Permaculture Living online course

A self-paced, fully mentored course to get you living with intention, making positive changes and cultivating abundance, no matter where you call home - no garden required!

Ready to learn what you need to create down-to-earth resilience in times of change - while learning from home?

Welcome to Permaculture Living - with the Milkwood crew of experts. We'll help you succeed with creating the abundant life you truly want, one step at a time.

Sound good? Our next class starts March 14.

This course opens for bookings just a few times a year, so jump on the waitlist and we'll let you know first, so you don't miss out - we can’t wait to meet you.

Add your details below to join our waitlist, and we'll let you know when bookings for the next class are open...

Permaculture Living is your pathway to living like it matters, one small step at a time. 

You'll learn how to use permaculture thinking, design and habits to transform your home and your outlook on life, for the better. Get ready to become more resilient, thrive where you already are, and make some serious positive change!


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Learn skills and habits to create down-to-earth resilience in times of change

In this Permaculture Living online course, you’ll master everything from making sauerkraut, starting a seed bank and designing your home greywater system... to connecting with community, relating to local waterways and learning to effectively stand up for change.

And as you learn and try out all these new things, we’ll be there to answer questions and troubleshoot your challenges.

This course is a fully supported student experience.

Because helping folks confidently succeed at learning new skills... is literally our jam.

Your lessons are delivered via high-quality videos, downloadable guides and worksheets, live Q&As, community discussion and more. You can take this course on any device - in your kitchen, on the train, up a tree (less likely, but still!), or in your lunch break.


The fact that you’re here tells us you’re ready to move forward with a different way of living...

You might be:

A newbie to permaculture who doesn’t quite know where to begin, and wants help getting your head around it all in an action-focused and easy-to-understand way.

A city-dweller with no garden but a real desire to live more sustainably and in closer connection with your local community.

A land steward, (yes, suburban blocks DO count!) ready to create a more sustainable home and lifestyle, hoping to soak up ideas and actions, and connect with like-minded folk doing the same.

A dreamer who wants to become a doer, who has felt a bit overwhelmed in the past and wants help figuring out a permaculture action plan that’s just right for you.

Any of these sound like you? Well guess what… our Permaculture Living course might be just right for you.

What's inside the Permaculture Living course?

This is a live, interactive online course, not just a bunch of videos. You will be part of a class who will become your community AND your cheer squad, alongside our stellar team, who will guide and assist you, as you learn...

40+ Lessons

Learn to embed permaculture principles in your life & community - with a mix of easy-to-follow videos & resources.


Alongside each lesson, you get a swag of exclusive resources, plans, and downloads - only available inside this course.

Live Q&As

And you'll be in direct discussion with Kirsten & Nick - ask questions and get detailed answers - live.


A thriving online permaculture community full of students just like you: make friends, swap ideas, learn, laugh & grow.

"Kirsten and Nick are passionate, know their stuff, love sustainability and are very generous with the information given."

Randall, Australia
Permaculture Living student

"The Permaculture Living course is my favourite EVER online course. It is so well designed, so informative, so amazingly organised and just plain inspiring."

SS, Netherlands
Permaculture Living Student

"I’ve loved the energy and encouragement from the Milkwood team, which made me feel that any step I took was awesome."

Niki, Australia
Permaculture Living student

By the end of this 12-week program, you will:


  • Have the skills to transform your daily life with meaningful and useful actions, habits and projects - which have far-reaching, positive outcomes for all.
  • Understand the 12 permaculture principles and how to use them as daily decision-making tools… to design your garden, kitchen cupboard layout, next job choice, or whatever needs a bit of holistic thinking.
  • Know how to apply the permaculture principles in bigger-picture life thinking, with permaculture co-originator David Holmgren.
  • Have learned about a bazillion new practical, doable skills and ideas. Choose a habit or action that works for you, get that happening, then choose another… change happens at whatever pace suits YOU. No stress here.
  • Be empowered with a personalised action plan that you’ve chosen for yourself, to create the abundant life you truly want, one small step at a time.
  • Be welcomed into a community of like-minded people, all cheering you on, sharing their own wins and challenges, and helping you succeed. (And we cheer LOUD, just so you know.)
  • Be armed to make a positive difference for yourself, your community, and our planet, as a result of this course - our positive student feedback speaks for itself on this one.


