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RetroSuburbia Bushfire Resilience Extract

This is an extract from my book RetroSuburbia: the downshifter’s guide to a resilient future, a 550 page richly illustrated manual that has become a best seller since its publication in February 2018. The production and availability of this extract as a free and sharable download is part of our response the Australian bushfire crisis of summer 2019/20.

RetroSuburbia includes 34 chapters across three fields of retrofitting action: the built, biological and behavioural. ‘Bushfire resilient design’ and ‘Household disaster planning’ are two distinct chapters in RetroSuburbia which exemplify strategies of permaculture-inspired adaption to challenging futures that simultaneously address climate change by reducing carbon emissions.

Those who are considering relocation in the light of this bushfire season will find the RetroSuburbian Real Estate Checklist a useful tool to help balance current concerns about bushfire with the myriad other factors to consider in those difficult decisions.

Bushfire resilient home, landscape and community design has been a part of permaculture from its origins in the 1970s on the urban fringe property that Bill Mollison saved from the great Hobart fires of 1967. My own focus on bushfire intensified following the Ash Wednesday fires of 1983 including the documentation of a bushfire resistant building in The Flywire House (1991/2009) and design and development of Melliodora, our 1 hectare property on the edge of Hepburn Springs where we have had a ‘stay and actively defend’ bushfire plan since 1988. Following Black Saturday (2009), my teaching and advocacy lead to writing Bushfire resilient landscapes and communities, a 52-page report to our own bushfire vulnerable community and Hepburn Shire council.

In February 2019 we had the first direct bushfire threat to Melliodora in thirty years leading to Reflections on fire. That experience had us tweaking our plans for this summer, which has been so devastating in other fire-vulnerable regions where climate change drought has been more intense.

A new essay Bushfire Resilient Land and Climate Care draws on the truths of the polarised debate between those identifying climate change as the root cause and those recognising weak or absent land management as the direct cause. It paints a vision of a resilient and re-energised Australia that could grow from small beginnings in fire-impacted and vulnerable communities at the urban/bushland interface.

As always, crisis is an opportunity for personal, household, community and national reflection to Creatively use and respond to change

Dr David Holmgren
Co-originator of Permaculture
January 2020

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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 event moderator was Sébastien Marot.

Are metropolises really the “manifest destiny” of humankind? Is the environmental predicament calling for more concentration and incorporation? Or is it conducive to some kind of urban exodus?
The environmental predicament the world is now facing (climate change, peak oil, mineral and metal depletion, soil erosion, fresh water scarcity, biodiversity collapse, etc.) seriously challenges the ways in which human societies have developed since at least the industrial revolution. Our ways of procuring and managing basic resources (particularly food) but also of inhabiting and organizing territories (architecture and urbanism) will necessarily be deeply affected, and are key issues if human societies are to prepare themselves for the highly problematic decades ahead.

Part one of the event is below. David appears at 13 minutes. You can also watch part two and three.

Exhibition website:
2019.trienaldelisboa.com/en/exposicoes/agriculture-and-architecture-taking-the-countrys-side/

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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 event was presented by the West Gippsland Catchment Management and the Latrobe Catchment Landcare Network, and was filmed by Darryl Whitaker.

From May 2019 – September 2019, David and his partner Su travelled around Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia on a RetroSuburbia Roadshow. The Morwell gig was one of 22 roadshow events. David documented his and Su’s four months away on a blog, which you can read here.

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RetroSuburbia Workshop Castlemaine

Two day RetroSuburbia Workshop

Are you looking to create a more sustainable and resilient household? Wondering how to retrofit your current home or circumstances? Wanting to grow more food, reduce your energy use and enjoy a more satisfying, fulfilling life? These and other themes from David Holmgren’s book RetroSuburbia: the downshifter’s guide to a resilient future will be explored in this two-day workshop. Participants will undertake activities and exercises to help them assess their current situation and plan for the future as well as have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss various aspects of the book. Workshop includes morning and afternoon tea.

