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Permaculture Design Course (part-time)

July 4, 2014 @ 8:30 am - August 31, 2014 @ 5:15 pm

This course has now booked out, however please register your interest on the waiting list (on the bottom of this page) to secure a last minute place that may come up.
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. So while Winter does it’s thing, blowing, raining and chilling, students will be warming themselves by learning from some of the world’s best how to design their dream homes, gardens and lives, permaculture style – all set for a Spring launch!  
Very beautiful people, very beautiful course. A big treasure for me and for my life. Thank you! (Luigi: dancer, Italian & town planner). My life will be improved from having participated in this course (Phil: engineer, Tasmanian & poet).  

Dates & Catering
The course will be held over 5 weekends across July and August.

July 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
July 19th, 20th
August 2nd, 3rd
August 16th, 17th
August 30th, 31st

Classes run from 8:30am – 5:30pm each day. We will provide 100% vegetarian catering for the first 4 day weekend; after that we provide scrumptious morning and afternoon tea for the following weekends and students bring their own lunches. All food we provide is sourced organically and locally where possible.
Teaching Team
At the heart of the teaching team is permaculture and sustainability specialists and fanatics, Hannah Moloney and Anton Vikstrom. Both 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. You can read more about them here. 

We are also thrilled to announce that David Holmgren, co-founder of Permaculture and all round good guy will be joining us for 2 days of this course. David brings unlimited depth, experience and insight to the classroom (and paddocks) and we are over the moon that he’ll be bringing his talent to Tassie specifically to teach on this PDC. Since co-founding Permaculture with Bill Mollison and publishing “Permaculture One” in 1978, David has written several more books, developed three properties using permaculture principles, conducted workshops and courses in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, South and Central America, Japan and North America. Within the growing and international permaculture movement, David is respected for his commitment to presenting permaculture ideas through practical projects and teaching by personal example. He shows by example that a sustainable lifestyle is a realistic, attractive and powerful alternative to dependent consumerism. This is a rare opportunity to learn from one of the most respected sustainability experts in the world, for more information about David, his work and home visit http://www.holmgren.com.au.
We’re basing this PDC at two beautiful locations, plus you’ll be taken to a number of urban gardens and small farms to see permaculture in action. We’ll spend our first weekend together (July 4th – 7th) at the Fern Tree Community Centre. For the remaining weekends we’ll be based at the Sustainability Centre in Mt Nelson.Students will be sent clear directions and instructions closer to the day about these two venues.
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 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

As part of your course fee you receive…

A life changing learning experience
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

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.

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.  


July 4, 2014 @ 8:30 am
August 31, 2014 @ 5:15 pm


Hobart & surrounds


Good Life Permaculture