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Introduction to Permaculture

June 13, 2015 @ 9:00 am - June 14, 2015 @ 5:00 pm

Join us for two days of exploration into Permaculture. You’ll gain a solid understanding in Permaculture ethics, principles and the framework to design your own (and others) homes in the city or out bush.
Goodwood Community Centre, Hobart / June 13-14 / 9am-5pm each day
Immerse yourself in a proactive weekend of thinking, learning and exploring avenues to respond to some of the biggest social, environmental and economic challenges of our time. Learn the basics in how you can apply permaculture to everything from house design, food production, energy systems and community development, all with a distinct Tasmanian flavour and focus.

Your permaculture course has completely changed my focus and approach towards my surroundings. I now have a clear vision and outlook of what I want to achieve In my garden and beyond. I have since been describing your course as a springboard. I left feeling inspired to continue learning more about permaculture and to take the first steps to creating a garden for my family to enjoy (Student, Feb, 2014).

This course covers…

Origins of permaculture and the global context
Permaculture ethics and principles
Design framework
Fermentation demonstration
Composting demonstration
Food production: including food forests and annual gardening
Water systems
House design for cool climates
Social permaculture

Students Receive

A copy of the Introduction to Permaculture book by Bill Mollison,
Morning and afternoon tea/refreshments (BYO lunch),
Course notes, and
New friends and networks.

Our teaching approach
We draw on a range of theoretical, interactive and hands-on methods in our teaching style with the intention to make sure our students are engaged and that we’re delivering information as thoroughly as possible. This course is approximately 40% theoretical and 60% interactive (group work and facilitated exercises), this includes practical demonstrations in fermentation and composting. We are deeply committed to making sure you walk away from the course with exactly what you need to live an abundant and good life.
Your teachers
Hannah Moloney and Anton Vikstrom co-direct Good Life Permaculture and have over a decade of hands-on experience in working with sustainability, permaculture and community development. They divide their time between establishing their city farm, designing people’s properties, teaching permaculture and managing community-based projects. They are deeply committed to regenerating landscapes, building community, having a good life and supporting others to do the same.


Anton Vikstrom 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, small-scale beekeeping, carpentry, and landscaping to brewing, fermenting, kite making and sewing.


Hannah 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, 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).

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.


 I found it very inspiring, lovely to spend a weekend with like minded people while learning more about how to live sustainably while still enjoying a comfortable lifestyle (Feb 2014 – another satisfied student).
We’re holding this course at the Goodwood Community Centre, 20 Acton Crescent, Goodwood. There is ample parking onsite, a beautiful community garden to eat your lunch in and a mudbrick building to learn within.
Cancellation Policy
There is no refund available for this course. If you’re unable to make it we encourage you to pass your place onto friends or family – alternatively you’re welcome to put it towards one of our future courses.


June 13, 2015 @ 9:00 am
June 14, 2015 @ 5:00 pm


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Good Life Permaculture