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Permaculture Design Certificate: Hobart: Apr 2013
Permaculture Design Certificate: Hobart: Apr 2013
Apr 20 2013 - May 3 2013  9:00am - 5:00pm
University of Tasmania - Hobart
Permaculture Design Certificate


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Join Hannah Moloney, Nick Ritar, Adam Grubb & Cam Wilson for two weeks of permaculture theory, practical workshops, site visits and intensive design exercises exploring urban permaculture in the heart of Hobart and surrounds.

PDC  graduates  will  leave  this  course  with  a  unique  insight  and   understanding   in   how   to   implement   permaculture   principles   into  the  urban  environment  and  community  projects.

Permaculture is set of principles that result in sustainable and productive systems. 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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During this PDC, examples of designing for energy conservation,  food production systems, nutrient cycling and more will all be addressed with a  key focus on urban examples.

With our all star teaching team we have blended a range of material from our own experiences and world­‐leading thinkers and activators on   subjects like transition, food security, regenerative agriculture, urban water harvesting and many more.

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Our Hobart PDC curriculum includes the following:

  • Permaculture principles and ethics
  • Permaculture design specifically for urban situations
  • Creating a balanced soil food web
  • Pattern Understanding
  • Designing water into landscape
  • Passive water harvesting and drought-proofing
  • Intensive annual and perennial food and animal systems
  • Orchard and food forest design
  • System planning + integration
  • Design for cool climates and comprehensive introduction to all biospheres
  • Appropriate technologies for future communities
  • Strategies for building healthy, resilient communities
  • Trees, water and energy cycling

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This PDC will be taught in combination within both a classroom and an urban garden space, with lots of hands-on components and site visits to real-life examples of urban permaculture in action. The class size for this course is limited to ensure quality learning outcomes for everyone, and students emerge as accredited Permaculture Designers.

You will emerge from this course confident and ready to tackle a range of permaculture design scenarios, with a strong toolbox of resources and a team of fellow alumni.

This unique PDC has been crafted as a specifically Urban Permaculture Design Certificate for urban and suburban folks, and for those wanting to focus on community projects where small-space solutions are essential.

This course also brings together 4 of Australia's most active and applauded permaculture thinkers, designers and doers into one knock-out team for the first time...

About the teachers:

Hannah Moloney is the President of the Australian City Farm and Community Garden Network and has worked with urban food systems for over 10 years. Having grown up on a small herb farm in inner city Brisbane she has a firm foundation of the delight and necessity of growing food in and close to where the majority of people live, the city. Hannah has a particular interest in community composting in cities and advocating for small- hold farmers in urban, peri-urban and rural settings.


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 Permaculture teaching and the ongoing establishment of Milkwood Farm near Mudgee NSW with his wife Kirsten, his son Ashar, and the wider Milkwood team.


Adam Grubb is a recovering computer geek and writer on global energy issues. In 2003 he was the founding editor of the energy news clearinghouse Energy Bulletin which became the globe’s most popular website about peak oil, and has collaborated with David Holmgren on his Future Scenarios work. As well as directing Very Edible Gardens (VEG) in Melbourne he helps organise the global permablitz network, writes and does regular radio appearances, keeps bees, and lives in a beautiful garden in Brunswick. He is also a well-known expert on edible weeds and co-author with his partner Annie Raser- Rowland of The Weed Forager’s Handbook (Hyland House, 2012).


Cam Wilson's passion is landscape repair. He thrives on designing, planning and building fertility and resilience into landscapes, and on making it as easy as possible for people to fulfill their goals. He has worked closely with numerous on-ground pioneers as well as research scientists, and is known for interpreting and presenting their intuitive ideas or complex language with great practical value. Cam is acknowledged by peers, students and clients as being exceptional in both his understanding of complex natural processes, and how to work with them to best heal our Australian landscape.


Booking into the course

You can pay for your course below with your credit card, or get in contact with us to arrange payment by credit card over the phone, or cheque or direct deposit.

You can book your course above by credit or debit card. Your banking details are secure and will not be provided to Milkwood Permaculture or any other third party. Please ensure you read our refund policy.

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

Included in your course fee:

Your course fee includes a USB stick full of Milkwood Permaculture's extensive take-home resources on all subjects covered in this course to further your studies, designs and projects including design templates for your future projects, as well as tea, coffee and fruit throughout the day.

You will receive an accredited certificate from Milkwood Permaculture which is recognized by all major permaculture certifying bodies. Your course fee includes tea + coffee + lashings of yummy organic fruit during the day.

Course hours are 9am - 5pm each day with a day off in the middle. Outside course hours there will be some optional evening activities to extend your learning. 

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University of Tasmania
University of Tasmania
Churchill Avenue, Sandy Bay


This PDC will be held at the Sandy Bay campus of the University of Tasmania in a large, comfortable workshop space that opens onto a kitchen garden, with the vibrant Source community garden 10 minutes walk away through the same campus.

Getting there

Hobart is serviced by bus, train and plane from the Australian mainland


Hobart as many accommodation options for all budgets. Browse options here:

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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.

"Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted & thoughtful observation rather than protracted & thoughtless labour; & of looking at plants & animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single-product system."
Bill Mollison
co-founder of permaculture
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