“The best permaculture course I’ve ever done”

Our small Milkwood crew works super hard to offer our students the best possible learning experience. Since 2007, we’ve helped 12,500+ happy students learn new skills for a more sustainable life.

Here are some recent course reviews from our students…

Permaculture Living five-star rating

Of 400 Permaculture Living students surveyed, 357 people gave the course a four- or five-star rating (met expectations or exceeded expectations). The average customer satisfaction score for Permaculture Living is 90% (very satisfied).

Permaculture Living course reviews

Hannah Lewis
“I have been interested in permaculture and wanted to do a course but am not in a position to do the more intensive one. This was a great option for me, very accessible.
“I realised we are doing a lot of things that fall under the permaculture umbrella, but this helped me to identify gaps and areas where we need to make more of a commitment and take more action. It is well worth it.”

— Hannah, Victoria, Australia
Permaculture Living student

Marina Brill
“My’ ah-ha’ moment came when I realised that if every household made important changes, we could together make a huge impact on climate change and help our beautiful planet in so many ways.
“This journey with Milkwood has helped me so much. I will continue to evolve as I grow from the knowledge and from the tools learned in this course, and the marvellous thing is that I get to continue learning and sharing, as I have access to these beautiful people forever.”

— Marina, Auckland, New Zealand
Permaculture Living student

Rahim's course review
“I studied agriculture but in our university, we did not even hear the word ‘organic’. My teachers insisted on chemical agriculture.
“I’m very happy when I took the premium Permaculture Living course at Milkwood. At the same time, I started an organic strawberry farm and used permaculture lessons. Now I am very satisfied. I hope I can promote this technique in my country to ensure the health of soil, people and animals. I am glad to have found a better way.”

— Rahim, Kabul, Afghanistan
Permaculture Living student

Jenn and Carl's course reviews
“The Permaculture Living course was just what we needed. The positive and practical information really worked for us, complemented with short clips and multiple choice of activities for us, as students, to choose. It enabled us to move forward, set our goals.
“The 12-week course may have ended, but the permaculture community we have entered into gives us a feeling of gratitude. This is just the beginning, as we support each other’s journey forward, knowing we are all heer for each other. Thank you. xxx”

— Jenn and Carl, Riddells Creek, Victoria, Australia
Permaculture Living student

“I took the plunge after doing a Holzer Permakultur course here in Austria. It was awesome but out of our league at present. I’m very happy I did the Milkwood course. It felt approachable, doable.
“The video lessons are down-to-earth, the information shared with a definite ‘you can do it’ feel. Support is also super; comments and questions were answered in a flash. I would absolutely recommend this to anyone wanting to dip a toe into the world of permaculture.”

— Karin, Steiermark, Austria
Permaculture Living student

“I am a Permaculture Design Certificate teacher. I took Milkwood’s Permaculture Living course – it was a privilege having the chance to learn directly from David Holmgren, a co-founder of permaculture.
“Course content was presented with lovely videos and rich, action-oriented content – but, above all, with great enthusiasm and a lot of fun. I will recommend it to all my students. Thank you very much!”

— Dr Murat, Izmir, Turkey
Permaculture Living student

Tanja's Permaculture Living course review
“Being a personal trainer with a growing client base, I worked 24/7, while serving ready-to-go food for my family. Then at one point I thought: ‘How crazy is that?! I try to inspire others to live a healthier lifestyle, but fail to implement it in my own family or for myself.’
“Luckily a good friend pointed me towards a permaculture course with Milkwood. The day I signed up, everything changed. We all enjoy our homegrown greens and homemade cheeses. I still teach exercise as a way to stay healthy, but much more along the lines of community, mindfulness and health. I haven’t looked back once! Lovin’ our new life.”

— Tanja, Victoria, Australia
Permaculture Living student

“I loved doing this course and I am glad that I chose the option to keep accessing the course material as there is so much to learn. I signed up for the course for two reasons – to learn as much as I could about permaculture but also to stimulate my brain. The online access and navigation was easy and engaging.
“My biggest ‘a-ha moment’ was when I realised that I was already on my permaculture journey and didn’t know it. The course gave me structure and made me think about the choices we make every day. I would definitely recommend the course to others.”