Join us for 12 weeks of lessons and an open-ended amount of inspirational learning and personal mentorship (you can take as long as you like to move through it all, and ask questions whenever you like) - and get ready to kickstart your permaculture life.


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Your permaculture teachers

Two generations of permaculture knowledge, 60+ years of combined experience…

Nick Ritar

Nick founded Milkwood with Kirsten in 2007. Since then, he has led over 2000 face-to-face students through their permaculture design journey - as well as farming, homesteading and growing a LOT of mushrooms along the way.

David Holmgren

David Holmgren is the co-originator of the Permaculture concept, alongside Bill Mollison. A prolific philosopher, teacher and writer, his latest book is RetroSuburbia: a Downshifters Guide to a Resilient Ruture.

Kirsten Bradley

Kirsten founded Milkwood with Nick in 2007. She is author of the best-selling Milkwood book and known for her permaculture advocacy, and workshops in permaculture skills - from fermenting to natural beekeeping to foraging for wild food.

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Choose whichever option suits you best, for where you're at right now. All our options come with a no worries, 30 Day Money Back Guarantee - so it's all good.

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 ✔ 12 weeks of course materials

✔ Downloads & resources

✔ Live Q&A webinars

✔ Exclusive student community

✔ Lifetime access to everything



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✔ 12 weeks of course materials

✔ Downloads & resources

✔ Live Q&A webinars

✔ Exclusive student community

✔ Lifetime access to everything

*Bonus* downloadable Milkwood book extract 


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✔ Four 30-min personal coaching calls with Nick or Kirsten

Milkwood book - autographed copy

RetroSuburbia & Principles and Pathways books by David Holmgren



Meet some of our happy students...

“I thought the course might help me with some challenges in my garden; little did I know my whole life and outlook would change. I began to feel empowered to make a difference. I strongly recommend this course to everyone, all walks of life."

— Kathryn, Costa Rica

“I was wrapping up a long and challenging chapter of my life … as soon as the first module kicked off, an anchor was cast in my lifeI realised I was acquiring new tools to adapt to an uncertain and rapidly changing world.”

— Mirranda, Australia

“I am a permaculture teacher and I still took Milkwood’s Permaculture Living course – it was a privilege having the chance to learn directly from David Holmgren, a co-originator of permaculture."

— Dr Murat, Turkey

“I learned that permaculture envelops not just self-sufficiency, but an entire ethos around how we live our lives. The emphasis on kindness and well-being (both to one’s self and the community), struck a chord.”

— Craig, Australia

“I had worried it wouldn’t be so relevant for me, based in the UK, but because it’s about so much more than just gardening (food resilience, eating, community…) it suits anyone anywhere.”

— Anna, United Kingdom

“I wanted to learn from the source of permaculture and so I chose Milkwood - I’m very glad I did. This journey has helped me so much. I will continue to evolve as I grow from the knowledge and tools learned in this course."

— Marina, New Zealand

Study with us from anywhere in the world

We have 4,000+ Permaculture Living students living on almost every continent across our planet. Because really, we are all in this together.

Here's exactly what you'll learn

Permaculture Living is crafted to be unlike any other permaculture course available. Created by acclaimed educators, thinkers and doers - to ensure that by the end of this experience, you're where you want to be...

Learn the three ethics and 12 principles that underpin permaculture - explained by David Holmgren, co-originator of the movement.

You’ll then be ready to define your own personalised goal for this course, to guide your decisions and learnings as you begin to embrace a permaculture life.

Based on permaculture principle #1 - Observe and Interact - this module is all about spending mindful time with our bodies, our homes and the environment around us, and then engaging with those things.

David Holmgren will guide you through the theory, and then we'll show you practical ways to apply this principle to your everyday life, with actions such as:

  • Learning to identify local wild plants.
  • Researching the life cycle of a product you use.
  • Researching & supporting local food producers.
  • Investigating your soil.
  • Learning about your local waterways.
  • + more!

Energy comes in pulses and waves, and then it’s gone. This is why we need to ‘make hay while the sun shines’, or capture that energy for when we need it later.

David Holmgren will teach you permaculture principle #2 - Catch and Store Energy - and then it’s time for practical application. You might choose:

  • Learning preserving.
  • Harvesting rainwater at home.
  • Making a mini greenhouse.
  • Energy auditing your home.
  • Growing beans and other storage crops.
  • + more!

