We’re very excited to announce both on-farm and urban Milkwood Permaculture Design Courses will be happening over this Spring/Summer/Autumn. Bring on the learning!
Due to popular demand, we’ve squeezed an Urban Permaculture Design Course into the depths of January in Sydney, for folks who are ready to activate and transform their cities and urban spaces.
Either side of that, in November and March, we’re holding them at Milkwood Farm – for folks who want to get away from it all, and join us for amazing farm-grown food and starry skies…
Just for the record, the core curriculum of a Milkwood Permaculture Design Course is the same, no matter where you do it.
We approach our PDCs from an outcomes-based perspective, and focus on ensuring that our students emerge with solid ‘take home’ design skills they can then use, as well as tons of inspiration and new ideas.
But that said, some folks come along wanting to apply Permaculture design only to the city, or only to the country, because that’s where they see their futures. And we think that’s fair enough.
What we want is to skill up folks with that they need to know, right now, so they can go out there and get on with being the change they want to see in their communities.
So we now craft certain differences into our urban and rural PDC courses, in terms of examples, design projects, site visits and hands-on components.
That way, people can leave the course and hit the ground running. With skills they can use, in their particular context. Starting tomorrow.
The great thing is, wholistic design is always centred around context.
So when your context changes, so too will how you approach your design project, and ultimately the elements it contains.
And the laws of nature hold as true in the city as they do in the country, of course.
Water flows perpendicular to contour. Thermal mass retains heat. Diversity creates stability. And good design at the beginning enables a stable, resilient abundant system sooner.
I’m making this point because we’re aware that some folks feel that every PDC should be exactly the same, no matter where you do it.
We think about it a bit differently. We see good design process and skills as core to a good permaculture design course. We also think that if you have a class of folks who want to do permaculture in the city, let’s nail permaculture in the city.
Time is short. Let’s get on with designing goodness. Let’s create awesome social enterprise structures, city farms, public food forests, whatever your community needs. Let’s learn how to do this. Let’s start now.
We’ve been chuffed to be a part of so many amazing folks’ learning journeys now, who have gone on to do and be many things that we can see the echoes of their Milkwood permaculture training in. We’re quietly proud to have been part of their activation as awesome humans who are stewarding this Earth in their own way.
And we’re looking forward to doing it all again, and stewarding a short part of many new journeys over this Summer!
If you’re interested, or know someone who might be, here’s the dates and details of the upcoming options…
Milkwood Permaculture Design Courses upcoming:
And the Oct/Nov edition has only a few spots left…