— Marisa, Kyneton, Victoria, Australia
Permaculture Living student

Niki's Permaculture Living course review
“I signed up thinking the course would teach me how to plant a veggie garden. And then I watched, fascinated, as it instead showed me how to connect the strands of my life and what I care about. I’ve mended an old, much-loved jumper, tracked down bulk food shops and farmer’s markets, installed a solar system, connected with my community, made sourdough and, oh yes, planted my very first veggie patch.
“I’ve loved the energy and encouragement from the Milkwood team, which made me feel that any step I took was awesome. I really appreciated the quality of the materials presented throughout the course. The experience has been truly affirming and my journey will continue.”

— Niki, New South Wales, Australia
Permaculture Living student

Kathryn's course review for Milkwood's Permaculture Living course
“I thought that the course might help me with some challenges I had in my garden; little did I know my whole life and outlook would change. I hold these weeks of instruction dear to my heart, as integrally meaningful for my future and the future of those around me.
“The course is totally ‘friendly’ to navigate and one can spend minimal time with each principle or chapter, or reams of time pouring over fascinating videos, books and articles recommended as resources. The Milkwood instructors are absolutely charming and engaging; beware, their passion for the Permaculture Life is contagious.
“I began to feel empowered to make a difference, to make things happen. I strongly recommend this course to everyone, all ages, all walks of life, in every climate and in every corner of our dear Earth. For our survival and that of future generations, changes must be made and they must start within each of us.
“Thank you Nick, Kirsten, David and the incredible Milkwood Team. You are all excellent and have given so many such a beautiful gift. You motivate; you inspire; and you empower. THANK YOU!!”

— Kathryn, Santa Ana, Costa Rica
Permaculture Living student

Craig's Permaculture Living course review
“In the midst of COVID lockdown, I was made redundant. My wife suggested that, instead of seeking alternate employment straight away, I extend my knowledge in something that interests me. Milkwood serendipitously popped up and I enrolled.
“Through Milkwood, I learned that permaculture envelops not just self-sufficiency, but an entire ethos around how we live our lives. For me, the emphasis on kindness and well-being (both to one’s self and the community), struck a chord.
“My culinary skills had a definite upgrade, and I am absolutely loving creating in the kitchen. Last weekend we had our first entire meal, from what we had grown, an achievement for us personally, and wholly satisfying. My journey has only just begun and I thank Milkwook for such an amazing introduction.”

— Craig, Kellys Plains, New South Wales, Australia
Permaculture Living student

Anna's Permaculture Living course reviews
“I’ve loved doing the Milkwood Permaculture Living course. I was already a gardener and starting to think more about permaculture principles in my gardening, but this course really made time reconsider my whole life (or zone 0).
“I had worried that it wouldn’t be so relevant for me, based in the UK, but because it’s about so much more than just gardening (food resilience, eating, community…) it suits anyone anywhere.
“I focused my goal on the word ‘nourish’ – myself, my family, and the natural world around me. And all my actions aligned to this goal. I have found wonderful local food producers, tried plastic-free shopping, growing sprouts and microgreens. I’ve learned to identify and eat local weeds, and make my own bread and probiotic drinks. Homemade yogurt and cheese are next on my to-do list.
“Alongside considering energy, waste and my carbon footprint, my biggest learning has been around food resilience and local food producers. And we’re eating better while saving money!

— Anna, Warwickshire, United Kingdom
Permaculture Living student

Lucy's review of the Milkwood Permaculture Living course
“This was my first-ever online course, and I was pleasantly surprised by how engaging it was. The course is delivered in a very organised, well structured, thoughtful way, and the actions each week are a great practical way to keep engaged and reflecting on the information delivered. Such an important course for these days, I will continue to delve into the ideas for life.”

— Lucy, Broome, Western Australia, Australia
Permaculture Living student

Milkwood Permaculture Living course reviews from a student
“Wonderful course. It was really easy to navigate and easy to accommodate into our busy lives. I learned a lot that I can implement both at home and work (school). Permaculture is quickly becoming a way of life rather than an extra. I feel so much more engaged with my outside spaces and have become a lot more observant and active with the local environment. I am also thinking more carefully about products that I purchase and where I purchase them from, if I cannot make them myself. Highly recommend this course.”

