Gain the skills to design and grow sustainable edible landscapes & connect to a growing network of earth stewards seeking abundance with nature.

Join us for this 2 week live-in retreat to explore Permaculture to gain a deep understanding of this ecological science, the practical strategies and principles of sustainability and the 'how to' methods of design.

DATES: September 2022 School holidays (exact dates to be confirmed).

This course covers the 72 hour intensive nationally recognized curriculum plus many practical workshops to embody the theory of the lecture-based and creative process sessions. A diverse team of local teachers will be presenting various subjects and workshops throughout this course.  *Family Friendly Course - Parents can learn while children attend the 'Nature Kids Program' alongside the PDC within the school.

What is permaculture? 
In essence; Perma(nent)( agri)Culture is a design framework that aims to provide for our needs, whilst improving the earth's resources = sustainability.

My experience with Organic Motion was what they said - life changing. I now have deep personal understanding connecting to self, lifestyle, diet and overall strengthening my connection and understanding of mother earth, our land and how to grow with it. I believe it is worthwhile as a human being to have this knowledge and connection. 

- W.P

"Thank you so much for your unbelievable gifts of knowledge, love and community. This has been an amazing journey and I couldn't have imagined a more supportive environment to begin learning about Permaculture.  So much love and gratitude to you Organic Motion. 

- Kathryn

NOTE: This is a transformational course. Be prepared to see the world in a whole new way and to walk away empowered with the skills for sustainability!

Included in this course is...

  • All meals; nutritious feasts by Jo at Arohanui Living Foods.
  • Tours of inspiring landscapes demonstration permaculture in action
  • Designers pack (tools & guides to get designing).
  • Camping at the venue (Kuranda, North QLD,  Australia).
  • Take home printed resources & electronic resources on a USB.
  • The Earth Users Guide to Permaculture Text Book by Rosemary Morrow.
  • (optional attendance) to evening talks with special guests & films.
  • If travelling Internationally, transfers from the Airport.

Who is it for? 
Anyone who wants the skills and knowledge to grow food organically, regenerate the earth/build soil and re-design landscapes to provide for their needs. Ultimately, anyone who cares for the earth, people and the equality and wants a well practiced method of design to do so.

Who is it not for?
People who don't like to get their hands in the earth and building relationships with like minded people to find solutions for better ways of living.

Why do this course?
Permaculture design can be applied to growing food, designing structures, managing land and animals, regenerating soil and watersheds, re-weaving cultural cohesion, banking institutions, education and much more. All aspects of life evolve from design. This course in particular has a strong focus on the tropical and subtropical landscape and easy to use computer software to draw illustrated designs.

As we evolve toward a future with concerns for climate change, resource depletion and extreme financial conditions, people from all walks of life are integrating permaculture into their lives, using the guiding principles in planning and decision making - because it is applicable in all climate conditions as well as urban and rural landscapes and community structures.

The core ethics are Care for people, Care for the lands and Fair Share. Easy to resonate with, they are supported by the guiding principles, so please look at David Holmgren's Permaculture Principles to learn move about the permaculture philosophy. We will be teaching both Bill Mollision's and Holmgren's legacy.

What is unique about this course?
+ It is a Family Friendly Course! This is one of very few PDC's that allows for parents to attend with children being cared for as part of a 'Nature Kids' program, held in the school grounds alongside the PDC course. The love and care will be provided for (at an additional cost) which will include meals and resources for the arts and crafts and nature based play.
+ We provide a diverse teaching team of local experts. 
+ We take you on tours of inspiring properties around the region, demonstrating permaculture in action and practical hands on learning.

What will you get?
You will gain take-home skills for energy efficiency and an in-depth understanding of thoughtful and efficient design processes that will enable you to re-design your life for low cost, abundant and edible transition into self and community sufficiency.

This in no way means returning to the past. It is about reconnecting our relationship to earth, exploring better technologies for energy generation, using biology to support our needs, valuing diversity and improving food systems. When problems become the solutions, people become empowered to participate as co-creators in a system that cares for the next 7 generations. You will get 2 weeks of delving deep into this and more. 

What will you learn?

