Join us with special guest Rosemary Morrow this Autumn 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.
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.
This Milkwood course is eligible for The Industry Skills Fund, providing up to 75% off course costs to folks in small businesses that meet the fund’s criteria.More info here…
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”
[testimonial author=”Michelle Packwood”]”What an incredible 2 weeks of life changing inspiration and good times. Thank you Milkwood for providing this platform for provocative and progressive thought and practical applications.”
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
Designing your future
A Milkwood Permaculture Design Certificate can lead anywhere – we’ve had students use it as a springboard into new careers of all types, from farming to accounting, school garden enterprises, and design services.
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 take you out and about to visit an excellent variety of examples of permaculture design being used to create different types of resilient, abundant systems – from backyard food forests to community organic farms.
We’ll also explore the surrounding rainforest, to learn and consider how diversity and biomimicry can be used in permaculture design.
Included in your course fee
Your course fee includes all site visits and a kit of practical resources to help you succeed in designing – all Milkwood PDC students receive:
- A copy of ‘Permaculture Design – a step by step guide’
- Permaculture Guide + The Essence of Permaculture reference texts
- Paper scale rulers to help with your design work + an eco pencil
- Extensive digital resources + downloads on all subjects covered
- A year’s subscription to Permaculture Australia + a PIP Permaculture Magazine
We also provide full catering during course hours.
About your teachers
Brendan Morse trained as an ecologist-botanist. His passion for all things wild has inspired a journey through landscaping, bush regeneration, horticulture and environmental education at Ceres Environment Park in Melbourne. He divides his time currently between permaculture design + development work in Arnhem Land, alongside other permaculture education and projects. More about Brendan…
Nick Ritar is a permaculture designer, consultant and educator who works extensively across a wide range of bioregions, farms, watersheds and city environments. More about Nick…
Floyd Constable is an experienced permaculture designer and teacher who has worked worked in many parts of Australia with indigenous and local communities to design and actualise resilient food systems. More about Floyd…
Rosemary Morrow is known and revered world-wide for her pragmatic and effective approach to creating Permaculture systems across an incredibly broad range of environments. Rosemary has successfully implemented community-scale Permaculture systems in such diverse bioshperes as Uganda, Somalia, Thailand, the Middle East, Bhutan, Australia and northern Europe, to name but a few. More about Rowe…
And guest teachers Heather McCabe + Narelle Happ.
While you’re on this course:
Course hours are 9am – 5pm each day, with a rest day on the 15th of April. Outside course hours we run extra evening workshops + film nights, and as the course progresses most students choose to spend their evenings working on their designs.
If you need to take a break, this course’s beautiful venue Govinda Valley has a variety of rainforest trails to explore, as well as swimming holes and a riverside fire circle (which we’ll be sure to fire up). There’s also the beach and the coastline cliffs 10 minutes away.
“Just all round bloody fantastic.” – Milkwood PDC graduate
Accommodation + meals:
If you’d like to stay at Govinda Valley Retreat during your course, your options for the 14 nights are:
- Camping + dinner/breakfast catering for $250: for those who want to camp in the rainforest campground, with access to hot showers.
- Shared room +dinner/breakfast catering for $640: for those who want to stay in a shared room, with access to hot showers.
- Ensuite room +dinner/breakfast catering for $1100: for those who want their own ensuite room.
You can book these accommodation options when you book your course, or at a later point.
Or if you’re staying offsite, that’s fine too – your daytime catering is included in your course price. The catering at Govinda Valley is vegetarian, delicious and sourced as locally as possible. We will also eat some meals together while out and about on site visits.
Booking into this design course
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Govinda Valley Retreat - 51 Lady Carrington Drive, Otford NSWGovinda Valley Retreat is in Otford, nestled in the Illawarra escarpment. It's one hour south of Sydney by train. Outside class hours, students are welcome to explore the rainforest walks that leave from the venue, or hop on a train to the next stop, to explore nearby Stanwell Park's beaches and beyond.
Getting there by trainTake the South coast line to Otford (1 hour south of Sydney Central). If you're on the Otford train station platform facing west, you're looking directly at the Govinda Valley property.Govinda Valley is then an easy 5 minute walk from the train station: turn right at Otford Road, and right again at Lady Carrington Drive, and you're there. You might need to take your shoes off to walk over the weir! All part of the fun.
Getting there by carTake The M1 (princes Motorway) and get off at Helensburg, then follow the map to Otford, which is between Helensburg and the escarpment.Alternatively, if you're coming from the south you can take the coast road up Lawrence Hargrave Drive, with its spectacular costal views, and turn left onto Otford road just after the Stanwell Tops lookout.There is ample parking onsite for cars.*For OH&S reasons, pets are not permitted at Milkwood courses at Govinda Valley.**Please note that, in accordance with the wishes of the venue, no meat, eggs of fish may be consumed onsite, and no smoking or alchohol are permitted on the property.
- Otford, Govinda Valley Retreat
- 51 Lady Carrington Rd
- 02 5300 4473
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