Join us 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.
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.
“I love the whole design process that these guys go through. Really thorough – they know their stuff”
“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.”
“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.”
“Absolutely inspirational! I feel so proud to have been able to take part in this”
“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.”
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:
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.
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.
Your course fee includes all site visits and a kit of practical resources to help you succeed in designing – all Milkwood PDC students receive:
We also provide delicious + plentiful vegetarian catering during course hours.
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…
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…
And guest teachers Heather McCabe + others…
Course hours are 9am – 5pm each day, with a rest day on Saturday the 29th 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
If you’d like to stay at Govinda Valley Retreat during your course, your options for the 14 nights are:
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.
You can pay for your course now with your credit card, or contact us via the form below (scroll down) to arrange payment.
Please ensure you read our refunds policy prior to booking your course.
Phone:02 5300 4473
We’re dedicated to awesome homesteading skills for city & country: keeping life simple, organic and deliciously real.
We do this by providing free online resources & offering world-class training in permaculture and regenerative agriculture that gives you the skills and confidence to create permanently sustainable systems.
If you have any questions about our courses, or if you don’t want to pay with paypal, you can always call us on 02 5300 4473 and we’ll happily sort you out.
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