All about our Winter Permaculture Design Course

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The time for our Winter Permaculture Design Course is coming up fast! It’s happening 12 – 25 July in Sydney.

For this course, we’re very excited to have a truly stellar teaching team to lead new designers through their learning: Hannah Moloney, Nick Ritar, Rosemary Morrow, Brendan Morse + Narelle Happ.

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We often get asked what the heck is in a PDC – is it just garden design and how to live lightly? Nope, that’s not the half of it.

What you will learn at a Milkwood PDC

A Milkwood Permaculture Design Course is steadfastly dedicated to turning you into a better holistic designer.

The learning outcomes of this intensive course have been built around a powerful design frameworks to realise this goal.

By the end of our course you will be able to:

  • Design human habitats for abundance while improving ecosystem health
  • Explain the origins of the permaculture concept and appreciate permaculture ethics and principles in a whole new light
  • Implement the permaculture design process and integrate systems thinking and design theory into your design approach
  • Analyse the strengths, resources, boundaries and limitations of the people involved in your project and produce an inspiring goal statement to get everybody on board
  • Create an accurate base map of  any site
  • Complete a thorough Site Analysis and Assessment taking into account climate, legal framework, land form, wind & sun, water, access & energy flows, biology, micro-climates, soils & aesthetics
  • Build functional connections between elements of your design to reduce labour and eliminate pollution
  • See the underlying patterns in our ecosystems, understand their meaning and how to apply patterning to achieve harmony with the natural world
  • Design for different climatic conditions and adapt to our climate future
  • Design water into landscapes to drought-proof your designs
  • Build the structure, fertility and biological diversity of your soils
  • Enhance the soil food web to bring your soils to life
  • Harness the power of trees to modify climate, build habitat and produce food with a minimum effort
  • Understand the strengths and weakness of using each food producing ecosystem
  • Use annual gardens to produce food quickly and reliably
  • Design stable, abundant forest gardens
  • Design animals into ecosystems for the benefit of all species
  • Use aquaculture and aquaponics to enhance your designs
  • Make use appropriate technology for power generation, energy efficiency, food preservation and comfortable homes
  • Enhance local communities and local economies through permaculture design
  • Open up new career pathways while making the world a better place

Detailed Course Schedule  –  Detailed Learning Outcomes

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Our students leave this immersive experience with the confidence and ability to create exceptional permaculture designs for any situation.

And that might be a full blown agricultural enterprise, an apartment balcony, a quarter acre farm, an intentional community, a company structure whatever human habitat that needs designing.

But don’t take it from only us – have a read here in our Permaculture Futures about what a few of our PDC grads have gone on to do.


See what our students say:

  • “I love the whole design process that these guys go through. Really thorough – they know their stuff”

    — Charl Crous

  • “I can’t think of a better stepping stone for making a positive change in your life towards something more sustainable, more healthy, more satisfying and more connected. Don’t think about it. Do it. You won’t regret it.”

    — Kathryn Scobie

  • “After just two weeks, I am armed with a ridiculous amount of knowledge that will enable us to build a sustainable house, with a bountiful garden.”

    — Claire Lane

  • “Absolutely inspirational! I feel so proud to have been able to take part in this”

    — Kirsty Van Grinsven

More Milkwood PDC student testimonials…



And then there’s our stellar teaching team:

Hannah Moloney has over a decade of hands-on experience in designing, building, managing and doing projects around urban agriculture, small-scale farming, permaculture and community development. She has a post-grad diploma in community cultural development and has been teaching permaculture across Australia since 2009. More about Hannah…

Nick Ritar is a permaculture designer, consultant and educator who works extensively across a wide range of bioregions, farms, watersheds and city environments. He is recognized nationally as a leading advocate on how permaculture principles can contribute to food security through good design and regenerative farming and living. More about Nick…

Brendan Morse trained as an ecologist-botanist. His passion for all things wild has inspired a journey through landscaping, tour guiding, bush regeneration, reforestation, horticulture and environmental education. More about Brendan…

Narelle Happ  is a permaculture and native garden designer, horticulturalist and educator who is passionate about creating ‘living’ spaces which are nurturing, productive and sustainable. More about Narelle…

*Update 12 June – due to unforseen circumstances, Rowe Morrow can no longer make it to this PDC. We love you Rowe! We’ll see you next time.

Whew. Yep, it’s going to be a huge two weeks of learning and new skills. Sound good to you?

More info about  all our Permaculture Design Courses is here…


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