4-day Residential

Permaculture Retreat

With David Holmgren, Beck Lowe
& catering by Su Dennett.

At Larnook Community Farm, Central Victoria

Fri 1st – Tues 5th November 2024

After the success of our inaugural Permaculture Retreat in January, we have decided to hold another one in November. We have added an extra day to extend and improve the experience for participants. We’d love you to join us on this special event.

Learn the basics of permaculture whilst surrounded by likeminded people and quiet countryside.

You will be learning from permaculture co-originator David Holmgren and renowned permaculture trainer Beck Lowe. 

We will take a broad view of permaculture, exploring how the principles can be applied to all areas of living, not just food growing. There will be theory sessions each day, some practical permaculture activities and fire-side chats in the evenings.

No prior knowledge is assumed.

We will cover:
The venue, Larnook Farm, will provide a tangible example for discussing techniques, designs and other possibilities, and practical activities will put some of the theory into practice.

The Food

Meals will be created from mostly local, seasonal, organically-produced ingredients

Permaculture kitchen maestro Su Dennett will be coordinating the catering for the course.

In keeping with the permaculture ethos, the meals will be created from mostly local, seasonal, organically-produced ingredients.

Meals will be mostly vegetarian, with an ethical meat option on at least one day. We may be able to cater to other dietary needs, but you may want to bring some of your own food if you have specific needs. If you’re not sure, please contact us.

The Venue

Larnook is the site of an intentional community near Yandoit in Central Victoria on beautiful Dja Dja Wurrung Country.

You will be surrounded by 80 acres of regrowth forest, productive gardens and hand-built structures. Out of class time, you are welcome to walk in the forest, swim in the dam, socialise with other participants or just sit quietly and enjoy the space and wildlife.

There is an established orchard, active tree nursery, and multiple outbuildings – and the time is ripe for further permaculture developments.

This retreat is a chance to look at this developing space through a permaculture lens to suggest designs, strategies and directions for productivity and enrichment. As a contrast to this developing space, we will also be visiting David Holmgren and Su Dennett’s home base, Melliodora, which has been running since the mid-1980s.

The Larnook community.

Our intention is to build our own version of an alternative to the status quo and to harvest the collective skills and wisdom of the group and wider community.

Larnook has been, and continues to be, a place where people can meet and share their community concerns in an open and relaxed atmosphere without judgement; a social and economic hub for those who understand the need and value of shaking up society. We apply permaculture principles to how we live and farm, and demonstrate a more radical model of living.


Facilities on the retreat will be basic, with outdoor living and composting toilets. A shower is available for those who really need it, but if people swim in the beautiful dam instead we can save valuable water.

Bring your own camping gear or van. There are a few other options available onsite for an additional fee (these include an onsite caravan and basic room) – please contact us for details.

More information

From 5:00 pm
Friday 1st November 2024 

Until 4:00 pm
Tuesday 5th November 2024

This retreat runs over the Melbourne Cup long weekend.

Maximum of 25 participants.

The price includes all meals from a basic supper on Friday evening to afternoon tea on Tuesday, and everything in between.

It also covers camping at the venue (BYO camping gear).

Contact our support team:
[email protected]

The following books are available for order at a discounted price when you register and can be collected when you arrive at the Retreat. Please note they cannot be posted to you beforehand.

Only available with event booking + pick up at PDC


Only available with event booking + pick up at PDC


Only available with event booking + pick up at PDC


Only available with event booking + pick up at PDC



Retreat limited to 25 people

Early Bird


$875 concession

Save up to $210 before 9th July 2024
Full Price
From 9th July 2024
$1200 / $990 concession
*Prices include all meals & camping
at the venue (BYO camping gear)

** Prices do not include Stripe fees – 
these will be added at cart.

Payment Plan available

3 x monthly payments


$335 concession

Plan offer ends 15th Aug 2024
No early bird on payment plan
*Prices include all meals & camping
at the venue (BYO camping gear)

** Prices do not include Stripe fees – 
these will be added at cart.

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Permaculture Retreat

1st - 5th November 2024

Choose your registration type

Permaculture Retreat

1st - 5th November 2024

3 x monthly payments

Choose your registration type