Permaculture Teacher Training with Good Life

Contributor: Amy Buettel (PT Vice President)
Image Source: Good Life Permaculture

Recently, the committee’s own Amy (VP) and Heather (Instagram) completed their permaculture teacher training with Hannah from Good Life Permaculture and Brenna Quinlan.

It was a week of huge breakthroughs and personal growth. The week was full of opportunities to learn to teach permaculture, as well as information on how to set-up your learning environment, how to teach to people with different learning styles and how to create a good, robust teaching plan to convey the information you need.

Keep an eye out for your local educators doing rad things in your local community.

Two-Day Retrosuburbia Workshop in Hobart

  • Are you looking to create a more sustainable and resilient household?
  • Wondering how to retrofit your current home or circumstances?
  • Wanting to grow more food, reduce your energy use and enjoy a more satisfying, fulfilling life?
  • Looking to use the summer months to make some eco-friendly changes to your property?

Permaculture Tasmania is excited to be bringing to Beck Lowe to Hobart for a two (or three) day Retrosuburbia workshop. Beck is Retrosuburbia’s chief editor, project manager and education coordinator.

Workshop participants will undertake activities and exercises to help them assess their current situation and plan for the future as well as have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss various aspects of the book.

The workshop will be held at the Sustainability Learning Centre in Hobart on the Weekend of the 23rd and 24th of November. There is an add-on day on Monday the 25th for permaculture designers, educators, interior or landscape designers and anyone else who wants to work with these groundbreaking concepts in a professional capacity.

Tickets are strictly limited in order to provide a high-value, high-contact training environment so get yours here. Also, be sure your Permaculture Tasmania membership is current as the member discount is actually more than the cost of membership. Thanks, Beck!

If you have any questions, please get in touch via the contact page. Otherwise, we look forward to seeing you there!

Upcoming Events Oct/Nov

Oct 6                    Lilydale –               Small Farm Living Field Day
                                                          NRM North & Lilydale Landcare 

Oct 10                  Sandy Bay –       Hobart Retrosuburbia Bookclub  6 – 8pm
                                                          Source Community Wholefoods

Oct 7 – 12             Hobart –             Permaculture Teacher Training 
                                                          Good Life Permaculture

Oct 12                  Wynyard –         Growing  Vegetables in Pots
                                                          RESEED Centre

Oct 12                  Wynyard –         Murnong Wild Food Garden Tour
                                                          Permaculture Tas and Rees Campbell

Oct 13                  Penguin –            Growing  Vegetables in Pots
                                                           Live Well Tasmania

Oct 12-13             Woodbridge –    Gourmet Mushroom Workshop
                                                           Forest Fungi

Oct 12-13             Surges Bay –      Tomato Seedling Sale
                                                          Seed Freaks
Oct 16                  Rosny  –               2040  Community Screening
                                                           Clarence Climate Action

Oct 19                  Hobart   –          Repair Cafe Hobart Launch
                                                          Repair Cafe & Kickstart Arts

Oct 19                  Bellerive –          Wildsmith Permablitz  (FULL)
                                                          Hobart Eastern Shore Locals

Oct 20                  Cygnet  –              Property Visit (Paola’s)
                                                           Huon Locals

Oct 25 – 27           South –                Landcare Conference
                                                           Landcare Tasmania
 Nov (sneak peek)  

Nov 2                   Hobart –       Introduction to Small Scale Beekeeping 
                                                    Good Life Permaculture

Nov 14                 Sandy Bay –         Hobart Retrosuburbia Bookclub  6 – 8pm
                                                           Source Community Wholefoods

Nov 23                 Glaziers Bay  –       Goat Workshop
                                                            Good Life Permaculture

Nov 30                 Hobart –                  CENTS Trading Day
                                                            CENT & Kickstart Arts

That’s a wrap – AGM and 2019/2020 Committee

What a weekend! A *huge* thanks to Tiger Hill Permaculture, Buckland.Tasmania for hosting the PT AGM weekend & fabulous property tour.

We appointed two new life members (congratulations Hannah Moloney and Della Cooper) and welcomed two new Committee members.

