PERMACULTURE DESIGN COURSE – INFORMATION

Please ensure you read this important workshop information and contact us for any further inquiries.
This information is a guide and may be subject to change. 

About your teachers
This Permaculture Design Course will be taught by various educators specialising in the course topics and subjects, offering a diversity of experiential hands on learning and in class sessions covering the theory. Learn more the teaching team here. 

Dates & Schedule
The course starts on Sunday evening 10th September and ends on Sunday 24th lunch time. 
Yoga from 6-7am every morning
Breakfast till 8:45am
Class starts at 9am sharp
1.5 hour in class sessions, be it theory, group learning or practicals.
30 minute Morning and afternoon tea and refreshments
1 hour for lunch at midday
Free time after 5pm daily
Dinner served at 7pm (6pm for youngsters)
Evening 'special guest' talk and film screening (optional attendance)
More information will be provided with a complete course outline prior to the course commencing. 

Accommodation
Camping is available onsite at the Cairns Hinterland Stiener school. Various camping sites will be allocated on arrival day - please note in the registration form the area you prefer (family, quiet or non-family areas). There is no power, however power boards will be available for charging personal electronic devices.
Bring your own camping equipment and linen.
- Camping is only permitted on the dates from 10-23rd. 
- Toilets will be available and showers will be compost hot water, set in privacy.

If you prefer not to camp, you will need to organise your own accommodation. It is sometimes difficult to find alternative accommodation in Kuranda, so please look at your options sooner than later. Try Air BNB or the Kuranda Rainforest Park.

Deposit and payments 
If you choose the payment plan option, a $350 deposit is required to secure your place.
 Please Contact us for the payment plan agreement and account details if you choose this payment option. 

Discounts:
To receive the early bird or couples discounts, the total amount must be paid in full.
Payment can be paid by direct deposit, cash or Paypal. 

Invoices will be emailed and balance of payment is due 30 days prior to course start date. If the payment balance is not received by two weeks before the course start date (unless otherwise arranged), your booking will be cancelled and deposit forfeited. 

Cancellation and Refunds Policy
If you are unable to make this course, you are welcome to put it towards one of our future courses, or we encourage you to pass on your place to a nominated person, perhaps family or friend member so they can make the most of this opportunity. A refund, minus the $350 deposit fee can be given back to you if you provide your cancellation in writing 30 days prior to the course start date. 

If cancellations occur after the 30 days time frame before the start course date, then no refund can be provided. In the case of health reasons (doctors certificate required) or an 'act of god/ess', a Credit Note will be issued to use towards future courses with a 1 year expiry date. 

Tours
Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 will be tour days where we board a bus or meet up in your cars at various inspiring properties for some hands on learning. These days will be longer than 9-5, with extra travel time (earlier starts and later returns) Meals will be provided and everyone. 

Free Day
Monday 18th is the free day to break from learning and relax in whatever way you feel inclined too. You many wish to leave on Sunday night and return refreshed for Monday Tuesday class at 9am or stay camping and explore during the day to Kuranda 'the village in the rainforest'or the visit the various destinations around the Atherton tablelands or Cairns. Our favourite is Davies creek in Dindin National park.

Venue
The Cairns Hinterland Stiener school is the venue, with inspiring permaculture gardens and examples of natural building. 
Address is 46 Boyles Rd, Kuranda QLD 4872 which is approximately 50 minutes from the Cairns Airport. 

Catering
Delicious and nutritious meals will be served for breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, 
to keep you focused and energised. All ingredients will be sourced as locally and organically sourced as possible. Please inform us if you have special diet requirements. Inform us of any dietary requirements you have when you register. 
Tea/coffee and cold refreshments will be available throughout the course. 

Arriving and departure times
Sunday 10th September is arrival day, with the welcome dinner, orientation and film in the evening. The course will end Sunday 24th by lunch time with no camping available. 
Note - Class will  begin Monday morning at 9am and end midday of Sunday 24th. 
More information regarding times will be sent in the information pack. 

Transportation
You will be responsible for your own transportation to and from the course. During the course a tour bus will be available, or you may drive your own car (carpooling encouraged). 

Social media, photography and videography
Please join the Facebook group (when you get the invitation to) to connect before; to get to know one another, and maybe even organise shared transport if possible. Please tell us a little about yourselves in the group. You can also find out more about us via our Facebook Page and Instagram. We are extremely fortunate to have videographers taking part in the course who have offered their skills to document this journey. If you would prefer to not be on camera, simply let us know upon arrival.

Visitors
Please note visitors are not allowed to hang around the venue while you are in the course due to security reasons. In the event that you are traveling to the course with your family and they would like to visit the school.

Childcare
We are passionate about extending this permaculture design learning to families, with parents able to learn whilst children are in care within the school (in the early childhood classroom and playground). Children can attend from age 3+ and will be participating in their own learning (curriculum about the ethics and principles) in a playful and engaging way from 8:45am to 5:15pm each day, except during the 2 tour days and day off (15/15/17th Sept), when they will be required to be with parents. This is available at the cost of $650 per child which included all meals, materials and crafts. 

What to bring with you (packing list):
​Clothing:
The days may be hot, humid and long, and the nights/ early mornings will be cool, so pack according to your comfort level.

  • Work and casual (weather appropriate) clothes – considering you will be getting dirty, leave your good clothes at home. It will be mid winter here which does get quite cool, especially in the early mornings.
  • Sturdy boots to protect your digits & casual flip flops
  • Personal toiletries. IMP: Please bring only natural/ organic shampoos, condi8oners and soaps. Water from our toilets
    and sinks go to feed our plants. If you cannot buy these from where you are, we will have some for sale here
  • Yoga clothes (op8onal)
  • Water bottle.
  • Swimming clothes 
  • Towel to wash yourself with as it is likely you will get dirty!
  • Sun hat & sunglasses
  • Sunscreen & mozzie repellant 
  • Flashlight/Torch
  • Light weight rain jacket or poncho 
  • Pen, paper and camera for taking notes
  • Camping gear including essential items such as tent, swag, hammock, sleeping bag, warm blankets, mat, cuddly bear, etc.
  • Day pack - small, light bag with shoulder straps. Should hold a water bottle, camera, book or journal and anything else you need for excursions
  • A hearty appetite for learning and doing
  • Camera: Remember if you have a rechargeable battery, you need the appropriate adapter. 
  •  Computer/iPad/phone: You may bring a computer, iPad or any other device if you would like to have it with you during the course
  • Workbook, journal, pens, ruler, rubber, sharpener and other basic stationary. We will have some extra available but please bring your own
Pre-arrival Pack
We will send you an email with your pre-arrival pack information so you have all the info you need to be prepared for the intensive journey into Permaculture Design. 
Now that you have read the important workshop information, please register your details and purchase a suitable ticket fee to secure your position in the course.
PDC Registration Form