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    MASTERCLASS 47: Retrosuburbia with David Holmgren & Morag Gamble

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    You are warmly welcome to join this special masterclass with the co-originator of permaculture and the author of Retrosuburbia, David Holmgren. David will explore with us ways we can relocalise our food system in the suburbs and why this is an area he believes holds so much hope for climate safe, resilient and regenerative futures. David advocates for garden farming in the non-monetary household and community economies of gift and reciprocity, and says this will have a big part to play in growing new urban food systems in the shadow of the old.

    Here at the Permaculture Education Institute we offer free permaculture masterclasses on the last Monday of each month. This month we are celebrating Urban Agriculture Month - an initiatve of Sustain Australia and we would love your company!

    FREE SESSION - Registration for this session is totally free, but we warmly welcome you to donate if you can when you sign up. We send 100% to refugee youth-led community food and permaculture education programs.

    SHARE WIDELY: Please share this invitation widely. We welcome anyone to attend from around the world!

    RECORDINGS FOR REGISTRANTS: We look forward to seeing you there, but if you can't make it still register and we will send you the recording.


    David Holmgren is the co-originator of the permaculture concept following publication of Permaculture One, co-authored with Bill Mollison in 1978. David is globally recognised as a leading ecological thinker, teacher, writer and speaker promoting permaculture as a realistic, attractive and powerful alternative to dependent consumerism. His most recent book is Retrosuburbia: The Downshifter’s Guide to a Resilient Future (2018). Other books include Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability (2002) and Future Scenarios: How Communities Can Adapt To Peak Oil and Climate Change (2009). Check them all out at Melliodora Publishing .

    David lives at Melliodora - the iconic permaculture property in Hepburn, Victoria he has developed with his partner Su Dennett, their son, and those co-dwelling on the land with them.


    Morag Gamble, founder of Permaculture Education Institute & teacher of permaculture teachers, is a passionate advocate for urban permaculture and has been deeply involved in creating, supporting and networking projects and programs for 30 years on 5 continents.  She is cofounder of Northey Street City Farm in Brisbane and the Australian Community Gardens Network. Her blog and youtube channel include loads of urban permaculture content and her podcast Sense-Making in a Changing World features many urban agriculture pioneers - in fact, this month the podcast is airing a special Urban Agriculture series with a new episode landing each Wednesday.


    Permaculture Education Institute, based at Crystal Waters Ecovillage on Gubbi Gubbi country, offers programs to support people around the world to become teachers of permaculture, to activate permaculture communities. The Institute hosts regular global conversations exploring one-planet living and earth restoration - through film, podcast, masterclasses and discussion forums. Permaculture Education Institute also hosts Hive - a global learning community for PDC graduates anywhere in the world.

    OPEN FOR REGISTRATION: Permaculture Educators Program - a combined online course and global learning community including permaculture design and teaching certificates


    Sustain: The Australian Food Network is the initiator and host of Urban Agriculture Month - the theme for 2022 is Growing Edible Towns and Cities. With over 100 events planned across all the states and territories, including workshops, open gardens, talks, upskilling sessions and hands-on learning experiences, Sustain and it's partners are bringing people and their communities together to connect, share and learn. We're growing a sustainable edible food movement, and everyone's invited.


    This is a free event, but we warmly welcome your generous donation. 100% of all funds raised at this event will go towards the refugee youth permaculture programs we work closely with in East Africa - including permaculture, kitchen garden, school garden, ecoliteracy, ecological restoration programs led and designed by refugee youth. 

    A donation of $10 will support the planting of 3 fruit trees in a school garden.

    A donation of $25 will pay for seeds and tools for one refugee family to start their permaculture kitchen garden at home.

    A donation of $150 will pay for a young person to receive a full locally-adapted permaculture design certificate training in their camp led by local trainers.

    We'd love you to become a regular supporter too - read more over at

    PLEASE NOTE: We have had questions about how to properly register - please make sure to put a number in the ticket box regardless of whether you choose to donate.

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