Trainers and Facilitators add-on day

Trainers, educators and community facilitators who would like to incorporate more retrosuburban themes into their practice are invited to attend an extra ‘Trainers and Facilitators’ day at the end of the workshop. Participation in this add-on day allows attendees to become registered retrosuburban trainers with access to extensive training resources, and to apply to have their courses listed on retrosuburbia.com. This day will explore further methods and tools for supporting people to create fulfilling, abundant and sustainable lives through retrofitting their homes, gardens and behaviour patterns. It is also a chance to share your ideas and experiences with other participants working in similar fields, and explore retrosuburban themes in more detail. It is expected that participants on this day will have already read and be familiar with the material in RetroSuburbia.

About Beck Lowe

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. 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.

Cost

General workshop Saturday & Sunday 2 and 3 November, add-on Trainers and Facilitators day Monday November 4.

2 day standard $300 / 2 day concession $250
3 day standard $500 / 3 day concession $450

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Retrosuburbia Roadshow with David Holmgren

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see David Holmgren in Adelaide. Be inspired to create positive environmental impacts in our suburbs.

About this Event

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see David Holmgren in Adelaide as part of his Retrosuburbia Roadshow.

This presentation will inspire you with ideas and knowledge to create a positive environmental impact in our modern suburban landscape.

David Holmgren, permaculture visionary and story teller, takes us back through the decades of our lived history in the streets where the quarter acre hosted the Aussie post war dream, through the decades of rising affluence and additions, aging and infill, permaculture inspired retrofit and on, through a gritty but inspiring and realistic transformation. ‘Aussie Street’ explores the story of four adjacent suburban homes responding to the effects of our changing environment and climate crises and illustrates a way forward for our suburbs.

Aussie Street is a permaculture soap opera, made real by masterful storytelling that sounds a warning and call for action. It is also a window into the design solutions and tips that Holmgren has explored in his latest book, Retrosuburbia; the downshifters guide to a resilient future, and will provide a framework to retrofit our homes, gardens and behaviours.

The presentation will be complemented by a local showcase, highlighting how we can bring these concepts to life right here in Adelaide.

There will be lots of time for questions as well as sales and signing of David’s book Retrosuburbia: the downshifter’s guide to a resilient future.

Proudly supported by Port Environment Centre, Adelaide Sustainability Centre, Permaculture SA and Adelaide Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resource Management Board.

Tickets available here

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Narrogin 2019 – Retrosuburbia Roadshow with David Holmgren

PermacultureWest invites you to this presentation to inspire and arm you with ideas and knowledge to live with lower environmental impact in our modern suburban landscape.

‘Aussie Street’ explores the story of four adjacent suburban homes responding to the effects of our changing environment and climate crises.

There will be lots of time for questions as well as sales and signing of David’s book Retrosuburbia: the downshifters guide to a resilient future.

At this Retrosuburbia event, Holmgren will advance Permaculture ideas as a creative framework for applying vital retrofits to our homes, gardens and, most fundamentally, our behaviours. David will take us back through the decades of our lived history in the streets where the quarter acre hosted the Aussie post war dream, through the decades of of rising affluence and additions, aging and infill, permaculture inspired retrofit and on, through a gritty but inspiring and realistic transformation in the Great Depression of the 2020s.

Aussie Street is a permaculture soap opera, made real by masterful storytelling that sounds a warning and clarion call for direct action on the home front. The presentation is also a window into the rich palette of design solutions and tips that Holmgren has explored in in his latest opus, Retrosuburbia; the downshifters guide to a resilient future.

Come and be entertained, inspired and challenged by one of Australia’s unsung heroes.

EVENT ACTIVITY SCHEDULE:

9.00am – 9.45am Coffee Meet & Greet for the Gnarojin Community Garden Committee & Members (Free)

10am – 11.30am ~ Presentation from David Holmgren (Paid Event)

11.30am – 2.00pm ~ Gnarogin Community Garden Festival (FREE)

Following David’s presentation, we will be spoiled for choice by our Gnarojin Community Garden with a celebration festival of local foods, wares, activities and music! This event will be the finale’ of the WA Retrosuburbia Roadshow Tour with David Holmgren.

