Permaculture Design Certificate Course 2021

Yarra Valley

Permaculture Design Course

Extended part-time February-June 2021.

When:  Tuesdays, 9.00 am – 3.30 pm weekly and five Sundays, 9.30am to 5pm, starting Tuesday 16th February.

Where:  Yarra Valley ECOSS, Wesburn, for weekday sessions, various permaculture properties for Sunday sessions.

Cost: $700, which includes a year’s membership of Permaculture Yarra Valley.

Tutors: Graeme George, Stuart Ryder, Dr Melanie Birtchnell, John Williams, Travis Heenan and guests with extensive experience of the Yarra Valley.

This course will follow the extended syllabus of the Permaculture Educator’s Guild, which includes material from Bill Mollison’s “Permaculture: a Designer’s Manual” (1988) and David Holmgren’s “Permaculture Principles” (2002). These extended courses go into more detail than is possible on the traditional 72 hour PDC and give greater emphasis to the ecological processes on which permaculture design is based, the design process itself and the development of landscape reading skills and applications suitable to our bio-region.

Ecological and design theory will be covered in detail over classroom sessions. Site visits and practical exercises will be undertaken on the Sundays. Some reading and work on mapping and designs will need to be undertaken in your own time.

Bookings:  To register your interest, obtain an enrolment form and draft program, please contact Graeme by email

Positions Available

Community Engagement, Market & Events Coordinator 

Yarra Valley ECOSS is an environmental organisation currently seeking for a Coordinator to engage with our community and to organise a weekly market & occasional events. This will involve working with community volunteers, all abilities groups and indigenous organisations. Applicants must have experience in managing events, knowledge of relevant policies and excellent computer and communication skills. The position is 11 hours per week (2 days per week) for 12 months. 

Applicants should refer to the Position Description on  and in the application, address the selection criteria. Applications must be sent to the ECOSS Secretary at   by 5pm on February 2.

Crops for Community Coordinator 

Yarra Valley ECOSS is an environmental organisation implementing a new self-sustainable enterprise called Crops for Community. This initiative marries the ECOSS community garden and all-abilities program with the weekly market enabling educational opportunities and greater food security in the Yarra Valley. The position will involve working with volunteers and groups with disabilities. Applicants must have horticultural and marketing skills and will be required to liaise with other community organisations. Excellent computer and communication skills are essential. 

The position is 22 hours per week (4 days per week) for 12 months. Applicants should refer to the Position Description on  and in the application address the selection criteria. Applications must be sent to the ECOSS Secretary at by 5pm on February 2. 

The Valley Market-ECOSS

Every Friday at ECOSS, 3:30pm-6:00pm

Come along to The Valley Market every Friday for all your weekly shopping needs! You can grab a taco, enjoy a beverage of choice with a glass of wine, cider, coffee or hot or iced chocolate and listen to our talented buskers. Whilst purchasing the freshest Produce our Valley has to offer

Local produce available includes: Vegetables with Silvertine Farm (grown on-site) or Melganics with plenty of fresh Fruit, Locally produced Eggs, Cheese from Stone & Crow, Tonanzin Chocolate, Honey with YV Bee Group, Cultured Harvest with Preserves, a selection of Bread, Wine & Cider, Bulk dry food with Fill Good, Have your Fill with re-fillable cleaning products, Bee happy garden plants and more…

The Market is situated on the Village Green or under the Coop shed roof if weather is bad. Whilst at the market, please respect Social Distancing rules & remain 1.5m apart from others.

This market is designed to support local producers, and local people in accessing delicious, healthy, locally produced food!

If you are not able to make our Friday Market, Melganics will be selling excess produce on site at ECOSS 10am-1pm Saturday mornings at ECOSS. Eggs, Bread and Honey also available.

Stall holders

If you would like to have a stall at The Valley Market please go to:

DURING THE COVID-19 SHUT DOWN ECOSS will not be facilitating any programs or events. Community Gardens remain open-see details:

ECOSS Community Gardens will be open for our regular volunteers only. We cannot accept new volunteers at the moment, as we cannot properly induct new volunteers.

Current volunteers must adhere to our Strict Regulations, including signing in and out, the Cottage is not available for use. Outside toilet access is available, please bring your own thermos and gloves. Hand Sanitiser is spread around the site for your use.

Social distancing MUST be adhered to.

Thanks for all your help at ECOSS, we look forward to the day when we can celebrate all your work again!

Any queries, please contact:

The Valley’s Got Talent 2020! Cancelled Due to COVID-19, but we will run it again either during the year or at Ecotopia next year!

Yes it’s back. The return of THE VALLEY’S GOT TALENT in 2020 to our own Ecotopia Festival!! 

As amazing performers in our debut year of 2019 for this incredibly fun event we want to see if you are keen to enter again, with a new and exciting act. There are only 10 places available so if you are interested apply via the link below asap to secure a place. 
If you want to be in it again but don’t have your performance ready with any details, do still contact me so I can hold you a spot while you let the creative juices flow and we can fill in the info down the track. 
What will be different this year is;

  • No judges or scoring this year, instead we will have words of affirmation as feedback after your performance 
  • Every performer will get a prize as a gift of appreciation 

Looking forward to hearing from you again and having some serious fun!! See the flier attached and follow this link below to apply

The Valley's Got Talent Show at Ecotopia Earth Festival 2020.


Sadly due to the current situation with Covid-19, Ngulu Festival has been postponed. We are assessing the situation and hope to re-schedule later in the year.

Event description: Ngulu Festival is The Official Opening of the Woi Wurrung Creation Story Mural that is in the process of been created at ECOSS.
Thank you to Yarra Ranges Council- Arts and Heritage Community Grant for Sponsoring this project.