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Permaculture Tour at Melliodora – May 3 2020

There is no better way to learn how the household economy works than to take part in the whole day guided tour at Melliodora. Situated in the Victorian central highlands, Melliodora is one of the best examples of working cool-temperate climate permaculture in the country. At Melliodora you can see how permaculture can produce an abundance of food and other yields from a beautiful living environment.

The one hectare property has been transformed from the blackberry covered wasteland in 1985 into a model of small scale intensive permaculture. David Holmgren and his partner Su Dennett will show you how their passive solar house, mixed food gardens, orchards, dams and livestock, as well as creek revegetation, have been developed and maintained. The Melliodora garden farming model is most relevant to large town blocks and small rural allotments, but you don’t have to have a large block to gain a huge amount from the tour. All people will discover ways that they can apply the underlying principles and strategies to their own situation.

The Whole Day Tour includes morning + afternoon teas, while the Garden Only Tour includes afternoon tea. Participants are encouraged to BYO lunch to enjoy under the 100 year-old pear tree or to visit one of the local cafés in Hepburn or Daylesford during the lunch break from 1pm.

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Permaculture Tour at Melliodora – April 12 2020

There is no better way to learn how the household economy works than to take part in the whole day guided tour at Melliodora. Situated in the Victorian central highlands, Melliodora is one of the best examples of working cool-temperate climate permaculture in the country. At Melliodora you can see how permaculture can produce an abundance of food and other yields from a beautiful living environment.

The one hectare property has been transformed from the blackberry covered wasteland in 1985 into a model of small scale intensive permaculture. David Holmgren and his partner Su Dennett will show you how their passive solar house, mixed food gardens, orchards, dams and livestock, as well as creek revegetation, have been developed and maintained. The Melliodora garden farming model is most relevant to large town blocks and small rural allotments, but you don’t have to have a large block to gain a huge amount from the tour. All people will discover ways that they can apply the underlying principles and strategies to their own situation.

The Whole Day Tour includes morning + afternoon teas, while the Garden Only Tour includes afternoon tea. Participants are encouraged to BYO lunch to enjoy under the 100 year-old pear tree or to visit one of the local cafés in Hepburn or Daylesford during the lunch break from 1pm.

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Advanced Permaculture Design Process Course

This workshop is a deep exploration of permaculture design process as a living unfolding reality.

In the fourth iteration of a unique collaboration, David Holmgren and Dan Palmer further explore, deepen and share their understandings of sound permaculture design process.

Not only has much of the content of this workshop emerged in recent years, it will continue to develop during the workshop itself. This means that attendees are participants in a live conversation, where David and Dan hope to meet people where they are and support their journey forward with permaculture design.

You can read a detailed report Dan wrote about the first (2017) iteration of this workshop here.

Image: Sonja Leigh

“I can’t wait to share these ideas and tangible approaches with my partner, permaculture colleagues and students. I know that this enhancement of my existing human design capabilities will greatly support my ability to design my home site, educational organisation and ongoing projects. I think this course unearths design abilities that all people have” (Pippa Buchanan)

As co-originator of permaculture, David Holmgren has been working with permaculture design process for forty years. In this workshop David shares his long history learning, practicing, and teaching permaculture design along with how his understandings are continuing to evolve today. Much of what David shares in this workshop you will not find anywhere else.

“A beautiful way to dive deeper into our own living design processes as humans and investigate all the possibilities of how we can create in the world. An abundance of resources to support people at their level” (Past participant).

Dan Palmer helped found Permablitz, Very Edible Gardens, Making Permaculture Stronger, Holistic Decision Making, and Living Design Process. Actively and continuously involved in permaculture design projects for the last twelve years, Dan is deeply passionate about the evolution of design processes that support the full expression of permaculture’s potential.

Illustration: Brenna Quinlan

“I have done few things in my life that have been more worthwhile. The design process was something I never knew was so universal” (Ryan)

Alongside high-level design process frameworks and how permaculture ethics and principles apply directly to design process, this workshop covers:

  • Reading people (Dan)
  • Reading landscape (David)
  • Distilling and synthesising observations (both)
  • Designing and implementing as things that best unfold together over time (both)
  • The evolution of design and implementation over years and decades (both)

Lecture-based and interactive classroom sessions will be complemented with time outside reading landscape walk and in-depth design-process-based tours of Melliodora and the Mayberry Woodend project.

