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Date(s) - 19 May 2018 - 20 May 2018
9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Mossy Willow Farm

Location: Mossy Willow Farm, Mornington Peninsula

Facilitator: Dan Palmer

Cost: Non-Farmers: $300 full price. Primary producers / commercial farmers: fixed price of $250.

Holistic Management Workshop

Holistic Decision Making (HDM) is an approach to making great things happen in a way that increases quality of life for all involved. When we make decisions holistically, we:

  • get real clear on what we really want, on what quality of life means for us
  • use the power of the decisions we make (large and small) to move toward this without unintentional stuff-ups
  • seek and use feedback to stay on track

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.

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.

You will 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.

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.

Though appropriate for anyone working in any decision-making context, in this workshop, held at a working farm, we both invite and will be sure to cater to small farmers feeling like they’d like a better system for driving their enterprise forward with better decision making.

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 values, 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.

“Life changing … you won’t be disappointed” ~ Fiona

“The holistic management 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

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 management framework.

“Going through the holistic management process was priceless for both personal life and a future business. Using that approach changes everything and gives me a lot of confidence going forward” ~ Erica

“Dan Palmer, was candid, encouraging and focused; helping each person get clarity on where they were at and what they could do to simultaneously achieve their goals and be more aligned with their values” ~ Amanda

“Very, very useful for achieving focus and the motivation behind my idea – recommend it to everyone” ~ Michelle

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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