Join us this winter to get inspired and skilled up in Permaculture design – you’ll leave ready to create abundance in a world out of balance, with solid design skills and techniques.
Your learning will be led by a stellar teaching team of Permaculture teachers – Hannah Moloney, Nick Ritar, Brendan Morse, Narelle Happ and special guests.
A Milkwood Permaculture Design Course teaches you the skills and knowledge to design and implement fundamental and life-changing resilience into your everyday home, community and beyond.
Permaculture is set of principles that result in sustainable and productive systems. Systems for living, architecture, food production, land management and community.
No chemicals and no excuses. Just good, thoughtful, innovative and effective design for the needs of our species.
This 2 week intensive course will arm you with the design thinking and skills to create resilient, synergistic systems for living, working and community.
By observing nature we can use natural patterning to design and implement ideas and systems that build on natural processes with energy efficient, low cost and high yielding results.
Milkwood Permaculture PDC graduates leave this course ready to design and implement permaculture into a wide range of scenarios; from urban permaculture systems to small farms and community projects.
[testimonial author=”Charl Crous”]”I love the whole design process that these guys go through. Really thorough – they know their stuff”
[testimonial author=”Kathryn Scobie”]”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.”
[testimonial author=”Claire Lane”]”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.”
[testimonial author=”Kirsty Van Grinsven”]”Absolutely inspirational! I feel so proud to have been able to take part in this”
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:[row] [third_column]
- 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
You will leave this immersive experience with the confidence and ability to create exceptional permaculture designs for any situation – a full blown agricultural enterprise, an apartment balcony, a quarter acre farm, an intentional community, a company structure whatever human habitat that needs designing.
Why do your PDC with Milkwood Permaculture?
We work with a world-class teaching team who are not only deeply involved in the theory and practice of Permaculture on a daily basis, but who passionate about passing their knowledge on to you. We know from experience that there is no ‘one way’ to design a system with Permaculture, so we encourage a principles-based approach.
We teach principle-based permaculture design, so that students emerge confident to design regenerative systems all over the planet, not just where certain bioregion-specific techniques for water harvesting, food production etc will work.
We offer a pragmatic and down to earth approach to permaculture as a design science; metaphysics and ideologies are not included in our curriculum. Students of all backgrounds and religions are welcome and respected.
We do Permaculture full time, as a livelihood. You will not find a more committed crew of people actively being the change they want to see in this world. We are growers, teachers, writers, designers, mechanics, educators and more, who have successfully used Permaculture to create right livelihoods. We’re here to share what we’ve learned with you, so that you can forge your own path towards a regenerative and resilient future.
We support our students after they leave with complimentary registration to Permaculture Australia, as well as the ongoing support you’ll receive from the Milkwood Permaculture alumni network – it’s growing into an amazing collection of folks from all over the world, many of whom have gone on to implement permaculture effectively at many levels of home, community and beyond.
As part of this course we’ll introduce you to some of Sydney’s secret permaculture gardens, comunity food verges and food forests. We’ll also visit an inspiring eco-house right in the city that is proving that living lightly can be done anywhere.
About your teachers
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…
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…
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…
Included in your course fee
Your course fee includes all site visits, extensive take-home resources on all subjects covered in this course, as well as design materials, access to our extensive library of Permaculture and associated texts, and tea + coffee + organic fruit during the day.
While you’re on this course
Course hours are 9am – 5pm each day with a day off on the middle Saturday. Outside course hours students often get together to work on their designs in the classroom, and that’s fine with us! There’s also the chance to interact with and help out in the 107 rooftop garden after class, if you like.
About the venue
This course will be held in the workshop space adjoining the 107 Rooftop Garden in Redfern, Sydney.
The 107 Rooftop Garden is an inner-city food system full of vertical gardens, intensive veggie beds, aquaponics, beehives, dappled shady nooks and lots of hands-on opportunities to learn and grow good things. More about the venue here…
Intro to Permaculture Alumni discount:
If you’ve completed our Intro to Permaculture course, you can access our Permaculture Design Course with a 15% discount. See the ‘booking in’ section below for details.
Booking into this design course
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Please ensure you read our refunds policy prior to booking your course.
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