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Introduction to Permaculture

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Do you want to learn how to design and build resilient, regenerative systems that support healthy human and ecological communities?

Then come join us for this introduction to permaculture workshop, hosted at Catalyst Social Centre over TWO DAYS (Sunday 25th of June and Sunday 2nd July). Catalyst Social Centre is a radical community space organised by a federation of grassroots collectives.

Permaculture is an intentional design system that gives us the tools to work, rather than against nature. In this double workshop, we will be exploring the ethics and principles of permaculture design, how they inform building resilient and flourishing gardens and communities, and tools to help us do so. Participants will leave this workshop with an understanding of how to apply permaculture design tools in a range of settings, as well as refreshed skills, perspectives and inspiration on creating abundant and equitable ecosystems. 

This course will combine a mixture of theoretical and practical content and we aim to cater for all learning styles.

Topics covered:

  • History of permaculture/global context
  • Permaculture principles and ethics
  • Systems thinking
  • Design tools
  • Design methods
  • Ecology
  • Climate and ocean science
  • Social permaculture
  • Non-violent communication
  • Applied home gardening and garden design
  • Bioregions
  • How do we apply permaculture in our lives

In spirit of the permaculture ethic “Fair Share” this workshop is pay as you feel! We believe that permaculture needs to be accessible for all so we have made four payment options available; choose the one that suits your financial situation best:

  • Option 1: $0
  • Option 2: $30 to cover your food and materials
  • Option 3: $60 to cover you and someone elses food and materials
  • Option 4: $60 + if you’re feeling generous

This is a TWO DAY workshop held over two consecutive weekends! It will be happening on Sunday 25th of June and Sunday 2nd July and each day will run from 10 am until 5 pm.


Diversity is an essential ingredient for life and this will be an inclusive event and we encourage people of all walks of life, genders, sexualities and cultures to come and be involved. If you have any questions regarding this or just want to chat please get in touch. Also contact us if you have any accessibility clarifications or requests.

This workshop will take place on the unceded lands of the Wurundjeri, Woiwurrung peoples of the Kulin nation.

About your facilitators:

Gali Schell (they/them)

Gali has spent the past 8 years volunteering and working on various organic, permaculture and community farms and home gardens. They have studied horticulture, therapeutic horticulture, permaculture design, and are a certified permaculture teacher. Gali's passion lies in food justice, the politics of gardening, transformative and therapeutic gardens, and creating interactive healing spaces. They are especially fond of cooking for lots of people, and are an active community organizer.

Ivan Blacket (he/him)

Ivan grew up on a small goat dairy in Drysdale, and went on to study agricultural sciences at the University of Melbourne. Following his studies, Ivan has managed many systems around Australia from agroforestry market gardens to large fruit orchards. He developed food systems around The Farm in Byron Bay and Conscious Ground Organics, and has helped educate hundreds of aspiring farms and homesteaders in the process. Ivan now works as a regenerative farmer and a permaculture designer/educator, he is an accredited permaculture teacher and is member of the teaching staff for Permaculture for Refugees.

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