Permaculture Design Course Weekend 7

Saturday June 17 & Sunday June 18

Saturday led by Steve Burns, starting with ‘balanced life’ socio-mapping game then plenty of time for final group work on designs.  Afternoon edible weed walk with Alexis Pitsopolis

Sunday student group presentations of final designs; feedback from fellow students plus Steve Burns & Beck Lowe.  Course completion, farewells and “Where to from here?”

NO Grafting workshops at Chestnut Farm this year, due to Steve taking a study & teaching tour to the UK and Germany.  Please check your local networks for grafting classes, or catch a few YouTube videos and give it a go!  (Apples are very forgiving…!)

Monday June 19

Steve flies to sunny Heathrow, then trains it to sunny Suffolk for the start of his (Northern) summer adventure.  Sarah, Thibaut & Minty stay behind to mind the farm and keep the home fires burning.  The kangaroos just go about their usual business.  Steve gets excited about seeing his friends in Suffolk.

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Permaculture Scotland Gathering

The Hidden Mill, DG7 3QS Balmaclellan 

Friday June 30, Saturday July 1, Sunday July 2.

Steve will present three one hour talks over the three days, focussing on discussions of permaculture design and more effective ways of practically implementing People Care (the Second Ethic).  Book here to attend the gathering.

Permaculture Principles Masterclass  (Steve Burns)

Saturday July 22, 2017  9.00 – 4.30           Suffolk, UK   £45

Exploration of David Holmgren’s 12 design principles, including both group & individual work on finding personal examples of each principle, plus examples of applications/design elements that demonstrate multiple design principles.  Good designs should demonstrate multiple principles simultaneously.  Steve has co-taught Advanced Permaculture Principles with David and has his personal endorsement to teach this material.  Book here.

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Permaculture Design Process over view  (Steve Burns)

Sunday July 23, 2017   9.00 – 4.30          Suffolk, UK      £45

Permaculture has always been about design but has a very fragmented history of teaching design process.  This day teaches you the design process described in Dave Jacke’s Edible Forest Garden books.  It is an intuitive and comprehensive process which has been adopted by many permaculture designers since the publication of Dave’s books.  Steve has co-taught with Dave Jacke on his Forest Garden Design Intensive & since taught this process in all the Permaculture Design Courses he teaches on. Book here.

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People Care in community groups (Steve Burns)

Saturday July 29, 2017     9.00 – 4.30          Suffolk, UK    £45

One day intensive includes applying the second permaculture ethic to community groups, Tuckman’s Group Stages theory, group discussion of ethical case studies, dealing with difficult group members, applying the permaculture principles to group structure & processes and the group development of strategies to resolve issues.  Book here.

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UK permaculture study tour 2017

Sunday September 9, 2017

1.00 – 4.00 pm  Chestnut Farm                             $5 + booking fee

Grab the highlights of Steve’s recent trip to the UK by attending this talk & slideshow.  Steve visited forest gardens in Scotland and the UK, attended training with Martin Crawford at the Agroforestry Research Trust in Devon, stayed in the pioneering Transition Town of Totnes, as well as visiting the National Fruit Collection (Brogdale Farm, Kent) and other fabulous orchards and gardens.

Half of all event proceeds will be donated to Permafund.

Permafund is a tax deductibel fund administered by Permaculture Australia.  It funds permaculture projects within Australia and the rest of the world.  There is an annual cycle of grants.  For more information, go to the Permaculture Australia website Permafund page:

To make additional donations to permafund, please go to

(This page includes both ‘our’ events and events where the farm is the venue.  Booking options & processes therefore vary.)

PAST events

Seasonal Succession in the Food Garden (with Althea Oliver)

Friday May 19, 2017          3.00 – 4.30 pm

The last of our current series of FREE Friday sessions offered by Ballarat Permaculture Guild.  This event features Althea Oliver discussing seasonal succession in the food garden; plenty of tips on how to transition from summer to winter gardens, and vice versa.  More information & bookings at Seasonal Succession workshop

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Permaculture Design Course Weekend 6

Saturday May 20 & Sunday May 21

Saturday features a full day with permaculture co-founder David Holmgren at his property Melliodora.  Morning house & garden tour.  Afternoon discussion of David’s upcoming book RetroSuburbia

Sunday led by Ian Lillington, covering issues of land tenure, community governance, group processes, finance & economics within permaculture and permaculture as a global movement.

To sign up for the 2018 Ballarat Permaculture Guild PDC, watch the BPG website!

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