— Claire, Black Hill, Victoria, Australia
Permaculture Living student

Sheridan Peters' Permaculture Living course review
“This is the way we all should be living. This course is so gently taught – every action we take to look after the planet and each other is one step closer to a better world. Thank you to Kirsten, Nick and David! I hope to have my own permaculture property in the future, but until then the things I have learnt have already shaped the way I do things. If you’re thinking about taking this course, do it – you won’t be disappointed.

— Sheridan, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Permaculture Living student

Milkwood Permaculture Living course reviews from a student
“Milkwood’s Permaculture Living course is like stepping into a virtual almanac, where you learn through doing, watching, and seeing immediate and long-term results. No written submissions or assessments, it’s completely self-driven at your own pace with almost daily support from tutors, who are walking the walk of sustainable living and People Care.
I would recommend it for all learning styles and all living environments. It’s a very adaptable and relevant course for now and in the future. Most of all, this course brings a sense of self-empowerment and hope for the future on a personal level. Milkwood’s Permaculture Living course embodies all that you need to know to get your lifestyle moving towards a wholesome and abundant life with security and community.”

— Katrina, Warrugul, Victoria, Australia
Permaculture Living student

Ahbi's course reviews of Milkwood's Permaculture Living online course
“I thought it was a wonderful course, which shows you how to integrate the principles of permaculture into your daily life. The course was super easy to navigate through and there were a lot of examples of how you can live regeneratively. I’m definitely going to be taking away how easily you can become self-reliant and how important it is to think through your daily actions.
I would 100% recommend this course to anyone regardless of if you want to start a farm or not (I’m learning that permaculture is actually different to growing and starting a farm).”

— Abhi, New York, United States
Permaculture Living student

Irene's Permaculture Living review
“There are so many great things about this course. So many things to learn and share, but the thing that comes to mind the most is how grounded and peaceful I feel when delving into each lesson. I can forget about all my other worries in life for a while and just find myself in nature with a group of like-minded people. It just refreshes me every time.
“I haven’t got it all down-pat yet, but there are so many tools and resources I can keep going back to and keep learning from. It gives me a sense of being more in harmony with the natural world.”

