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New Melliodora Tour Dates

You have a small block of land and you’d like to learn how you can live more sustainably. You live on a farm with chickens and an orchard and you’re interested in seeing how you can integrate permaculture principles. You live in an inner-city apartment and you’re keen to see how you can live more […]


Advanced Permaculture Planning + Design Process

Have you completed a PDC but feel there is more you’d like to learn? Are you interested in design principles and ethics but are not quite sure how to integrate the processes into your thinking, designing and decision making? On this four-day residential course, tutors David Holmgren and Dan Palmer will take you through various […]

Su + Toby in August 2005 on a walking tour of Portland urban permaculture

Vale Toby Hemenway

Toby Hemenway, one of the most influential permaculture authors and teachers from North America, passed away earlier this week aged 64. Toby discovered permaculture in 1990 after a career in genetics and developed a rural permaculture property in southern Oregon with his wife Kiel. He was editor of Permaculture Activist magazine from 1999 to 2004 and […]


Keith Roby Memorial Lecture

Last month while David was in Perth for the Australasian Permaculture Convergence he gave The Keith Roby Memorial Lecture in Community Science, a free public lecture funded by the Keith Roby Trust, established in memory of Dr Roby. Keith Roby was a foundation member of Murdoch University and a pioneer in the area of “Community […]


Permaculture Design Course @ Rocklyn Ashram

Permaculture Design Course Friday 10 – Saturday 25 Feb 2017 Rocklyn Ashram Are you looking to: create a more sustainable lifestyle? meet like-minded people? retrofit your house, your community and your life? become less dependent on big business and supermarkets? design a resilient system in the face of growing uncertainties? The course A PDC can […]


Honouring Bill Mollison

In memory of Bill Mollison, David helped his son Oliver plant dozens of trees at Oliver’s place, near Fryers Forest. They were mostly food producing and included carob and pistachio trees. #plantedforbill Oliver also styled and snapped this photo of his father paying homage to Bill and the photo that David took of him on […]


Out to lunch

Apologies if our phones and emails go unanswered. Apologies if we miss appointments, lunch dates and birthday parties. We are too busy reading the latest addition to the Melliodora Publishing family: The Art of Frugal Hedonism: A guide to spending less while enjoying everything more By Annie Raser-Rowland with Adam Grubb, authors of the hugely […]


Bill Mollison passes

With the passing of Bill Mollison, aged 88, in Tasmania on Saturday comes the end of an era for many thousands of people around the world whose lives were transformed by the teaching and writing of one of Australia’s most influential ecological pioneers. My two year student/mentor relationship with Bill from late 1974 was certainly the […]


Putting the cult in permaculture

We have been implementing some big changes around here. So tired are we of the dominant culture, we have decided to build a giant, beautiful stone wall to separate us from the outside world. Yup, we’ve decided to put the cult into permaculture once and for all. We have hired a gang of young thugs […]