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Permaculture Design Course

April 3, 2015 @ 1:00 am - April 19, 2015 @ 12:00 am

Join internationally renowned permaculturalist, Rosemary Morrow, and special guests for two weeks of life changing permaculture learning. You’ll learn how to design resilient and robust permaculture systems for your own (and others) lives and landscapes in a supportive and beautiful learning environment.
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The 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.

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, PDC student 2014).

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 lots more!


Just wonderfully fun. So well coordinated (always on time, always organised), experience of a lifetime, truly life changing. Thank you so much (Nysha, 2014 student).

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. 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…

A two week life changing learning experience
Free camping (BYO all your own camping gear)
Delicious and nutritious vegetarian catering for the full course
A copy of the Permaculture Designer’s Manual (Bill Mollison) which retails at $120
Course resources
Permaculture Design Certificate
Field trips to local properties featuring clever design in action
A whole bunch of new permaculture friends

Your teachers…
Rosemary is a well-known, respected permaculture teacher and practitioner who is also very down to earth. For almost 40 years she has worked extensively with farmers and villagers in Africa, Central and South East Asia and Eastern Europe. Rosemary has a special commitment to the people of war-torn nations such as Vietnam, Cambodia, Bosnia and Afghanistan.

In between her overseas work Rosemary has developed several of her own properties in the Blue Mountains. Using permaculture principles the properties have become models for sustainable living.

Rosemary is the author of ‘The Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture’ and ‘The Earth User’s Guide to Teaching Permaculture’ (supplied to all students) and is also a co-founder with Lis Bastian of The Blue Mountains Permaculture Institute.



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.

We also draw on further local teachers to bring a depth of experiences to the course.

And in the background you’ll have…

Hannah Moloney is a full time permaculture practitioner specialising in urban agriculture and community development. She has over 10 years of practical experience in designing, building and managing permaculture based projects. Hannah divides her time between teaching permaculture, designing, managing permaculture projects and establishing a small city farm with her partner, Anton Vikstrom, in their Hobart home. You can read more about Hannah here.  She’s currently on maternity leave, but will be spending time in and around the PDC to volunteer her expertise and have a good time!



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 is one of those rare breeds with both deep theoretical knowledge and practical capabilities. Over the years, this has seen him work for the Alternative Technology Association, Cultivating Community and Sustainable Living Tasmania. At the same time he has finally honed his practical skills in everything from off-grid solar power, carpentry, landscaping, brewing beers and wines, fermenting, kite making and sewing.

The Venue
This course is being held at Tarremah Steiner School, approximately 15 minutes south of Hobart city. The buildings and grounds are incredibly welcoming and create a healthy, beautiful and fun learning environment.

Arrival Time & Daily Schedule
While the actual course starts on Saturday 4th April, we’re asking students to arrive on the evening of the 3rd at 4pm to set up camp, have dinner with us and settle in. This will ensure that we’re ready to get started on time the following day. Each day we’ll have four different sessions, starting at 8:30am and finishing at 5pm with ample breaks (and scrumptious food). The evening’s will largely be yours to relax, study, design and think (so much thinking and reflecting to do). However we’ll also run regular casual evening sessions to make sure you get the most from the course.
We supply free camping onsite, please bring all your own camping gear. We strongly recommend you stay on site for the duration of the course as there are optional evening activities which are highly beneficial. It’s also an incredible opportunity to immerse youself in this unique learning experience which gives you SO MUCH when you’re able to be there 100%.
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
Warm clothes
A hearty appetite for learning

Why study with Good Life Permaculture?

We are Tasmania’s expert permaculture education provider, committed to facilitating meaningful and high quality processes for our students. We have REALLY applied our heads, hearts and hands to create this course to be one of the best permaculture learning experiences available.

Our teachers are amongst the most experienced and innovative teachers in Australia and the world

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.

We pay for a one-year membership to a relevant organisation of your choice, so even after you leave the course we’ll still be supporting you in getting informed and connected with permaculture networks and resources.

Upon completion of the course, you’ll receive a Permaculture Design Certificate which means you’re qualified to be a permaculture practitioner, teach on a permaculture design course and continue studying towards a 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. Please send us an email at hello@goodlifepermaculture.com.au and we’ll organise a system that suits you best.
Cancellation Policy
We ask that you give us two weeks notice if you choose to step out of the course; we’ll refund your fee, 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.


April 3, 2015 @ 1:00 am
April 19, 2015 @ 12:00 am


Good Life Permaculture


Tarremah Steiner School
12 Nautilus Grove, Huntingfield Tasmania 7055 AU + Google Map