Early Bird tickets $15 until 17th August, thereafter tickets $20 unless sold out prior (PAWA Members tickets $15)

Tickets Available Here

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Albany 2019 – Retrosuburbia Roadshow with David Holmgren

Permaculture West presents a celebration of 40 Years of Permaculture in Western Australia with an inspiring presentation from David Holmgren.

David will showcase his latest book, Retrosuburbia where he will share the possibilities for communities now and into the future.
Ticket prices include catering and the chance to engage and be inspired by one of our greatest Permaculture idols.

Early Bird tickets $10 until 3rd August, thereafter tickets $15 unless sold our prior (PAWA Members tickets $10)

VENUE EVENT LOCATION: GOODLIFE COMMUNITY GARDEN
78 Lower King Road, Collingwood Heights, Albany, WA

MAP: https://goo.gl/maps/bL1CgbiVxhG2Lsy17
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In collaboration with Goodlife Community Garden, Living Water Anglican Church, Greenskills Inc, City of Albany and Great Southern WA Permaculture

2pm – 3pm ~ David Holmgren

3pm – 5pm ~ COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT ACTIVITY: “Albany in 2040” ~ inspired by the latest “2040” Documentary

Tickets available here

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David Holmgren – Aussie St at Nannup, WA

We couldn’t be more excited to announce an addition to the program. David Holmgren, permaculture visionary and story teller takes us back through the decades of our lived history where the quarter acre hosted the Aussie post war dream, through the decades of rising affluence and additions, aging and infill, permaculture inspired retrofit and on, through a gritty but inspiring and realistic transformation in the Great Depression of the 2020s. Aussie St is a permaculture soap opera, made real by masterful story telling that sounds a warning and clarion call for direct action on the home front. The presentation is also a window into the rich palette of design solutions and tips that Holmgren has explored in in his latest opus, Retrosuburbia; the downshifters guide to a resilient future. Come and be entertained, inspired and challenged by one of Australia’s unsung heroes.

Ticket Available here

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Margaret River 2019 – Retrosuburbia Roadshow with David Holmgren

Permaculture West presents a celebration of 40 Years of Permaculture in Western Australia with an inspiring presentation from David Holmgren.

David will showcase his latest book, Retrosuburbia where he will share the possibilities for communities now and into the future.
Ticket prices include catering and the chance to engage and be inspired by one of our greatest Permaculture idols.

Early Bird tickets $15 until 27th July, tickets $20 from 28th July
(PAWA Members $15)

@ Margaret River HEART
In collaboration with Arts Margaret River & Fair Harvest Permaculture

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This is a catered event.

Tickets available here

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Reading Landscape with David Holmgren

Join permaculture co-originator David Holmgren for a practical morning exploring deep observation and how to read landscape.

David will explain his approach to reading landscape and provide visual examples gathered throughout his lifetime. Together, the group will walk across the Fair Harvest property making their own observations and getting insight into Holmgren‘s process of observation.

This unique opportunity to spend time on the land with David Holmgren is presented by Fair Harvest Permaculture as part of the _Retrosuburbia Roadshow_ with Permaculture West.   In order to get most from this workshop,  we recommend that participants have either completed an Introduction to

Permaculture or PDC. Places on the Reading Landscape workshop are limited and will fill up fast.

Morning Tea will be provided. Please ensure you bring appropriate wet weather gear and good walking shoes.

Camping is available at Fair Harvest Permaculture. Please book separately via _YouCamp_.

Please note: Fair Harvest reserves the right to cancel this workshop if the course fails to fill. In this instance, you will be notified via email and your ticket price will be refunded.

PRICING
$125 fully waged
$100 concession card / PAWA membership (please contact [email protected] for this option)

Tickets available here

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