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 dedicated to teaching and sharing permaculture skills, for living like it matters.
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.
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
Permaculture educator and doer, writer, grower, community resilience builder.
Permaculture educator, designer, mushroom cultivator, beekeeper & gardener.
Our Past Teachers
Experienced permaculture designer and teacher, helping communities design and actualise resilient food systems.
Permaculture teacher based on a homestead located 1.5 hours from Sydney.
Ecologist, food grower, sculptor-designer and educator.
Permaculture educator, beekeeper and fermentation enthusiast.
Vale Eugenio Gras
Pioneer of the regenerative agriculture movement in Latin America.
Organic market gardener.
Vale Paul Taylor
Compost tea advocate and educator.
Meet the Milkwood Team
Course developer, permaculture educator and doer, steward of the Milkwood crew, Milkwood business manager, mushroom educator.
Course developer, permaculture educator and doer, steward of the Milkwood crew, sharing good words for the good life.
Permaculture doer and educator, advocate for creating connection and building resilient communities with natural food systems, inspired by therapeutic horticulture programs and natural therapies.
Radical homemaker, philosopher, writer, advocate for alternative economies, permaculture doer and educator AND goat lover!
Permaculture designer, educator and doer, regenerative grower and coordinator of Farm It Forward, a Blue Mountains based peri-urban farming initiative.
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 Delorenzo
Maker, sewist, educator and beginner gardener. Loves the permaculture parallels to her background in maker/design culture, with shared tenets of community, agency, sharing, mental wellbeing, and better understanding the world around us.
Lover of words, local food systems and chickens (in equal measure!), digital nerd, permaculture renter and keeper of The Local Yum, an urban Adelaide honesty stall full of homegrown produce.
Grower, doer, baker, creator; a visual and tactile storyteller; a believer in the strength of community. And a duckie-mumma.
Administration & Technology Support
Formidable web developer, keen gardener, baker of all things and digs the DIY economy as a vehicle for change.
The Packagery & Online Store Manager
Queen of the Milkwood Packagery! Blueberry farmer, ocean-fixated activist, care worker and permaculture doer.
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 Elvis.
Customer Service Officer
Enthusiastic gardener, mender and experimental home cook; observer of human behaviour; permaculture doer and lifelong learner. Passionate about holistic mental health care and supporting resilience in the LGBTIQA+ community. Second Dan Black Belt in Karate and self-defense teacher.