May 2024: Our next PDC will be July 2025, booking opening soon

We’re looking forward to VEG’s 2025 Permaculture Design Certificate. It will be an immersive, exciting, challenging experience, taking you to working permaculture properties — urban and rural.

Our goal is to make it the most fun and valuable learning adventure you’ve ever had.

The format of our 2025 course will be pretty different but this video from one of our intensive PDCs should give you the vibe!

What can you expect?

  • Hands-on real-world permaculture design experience
  • Fresh insights and strategies for working with nature, rather than against it, to create edible abundance and heal damaged landscapes
  • A window into resilience skills for a changing world
  • Probably some friends for life
  • Much more!

The format

VEG’s 2025 Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course includes around 120 hours of contact time (most PDCs are 72 hours) and has the following bold new format!

  • One week in the city (at a lovely school and demonstration sites) during school holidays July 1 – 7
  • Then four fortnightly weekends including overnight trips away, ending on Sept 1.

See full dates here.

We think this format will allow those who can’t give up an entire two week stretch, or afford to fill every weekend for two months, a great arrangement. It mixes the friend-making fun of an intensive PDC with a more extended format that allows absorption and implementation of of knowledge throughout the course. And we’ve timed it so it ends in early spring ready for you to really jump into the farm or garden!


Our 2024 PDC will be co-lead by VEG’s own Adam Grubb and our talented friend Kat Lavers. Dare we say two of the most sought after permaculture teachers and consultants in the land? We’ll also visit in their natural habitats people like permaculture co-originator David Holmgren and partner Su Dennett, alternative technology legend Joel Meadows, we’ll meet people from the Fryer’s Forest ecovillage, and working farms and more. Check out the bios.


This permaculture design course will have a home base at the beautiful Pavillion School in East Preston, Melbourne, while visiting lots of inspiring locations in and around Melbourne, including a weekend away based at the beautiful Yandoit Farm in Central Victoria.


The course fee is $2400 ($2090 concession) Click here to register! 

You can secure your place with a $100 deposit and we’ll be in touch to work out a part-payment system.  

Why you should really do this course

Not all PDCs are created equal. Check out the What Makes this Course Special page.