We’re happy to announce VEG’s next Permaculture Design Certificate running from 26 Mar – 11 Apr 2021. It will be an immersive, exciting, challenging experience, taking you to working permaculture properties — urban and rural — based at the beautiful Yandoit Farm in Central Victoria.

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

COVID-19 note: By the time late March 2021 comes around we’re feeling cautiously optimistic that in Australia essentially every remaining case or cluster will be known about, and lockdown measures will be relaxed sufficiently for us to run the PDC and do it safely. But it’s certainly not a given. It’s an experiential course, and while we’ve moved some shorter courses online, we just can’t justify that with the PDC. So we’ve decided that either we can sit around a camp fire together, visit all the amazing homes, farms and gardens as a group, and make some friends for life – or we’ll cancel or reschedule it. Although there’s unknowns, we’d love you to sign up now as it lets us know how many people are keen. The refundable-if-we-cancel-or-reschedule $100 deposit secures your space and there’s no need to pay more until we know if it’s going ahead – and we expect to have enough info to call it by January. Thanks and we hope you’re all safe and doing well!

With big love from Team VEG
[Last update: 20 Aug 2020]

What can you expect?

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

The format

VEG’s spring intensive Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course includes over 120 hours of contact time (most PDCs are 72 hours) and will run over fourteen days and evenings (with a weekend off in the middle). See full dates here.


Tutors include VEG Directors Adam Grubb who has experience designing or implementing hundreds of properties, natural builder, gardener, appropriate tech innovator extraordinaire Joel Meadows, and we’ll be visiting some of our heroes in their own properties including permaculture co-originator David Holmgren and partner Su Dennett, and many others.  VEG’s Dan Palmer will be creating pre-course content from NZ including sessions on design and decision making. Plus we’ve handpicked other brilliant tutors for special topics who are the best we know.  Read the bios.


This permaculture design course will be run from a variety of locations in and around Central Vic, with a base at Michael and Lisa Jackson’s Yandoit Farm, where camping is available.


The course fee is $2400 (with group discounts available).
Click here to register! 

Fee includes all tuition, camping / basic accommodation & a 230-page book of comprehensive notes, and ongoing discounts on future VEG courses! In addition, we’ll have on offer free, seasonal, (mostly) local and organic cuisine, prepared with love, for all class days.

If you need a part-payment system, contact us.  Group discounts apply.

Why you should really do this course

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