MAKING IT REAL Through our programs, our aim is to create a diverse, interactive, hands on and exciting learning environment based on dynamic processes and activities, immersing participants in their own permaculture journey. We have a philosophy at Savour Soil of 'Making it real'.
"I first met Michael around four years ago, when I was getting more involved with my readings around Permaculture. I first enrolled in the 'Permaculture Primer - An Introduction to Permaculture' Course and realized that this was answering a lot of the questions that I had in my mind. Since then I have completed many courses with Michael and he has become a good friend and mentor. I really do appreciate the time and effort that Michael puts into planning and implementing his courses. They are we’ll structured with well researched information and experience rich. I would recommend the services and educational courses offered by Savour Soils. I have always come away highly energised and motivated from his workshops!" - John Mitchell
SOLD OUT Join us for this one day a week over a 4-month course We need to create a vision. We need to change the climate of our minds. We need to rebuild our inner landscapes. We need a positive, solution-focused way of thinking. We need to be inspired, and we have to act. We need to heal ourselves, our landscapes, our relationship with nature and our culture & communities. We need to learn how to reconnect with nature so we can mimic it in the design of our present and our future. The Savour Soil Permaculture Design Course is committed to turning you into a better designer. The learning outcomes for this course have been built around the design framework to achieve this goal. Cost: Early Bird: $700, Full Price: $1000
SOLD OUT Come along and join us for this weekend workshop where you will immerse yourself in the world of creating and maintaining a Forest Garden. You will gain knowledge on the establishment, as well as the ongoing maintenance of a successful orchard ecosystem. We will demystify the necessary art everybody should know about the workings of their Forest Garden, as well as design, soil biology, and health management. This is a 2-day introduction to the concept and techniques of forest gardening, involving theory and practice from visioning to harvesting. The 2-day course will cover:
Benefits of forest gardening;
Site selection and design;
Integration of permaculture principles and design process;
The Underground Economy;
Species selection; and
Site preparation, establishment and maintenance; harvesting.
Edible forest gardening is the art and science of putting plants together in woodland-like patterns that forge mutually beneficial relationships, creating a garden ecosystem that is more than the sum of its parts. You can grow fruits, nuts, vegetables, herbs, mushrooms, other useful plants, and animals in a way that mimics natural ecosystems. You can create a beautiful, diverse, high-yield garden. If designed with care and deep understanding of ecosystem function, you can also design a garden that is largely self-maintaining. Cost: $80 GLC Members/ $100 Non GLC members
SOLD OUT Join us for an educational day of mushroom cultivation for use on your property. Whether a small yard, or large acreage, you can successfully cultivate useful mushrooms for nutrition, soil health, medicine, and even art. In this workshop, we will be exploring the use of several types of gourmet mushrooms and how they can be applied in different ways. We will cover the life- cycle of mushrooms, basic hygiene, how to employ mushrooms in your systems, and methods to expand the fungi for larger scale use.
We will also talk about the various uses of other types of fungi, through experimentation.
As part of this hands-on workshop, we will make ‘expansion spawn’ (cloning) where we will learn how to expand the amount you have at a later date, as well as creating a ‘fruiting’ container so you can harvest the ‘fruits’ of your labour a few weeks later!
We look forward to seeing you at this workshop. Cost: $80
Come join Michael Wardle as we explore how we can increase the resilience and productivity of our gardens by applying what we learn from nature.
Garden fermenting is the process of cultivating local Microorganisms through simple, natural, and affordable methods. Garden fermenting, both aerobic and anaerobic, allows gardeners to create all organic and high-grade living fertilizers for our gardens.
In this course, we will look at where these ideas have come from and how they can be applied. This will include how to make some of the ferments and how to apply them.
This class is designed to enable anyone to become a microbial gardener.
Michael has been applying these ferments in his gardens for over 10 years and talks from experience on not only how we can create these ferments, but how we can use them also for maximum affect. COST: $60/$45 Health Care card
Get hands-on building a self-contained wicking planter full of seasonal plants.
Wicking beds are a smart way to water plants from below, providing consistent damp conditions. These self-watering systems allow water stored in the base to ‘wick’ up through the soil. Having water readily available at the roots helps healthy plant growth and reduces mildew or fungal problems.
In this workshop, you will be shown how to build your own wicking bed.
What you’ll learn: • how to build your own wicking planters • essentials for organic container growing • tips for edible gardening COST: $60/$45 Health Care card
In this workshop, we will explore the mysteries of the potager garden.
