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Reading Landscape in Melbourne Documentary Film Festival

  Exciting news! Reading Landscape with David Holmgren has been selected to screen at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival  The film even made their Top 12 No-to-Miss Cinema Features    PLUS there will be a Q&A with David after the film. Spread the word, we’d love to see you there    Date: Sunday

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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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Reading Landscape with David Holmgren

You are warmly invited to walk with David Holmgren across Djaara Country, as he shares his insights and discusses his unique approach to reading landscape, a wealth of knowledge and wisdom developed over forty years. David’s approach contributes to re-embedding reading landscape into our cultures as a known and fundamental human capacity, providing an opportunity for humans everywhere to deepen their connection to place.

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Belgian/Dutch Permacultuur Magazine finale

The Belgian/Dutch Permacultuur Magazine has recently published its final issue, after eight successful years. Each issue had the core value “Designs for a resilient future,” and covered all aspects of permaculture, both the practice and theory: the edible garden, arable and horticulture, economy, social permaculture, transition, news and research.

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PINA livestream with Melliodora Publishing

Recently, Oliver Holmgren and Richard Telford from Melliodora Publishing were interviewed on a livestream with Jesse Tack from the Permaculture Institute of North America. The interview gives great insight into the personal stories of both Oliver and Richard, as well as what it takes to run a successful permaculture book publishing house that operates in line with the permaculture principles and ethics.

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Circular Metabolism Podcast

David was recently a guest on the Circular Metabolism Podcast, where host Aristide Athanassiadis invited David to speak about what permaculture is, how it can be applied to different contexts, what a permaculture lifeway looks like, how permaculture principles can be applied to all territories and what are some books and films David recommends.

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2023 Venie Prize winner

Congratulations to Tim Loveday for writing the winning poem of the 2023 Venie Holmgren Environmental Poetry Prize, ‘i watch a cat choke / call it [redacted].’

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Great Australian Walks

Great Australian Walks is a new documentary series showcasing 10 of Australia’s most beautiful day walks. Host Julia Zemiro will take viewers across the country by foot in an entertaining waltz through history, geography, science, travel, and culture.
In episode 3, which aired on Thursday August 24, Julia chatted with David Holmgren at Vaughan Springs on The Goldfields Track, in beautiful Djaara Country.

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2023 Venie Holmgren Environmental Poetry Prize launched!

When his mother passed away, David Holmgren established the Venie Holmgren Environmental Poetry Prize to honour his mother and her work as a poet and activist. It is with much excitement that we are launching the 2023 Venie Prize. Information and entry details can be found here.  

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Three new Writings in French

A huge thank you to Sébastien Marot for taking the time to translate three of David’s Writings into French: Money vs Fossil Energy: The battle for control of the world (2010), Crash on Demand: Welcome to the Brown Tech Future (2013) and Fusion Futures (2023).

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Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander scholarship

Are you an Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander? You are warmly invited to apply for a scholarship for the upcoming May – September 2023 Online PDC. Gadigal Elder Uncle Charles Davison and his partner, Wiradjuri woman Jen Ridley, guest teachers on the PDC and co-sponsors of the scholarship with

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Urban Agriculture Month RetroSuburbia masterclass

Please join David Holmgren on Monday November 28 from 8pm – 9pm AEDT for a free online RetroSuburbia masterclass, hosted by Morag Gamble. The masterclass is presented by the Permaculture Education Institute and Sustain: The Australian Food Network, who is the initiator and host of Urban Agriculture Month. The theme for 2022 is Growing Edible Towns and Cities. 

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Learning about permaculture: online and in-person

Are you ready to begin your permaculture journey? Or are you ready to take it to the next level? The team at Holmgren Design is excited to be offering two upcoming permaculture courses with David Holmgren, Beck Lowe & guests: A Live Online Permaculture Design Course and 2023 Rocklyn Ashram Permaculture Design Course.

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A brand new tour – Zone 4: the managed wild

You are warmly invited to join David Holmgren in a tour beyond the boundaries down the gully to Spring Creek, exploring the territory where he, Su Dennett and others in the community have for decades been stewarding the common land on a larger scale, making tracks, planting and pruning trees, grazing goats, building leaky weirs and engaging in other positive action that enhances ecological diversity, makes the land more fire safe and amenable to locals and visitors alike.

