Advanced Permaculture Planning + Design Process

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Date(s) - 11/04/17 - 14/04/17
All Day

Hepburn Primary School


A 4-day residential course in Hepburn Springs

11-14th April 2017

Taught by David Holmgren co-originator of the permaculture concept + Dan Palmer, co-founder of the Permablitz movement, director of VEG and author of Making Permaculture Stronger.

David has taught 3 and 4 day advanced principles and planning methods courses on home territory and around the world over the last 10 years.

This course builds on that lineage, to incorporate the most recent thinking by Holmgren and Palmer.

The motivation for this course comes from two creative sources:
•    the ongoing discussions between David and Dan about the critical review and retrofit of permaculture design methods that has been the subject of Dan’s blog Making Permaculture Stronger and
•    to provide an advance residential school opportunity for the students enrolled in the online CQU post graduate diploma in permaculture design that David has been supporting and contributing to over the last year.

Consequently this course provides an opportunity for those having completed a Permaculture Design Course, with a strong interest in permaculture principles, reading landscape, site and landscape planning and pattern language to join with those studying permaculture at the highest academic level. Everyone will have the opportunity to learn from, and with the co-originator of permaculture on home territory, and one of the most innovative and influential second generation permaculture designers and teachers. Lived experience in permaculture and related work is as valuable a background as academic study and qualification for participants in this exciting opportunity for those in the permaculture community able to come to Hepburn in April. Numbers are limited to 30.

The course will be a mix of presentations and group work, including in the landscape, discussions and response to participant projects.

Draft outline program

Day One
Advanced use of the 12 design principles in guiding and evaluating design projects and issues. This will be done through group workshopping and feedback rather than presentations.

Day Two
Reading Landscape and Landscape Mapping.
Working in groups reading the Hepburn Springs locality.
Presentation of local land system mapping.
Workshopping land system mapping as a foundation for design.

Day Three
Permaculture design process integrating Holmgren and Palmer methods informed by Christopher Alexander unfolding vs assembly process.

Day Four
Personal design projects.
Feedback from Holmgren and Palmer on student projects.

The course and camping will be at Hepburn Primary School 200m from Melliodora, the premier permaculture demonstration site of David Holmgren and Su Dennett.

Melliodora is not central to the course content but is accessible to the students over the four days for additional learning and inspiration.

The course including food and campsite is $690 per person.
Alternative accommodation in Daylesford/Hepburn is an option but the provided local seasonal food (much from Melliodora) is integral to the course.

We prefer you pay via direct deposit. There is a $30 surcharge if you pay via PayPal, which goes directly to PayPal. We understand some people find it easier paying this way, which is why we are still happy to offer it as an option.


Bookings are closed for this event.

6 Responses to Advanced Permaculture Planning + Design Process

  1. Anthony February 26, 2017 at 10:39 am #

    Hi Megu,

    Can I clarify exactly what days the course runs? 10th-14th is five days, and the 14th is Good Friday, so it sounds like it’s 10th-13th?



    • megu February 28, 2017 at 10:25 am #

      Hi Anthony, The course runs from the 11th-14th but people are encouraged to camp overnight on the 10th so they are fresh and ready to start on the 11th. Dinner is included on the 10th and brekky on the 11th. If you can’t camp over on the 10th, pls arrive on the 11th at 8am for a 9am start. I hope this helps! MegU

  2. Alexie p O'Brien March 14, 2017 at 7:58 pm #

    Hi Megu, Is there a prerequisite for this course? Thanks


    • megu March 15, 2017 at 9:50 am #

      Hi Alexie, you need to have done a PDC.

  3. Alex Lopez April 4, 2017 at 7:54 pm #

    Hello, I am interested in the upcoming course. Is it still open? I am a smallholder farmer from Mexico. I have done a PDC with Richard Perkins, last year. Cheers Alex

    • megu April 6, 2017 at 9:41 am #

      Hi Alex, I will email you. Cheers, Meg

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