Permaculture Victoria Inc.

is a member-based non-profit association established in 1981 as Permaculture Melbourne Inc. to promote the sustainable development of Melbourne. It has grown to become an umbrella organisation supporting a range of local and special interest groups with membership across Victoria.

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‘Survive and Thrive’ Nicole Foss & David Holmgren speaking tour

Strategies for a changing economy – survive and thrive

Victoria events:
13 July (Sun)Crash or crash through” workshop (Holmgren) at Creative Collective in Lara near Geelong
11 July (Fri) Daylesford (7pm)
15 July (Tue) Melbourne (7pm)
(for the details of each event and booking, please click the link)

We are approaching many limits to growth over the next several decades, and are consequently facing many challenges in our immediate future. Finance, energy, environment, resources and climate will all impact on the single-minded, one-dimensional trajectory human society has been on in our era of growth imperative. Our current path is unsustainable. It cannot and will not continue, so we must adapt our societies in order to build a new future.

This speaking tour presents two key thinkers:

‘Building Resilience in an Era of Limits to Growth’ > Leading systems analyst Nicole Foss will explore the links between the converging pressures facing us – economic contraction, peak energy and geopolitical stress. She will outline her latest thoughts on the implications for our everyday lives and share practical solutions she has observed recently from around the world.

‘Permaculture Surfing the Property Bubble Collapse’ > Drawing from 30 years of permaculture teaching, designing and demonstrating rural and urban agriculture food production systems for sustainable living, Transition activism and personal example, David Holmgren will outline practical strategies to help households and communities survive, thrive and contribute to a better world.


Urban harvest swap

Saturday 21 June
82 Jolimont Rd Forest Hill

Bring along your excess produce, preserves, or other garden related items to swap and share.

Talk on ‘Seeds’ by Seila Hierk.
Gold coin donation appreciated.


Permaculture training in Ararat

Permaculture Design Courses at Mudlark Permaculture – Ararat
Learn how to live a low energy, regenerative, abundant life!
72 hour International curriculum – Based on the foundation text ‘Permaculture: A Designers’ Manual’ – by Bill Mollison.

This PDC will be run from the Mudlark Permaculture Urban Demonstration Site – Ararat.
You will be able to share in the creation and understanding of our half acre urban site.
Contact or 03 5352 5592 for further information or to sign up!

2 week intensive PDC 29th June – 12th July $1200 all meals – no accommodation
12 Sundays PDC 10th Aug – 26th Oct $800

Píp – Aussie permaculture magazine!





Natural Beekeeping Course for Beginners

Saturday 19 – Sunday 20 July 2014
The Bee Group, a special interest group of Permaculture Melbourne, offers a weekend training course to equip beginners with sufficient knowledge to start natural beekeeping. Natural Beekeeping sees the well-being of the bees as no less important than the honey yield. It is simple and low-cost – perfectly suited for small-scale backyard beekeeping. Each day of this two-day course has four one-hour information sessions, hands-on segments, theory covering equipment, hive management, honey harvesting, diseases and legislation, and a Q&A session. Morning and afternoon teas provided; BYO lunch. Cost: $200 for Permaculture Melbourne members / $250 non-members. Location: Mitcham (eastern suburbs of Melbourne). To register, send an email with ‘Bees’ in the subject line to

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