Permaculture principle #3 - Obtain A Yield - (explained by David Holmgren) is all about reconnecting to our natural cycles - and also to human, plant, animal and other communities, and, importantly, ourselves.

Practical actions you can learn during this module include:

  • Growing your own sprouts and microgreens.
  • Starting a herb garden.
  • Using what you have to create abundance in your community.
  • Doing a work/life balance time audit.
  • + more!

In this important module for our modern times, you’ll learn alongside David Holmgren about accepting feedback and self-regulating to apply the brakes when needed.

Then we’ll show you ways to practice permaculture principle #4 - Apply Self-Regulation and Accept Feedback - in your own life. You might choose:

  • Calculating your carbon footprint.
  • Waste auditing your household.
  • Learning to give up an addiction.
  • Trying a 3-day locavore challenge.
  • + more!

Learn the theory of permaculture principle #5 - Use and Value Renewable Resources and Services - with David Holmgren. This principle asks us to reconsider our dependence on non-renewable resources, primarily fossil fuels.

Then let’s put it into action. You can learn about:

  • Starting a worm farm.
  • Creating your own natural home cleaning products.
  • Switching to green energy.
  • And even how to re-use your own wee (if you’re game).
  • + more!

When embracing a permaculture life - whether that involves food, materials, packaging, processes, or skills - we try to ensure all elements are fully utilised, in a closed-loop.

David Holmgren will run you through this #6 permaculture principle - Produce No Waste - and then we’ll get into practical actions:

  • Repairing and caring for your items.
  • Doing a 5-day no-waste challenge.
  • Creating a composting toilet.
  • Harnessing the power of your food scraps.
  • + more!

In this module, based on permaculture principle #7 - Design From Patterns to Details - David Holmgren encourages you to look at the big picture before focusing on the finer details - an essential step to designing a permaculture life.

Putting this into practice, you might choose actions such as:

  • Making a base map of your property.
  • Starting a perpetual garden diary.
  • Learning about your local climate.
  • Finding ways to connect with the traditional owners of the land where you live.
  • + more!

As we learn permaculture principle #8 - Integrate Rather Than Segregate - with David Holmgren, we take our lead again from nature. We integrate rather than segregate so each part of your system works as part of the whole.

The actions you can choose in this module include:

  • Reusing greywater.
  • Keeping chickens.
  • Taking up guerilla gardening.
  • Joining a community garden or permaculture group.
  • + more!

Permaculture principle #9 - Use Small and Slow Solutions - sounds gentle but as David Holgmre explains, it’s actually pretty radical. It flies directly in the face of consumerism and capitalism.

To bring this into action in your life, you might choose to learn about:

  • Saving seeds and starting your own home seed bank.
  • Taking a buy-nothing challenge.
  • Baking your own sourdough bread or get on your bike more regularly.
  • Actively managing your own temperature.
  • + more!

We use permaculture principle #10 - Use and Value Diversity - to build resilience in our local habitat, communities, finances, personal health and in a multitude of other ways.

So, once David Holmgren has showed you the theory - it’s time to apply this at your place. You will learn about:

  • Increasing the health and diversity of your local pollinator population.
  • Producing your own homemade probiotic drinks.
  • Sharing your garden.
  • Eating a more diverse range of food.
  • + more!

The ‘margin’ or ‘fringe’ is often ignored - but in fact, it’s a most useful space.

David Holmgren explains this #11 permaculture principle - Use Edges and Value the Marginal - and then we’ll show you how to put it into practice.

You can choose to learn about:

  • Edible seaweed foraging and cooking.
  • Mushroom growing and gathering.
  • Cooking outdoors regularly.
  • Joining your local food co-op.
  • + more!

As the saying goes: ‘The only constant is change.’ So in our final lesson with David Holmgren, you’ll learn permaculture principle #12 - Creatively Use and Respond to Change -  which calls on you to look forward and embrace the future.

And then we ask you to get political, to help stop catastrophic climate change.

You can also learn about:

  • Making a household emergency plan.
  • Breaking up with the supermarkets,
  • Moving your savings away from fossil fuel companies.
  • + lots more.

In this final module, you will revisit your personal goal statement and the action plan you’ve slowly built throughout the course - a deeply useful document you can return to again and again as you contemplate future big decisions.

