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Date(s) - 12 Aug 2017 - 13 Aug 2017
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Castlemaine, Victoria (1.5hrs by train from Melbourne)

Facilitators: Dan Palmer & James Andrews

Cost: $320. Discount for VEG PDC holders (if you get in touch for secret code!).

Holistic Management Workshop

Holistic Decision Making is a rock-solid platform for 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

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.

Be warned though – this workshop is not a sit back and soak it up affair. 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 facilitators 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 James & Dan find invaluable and integral in their personal and family life, and also their work as permaculture designers and educators.

“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 and James Andrews are deeply passionate about this topic and use 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

Dan Palmer

Dan is co-founder of the permablitz movement and, founder of Making Permaculture Stronger and co-director of Very Edible Gardens – an established urban permaculture design service. He has two Permaculture Design Certificates and a PhD in Systems Thinking.

Dan is best known for his thoughtful, whole systems approach to permaculture design, his integration of holistic decision making into permaculture, and his ability to create successful, ethical and effective permaculture businesses. Dan contributes regularly to permaculture and organic gardening publications and courses in Australia and New Zealand. He currently lives with his wife and two daughters in a house bus in New Zealand.

James Andrews

He is a co-founder of and Thrive Permaculture.  Following a bachelor’s degree in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management at Lincoln University, he spent several years working (and playing!) in the mountains as a glacier guide and snowboard instructor.  He then worked for the Department of Conservation in the Southern Alps and on offshore Islands.

While working for DOC his understanding of his place in the world progressed from the standard conservationist thinking, where people and nature are separated and ‘nature’ is visited in the weekend… into a more integrated approach where people take their place as a positive force within nature.

Exploring life through a permaculture lens, James has gardened at home, developed a market garden, launched a sourdough bread business, worked as a polytech tutor in horticulture and rural sustainability, run workshops on permaculture, gardening, seed saving, nutrition, pruning and orchard design, taught on PDCs and helped to establish a compost toilet business.  He established Thrive Permaculture as a professional permaculture design service in 2015 and lives with his wife and two young kids near Mangawhai in Northland.


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