CERES Community Environment Park
Stewart St & Roberts St, Brunswick East, Victoria, Australia

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09 May 2021


10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Introduction to Retrosuburbia (2 days)

Explores the material in David Holmgren’s book ‘RetroSuburbia’ – making households and neighbourhoods resilient, sustainable and fulfilling places to live.

2-day workshop running over the following dates in 2021: Sundays 9 & 23 May

Course Overview & Topics

This Retrosuburbia Workshop explores the material in David Holmgren’s book ‘RetroSuburbia’ on making individual households and neighbourhoods resilient, sustainable and fulfilling places to live – especially for those living in Australian suburbs.

In doing this 2 day workshop, you will:

  • explore the potential for the suburbs to be transformed into productive, low ecological footprint, resilient and fulfilling places to live, without the need for large-scale top-down investment
  • get inspiration and practical retrofitting ideas for your home and household in the three key fields: built, biological and behavioural
  • connect with likeminded people and share experiences and ideas

No knowledge is assumed – this workshop is suitable for anyone, whether you have read the book thoroughly or have never heard of it until now.


This workshop runs over 2 consecutive Sundays in May:

Sun 9th May + Sun 23rd May

Trainer profile

Beck Lowe worked closely with David Holmgren on RetroSuburbia as chief editor, researcher and project manager. Since publication, she has also taken on the role of education coordinator and has run workshops and developed resources to help households make positive changes. She is an enthusiastic and experienced permaculture educator and has been involved in permaculture training at all levels for more than 15 years. She has practical permaculture experience in private and community spaces in inner-city, urban and rural areas.

What to bring

  • Notebook + pen
  • Your copy of the book if you have one
  • You might also like to bring a quick sketch of your house, or house plans if you have them

Refund policy

CERES reserves the right to cancel workshops due to insufficient numbers.If we cancel the workshop you will be entitled to a 100% refund, or you may choose to transfer to another date, subject to availability.
If you decide to withdraw 7 or more days prior to the workshop date CERES will retain a 10% administration fee.

If you decide to withdraw less than 7 days prior to the workshop date CERES will retain 100% of your workshop fee.

Should CERES have to cancel the course due to Government changes relating to the COVD-19 response, we will let you know as soon as possible. Affected participants will be sent a notification that includes details on how to re-book another date or workshop. While cancellations on our part remain refundable within the specified time period, we do hope you will consider bearing with us in these precarious and trying times, and consider the rescheduled date where possible.

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