Noosa Forest Retreat

Noosa Forest Retreat

Noosa Forest Retreat is a 160 acre holistic permaculture community & education center in the United Nations accredited Biosphere of Noosa Hinterland, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. Noosa Foreat Retreat offers accommodation from short to long term and permaculture education both as online and residential courses. Learn from a team of 6 experienced Cutting Edge permaculture teachers and specialist presenters, led by community teachers, Ian Trew (Bachelor Psychology & Health Science) & Christina Laurikainen (Bachelor Environmental Science).

You will benefit from our collective community experience, inspiration & valuable knowledge. Individual attention after class and post course to offer you best Permaculture course & ongoing journey possible.

Specialist presenters on Urban Permaculture, Syntropic Farming, Governance & Community, Fungi, Mindfulness Training, Natural Movement, Food Preservation, Cell Grazing, Holistic Management & more.

As either resident or student Noosa Forest Retreat offers the oppourtunity to live on and enjoy a grass-roots developing Australian Permaculture community in the beautiful subtropical Noosa Hinterland, Sunshine Coast, Queensland.

Noosa Forest Retreat community and education center is a living example of a small group working together to develop sustainable, nutritious permaculture food systems in a shared natural environment.

Noosa Forest Retreat Community is being developed to nourish mind, body and soul while looking after the greater body of the earth. Learn to design and implement sustainable systems for yourself & others.

At the Permaculture Design Certificate Course you will gain valuable skills in landscape design, how to evaluate the soil, grow nutrient rich food, life changing bio-hacks to achieve peak health & vitality and much, much more.

Our residential Permaculture course will gently guide you through the life changing Permaculture journey, providing all the support and encouragement you need. You will obtain the overall knowledge, confidence and skills to offer a range of permaculture, farm & garden services and consultations.

You will also obtain permaculture design skills and professional network contacts to save thousands of dollars creating and implementing detailed healthy sustainable property designs for your self, family and friends.

You will be able to make an income offering permaculture design, implementation & maintenance services to others as a business.

If you are interested in integrated natural health, community development/living and personal development, then Noosa Forest Retreat is for you.

Noosa Forest Retreat has now partnered with the Association of Sustainable Communities (ASC) and is codeveloping a second community just above Eumundi. Members of NFR get the oppourtunity to be involved with both centers, as a “community of communities”

Inspiring, supporting and empowering you to help make the world a better healthier place for all beings!

Services offered: PDC, Permaculture Education, Permaculture Design, Permaculture Communication, Permaculture Community, Courses, Tours, Consultation, Workshops, Permaculture Garden, Natural Building

Bottle Tree Hill Organics

Bottle Tree Hill Organics

Bottle Tree Hill Organics runs out of Logboy farm in the South Burnett area of south east Queensland. We are informed by the philosophy and practice of permaculture’s holistic ways of working to provide solid local food and education for our region in the drier rangelands which we call home.

We are starting some courses again in 2021 after a seven year gap . We have 30 years experience in permaculture farming and have been practicing permaculture in our day to day lives since we were teenagers.

We also encourage people to contact us regarding internships and Helpex Wwoofer arrangements.

Please go to our Facebook page To keep up with our activities until our website is once again active.

Services offered: Permaculture Education, Permaculture Design, Permaculture Farm, Courses, Tours, Workshops

The Permie Shop



A little abundance shop for selling home produced items and permaculture items. A room for inspiration and information – classes and talks. Non lending library. Repair room – for mending. Permaculture plants and outdoor items to come. Growing organically. In Toowoomba.

Optimise Learning

Optimise Learning

Postmans Ridge, Queensland & Online |

Are you a Permaculture teacher or facilitator?
Do you deliver workshops or courses?
Are you keen to learn innovative ways to engage and inspire others?
Do you want to add a professional edge to your work and be recognised as one of the best in your field?
Are you motivated by ongoing learning?

If so, perhaps I can help!

Through my deep interest in permaculture-inspired self-reliance and resilience, I offer professional consultancy, support and mentoring to facilitators as you design and deliver innovative, engaging workshops and courses.

Learning is my life! Since childhood I’ve had an insatiable appetite and need to learn, and my life passion has been teaching and nurturing others to learn and grow. Above all, I aspire to live my very best life and to empower others to discover their unique gifts and potential. So, every day that I learn or experience something new is a great day!

My career as an educator spans more than 35 years in teaching, special education, university lecturing, workshop facilitation, corporate learning and development, consultancy, coaching and mentoring. I’ve also completed three Permaculture Design Certificates, Permaculture Teaching Training, RetroSuburbia Facilitation and many related workshops, courses and accreditations. See my LinkedIn profile to read about my experience and qualifications.

My professional services to support you include:

    • one on one consultancy to assist with the design and delivery of workshops and courses (with a special focus on Permaculture, Productive Edible Gardens, Self-Reliance and Resilience)
    • curriculum planning, scope and sequence development, and innovative workshop design
    • graphic design, cohesive visual identity and branding, and creation of beautiful PowerPoint templates with master slides
    • individual mentoring and coaching.

Please contact me for personalised, professional, one-on-one support. It’s my great privilege to nurture and celebrate the unique and limitless potential of all learners.