One of our two new life members awarded, Hannah Moloney of Good Life Permaculture.
2019/2020 Committee (absent: Gordon, Sherry and Alexia)

Congratulations to the 2019/2020 Committee:
Kym (President), Amy (V/P), Katie (Newsletter), Gordon (Events), Kim (Treasurer), Kristy (Secretary), Sherry (Public Officer) and Alexia (Membership). Thanks to our outgoing Committee members, Claudia and Steph.

PT Member: Tiger Hill Permaculture

1. Tell me about Tiger Hill Permaculture – how it began, why permaculture
Well, while spending several years doing permaculture consulting work overseas on commercial and aid projects, I was always searching for a hill station where I could set up a project to assist locals with research and development toward permaculture. Getting access to land was no problem but getting funding was. I had studied for some time with other teachers around Australia and completed two PDCs and part of an accredited permaculture training. My father introduced me to permaculture and when I did my first PDC, that feeling of wanting to be part of global change resonated with me. When needing to get experience in the field I packed my bags and headed off overseas as I had a burning desire to work with other cultures and do aid work. Fortunately when I returned to Australia I worked toward finding that special place and started looking nation wide. As my fathers family were from Tasmania, I looked this far afield and found Tiger Hill to fit all my search needs. My dream was always to create an educational community no matter where the location. So I invested in myself and have started setting up Tiger Hill Permaculture as a farm forestry model based on permaculture design. Now I take up to 60 volunteers annually and teach them practical skills towards sustainable living. I am totally self funded from salary.

2. What permaculture principles are in action at THP? 
Major large scale water harvesting and storage systems, small scale water harvest and storage, gravity irrigation, capture and store food resources (preserving), companion planting, zoning, edge systems, recycling, organic food production, care for the earth, care for people, windbreak systems and multi-functional systems.

3. What are the greatest successes & challenges with THP?
One of the greatest achievements is that we can grow up to 90% of our food resources here. The biggest challenge is the lack of full time participation as mostly we get people for 1 or 2 weeks which is not sustainable while I am working FIFO (fly in, fly out) from WA.

4. What is your favourite photo(s) of Tiger Hill Permaculture and why?

Photo 1: Chalet 

Tiger Hill Chalet, I just love that landscape up on the hill in the morning sun.

Photo 2: Compost toilet

Completed Holzmetre toilet – the only one of its kind in the world and one of my most creative ideas

Photo 3: People Care

Volunteers having fun learning – my biggest joy is people being here having fun learning

Photo 4: Catch and store energy

My first tomato harvest. I learn a lot that year! There are still some of these left in the pantry as my special reserve as they tasted the best.

5. Why did you become a member of PT – and why do you think Permaculture is important for folks to get involved with?
I had been doing so much work alone here and sometimes I forget there is a bigger group of people networking out there. We are finally getting some results here and now is the time to get workshops happening to showcase the results. I think it’s important for people to start making any shift towards more sustainable living. While governments don’t seem to be doing enough for supporting where our food comes from, sometimes we just have to do things ourselves. Change the thinking of one person at a time if it is necessary to start a cultural shift towards this permaculture design science.

6. Anything else you’d like folks to know?
We accept help all year round and have started reaching out for long term interns (practical skills trainees). If people are interested to learn to project manage a project and consider share farming arrangements please get in touch with details on our website

Upcoming courses at Tiger Hill
We also have several upcoming residential courses here to experience beautiful Tassie during the summer while immersed on Tiger Hill :

Introduction to Permaculture 11th-12th January 2020

Permaculture Design Certificate 15th March – 28th March 2020

Appropriate Technology Workshop with Tim Barker 3-5th April 2020

Events Sep

Sep  6                  Dodges Ferry –  Okines Garden Tour & Tea
                                                      Eastern Shore Locals Group

Sep 7                   Penguin – Sustainable Transport ~ Big Bike Day
                                    for more info 

Sep 8                   Judbury – Farm Visit & Afternoon Tea
                                             Huon Locals  (details above)

Sep 12                 Sandy Bay – Hobart Retrosuburbia Bookclub  6 – 8pm
                                                 Source Community Wholefoods

Sep 15                 ~ ~ ~ ~         Sustainable House Day

Sep 20                 ~ ~ ~ ~         Global Climate Strike 
 Burnie – 11am             
                                               –  Hobart/Launnie/Devo – 12 midday
Sep 21                 Hobart –  Introduction to Permaculture  9 – 4
                                            Good Life Permaculture

