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Date(s) - 2 Aug 2019 - 4 Aug 2019


Location: Will and Zoe’s warm and spacious and spectacular venue in Sedgwick (1 3/4 hr drive from Melbourne or we can arrange collection from Kangaroo Flat station which is 10m away).

Facilitator: Dan Palmer

Cost: $400 full price per person. If booking as part of a couple or group is special price of $325 per person. Limited to a maximum of 14 participants.

Dates and times: This is a residential event where sessions will run 3-7pm on Friday, 9am-9pm Saturday, then 9am-4pm Sunday.

Accomodation: There is plenty of space for you to pitch your tent or you are welcome to sleep inside in a shared room (where you bring your own bedding and pillow – we will advise as to whether you’ll need to bring a sleeping mat too).

Fully and amazingly catered?: Yes indeed all lunches, dinners (including Friday eve) and morning and afternoon teas are included.

Holistic Management Workshop

Now. What is this  workshop about, exactly? Holistic Decision Making (HDM) is a whole-oriented approach to clarifying and then reliably actualising what is supremely important to you, especially when life gets complex and difficult. The main phases of its practice are:

  • articulating clear intent
  • tuning in to what is going on and where things are really at
  • deciding and acting accordingly
  • seeking and using feedback to stay on the path forward

In doing so, life and life projects start feel less like that things that are happening to you (or dragging you along for the ride) into things that you are intentionally doing or living. At the same time, you start shedding the parts of your life that are not authentic or don’t really belong and both strengthening and adding those that do. Once you get a taste for it, it is hard to turn back.

If life can feel like you have too many commitments pulling you in too many different directions, this workshop will help. If you have a vague uneasy feeling that you may not be fully living out your purpose, this workshop will help. If you are struggling with any kind of tensions in working or professional relationships, this workshop will help. If you are starting any kind of new venture, business or project, then this workshop will definitely, 100% help! HDM helps you get honest and clear about what really brings you alive, and then helps you honour this such that feeling fully alive and clear on what you are doing with your life becomes normal.

Doing Dan’s holistic decision making workshop is like having kids – no one can tell you what it is going to be like in advance, but it totally transforms your life for the better! ~ Jeremy

Holistic decision making can be applied to yourself, your family, any business or project you are part of. We apply it to all of these things and more. The practice of learning HDM has two parts:

You will likely leave this workshop hungry to go back into your life and make decisions having seen how they are the only steering wheel you get in this life to move toward what most brings you and your projects alive. Read a bunch of testimonials from previous participants here.

“The holistic decision making system is probably the most useful tool I have ever been given which I have used mostly for personal/ family blossoming and could use in so many more ways”  ~ Amandine

In this workshop you will not only hear about this approach. You will practice it, repeatedly, with much friendly feedback. You will explore and articulate what matters most in the various aspects of your life.  You will improve your focus and clarity of purpose as well as learn how to steer directly into the space you most deeply want to be in, and stay there.

This workshop will cover:

  • The entire approach clearly explained using examples from the facilitator’s lives, games and practical exercises.
  • Creating what we call a ‘context’ for yourself, your family or an organisation/business you are part of that captures deepest intentions, mission and desires along with what must be done and nurtured to achieve them.
  • Using that context to filter decisions and take actions based on their relevance to this context.
  • Seeking and using feedback to actualise, maintain, and evolve your context.
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Holistic decision making is something Dan finds invaluable and integral in his personal and family life, and also in his work as a permaculture designer and educator.

“Just wanted to shoot you a massive thank you for the most amazing workshop. It’s giving me focus and clarity and it’s done wonders for my relationship. An analogy that came to mind after the first session was that it felt like looking into your heart, putting its content on paper and then with a rational mind working out how to fulfil those dreams. Feeling motivated on the verge of bursting. Love it!” ~ Martin

You can get a feel for this approach here.

Dan Palmer is deeply passionate about this topic and uses a variety of facilitation tools to create an adaptive space in which all participants give each other permission to share openly and to support each other in understanding then applying the holistic decision making framework.

“I had a feeling the workshop would be a complete game changer for me and oh boy, has it been. I feel like my fog of overwhelm has been lifted, and I’ve so much more head and heart space to be present in my life. I was a completely different Mum yesterday purely because I knew I was exactly where I needed to be, doing exactly what I was needing to be doing, and whenever I started to stray off course I could come back to centre because I actually knew where centre was!!! Rather than just having a vague unpleasant sense of being generally off alignment. I really feel there’s no going back for me now. Thank you a billion times over Dan. It’s such a gift to know you and be able to learn from you.”  ~ Angela

Facilitator Bios

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Dan Palmer

Dan is co-founder of Permablitz, LandedHolistic Decision Making, Making Permaculture Stronger and  Very Edible Gardens. He has a PhD in systems thinking and contagious levels of enthusiasm for supporting the journeys of others. He currently lives with his wife and two daughters in a small home in Castlemaine.

Note: Dan Palmer is not affiliated with either the Savory Institute or Holistic Management International and is not a certified Holistic Management Educator. While Savory’s Holistic Management approach has been one of the key inspirations for Dan’s development of Holistic Decision Making (HDM), HDM focuses 100% on making better decision making accessible to everyone (including non-farmers), and which makes no use of any proprietary limited holistic management material. For anyone interested in learning more about Holistic Management, which primary serves grassland farmers and ranchers, please visit either the Savory Institute or Holistic Management International.


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