2023 Murrnong Permaculture Design Course

The 2023 Murrnong Permaculture Design Course (PDC) is a 14 day course over 6 weekends from summer through to late autumn. This extended format gives you time to take what you’ve learnt each session, thoroughly digest it, absorb the sometimes life-changing content, and grow together as a learning community through these seasons. 

For a full overview of the course see here.


The Permaculture Design Course has a home base at Murrnong, and includes day trips to other active permaculture properties in the region. Through these visits we engage with seven home gardens, seven house/ building retrofits, and 3 or 4 farm enterprises.

Murrnong is easily accessible by road or train, just at the end of the Violet Town main street, (google map link here), which is a 1 km walk from the train station. We encourage carpooling to access other sites.


2023 Feb 18/19, Mar 11/12/13, Apr 1/2, Apr 22/23/24, May 13/14, and Jun 3/4

We understand that occasionally someone will have a dates clash. If you have to miss more than two of the days, we can arrange something to catch you up.

Course days run from 9am to 4.30pm (you are invited to come for a cuppa beforehand at 8.45).

Free camping

We welcome course participants to camp overnight for each PDC weekend, to reduce travel and enrich the PDC experience. See some of the range of spaces available at Murrnong for camping in Land uses gallery.


When the days are at Murrnong we all contribute to a shared lunch. These shared meals become a highlight and an inspiration for what we have each been able to produce at home, or source locally. When visiting other properties we usually take our own lunch.

Fruit and nuts from the Murrnong orchard are supplied with morning and afternoon tea.

Produce grown and made at Murrnong Farm is available to purchase.


For one person, $1,390 

This includes 14 days covering all topics required to award you with your Permaculture Design Certificate and give you the thinking tools to develop your own permaculture life practice. 

Bring a friend and pay together, full PDC for two at $2,580 ($1,290 each)

Book 3 tickets together for $3,720 ($1,240 each)

Email murrnong@gmail.com to arrange to pay directly by funds transfer.
We can discuss staged payment if that helps. Or follow the booking link to Trybooking

If you wish to apply for a scholarship, you can write to us. We ask you to describe what you have already done and are doing to live in a self-reliant low consumption way, and how you have begun to educate yourself about permaculture. Please outline your reasons for applying for a scholarship,  and your circumstances.