And thus, you will now be the keeper of a whole swag of new skills and ideas to help the planet, while making life better at your own place too.

Go you!

When you enroll during this special, limited-time period, you’ll get:

  • 12 detailed modules and 40+ lessons, delivered via high-quality videos, recordings and downloads.
  • Your own step-by-step Permaculture Action Plan.
  • A deep understanding of the 12 Permaculture Principles, outlined for you by David Holmgren (co-originator of permaculture).
  • Full confidence to utilise permaculture thinking, at your place.
  • Live and ongoing support, throughout the course.
  • Unique and exclusive downloads and resources.
  • A community of students on the same path.


You’ll be given access to one set of lessons per week, so you have time to dive into the learning and ponder each action before moving on to the next.

And don’t worry if you get behind (we know how life can be) - the course is self-paced so you can pick back up and continue as you need.

Plus this bonus extra, to get you going at your place, right away

For students who choose the one-time payment option, we’ll sneak a special bonus into your course hub area - a mini version of our best-selling book Milkwood - for you to download and keep.

This mini book includes how-tos and recipes from all five chapters - The Tomato, Mushroom Cultivation, Natural Beekeeping, Seaweed and Wild Food.

And all in a format you can read anytime, or download and print out, if that’s how you like to do things.

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And we have a 30-Day Money-Back Guarantee, if you need it...

We want our Permaculture Living course to be the absolute best experience possible for you - so you walk away filled up with skills and habits to become a positive changemaker in our world.

But, once you get started, if you find that the course is just not for you - that’s OK!

Just let us know within 30 days of your purchase and we’ll refund your payment. No questions asked. 

That’s it! No catches and no fine print. We want to let you try our course absolutely risk-free – that’s how confident we are that you’ll love it.

Frequently Asked Questions

Got questions? Here's the answers you seek...

Permaculture Living has several price options, plus payment plans as well - you can find full details here:

The next edition of our Permaculture Living course will begin on 14 March, 2022. Bookings will open a week beforehand, and we let the waitlist know first.

You'll receive new lessons each week for 12 weeks, but how long you take to do it all is completely up to you. This course allows for a self-paced journey - we don't want to you rush anything, or feel 'behind'. We're there for you all the way, no matter how long you take!

We've found that our students get the most out of their experience if they move through the course with a group of peers.

For this reason, you'll receive a weekly package of lessons to work through, each week for 12 weeks. 

We recommend you set aside 1-2 hours a week to do this course - 30 minutes for viewing, 30 minutes for reading, and 30 minutes for working on your permaculture action plan.

Each week you'll get access to roughly 3 new video lessons. These range in length from 5 minutes to 20 minutes. 

On top of that there is additional reading and worksheets which will take you less than an hour to read through and absorb. 

Then, there's your action plan to work on, and interacting with the student community - plus Q&A webinars, some weeks. 

You can complete each lesson at any time that's convenient to you. Five minutes at a time, or all in one hit.

But..... a big part of your course is about building your permaculture life, one good habit at a time. We want these habits to last a lifetime - so the more work you put into this course, the more change you'll get out of it.

Yes, absolutely! We have folks studying from literally every continent on the planet (except Antarctica).

Our course is designed to be applicable to all contexts - you’ll be able to choose from a wide array of skills and habits to suit your particular situation.

Yes - each month we hold live Q&A sessions, where you can ask us questions and get detailed responses (and yes, they’re recorded and you can submit your questions beforehand, if you can’t make the live session).

We also have a team of skilled permaculturists who hop into our student community daily, to answer your questions almost as quickly as you can ask them!

We've made this course for anyone who wants to get closer to their food , their community & their environment. Anyone whose interested in living a healthier, happier life. 

There are no prerequisites or required reading. Just bring your enthusiasm.

Everybody who joins the course will be able to ask questions in the comments section in each lesson, and get answered by our team.

You'll also get access to our exclusive student community & our ongoing live Q&As.

So inside the course, you have access to Kirsten or Nick in our regular live student Q&As - where you'll be able to ask anything you like and get all your questions answered. 

You also have the opportunity to submit your questions beforehand - and if you can't make the live stream, you can watch the recording in your own time afterward.

Yes, it does! All videos are fully captioned and the cations are searchable.

Lifetime access means you will be able to access this course, and all its resources, for as long as we have it available online.

Milkwood has over 14 years experience of delivering stellar education - and we're not going anywhere, anytime soon.

