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Post Convergence Site Visits and Tours

The following have agreed to host or conduct site visits after the convergence. This list is in now way exhaustive and further details will be listed as they become available including times, dates etc…

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Blue Penguin Wines
ourWines-410x370Blue Penguin Wines is a micro-boutique winery located in Penguin, Tasmania. We create small batches of hand-crafted, cool climate wines made from the highest-quality Tasmanian grapes. We chose our cheeky Blue Penguin logo to symbolize our commitment to follow our own lead as winemakers. Our mission is to make excellent, premium wines that are a little different from the norm.

Red Cow Dairies
Red Cow Dairies is a family operated business that is located in Tasmanians beautiful north west coast. Our herd is made up of 300 gentle natured Aussie Red Cows which have been in our family for over a decade. Bred for Australian conditions they thrive on our farm which is run with sustainable farmingred-cows practices. They produce high quality milk which allows us to make our beautiful artisan products…. At the pinnacle of the drought in northern Victoria, we made the life changing decision to pack up our suitcases and our Dairy herd and move to the beautiful, high-rainfall area of north-western Tasmania where we bought a 155-hectare farm at Oldina.

Tiger Hill Permaculture
Tiger Hill Permaculture is a 70 acre farm set amongst crown land and mixed forestry in Buckland, Tasmania (Australia)… Our vision is to create a working family farm and educational community to demonstrate self reliance and sustainability via permaculture design and holistic farming.

Cradle Coast Farmers Market
Cradle Coast Farmers’ Market fresh produce farmed, baked, bottled or dug from the ground. Every Sunday @The Wharf in Ulverstone, 8.30 to 12.30pm.

The Tarkine
tarkineThe Tarkine is one of the world’s great wild places. It is an expansive 447,000 hectare wilderness area of recognised World Heritage significance in the North-West corner of Tasmania, Australia’s island state. The Tarkine contains remarkable natural and cultural values, including one of the world’s most significant remaining tracts of temperate rainforest.

Produce to the People
My ancestry is full of cooks and farmers, artists and sailors. Much of my childhood was spent either in the veggie patch, or in the kitchen cooking from the garden spoils.  These early lessons have stayed with me through adulthood and with life lessons, an understanding of the vital role community has in all our lives, Produce to the People has been born.


Press Release: Permaculture celebrates its Tasmanian origins

Permaculture is a design system for sustainable living and land use that was conceived in Tasmania 40 years ago by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren. Permaculture One published in 1978 to world wide acclaim, coincided with an explosion of interest in organic gardening & farming, renewable energy, and other aspects of positive environmentalism that many people think have just happened in the last few years.


Over the decades permaculture teachers, designers and activists have been riding these peaks and troughs of mainstream interest. Ironically, media and public interest in permaculture has been highest when there is uncertainty and contraction in the economy. In the lucky (and richest) country in the world where our food, water, power and governance structures continue to function permaculture has often just seen as a cool form of lifestyle gardening or alternatively some weird counterculture ideology.

But Permaculture may also be Australia’s greatest intellectual export influencing positive environmental and social change all over the world including establishing deep roots in poorer countries where the mainstream economy has failed to provide for people’s basic needs. In previously rich countries such as Spain and Greece permaculture strategies for self and community reliance are exploding as the mainstream economy continues to decay under a burden of debt.

Although permaculture was conceived in Tasmania it was in Melbourne and the Sunshine Coast of Queensland that the permaculture movement first got going and has remained strongest. Although it is said the Australian “cultural cringe” that anything important comes from overseas was killed off in the 1970’s, maybe it lingered on in Tassie, at least in the case of permaculture.

Today a new generation of social media savy permaculture teachers and activists are raising the profile of permaculture. The 12th Australasian Permaculture Conference and Convergence at Penguin on the NW Coast is attracting some of the pioneers including David Holmgren. Second generation “permies” such as Oliver Holmgren will also be there making connections to the growing numbers of younger people interested in shaping their own futures with permaculture.

Back in the 1970’s it was David’s Environmental Design thesis that became Permaculture One. Although less well known than his older co-originator Bill Mollison, David (now 60) is now one of the globally influential writers on the converging global crises of climate change, peak oil and economic contraction and how permaculture thinking and action can allow us to make a graceful descent adapting to a world of less.

