance, resilience and practical sustainability in your life no matter what your situation. 

  • be useful to inform your choices no matter what your situation; rural property, city dweller, or anywhere in between.

  • develop  knowledge and skills, increase your confidence and inspire you  to use  permaculture in your garden, your home, your life.

  • demonstrate the principles,systems and techniques of  permaculture as we have used them on our permaculture farm

  • focus on practical implementation of permaculture with teachers who are living permaculture every day, not just teaching it


Your teachers

John Champagne has been one of Australia's leading permaculture teachers for over 15 years. He has more than 25  years experience of  permaculture and active involvement in the permaculture movement in Australia and Asia.  John is a  recognised permaculture elder, and a  leading permaculture designer, consultant and educator. He has worked on projects from school food gardens, eco-villages, community supported agriculture and bioregional change and adaption and is recognised in the permaculture movement for his skills and knowledge.

Sharon Champagne is an educator and a food grower. She has assisted on permaculture courses in Indonesia and India and has input into the design of all courses. Her vegetable garden and the fruit in the orchards provides a significant part of the family’s diet and she will work with John to demonstrate permaculture in action. and provide delicious food throughout the course.

Course Fee

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

The course fee is $300 pp. This  includes a camping site (bring all your own gear!), light meal on Friday night (for those setting up then) breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner on Saturday, breakfast, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea on Sunday.

If you want to camp but don't have a tent you can share a large Belle Tent in the camping area. for $340. 4 people can sleep very comfortably in this tent. Places are on a first to book basis. You need to bring your own mattress, sleeping bag/blankets, pillow etc. Included in the price is a light meal on Friday night (for those setting up then) breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner on Saturday, breakfast, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea on Sunday.

We have 3 spots in the house for $370 pp for the weekend ( Friday evening until Sunday afternoon). Each room (3 available) has a double/queen size bed, linen and a doona/blankets. The house is open plan with the upper bedrooms being open (sound wise) to the rest of the house so please take this into consideration. This price includes light meal on Friday night (for those arriving  then) breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner on Saturday, breakfast, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea on Sunday.

If you want to indulge in a little more luxury and stay off site we recommend Fernmark Inn ( <10kms) or  Rock Lily Cottages ( <15km). There are also hotels/motels and caravan parks within a 1/2 hour drive of the property. 

The Venue

The venue is Brogo Permaculture Gardens, a permaculture farm and demonstration site in the Bega Valley, South Coast NSW.

It is easily reached via the Princess Highway from Melbourne, Sydney, Wollongong and Canberra. It is serviced by V-Line (into Bega-pick up can be arranged), Premier Bus (  from Sydney and pick up points on the Princess Highway-drops off at Brogo ) and CountryLink from Canberra ( into Bega-pick up can be arranged) – please note services are  limited for all bus lines.

If you require a pick up do notify us well in advance.



Bookings can be made online or by emailing us. 

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. If you plan to arrive Friday night a light dinner will be provided.  It is expected that all participants will assist with evening cooking and clearing/cleaning after meals.

  • We are an organically certified and palm oil free property and it would be appreciated if any products that will end up in the grey water or on the land are organic and palm oil free. 

  • No dogs or other animals can be brought on to the property.

  • Wifi is available at the house area, mobile phone range depends on the provider. A home phone is available for emergencies