Participants will have the opportunity to share their own design projects with the group for discussion and feedback.

“This course gave me a deeper understanding of permaculture and design processes, in and beyond permaculture. It provided candid insight into both David and Dan’s jounryes and an inspiring tour of Melliodora. I have made amazing connection with like-minded people. Best course ever!” (Past participant).

Here is the timetable from 2018 (Though details will change the overall pattern will likely remain similar).

Tuesday

Session One (8:45am-10:30am) – Introductions, housekeeping, course context and program

Session Two (11am-12:30pm) – History of Design Frameworks

Session Three & Four (1:30pm – 5pm) – Ethics and Principles / Dave’s journey with permaculture design

Session Five (7-9pm) – RetroSuburbia’s Work-Life quadrant

Wednesday

Morning prac: TBC

Session One (8:45am-10:30am) – Check in & recap, Dan’s journey with permaculture design, focusing in on design process

Session Two (11am-12:30pm) – Reading people and holistic decision making

Session Three & four (1:30pm – 5pm) – Reading Landscape

Session five (7-9pm) – Dave and Dan share stories and personal reflections on reading people and landscape

Thursday

Morning prac – TBC

Session One (8:45am-10:30am) – Distilling, evaluating, synthesising observations

Session Two (11am-12:30pm) – Moving toward concept design / patterning / overall strategy

Session Three & four (1:30pm – 5pm) – Melliodora walk and case study

Evening meal and then fire at Pear Tree

Friday

Session One (8:45am-9:45am) – TBC

Morning tea and Session Two, Three & four (10:30am – 5pm) – Mayberry Woodend field trip

Image: Sonja Leigh

“This course was a shining example of though-provoking inspiration in an environment that was inclusive and safe. The humility and wisdom of the facilitators has touched my heart and mind” (Debbie).

The course venue is yet to be confirmed but it will be somewhere in the picturesque hamlet of Hepburn, which is close to Melliodora, the premier permaculture demonstration site of David Holmgren and Su Dennett.

Melliodora is not central to the course content but is accessible to the students over the four days for additional learning and inspiration.

Please note this is an advanced course and it is strongly advised that all students have completed a PDC.

The course fee is still TBC.

Numbers are limited to 30. Bookings, when they open, are essential.

Please email us to register your interest for this course.

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Permaculture Tour at Melliodora – March 15 2020

There is no better way to learn how the household economy works than to take part in the whole day guided tour at Melliodora. Situated in the Victorian central highlands, Melliodora is one of the best examples of working cool-temperate climate permaculture in the country. At Melliodora you can see how permaculture can produce an abundance of food and other yields from a beautiful living environment.

The one hectare property has been transformed from the blackberry covered wasteland in 1985 into a model of small scale intensive permaculture. David Holmgren and his partner Su Dennett will show you how their passive solar house, mixed food gardens, orchards, dams and livestock, as well as creek revegetation, have been developed and maintained. The Melliodora garden farming model is most relevant to large town blocks and small rural allotments, but you don’t have to have a large block to gain a huge amount from the tour. All people will discover ways that they can apply the underlying principles and strategies to their own situation.

The Whole Day Tour includes morning + afternoon teas, while the Garden Only Tour includes afternoon tea. Participants are encouraged to BYO lunch to enjoy under the 100 year-old pear tree or to visit one of the local cafés in Hepburn or Daylesford during the lunch break from 1pm.

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Sustainability in the Suburbs

David Holmgren, environmental visionary and co-originator of the permaculture concept, presents his vision for the sustainability of Australias suburbs. ‘Aussie Street’ cleverly brings Holmgren’s Retrosuburbia ideas into our everyday lives, using photos, water coloured illustrations and practical concepts from his exciting new book.

If you have the afternoon free on Saturday June 1, come along to be a part of David Holmgren’s remarkably, insightful, thought provoking vision for a resilient and life enhancing sustainable future.

Local voluntary environmental organisations will be present in the foyer before and after the event.

Tickets are $10 per adult and children U16 Free. Tickets are on sale now at https://www.trybooking.com/BBXHO

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Formidable Vegetable Potluck @ Melliodora

What better place for Australia’s finest permaculture band to play than at the beating heart of permaculture itself – Melliodora: the property designed and occupied by David Holmgren and partner Su Dennett, Milkwood Permaculture + Brenna Quinlan.

