Permaculture Design Course

Our  September 2021 course is sold out  

You can join our wait list for the September course or join our notification list for courses in 2022 here 

"We are one of the few courses in NSW which offers the traditional, fully immersive Permaculture Design Certificate Course experience"

Read about our Permaculture Design Course Below

Looking for a Permaculture Course that offers you all this and more? Your search is over.


We live permaculture....and have done for over 25 years

Great teachers - with authentic, real life experience

Affordable- one price, PDC graduate discount, payment plans 

Design Skills Focus- to help turn your dreams into reality

Site Visits- three days of seeing permaculture in action 

Deciding to do a Permaculture Design Course (PDC) is a big commitment.

We understand this and we take your commitment seriously.

We offer one of the  highest quality and memorable  permaculture courses, at one of the lowest prices in Australia.  

This is one of the longest running permaculture courses in NSW and one of the best.

 It is led by John Champagne, with  Aaron Sorensen and other guest teachers.


Our course is 12 days ( + rest day) of intensive collegial learning with discussions and group work an integral part of the course.

If you enjoy interacting with others, positive group dynamics and learn best by being able to apply your learning immediately and to be able to ask questions in a supportive safe learning environment then our face-to-face is for you. 

Why do your Permaculture Design Course with Brogo  Permaculture Gardens?

  • Brogo Permaculture Gardens operates by permaculture ethics and principles at all times. We live permaculture and what we share with you is based on our training and experience and the experiences of the many people we have taught, consulted for and engaged with over 25 years of living and teaching permaculture.​

  • You will be learning from experienced permaculture practitioners and teachers. Our teachers are recognised as permaculture elders, excellent teachers and award winning designers. Each teacher not only practises permaculture in their own life but has been involved in design work varying from eco-villages, school and community gardens, urban and rural design, community based agriculture projects and more, in Australia and overseas. Along with that they are passionate teachers with over 45 years combined teaching experience.​

  • Your teachers are more than teachers- John Champagne and all of your teachers  have strong community involvement and connections built over many years of volunteering and passing on permaculture skills and knowledge for a diverse range of organisations in our communities -to us permaculture is more than a business.

  • You will learn from design to detail. We start with the principles of permaculture and how they can impact on all aspects of your life before moving to the detail – when, why and how to apply them. We have taught students from all over the world, from many cultures and bio-regions and we know that this solid grounding allows them to return to their life confident in designing systems that work.

  • You learn how to get your design onto paper from two of the leading permaculture designers in Australia.  Daniel Deighton and Aaron Sorensen are recognised for their exquisite and practical design work throughout Eastern Australia. With accredited design skills behind them, landscape design and teaching qualifications, as well as a strong artistic bent they will teach you how to design no matter what the situation.

  • We offer face to face learning over a two week period because we believe it is the best way to absorb the learning while creating space for yourself in a busy world. 

 You will enjoy a course :

  • with some of the most  experienced and enthusiastic teachers in Australia

  • which is immersive, exciting and challenging  mixing theory with practice all based on permaculture principles and good design

  • that gives you a solid grounding in permaculture design drawing on the expertise of your teachers

  • that provides you with new skills and knowledge allowing you to create and live a life of abundance, develop resilience and is based on practical sustainability 

  • which enables you to use the permaculture principles in your home, your garden, your life when you leave the course

  • that is affordable, well organised and takes place at a purpose built educational facility

Highlights of a course with Brogo Permaculture Gardens

  • one lead teacher, John Champagne,  to centre the course, and up to 7 other skilled teachers 

  • strong focus on design skills and techniques with opportunities to practice design in a supportive environment. Work on your design skills with Aaron Sorenson one of Australia's leading practising designers

  • residential and non-residential accommodation options

  • value for money- one of the best prices for a PDC in Australia

  • specialises in  cool, temperate and mediterranean climate designs but covers all bioregions based on extensive experience

  • 2 days of site visits to some of the best permaculture designs on the far south coast of NSW plus a full day at Brogo Permaculture Gardens  John  and Sharon Champagne's 25 year old demonstration site. 

  • organic and locally sourced food provided for morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea and the celebration dinner on the last night

  • Rest and reflection day during the course to reconnect with family, find out more about your design site or visit a local place of interest 

  • A copy of  'Earthuser's Guide to Permaculture' by Rosemary Morrow is included in the course cost as well as a takeaway thumbdrive packed with information


The Teachers

  • John Champagne taught his first course with David Holmgren and has now taught over 45 PDC's in Australia, Asia and Europe. He is with you from the beginning to the end of the course.

  • Our other teachers all have  experience, enthusiasm and passion for permaculture. We are fortunate to have the likes of Aaron Sorensen, Kathleen McCann and Dean Turner to draw from in our local area. 

  • Creative teaching techniques are used throughout the course ensuring we meet the needs of different learning styles, the information is best retained and that each section of the course is new and exciting.

Site Visits

  • The two full days of site visits offered on this permaculture design course is a real feature. We visit up to  8 properties from urban backyards, small acreage farms and the Bend Eco Neighbourhood in Bega.

  • It’s not just the physical aspect of the sites that will impress and inspire you, but also the people who own them. You also get to spend a day at Brogo Permaculture Gardens focusing on soil, water, agroforestry and food forests using the 25 year old site as an example.


