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What is permaculture really about? Is it just gardening? Or is it a mindset that helps us to enrich our lives?

During this experiential workshop, you will have the opportunity to explore the thinking behind permaculture and other related approaches.

We intend for each of us to leave the weekend with renewed inspiration, resolve and pathways for applying permaculture thinking to everyday life.


For a more in-depth learning experience, we will also be offering a Permaculture Design Certificate or similar course later in the year.



This workshop is based at AWOL – Another Way of Living, in Wamboin, half an hour from Canberra. Frank has been living here since he was 8, and Sam joined in 5 years ago. It is a dual occupancy bush property with established homestead gardens  where we are relearning intergenerational living.

With Ruby Thorburn, Samantha Hawker and Frank Deveson

Ruby has come to permaculture after living in Nepal and seeing the link between injustices to women and the environment.

Samantha has come to permaculture from small business, via a health crisis, natural disaster and seeing solutions in reconnecting to each other, food and the land.

Frank has come to permaculture from Industrial Design via front line activism and freeganism. A born opportunist and a lifetime bricoleur.


Workshop activities:

Ruby, Samantha and Frank will be facilitating a collaborative learning experience covering:

  • Permaculture ethics and principles
  • Holistic living
  • Reconnecting to Earth patterns and cycles


You’ll go away from this weekend with a deepened connection to our world, our place in it and intention for the future.


What you’ll need to bring:

  • A playful, open attitude
  • Enclosed shoes
  • A willingness to share your perspective and knowledge
  • Wet weather /  cold weather gear
  • Camping gear appropriate to the weather

Course Price: Sliding scale $100 – $200
We are endeavouring to make our courses accessible to all, offering volunteer places, and a variety of prices for you to choose what is fair and within your capacity. We encourage you to view the course budget here.

The course is now full, thank you! We may run another later in the year.

Camping: The course includes camping for Saturday night, we encourage you to immerse yourself in the experience. You will need to bring all camping gear for the conditions, and talk to us if this might not be possible.

Catering: The course will be fully catered with nourishing locally sourced food, prepared in the AWOL kitchen and garden kitchen. We take food very seriously – growing, gleaning, foraging and preserving whenever possible and buying direct from farmers we know and love.