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Natural Renewable Building

June 27, 2016 - July 1, 2016

$200 – $1195


We are not just teaching this course from a classroom, we are teaching it from a living classroom because we live with these systems every day of the year.

We have developed these systems over years of trial and error and it has been a long journey and we have consulted and taught what we have learnt and are still learning on projects across the world.

We have worked on projects in all climates, landscapes and landscape profiles adjusting to the local requirements. We have been a trusted reference for many people, projects and organisations because we have results on the ground and we take a professional approach to helping people understand permaculture design.

We can help you to understand how to get started and get to where you want to be because we have been in the same position ourselves and we can share that journey of failures and successes, trials and errors. This will enable you to fast track your systems and we will be able to back you up with follow up information online through our websites.


Course Description

Come join this year’s Natural Renewable Building Course at The Permaculture Research Institute, Australia. This is an intensive, hands-on course, where you will learn how to build your own affordable, sustainable, and functional structures plus so much more! Geoff will take you through this course step by step in not just techniques but planning and designing the Permaculture way. This week-long course will be packed with learning opportunities.


What Natural Building Techniqes will you learn

  • Strawbale building
  • Cobb straw
  • Cobb bamboo
  • Earth bag
  • Sawcrete
  • Bamboocrete
  • Papercrete
  • Bamboo, wattle and daub
  • Chaff render
  • Lime plaster
  • Earth roof
  • Additional elements that are covered

    • Solar heat pump glass houses
    • Rocket stoves and heaters
    • Solar hot water
    • Compost hot water
    • Rocket stove hot water
    • Wood stove hot water
    • Pizza and bread oven

  • Insulation and thermal mass design
  • Compost toilets
  • Reed bed grey water
  • Alternative grey water
  • Reed bed black water (toilet)
  • Solar, wind & micro hydro electricity
  • Ramp pump water pumping
  • All climates will be covered including temperate, desert and tropical climates.




    Geoff Lawton

    Geoff Lawton is the main facilitator for this course. He a Permaculture consultant, designer and teacher. He first took his Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course with Bill Mollison in 1983. He holds a Diploma in Permaculture Education, Design, Implementation, System Establishment, Administration and Community Development given by the founder of Permaculture, Bill Mollison.

    Geoff has undertaken thousands of jobs teaching, consulting, designing, administrating and implementing, in 6 continents and close to 50 countries around the world. Clients have included private individuals, groups, communities, governments, aid organizations, non-government organisations and multinational companies.

    He has currently educated over 13,000 students in Permaculture worldwide. These include graduates of the Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course and courses focused on the practical design of sustainable soil, water, plant, and legal and economic systems.

    Permaculture expert Geoff Lawton.


    Support Staff

    Zaytuna Farm has a number of active teaching and support staff.


    This course will be taught at Zaytuna Farm, home of The Permaculture Research Institute in The Channon, Northern NSW. As one of the leading Permaculture demonstration sites in the world, Zaytuna Farm has a range of functioning systems including water harvesting, food production and a very productive animal husbandry. All of which will add to the learning experience and make this course a very rich experience and one not to be missed.


    Your fees include camping accommodation (in self-provided tents), full catering with three meals per day plus morning and afternoon tea, after hours internet access in our very own internet cafe, and an abundance of Permaculture examples throughout the most successful demonstration farm ever built.

    WHY DO a course WITH the Permaculture Research Institute?

    We live what we teach

    Zaytuna Farm is Geoff and Nadia’s home. Permaculture is their life. They are farmers, teachers, and designers who actively pursue positive change in this world within their everyday lives and they are willing and able to share that with you for a more resilient future.

    World Class Teachers

    Geoff Lawton is the foremost permaculture consultant, designer and teacher and founder of the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia. You will not find a better teacher than Geoff and he is supported by highly active and engaging staff, most of which live and teach alongside Geoff and Nadia at Zaytuna Farm.

    The Farm

    Zaytuna Farm is a highly active Permaculture demonstration site. It is at the forefront of Permaculture Design and as a student you will have the unique experience of learning in a place where all the principles are there for you to see, every day of your course. You will also have the opportunity to pitch in before and after class and get a little dirty with some hands-on experience.


    We support our graduates in a number of ways. We have developed the Global Permaculture Network. Here you will find an interactive database of permaculture practitioners, teachers, consultants and aid workers from all over the world. The potential for constructive networking here is enormous! Create regular updates on your own Worldwide Permaculture Network blog under your profile, to get noticed, receive friendship, encouragement and tips.


    One of Geoff’s favourite phrases is “getting a result” and his results on the ground and with students is impressive. The quality of a course is not evidenced in the teacher, but in how active the students are able to implement after they leave the course and Geoff has the most active students in the planet.


    Geoff’s work is based on the permaculture principles laid down in the 1970s by Australian permaculture founder Bill Mollison.


    You can pay for your course now via Paypal or credit card by purchasing a ticket below, or you can contact Bonnie at education@permaculturenews.org. All prices are in Australian dollars, including GST. An early bird discount is available if the course fee is paid 21 days prior to the course start date.

    Prior to booking please read our refunds policy.

    Need help?

    If you have any questions about this course please contact us.


    June 27, 2016
    July 1, 2016
    $200 – $1195
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    Zaytuna Farm
    0475 123 373


    Meals are fully catered with three meals per day plus morning and afternoon tea.
    Camping accommodation will be available., Camping accommodation will be available.
    Geoff Lawton


    Zaytuna Farm
    1158 Pinchin Road
    The Channon, NSW 2480 Australia
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    +61 (0) 475 123 373


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