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 (and a self confessed renaissance man) 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 awesome 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 our Permaculture Teacher Training and are big fans of this wonder woman.
James Da Costa is based in Hobart and co-teachers our Introduction to Small-scale Beekeeping courses. James has been keeping bees on a backyard scale for the past 5 years and throughout this time has been collecting and re-homing swarms and wild colonies of honey bees. He currently manages around 5 hives in suburban settings, is co-founder and key farmer at the Hobart City Farm and has a background in permaculture design, community engagement and small scale food systems.
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 New Zealand and works both there and in Melbourne as 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 course and our upcoming Holistic Management weekend workshop (Oct 2016).
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 and is teaching our Rocket Powered Shower workshop in 2015. 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.
Will Borowski teaches our ‘How to Grow Mushrooms’ course and is the owner and operator for Forest Fungi and has been interested in gourmet and wild mushrooms since he was a child. His expertise are grounded in studies in permaculture, environmental management, naturopathy, chemistry, botany, biology and hands-on gardening and doing. Will was also an environmental educator, horticulturalist, bush tucker guide and ranger at the Australian National Botanic Garden in Canberra until leaving Canberra in late 2012. These days he resides in Woodbridge, southern Tasmania and grows a lot of mushrooms!
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.