  • A range of techniques that are easy to implement personally and professionally
  • How to read landscapes, document elemental energy flows, familiarise with natural patterns
  • Create a concept plan and work on a design
  • Skills and develop a powerful vision to design a future that you want to live in. ​

"Its been the right thing, at the right time for me. Thanks so much"


Our permaculture design curriculum is globally recognised and teaches:

  • Permaculture principles and ethics
  • Reading the landscape
  • Pattern design and pattern application
  • The design process, principles, strategies, and techniques
  • Water harvesting and Earth Works
  • Site analysis (Sector Analysis)
  • Site planning and Layout (Zoning)
  • Climate and micro-climate strategies - Tropical, Temperate, Dryland and Humid
  • Mapping
  • Land access
  • Community building & Sociocracy
  • Plant guilds
  • Food forests and agroforestry
  • Soil building, Composting, Worm farming and sheet mulching
  • Ecology
  • Aquaculture/ponics
  • Natural building
  • Renewable energy systems
  • Watershed management & Bioregionalism
  • New Economies and Equity
  • Group work on a design project​s to sink in the skills gained in this course

Come join us for an exploration into how we can move powerfully into a future that improves the health of people and planet! It's a call to action!

"I came to this course with an open mind, willing to absorb so much. By now I've realised how little I knew and how much more there is to learn. Glad to know we have the beautiful company within easy reach for us North Queenslanders to utilise. Can not recommend Organic Motion enough. Life changing? HELL YEAH!. Interesting? HELL YEAH! Well done, congratulations...Keep the great work going and plant more trees! 

Past PDC Student.

"Go Permaculture!. Thanks heaps for your contagious enthusiasm and knowledge - what a rich and valuable 2 weeks!

- Bruno (landscape architect).

2018 Promotional Videos (below)

2018 Testimonial 

Is this course suitable for you?
This course has value to everyone who eats food, drinks water, breathes air and exists on this planet. Permaculture design is relevant to each person’s livelihoods, homes and gardens as well as helping facilitate positive change in communities because it aims to bring harmony, efficiency, respect and abundance within empowering pro-active participation.

Whether you’re interested in growing food in pots on your balcony, designing a kitchen garden, starting community garden, developing techniques to reduce waste and energy consumption or you have a larger professional project in mind, this course will improve your ability to understand and interact with your local environment and give you the inspiration, knowledge and confidence to create great permaculture designs.

Organic Motion Permaculture Design Certificate Accreditation
This course is covering the original 72 hour intensive permaculture course developed by Bill Mollison, recognised internationally as the minimum training for people teaching and using permaculture in their profession. Endorsed by Robyn Francis, in whom the Organic Motion team completed their Permaculture teaching training certificates. Students will receive a certificate signed by Organic Motion upon completion of the course.

Want to know more about this course? Click on the button below for more info. We recommend that you read this prior to completing your PDC Registration Form and booking your ticket.

If you have any further questions, please email or contact the team.


PDC Course Info

Your Permaculture Course Investment:

We are offering early bird ticket release so the earlier you commit to this transformative course, the more you save. We also encourage couples to attend together to get the most out of their permaculture journey ahead. This means, if you team up with a friend and pay together, you could save hundreds of dollars.

See the options below:

Early Bird Tickets  (book now & save) $2400 Ends JULY 2022

Full Fee Tickets:  $2750 per person.

COUPLES DISCOUNT TICKETS: $3850 per couple (we encourage couples to attend and grow together in this lifestyle journey & $ave. 

+++ Additionally +++

Any student who has attended our 2-Day Introduction to Permaculture Course will be discounted the full value of their ticket from the price of relevant ticket choice (except the couples discount). Alternatively, students who book their PDC will receive a free ticket to the up-coming 2 Day Introduction to Permaculture Courses.

How to Book Your Ticket:

Register via the PDC Registration Form below. You will then receive an email with an invoice to confirm your booking from the team!

PDC Registration Form

"Excellent course, filled with learning and knowledge, very interactive and highly engaging. Highly recommend it!." 

S.J. Past PDC Student

"I don't remember learning so much in such a short space of time, on all levels and in every direction. Do yourself a favour and move yourself into the Permaculture Paradigm and change your world."

Jenny brown. teacher, cairns