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Sustainability Educator’s Master Class

Join two of Australia’s leading environmental educators for a hands-on train-the-trainer experience. This masterclass is designed to build the skills and confidence of anyone working with groups in the realms of sustainability and environmental adult education. You’ll learn how to design and deliver effective, fun and meaningful classes that inspire action.

Who should attend?

Designers, trainers and coordinators of formal and informal adult education, including but not limited to: Local government community development, health and wellbeing, environmental engagement and sustainability officers, not-for-profit educators, permaculture teachers, community group leaders and change agents. The course is suitable for beginner to intermediate educators.

What to expect?

This is not a ‘sit back and listen’ course. You will practice teaching skills every day in a safe, supportive and fun learning environment, and receive personalised constructive feedback to ensure you leave with skills applicable to the real world. The program will cover:

  • Principles of adult learning and teaching ethics
  • Developing learning goals and outcomes, and session plans that balance these with time constraints
  • How and when to use different teaching methods – group discussions, demonstrations, interactive workshops, lectures and more
  • Tailoring content and style to your learners, including tips on working with CALD communities and people with special needs
  • The art of asking questions to draw out the experiences of your group
  • Effective and engaging use of Powerpoint (it’s possible!)
  • Managing challenging participants and classroom situations


Your trainers


Hannah Moloney is a permaculture and sustainability educator with over eight years experience in adult education. She’s designed and delivered countless workshops to hundreds of students from broad backgrounds, including the two-week intensive permaculture design course. As director of Good Life Permaculture she was awarded the 2015 Tasmanian Young Landcare Leader Award for her work in educating and mobilising people around environmental and sustainability issues related to land management. Hannah regularly teaches alongside some of the most renowned permaculture and sustainability educators including David Holmgren, Dave JackeMilkwood and Rosemary Morrow.



untitled-design-18Kat Lavers has a breadth of training experience that spans a decade and includes local residents, primary and secondary kids, university lecturers, government staff, Karen refugees and even Mongolian nomadic herders. She is a Primary Trainer for Monash University’s multi-award winning Green Steps environmental change management program, where she was also responsible for developing the training package and mentoring new trainers across Australia and Malaysia. She currently manages the My Smart Garden sustainable gardening education program for Hobsons Bay City Council, and is a sought after freelance presenter, trainer and facilitator..

Included in your course fee

  • Delicious and nutritious morning and afternoon tea each day.
  • Comprehensive student notes.
  • Strong networks to draw on for the rest of your life.


Full Scholarship on offer!

We’re offering one full scholarship to someone who needs it to attend this course. To apply, simply click here and complete the questions. Please note, applications close on April 30th.


“Hannah’s devotion and skill as an educator is obvious to anyone who’s had the privilege of being her student. Her infectious enthusiasm and deft application of a suite of educational, group facilitation, and individual reflection techniques rapidly builds and nurtures a trusting team environment, keeps students actively engaged, draws out and shares the group’s diverse knowledge, ensures no one is left behind, and embeds lessons deep in student’s minds.” Todd Houstein, CEO Sustainable Living Tasmania. 

“Kat is a talented, bright and connected facilitator. She brings a balance of preparation and openness to her work – and draws on years of practical experience in environmental sustainability. I’m happy to recommend her work, and often do.” Matt Wicking, Centre for Sustainability Leadership.

“I have been delighted to teach with Hannah on several occasions. I’m constantly impressed with her ability to get the best from the class and yet work with information and content which is challenging. Hannah’s manner is encouraging and open so students enjoy interacting with her. She uses a fine range of teaching aids and methods in presenting material and I suspect students don’t even know they’re being taught. As a co-teacher with her, I see her seamlessly move with classes and content to meet the needs of all learners. As with all good teachers, Hannah’s knowledge and grasp of environmental content is extensive.” Rosemary Morrow: Internationally renowned permaculture teacher and author of Earth User’s Guide to Teaching Permaculture and Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture.

“It seemed to flow really well and people loved the info. You’ve totally nailed the balance of making it a very participatory workshop without participants actually taking over so you’re able to keep them on track. What an awesome skill!!” Liz Turner, Hume City Council

“As a facilitator of adult learners, I often sit and think “oh no, don’t do that!” Hannah you gorgeous thing, it didn’t happen once – you’re perfect!” Shani Graham, Ecoburbia. 

