Permaculture courses

Design exercise 2017 Ashram PDC

Permaculture courses Beck Lowe is involved with in 2018 & 2019:

RetroSuburbia Trainers Workshops

A two-day workshop for permaculture and sustainability trainers and community networkers who want to incorporate RetroSuburbia’s inspirational ideas and practical solutions into their current or future work. So far we have workshops scheduled for Fremantle, WA and Castlemaine, Victoria.

For more on RetroSuburbia: the downshifter’s guide to a resilient future see

Retrosuburbia Masterclass

Hosted by Milkwood Permaculture, this one day event is run with David Holmgren, co-originator of permaculture and author of RetroSuburbia: the downshifter’s guide to a resilient future. Details here. Contact me for expressions of interest for similar workshops.

Castlemaine Community House Permaculture Design Course (PDC)

This long running PDC is on one day per week during term time for 16 weeks, co-tutored with Joel Meadows. Next course will be on Wednesdays starting July 2018. This course has ACFE funding so is one of the most cost effective PDCs available. It includes many central Victorian site visits including to David Holmgren’s Melliodora. See Castlemaine Community House website for more details and booking information, or to put in an expression of interest for 2019.

Residential Ashram PDC, Rocklyn

This PDC combines permaculture and yoga practice with a fully catered stay in an Ashram. The 2019 PDC runs from 22 February to 9 March 2019. Other tutors include permaculture co-originator David Holmgren, Angela Enbom and Joel Meadows, as well as many site visits to working permaculture properties. See here for further details.

Milkwood PDC

Beck is the lead tutor on this residential two week PDC held in Otford, NSW. For details see:

Ballarat Permaculture Guild PDC

This PDC runs one weekend per month for the first half of 2018. Beck is a guest tutor. For details of the next PDC see:

Murrnong PDC, Violet Town

This PDC runs on weekends spread between November 2018 and May 2019. David Arnold runs this course with Beck as a guest tutor. For information on the next PDC see

Diploma of Permaculture and Certificate IV in Permaculture

Online courses run by TAFE NSW (Beck is one of the assessors)

Beck is also a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) assessor with TAFE NSW – if you have lots of permaculture experience, this is another way to get your Certificate IV or Diploma