Good Life Permaculture has a strong focus on teaching as we believe that a re-skilling revolution needs to happen in order to restore our capacity to live awesomely and sustainably. Over the past decade, Hannah and Anton have taught hundreds of students all about permaculture and everything realted to sustainability. To create the very best learning experience we also bring in specialist, kick-arse teachers with practical skills and knowledge form around Australia (and the world). Whether you’re living in the city or out bush, our teaching teams have what it takes to inspire and empower you to make your dreams come true (related to permaculture and sustainability that is). To see who and what’s coming up click here.
Hannah grew up on a city farm in Brisbane (QLD) growing herbs and has over a decade of hands-on experience in designing, building, managing and doing projects around urban agriculture, small-scale farming, permaculture and community development. She has a post-grad diploma in community cultural development, completed her Permaculture Design Course in 2008 and since 2009, has been teaching permaculture across Australia with the likes of the Southern Cross Permaculture Institute, the Permaforest Trust (which has since closed) and Milkwood Permaculture.
In 2011 she completed a Diploma of Permaculture with Eltham College (VIC) and has taken short courses in teacher training with Rosemary Morrow, the soil food web with Dr Elaine Ingham and reading the landscape with David Holmgren. In recent years Hannah has had the pleasure of teaching alongside some of the most celebrated permaculturalists in the world including David Holmgren (co-founder of permaculture), Rosemary Morrow and Dave Jacke (US author of Edible Forest Gardens). In 2015 she was awarded the Tasmanian ‘Young Landcare Leader Award’ for her work with Good Life Permaculture and co-establishing Hobart City Farm.
Anton is a sustainability specialist with over 15 years experience in urban agriculture, renewable energy, international development, energy efficiency and sustainability. Anton completed his Environmental Science degree at the ANU in Canberra and GDip at the University of Sydney. His areas of study included Human Ecology, Geography and Agro-ecology. His research Thesis was on understanding energy flows through urban agricultural systems. Since then he has worked with nationally recognised not-for-profit organisations such as The Alternative Technology Association, Cultivating Community and Tasmania’s very own Sustainable Living Tasmania. In addition to his deep professional experience he has a wealth of knowledge of practical sustainability, from off-grid solar power, carpentry, and landscaping to brewing, fermenting, kite making and sewing.
Anton is a country boy, originally hailing from a mixed cropping farm on the Murray. He later moved to Cooma, NSW in the shadow of the snowy mountains. He has lived for many years in Canberra, South Coast of New South Wales and Melbourne. While Melbourne has the virtues of social progressiveness it is the home of many racing rats. Deciding that rats where a bit too racey he is now happily living and working in Hobart and dreaming of ways to grow more raspberries.
Some of our present and past members of our teaching teams…
Rosemary Morrow is the author of ‘The Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture’ and ‘The Earth User’s Guide to Teaching Permaculture’ and is also a co-founder of The Blue Mountains Permaculture Institute. For almost 40 years she has worked extensively with farmers and villagers in Africa, Central and South East Asia and Eastern Europe. We worked with Rosemary on one of our Permaculture Design Courses and Permaculture Teacher Training and are big fans of this wonder woman.
James Da Costa is an avid beekeeping and co-founder and head farmer at the Hobart City Farm. He has a background in permaculture design, community engagement and small scale food systems. James teaches on our Real Skills for Growing Food and Introduction to Small-Scale Beekeeping courses.
Nadia Danti is the head market gardener at Fat Pig Farm. She brings years of market gardening experience and has travelled the world working with some of the best growers out there to learn the skills she needed. Nadia teaches on our Real Skills for Growing Food courses.
Nick Towle is another local legend who is a regular teacher on our Permaculture Design Courses and is a passionate advocate for sustainability and permaculture and brings a diverse set of skills to the course including home-based sustainability practices and community economic systems. His most recent permaculture adventure has involved establishing the RESEED Trust, a two acre urban property in the heart of Penguin (NW Tas) which is being developed into a permaculture demonstration site and sustainability education centre.
Dan Palmer is based in Castlemaine, Vistoria and is co-director for Very Edible Gardens. He also has a long and fruitful history which includes being co-founder of the permablitz movement, regularly contributing to permaculture and organic gardening publications and courses in Australia and New Zealand. We’re always hassling Dan to work with us, so far this has included running the inaugural Advanced Permaculture Design workshop and Holistic Decision Management courses.
Penny Milburn has been a qualified teacher of Accredited Permaculture Training with The National Environment Centre since 2012, with students across Australia and in countries such as Italy, Samoa and Japan. Penny has a wealth of teaching and hands on experience, currently maintaining a productive15 acre permaculture property in the Huon Valley. Penny teaches on our Permaculture Design Courses.
David Holmgren is co-founder of Permaculture, need we say any more? While he resides in Hepburn Springs, Victoria, we bring David down to teach on our Permaculture Design Courses when he’s available.
Tim Barker is an internationally renowned alternative technology expert. Based in QLD, Tim currently teaches appropriate technology for the Koanga institute in New Zealand and was previously farm manager at the Permaculture Research Institute for two years. His rocket stove and biochar making powered hot water systems, ovens and cookers reflect his passion for elegant simple and durable combustion technologies..
Jean-Martin Fortier hails from Quebec, Canada where he and his wife, Maude-Hélène Desroches, run an internationally recognized 10-acre micro-farm, Les Jardins de la Grelinette. He graced us with his presence in 2016 for a one day market gardening masterclass, it was awesome and we hope he comes back.