Milkwood is dedicated to teaching and sharing permaculture skills, for living like it matters. Online, in-person, in print… whatever form it takes to get you inspired and making a better world, we want to help help you learn.
We are a small family; Kirsten Bradley, Nick Ritar and Ashar Fox. We live at Melliodora in southern Australia – a beautiful permaculture smallholding designed by David Holmgren, co-originator of permaculture.
We are also a larger crew of educators, facilitators and doers, and 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 & implement a better future for their families, farms and communities. Our courses are run in NSW & Victoria.
Through the spread of permaculture around the world, his environmental principles have exerted a global influence. He is the author of several significant permaculture texts, including Permaculture: principles and pathways beyond sustainability (2002) and RetroSuburbia: The Downshifter's Guide to a Resilient Future (2018).
Hannah is a highly regarded Permaculture teacher and has co-taught Milkwood's Permaculture Teacher Training course with Rosemary Morrow & Nick Ritar on multiple occasions.
She also runs her own Permaculture design and training business Goodlife Permaculture with her partner Anton in Hobart.
Beck has a science degree majoring in zoology & a masters in sustainable agriculture and has been teaching permaculture since 2003. She is also delivers Accredited Permaculture Training (APT), the nationally accredited suite of Certificate and Diploma courses in permaculture.
Beck teaches on Milkwood's Permaculture Design Certificate course.
Oliver teaches Milkwood's Introduction to Organic Market Gardening course.
Tim has been teaching Milkwood's Natural Beekeeping course since 2010.
When she’s not teaching permaculture and organic gardening, Kat works with local councils and communities to design urban agriculture projects, and is a volunteer coordinator of Permablitz Melbourne.
Kat teaches on Milkwood's Permaculture Design Certificate course.
It evolved to a point where he thought these homes need to be made available to everyone – Australian homes with style, which were actually good for the world, made from the earth and were smart in every way possible. Sam is a licensed builder, building supervisor and carpenter. He is a member of the Master Builders Association, the Australasian Straw Bale Association (Ausbale) and the Earth Building Association of Australia.
Sam has taught Milkwood's Natural Building course since 2013.
Dan is best known for his thoughtful, whole systems approach to permaculture design, his integration of holistic decision making into permaculture, and his ability to create successful, ethical and effective permaculture businesses. Dan contributes regularly to permaculture and organic gardening publications and courses in Australia and New Zealand.
Bill founded The Permaculture Institute in Tasmania, and created the Permaculture Design Course (PDC). Bill taught thousands of people throughout the world how to grow food and be more sustainable using permaculture design principles. In 1981 he was awarded with the Right Livelihood Award (also known as "Alternative Nobel prize") for his accomplishments in the field of permaculture.
Bill led a Permaculture Design Certificate along with Nick Ritar for Milkwood in the summer of 2011 in Sydney.
In 2016, Peter released Radical Mycology: A Treatise on Seeing & Working With Fungi, a 650-page book on accessible mycology, mushroom cultivation, mycoremediation, and more. The book has since been hailed as one of the most accessible texts on the science and art of mycology, offering unique, thorough, and cutting-edge insights and applications in the rapidly evolving field.
In February 2018 Peter taught a Radical Mycology in Permaculture course for Milkwood at Melliodora.
Rosemary's knowledge on how to create abundance, food security and successful sustainable farming models, no matter what the country, is perhaps unparallelled in permaculture education today. She is the author of Earth Users Guide to Permaculture & the Earth Users Guide to Teaching Permaculture.
Rowe has been one of the biggest influencers of how we teach permaculture at Milkwood. She has been a guest on multiple Permaculture Design Certificate courses & led our Permaculture Teacher Training courses in 2012, 2014 & 2016.
Michael has written and photographed four acclaimed books including Street Farm: Growing Food, Jobs, and Hope on the Urban Frontier (Chelsea Green Publishing) in 2016.
Michael taught a series of Street Farming Masterclasses for Milkwood in Sydney, Melbourne & Adelaide in the Summer of 2018.
With a cult following across the world, Sandor has given taught hundreds of workshops demystifying fermentation and empowering people to reclaim this important transformational process in their kitchens.
Sandor taught a series of fermentation masterclasses for Milkwood in the summer of 2014 in Brisbane, Byron Bay, Sydney, Melbourne & Hobart.
Joel delivered masterclasses in poly-culture holistic grazing of cattle, chickens & pigs as well as marketing and farm succession for Milkwood in 2010, 2011, 2013 & 2015 in Mudgee, Sydney, Kiama & Melbourne.
He his the co-founder, with his wife Maude-Hélène Desroches, of Les jardins de la grelinette, an internationally recognized micro-farm in Southern Quebec known for its high productivity and profitability. Since 2015, he is the farm director at Ferme des Quatre-Temps, an experimental farm in Hemmingford, Quebec. This ambitious project was initiated by a group of philanthropists and practitioners of organic farming with the aim of paving the way towards a more ecological and nourishing food system for Quebec.
Dave is also the primary author of the most comprehensive work on designing perennial ecosystems, the almost 1000 page, two volume book "Edible Forest Gardens". It has quickly become the reference book for anyone with a serious interest in designing tree systems for permaculture.
Dave holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Simon's Rock College (1980) and a M.A. in Landscape Design from the Conway School of Landscape Design (1984). He taught a series of forest gardening courses with Milkwood in March 2013 including an 9 day forest garden design intensive.
David offers cheese outreach to communities near and far with the Black Sheep School of Cheesemaking. Through workshops in partnership with food-sovereignty-minded organizations, he shares his distinct cheesemaking style.
His workshops teach a cheesemaking method that is natural, DIY, and well suited to the home kitchen or artisanal production. He is the author of The Art of Natural Cheesemaking.
David taught a series of courses for Milkwood on The Art of Natural Cheesemaking in early 2016
Allan Savory, born in Zimbabwe and educated in South Africa (University of Natal, BS in Zoology and Botany) was a farmer and game rancher in Zimbabwe. In the 1960s he made a significant breakthrough in understanding what was causing the degradation and desertification of the world’s grassland ecosystems and, as a resource management consultant, worked with numerous managers on four continents to develop sustainable solutions.
In 1992 Savory and his wife, Jody Butterfield, formed a non-profit organization in Zimbabwe, the Africa Centre for Holistic Management, donating a ranch that would serve as a learning site for people all over Africa. In 2009 Savory, Butterfield, and a group of colleagues co-founded the Savory Institute
Savory’s book, Holistic Management: A New Framework for Decision-Making (Island Press, 1999), describes his effort to find workable solutions ordinary people could implement to overcome many of the problems besetting communities and businesses today.
In 2003, Allan Savory received Australia’s International Banksia Award “for the person or organization doing the most for the environment on a global scale,” and in 2010 he (and the Africa Centre) received the Buckminster Fuller Institute’s Challenge award for work that has “significant potential to solve humanity’s most pressing problems.” A TED talk Savory gave in 2013 has received over 3.4 million views and in 2014 was voted one of the 50 most intriguing TED talks of all time.
In 2013 Milkwood hosted Allan for a series of Holistic Managment masterclasses and evening talks