— Irene, Tasmania, Australia
Permaculture Living student

Past Milkwood course reviews

Ashlee Wilkinson Newscastle testimonial
“I’ve been researching mushroom cultivation by myself for the last couple of years, completed a basic intro course, started an online commercial course and have spent a LOT of time reading and listening to everything I could get my hands on. Doing the Milkwood course with Nick has really flipped everything from being overwhelming to really, really easily achievable. I honestly feel way more confident and prepared, and recommend this course to anyone interested, especially those getting bogged down in the theory, so they can make the leap to mushy reality!”
— Ashlee Wilkinson, Newcastle, Australia
Gourmet Mushroom Cultivation student, at 107 Projects
“The love and fascination Nick has for fungi is well and truly transmitted through his teaching. You leave the course with a new respect for mushrooms and their role in the world. This course has a plethora of information for anyone wanting to grow mushrooms at home or even to scale up to a small business. Nick clearly explains various processes you can use in different contexts, emphasising sustainable and earth-first practices. You come away feeling inspired, excited, and a little nervous about how obsessed you may become.”
— Emmy King, Buena Vista Farm
Gourmet Mushroom Cultivation student, at 107 Projects
“I found Milkwood’s cultivation course well-rounded, involved and reaffirming for me. The weekend was more hands-on than I had anticipated, which I think was particularly beneficial for beginner growers. Nick was an articulate facilitator who allowed an open exchange of information between the participants, orchestrating an organic flow of dialogue throughout the sessions. I found this particularly valuable, as some great conversations, ideas and theories were shared during these discussions. A great experience for fungi lovers and amateur mycologists.
— Tash Nicholls, Margaret’s Mushrooms
Gourmet Mushroom Cultivation student, at Hepburn Primary School
“The knowledge imparted was delivered with such passion in such a palatable way, and the whole operation was so slick and impressive. The important part was that there were no judgments, that the permie way was a Choose Your Own Adventure, and it was accessible for all. 10 out of 10, I’ll be telling everyone and anyone who will listen to me the wonders of the Milkwood crew and how awesome permaculture is. Bravo Nick & Kirsten – it was an honour to spend two life-changing days with you.”
— Lou Ridsdale, Food is Free Ballarat
Introduction to Permaculture student, at Hepburn Primary School
The course far exceeded my high expectations. Though it was largely classroom-based, Tim Malfoy’s presentation was intensely practical and informative. He pointed us to heaps of other great resources to learn more – suitable both for novices like me, and others who had some or lots of apiary experience. The afternoon spent with the bees, beginning to identify the amazing complexities within the hives, was reassuring and really ignited my interest. An excellent course!”
— Dr Jane Basden, GP, Hazelbrook, NSW
Introduction to Natural Beekeeping student, at Rahamim
“This weekend course reinforced much of the way we grow, but there were plenty of tips that I have taken back and used to tweak things, making me a little more efficient. The resources supplied are great, I just need a few extra hours a day to go through them! Jodi was enthusiastic and inspiring.”
— Fiona Haywood, Salad Ways Veggie Boxes
Biointensive Growing student, at Hepburn Primary School
Carin Campbell
“As a 50-something professional, retirement planning is never far from my mind. Consequently, I have set a course to explore a shortlist of personal interests. Fungi cultivation was on the list, and I wanted to take a permaculture-centric approach. Having browsed Milkwood’s book, I figured I’d be in good hands. The course far exceeded my expectations in terms of technical and scientific content, which was a delight. Nick has a depth of knowledge and a passion for the subject which was ‘just right’.
“Going forward, I feel confident that fungi production is within my capabilities as a source of interest, experiment and revenue, which is due to the straightforward delivery, course material, and post-course support provided by the Milkwood team. Many thanks indeed.”

— Carin Campbell
Gourmet Mushroom Cultivation student, at Hepburn Primary School

“I loved everything about this course, from the practical hands-on approach on day one, right through to the vast amount of information shared. I was surprised at how much of the information shared actually stayed in the old grey matter.
Nick is a great presenter, his helpful tips and incredible knowledge will be useful to me for the rest of my mushroom growing life. And I am so happy that my mycelium is running strong in my bucket and grain spawn. I also love the fact that you are forced into action immediately, otherwise we will lose that gorgeous gift of liquid cultures. Excited to get really get going. Thanks, Milkwood team.”
— Ellen Mariner, who attended with her best friend Stephen Quintano
Gourmet Mushroom Cultivation student, at 107 Projects
“Being in my 60s, I have attended quite a few courses over the years, and this was indubitably the best course I have attended! The presentation was comprehensive, informative, riveting and contained the right balance of mental and experiential information. The presenter was approachable and good fun. I soon felt totally at ease. After attending the weekend I feel completely inspired to start my home mushroom business with all the online and course tools provided.
“I don’t normally go around recommending courses to people but I would definitely do so with this one. Thanks so much, Nick and Milkwood. You are doing a great world service.”
— Stephanie Franks
Gourmet Mushroom Cultivation student, at 107 Projects
“The course was brilliant! So many highlights – the background information on fungi was priceless. I had done some research myself but being able to have a conversation, led by someone who actually grows their own mushrooms day-to-day, really helped me make sense of it all and absorb the relevant bits.
“The hands-on elements were very well managed. Plenty of opportunities to get involved and this resulted in taking home our first success stories with inoculated grain spawn and substrate that we contributed to. The additional take-home syringes were also a great way to get us moving when we got home.
“The post-course information, forum membership and general support is perfect for getting us going and then joining a community of folks driven by the same exploratory motivation. In general, the whole event was a highlight for me. I’m super grateful. Thank you so much, Nick and the rest of the Milkwood crew.”
— Justin Channells, Goulburn, NSW
Gourmet Mushroom Cultivation student, at 107 Projects