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 five 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
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 for your life. The learning outcomes for this course have been built around the design framework to achieve this goal. Come delve in Holistic Decision Making, Permaculture Design and Keyline Design as an ordering framework to not only read our landscapes but design for a transformative future Limited to 15 participants to maximise learning outcomes Cost: Early Bird: $800, Full Price: $1000 CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS
In this workshop, we will explore the mysteries of the potager garden. Come spend the day Bayside in Wynnum 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 Where: Bayside, Wynnum West Date: 17 September Time: 9am to 4pm Cost: $80 PURCHASE TICKETS HERE
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. Where: Northey Street City Farm Date: 2nd of October, 2021 Time: 9am to 12noon Cost: $60/$45 Health Care Card PURCHASE TICKETS HERE
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 Where: Northey Street City Farm Date: 2nd October, 2021 Time: 1pm to 4pm Cost: $60/$45 Health Care Card PURCHASE TICKETS HERE
Do you want to grow incredibly abundant fruit & vegetables in your backyard? In this workshop, we will explore the mysteries of the garden. Plants were grown for many purposes—Food, Fibre, Fertility, Insectary, Nectary, Climate, Flowers, Privacy, etc. We’ll discuss the intensive soil preparation for close planting and continuous cropping, and the growth and care of fruits and vegetables & orchard ecosystem. You will gain invaluable knowledge on the establishment, as well as the ongoing maintenance of a thriving backyard system. We will demystify the necessary art everybody should know about the workings abundant backyard from soil biology to health management. This is something anyone with space and desire can do - given knowledge and a commitment to observe the teachings from natural systems. We will be spending time on the design for productivity as well and experience of place—some call it edible landscaping and production for much or all of the year. An abundant grower knows that producing fruit is not about manipulating nature but more importantly, fostering nature. Join us for 3 days of hands-on knowledge, tips and tricks on how to grow genuinely incredible backyard fruit & veggies using serious backyard techniques. This class is divided between classroom and time in the garden. You will leave this course with a competent working knowledge of how to begin the journey to improve your veggie garden, as well as seeds, planners and lots of resources. in this course you will learn: Vegetable garden design, and placement Plants and seasons Soil relationships Nutrient cycling for the backyard – worms, compost, compost teas Applying strategies for a healthy soil in a backyard context Garden Ferments – Witchy brews to improve garden health Raising great seedlings Preparing garden beds for planting Develop garden to-do lists + crop rotations for serious backyard abundance. Where: Northey Street City Farm Dates: 8th, 15th 22nd of October - Fridays Times: 9am to 4pm each day Cost: $300/$250 Health Care Card PURCHASE TICKET HERE
Have you done a PDC? Are you interested in designing or consulting but not sure what to do or where to start? Then come along for an introduction to the ideas and context to take into consideration what you need to consider to be a Permaculture Consultant. Join our adult education coordinator Michael Wardle, who has been designing for clients for 7 years through his own business, Savour Soil Permaculture as he shares from his experiences
Where: Northey Street City Farm Date: 16th October, 2021 Times: 9am to 12noon Cost: $60/$45 Health Care Card PURCHASE TICKETS HERE
Come to explore an overview of permaculture through the eyes of the ethics and design principles. Join us for two days to learn the basics of permaculture design. 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. 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 What you get... ℘ 2 days of dynamic facilitation and on-ground learning. ℘ Practical examples of permaculture in action ℘ Design and gardening strategies to apply in both your inner & physical landscape.
Tea and coffee will be provided. Where: Northey Street City Farm Dates: 27th & 28th November, 2021 Times: 9am to 4pm both days Cost: $250/$200 Health Care Card PURCHASE TICKETS HERE
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