This is a long-haul commitment for us, and for our family business. No tricks, no fine print. We want you to have access to this knowledge for as long as you need. 

Nope! If you can view this page and the video on it, you can access the entire course just fine.

The course is delivered via our special course portal, web pages and email.

You can access your course content (and private community) via any web browser on any laptop, PC, Mac, tablet or smart phone that is connected to a reasonable internet connection.

You don't need any other special applications or memberships to other platforms. You are not required to have a Facebook or Google account.

It's simple and easy.

We'll do our best to make your course  the best experience we can. However, it just might not be for you. That’s ok! If you decide that’s the case, let us know.

Notify our team within 30 days of your purchase and we’ll refund your payment. No questions asked. At this point you should be about a third through the course.

  • You may request a refund for any reason during your first 30 days after payment.
  • You must contact us by email at [email protected] before the end of the 30th day.
  • The money-back guarantee is available on both upfront and payment plans.
  • Refunds will be provided within 5 working days (often much more quickly).
  • That’s it! No catches and no fine print. We want to let you try our course absolutely risk free – that’s how confident we are that you’ll love it!

Please note that the 30 day money-back guarantee applies for the online component of your purchase only. Books, postage or personal coaching calls that have already been supplied as part of the Fast-Forward option are non-refundable unless damaged or similar.

Yes, you will! We send you a Certificate of Completion as soon as you finish the course.

You will also be invited to join our Alumni on LinkedIn, if you wish.

Please note there is no 'official' accreditation for Permaculture courses, and that this course is not the same as a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC).


"I really want to make changes, but..." - sound familiar?

But ... my apartment is too small ... I don't have enough time ... I don't have a backyard ... I'm not fit enough ... I might get it wrong ... I don't quite know where to begin ... I killed my houseplant, so that means I can't grow things ...


Hey. You there. Guess what? Permaculture is for everybody.

You don't need a garden. You don't need stacks of time each week. This is a mindset shift. This is about learning how to see the world differently, and yourself as a functional part of it. It's about changing your habits, one by one, to become the change you want to see. 

This course IS all about new skills and habits that you can use right now to become more resilient, but it's also about creating the world we need, in a world out of balance.

You can be a powerful part of this change, even while going about your normal, everyday life.

We deeply believe this Permaculture Living course (backed by our 30-Day Money-Back Guarantee) is right for you if you’re motivated by any of the following:

  • You're keen to learn skills and habits for self-reliance from home.
  • You want to become a positive force for action in your home and community.
  • You want to better understand what permaculture is and how to apply it to your life.
  • You need help deciding which steps to take first and setting an action plan.
  • You’d love to be cheered on by your private online community.

If you take up this opportunity, we will help transform your thinking and your backyard... to create resilience for both household and our planet – while also ensuring YOU create a life that's truly worth living.

"I was blown away by the course quality. The warm, chatty vibe, no preaching or judging, the additional materials, and the utter charm of Kirsten and Nick. It's a fantastic mix. "

Karen, Australia
Permaculture Living student

"The video lessons are down-to-earth, the information shared with a definite ‘you can do it’ feel. Support is also super; comments and questions were answered in a flash."

Karin, Austria
Permaculture Living student

"If you are thinking of learning plenty of new skills that will make a difference in yourself and society, I recommend you take the Permaculture Living course!"

Hannah, Australia
Permaculture Living Student

Permaculture living has helped us through our most difficult times - and we know it can help you, too.

Yes, we have been there. We know what it's like to establish a vegetable garden in a record-breaking drought. To have zero budget but want to build a tiny house on just a simple patch of earth. We know what it's like to have to 'begin again' and start from scratch in a rental,  leaving behind an organic market garden for growing in pots on a verandah in the suburbs.

Most of all, we know what it's like to wake up in the middle of the night, scared for our kid's future, desperate to do something about it. Something that will really help. Something that you can get started with, right now.

AND SO - after years of farming, growing, designing and community organising ... after establishing community rooftop gardens, windowsill herb pots, community swap-meets, protests, bulk-buys and everything in between ... we know there’s a way for you to live a permaculture life.

No matter where you live. No matter what your budget is. You can start living like it matters. And we can help you get there.

We hope to see you inside the course.

~ Kirsten & Nick 


“Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.”

— Arthur Ashe

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