BECOME A CERTIFIED PERMACULTURE DESIGNER

Next Course: 23 October - 6 November 2017

Are you longing for a lifestyle of health and sustainability? Ready to learn how to design a natural, empowered and self-sufficient permaculture space? Then join us at the Krishna Village, meet your tribe and get certified!    

More than just gardening

Permaculture is a practical yet harmonious design science. By learning to use appropriate and intelligent design principles, you will be able to take care of all your basic physical needs in a responsible way that works with, rather than against nature. By observing the natural world around you, you will learn to create efficient, aesthetically beautiful and abundantly productive systems that will allow you to live a healthy, creative and thriving life. And before and after classes, you can join daily yoga sessions, to align body, mind and soul.

To find out more, please have a look at Damien's personal welcome and the course schedule.

To see if this experience is for you, please read our FAQ for retreat guests and have a look at our Code of Conduct.

What's included:

  • 72 hours Permaculture instruction based on the seminal text "Permaculture Designers Manual" by Bill Morrison, the founder of Permaculture
  • Permaculture Design accreditation by Permaculture Visions 
  • Practical classes focused on gardening and composting 
  • 3 delicious vegetarian meals per day
  • 14 nights accommodation
  • 2 Yoga classes + 1 yogic living class per day (optional)

Optional additions

  • Private single/double room (available at additional cost)
  • Specific dietary requirements (self catering from our organic gardens)
  • Massages and other treatments at the Krishna Village Wellness Centre

    Upcoming dates:

    • 23 October - 06 November 2017 (early bird rate until 18 September)
    • 26 February - 12 March 2018 (early bird rate until 19 December 2017)
    • 16 - 30 April 2018 (early bird rate until 6 March 2018)
    • 18 June - 2 July 2018 (early bird rate until 9 May 2018)
    • 20 August - 3 September 2018 (early bird rate until 4 July 2018)
    • 22 October - 5 November 2018 (early bird rate until 5 September 2018)

    Cost & payment

    The cost of the 2 weeks permaculture course incl. accommodation, 3 meals/day and daily yoga classes (optional) depends on the accommodation type you choose. Please click the below booking buttons to see the different options.

    Payment plans are available - for details, please have a look at our current 2017 price list or the 2018 price list.

    Before you book, please read our terms and conditions including our refund policy. 

    Not from Australia? Figure out your rate with the XE currency converter.

    Booking steps

    1) Click button to select your preferred start date on our booking page

    2) On the booking page, select your accommodation type + number of guests

    3) If you prefer to pay in several rates, please select "Paying in instalments" in the additional options and pay a deposit + instalments as detailed in the end of our 2017 price list or 2018 price list.

    Meet your facilitators

    Damien Bohler first started studying permaculture in 2005 during a holiday to Thailand. This experience forever changed him and the way he thought about the world and the possibility for humans to live harmoniously on our planet.

    Since that time, he has volunteered on a variety of farms throughout Asia and has lived and breathed permaculture during the last years as a full-time live-in student and staff member at Zaytuna Farm, home of the Permaculture Research Institute (PRI) in Australia. In addition to permaculture, Damien is also currently completing a Masters degree in Social Ecology and is a practicing writer on permaculture, intimacy and spirituality. He is in the process of writing his first book on personal development. 

    Damien has taught permaculture in Jordan, Thailand and Australia and is a confident and inspiring teacher dedicated to human growth and wellbeing.

     

     

    Fionn Quinlan has close to thirty years experience in working with the land and the learning processes associated with it. He was raised on the North Coast of NSW. Between surfing, fishing and school, Fionn worked on his parents 72 acre cattle farm. 

    Throughout his twenties, Fionn studied music, education, international development and travelled the world as an alternative and sustainable educator working with various international and grassroots non-governmental organisations.

    More recently, Fionn has worked and volunteered on a number of permaculture projects in the UK and Australia, working and studying alongside some of Permaculture's pioneers including Graham Bell, Robyn Francis, David Spicer, Geoff Lawton and David Holmgren. He obtained his PDC certificate with Geoff Lawton at Zaytuna farm in 2015, and is now working with his life partner Laura, to convert a degraded cow pasture in the Northern NSW sub-tropical village 'The Channon' into a fully functioning and abundant permaculture farm; Djaning.

