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Holistic Management Decision Making

October 15, 2016 @ 10:00 am - October 16, 2016 @ 6:00 pm

An approach anyone can use to aim and steer their life projects toward happiness, health, and wholeness
Join Dan Palmer from Very Edible Gardens for a weekend that will transform your personal and professional life. In this two-day workshop we will apply the holistic management decision making framework to a whole of your choice. Your “whole” might be you, your family, your business, or an organisation you are part of.
This workshop is not a sit back and soak it up affair. It involves engaging with and articulating what matters most to you in your life and in the different wholes you are part of. You will come prepared to share and leave with focus and clarity about why you are here and not only how you can steer your life directly into the space you most deeply want to be in personally and/or professionally, but how you can stay there.
Ready to book in? Simply scroll down to the bottom of this page to secure your place.
You can get a feel for this approach as applied by Very Edible Gardens in this article and by Good Life Permaculture for their family.
Going through the holistic management process was priceless for both personal life and a future business. Using that approach changes everything and gives me a lot of confidence going forward – Erica, South Melbourne.
Who is this workshop for?
While it might sound a bit vague, this workshop is actually for everyone. In particular we encourage the following people attend:

Local Government employees ,
School staff,
Non government organisations,
Small and big business owners, and
Folks looking to find clarity, focus and purpose in both their personal and professional lives.

Workshop overview
The first day will introduce you to the holistic management framework, then you’ll develop your statement of purpose (why the whole exists), quality of life statements (what needs to be true of the whole if those involved are to experience true quality of life from their involvement), and forms of production (how you realise all this on a daily basis).
On the second day you’ll be supported to develop your future resource base then go through it using the framework to test decisions in managing the whole you have chosen.
Thanks again for a great couple of days. I found it very valuable and it has certainly stirred some good thinking on my part about what more I would like from my work pursuits. As well, a deeper understanding of HM – Chris, South Melbourne.
About Dan
Dan 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. These days Dan lives with his wife Amanda and daughters Ciela and Nikka in New Zealand where they’re developing a 7-acre permaculture property, teaching, designing and loving life.
Our Teaching Approach
Dan Palmer and his co-facilitators are deeply passionate about holistic management and use a variety of facilitation tools to create an adaptive space in which all participants give each other permission to share openly and to support each other in understanding, then applying the holistic management framework. We don’t do “boring” teaching, only profoundly awesome.
Very, very useful for achieving focus and the motivation behind my idea – recommend it to everyone – Michelle, Westgarth.

Venue & Times
This workshop runs from 9am – 5pm each day and is being held at the Sustainable Learning Centre at 50 Olinda Grove, Mt Nelson, Hobart.
Course Refreshments
We provide morning and afternoon tea, plus hot drinks on tap. Please bring your own lunch both days.
Cancellation Policy
There are no refunds for this workshop. If you’re unable to make the course, we encourage you to pass you place onto a friend, colleague or family member.


October 15, 2016 @ 10:00 am
October 16, 2016 @ 6:00 pm


Sustainable Learning Centre
50 Olinda Grove, Mt Nelson
Hobart, Tasmania Australia


Good Life Permaculture