Come and join us for a special family-friendly garden party under the old pear tree (weather permitting) for some radish-beets about earth care, people care & fair share and if you can, please bring a plate of local food to share with cutlery and crockery.

Featuring Mal Webb & Kylie Morrigan, who will be treating us to a set of their own mind-bending frivolity.

Doors open 4pm, show starts 4:30pm.

$20 (limited tickets, so pre-purchase essential) – Kids under 12 free.

BYO cushion/blanket/drink & food to share.

BUY TICKETS HERE.

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Reclaiming the Urban Commons

We are in the midst of a great shift, a fundamental transformation in our relations with the earth and with each other. This shift poses humanity with a challenge: how to transition from a period of environmental devastation of the planet by humans to one of mutual benefit? How do we transform our relationship to the land, nonhuman lifeforms, and each other? Reclaiming the Urban Commons argues this change begins with a deeper understanding of and connection with the food we produce and consume.

This book is a critical reflection on the past and the present of urban food growing in Australia, as well as a map and a passionate rallying call to a better future as an urbanised species. It addresses the critical question of how to design, share, and live well in our cities and towns. It describes how to translate concepts of sustainable production into daily practices and ways of sharing spaces and working together for mutual benefit, and also reflects on how we can learn from our productive urban past.

                    Reclaiming the Urban Commons:
                    The Past, Present and Future of Food Growing in Australian Cities and Towns
                    Edited by Nick Rose and Andrea Gaynor
                    UWA Publishing, RRP $29.99

David Holmgren’s chapter is Garden Farming: The Foundation for Agriculturally Productive Cities and Towns.
Here’s the opening paragraph:

Australian suburbs can be transformed into productive, resilient and sustainable places to live through garden farming. Growing food right where people live, in back and front yards, has environmental, social and psychological benefits. Garden farming in the household, non-monetary economy is complementary to commercial urban and peri-urban agriculture that, collectively, can be the heart of a resilient bio-regional food system.

You can buy the book here.

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Transforming the Suburbs

Please join us for this exciting forum, Transforming the Suburbs, in which the panel speakers will explore the transformative role of Australian suburbs to activate the behavioural change, cooperative-based action and practical solutions required for rapid transition to a carbon-positive low energy future.

The speakers are:
David Holmgren – Permaculture co-originator
Costa Georgiadis – Gardening Australia, ABC TV
Dominique Hes – Melbourne University
Michael Ableman – Sole Food Street Farms, Canada
Kat Lavers – Permaculture practitioner

The event will be MC’d by Nick Ritar from Milkwood Permaculture.

This expert panel will creatively explore sustainable actions, key strategies and resilience-based concepts for future suburban responses to localised and global ecological challenges. The audience will be provided expert analysis and thought-provoking ideas on how suburbia will be a vital place to survive and thrive in challenging futures. Discussion will actively engage and inform event participants about multi-faceted transitional change ideas that positively contribute toward low-energy and carbon positive sustainable home and community living.

For anyone interested in permaculture, or a shift towards creatively adapting to a more sustainable way of living, this free event is not to be missed.

Cost: Free

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RetroSuburbia Book Launch

We can’t wait!! Please join us for this momentous event. RetroSuburbia – four years in the making, is to be launched at the National Sustainable Living Festival in February 2018.

Gardening Australia’s Costa Georgiadis will launch the book and will also be in-conversation with David and facilitate a Q&A from the audience.

We are hugely lucky that Formidable Vegetable Sound System will be playing tunes on the day.

Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Find out more here: The National Sustainable Living Festival.

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2018 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 approaches and methods that they implement in their own design processes to help you establish your own framework for designing and living. Here is the rundown of the April 2017 course:

2017 course participants + presenters

After the inaugural Advanced Permaculture Planning and Design Process course, Dan wrote a comprehensive overview of the 4-day residential, which is highly recommended reading.

Participants are encouraged to arrive on the night of April 2 and camp over, ready to begin the course at 9am on the 3rd. Dinner will be provided on the 2nd, and brekky on the 3rd, as well as all subsequent meals for the duration of the course.

The course is limited to 30 participants and bookings are essential. Once you have booked you will be sent more details.

More information + bookings here.

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