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 15 Sundays over 16 weeks Cost: Early Bird: $800, Full Price: $1000 Hosted at The Ipswich Good Food Group CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS
"If you're looking to do a PDC over an extended period with a master of the industry, the Savour Soil PDC will set you up for a lifetime of Permaculture design and living. He really looks after participants and guides every step of the journey in a thorough, inspiring and caring way. The structure, flow, diverse learning methods and materials are carefully designed for optimal and lasting learning and implementation. I thoroughly recommend it." Robin Clayfield - EARTHCARE EDUCATION + DYNAMIC GROUPS
"I commend Michael Wardle on the creation of this brilliant resource, which integrates some of the best thinking in permaculture design with his many years of experience as a professional permaculture designer and educator. I hope that many people benefit from this accessible, step-by-step sequence which provides a robust scaffold for high quality permaculture design" Dan Palmer (VEG, Making permaculture stronger, Holistic decision making) (About the template we use for the designs in our course)
"This PDC wasn't the first course I have completed with Michael but definitely the most life-transforming. If there was ever the right time to finally tackle a PDC, it was 2020 in the middle of a global pandemic. Michael is a great teacher and has so much knowledge to share, but his real ability is in bringing people together to share their stories and their ideas, find solutions in problems, and to build capacity for making a difference in our own communities, even if it's as simple as showing our neighbours what a difference healthy soil can make. Michael was the qualified teacher leading the course, but it was the brilliant group of people I built connections with over 16 weeks who taught me just as much about permaculture in practice." - Dave, 2020
"The course is by far the best i have ever done and I have qualifications coming out of my ears. You are a sensitive and thoughtful instructor/facilitator and each session is a bloody work of art in terms of design, resourcing, and experiential learning (and 2 of my quals are in education). The venues, especially your home provide a beautiful backdrop, demonstration of principles, and mix of social and quiet spaces for contemplation (ie sneaking into the greenhouse and nicking a tomato)" -Rowena, 2019
"I have just completed the 2018 PDC with Michael. I highly recommend the course and wish I could do it all over again! It was amazing!! At the beginning I thought every Sunday for 16 weeks would be difficult but I found myself looking forward to Sunday’s with excitement! They couldn’t come fast enough! Each week was new and interesting and the week in between gave me time to process the material (and do homework😀). Michael is a dynamic and engaging educator. With each class he creates a space and builds a community. He delivers with honesty and humour; takes the time to answer all and any questions and backs it all up with practical application. If you’re considering Permaculture (and you should), you won’t regret signing up for this one! Just do it!!" - Leisa, 2018
During this course you will:
• Take part in presentations, slideshows, site tours, exercises, games, facilitated group discussions and other learning strategies. • See permaculture in action. • Build skills with hands-on classes, practical activities and implementations. • Learn from professionals - designers, community organisers who are living the process of design, not just teaching about it. We live in the systems we create, continually receiving insights and feedback to deepen our understanding of natural and designed systems. • Learn about and use ecological design processes, which has you create a vision, learn to comprehend the landscape and use the scale of permanence to catalogue data and develop a design. This process will give you a step by step approach to applying the design principles of permaculture. You will gain confidence to tackle your designs with this process. • Get the attention you need. More time for questions, conversations, and personal attention from the educators, to dive deeper into a subject or discuss personal projects you are working on • Design from day one and all through the course rather than just an end exercise. • Connect with others and build community. • Devote four months to study and live permaculture. We like to take our time going over the course material, with plenty of time for hands-on activities, group process and design, building community and fun. • Receive continued support after the course. • Receive discounts on future courses and the possibility of earning credit by referring future permaculture design course students.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN YOUR COURSE FEE? 16 weeks of dynamic facilitation. Massive amount of online resources. online modules to help support extra learning, Practical Permaculture Text Book, a Permaculture Design Companion template (value $200), Essence of Permaculture, and of course your own Tote bag Community and a sense of FUN!
We have always been flexible in our workshop models and if you would like us to facilitate a Permaculture Design Course 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
We prefer to manage our bookings with Trybooking or direct deposit. Spots can only be secured by cleared payment, and we have to work on a first come- first served basis. Spaces are limited CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS
Michael began his permaculture journey about 26 years ago when he picked up a copy of Permaculture One and the Introduction to Permaculture by Bill Mollison. He has applied the design principles and ethics of permaculture to his personal life. He is now enjoying the wonderful opportunities of being able to apply them to my workplace and my community. He enjoys learning about the many different facets of permaculture and design. Through his learning, he has also come to love teaching. He finally jumped in after reading and applying what he had learned and have since done several PDC's. This was followed by a Permaculture Teacher Trainer with Rosemary Morrow and Nick Ritar, Dynamic Groups and Teacher trainers with Robin Clayfield. He has also completed the Advanced Permaculture Design Principle workshop with David Holmgren, Advanced Permaculture Design with Dan Palmer and the Forest Garden Design Intensive with Dave Jacke as well as the REX10 online with Darren Doherty plus many many more. He aspires to be as inspirational and practical as my teachers. He continues to do other courses to advance my knowledge and to increase the value which he provides in both my teaching, projects and consultations.
Victoria grew up in the garden of England, a little town in Kent surrounded by hop farms and apple orchards. All of her family grew food, whether in the local allotment gardens, in the back yard or on the small hobby farm that her grandparents tended, and this created a firm love of being in the garden and an understanding of its importance. When embarking on a gap year in Australia before pursuing a design degree, she discovered a passion for hospitality, working in prestigious restaurants that focused on produce and sense of place, learning about producers and their practices for growing local food, raising animals ethically and fishing sustainably. It was a great opportunity to affect the choices guests made not only in the restaurant but when they went home. Consequently that gap year turned in to 20 and a long career in restaurants in Australia. In the year 2020 changes had to be made. Starting with Permaculture Living with Milkwood and then diving into her Permaculture Design Course with Savour Soil Permaculture & a Diploma in Garden Design, Victoria brings her extensive professional skillset and detail to her passion for permaculture and design.
Robin Clayfield is a Permaculture Pioneer and international educator, group facilitator and author specialising in Social Permaculture, creative, interactive facilitation, teacher training and group leadership while living Permaculture, Deep Ecology and social change. Her legendary book 'You Can Have Your Permaculture and Eat It Too' has sold over 5000 copies and her educational card games, teacher training Manual and resources support educators globally.
Tim is a perennially ash and grease stained appropriate technology tinkerer with a professional mechanical background. A long time Permaculture practitioner in the past he has worked at The Permaculture research institute Australia as farm manager and teacher , with the the Koanga Institute(PRI) in NZ, Paul Wheatons rocket mass innovators events in the US and with long time friends The crew at Very Edible Gardens (VEG) in Melbourne where he teaches two or three times a year. More recently he has begun teaching the Appropriate technology section of the Northey street farm's thrice yearly PDC. He has a dual Permaculture diploma in Appropriate technology and teaching with a specialty in efficient wood combustion. He has also written the Ebook "The rocket powered oven" a step by step guide to building your own super efficient wood powered oven.