Design Think Tank

Extend Your Permaculture Design Skills

Immerse yourself in Permaculture Design for a couple of hours or 4 sessions over a full weekend.

In our first Design Blitz we designed an outdoor teaching kitchen for Chef Florence who wanted a design for teaching in Bali.

For that session we started developing Key Elements Analysis tools. Essentially we looked at the key components were needed the teaching kitchen in a hot and humid outdoor environment. We also explored different types of cooking fuel and cook-tops.

We came up with 7 major blocks and 3 different configurations for her to use. She was really pleased with the designs we created. It was an intense session ony 2 hours long, but the result was impressive.


In our second Design class we designed a beautiful and functional balcony for Eco-Hair Stylist Lloyd. We developed the analysis tool further by applying it to a different set of circumstances and wishes. We also had over a 100 different components to choose from. the result was quirky and fun. In the end, each team came up with different designs but all aesthetically pleasing and all functional. Light is a challenge on this balcony, so no component were permitted to out-shade another. The major windbreak component doubled up as a bench seat or hammock or dining area, supporting vines. Some designs incorporated mirrors to amplify the light, others used a pond. One design had a large fish tank between the interior room and balcony so you can view the fish from either side. The fish tank is a natraponics system (an idea for natural-aquaponics which is in development by April, our teacher).


A Full Design Experience

In this, our third design, we shall cover more territory because our client Jenny, is travelling from Bathurst. She has built an amazing Eco-home with geo-thermal heating and the surrounding area is flat and uncultivated. We have a clean slate to design upon. The design process will be intense but inspiring. Book Here

Saturday 17th Nov

1st and 2nd sessions of the Full Design Process

[9.30am- 12noon] Session 1 – Permaculture Design Methodology including our new process tool. Designer and Client relationships and interview processes.

[1.30pm-4pm] Session 2 – Permaculture Principles, strategies and techniques. Both David Holmgrens and Bill Mollison’s ideas will be as applied to this design.

Sunday 18th Nov

We set about in the final stages of our design. The 3rd and 4th sessions of the Full Design Process will analyse the suggested elements, link them in a efficient design, set them into Zones and then we draw it up.

[9.30am- 12noon] Session 3 – Selecting key elements and then analysing them then connecting them to make efficient relationships. Using a large set of pre-made and blank cards developed exclusively by us.  Set these elements into zones.

[1.30pm-4pm] Session 4 – Different methods of presenting ideas, drawing up the final designs, developing your presentation skills, team-work and collaboration.

Our Site

Tour our mature and diverse permaculture food forest bush tucker plants and rare tropical fruits. Little Silkie chickens roam freely and are protected by a fenced-off border patrol of geese. We will pass the hen house then visit the Taro glade with an intensive range of vegetables. read more here

This is an intimate hands-on class limited to 16 participants. Bookings essential.

Book NOW to come and join us for as little as $40 per session or $150 for all 4 sessions. Morning tea and afternoon teas provided. Lunch available to purchase nearby. For accommodation we recommend you book well in advance. Camping at Resorts are recommended on the beaches around Wollongong and Shellharbour which is nearby.

You will head home with some of your own design plans and the confidence and inspiration to live a healthier, greener life.

Please note that all bookings are non-refundable.
If you find you that are unable to attend your booked date and you provide us with 14 days notice, we are happy to provide a credit note for a future class.
Without 14 days notice we cannot provide a credit or transfer, but you are more than welcome to send someone else in your place.

For Hybrid Permaculture Design Course Participants this workshop can give you credit in place of doing your homework for two topics such as ‘Natural Systems Design’ or ‘Recycling’ or ‘Buildings’ or ‘Cultivated Ecology’ in the Permaculture Design Course. See here all the topics in a Permaculture Design Course.