Home Grown Retreat: An Introduction to Permaculture

Home Grown Retreat: An Introduction to Permaculture

A delicious weekend in the country where you will learn the skills you need to easily begin growing your own edible garden at home.​

Get your hands in the dirt, breathe in fresh country air, enjoy farm-to-table organic dining and relax in luxury accomodation amongst the rolling hills of the beautiful Southern Highlands.

Explore a more sustainable and regenerative way of life with Farmer Pete and local Permaculture guru, Jill Cockram. Learn about gut health with nutritionist Shannon Rosie and how to pickle, preserve and ferment with Chef Eilish.

Permaculture Design Course

Permaculture Design Course

This two week intensive Permaculture Design course is an inspiring immersion in a real living Permaculture system. The 72 hour PDC covers the full Permaculture Design curriculum. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Nimbin valley of northern NSW and the beautifully designed and established Djanbung Gardens. Robyn Francis, is a leading permaculture teacher, having inspired people in many countries, to put their ideas and inspiration in to action, She is joined by other innovative Permaculture practitioners in this inspiring and informative course. The course includes: the opportunity to see the concepts taught in action in the living classroom of Djanbung Gardens; a walk through the beautiful word-heritage Nightcap national park; beautiful home-cooked local food; and an abundance of sharing and learning with other students.

Skills and knowledge include:
an integrated approach to earth science systems; low energy design for productive rural and urban environments; holistic approach to regenerating the landscape, incorporating food production systems, conservation management and resource management; creative problem solving and community building initiatives; and strategies for individual, community and enterprise responses to climate change, resource depletion and disaster mitigation.

Permaculture Australia members will be offered a discount of 10% for registration

December lucky prize draw winner

December’s prize draw for new members featured a composting thermometer kindly donated by GroundGrocer.com:

This is a useful tool for making high quality hot compost at home!
The fortunate winner was Lisa in New Zealand. Here is where she will be putting it to good use:

Member Update – Ostii Ananda

Ostii lives in a sharehouse in Brunswick in Melbourne, Victoria. I have been privileged to stay in a spare room for 3 days in exchange for helping in the garden. Ostii is a sharewaste host i.e. he has compost systems and accepts others’ food waste. He has around 25 people who come and drop off their waste. He decided to hold a working bee to both get a heap of work done in the garden and to teach sharewasters how to grow food. They got to see a finished compost pile made with sharewaste food scraps:
sieved compost made from sharewaste food scraps
Once sieved on an old metal ironing board with a metal mesh, the result was a beautiful soil amendment we added liberally to the weeded, forked, and wetted garden beds. We mulched and then planted vegetable seedlings purchased from Ceres:Urban-gardenIn one bed we added dripper pipe on top of the mulch to help ensure adequate moisture through the hot summer:
We had a lovely shared meal afterwards to cement new friendships. It’s great to see this sharewaste concept forging new community.
Ostii has been into the Permaculture way of living for about 10 years and applies this to his own business. His passion is “Web and digital strategy mentoring for health, earth, and heart focussed entrepreneurs and enterprise.” He has been working with David Holmgren for the past 3 years or so. Check out his website for more info; https://www.flowji.com/ Ostii works mostly from home where he regularly dashes out into the garden for screen breaks.

Post by Dylan Graves