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The Papillon Project continues to thrive

The Papillon Project is an educational charity that promotes sustainable living and environmental awareness to young people in the UK. They work with secondary schools to inspire young people to grow food for themselves and their local communities. David Holmgren is thrilled to continue being one of The Papillon Project’s patrons.

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Castlemaine Permaculture Hub PDC

While it’s best to do a PDC in your own bioregion, committing to a 2-week residential course is simply not possible for everyone. If you live in or around Central Victoria, and you are looking to learn more about living the ethics and principles of permaculture, you might like to book into the Castlemaine Permaculture Hub PDC. David is not the lead teacher, but a guided tour of Melliodora with David and Su is certainly part of the program.

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Earth restoring crowd support success!

We did it! We not only reached our initial crowd support campaign target of AUD$30,000, but we also reached our stretch target of AUD$40,000! Reaching our initial target means we can now go ahead and print the latest iteration of Rosemary Morrow’s best selling book, The Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture, revised as The Earth Restorer’s Guide to Permaculture, right here in Australia. The extra $10,000 means we are well on our way of being able to print the book in the US, ready for US distribution later this year.

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Online Permaculture Design Course with David Holmgren + Beck Lowe

We are a bit excited here at Holmgren Design. We have been running residential PDCs annually at the Rocklyn Ashram for years, but this is our first foray into the online PDC space. Rather than pre-recording all the sessions, we are running this PDC as a live online course, and limiting the class size to 26, so there will be plenty of opportunity for everyone to participate, be involved in discussions and get to know one another.

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The 2022 Venie Holmgren Environmental Poetry Prize

In partnership with ‘Rabbit: a journal for nonfiction poetry,’ we are thrilled to announce the launch of The 2022 Venie Holmgren Environmental Poetry Prize. Submissions close August 10, 2022. Major Prize: AUD$1000. The judges for the 2022 competition are Georgina Woods and Joel Davison.

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Earth Restorer’s Guide to Permaculture

Permaculture is sometimes understood as the work of the co-originators and sometimes that of one man, Bill Mollison. In fact, a diversity of people have contributed to its foundations, growth and spread, including Rosemary Morrow. With “Earth Restorer’s Guide to Permaculture”, Rosemary consolidates her substantial and ongoing contribution to the understanding and application of permaculture as a design system for living lightly and yet abundantly on this earth.

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Introducing the Holmgren Hub: the permaculture learning portal

Introducing The Holmgren Permaculture Hub, a learning portal where you can learn the ins and outs of what it means to live a permaculture life. Take a course or a tour, or snuggle up with your favourite permaculture book to discover ways that you can apply the permaculture principles and ethics to your own situation.

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From pandemic to war through a geo-ecological lens

David was recently interviewed by Patrick from Artist as Family. As they write on their blog, “Our conversation ranged from the personal to the geopolitical, dark green ecology to bright green billionaires, pandemic constriction to war construction, the role of energy in shaping culture to the gaming of the progressive liberal media.”

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Essential Bushfire Safety Tips – 3rd Edition

Bushfire has been a recurring theme in my work over nearly four decades and a central concern for anyone involved in permaculture design, teaching and practice in rural Australia, especially the south east of the continent, which has the dubious title of being the most bushfire prone region in the world.

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People’s Choice Online Vote is now open

The portrait of David Holmgren, painted by Eugene von Nagy, was a finalist in The Lester Prize, the third largest portrait prize in Australia, after the Moran and Archibald. Voting is now open for the People’s Choice Online Vote.

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Pandemic Brooding translated into French

David’s latest writing, “Pandemic Brooding: Can the Permaculture movement survive the first severe test of the energy descent future?” has now been translated into French, which you can download as a PDF at the top of this page: https://holmgren.com.au/writing/pandemic-brooding/

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Win a permaculture book hamper!

