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Be a Melliodoran (for a week): seasonal cycle course

 

DSC00916Join this course for a unique opportunity to share living and learning in a mature permaculture system guided by permaculture co-founder David Holmgren, his partner, Su Dennett and Melliodora office manger, Rick Tanaka, all of whom have decades of experience in self-reliant living. The 7 day residential course takes place at the renowned permaculture demonstration site, Melliodora.

DSC00639Those interested in living the self-reliant lifestyle based on permaculture principles will gain valuable life lessons from the experience. With only 8 places available you become part of the family and interaction with David, Su, Rick and other participants is ‘quality time’.

Participants will be involved in all the tasks and assignments relevant to autumn, with an emphasis on harvesting, processing and preserving the bounty of the season.  DSC00685The course offers a unique opportunity to live and experience permaculture for 7 action packed days.

The 8 places will fill quickly so book early and don’t miss out. More details here.

(photos from the seasonal cycle course 2013)

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Permaculture and Festivals

picAs we reported earlier, David Holmgren will give a presentation at Rainbow Serpent Festival over the Australia Day weekend in January 2014. He will discuss the very apt subject on  “Permaculture and Festivals; fringe delusion and degeneration or action at the edge?” reflecting on his own experiences in both.

Permaculture and music festivals have been prominent expressions of the counterculture in Australia over the last three decades. What can young people salvage from that history as they find their way in a mad world, fix the mess and enjoying the trip?  Permaculture co-founder David Holmgren paints the big picture with amazing stories of festivals where permaculture was first in action, knock on impacts around the world and the opportunities amongst the crap of the unfolding Brown Tech future.

Do not miss the chance to hear his talk at Rainbow 2014.

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The Tea House launches

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Last month a new collection of poems by Venie Holmgren was published. Since then Venie has had launches in Daylesford and Castlemaine promoting The Tea House Poems. The  Melbourne launch will be held this Thursday Dec 5th (4.30pm) at Collected Works bookshop in the city.

Most people report they just love Venie’s poetry, as well here are some endorsements from people who know what they are talking about:

It’s rare to find a book that works so well as a sustained, quiet sequence, with a real sense of personality and as well as sharp intelligence

Ross Gillett

The most beautiful collection of poetry I have read in the longest time.

Jordie Albiston

I hold her teahouse poems more gently than I do most, in my hands.

Kathy Kituai

Exquisite and glorious

Lizz Murphy

Perfectly poised work. A remarkable book.

Peter O’Mara

A lovely production, perfectly suited to your [Venie’s] spare, elegant poems.

Chris Mansell

A much needed story of old age told by a master poet.

Dorothy Bysouth

Here are some of the highlights recorded in Daylesford and Castlemaine.

Peter O’Mara launching Venie’s new book, read some from the Tea House Poems in Daylesford, accompanied by Tony Soccio on mandolin.

Here’s one of Venie’s performances.

Nola Firth made a launching speech at Castelmaine, while Ross Donlon M.C.’d.

The Tea House Poems are available from Lulu.com.

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Bill Gammage to talk in Daylesford

resized_9781742377483_224_297_FitSquareBill Gammage, the veteran historian and author of the ground breaking book, The Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aborigines Made Australia, will give a talk at the Daylesford Town Hall on Friday Nov 29. Bill Gammage is adjunct professor in the Humanities Research Centre at the Australian National University.

In this multi-award winning book, Bill refutes the common notion that pre-1788 Aboriginal people had no system of land management, on the contrary he shows that the people who lived here then had developed, over many generations, a complex, elaborate system of management to ensure the survival of their culture.

He suggests that time spent maintaining the landscape was a cultural obligation of great import. There’s an exhibition of works by colonial artist Thomas Clark at the Hamilton Art Gallery, a room full of 1850-60’s views of the western district ……wide open spaces, clear of stumps. Clark and other artists of the day had no agenda to paint anything other than what they saw. Where are the trees, now so plentiful?

Gammage uses written accounts by explorers and historians, and early landscape views (sketches, paintings, etc) to explain how Aborigines created an ideal landscape for obtaining the variety of food items they needed in their diet, and kept the countryside clear of dense vegetation (and thus dangerous fires).

The indigenous Australians were more efficient than Europeans, Bill asserts, in getting food, shelter and other needs from the land, mostly by the use of fire and manipulation of the life-cycles of food plants.

Once the fire-based land management systems was removed with the arrival of Europeans, the continent became overgrown and thus more fire prone (made worse, as well, by the climate changing to a much drier one). With The Biggest Estate on Earth, Bill  has updated the history of Australia, and our way of seeing our land.  If his conclusions will be debated, they speak directly to contemporary concerns with land and land care. The central premise of The Biggest Estate on Earth is that before white settlement, the continent had been looked after by  mindful and meticulous caretakers.

The talk is organised by the Hepburn Relocalisation Network. Do not miss this rare opportunity.

Entry $10/$8 pre booked  $15/$12 at the door

More on our events page.

Here is Bill Gammage talking about the book.

Review on the Wheeler Centre website.

(The recording of his talk, introduced by HRN’s Su Dennett is available here.)

 

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Formidable Vegman to uke Hepburn Swiss Italian Festival

PosterHepburnLadies and gentleman would you please welcome, back from six months of touring around the northern hemisphere, gruelling hardship and ridiculous fun, Australia’s one and only Permaculture ukulele rad-ish beets merchant, Charlie Mgee! performing in person, a very special “End-of-tour, homecoming show” in Hepburn.

Mgee has recently returned from an international tour where he performed songs from his album, “Permaculture: a Rhymer’s Manual”, to sell-out shows. We’ve heard about Charlie’s heroics in England. We’ve heard about the many reviews. Now it’s time to see for ourselves this permaculture influenced dance music sensation.

