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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 on alternate weekends April til July.


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 https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1b_Z4DakJoA2hpUkwrZ4FyZNNrW0-iN5rNplzGj289-s/edit?usp=sharing

$100 – I really want to do this course, but can only cover the most basic cost of doing so
$150 – I really want to do this course, and want it to be comfortable and worthwhile for all involved
$200 – I really want to do this course, and can help make it a rich and nourishing experience for all

If dollars are a barrier for you – please talk to us to discuss non-monetary options.

Please consider registering early to support the course to happen.


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, foraging and preserving whenever possible and buying direct from farmers we know and love.


18 available
Permaculture Foundations Sponsored$200.00

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20 available
Permaculture Foundations - Standard$150.00

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20 available
Permaculture Foundations - Subsidised$100.00

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