    Topics covered

    Participating in a permaculture design course at the Krishna Village Eco Yoga Community is a unique opportunity to be involved in an integrated ‘whole-being’ approach to permaculture, yoga and conscious community creation. During your time on this course you will experience and gain understanding of the following:

    • How a grounding in permaculture ethics provides a framework for harmonious natural systems
    • Complete set of permaculture principles that allow the emergence of creative intelligent design strategies
    • Tools and techniques for authentic expression, deep listening and effective, harmonious group interactions
    • The evolutionary context from which permaculture has arisen and why this makes permaculture an essential component of a truly sustainable future for humanity
    • The importance of soil and how to use permaculture techniques, such as compost building, to create new healthy soils for flourishing plant life
    • Distinctions in global climate variations, how to identify any climate and thus choose appropriate strategies for implementing permaculture anywhere in the world
    • How to design and create a permaculture home or market gardens for any climatic type
    • The incredible nature of trees and the various ways they interact with energies
    • What a permaculture food forest is and various strategies in how to create and maintain them
    • Utilising sector analysis to assess and harmonise with the various energies that enter any site
    • How water shapes the landscape and how to design to utilise the maximum possible potential of water on any site
    • The use of topographic maps in design and how to survey contour lines for water design using easily constructed DIY tools
    • Dams and ponds in permaculture and how to assess the best positions in a site for their placement
    • How to design for natural swimming pools, rainwater harvesting and irrigation systems
    • Permaculture ‘zones’ and utilisation of this concept to create efficient designs radiating harmonically outwards from centres of habitation
    • The basic rules of house design for the major climate types
    • The use of alternate energy and how to design the most appropriate “off-grid” systems when and if relevant
    • Mainframe design: how to understand the most important starting point for any permaculture design, regardless of scale
    • Permaculture and Integral strategies for the possibilities of co-creating a global alternative nation

    Behind the scenes: The PDC team creates a herb spiral behind the Krishna Village kitchen...

    Throughout the course, a variety of short group design exercises will be provided, culminating in a final and complete permaculture design putting into effect everything you will have learned throughout the course in an integrated and embodied presentation. This experience will undoubtedly give you the confidence to create permaculture designs for yourself, friends, family and potentially be the first step in a wide-open career pathway.

    In addition, you can join the other Krishna Village retreat guests for daily yoga and yogic living classes, which will allow you to find stillness in your body, increase your focus and re-align in a healthy and sustainable way.

    Accommodation

    The Krishna Village offers single, double and twin share rooms, a few dorms and camping spots for up to about 70 people. All rooms have shared amenities. The amenities block includes showers, toilets and a coin operated laundry (byo laundry powder). All rates include 3 meals/day and all yoga and other classes.  

    Common areas include the kitchen & campfire area (the heart of the Krishna Village), the reading room (with Internet hotspot) and the yoga hall where we gather for classes. 

     

    Single, twin share & double rooms

    The Krishna Village has 2 double rooms (one big bed), 4 twin shares (bunk bed) and 11 single rooms. They are all set in former shipping containers that have been renovated and turned into simple but comfortable accommodation. Bedding is being provided, but you need to bring your own towels and toiletries.

    4-share dorms

    We offer a female and a male dorm - each for up to 4 people - and one 3-share dorm. The dorms have bunk beds and wardrobe space for your belongings, and bedding is provided. They are simple, older rooms and about 100m from the amenities block.

    Camp ground

    Set among beautiful mango and lychee trees in our eastern garden, our camp ground can host up to 20 tents and 5 camper vans. The area for the vans is equipped with electricity. The amenities block is only 50m away.

     
     

    Delicious Vegetarian Food

    The Krishna Farm has been producing organic veggies since the 1980s and has therefore fantastic conditions to grow excellent produce. We grow as much of our own food as we can, and otherwise buy locally wherever possible. 

    We provide 3 delicious vegetarian meals every day, with lunches taking place at the Krishna Village community kitchen, and breakfast and dinners - mostly Indian style - served at the prasadam hall, next to the temple. 

