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Permaculture Design Course

January 19, 2018 @ 4:00 am - February 2, 2018 @ 4:00 pm

A$150.00 - A$1,850.00

19 January – 2 February, 2018, Dodges Ferry, Southern Tasmania

Join us on our permaculture design course to learn the skills you need to design resilient, robust landscapes & communities in a  beautiful learning environment.

This permaculture design course is structured so you get to design your own property of choice, plus complete a permaculture design for a real life client and property. This provides you the opportunity to test and practice permaculture designing in a range of contexts with the support of experienced designers and practitioners right at your side to step you through it all.

As a fully catered, residential course you’ll get to immerse yourself in all things permaculture with like-minded folk. Classes run from 8:30am – 5pm each day with some optional (but highly recommended) evening sessions over the two weeks.


I loved this course. It hasn’t just changed my outlook on life – it’s changed my life (Anita).

This permaculture design course covers

  • Permaculture ethics & principles
  • Design theory and practical application
  • Systems thinking
  • Patterns understanding
  • Water management, in the home and in the land
  • Soil health: How to improve and maintain it
  • Cropping systems: food production, seed saving and integrated pest management
  • Alternative economics
  • Energy systems
  • Social permaculture
  • Food forests
  • Sustainable building design
  • Plus more. View the full course schedule here. 



Just wonderfully fun. So well coordinated (always on time, always organised), experience of a lifetime, truly life changing. Thank you so much (Nysha).

Who should do this course?

This permaculture design course is for farmers, perennial renters, community development workers, sustainability officers, university students, students of life, market gardeners and big thinkers. Permaculture is relevant and useful to you whether you’re working in the paddock or in the office, you’ll become equipped with thinking tools to design properties *and* the life you’ve always wanted!

permaculture design and students

What the PDC is not…

First and foremost, the permaculture design course is a design course. It is not a hands on course where you actively get to create food gardens or build a house.  Although we’ll still teach you some practical skills throughout the course to help you live sustainably, as it’s simple and powerful stuff.

This means that while we will touch on the topics outlined above, we’ll focus on teaching you design skills. This means you’ll have firm understanding on a broad range of topics that can then help you create designs which are integrated, appropriate and darn clever. You can read about some of our previous PDCs here & here. If you’d like to learn how to learn some hands-on, practical skills – have a look at some of the exciting short workshops we’ve got coming up.

As part of your course fee you receive…

David Holmgren with students

  • Free camping (BYO all your own camping gear)
  • Delicious and nutritious vegetarian catering for the full course
  • Course resources
  • Field trips to local properties featuring clever design in action
  • A one year membership to Pip Permaculture Magazine
  • A whole bunch of new permaculture friends and networks


The Teaching Team

Watch this space for updates!

YOUR LEAD TEACHER: Hannah Moloney is a professional permaculture designer who has been working with urban/rural property owners since 2012 to create productive, beautiful landscapes. With a strong background in community cultural development she’s been working on community projects that create positive change since 2001 and teaching permaculture since 2009 across Australia with the likes of the Southern Cross Permaculture Institute (since closed), Milkwood Permaculture and at home in Tasmania with Good Life Permaculture.

In recent years Hannah has had the pleasure of working 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-founding Hobart City Farm. You can read more about Hannah here.

Nick Towle 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 Tasmania) which is being developed into a permaculture demonstration site and sustainability education centre.


Anton Vikstrom is a sustainability specialist with deep experience in urban agriculture, renewable energy, international development and energy efficiency.  He’s had the pleasure to work with The Alternative Technology Association, Cultivating Community and currently works with Sustainable Living Tasmania (in energy efficiency projects) and Good Life Permaculture (as designer and teacher).  His intellect is backed up with practical sustainability skills – from off-grid solar power, small-scale beekeeping, carpentry, landscaping to brewing beer, fermenting, kite making and sewing.


Jonathan Cooper is a professional market gardener and currently manages a certified organic market garden, operating as a social enterprise in the subtropical hinterland of south east Queensland. He has spent several years working in sustainable agriculture, including as co-owner of a diversified 200 acre regenerative farm south of Hobart. 
Jonathan loves working with people to build strong community based food production and distribution systems and is passionate about empowering people to get involved with the future of their food. His passion for working with people extends into helping build confidence through mentoring and education to facilitate people gathering the skills and information they need to lead independent, constructive and fulfilling lives whilst learning to actively work with others to create a bright future.

