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Permaculture
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NEW ONLINE
PERMACULTURE SERIES

What will you

NEW ONLINE
PERMACULTURE SERIES

What will you

Featured Courses

LIVE ONLINE

Permaculture
Design Course

With David Holmgren & Beck Lowe

16th July – 26th Nov 2024

Rocklyn Ashram, Victoria

Permaculture
Design Course

With David Holmgren, Beck Lowe & guests

8th – 23rd March 2024

Online Series

Do With Su
Online

With Su Dennett & guests

Season One – Available Now

What is Permaculture?

Popularly seen as a ‘cool’ form of organic gardening, permaculture could be better described as a design system for resilient living and land use based on universal ethics and ecological design principles. Although the primary focus of permaculture has been the redesign of gardening, farming, animal husbandry and forestry, the same ethics and principles apply to design of buildings, tools and technology.

Applying permaculture ethics and principles in our gardens and homes inevitably leads us towards redesigning our ways of living so as to be more in tune with local surpluses and limits.

Permaculture is also a global movement of individuals, groups and networks working to create the world we want, by providing for our needs and organising our lives in harmony with nature. The movement is active in the most privileged and the most destitute communities and countries. Permaculture may be Australia’s most significant export for humanity facing a world of limits.

from David Holmgren’s book RetroSuburbia

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In this video, produced by The Food Forest, in 2010, David reflects on how permaculture can be used as a template for survival and abundance

Permaculture could be better described as a design system for resilient living...
~ David Holmgren, Permaculture Co-originator
When we work with nature instead of trying to impose our will, the solution is often found within the problem.
~ David Holmgren, Permaculture Co-originator
It is not the project but the living process that will be the measure of our actions.
~ David Holmgren, Permaculture Co-originator
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From our online PDC participants...

I feel so inspired to continue learning about and practicing Permaculture at home and in my community.

~ Sarah

The online format has allowed us to learn with people from all around the world...

~ Jess

Investing in this PDC has been some of the most rewarding and important time and energy I have ever spent.

~ Megan

Live Online - Permaculture Design Course

With David Holmgren, Beck Lowe & Guests

Featured Videos

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Changing Habits for Self-Reliance and Resilience

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David Holmgren — Sustainable Living Festival 2018

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David Holmgren — Decolonise Your Lawn

About Holmgren Design

David Holmgren is the co-originator of the permaculture concept following publication of Permaculture One, co-authored with Bill Mollison in 1978. David is globally recognised as a leading ecological thinker.

Melliodora is a small specialist publisher dedicated to producing a limited range of books and other media by David Holmgren and other authors. Our titles aim to support individuals in their personal permaculture journeys.

Melliodora is a 8700m² (2¼ acre) property situated on Dja Dja Wurrung Country in Central Victoria. It is one of the best documented and well known permaculture demonstration sites in the world.

Latest News

Do With Su

I am very excited about the launch of Do with Su on the Holmgren Hub. It is a culmination of a long process for my partner in love and livelihood to share her skills, passion and wisdom with a wider audience.

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From the Archive

Covid through a permaculture lens

In my recent piece, ‘Genetically Engineered Armageddon’ I used a tale about technology gone wrong in the agriculture domain more familiar to permies, ecological farmers and food sovereignty activists, and...

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