    All our food is prasadam - sacred food prepared in a consciousness of loving service. Like in other cultures, we offer our food before we eat to say Grace and thank the Divine for the sun, the rain, and all the visible and invisible blessings necessary to co-create a delicious meal. Feel free to sing along with us, or just listen and enjoy...

     

    The Krishna Farm

    Nestled in the foothills of Mount Warning, in the heart of the Northern Rivers of New South Wales, the Hare Krishna Farm “New Govardhana” is a 1000 acre property with orchards, certified organicveggie gardens, cows, horses, streams and swimming holes in abundance. 

    New Govardhana serves as an ashram to a community of yogis who aspire to live according to their deepest vows and commitments on their path of service, spiritual contentment and happiness (Bhakti Yoga). Their service and dedication make this location a beautiful place of growth, healing and spiritual awakening. If you are interested, please come along and visit our beautiful Radha Govardhandhari temple. 

    The Krishna Village yoga experience

    As a permanent eco yoga community and retreat centre, we provide classes ongoingly for all guests, taught by a variety of teachers. On Mondays, we run an 11am Welcome Tour for all new arrivals and introduce you to our program and our way of life. 

    To get an idea about our program outside of the Permaculture Course, please have a look at our activities overview. At the moment we are running yoga classes 2x/day (early morning and afternoon) as well as Yogic Living classes on Sun-Fri at 12:30pm, which encompass a broad variety of topics around a healthy yoga lifestyle, like philosophy, meditation, ayurveda, life coaching etc.. Many of them are the 'best of' parts of our Yoga Teacher Training curriculum, made available for all guests - like on this example schedule.

    As a course participant, you are welcome to join all those additional classes. To see if this experience is for you, please read our FAQ for retreat guests and our Code of Conduct.

    Cost & payment

    The cost of the 2 weeks permaculture course incl. accommodation, 3 meals/day and daily yoga classes (optional) depends on the accommodation type you choose. Please click the below booking buttons to see the different options.

    Payment plans are available - for details, please have a look at our current 2017 price list or the 2018 price list.

    Before you book, please read our terms and conditions including our refund policy. 

    Not from Australia? Figure out your rate with the XE currency converter.

    No refunds, but possibility to delay the course date up to 1 week in advance.

    Testimonials

    Kate (Australia) loved her time at the Krishna Village

    CLARITY WITHIN A COMPLEX SUBJECT

    Damien was able to bring clarity to such a complex subject of knowledge. He was able to understand the level of knowledge of the students in the class enabling him to explain and teach in a way that is suitable to that level. He expressed passion for the topic and shared the many years of experience he has in permaculture in an easy and informative manner. He was also willing to take time to those that were unsure of any part of the course. He was accommodating and he made it a safe and exciting learning space for me and all others. - Roisin McSweeney, Victoria (Australia)

    Meagan (New Zealand) will bring her knowledge back home

    ELOQUENT AND PASSIONATE

    Damien did a fantastic job in teaching this PDC, though. He was on point for the entire class. He spoke eloquently and passionately. He knew all of the material without hesitation and provoked us all to thought and action. His presentation and knowledge base was a compliment to the course and I walked away with a deeper understanding and appreciation of permaculture because of Damien's teaching and passion. - Josh Thomas, Idaho (USA)

    A LOT OF CARE FOR STUDENTS

    I had the chance to meet Damien during my PDC in Jordan, 2016 where he was co-teaching with Geoff Lawton. He was objective, passionate, dedicated and with a lot of care for students, giving a good step by step thru design and always adding a personal and practical input of his field experiences. He showed good skills in managing not only class subjects and timings but above all human relations and its psycho-sociological delicacies. I foresee a good career with great success. - Helder Fernandes, Lisbon (Portugal)

    Aquila (Slovakia) applies his ideas in the garden every day

    TIME TO EXPLAIN

    Damien used the designers manual, added facts, visual depictions and personal experiences to demonstrate the versatility and practicality of permaculture. The ease and earnestness with which Damien was able to answer questions helped motivate and encourage budding permaculturists like myself in our own personal journey. For me personally I really appreciated his accessibility outside of classes. Damien was always open for questions and would take time to explain answers. Damien is an awesome instructor and instrumental addition to the permaculture movement.”- Zavere Weeks, Washington (USA)