The 2017 Venie Prize Winners

Firstly, thank you to the 141 entrants in the 2017 Venie Holmgren Environmental Poetry Prize. Each and every poem that was entered was a pleasure to read. A big thank you also goes to Fiona Hile + Ross Gillett for judging the Prize and for coming along to Sunday’s Words in Winter event where the […]

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2018 Ashram Permaculture Design Course

Permaculture Design Course Friday 23 February – Saturday 10 March 2018   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 […]


Vale Rod May

One of Australia’s ecological farming pioneers, and a close friend, passed away today. Rod May aged 63 died in intensive care after a road accident between Ballarat and his family farm at Blampied 5 days previously. Rod was a 4th generation farmer on 200 acres at the foot of Kangaroo Hills in the prime red […]


The 2017 Venie Holmgren Environmental Poetry Prize

We are thrilled to announce the launch of the 2017 Venie Holmgren Environmental Poetry Prize. The specifics are as follows: Major prize: AUD$1000 All entries must be received by 11.59 pm EST, Friday July 14 2017. The shortlist and winner will be announced during the Daylesford Words in Winter festival, August 4-6, 2017. The judges […]

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Is there a doctor in the house?

QUniversity has awarded an Honorary Doctorate to the co-originator of the permaculture concept, David Holmgren, during the launch of the Graduate Diploma in Permaculture Design. The event at The Joinery in Adelaide, on 19 April, echoed the launch of the Graduate Certificate program (by South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill) which took place early last year […]

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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 […]