Here’s your chance to go into the draw to win this exciting permaculture book collection.
To enter simply complete one of the following:
Sign up to the Holmgren Design newsletter
Share a Writing, Presentation or Interview from the new Holmgren Design website on social media. (For Facebook tag Melliodora Hepburn Permaculture in your post, for Twitter tag Holmgren Design.)
Buy a copy of this version of Permaculture One

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2021 Venie Holmgren Environmental Poetry Prize winner

We received nearly 200 entries to the Venie Prize this year – thank you to all the poets who took the time to compose their heartfelt and mindfelt reflections. This year the two judges were Carissa Lee and John Charles Ryan. As John said after reading the poems, ‘Thanks again

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Portrait of David a finalist in The Lester Prize

In 2019 David Holmgren sat very still for a long time, something difficult to do for the indefatigable 60-something year old. While David sat, Eugene von Nagy sketched and painted a portrait of David that has just been made a finalist for The Lester Prize, the third largest portrait prize in Australia, after the Moran and Archibald.

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Happy World Localisation Day!

To celebrate World Localisation Day 2021, Local Futures has gathered an impressive line-up of thoughtsmiths from across the globe to help raise awareness about the urgent need to shift direction – away from dependence on global monopolies towards decentralised, regional economies.

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David and Su on The Eco Show premiere

Channel 31, Victoria’s non-profit, open-access community television station, has just launched their first episode of The Eco Show, which features interviews with David Holmgren and Su Dennett at their home, Melliodora, in Central Victoria.

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For the Wild podcast

In episode 221 of the For the Wild podcast, David Holmgren explores creative reuse, salvage economies, ethical relationships, permaculture, and the intricacies of mass movements that are trying to override a system that is deeply committed to a machination of consumerism and debt.

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When does a book become news?

When does a book become news? When it becomes a bestseller? When its author is famous or influential? When it develops a cult following of readers? When it addresses the circumstances of a large segment of the population? When social media algorithms reinforce awareness of the book? When it addresses critical issues to the future of society and nature, be that through fiction or nonfiction? So why would a book that meets all of these criteria fail to be news?

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Mark Johnson turns 50

Recently we were made aware of Mark Johnson’s creation of a permaculture allotment as a natural haven for people in London struggling with homelessness, addiction and mental health issues. Mark’s best selling autobiography Wasted charts the transformation he has made in his own life and provides an inspiration for times of challenge and change.

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Our Street Launch

Melliodora Publishing and Grow Do It Permaculture invite you to attend the online launch of Our Street and Permaculture Action Cards: Sunday November 29 from 11am – 12pm.

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Facing Fire

This coming Sunday November 22 at 9am (AEDT) , David Holmgren is giving a presentation followed by a Q & A on
‘Fire Resilient Design and Land and Climate Care’.

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The 2020 Venie Prize Winner

Thank you to all the poets who took the time to compose and send in poems to the 2020 Venie Holmgren Environmental Poetry Prize – we received 262 entries. The content of the poems was beautifully varied: some were engaging, some funny, some sad, delicate, considerate, angry, political, provocative… A

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Introducing 470

Wearing his publishing hat, David Holmgren, permaculture co-originator explains why he and partner Su Dennett decided to publish 470, Linda Woodrow’s novel, at this exact point in history.

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New Melliodora Tour Dates – 2020/2021

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 design principles. You rent an inner-city apartment and you’re keen to see

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RetroSuburbia Online: Innovation in Digital Publishing

RetroSuburbia Online Permaculture: Innovation in Digital Publishing The behind the scenes thinking Our launch of RetroSuburbia: the downshifter’s guide to a resilient future as a “pay what you feel” online flip-book in response to the COVID-19 health and economic crisis has galvanised enthusiasm in permaculture and kindred circles. However, it

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RetroSuburbia Online Book Launch

Yes, it’s true! Permaculture co-originator David Holmgren is launching an online version of his bestselling book, RetroSuburbia: The Downshifter’s Guide To a Resilient Future. About the launch RetroSuburbia: The Downshifter’s Guide To a Resilient Future is a book for this moment in history. Permaculture co-originator, David Holmgren and the team

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Agriculture and Architecture: Taking the Country’s Side

In November 2019, David gave a video keynote address at Talk, Talk, Talk, which was part of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale in Portugal. The theme for the event was Agriculture and Architecture: Taking the Country’s Side.  The other invited presenters were Carolyn Steel, Colin Moorcraft and Joëlle Zask and the

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David presents ‘Aussie St’ in Morwell

On June 1 2019, David gave his much loved ‘Aussie St’ presentation to a crowd of over 200 people at Kernot Hall in Morwell, in the Latrobe Valley. You can watch the full presentation here:  After ‘Aussie St’ there was an hour-long Q&A session, which you can watch here: The

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