A few places left for this wonderful PDC with David Holmgren Feb 6-18

PDC with David Holmgren

The course will be structured around the 12 permaculture principles devised by David Holmgren, while days are given daily themes derived from his permaculture flower. Topics will include soil ecology, energy laws and processes, pattern recognition and reading landscapes, passive solar design, social ecology, bio-regional organisations and many more.

The course also includes off-site trips to one of the world’s best documented permaculture properties, the renowned Melliodora at Hepburn, and other permaculture sites in the area.

At the end of the course, you will receive a PD certificate.

The Venue

The Rocklyn Satyananda Ashram, near Daylesford, Central Victoria, provides a perfect venue for this PDC. Relaxing, beautiful and quiet, it creates an ideal learning environment. Immersing yourself for ten days in this setting will stimulate your permaculture senses, and nurture your body and mind.

In taking part in this course you will also have daily opportunities to participate in the regular activities of the Ashram. The yoga sessions are optional but you are encouraged to take part in the simple gentle yoga practice before breakfast, before lunch, and in Ashram ceremonies that take place in the early evening. Participating in the yoga sessions will help you to both assimilate the permaculture information learned throughout the day and to relax and be healthy in a peaceful learning environment.

You will be invited to take part in the Shivaratri festival and celebration which falls during the course on Tuesday evening 16/2/15.


Food and eating is an integral part of this residential permaculture course. You could argue that the essence of permaculture is food. Prepared by Su Dennett with the Ashram’s catering crew, the meals are not just prepared with love and care. Su will make sure that what you eat will meet permaculture standards and are also delicious. She will prepare meals for you with food from sustainable and ethical sources including veggies grown on-site and in Central Victoria. You will be served lacto-vegetarian meals together with the Ashram residents.


This is a residential course with shared [3 person] rooms. Camping is available, and if you choose this option you will need to bring your own tent and will receive a $100 reduction on total fees.


There are no prerequisites, but it is recommended that you to read in advance the Essence of permaculture if you have not yet done so. All other titles by David Holmgren are highly recommended for those who have read Essence already.


Ian Lillington is a permaculture teacher, editor, author and sustainability activist. Living in Castlemaine, Ian is developing his own food forest and is involved in the local Growing Abundance permaculture/transition town project. Ian is one of the editors of David Holmgren’s books, and in 2007, published The Holistic Life – a Beginners’ Guide to Permaculture. In the mid 1990’s Ian and his family built a solar/eco home using rammed earth and re-cycled materials, in South Australia, and in 2006 they moved to Castlemaine. Ian has worked at CERES and for the National Centre for Sustainability [Swinburne and Ballarat Unis] and with Greener Houses, a project that has carried out eco-retrofits of suburban neighbourhood houses in Melbourne.

Beck Lowe completed her PDC in 1995, and has since worked in small urban spaces, larger rural spaces and community spaces, including managing the permaculture-based Gravel Hill Community Gardens for six years. She has been developing her permaculture farm near Heathcote in central Victoria since 1998 which provides the family with vegetables, fruit, milk and meat. She has written for various permaculture and sustainability publications, and runs Cydonia Permaculture, a permaculture education business. She holds a Masters in Sustainable Agriculture, BSc and Diploma of Permaculture. She loves harvesting, eating, reading, observing, researching and hanging out with animals.

Angela Enbom runs a 28 acre permaculture farm near Ballarat. The farm, whilst still in it’s infancy, is the hub of Tread Lightly Permaculture. She regularly teaches permaculture skill-based workshops, PDCs and recently developed a People Care course on-site. Angela was actively involved in the organizing and teaching of the Ballarat ASPDC, and has a Cert III in Permaculture. She co-formed the Ballarat Wholefoods Collective, is a member of Ballarat Local Foods and regularly displays permaculture and bees at local shows. She keeps a menagerie of animals, including 25 bee hives, is passionate about herbs, local food, and cooking, and loves to share her knowledge and skills within her community.

Patrick Arnts the other half of Tread Lightly Permaculture, has been involved in the organisation and delivery of a number of permaculture design courses, including school-based projects. Alongside developing his 8 acre permaculture site, he has also completed a Cert III in Permaculture. Pat has special interests in permaculture earthworks, aquaculture, weeds, and trees in permaculture, especially perennial fruiting trees and agroforestry. Pat is a certified climbing arborist and has a strong focus on tree preservation. Pat is a practical permaculturist who has great people skills and loves to share his knowledge. His enthusiasm for permaculture is infectious and he is always willing to get in and do the hands-on work as well as talk theory.

Simon Reid is constantly asking the question “How can we live sustainably”? He finds the answers have a lot to do with energy and design. When we design a system (like a landscape or a building) we make choices. The resulting system can capture energy passively, conserve it for our needs and use it efficiently without much extra work from us, or it can be one that make us slaves by demanding continual inputs of time and energy. Currently he enjoys exploring the answers as a solar/energy consultant for BREAZE in Ballarat and implementing permaculture at his home in Gordon.

and of course, David Holmgren
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