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Advanced Permaculture Principles: Sydney: July 2013
Advanced Permaculture Principles: Sydney: July 2013
Jul 13 2013 - Jul 14 2013  9:00am - 5:00pm
Alexandria Park Community Centre - Sydney
Advanced Permaculture Principles


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Join us for a rare chance to spend two immersive days with David Holmgren; ecologist, writer, world-leading thinker and co-originator of Permaculture.

This course is for folks who are ready to extend their working knowledge of biomimicry and permaculture design theory as applies to human habitats, with one of the greatest minds working in ecological design today.

An advanced permaculture principles and planning tools course, for anyone ready to take the next step in effective, hands-on permaculture design skills...

This course is designed for:

  • permaculture students
  • primary producers
  • designers
  • landscape architects
  • community workers
  • teachers
  • homesteaders
  • social entrepreneurs
  • future farmers

...and anyone else looking for the opportunity to extend their knowledge of how good ecologcial design can build and enhance sustainable living, community, farming and/or monetary systems.


Melliodora, David Holmgren and Su Dennett's home in Hepburn Springs, VIC. A superb example of small-acre permaculture design...

How will this course activate my Permaculture design skillset?

During this advanced permaculture principles course you be immersed in the theory of permaculture principles at a higher level than that in an Intro to Permaculture or Permaculture Design Certificate course.

This course is designed to be two days of learning that utilizes David Holmgren's vast experience and knowledge of natural systems and permaculture theory to skill you up with new planning tools that you can go on to use in your own design projects.

Facilitated by Nick Ritar, one of Australia's most active and applauded permaculture educators, students will engage in both theory and hands-on sessions that will solidify the in-depth theory of Holmgren's permaculture principles.

Students will learn new teaching and knowledge-sharing skills for working with permaculture principles in a range of scenarios. The planning tools used in this course are there to both enhance your learning experience and also to take away with you for your future design and teaching work.

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This course follows directly on from our July Urban Permaculture Design Certificate, which David Holmgren will also do a full day of teaching on. We have a special package offer for students attending both courses, please see below.

davidDavid Holmgren is an ecologist, ecological design engineer and writer. He is perhaps most well known as co-originator of the permaculture concept with Bill Mollison. Through the spread of permaculture around the world, his environmental principles have exerted a global influence.

He is the author of several significant permaculture texts, the best known being Permaculture: principles and pathways beyond sustainability. David lives at Melliodora near Hepburn Springs, Victoria, with his partner Su Dennett. Together they run Holmgren Design.

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, cheque or direct deposit.

Please ensure you read our refund policy. As part of our Fair Share policy, we provide subsidised places in all our courses for those who need them. Please get in touch for more information


Included in your course fee:

Your course fee includes e-resources on all subjects covered in this course, as well as our ongoing advice and assistance in questions that might arise beyond the course completion. We also make available our extensive library of Permaculture and associated texts throughout the course.

Your course fee includes tea + coffee + lashings of yummy 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.

Check out our articles on David Holmgren's amazing small-scale permaculture property and permaculture principles...


View and download the PDF of David Holmgren's 'Essence of Permaculture' booklet here...


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.

"Create a self-sustaining environment in any situation, from the farm to the city... by planning your lifestyle to increase resources, conserve energy and reduce or eliminate pollution or waste."
Bill Mollison
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