Permaculture Design Course

3 Nov 23', 15 nights

Permaculture Design Course
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Retreat highlights

  • Learn the skills and knowledge to holistically design homes, gardens, properties, offices, neighborhoods, and villages - utilising Permaculture principles, in a way that cares for our Earth, cares for our people and deeply considers our future.
  • Apply these new learnings through practical exercises, leading to a larger group Permaculture design project.
  • Learn creative problem-solving strategies and processes, recognizing that in the problem, lies the solution.
  • Explore personal learning styles, skills and talents and those of other group members. Learn to value and integrate people’s differences and use collective strength to enhance your team work, empower the roles of others, and enhance overall team performance.

You will personally engage in visioning processes - beginning with a review of your life path from the past, valuing your personal knowledge and gifts, visioning your intended future, and assessing the milestone markers needed to achieve your Vision, aka your Permaculture world citizen assignment!

Our environmental, social and cultural climate is changing at an exponential rate... Are you armed with the right knowledge and practical skills to not only keep up, but influence change?

With the increasing complexity of environmental problems and social polarisation, our culture is seeing the emergence of a generation of change-making humans, integrating a broad range of knowledge and skills in an effort to find holistic solutions grounded in common sense; care for the earth, care for our common unity, and care for our future generations.

Permaculture is a design science founded on common sense. It unlocks ancient wisdom in a modern context and provides the necessary perspective, framework and practical tools to not only survive but thrive in an era of exponential change.

Our two-week immersive Change Makers PDC is specifically designed, carefully curated and gracefully facilitated for you to achieve an embodied understanding of natural systems and how permaculture design principles can help you become the most effective Change Maker you are destined to be through regeneration of connection to self, country, community and culture.

Our team of activated, visionary permaculture practitioners have a rich arsenal of offerings covering the full 72hr PDC curriculum, and more.




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Permaculture Teams

Permaculture Teams


Annaliese Hordern : Symbiotic Nature

Annaliese is the Director of the Change Makers PDC and is a passionate Permaculture, sustainability and community development with a strong focus on ethnobotanical research and plant based lifestyle. The last three years she has worked as a horticulturalist with Green Harvest Organic Gardening and is on the Leadership Board with Grounded Permaculture Action Party Inc.

Annnaliese holds a degree in Environmental Resource Management, a Diploma of Permaculture and draws upon two decades of Permaculture experience while learning with and documenting numerous Permaculture pioneers and next generation practitioners globally. Her lived experiences on many Eco-communities, demonstrating inspiring examples of sustainability has provided a solid grounding for Annaliese's interactive facilitation practice and education programs through Symbiotic Nature and into her one acre Permaculture property on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.

Rupert Faust : Grounded Permaculture

As the founder of Grounded Permaculture Action Party (Inc.) and label boss of Beanstalk Records, Rupert's enthusiasm for growing music and food is highly contagious. His dedication to environmental, social and cultural change is second to none. Aside from all his music endeavours, Rupert holds a Bachelor of Environmental Engineering and spent a number of years conforming to the urban water and wastewater industry. Working for both the public and private sector on multi-million dollar projects he gained a breadth of experience in the management, planning, design, operation and construction of urban infrastructure. A high level holistic systems thinker, he quickly got bored developing patch work solutions for a dysfunctional system within the current paradigm, and his interest in plants, growing food, living off-grid and taking responsibility for his own existence inevitably led him down the path of permaculture.

A self-confessed jack of all trades and master of his curiosity, he is as good with his hands as he is with his head and is a specialist in conceptual planning, systems thinking and making things happen.

Jay Jackson : Organic Motion

Jay Jackson is always ready to face challenges and find solutions. A born leader at heart, Jay spent his younger years rebelling against the system he was born to change. Coming from a tradie background he knew there was more to life and always looked for the next level.

That’s when he found permaculture and later co-founded Organic Motion. Finding fulfillment in any landscape, Jay now happily and confidently handles life as one big (ever-changing) design. He lives to share joy in life!

