Courses and Workshops

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Ist Saturday of the month Summer Workshop Program   1.00 – 3.00pm

November 4th 2017 – Backyard chooks – Everything you need to know to successfully set up chooks in your own backyard. Fabulous, productive pets – what’s not to love?  Breed selection, coops, runs, health and nutrition, and lots more! With Fleur from

December 2nd 2017 – Permaculture exploration – Covering the basics of ethics and principles, zones, sectors, and the design process. Perfect if you are starting out in the garden, considering the Permaculture Design Course, or just to find out why people get excited about Permaculture!

February 3rd 2018 – Sheet mulching and wicking beds – The ultimate in no-dig or self-watering systems!  Find out the features of each, and how to build one yourself. Small or large the principles are the same, and can often be made from up-cycled materials or existing garden beds.

March 3rd 2018 – Soil health, pH testing, worm farms and compost systems – Understand how microbes transform tired soil into gold! Come along to learn how to set up a successful system suitable to your circumstances, feed the ‘microherds’ beneath your feet, rejuvenate the soil and grow amazing produce!

April 7th 2018 – Food Forests – Learn how to design beneficial polycultures for your home garden, the layers of the food forest ecosystem and the benefits of guild planting. The ultimate in perennial food production!

Cost  $30 per person/workshop, couples $50, includes afternoon tea.

All workshops to be held at Summerhill Farm, 264 Barkers Rd, Main Ridge (next to Red Hill), on the picturesque Mornington Peninsula. Visit the famous Red Hill Market in the morning, have a bite to eat, and then join us for an informative workshop session.

Bookings essential. For more information or bookings, please contact Fleur on 0425 785 233 or


Permaculture Design Course 2018

Commencing Sunday 17th June 2018

Are you interested in growing food, land regeneration, sustainability, energy conservation, climate change, healthy homes, animal integration, school gardens, building resilient communities or people?

Explore the world of Permaculture, developing insight and skills to live an abundant life and look after the planet. Learn to apply permaculture ethics and principles to individuals, community groups or business settings. Suitable for people wishing to develop their own productive garden, planning a larger scale rural enterprise, involved in community groups or wanting to live a resilient and more sustainable life.

You will learn to:

  • develop problem solving and design skills for resilience in home, community and workplace settings
  • assess and design for urban or rural scale properties, based on permaculture ethics and principles
  • use sector analysis and zone planning for energy efficiency
  • incorporate site analysis, soil assessment, climate influences and water assessment to develop sustainable design concepts
  • assess, select and integrate animal systems
  • read patterns in the landscape and understand forest ecology
  • analyse elements, design connections and networks to improve productivity and efficiency
  • develop skills to build resilient local communities

And build friendships, local networks and become part of a world-wide permaculture community!

By the end of this course you will have the skills to prepare permaculture designs, which can be applied to individuals, households, communities or business to build a sustainable future.

When: SUNDAYS 9.30am – 4.30pm
Commencing Sunday June 17th – September 16th, 2018 (No classes during winter school holidays – July 1, 8, 15)

This 14-week PDC offers 98+ hours of permaculture learning through interactive classroom activities and site visits in a supportive small group environment. All learning styles are catered for, with a mix of discussion, videos, readings and hands-on activities.

Where: ‘Summerhill Farm’ Main Ridge. This is the only PDC offered on the Mornington Peninsula, on a picturesque working alpaca farm!

Includes: Weekly course notes, site visits and guest tutors. Previous guest tutors have included John Ferris (Edible Forest Gardens), Pete Allen (AKA Pete the Permie -Telopea Mountain Permaculture), Taj Scicluna (The Perma-Pixie), Kirsty Bishop (Simple High Life) and John Eldridge (local permaculture elder). In a flexible small group environment, it may be possible to include additional topics into the program, depending on topic and tutor availability. Please let me know if you have a special area of interest.

Cost: $1200 full fee,

Early Bird: $950

Bookings: A $250 deposit is required to confirm your booking; places are limited.

(Please contact me to set up a payment plan or to discuss concession pricing or alternative arrangements)

Contact: email with any questions, or phone Fleur on 0425 785 233.



2 May 2017: Permaculture Design Course

28 March 2017: Introduction to Permaculture