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Advanced Permaculture Design with Dan Palmer

March 14, 2015 @ 9:30 am - March 15, 2015 @ 6:00 pm

Join acclaimed permaculture designer and practitioner, Dan Palmer from Very Edible Gardens for two days of design power!
– This course has now sold out, however you can place yourself on the waiting list by emailing hello@goodlifepermaculture.com.au

Aimed at people with a Permaculture Design Certificate (from anywhere in the world), this workshop will increase the effectiveness of permaculture designers towards working at a professional level. Drawing on seven years of experience as a professional designer, Dan will take you on a detailed and hands-on journey through the design process he uses professionally, sharing concrete strategies, tools & insights you can use to lift your game. Whether you are interested in residential, school, community or rural property design, we’ll go through:

Getting started as a professional designer
What and how to charge
Pre-visit preparation
On site design process
Design completion and follow up
Learning and using design software
Design implementation management or referral

** This workshop is being run directly before our Permaculture Teacher Training course with Rosemary Morrrow (16th-21st March) in the same venue (valued at $750). For students who would like to complete both courses we’re offering a special deal of $950 for the two courses (savings of $120).

We’re running this course directly AFTER the12th Australasian Permaculture Convergence which is also being held in Penguin. If you can, we wholeheartedly recommend you pop along to this as well, as you’ll get to meet some of the most skilled, successful, generous and wonderful permaculturalists on this side of the world!

About Dan Palmer
Dan is based in Melbourne and is co-director of Very Edible Gardens. He has two Permaculture Design Certificates, a BA and Masters Degree in Social Science, and a PhD in Systems Thinking. His teachers and mentors include permaculture founders Bill Mollison and David Holmgren, as well as Darren Doherty, Geoff Lawton, Rick Coleman, and Rosemary Morrow, the last of whom he spent seven months teaching and implementing permaculture in Ethiopia and Uganda. He’s completed an Advanced Permaculture course with David Holmgren and short courses with Elaine Ingham, Rowan Reid, Joel Salatin, Kirk Gadzia (on holistic management) and Graeme George. Co-founder of the permablitz movement, Dan contributes regularly to permaculture and organic gardening publications and courses in Australia and New Zealand. Dan lives and grows a fair bit of his food in Castlemaine with his wife Amanda and daughters Ciela and Nikka. Dan and Amanda are developing a 7-acre permaculture property in NZ with Dan’s folks to which they will some day abscond.
Students receive

Delicious and nutritious vegetarian catering for the full course. We provide vegetarian, local (where possible) healthy and tasty Delicious and nutritious vegetarian catering for the full course from Source Community Wholefoods. These guys are amazing and provide vegetarian, local (where possible) healthy and tasty food to keep your body nourished and your brain sharp
Class notes and resources,
Free onsite camping, and
A whole new network of permaculture designers and doers for you to draw on, and be part of!

This course is being held at the RESEED Centre in central Penguin, NW Tasmania. The site is an old infant school, is on 2 acres and located in an urban setting. Over a period of 10 years the former owners established a diverse range of fruit trees, vines and berry bushes using organic gardening and farming techniques.

In 2012 the property was purchased by a collective of six individuals who are transforming it into Tassie’s very own sustainability education facility. It will demonstrate the practical application of permaculture principles and support the development of sustainability-oriented enterprises. Yay!

Penguin is a beautiful, warm (for Tasmania) coastal town in the north end of the state, it even has it’s own giant Penguin. The course venue is within a 5-10 minute walk to all town facilities and a gorgeous beach so don’t forget your swimmers!

We provide free camping (BYO all you own gear), however if you don’t want to camp you can explore some of the local places to stay:

Penguin Caravan Park
High on Penguin
Penguin Holiday Apartments
Penguin Valley Farm Bnb
The Madsen
Moonlight Bay Guest House (in Ulverstone just outside of Penguin)
Airbnb – Search for options in Penguin, Tasmania

Arrival date and time
While the course starts on Saturday 14th March, we’re asking students to arrive on the afternoon/evening of the 13th to settle in and have dinner with us so we’re ready to start first thing the following morning. People are welcome to start arriving from 4pm onwards (on the 13th) for a 6:30pm dinner.
How to get there

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 plane: The closest airports to Penguin are Launceston and Devonport, only Qantas flies in and out of Devonport. Check out the webjet website to find the most affordable deal. To get to Penguin 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.
By bus: If you’re coming from Hobart or Launceston, buses are available through Red Line Coaches.
By Boat: If you’re coming from Melbourne, Victoria you can catch the boart (a 12 hour journey) from Port Melbourne to Devonport where we can arrange for a pick up to bring you to Penguin. To see the timetable and book your ticket visit the Spirit of Tasmania.

What to bring with you

All your camping gear including tent, sleeping mat, sheets, sleeping bag, pillow, teddy bear etc
Rain coat,
Sun shirt
Note book and pens
Swimmers (we’re within walking distance of a great beach)
Warm clothes, even though it’s early Autumn, it will still get chilly
A hearty appetite for learning

 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.


March 14, 2015 @ 9:30 am
March 15, 2015 @ 6:00 pm


Good Life Permaculture


RESEED Centre, Penguin
30 King Edward St
Penguin, TAS 7316 AU
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