Category Archives: Courses + Workshops

Let there be Mud: the Basics of Natural Building

strawbale building at Milkwood's Natural Building course

Natural Building is rather a broad subject. It takes in everything from strawbale building to cobb, light earth, rammed earth, roundwood construction, earth floors and mud and lime wall renders, just for starters.

We figure it’s best to dive straight in, and get hands-on while you get your head around these different construction techniques. Here’s some photos from our last Natural Building course, with a big crew of students doing just that… Continue reading

Strategies for a Changing Economy – Survive and Thrive


David Holmgren and Nicole Foss are on the road delivering workshops and lectures (as well as teaching on our upcoming PDC) in the next month, with some seriously important things to say – are you ready to adapt and thrive?

“We are approaching many limits to growth over the next several decades, and are consequently facing many challenges in our immediate future.

Finance, energy, environment, resources and climate will all impact on the single-minded, one-dimensional trajectory human society has been on in our era of growth imperative.

Our current path is unsustainable. It cannot and will not continue, so we must adapt our societies in order to build a new future.  Continue reading

Permaculture futures: Seed Harvest Spoon


For many people, doing a Permaculture Design Course (PDC) can be a life-changer – whether it’s opening your eyes to a new way of seeing, living or doing, or giving you the confidence to go out and do those things.

Quite a few of our lovely PDC students end up heading on different career trajectories after doing their course, and with a whole lot of great stories to tell, we’re starting a new blog series called Permaculture Futures!

We’ll be chatting to some ex-students who have gone on to do some pretty damn inspiring things. First up – Seed Harvest Spoon.

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Autumn PDC photos: design, eggplants and more design…


This Autumn was a special one at the farm – after a year of dry everything was suddenly green, the bees were buzzing furiously, the market garden was pumping and the chickens were laying.

And then we held our Autumn Permaculture Design Course and, along with a beautiful crew of students, turned the farm into a design studio for two weeks… Continue reading

Announcing: Permaculture Teacher Training this August

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We are very excited to announce that come August we’ll be running another Permaculture Teacher Training with the one and only Rosemary Morrow.

This is an intensive course designed to empower students to become downright excellent teachers of permaculture  and holistic design in all sorts of contexts; straight up short courses, kitchen garden programs, community building programs, you name it…  Continue reading

Announcing: David Holmgren & our Winter PDC


We are excited to announce that David Holmgren, co-originator of Permaculture, will be joining Nick as a special guest teacher on our Winter Permaculture Design Certificate course happening this July in Sydney.

Here’s why we think this is such a big deal: Continue reading

Visiting Buena Vista Farm (and an upcoming course there, too)

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Perched on green headlands with rich volcanic soil below, mountains behind and the wide blue of the Pacific out front, Buena Vista Farm is a pretty special place.

And as a bonus, it’s peopled by an awesome young farming family producing beyond organic food for their community, and doing it with a smile…  Continue reading

Sandor Katz in Hobart: Workshop photos


A room full of Hobart’s chefs, bakers, brewers, farmers and current and would-be fermenters. A large amount of vegetables. Jars and graters and chopping boards everywhere.

And, then, the descent into kraut-laden chaos…  Continue reading

Country wine, veggies everywhere and tempeh Sandor…


So this week has been a little crazy. There’s been farm vegetable harvests, amazing fermentation action, backyard veggies learning and a tempeh version of Sandor Katz’s head to deal with…

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Meet the Makers: fermenting for Sandor Katz

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So when Sandor Katz lands on our shores in a few weeks, we’ll be feeding everyone who comes along to the evening talks, sessions and workshops with fermented goodness.

Crocks are bubbling across the country in readiness – thanks to the amazing chefery of Rose Newberry, Holly Davis, Joost Bakker, Rodney Dunn and more – meet our makers!  Continue reading


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