The location of this event is also a quiet homage to fourth generation Tasmanian, Bill Mollison (now 87) who, despite ill health continues to live and write from his farm at Sisters Creek. One of the urban myths about permaculture doing the rounds in Melbourne, is that David Holmgren might be the original Australian exponent of permaculture, but that it was started by the much older American(!) guy Bill Mollison!! It just goes to show that the cultural cringe might not be dead and that it is time for Tassie to reclaim Permaculture as its greatest intellectual export.


Gallinulla studio – post permaculture convergence working party

Gallinulla is 40 acres of agricultural land, which is in the process of transformation into a bird haven, restored remnant rainforest, budding food forest, pademelon breeding ground, swamp forest, and

Food garden – which has been guided by the loving and dedicated hands of Richard and Carolyn Donaghey.

kim-cob1From April 2014 another phase of Gallinulla saw its first inception – with the gathering of 30 + like minded souls to help build a strawbale, cob, and timber frame studio with the aim for it to be a residency for artists/people with ecological interests, and a retreat studio for myself.

The structure has been built and the first layer of render has begun.

We are looking for 6-8 dedicated humans (as a maximum per day) to help begin building the earth floor for the building. It involves making/stomping cob and kim-cob2layering onto the gravel ground. There also will be scope in learning some basicearth straw rendering, lime rendering, and to provide a general overview of how the building arrived at its current stage.

We are providing meals and tent accommodation in a wwoofing type arrangement.

Please email kim @ or call 0402775794 for any questions and dates you would wish to participate.

We are looking ideally for people to stay a minimum of 2 days, from the 13th of March onwards, continuing for 7 to 12 days depending on the response and the numbers of people.


Want to attend APC12 but have no PDC or similar?



If people would like to attend the APC12 but feel they don’t have the backround in permaculture, the organisers have provided this preliminary course for you…

2 day course: 8th and 9th March 2015 prior to APC12

30 King Edward St, Penguin, Tasmania

Permaculture is an ethical system for designing sustainable, healthy and self-reliant communities that will flourish long past peak oil and financial crisis.  Permaculture was developed here in Tasmania and has been called one of Australia’s greatest intellectual exports. Discover the principles of Permaculture yourself during this 2-day course. A participatory mix of theoretical sessions, group exercises and practical demonstrations will introduce you to various design principles and techniques that you can apply to any environment, rural or urban, to help you lead a more sustainable, enjoyable, responsible and healthy lifestyle.

The course will be facilitated by experienced local permaculture practitioners Nick Towle and Caroline Smith.

Cost: $125 or equivalent in CENTS/other local currencies.

Includes morning/afternoon tea and
comprehensive notes via your USB

Enquiries and Bookings:

Further details from Caroline Smith: 0438090464


APC12 – only 3 weeks left to register!

Deadline for registration and presentation proposal is Jan 31st.

This may seem a little early, but as a small group of busy volunteers, we’ll need plenty of time to organise the conference to make sure it is the best it can be.

Register at

Send presentation proposal to:

Our planet is going though the most rapid rate of change in its history, and we timeface a future of surprises, threats and opportunities. We in the permaculture community have a key role to play in both mending the present and creating our preferable future.

To be part of this future we need to take stock of where we are as a design system. That’s why Australia’s permaculture community of practitioners is coming together in March on the shores of Bass Strait in beautiful Penguin, Tasmania, for APC12. Here we will reflect, take stock and re-imagine permaculture’s role in a future that can be different from the usual depressing, business as usual scenario, and energise ourselves for the tasks ahead.

In keeping with the theme of Honouring the Past, Transforming the Future, we have a range of exciting presenters – high profile as well as new voices of all ages, who will inspire us with presentations, workshops, participatory activities, performance, posters, video and art work.

We are placing a strong focus on deepening our collective understanding and ability to work across the seven interconnected ‘petals’ (domains) of the permaculture flower.

We’ll be challenged by the ‘Big Picture’ – where have we come from and what is the role of permaculture in this critical time in Earth’s history, the Anthropocene Era.

We’ll hear about extraordinary projects and ways of living that have made a real difference to the lives of people both at home and overseas.

We’ll discuss permaculture education, both formal and informal, in the light of new knowledge about education for sustainability.

We’ll be challenged to think deeply about our broken economic system and hear exciting insights into new systems.

We’ll learn from people’s practical experience.

We’ll have a very special event to honour our Elders.

