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Permaculture Design Course


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We have had a number of people express interest in a permablitz this year. Permablitzes offer so many rewards – it’s a fabulous day of conversation, learning, connection, and of course progressing your landscape design. From acreage to a small back yard, laying irrigation pipes, to weeding and everything in between, it’s a great skill share opportunity in a friendly environment. Children are always welcome as they are the permies of the future! If a blitz appeals to you, simply email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to submit an expression of interest and we will work with you to assist you in your day being a great success.

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Keyline with Darren Doherty

Keyline is a master system for managing water in the landscape.
P.A. Yeomans revolutionary "Water for every Farm" was widely read in the 1950's when it was first published and has been an enduring influence since. Yeomans' ideas include slowing and storing water high in the landscape, using gravity to move it slowly, and thinking of the soil as a primary place to store water. He argued that soil could be built quickly and that turning the soil through ploughing was destroying soil structure and life. He invented a special kind of plough that deep rips to allow water in, but retains soil structure. Many of Yeomans ideas are now widely accepted by progressive farmers.  InstrucThis one-day course will be on-farm, cover essential theory and will include an afternoon demonstration of ploughing using a Keyline plough
It has taken us two years to get Darren Doherty down to Ballarat to teach Keyline and we are very excited to have him along - if you have a broadacre property or just want to understand Keyline from someone who teaches it around the world and has an international reputation for excellence, this one day workshop is for you!
Darren says...
"Our expression of Keyline is through the Regrarians Platform® - an expanded and holistic version of the 'Keyline Scale of Permanence' (KSOP). In practice the RP is a blend of Holistic Management and the KSOP, with influences from a wide range of ecological design methodologies — Permaculture Design included."

Session A - 0900:1030 - Regrarians Platform presentation
Session B - 1100:1230 - Keyline Geography Exercise - have people bring their property maps to apply the KG to. 
Session C - 1330:1500 - Keyline Geography Landscape Exercise - identify Keypoints and Keylines
Session D - 1530:1800 - Keyline Super Plow Demonstration - 60-70hp tractor - preferably with 4WD

Numbers strictly limited.
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Darren Doherty has extensive experience across the world in Permaculture project design, development & management. A career-­long focus on the profitable retrofit of broadacre landscapes has seen Darren acclaimed as a pioneer in this important & often overlooked field. He is a Certified Whole Farm Planner (University of Melbourne), Approved Keyline® Designer, Accredited Permaculture Trainer (APT®) & Certified in Workplace Training & Assessment and formerly a Registered Teacher of the ‘The Permaculture Institute’ (teacher registration system ceased in March of 2010).
Darren grew up on a Keyline designed farm in the Bendigo district of Victoria, Australia where his family have been since the early 1850’s and is now recognised around the world as being a leading figure in the Regenerative Agriculture movement. In 1993 Darren and his wife Lisa Heenan founded Australia Felix Permaculture, a broadacre farm planning and development business. Darren has been involved in the design & development of over 1300, mostly broadacre projects across 5 continents in 41 countries, ranging from 1 million hectare cattle stations in Australia’s Kimberly region to 110,000 acre Estancia’s in Patagonia, EcoVillage developments in Tasmania to Public:Private R&D Agroforestry & Education Projects in Viet Nam, Family farms across the globe with a range of private, corporate, government & non-­profit clients. A true ‘integrationalist’, Darren has more recently been the originator of the Keyline® Design, Carbon Farming, Carbon Economy & Regenerative Agriculture (RegenAG®) course series across Europe, North America & Oceania. This wide experience has created an international reputation of achievement plus and enviable & expansive network that integrates many disciplines. Darren and Lisa also have a property, ‘Dehesa Felix’, outside of Bendigo which they are developing as a RegenAG training facility.
Darren's website: Regrarians.org

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