Permaculture Certification Design Courses In NSW, Australia


Next Course: 21 October - 3 November 2019

Are you ready to learn how to design a natural, empowered and self-sufficient permaculture space? Join us at the Krishna Village to transform the way you live in the world and relate to your environment. Your tribe is waiting for you!

Earth Care, People Care, Fair Share

Permaculture is a practical and ecological design science. By using appropriate and intelligent design principles, we learn to work with, rather than against nature at every level of the human environment.

Daily yoga sessions, nourishing food and a beautiful natural setting help to harmonise body, mind and soul in service of us co-creating a more beautiful world.

To find out more, please have a look at Fionn's and Laura’s personal welcome and the course schedule.

To see if this experience is for you, please read our FAQ for retreat guests and have a look at our Code of Conduct.

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Permaculture Certification Design Courses In NSW, Australia

No doubt if you are looking at one of our permaculture courses you have a pretty good understanding of what permaculture is and why it’s appealing to you. But just in case, here is a quick overview of what permaculture is.

What is Permaculture?

Permaculture is working together with nature, not against it. It is about locally producing of all the materials each person needs, for example, food, shelter and fuel, and involving a diverse range of animals and vegetation to support each other. Developed in Australia in the late 1970s by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren, the system is taught in over 100 countries worldwide including here at Krishna Village in our permaculture design course.

Permaculture is based on three ethics:

  • Care of the earth
  • Care of communities
  • Accepting personal responsibility for consumption and population.

It can be employed on any scale from large farms to your own backyard or even a balcony.

Why Study Permaculture?

As the huge growth in the global population and the associated increase in levels of consumption push our planet towards a catastrophic environmental disaster, it’s more important than ever to find ways to preserve our earth. By taking a permaculture certification course, you will be doing your small part for the environment. You will learn the tools and information you need to take control of your environment, live sustainably and therefore impact the future.

While many students choose to join one of our permaculture courses in NSW so that they can use it at a professional level, others take the course just to learn more about how we can each do our bit to save the planet. However, if you are taking the course to practice permaculture and make a living, you will find that our course is one of the best permaculture courses Australia wide to start you on the path to a rewarding career.

What’s more, once you have developed a solid foundation in the underlying principles through our PDC permaculture course, you can then go on to study specific permaculture skills or areas, such a food forestry or water catchment, if these are areas that interest you.

The Perfect Location to Study Permaculture

Choosing to begin your journey into the fascinating study of permaculture will be made all the more real and rewarding by choosing to study at Krishna Village. We have over 1000 acres of land with orchards, organic veggie gardens, streams and swimming holes, and share the land with our herd of protected cows, rescue horses and a pair of funny goats. You will benefit from our integrated approach to learning which not only involves theory and practice sessions but also from seeing a long-standing sustainable community in action.

During your two-week stay, you will also get the opportunity to embrace the spiritual aspects of the retreat with optional yoga and kirtan sessions, and you will also be fed a wholesome veggie diet, straight from the farm of course.

Krishna Village is NSW's best yoga retreat for people looking to relax & recharge. We offer yoga teacher training for visitors who want to become yoga instructors. If you are looking for a retreat, we offer yoga classes, meditation and spiritual retreats to help you relax. Enquire online or call us to learn more.

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What's included

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  • 72 hours Permaculture instruction based on the seminal text "Permaculture Designers Manual" by Bill Mollison, the founder of Permaculture

  • Permaculture Design Certificate by Djaning Permaculture Design

  • Hands-on classes focused on gardening and composting

  • 3 delicious vegetarian meals per day

  • 13 nights accommodation

  • 2 Yoga classes + 1 yogic living class per day (optional)

Optional additions

  • Private single/double room (available at additional cost)

  • Specific dietary requirements (self catering from our organic gardens)

  • Massages and other treatments at the Krishna Village Wellness Centre

Upcoming dates:

  • 21 October - 3 November 2019 (early bird rate until 4 September 2019)

Cost & payment

The cost of the 2 weeks permaculture course incl. accommodation, 3 meals/day and daily yoga classes (optional) depends on the accommodation type you choose. Please click the below booking buttons to see the different options.