“Kat brings both fun and focus to her training by going deeply into discussions and drawing out the experiences of participants, while still managing the nuts and bolts of training – such as good structure and timing. Her style is relaxed yet professional and is backed up by a high degree of planning and organisation that ensures she responds to the needs of her group. She’s also a skilled mentor who has helped many new trainers find their feet in the role.” Mark Boulet, BehaviourWorks Australia


Cancellation policy

Please note, that there are no refunds available for this course. If you’re unable to attend, we invite you to pass your place on to someone else within your networks.

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Permaculture Design Certificate


21 January – 3 February, 2017, Dodges Ferry, Southern Tasmania

Join us for two weeks of deep permaculture design learning. You’ll leave this course knowing how to design resilient, robust landscapes & people-scapes in a  beautiful learning environment.

This Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) has been 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.

This workshop has now sold out. Pop your name on the waiting list at the bottom of the page – just in case!

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 course covers a wide breadth of topics including…

  • 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 PDC 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!


What the PDC is not…

First and foremost, the PDC is a design course. It is not a hands on course where you actively get to grow food, build a house or ferment food… Although we do like to make yoghurt and kimchi with you (plus some other fun things), as it’s simple and powerful stuff. This means that while we will touch on the above topics, we will not focus on teaching you the practical skills for each one. Rather, we’re committed to teaching you foundation knowledge for each topic so you can 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…


  • 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

All members of our teaching team have completed Permaculture Teaching Training with Rosemary Morrow, meaning you’ll get a learning experience like no other!

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YOUR LEAD TEACHER: Hannah Moloney is a professional permaculture designer who works with urban and rural land holders to design landscapes that are true to them and the surrounding environment. She completed her Permaculture Design Course in 2008, her Permaculture Diploma in 2011, has a post-graduate diploma in community cultural development and has been designing and building permaculture gardens and working on community projects that create positive change since 2001. She’s been teaching permaculture since 2009 across Australia with the likes of the Southern Cross Permaculture Institute, 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.


2c7e026YOUR *SPECIAL* GUEST: Nick Ritar from Milkwood will join us for two days of greatness. He is a permaculture designer, consultant and educator who works extensively across a wide range of bioregions, farms, watersheds and city environments. He is recognized nationally as a leading advocate on how permaculture principles can contribute to food security through good design and regenerative farming and living.

He and his partner, Kirsten Bradley (and their little Ashar) are on the verge of moving to Melliodora, home to Sue Dennett and David Holmgren (co-founder of permaculture). They’re completing a one-year, land based residency where they’ll co-manage the property and share this experience online and through their teaching, meaning everyone coming on this PDC will benefit.




YOUR LOCAL GUEST TEACHER # 1: Jonathon Cooper is the current organic market gardener for Fat Pig Farm and lives in the Huon Valley. He has several years experience working in agriculture, including as co-owner of a diversified 200 acre regenerative farm south of Hobart. He also has a long history in working with a range of businesses and community organisations to establish strong community-based food production and distribution systems. He’s passionate about empowering people to get involved with the future of their food. You can follow his adventures at Fat Pig Farm here. 



: Danny Lees has an enormous amount of practical experience in horticulture, permaculture and sustainable building. Specialising in garden design and implementation, he’s worked with Hobart’s leading edible landscaping business, FIMBY and some of Tasmania’s most renowned sustainable builders.  In addition to his PDC, he’s completed short courses in Advanced Permaculture Design and Permaculture Teacher Training.

When he’s not immersed in growing and building, you’ll most likely find him doing acrobatics and eating cake..



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 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!



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. 

Post PDC Farm Stays

*This is rather exciting*… We’ve organised free post PDC farm stays for some of our students who’d like to back up the PDC with hands-on skill development with folks already living the good life. You can see what farms we have on board and book in HERE.  


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.

All applications should address these two points and can be sent to Hannah at by December 1st, 2016.


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.

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Surf & Yoga Rejuvenation Day

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This PDC has one rest day (Saturday 28th January). On this day there is an option for a limited amount of students to book in for a soulful surf and yoga day out with local surfer, Claire Boost and yogi, Gabrielle Gartrell. Experience the relaxed yet active vibe of surf and yoga culture at one of Hobart’s most popular surf beaches, here in Dodges Ferry.

This package includes two, one hour yoga sessions in a waterfront yoga studio and two one hour surf lessons. Perfect for first time beginners or those who want to progress to peeling waves and simple manoeuvres. Lunch, morning and afternoon tea will be served on the beach from gourmet, fresh produce food truck AliCart.