Above all, APC12 will be a space for us to meet, re-connect, affirm each other, debate, learn, argue, inspire and re-energise ourselves for the hard work we all do to make the world a better place.

To make this a truly amazing event and set directions for the future, we need you to be there!


Call For Presenters

If you are interested in sharing something (Presentation or Workshop) at the Convergence please register your interest here…




Update – Early Bird Extended

November-30Several people have asked if we could extend the early bird registration offer for a couple of weeks and we’ve spent hours in negotiations in an attempt to offer this.

The Bad news is we couldn’t offer a 2 week extension to this… however the good news is we’ve managed to extend it by 4 WEEKS. No need to thank us… just make the most of it and register as soon as you can.


Keynote Speakers – David Holmgren

HD-DavidDavid Holmgren is best known as the co-originator with Bill Mollison of the permaculture concept following the publication of Permaculture One in 1978. Since then he has developed three properties, consulted and supervised in urban and rural projects and presented lectures, workshops and courses at a wide variety of events and venues in Australia and around the world. His writings over those three decades span a diversity of subjects and issues but always illuminating another aspect of permaculture thinking.

At home (Melliodora in Hepburn, Central Victoria), David is the vegetable gardener, silviculturalist and builder. Within the international and growing permaculture movement, David is respected for his commitment to presenting permaculture ideas through practical projects and teaching by personal example, that a sustainable lifestyle is a realistic, attractive and powerful alternative to dependent consumerism.

As well as constant involvement in the practical side of permaculture, David is passionate about the philosophical and conceptual foundations for sustainability, the focus of his seminal book Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability.  This book has been significant influences on the development of Transition Initiatives around the world. More recently his Future Scenarios work has seen him recognised as a significant thinker about the “Energy Descent future.”


Permaculture Teacher Training – Post Convergence

Rowe.2Join internationally renowned permaculture teacher, Rosemary (Rowe) Morrow for 6 days of intensive training that will provide you with an enviable toolkit to use in the classroom and life in general.  Whether you’re already a teacher, or thinking of becoming one, this course is designed to turn teaching into a transformative and fun exchange. Classrooms (indoor and outdoor) will never be the same again.

You will walk away from this course being able to communicate clearly and confidently with a group of people.  And you’ll join a learning community of teachers full of inspiration, mutual support and on-going learning.

Set in the beautiful town of Penguin NW Tasmania, this course is being held directly after the 12th Australasian Permaculture Convergence (also in Penguin)…

15th – 21st March

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APC12 to be held in Tasmania

Reseed-mosaicThe North West Environment Centre and the Reseed Centre in Penguin, Tasmania, have been chosen to host the Twelfth Australian Permaculture Convergence (APC12) in March 2015.

NWEC logoThe North West Environment Centre (NWEC) holds the legacy of the Organic & Sustainable Living Festival begun by the legendary Organic Farming & Gardening Society, which boasts names such as Peter Cundall, David Stephen and Bill Mollison among its founding fathers.

March 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of the first Organic Festival held in Tomahawk in NE Tasmania, and NWEC was planning 40th Anniversary Festival in Penguin to celebrate this important occasion. Coincidentally it is also the 30th Anniversary of the first Permaculture Convergence this year, so the plan is now to merge the two occasions into a major event.

March 7th
– Organic and Sustainable Living Festival

March 8th
– Permaculture expo
– Introduction to Permaculture Part 1

March 9th
– Master classes
– Introduction to permaculture Part 2
– Convergence welcome dinner

March 10th, 11th & 12th
– APC12 Convergence

March 13-15
– Post convergence self-guided tours


The concept of Permaculture was also developed in Tasmania in the late 1970s by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren, and from this humble beginning, Permaculture has spread to just about every corner of the globe, and has now been adapted for a large range of climates. Permaculture is a holistic design system for creating sustainable self-managing living environments and is used around the world, including third world countries with impoverished soils and resources, as a path to returning to reasonable and sustainable usage of the earth’s natural resources.

Despite its origins there has not been a Permaculture Convergence held in Tasmania and the beautiful and accessible North West is an ideal location to bring Permaculture back to its birthplace. The hosts are very excited about this boost to tourism in North West Tasmania and are looking forward to showcasing our beautiful corner of the world.

If you are interested in volunteering or otherwise being involved in the event planning process, please email or phone Julie Norbury on (03) 6425 6928.