As Project Manager of Organic Motion, Jay ensures that landscape designs meet clients visions, obtain on ground outcomes and handles the puzzle work of timelines, budgets, suppliers, managing workers and meeting deadlines. His gregarious nature and great communication is what his clients and students affectionately remember.

Erin Young: Social Permaculture

Erin Young works with nature wisdom to liberate creative leaders from overwhelm and distraction to get things done with balance, creativity and collaboration. Erin partners with individuals through life and leadership coaching as a Human Potential Coach. She supports organisations to be adaptive and effective by consulting in collaborative decision-making and governance based in Sociocracy. Erin also provides dynamic group facilitation and workshops centered on holistic design for people systems, based in social permaculture.

Erin holds a Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Hons) with Brisbane’s Griffith University (2004). She first studied regenerative ecologically-based design by attaining her first Permaculture Design Certificate in Portugal in 2010. Originating in Brisbane, Erin is based on Kabi Kabi country / Sunshine Coast, South East Queensland.

Taj Scicluna : The Perma Pixie

The Perma Pixie (Taj Scicluna) is passionate and motivated to inspire and educate people to live more nourishing and regenerative lifestyles with a deep connection to Nature. Using her skills of Permaculture and Herbalism, she reminds those wishing for a deeper sense of purpose that individual and collective action can generate change and reformat the current state of humanity.

Being a fringe dweller, The Perma Pixie straddles the worlds of nature connection and professional business, hoping this will ripple through to others and create larger effects beyond the scope of her reach. She intends to create a fusion of ancient wisdom with modern times, weaving the awareness of the past with the knowledge at present to form a synergy that will benefit future generations. This is where functionality meets alchemy, a marriage of the mystical and practicality, an awareness of the internal and external landscapes which can exist in harmony.

Jaye Irving : Barefoot Sustainable Design

Jaye is a multi-award winning designer that has been flying the green banner of sustainability for nearly 20 years exploring the relationship between the natural and built environment. As an Architect, Artist, Builder and keen permaculturist his interest in natural materials has led him on a on a global search for grassroots green design, fortifying his skills in integrated food systems, ecological sewage design and a gambit of natural building practices including bamboo, earth and straw. At the core of these skills taught by simple craftsmen from around the world is the relationship with their environment.

Shay Douglas: Earth Heroes

Born in Cairns, Australia, Shay grew up in the lush tropical rainforest of North Queensland. With a European bloodline, he considers himself a citizen of the Earth. Inspired by the people and the world around him, his life has been an artistic creation of exploration.

As the Creative Director of the Earth Heroes Production team, he believes the creative art form of videos is one of the most powerful tools to implement positive change in the world, by inspiring you to connect to the earth, love your health and have compassion for others.

After spending 5 years studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts and living in the USA, he has reconnected to his roots of his homeland to bring forth a vision for a regenerative future. Through the form of visual storytelling, he has created a new feature-length film called 'The Regeneration', focusing on local solutions to global problems we are faced with today!


Robin Clayfield : Dynamic Groups

Robin Clayfield is a Permaculture Pioneer and international educator, group facilitator and author specialising in 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. Robin lives at Crystal Waters.

Max Lindegger

Max was invited by Bill Mollison to participate at the first Permaculture Course in 1979 and he also took part in the second course the year after. Since then he has been teaching Permaculture courses from the UK to the US, from Denmark to Macau and from Argentina to New Zealand and has been consulting on the subject in over 60 countries. Together with his wife Trudi he has been experimenting with Permaculture at Crystal Waters for over 30 years. They keep cattle, grow vegetables, fruits & nuts and keep bees. Beekeeping is one of Max’s real passions. Max continues to volunteer in Cambodia & downtown Manila where he searches for solutions which can help the poorest.

Frances Michaels: Green Harvest

Frances is a horticulturist with over 40 years’ study and practice focusing on edible plants, organic garden management and permaculture. Holding an Advanced Certificate of Horticulture and Diploma of Permaculture she is a writer, educator and business CEO of Green Harvest Organic Gardening Supplies. Her articles on edible plants, organic pest control and soil improvement are available on the website or social media.



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