Come spend the day in the Lockyer Valley while we join Michael Wardle, our Adult Education Coordinator, in his own gardens as we look at and explore the Permaculture Potager.
A vegetable garden in France is named a potager which comes from potage, which is vegetable soup. The vegetable patch has often been a part of the garden separated from the rest and treated like a small farm field— ploughed (or rototilled), planted for the season in rows, and then left fallow. The potager is, first of all, a permanent garden— decorative, cultivated by hand methods, integrating shrubs, trees, paths, and herbs, vegetables, and flowers. These types gardens, though they are often considered a new development, have in fact been the typical type of garden in France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, North Africa, Persia, and many other places for a very long time—the Middle Ages in Europe, and as much as four thousand years in Persia and North Africa. In this workshop, we will explore the mysteries of the potager garden. Plants were grown for many purposes—flowers, vegetables, herbs, privacy, etc. We’ll discuss the intensive soil preparation for close planting and continuous cropping, and the growth and care of fruits and vegetables, decorative design—some call it edible landscaping and production for much or all of the year. COST:$100/$85 Health care card
Introduction to Permaculture with Michael Wardle Come to explore an overview of permaculture through the eyes of the ethics and design principles. This course tackles how to grow food, build houses and create communities, and minimize environmental impact at the same time. Its principles are being constantly developed and refined by people throughout the world.
Join us for two days to learn the basics of permaculture design. The course aims to inspire and empower you to use permaculture design in your everyday life.
You will learn the history, various definitions, design process, ethics, principles, other design tools and case studies from a range of applications.
This course will cover: ℘ What is Permaculture? ℘Permaculture Ethics and Design Principles ℘ Soil Basics ℘ Composting for beginners ℘ Food Production (forest gardens and garden farming) ℘ Basic Design Framework ℘ Integrated Animal Systems ℘ Social Permaculture Cost: $250/$200 Healthcare card
Introduction to Bioponics An integrated water system that simultaneously serves agriculture, urban design, and aquatic ecosystems. Bioponics—from Greek "bios," meaning "life, or mode of life." This hybrid system integrates organics and hydroponics in a straightforward—and simple to operate—way to produce fresh vegetables, herbs, and other plants. This is a steady, reliable, no-nonsense source of food for your family In this workshop, you will learn – • Growing Food • Assembly of a system (Design, Build) • pH & water quality • Nutrient levels and Conductivity • Experiments & Problem Solving • Light variations • Nutrient variations
In this closed cycle, self-balancing system, mineral salts as plant food are replaced by natural nutrients from a biological source: Actively aerated compost and weed teas and other brews. This practical, ingenious system needs no expensive equipment or patented parts and uses readily available materials to grow quality food for your family Cost: $80
This six-day course is offered as a pre-event to the Australasian Permaculture Convergence (APC) in Brisbane.
Permaculture as a curriculum has been a significant success in education on a global scale. Few curricula can claim such broad adoption of the essential elements and features of it as an educational proposal as permaculture does.
The success of permaculture as a course of study can be attributed to the teachers who have taught the students moving exponentially. Teaching permaculture and learning and translating it into effective practice.
This course is offered to share a particular approach with the next generations of teachers. The course was developed from my conviction that teachers could demonstrate the best in adult learning, teaching, understanding and methodology. And produce excellent teachers who will create excellent permaculturists. Teachers would need to develop the capacity within their students to think within the discipline. There are layers of knowledge and behaviour.
I have explored a diversity of strategies always focused on the learner and Care of People to offer a considered choice of methods effective in giving students confidence and competence to be excellent teachers of future permaculturists.
YOU WILL LEARN HOW TO… - Design a course, either short or long - Develop clear course outcomes - Adopt appropriate body behaviour - Design practical learning resources and use teaching aids effectively - Work with a broad range of people from different cultures and backgrounds - Draw on strategies that promote thinking and integrate practical experience - Deliver clear explanations and concepts - Explain the structure and function of the Permaculture Design Course
All participants are required to hold a recognised PDC. They are also required to attend 100% of the course. The certificate is recognised globally, and this course curriculum has been taught in eight European countries as well as Kashmir, India, and others.
VENUE & CLASS SCHEDULE This course is being held at Northey Street City Farm. Please note, there is no onsite accommodation or food provided This course runs from 8:30 – 6pm each day. TICKETS $800
We have always been flexible in our workshop models and if you would like us to facilitate a workshop for your organisation or community, please contact us as we believe rather than a group come to us, we come to you and apply it to your local context