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Intro to Permaculture: Feb 2013: Sydney :FULL:
Intro to Permaculture: Feb 2013: Sydney :FULL:
Feb 2 2013 - Feb 3 2013  9:00am - 5:00pm
Alexandria Park Community Centre - Sydney
Introduction to Permaculture


This course is now full, so please browse our future Intro to Permaculture courses and we hope to see you soon!

Join Milkwood Permaculture's Nick Ritar for 2 days of permaculture design theory and action. You will leave this course ready to sink your teeth into a bunch of permaculture projects and be in an informed position to do further research and learning in ecological design.

This course will give you a comprehensive overview of how to apply pro-active, sustainable design techniques to your immediate environment - whether you live in a small apartment, a quarter-acre block, or a rural property.

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In a world out of balance, we are all looking for solutions that can lead to:
  • Effective ways of growing healthy, organic food in urban environments
  • Regenerative farming that can both feed a family, earn an income and build soil fertility
  • Retrofitting techniques for existing houses or property that results in lower energy costs and better health for its inhabitants

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Permaculture principles, like any really good design principles, can be applied across any biosphere, any property, any landscape, any city. Permaculture is a network of well-grounded theories and techniques that, over time, result in sustainable and productive systems.

We're talking systems for living, architecture, food production, land management and community. No chemicals and no excuses. Just good, thoughtful, innovative and effective design for the needs of our species.

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"I have done several permaculture courses now and I would say that Nick Ritar of Milkwood is definitely the best and most dynamic permaculture teacher I've experienced.

His extensive knowledge and experience has activated me towards becoming a permaculture designer. Thanks again, Milkwood." - Paul Jordan, Project Officer + budding Permaculture Designer


Covering organic food production, system design (and re-design) for comfort and lower energy consumption, and solutions in how to approach a sustainable and positive community existence within your neighborhood.

This course practical strategies to better care and provide for yourself, your family and the planet.

A jam-packed weekend of essential knowledge, useful techniques, a site visit to an amazing school / community garden and enough information to get you all fired up to be the change you want to see in this world.


Some resources to get you thinking:

About the teacher:

Nick Ritar is a permaculture designer, consultant and educator who works extensively across a wide range of bioregions, farms, watersheds and city environments. He is recognized nationally as a leading advocate on how permaculture principles can contribute to food security through good design and regenerative farming and living.

Nick divides his time between extensive permaculture teaching, permaculture consultancy, writing and farming in central western NSW. Nick's full profile.


Included in your course fee

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The classic text Introduction to Permaculture by Bill Mollison (RRP $41.70) is included in your course fee, to help get you started and keep you inspired when implementing what you learn at this course into your own habitat.

Your course fee includes course notes and tea + coffee + organic fruit during the day. For lunches, we usually put in a joint order to a great little organic cafe around the corner, LoveGrub - or feel free to bring your own.

Booking into the course

This course is now full, so please browse our future Intro to Permaculture courses and we hope to see you soon!


As part of our Fair Share policy, we provide pensioner and unwaged discounts where needed. Please get in touch for more information.

Once you've booked into this course, we will contact you via email regarding your booking, what to bring along with you, and any further info you might need or request regarding this course.


Alexandria Park Community Centre
Alexandria Park Community Centre   -   Website
Park Road, Alexandria


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Our Sydney course venue is Alexandria Park Community Centre, set in the grounds of Alexandria Community School, on the corner of Park Road and Power Avenue. This amazing place has multiple thriving community gardens, school gardens, a bush tucker garden and outdoor classroom learning areas.

>> Venue MAP

Getting there by Train: The venue is 15 minutes walk from Redfern Station. Take the Gibbons St exit and continue south. Gibbons St will become Wyndham St, and soon you will reach Alexandria Park on your right. Cut through the park to the corner of Park Rd and Power Avenue, and there you are. Cityrail website.

Getting there by Bus: The 370 and 355 bus routes run along McEvoy St, one block from the venue. Sydney Buses website.

Parking: There is ample street parking around the school.

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Reading List

Prior to attending your course, you might like to take a look at our ever-expanding reading list,a bunch of recommended and practical texts on Permaculture, sustainable agriculture and community resilience.

None of these texts are pre-requisite for our courses, we just like to be able to provide suggestions on background reading, in case you're champing at the bit to get going.

"You can solve the problems of the world in a garden."
Geoff Lawton
permaculture educator
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