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Permaculture Design Course (part-time)

October 2, 2015 @ 8:30 am - November 15, 2015 @ 6:15 pm

Based in and around Hobart, this part-time Permaculture Design Course is designed for all you folk who need to keep on working, parenting and all round general living. Over a series of 5 weekends covering 2 months, students will learn how to design resilient and robust permaculture systems for their own (and others) lives and landscapes.
– Ready to book your place? Simply scroll down to the bottom of this page –
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.  .
Very beautiful people, very beautiful course. A big treasure for me and for my life. Thank you! (Luigi: dancer, Italian & town planner).
This course will be held over 5 weekends on the following dates

Oct 2, 3, 4, 5

Oct 17-18

Oct 24-25

Nov 7-8

Nov 13, 14,15

This course covers a wide breadth of topics including…

Permaculture ethics & principles
Design theory and practical application
Systems thinking
Pattern understanding
Water management, in the city and on the land
Soil health: How to improve and maintain it
Cropping systems
Alternative economics
Energy systems
Social permaculture
Food forests
Sustainable building design

As part of your course fee you receive…

A life changing learning experience
Delicious and nutritious vegetarian lunches for the first weekend only – Oct 2, 3, 4, 5
A copy of the Permaculture Designer’s Manual (Bill Mollison) which retails at $120
Course materials
Hands-on and theoretical knowledge in how to design your dream home (and life) and the skills, networks and resources to help you get started
Field trips to various urban and rural sites showcasing elements of permaculture in action
Permaculture Design Certificate, allowing you to work towards your Diploma in Permaculture
A whole bunch of new permaculture friends

I loved this course. It hasn’t just changed my outlook on life – it’s changed my life (Anita, PDC student 2014).

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 do a few things like 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!
We’re basing this PDC at the Sustainability Centre in Mt Nelson. The Sustainability Learning Centre is an innovative and visionary, purpose-built educational facility which offers learning programs for students and the community. We’ll also be taking you on field trips to see permaculture in action on a range of scales and contexts.
Teaching Team
We are so excited to have a 100% pure Tasmanian teaching teaching for this course. All of our team have either completed their teacher training with Rosemary Morrow or have worked alongside her. We therefore approach teaching with student learning as our key focus, meaning we are completely focused on making sure you get what you need from this course.
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 developing her home (along with partner, Anton) as a demonstration permaculture homestead. You can read more about Hannah here. . .
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.
Oberon Carter is an ecologist and serious nature lover. He has worked with State government for 15 years, specialising in conservation management of a wide range of biodiversity, especially on private land. Oberon and his wife run a business called Spiral Garden, offering “permaculture for families” e-courses, finding creative ways to communicate permaculture to busy families! They also home educate their three children and are busy building an urban permaculture oasis near Hobart. Oberon is passionate about learning from nature to enact positive changes in our lives through a permaculture framework. At any spare opportunity Oberon is likely to be taking photos of native fungi in local forests! . . 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. .  

My life will be improved from having participated in this course (Phil: engineer, Tasmanian & poet).

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.
Why study with Good Life Permaculture?

We are Tasmania’s expert permaculture education provider, committed to facilitating meaningful and high quality experiences 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 LIVE permaculture on a range of levels and are amongst the most experienced and innovative teachers in Australia.

We are committed to ensuring our students are equipped with the best start possible to being competent and effective designers and practitioners.

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!

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 a $100 administration cost. Alternatively you can choose to pass it onto a friend or use it 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.


October 2, 2015 @ 8:30 am
November 15, 2015 @ 6:15 pm


Good Life Permaculture


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