Without accommodation: AU$ 1499  (or $1299 early bird)

Camping: AU$ 2139  (or $1939 early bird)

In 4-share dorm: AU$ 2279  (or $2079 early bird)

In twin share or double accommodation: AU$ 2399/person  (or $2199 early bird)

In a single room: AU$ 2739  (or $2539 early bird)

Special deal:

For long term volunteers (min 4 week commitment before course start): AU$995 (for this option, please contact us via the contact form on this website)


Payment plans are available - for details, please contact us.

Before you book, please read our terms and conditions including our refund policy. 

Not from Australia? Figure out your rate with the XE currency converter.

Booking steps

1) Click button to select your preferred start date on our booking page

2) On the booking page, select your accommodation type + number of guests

3) If you prefer to pay in several rates, please select "Paying in instalments" in the additional options and pay a deposit + instalments as detailed in the end of our 2018 price list.

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Meet your facilitators

Fionn Quinlan (AUS) & Laura Quinlan (UK) are international permaculture designers and practitioners based in Sub-tropical Northern NSW, where they live in a beautiful jurt with their two kids and are developing a 21 acre site into an abundant, multifaceted farm-garden called Djaning.

Together they have experience working in  tropical, sub-tropical, cool and cold temperate climates. They have worked and studied with many internationally renowned permaculture practitioners, including co-creator of the Permaculture concept, David Holmgren and pioneers Geoff Lawton, Robyn Francis and Robin Clayfield among many others.

With over a decade of experience, their teaching methodology and educational approach has been applied and developed in countries such as India, Ghana, Cambodia, Australia, France and throughout the UK, with their central theme being emancipatory education, and experiential learning.

Topics covered

Participating in a permaculture design course at the Krishna Village Eco Yoga Community is a unique opportunity to be involved in an integrated ‘whole-being’ approach to permaculture, yoga and conscious community creation. During your time on this course you will experience and gain understanding of the following:

  • Permaculture Principles

  • Ecological Design Concepts

  • Patterns and their relationship to Design

  • Zone & Sector Analysis

  • How to design for any climate

  • The importance of water management

  • Soil fertility and creation

  • The 'rules' of building sustainable houses

  • Fine gardening, food forest & cropping strategies

  • People Permaculture & Community Development

  • Evolution of natural systems

  • Economic & legal considerations in land use

  • and much much more...

Throughout the course, a variety of short group design exercises will be presented, culminating in a final and complete permaculture design grounding everything you will have learned. This experience will undoubtedly give you the confidence to create permaculture designs for yourself, friends, family and potentially be the first step in a wide-open career pathway.



Located between Byron Bay and the Gold Coast, the Krishna Village can host up to 75 people in a combination of rooms, dorms and camping spots.he Krishna Village offers single, double and twin share rooms, a few dorms and camping spots for up to about 75 people. All rooms have shared amenities. The amenities block includes showers, toilets and a coin operated laundry (byo laundry powder). All rates include 3 meals/day and all yoga and other classes.  

Common areas include the kitchen & campfire area (the heart of the Krishna Village), the reading room (with Internet hotspot) and the yoga hall where we gather for classes. 


Single, twin share & double rooms

The Krishna Village has 2 double rooms (one big bed), 4 twin shares (bunk bed) and 11 single rooms. They are all set in former shipping containers that have been renovated and turned into simple but comfortable accommodation. Bedding is being provided, but you need to bring your own towels and toiletries.

4-share dorms

We offer a female and a male dorm - each for up to 4 people - and one 3-share dorm. The dorms have bunk beds and wardrobe space for your belongings, and bedding is provided. They are simple, older rooms and about 100m from the amenities block.

Camp ground

Set among beautiful mango and lychee trees in our eastern garden, our camp ground can host up to 20 tents and 5 camper vans. The area for the vans is equipped with electricity. The amenities block is only 50m away.


Delicious Vegetarian Food

The Krishna Farm has been producing organic veggies since the 1980s and has therefore fantastic conditions to grow excellent produce. We grow as much of our own food as we can, and otherwise buy locally wherever possible. 

We provide 3 delicious vegetarian meals every day, with lunches taking place at the Krishna Village community kitchen, and breakfast and dinners - mostly Indian style - served at the prasadam hall, next to the temple. 