You can book in this day of awesome for an additional $155 below (usually $255). You’re also welcome to get touch with Claire directly for more info at

**All surf and yoga equipment is provided on the day.


How to get to the PDC

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.



Why study with Good Life Permaculture?

  • We are Tasmania’s expert permaculture education provider, committed to facilitating 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.
  • We are committed to ensuring our students are equipped with the best start possible to being competent and effective designers and practitioners.
  • 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

If you’d like to establish a payment plan so you can pay the course fee over a period of months we’re very happy to work with you to create that. We ask that people set up this plan prior to the course, so that the fee is paid in full be the time the course commences. Please send us an email at and we can talk details.

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.

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House & Garden Masterplanning

* This course has been postponed until further notice *


Learn how to design both your house and landscape to create the ultimate home.


Join Jane Hilliard from Designful and Hannah Moloney from Good Life Permaculture for 1.5 days of design theory and practice. You’ll walk away with clear design framework and concepts to start the process of creating the ultimate, sustainable home.

Please note, this workshop runs from 9am – 4pm on Saturday 28th Feb and 9am – 1pm on Sunday 1st March

This workshop will…

  • Teach and explore the process of creating a design that is appropriate and necessary for the inhabitants and is one that you have the capability to maintain and flourish in,
  • Provide you with the framework to analyse and assess your existing house/house site to ensure it’s appropriately sustainable and integrated.
  • Guide you through the process of creating a brief and vision for your property through people analysis.
  • Show you how, and guide you through analysing and assessing your landscape to ensure you work with the land, and not against it,
  • Support you to apply design techniques to both your house and landscape, and
  • Provide one on one feedback from both teachers on your property so you can walk away with strong guidance and insight into how to move forward from here.

We have purposefully limited the spaces in this workshop to only 10 participants so we can provide thorough attention to each of you, ensuring that you get the most from us. The type of design experience each student will receive from us is inline with the Foundation Design service we provide. While not as thorough as this service, the key outcome from this workshop is that you will gain valuable awareness of your own needs and desires, the potential of your property and have some firm concept sketches to continue exploring and refining.


Pre-course homework

To ensure you get the most out of this workshop we’re asking each student to do a small amount of pre-course homework. This will involved collecting certain information about your house and property which you will then work on and flesh out during the workshop. We’ll provide the framework for this homework approximately 2 weeks before the starting date and estimate it will take between 2 – 3 hours of your time.

Your teachers

Jane Hilliard photo Jane Hilliard is a Building and Space Designer (CC6237 H). Graduating in Environmental Design from the University of Tasmania, Jane has enjoyed a ten year career as a successful architectural building designer. Her endeavours and passion for sustainability have enabled a variety of collaborations with environmentally innovative Australian architects. Travelling from Tasmania to Far North Queensland and back, Jane has worked for a number of leading firms as project leader, effectively designing climate responsive corporate buildings, urban spaces and user responsive homes.

Designful has allowed Jane to focus her career to provide meaningful design services in areas that have purpose. With a strong interest in permaculture, self-sufficiency and simple design solutions Jane integrates this into her work. “I question clients and prompt them to consider their lifestyle and the real necessities, we work out what the needs and desires are together. I take budgets very seriously and spend the time to create a concepts that addresses all requirements of a project, I think the brief writing process is very important and that good communication is paramount between client, designer and builder. Good working relationships are what achieve good results.”


 Hannah + KaleHannah Moloney grew up on a city farm in Brisbane 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 and 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 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 taught alongside some of the most celebrated permaculturalists in the world including David Holmgren (co-founder of permaculture) and Dave Jacke (US author of Edible Forest Gardens).

Important note

This is a design workshop and not a formal consultancy process on your property. While we will provide concept ideas and feedback to your house and landscape designs we would need to visit your property in person to provide accurate detail appropriate for you and your site. Please also note that any design you wish to take further or would like to implement may require consultation with a suitably qualified persons or authority.

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Course refreshments

We’ll provide delicious fresh fruit and snacks for morning and afternoon tea, plus hot drinks. Please bring your own lunch for Saturday, as we’re finishing at 1pm on Sunday you will not need to bring your lunch for the second day.

Cancellation policy

If you need to withdraw from this course we ask that you give us 2 weeks notice, we’ll provide a refund minus the deposit fee. Alternatively you’re welcome to pass your place onto a friend or family member or put the full fee towards one of our future courses. If we need to cancel the course for whatever reason, we’ll provide a full refund immediately.

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