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PDC (+ yoga) starts this week

There are many PDC courses available these days, but this one is different. As the following testimonials sum up:


‘A perfect blend of aesthetics and spiritual beauty combined with intellectual endeavours’.

Earlier this year, working with Tread Lightly Permaculture, we held our first PDC course at the Satyananda Ashram in Rocklyn. It was a bold experiment mixing yoga and permaculture. We wondered, will it work?

‘Absolutely best site you could have come up with’.

‘Absolutely loved the blend of permaculture and yoga. The lifestyles’ fit together beautifully’.

‘Work rest balance was beautifully calibrated’.


Yes folks, due to popular demand and the overwhelming positive response of the participants, in February next year, we are going to do it again, mixing a Permaculture Design Certificate course with Yoga.  Again, we are assembling some of the best permaculture tutors including permaculture co-founder David Holmgren, Ian Lillington, Beck Lowe, Angela Enbom, Patrick Arnts and Simon Reid.

‘Teachers were very well organized, confident, enthusiastic and knowledgeable’.

‘All amazing, genuine & generous. – yes I valued the diversity’.

‘The caring nature of all the presenters shone through and having the opportunity to eat with and socialize with presenters and the Ashram people has been just amazing’.


IMG_1723Why don’t you be the one to take part in the “life-changing, horizon expanding” experience? This PDC course is designed along the twelve principles Holmgren devised and detailed in Permaculture: principles and pathways beyond sustainability.  It is a fully catered (by none other than Su Dennett and the Ashram cooks) residential course.

‘More than exceeded my expectations’.

‘I came wanting to get direction on how to apply permaculture to my property, but got so much more’.

‘Left feeling inspired’.

‘Touched deeply by these 10 days’.


Course size is limited to guarantee individual attention.


Yoga and Permaculture mix well

The Rocklyn PDC was an amazing experience, I don’t know what I would like to commend the most, the quality of the presenters, the venue (and the yoga!) or the fantastic coverage of cutting edge perspectives on sustainability, on the state of the world and most importantly what we can do about it.

says Robin K, one of the course participants.
Indeed, the ten days went very quickly at the Ashram. Days were choc full of PDC learnings, while the participants were served with yummy (mostly) local food, prepared by the kitchen team, lead by our passionate locovour practitioner Su Dennett. And plenty of yoga, of course…. And the field trip to the Rod May’s farm where the king of fermentation, Sandor Katz, dropped by. And a whole day at Melliodora.
All in all, the novel mixture worked well, thanks to all the efforts put in by the teachers and organisers, and participants. By the look of it, we will have more PDC courses at Ashram, but in the mean time, do not forget to check out all the PDC courses David is involved in, at permaculture and other courses.









All photos are supplied by Steve Areen.


Experience permaculture life

Our PDC course began the other day with keen participants and is now in full swing, in the serene atmosphere of the Rocklyn Ashram. Reports on the course will happen later. But for now we would like to take this opportunity to let you know that there are many other courses on offer for those people keen to learn permaculture from David Holmgren and his experienced permaculture practitioner colleagues._MG_2049

In March, we will run a 7 day residential course focusing on seasonal activities at Melliodora. You will be involved in all the tasks and assignments relevant to autumn,  harvesting abundance from Melliodora’s farm garden system, preserving for the leaner months, and preparing the winter garden. This is a more hands-on, and learn-from-experience-course. Living and working with permaculture co-founder David Holmgren and his partner, Su Dennett is an opportunity not to be missed if you are keen to make your life more sustainable or would like a taste of permaculture life. The course offers a unique opportunity to live and experience permaculture for 7 action packed days. Being a part of the family at Melliodora will be a “life-changing” experience.

Here’s some of the testimonials made by the participants of the seasonal cycle course earlier this year.

It was so refreshing to be able to get away from the rat race, and be immersed in the world as it should be. The week at Melliodora far exceeded my expectations.  Not only did I learn new skills, but also how to do every day tasks better. All the time I felt like part of the family, and now have new friends.

Here are some of the things I have since done with my new skills and knowledge, taking me further along my journey to a self-reliant life:
– baked sour dough bread, (and muffins)
– started non-chemical control of blackberries on my land
– growing tree cutting and seedling trees from Spring Creek to use to reforest a dam gully
– captured a bee swam on my own
–  along with the passive solar home design

I would love be part of the Autumn course, the season of abundance, with lots of produce to harvest, process and preserve.  I can’t make it this year, but hope to next year. (BH)

And here’s the testimonial from other participant (JC).

Being able to have the opportunity to live in a mature permaculture system was inspirational and a privilege. Sue, David & Rick are generous hosts who are only too happy to impart their wealth of knowledge to permaculture new comers. From splitting wood, blackberry stomping (control), food preparation, garden maintenance, to tending to goats, yabbies and bees made me realise that living sustainably is a full-time job which I found highly rewarding and wanted to experience more.

The number of places offered is strictly limited. Grab it while it is still available. More details here.

And there are also the PDC courses; David has over the years taken part in VEG PDC course near Melbourne, the Food Forest PDC in Gawler, South Australia, and the Milkwood PDC in Sydney. Adding to this list, he will teach at the Good Life Permaculture PDC in Hobart, Tasmania. All the courses are very popular, so if you are thinking about learning permaculture from its co-founder, we urge you to book well in advance. For more details and bookings please click the links.


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,


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.

(photos from the seasonal cycle course 2013)


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.


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.





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


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


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.