Firstly, we acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the un-ceded nations throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connections to land, water and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures, and to elders past, present and emerging.

Milkwood is based in from talune / Cygnet, in southern lutruwita / Tasmania – on Melukerdee country. We pay rent to SETAC.

Milkwood is dedicated to teaching and sharing permaculture skills, for living like it matters.

Milkwood's founders - Kirsten, Nick and Asher

It all began in 2007, on a farm in New South Wales, Australia…

We started off as just a small crew: Kirsten Bradley, Nick Ritar (and later our kiddo, Ash) – when we moved to Nick’s family farm in NSW Australia, in 2006, to build a tiny house and grow some food. This somehow turned into a wild and wonderful, permaculture-farm-school-experiment-thing – called Milkwood.

We welcomed students and teachers from all over the world to our tin-shed classroom during those years, and we all learned a lot!


Fast forward to now – we are a larger crew of educators, facilitators and doers.

Together, we teach everything from permaculture design to market gardening, natural building and mushroom cultivation, to help create resilient and abundant households and communities, wherever we can.

We do this by providing free online resources & offering world-class training – skills that give you the confidence to create permanently sustainable systems.

Students leave our courses ready and able to design and implement a better future for their families, farms and communities.


And you can learn with us, from anywhere in the world.

Most recently, we have poured everything that we’ve learned – from years of teaching, learning, growing and collaborating – into creating world-class online student learning experiences.

So now, you can join us and learn from anywhere – hooray!

Head this way to see all our upcoming courses – and get inspired to live life better…

Our Current Teachers

Our Past Teachers

Permaculture ethics

Earth Care

People Care

Fair Share

Meet the Milkwood Team

Nick Ritar

Managing Director

Course developer, permaculture educator and doer, steward of the Milkwood crew,  Milkwood business manager, mushroom educator.

Kirsten Bradley

Kirsten Bradley

Creative Director

Course developer, permaculture educator and doer, steward of the Milkwood crew, sharing good words for the good life.

Belle McCabe

Course Manager

Permaculture doer and educator, advocate for creating connection and building resilient communities with natural food systems, inspired by therapeutic horticulture programs and natural therapies. 

Heather Macfarlane

Community Coordinator

Radical homemaker, philosopher, writer, advocate for alternative economies, permaculture doer and educator AND goat lover!

Manu Prigioni

Manu Prigioni

Community Mentor

Permaculture designer, educator and doer, regenerative grower and coordinator of Farm It Forward, a Blue Mountains based peri-urban farming initiative. 

Caine Barlow

Caine Barlow

Community Mentor

Mycologist, fungi educator and writer. Passionate about communicating all things fungi, especially fungi cultivation. Lover of rainforests and isolated landscapes. Permaculture renter, fermenter and gardener.

Isis St Pierre

Online Course Producer

Advocate for food as a vehicle for connection to community and nature, avid food forager and fermenter, can regularly be found rugged up with a pot of chai, books and mending.

Anna Lise De Lorenzo

Anna Lise Delorenzo

Assistant Producer – Curriculum & Student Experience

Maker, sewist, educator and beginner gardener. Loves the permaculture parallels to her background in maker/design culture, with shared tenets of community, agency, mental wellbeing, and better understanding the world around us.

Koren Helbig

Koren Helbig

Marketing Manager

Lover of words, local food systems and chickens (in equal measure!), digital nerd, urban permaculturist and keeper of The Local Yum, a Tarntanya / Adelaide honesty stall full of homegrown produce.

Natalie Mendham

Natalie Mendham

Digital Content Producer

Front-yard gardener, visible mender, daily walker. Storyteller, connector, sharer. Advocate for everyday (rebellious) climate action.

Lindy Churches

Technology Lead and Administration Support

Formidable web developer, keen gardener, baker of all things and digs the DIY economy as a vehicle for change. 

Jane Herring

Jane Herring

People Care & Accounts

Mini market gardener, passionate about all things related to chickens, food growing and community, and steward of a very cute puppy called Alvin.

Milkwood staff member, Bree Sanders

Bree Sanders

Videographer & Video Editor

Filmmaker, photographer and artist who is passionate about creating socially significant content. Amateur backyard veggie gardener, bush-walker, beach swimmer and excessive tea drinker.

Paul McGough

Paul McGough

Customer Service Officer

Permaculture do-er, chicken and worm keeper, DIY-er, pickler, preserver, cook, indoor plant addict, mini-market gardener and lover of all things edible.