All our food is prasadam - sacred food prepared in a consciousness of loving service. Like in other cultures, we offer our food before we eat to say Grace and thank the Divine for the sun, the rain, and all the visible and invisible blessings necessary to co-create a delicious meal. Feel free to sing along with us, or just listen and enjoy...


The Krishna Farm

Nestled in the foothills of Mount Warning, in the heart of the Northern Rivers of New South Wales, the Hare Krishna Farm “New Govardhana” is a 1000 acre property with orchards, certified organicveggie gardens, cows, horses, streams and swimming holes in abundance. 

New Govardhana serves as an ashram to a community of yogis who aspire to live according to their deepest vows and commitments on their path of service, spiritual contentment and happiness, Bhakti Yoga. Their service and dedication make this location a beautiful place of growth, healing and spiritual awakening. If you are interested, please come along and visit our beautiful Radha Govardhandhari temple. 

The Krishna Village experience

As a permanent eco yoga community and retreat centre, we provide classes ongoingly for all guests, taught by a variety of teachers. On Mondays, we run an 11am Welcome Tour for all new arrivals and introduce you to our program and our way of life. 

To get an idea about our program outside of the Permaculture Course, please have a look at our activities overview and read our info page about Bhakti Yoga culture. At the moment we are running yoga classes 2x/day (early morning and afternoon) as well as Yogic Living classes on Sun-Fri at 1:30pm, which encompass a broad variety of topics around a healthy yoga lifestyle, like philosophy, meditation, ayurveda, life coaching etc.. Many of them are the 'best of' parts of our Yoga Teacher Training curriculum, made available for all guests. For details, please have a look at our Activities overview.

As a course participant, you are welcome to join all those additional classes. To see if this experience is for you, please read our FAQ for retreat guests and our Code of Conduct.


“A beautiful example of living Permaculture”

“Laura, Fionn and family are a beautiful example of living Permaculture. When I met these guys I said to myself 'Dreams can come true!' - They gave up city life and found their place, living amongst nature, using the exact same principles they teach. 

I find Laura And Fionn to be both inspirational and passionate teachers. With the vast amount of knowledge they endowed upon us I can now confidently go and apply the same principles at home and inspire friends and family to do the same.” 

- Paul Watkins

“New admiration and awe-inspiring understanding”

“This course gave me a new admiration and awe-inspiring understanding of just how intelligent and unified mother nature truly is. Today's world seems out of control and disconnected from the wilderness. The problems seem complicated and almost too vast to comprehend. This course sheds new light on what these obstacles mean for our race and how we can implement change to rectify the global disillusion. Starting with ourselves.” 

- Jean-Michel, Melbourne

“A Divine part of the world that I probably would not have discovered”

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“I want to thank you guys soooo much for opening my eyes and allowing me to begin the journey of mistakes, boo boos, start overs, redesigns, happy places, balance, yield, sharing, latin ( god forbid!), integrating, learning, teaching and giving me the confidence to start. I think the most valuable lesson I will take with me is the observational skill set that I now possess when looking at nature. The ground cover, the understory, the treetops and all stacking in between. The sheltering, the successional behaviour. It’s something I can’t unlearn and it will always be with me. It’s a metaphor for architecture, relationships and our beloved nature. And you guys taught me that. 

I also want to thank you for your compassion, sense of ridiculous and sense of humour. For showing me a Divine part of the world that I probably would not have discovered if not for doing this particular course with you guys. For teaching in a such a way that it didn’t actually matter whether I was from the same climate. We had Victorians, New South Welsh peeps, Kiwis, Tasmanians, Canadians, French, South Africans and Germans. And all of us walked away knowing that we could apply the principles in our home climate. Actually, any climate for that matter. And not just apply principles to nature, but apply them to ourselves… the humans… our lives on Earth… what a bloody gift! 

Lastly, I want to thank you for your choice of venue. Krishna Village was awesome. I hired a camper van ( never done that before) pimped it up to look like a genie’s bottle and was incredibly happy to live in the van and absorb knowledge in such a bountiful and peaceful valley.”

- Bobby, Victoria

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