Charismatic Perth-based singer songwriter Charlie Mgee will be in Hepburn for one show only  to perform his songs based on the 12 principles of permaculture in various musical styles ranging from ‘climate-change reggae’ to ‘peak-oil polka’, so don’t miss it.

It is more than apt to welcome Charlie in Hepburn, as it was David Holmgren, Hepburn’s resident environmental pioneer who inspired Charlie’s concept album. No doubt David will be there, grooving along as well.

This is an all-ages event open to the public. Donations appreciated. Get down to the Sound Shell at the Hepburn Springs Reserve on Sat Nov 2nd between 1 and 3 pm. A fun filled afternoon guaranteed. Great family entertainment. A rare act that kids and big people alike can enjoy.

More details please see our event page.

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PDC at Rocklyn’s Ashram

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David Holmgren will be leading a team of experienced tutors in a ten day residential Permaculture Design Course in February 2014 at the Rocklyn Ashram. The Satyanada Ashram, near Daylesford, Central Victoria, provides a relaxing, beautiful and quiet learning environment.

Participants can be assured that they will be fed the world’s best food, fresh, organic, sustainable, ethical food, grown on site and from Central Victorian producers, procurred and prepared by Su Dennett, Melliodora’s resident super food processor, and the Ashram’s catering team.

Please do not miss out on this unique opportunity to learn permaculture from the co-founder of the concept and five other well-known, experienced tutors; Ian Lillington, Beck Lowe, Angela Enbom, Patrick Arnts and Simon Reid.

Immersing yourself for ten days in this setting will no doubt stimulate your permaculture senses and nurture your body, mind and spirit. The course 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.

Course size is limited to 30 to guarantee individual attention. Book early and secure your place in this unique PDC.

See more details in our Events.

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Friendly reminder: book early for Melliodora tours

On the first day of September the new season of public tours at Melliodora opened for 2013/14.

In the morning David Holmgren and Su Dennett took the full house of enthusiastically curious visitors through their house. They showed some of the principles behind passive solar house design as well as examples of practical applications at work.

Taking advantage of fine mild spring weather, the visitors walked through the famed farm garden system at Melliodora, observing the plants and animals, landscape and garden farming setups and designs. Along the way, they saw many  practical applications of permaculture principles. Our season openers were enjoyed by all of us here at Melliodora, and by all reports the visitors did as well.

Our next tours are on Sunday October 6th. As with the September tours, they are very popular. Remember to book early at our online shop, to secure your place and avoid missing out.

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Come, stay and learn, a residential course at Melliodora

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Melliodora introduces a new course this season, a 7 day residential one with special focus on Spring seasonal activities. The course  is for people interested in the self-reliant lifestyle based on permaculture principles. You will participate in the key tasks that determine the scope and diversity of the coming season while eating from last season’s abundance at Melliodora, the renowned permaculture demonstration site.   

 

The course focuses on the activities of the season in the kitchen, garden and orchard including;

• garden bed preparation, compost and mulch harvest

• seeding and transplanting seedlings

• greenhouse management

• food harvesting and preparation

• small live stock and tree fodder management

• orchard management

• urban forestry and firewood management

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This course is a unique opportunity to share house and living in a mature permaculture system guided by permaculture co-originator David Holmgren, his partner  Su Dennett and Melliodora office manger  Rick Tanaka, all with decades of experience in self reliant living. Please book early as the available places are strictly limited.

More details, please see the events page.

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Can permaculture help the global majority conserve rainforests?

Ceres-Presentation-flyer-September-2013-150-pixels-David Holmgren is to share the talk stage with John Seed in the fund raising evening for the Chikukwa project in Zimbabwe. The forum is entitled “Can permaculture help the global majority conserve rainforests?” and will be held at Melbourne’s CERES.

An evening to inform, inspire and to encourage discussion about the connection between the deforestation of the earth’s rainforests, unsustainable agriculture, and the global majority, and the part permaculture can play to protect our rainforests and ensure food security for the human population.  This is an evening benefit  for the Zimbabwe Chikukwa Project and includes a short film about how 22 years of permaculture has led  a community of 7000 Zimbabwe villagers from malnutrition and hunger to abundance.

Also appearing on the stage for the fundraiser presented by the Earthsoulscience Co-op Ltd. is John Seed, the veteran activist who has been working for the protection of the world’s forests since 1979. His presentation will be eye opening.
The fundraising evening for Chikukwa presented by the Earthsoulscience Co-op Ltd. kicks off at 7.30pm at CERES on September 25. See more details in our events page.

Bookings essential,  http://www.trybooking.com/DICD.

Enquiries: Anna Kumashov 0403995152.

 

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Novel times, novel ecosystems

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Annual Spring in the Bendigo Bush festival kicks off its 15th season on Aug 25. Over five weeks, the festival hosts workshops, walks, bike rides and events celebrating the region’s rich history and environment characterised by its ‘amazing’ box-ironbark forests.

As a part of a discussion of the state we are in,  David Holmgren will talk about the emergence of “novel ecosystems” in the bush, in our “novel times”, on the evening of September 10.

This evening follows on from events such as the Biophilia Blitz yesterday, Threatened Species and Environmental Change –our guided walk through the Whipstick with Terri Williams and Bendigo Tafe Conservation and Land Management students, our afternoon with landscape artist John Wolseley, and Sunday’s talk on the importance of observing and recording local species by Geoff Park .

All welcome, but registration essential.

More details about David’s talk is on our Events page.

The full program of “Spring in the Bendigo Bush” is found here. For further enquiry about this event, please contact springinthebendigobush@gmail.com.

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