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Rocklyn Ashram Permaculture Design Course

Only a few weeks left to book into our new Permaculture Course  in the Wombat Forest south of Daylesford at the beautiful Rocklyn Yoga Ashram.

Garden3This wonderful location was chosen for several reasons;

The Ashram has been expanding its focus over the last few years to encourage and emphasise sustainability and permaculture;

David Holmgren and Hamish Macallum completed a permaculture design at the Ashram which has been being put into practice, so there is much to look at and discuss;

The spiritual focus of Ashram life complements the mindfulness of permaculture practice and reminds us to balance our activity and thinking with reflection, a point not normally emphasised in PDCs;

Being quite close to Melbourne, Castlemaine, and Ballarat, it is centrally located and very accessible, though the overwhelming feeling when you’re there is of being in another world.

The Ashram has extensive gardens to cater for their visitors, and course participants; Most of the food for the course will be produced on the property. Vegetables

This PDC will cover all seven Permaculture Domain topics, study the twelve Permaculture Principles, as well as the three ethics, there will be at least three excursions to significant local demonstration sites, with twice-daily opportunities to attend Yoga sessions, as well as a meditation/havan session daily. 

The location, the venue and the forest around it, is very beautiful and will invite you to explore or just sit in peace, in the program time out allowance.

With seven highly experienced tutors, the depth of practical and theoretical knowledge will be another unique feature of this very special PDC.

If you’re thinking about attending this course, send us an email enquiry, or call Ian Lillington on 0478297057 for more information, and refer to our earlier post,

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Be a Melliodoran (for a week): seasonal cycle course

 

DSC00916Join this course for a unique opportunity to share living and learning in a mature permaculture system guided by permaculture co-founder David Holmgren, his partner, Su Dennett and Melliodora office manger, Rick Tanaka, all of whom have decades of experience in self-reliant living. The 7 day residential course takes place at the renowned permaculture demonstration site, Melliodora.

DSC00639Those interested in living the self-reliant lifestyle based on permaculture principles will gain valuable life lessons from the experience. With only 8 places available you become part of the family and interaction with David, Su, Rick and other participants is ‘quality time’.

Participants will be involved in all the tasks and assignments relevant to autumn, with an emphasis on harvesting, processing and preserving the bounty of the season.  DSC00685The course offers a unique opportunity to live and experience permaculture for 7 action packed days.

The 8 places will fill quickly so book early and don’t miss out. More details here.

(photos from the seasonal cycle course 2013)

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V.E.G. PDC at Melliodora

IMG_8430 It is a rare  opportunity to be taught permaculture directly from a concept’s original developer. It is a unique opportunity to learn permaculture at Melliodora, one of the most mature permaculture systems around. When this unique opportunity materialises, people have a pretty special experience.

No doubt the students of the V.E.G. (Very Edible Gardens) PDC  taught David Holmgren over the weekend will forever remember the weekend. They had not just a team of awesome teachers, Dan and Adam, as well as David, but were also treated to food prepared by Su Dennett. Su gave the visitors a feast, making use of Melliodora’s abundance, fresh from the farm garden, with preserved food from past seasons, and supplemented by other locally and ethically obtained food items. What better way to learn permaculture!

IMG_8422The dynamic permaculture duo will be back again (with other excellent teachers) to host a PDC at the Rocklyn Ashram in February 2014. Bookings have just opened but places are filling fast for this course, so if you have been thinking about it (but have not done anything yet), you still have time, but we recommend you to act pretty soon.

Here are some other courses David (and Su) will be involved in;

We are also offering a seven day live-in Seasonal Cycle Course in March (autumn) next year with a limit of 8 people. 6 places left

More photos from the weekend, VEG’s collection.

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Seasonal cycle course clicked

The residential seasonal cycle course continues at Melliodora. The participants are involved in various tasks and works which need to be done at this time of the year, while learning skills and principles. As you can see from the photos below they are making the most from living and learning permaculture directly from David and Su. We let the pictures tell the story.

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So begins the seasonal cycle course at Melliodora

With the arrival of the warm spring season, the seasonal cycle course begins at Melliodora. Despite the climbing  temperature, the course participants had a wonderful first day “immersing” deeply in the permaculture life.

The first day’s programs were varied, beginning with t  firewood splitting and stacking for a “gentle warm up”, slowly accelerating into the other tasks in the garden and the kitchen. All along, they got hands on instructions from David and Su.

Here are some pics from today’s action.

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Come, stay and learn, a residential course at Melliodora

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Melliodora introduces a new course this season, a 7 day residential one with special focus on Spring seasonal activities. The course  is for people interested in the self-reliant lifestyle based on permaculture principles. You will participate in the key tasks that determine the scope and diversity of the coming season while eating from last season’s abundance at Melliodora, the renowned permaculture demonstration site.   

 

The course focuses on the activities of the season in the kitchen, garden and orchard including;

• garden bed preparation, compost and mulch harvest

• seeding and transplanting seedlings

• greenhouse management

• food harvesting and preparation

• small live stock and tree fodder management

• orchard management

• urban forestry and firewood management

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This course is a unique opportunity to share house and living in a mature permaculture system guided by permaculture co-originator David Holmgren, his partner  Su Dennett and Melliodora office manger  Rick Tanaka, all with decades of experience in self reliant living. Please book early as the available places are strictly limited.

More details, please see the events page.

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