We also take our students on field trips to see and meet other fantastic sites and people. 



Thanks for being awesome! Thanks also for the shared life-experiences/knowledge of the teachers. One thing that really stood-out for me was the “people care” of the students, and everyone really, throughout the two weeks. I have never before experienced this in the many workshops, courses and places of learning/study that I have attended. My wish is that such a thing becomes the “normal” way of being – YEAH!


We’re holding this permaculture design course at the vibrant Okines Community House and garden in Dodges Ferry, southern Tasmania. This active community hub features a food co-op, beautiful community garden, a pizza oven and is located near a local surf beach – it’s a rocking place!

Okines community garden


We provide free camping (BYO all your own gear) onsite with access to toilets, showers and inside spaces to relax in.

If you’d prefer to not camp, there are also local places you can stay independently, have a look at a large selection herehere and here. 

Abundant food gardens and beehives.

One Full PDC Scholarship on Offer!

In the spirit of fair share, we’re offering one full scholarship to a lucky someone. The person we give this scholarship to will be someone who:

  • Does not have the financial capacity to attend the PDC, and
  • Is committed to applying their new skills to benefit more than just themselves.

Applications have now closed. Try again next year :-)!


We provide nutritious and delicious vegetarian food for the entire course and can cater for a large range of dietary needs with wholesome, locally sourced and organic food where possible.

organic catering


How to get to the permaculture design course

Dodges Ferry is approximately 45 minutes from Hobart and 30 minutes from the Hobart airport.

  • By Boat: If you’re coming from Melbourne, Victoria – you can catch the boat (a 12 hour journey) from Port Melbourne to Devonport. From Devonport it is a 4 hour drive to Dodges Ferry.  To see the timetable and book your ticket visit the Spirit of Tasmania
  • By car: If you’re driving to the course and have a spare seat you’re willing to offer to another student, please get in touch so we can help connect you. It’s also well worth checking out Cool Pool Tas, Tasmania’s very own car pooling network! There is easy bike and car parking at the venue in an off street car park.
  • By bus: There are regular buses traveling from Hobart to Dodges Ferry, check out the timetable here.
  • By plane: The closest airports to Dodges Ferry is the Hobart airport. Check out the webjet website to find the most affordable deal. To get to Dodges Ferry from the airport your options are to hire a car, or talk to us about organising a carpooling arrangement with a fellow student or a possible bulk pick up.

Permaculture design students having fun!

Why study with Good Life Permaculture?

  • We are Tasmania’s expert permaculture education provider, delivering meaningful and high quality learning processes for our students. We have REALLY applied our heads, hearts and hands to create this course to be one of the best permaculture adult education experiences available.
  • Our teachers are amongst the most experienced and passionate in Australia. You will always have at least one professional permaculture designer/practitioner on site at all times.
  • All our staff practice what they preach and work professionally in this field.
  • We feed your mind with a huge array of top quality content. We also feed your body with delicious and nutritious food for the whole course. Where possible we source local and organic foods to support Tasmanian growers and producers.
  • Upon completion of the course, you’ll be on your way to being a professional permaculture designer (if this interests you), be able to teach on a permaculture design course and continue studying towards your permaculture diploma, anywhere in the world. Cool hey!

Payment Plan

You can establish a payment plan to pay off the course fee over a period of months. Email us at hello@goodlifepermaculture.com.au and to set up your own payment plan today.

Cancellation Policy

We ask that you give us two weeks notice if you choose to step out of the course; we’ll provide a refund, minus the deposit fee. Alternatively you can pass your place onto a friend or family member or choose to use this as credit towards one of our future courses. If we have to cancel the course for whatever reason, we’ll provide a full refund immediately.


January 19, 2018 @ 4:00 am
February 2, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
A$150.00 - A$1,850.00
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Okines Community House
510 Old Forcett Rd
Dodges Ferry, Tasmania Australia


Good Life Permaculture
0418 307 294