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Rocket Powered Shower Workshop: Learn how to build your own!

April 25, 2015 @ 9:00 am - April 26, 2015 @ 5:00 pm

Join special guest, Tim Barker (from QLD) for a weekend immersed in learning how to build a rocket powered shower and how you can apply rocket technology to a range of alternative technologies. Based on a beautiful farm in Nicholls Rivulet (southern Tasmania) you’ll be fed local and organic food, sleep under the stars (or in your tent) and get your hands dirty with good, honest learning and doing.
Ready to book in? Scroll down to the bottom of this page and secure your place today!
At this workshop you will…

Learn the theory of rocket stove technology, enabling you to design and build your own.
Build a 150mm cross section rocket stove out of common, cheap materials. This size is suitable for a hot water system but also for ovens and hot plates.
Learn the theory of heating water with wood safely and efficiently.
Build a rocket powered hot water system, and
Receive comprehensive “how to” notes for building your rocket stove fired hot water systems and cooking devices.

  Tim Barker built one of the most robust rocket water-heaters we’ve seen, capable of being run safely and maintained by a rotating student body on a permaculture teaching site (Ernie and Erica Wisner, International rocket technology experts, Tonasket / Washington / USA).
About Tim Barker
Tim has come a long way since his days as a diesel fitter mechanic and now spends his time between Australia and NZ as a semi professional pyromaniac and mad scientist teaching people how to burn stuff and make really cool machines and devices for low carbon living. He currently teaches ‘appropriate technology’ for the Koanga institute in NZ and was previously farm manager at the Permaculture Research Institute for two years.  His rocket stove and char making powered hot water systems, ovens and cookers reflect his passion for elegant simple and durable combustion technologies. Other projects include gravity powered water pumps, solar thermal cookers and dryers, pedal powered washing machines, cargo bikes, hovercraft, wooden boats and aquaponics.  He now runs semi regular rocket stove workshops for Very Edible Gardens and was recently invited to take part in Paul Wheaton’s (from Richsoil) workshop as one of the world’s five best ocket stove innovators, which also included Ernie and Erica Wisner, Peter van den Burg, Matt Walker and Chris Maclellan for nearly two weeks of pyro-madness (in a good way).

Sourcing local and organic food, we’ll feed you delicious and nutririous vegetarian meals and refreshments throughout the whole course!
Arrival & leaving times
We’re asking everyone to arrive on Friday evening from 4:30pm to set up camp, settle in and share dinner with us. This will allow us to get started first thing on Saturday morning and make the most of our time together.  The course will finish on Sunday, 5pm and we need to make sure you’re all safely on your way home by 6:30pm.
We’re holding this course at the very fantastic Fork and Hoe Farm, around 45 minutes south of Hobart. These guys are full time market gardeners and farmers, so you’ll get to soak up their goodness, camp amongst their green paddocks and admire their hard work. We’ll provide full details, address and map to all students closer to the workshop.
This is a residential course where you’re able to camp out onsite (for Friday and Saturday nights only) amongst green rolling paddocks and market gardens in Nicholls Rivulet, approximately 45 minutes south of Hobart. Amenities for this course are basic and include composting toilets, please note, there are no shower facilities for this particular course… as we’ll be building them!
What to bring with you

Camping gear: tent, swag, sleeping bag, mat, teddy bear etc
Work clothes – you will be getting dirty so leave your good clothes at home
Weather appropriate clothing – please check the forecast before packing
Sturdy work boots
Sun hat
Water bottle
Pen and paper for taking notes
A hearty appetite for learning and doing

Some fantastic links to workshops and resources Tim has been involved with

Watch this “>short video about a rocket powered shower that Tim designed with Geoff Lawton
Fantastic and thorough article by Tim on rocket powered showers
Rocket Mass Heater Innovators Event Podcast: Part one and Part Two

Cancellation Policy
If you’re unable to make the workshop, we encourage you to pass on your place to a family member or friend so they can soak up the goodness. Alternatively you’re welcome to put it towards one of our future courses, or we can provide a refund, minus the deposit fee.
Want to pay by direct deposit instead?
Get in touch with us at hello@goodlifepermaculture.com.au and we’ll provide the relevant details for you to do so.


April 25, 2015 @ 9:00 am
April 26, 2015 @ 5:00 pm


Fork and Hoe Farm
Nicholls Rivulet AU


Good Life Permaculture