Sep  21 – 22         Woodbridge – Gourmet Mushrrom Workshop
                                                    Forest Fungi

Sep  21 – 22         Buckland – PT AGM at Tiger Hill & Project Day
                                                Permaculture Tasmania & Tiger Hill

Sep 20,21,22        Penguin – Non Violent Communication workshops
                                               RESEED Centre

Sep 29                  Kingston  – Free Home Composting Workshop
                                                 Good Life Permaculture

Sep 29                  Hobart  – Free Home Composting Workshop 
                                               Good Life Permaculture

Events Aug


Aug 4                Penguin – Local Food Demo 10:30 – 3
                                          RESEED Centre

Aug 5                Bream Creek –  Garden Working Bee 9 – 4
                                  Bream Creek Community Market Garden

Aug 8                Sandy Bay – Hobart Retrosuburbia Bookclub  6 – 8pm
                                        Source Community Wholefoods

Aug 11              Cygnet –  Grafting Workshop  2 – 4
                                          Woodbridge Fruit Trees

Aug 11              Penguin –    RESEED Centre Working Bee
                                      for more info

Aug 11              Riverside –  Retrosuburbia Bookclub 12:30 – 2:30
                                               Launceston/Tamar Local Group

Aug 11              Deloraine –  Seed Swap & Shared Lunch 11:30 – 2:30
                                               Meander/Nthn Midlands Local Group
Aug 16              Launceston–  Designing and planting a kitchen garden 
                                           Tamar Peace Festival / NSCC

Aug 17              Hobart  –  Wildsmith Permablitz (pre blitz meet)  2 – 4
                                        Hobart Local Group

Events July


July 1                Bream Creek – Garden Working Bee 9 – 4
                    Bream Creek Community Market Garden

July 6                New Town – CENT Information & Trading Day
                                        CENT & Kickstart Arts

July 11              Sandy Bay  – Hobart Retrosuburbia Bookclub  6 – 8
                                            Source Community Wholefoods

July 13              Launceston – Evening with Rowe Morrow 5.45 – 8:30
                                              Tamar Peace Festival

July 20              Glengarry – Animals in Permaculture   1 – 2
                                        Tamar/Launceston Locals Group

July 21              Acton Park – Manure Muster II
                                        Hobart Eastern Shore Locals Group

July 21             Woodbridge – Hot composting skill share and gathering
                                           Channel Locals Group

July 28 Penguin – Dying to know RESEED Centre

Media release: Wild Foods Tasmania event, Beaconsfield

30TH May 2019


Feisty Tasmanian showcasing Tassie Wild Foods, Beaconsfield this Saturday

Rees Campbell, Wynyard based author of Eat Wild Tasmanian, will present a Tassie Wild Food workshop in Beaconsfield this Saturday 1st June 11am.

“Our Tasmanian edible native plants should be so much more than just “gourmet garnishes” on the edge of expensive restaurant dishes, they can be the main event in a home-cooked family meal, says Ms Rees Campbell, aka Feisty Tasmanian.

“We want to promote Tasmanian plants as useful, functional, edible…conservation through gastronomy. Almost all of these plants can be easily grown in our gardens – they are, after all, Tasmanian natives,” says Ms Campbell.

Rees will be showcasing a variety of Tasmanian Wild Foods, many grown in her Wynyard property Murnong Wild Food Garden, including recipes and food tastings.

“We are thrilled to host this workshop to learn more about Tassie Wild Foods that we can and can’t eat,” says Ms Kym Blechynden, President, Permaculture Tasmania.

“Many people are unaware of the amazing foods we can grow and eat that are from Tasmania. In addition to the great taste, eating locally grown foods means low food miles and less impact on the environment than if our food was flown in from overseas, says Ms Blechynden.

Rees Campbell is the Wynyard based author of Eat Wild Tasmanian, which explores 138 edible Tasmanian native plants. It shows you what they look like and how to grow them, as well as 100 recipes to enjoy. For more information: or


Media contact:  Ms Kym Blechynden 0402 317 812

Photo opportunity and interviews with Kym and Rees in the lead up to the event in Wynyard and Launceston, and on Saturday 1st June from 10am at Beaconsfield House, Grubb Street. There will be a variety of Tasmanian Wild Foods – as fresh ingredients and various prepared recipes – to taste and photograph.