What we cover in our Permaculture Design Course

  • All Permaculture Design Courses are based on Bill Mollison’s book ‘Permaculture: A Designers Manual'.  At Brogo Permaculture Gardens we use this curriculum and build on it with an emphasis on the 12 permaculture principles  developed by David Holmgren, our own experiences over 25 years and proven examples from around Australia and the world to demonstrate the effectiveness of permaculture.

Topics include:

  • Origins, Development, Ethics & Principles of Permaculture

  • Climate, water, soils & trees.

  • Pattern Understanding

  • Design Methods & tools for creative design and process.

  • Food Production systems, urban to rural scale & animal integration.

  • Aquaculture

  • Appropriate Technology.

  • Designing for different climatic zones & disaster mitigation strategies.

  • Energy Efficient Housing & Eco-Village design.

  • Bioregional & Local strategies for community resilience

  • The course has a theoretical basis ( so bring your books and pens) which is supported by practical exercises and experiences (so bring your boots, hat and water bottles) and fun (so bring your sense of humour!)

The Cost

  • We know that there are more expensive courses than ours and that there are cheaper courses. Just like all investments the cost does not always reflect the quality.

  • We know the cost is important and we work hard to keep the cost down so that as many people as possible can participate in our course

  • We pay all of our teachers a fair wage for the work they undertake

  • We support The Crossing through utilising their education space and having them cater for some of the meals 

  • We ask that you read our testimonials and ring and talk to us if you want more information. 

  • We work  hard  to offer a comfortable, affordable experience in an environment that is conducive to group dynamics and learning. The facilities are all purpose built for education and for live in courses.  We offer a range of prices and a payment plan can be worked out with you.

  • We know that despite our best efforts the price may still be too high for some. If that is the case, email us with your details. In line with our fair share ethic we may be able to offer options once we know that all costs for the course are covered.  

2020-2021 Prices -this will be updated shortly for the 2022 courses

  • Course bookings: : $1700 course cost pp plus accommodation ( $528 bunkbeds/caravan or van site (unpowered) pp, $462 camping pp). 

  • PDC Graduates- ( must have completed a 12 day (72 hour)  PDC anywhere in the world with any teacher:)  $1100 course cost pp plus accommodation ( $528 bunkbeds/caravan or van site (unpowered) pp, $462 camping pp).. Limit of 2 participants per course

  • A deposit of $300 is required to ensure a place is reserved in the course for you. Payments must be finalised 6 weeks prior to the course commencing ( 31st July 2021 for  September 2021 course).  Please ensure that you have read our refund policy prior to payment. 

  • The course cost includes  morning and afternoon teas and lunches (except for the day off).

  • A delicious range of vegetarian foods is provided as well as coffee, tea etc.

  • Breakfasts are self catered- you provide your own needs to ensure that you have the right start to the day. 

  • Dinners are cooked by groups of course participants from goods provided by participants.   All kitchen needs (pots, pans, implements, stove, storage etc)  are available onsite.


The Venue

  • The Permaculture Design  Course is held at The Crossing Education Land Trust in Bermagui on the beautiful south coast of NSW. 

  • The Crossing is a purpose built education centre in a bush setting run by Dean and Anette Turner who are committed and passionate about the education of young people, and is designed based on permaculture. 

  • It is easily accessed from Sydney, Wollongong, Melbourne, Canberra and surrounds by car.

  • If coming by public transport pickups can be organised from Bermagui, Cobargo or Bega.  The location is serviced by V-Line from Melbourne/Gippsland (into Bega/Cobargo--pick up can be arranged), Premier Bus (  from Sydney and pick up points on the Princess Highway-drops off at Bermagui /Cobargo -pick up can be arranged ) and CountryLink from Canberra ( into Bega-pick up can be arranged). Please note services are  limited for all bus lines and if you do require a pick up please let us know well ahead. 

  • There are also small regional airports at Moruya and Merimbula with flights from Melbourne and Sydney. Flights are quite expensive though cheaper if booked early. If you do plan to fly in , let us know in advance so that we can work out a pick up.



  • Ideally you will stay at The Crossing as there are so many benefits from doing so but if you live locally or wish to make your own arrangements that's ok too.

  • Accommodation on site is either shared accommodation in bunkbed rooms in renovated railway carriages or camping (BYO tent, van or caravan etc).

  • A lower fitted sheet, pillowcase, pillows and blankets are provided for bunkhouse accommodation. Students should bring their own upper sheet, sleeping bag/doona if they don't sleep well with blankets and their own towel.

  • Campers supply all their own needs with access to the toilets, bathroom and kitchen.

  • Accommodation for the evening before the course commences and/or the evening the course finishes is available but is not covered in the accommodation costs- this needs to be arranged and paid for separately.


Internet Access

  • There is no wifi at The Crossing. Students with mobile phones can access the internet using their own data. Note that access is not guaranteed and can be patchy. Experience is that Telstra has the best coverage in the area. There is a landline onsite for emergency usage.  

Permaculture Design Course Prerequisites

  • There are no prerequisites for a permaculture design course however a basic understanding of what Permaculture is about is desirable. For complete novices to the concept, books worth looking at in preparation include:

  • Introduction to Permaculture – Bill Mollison & Reny Slay.

  • The Holistic Life – Ian Lillington


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’s commencement.

  • In the event that Brogo Permaculture Gardens finds it necessary to cancel a course all course fees paid will be refunded in full.


      Refunds due to COVID and COVID restrictions are as follows.

  • A full refund will be given if we or you have to cancel a course due to COVID restrictions or you have the option of changing to another date.