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Date(s) - 26 Jul - 28 Jul


Join us for an  extraordinary weekend retreat run by renowned permaculturalist, tracker and systems thinker Joel Glanzberg in partnership with Living Design Process pioneer and VEG Director Dan Palmer. Note that you can also choose to attend either of the two days as a separate event. The theme of Day One is Learning the Language of Life: Seeing with Nature’s Mind (click here for just that day) and the theme of Day Two is Regenerating Place: Whole-Systems Design and Planning (click here for just that day). If you choose to attend the whole event, however, in addition to the two days there will be evening sessions on the Friday and Saturday evenings only accessible as part of the whole-weekend retreat option.

Location: Will and Zoe’s comfortable, spacious and spectacular secluded home and 30-acre property in Sedgwick (1 3/4 hr drive from Melbourne or we can arrange collection from Kangaroo Flat station on the Bendigo train line which is 10m away from the venue). Dan is currently supporting Will and Zoe on their regenerative design journey so we will have a real-life case study on our hands (and quite possibly some fresh earthworks to check out).

Facilitators: Joel Glanzberg & Dan Palmer

Cost: $350 full price per person. Earlybird price till June 15 $300 per person. If booking as part of a couple or group is special price of $275 per person regardless of when you book. Note you are also welcome to book in for Day One, bring your bedding just in case, then decide whether you want to stay and book in for Day Two at the end of Day One (yes, doing it this way you will pay more).

Dates and times: This is a residential live-in event running from 6pm on Friday through 4pm on Sunday.

Accomodation: There is plenty of inside space for you set up your sleeping mat,  bedding and pillow.

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

Day One: Learning the Language of Life: Seeing with Nature’s Mind

“Most of our problems are caused by thinking differently than Nature works.”
–Gregory Bateson

Patterns are the language of life, our original mother tongue. By triangulating the perspectives of traditional tracking (pattern reading), living systems thinking (pattern thinking) and regenerative design (pattern design), we can relearn to see with Nature’s mind and act as essential members of this living world with essential roles She is literally dying for us to play. Because all living systems follow the same patterns, learning to read them reveals where and how we can contribute to growing their health. We need to learn how to be open observers, clearing the mirror of our minds to see behind the surface to the workings of the life of systems and how to find our place as active participants within them. This workshop will be useful for designers, artists, and practitioners of all sorts, as well as anyone interested in awareness and seeing the world in a different way. It is open to all levels of abilities.  Though we will be using our bodies, it will not be overly rigorous and appropriate for all physical abilities. Exercises exploring the patterns in our bodies, our breath, the landscape and our minds will take us from verbal and non-verbal dialog to movement, as well as silent observation, learning visceral ways to experience how living systems work, and how to take our effective places within them.

Day Two: Regenerating Place: Whole-Systems Design and Planning

Join us in learning together how to engage regenerative design and development in the places we shape, using our venue as a living lab. For about the last year, Dan Palmer has been working with Will and Zoe and their 30-acre property to understand it as a place of regeneration for both people and the land itself. In this workshop, we will dive deep into living, regenerative design processes, learning how we can understand the unique identity of a place as we imagine the future of its vision, its historic buildings, its landscape, and its stakeholders. Working in this way awakens a deep and caring sense of place that transforms how we see humans as partners in the ongoing evolution of living systems. Together we can improve the quality of life for all species as we co-create a vision for our built and natural landscapes and our communities by embracing the health of the whole, not just the pieces. As part of this day Joel will share examples of his work as a principal of Regenesis Group.

More about the Facilitators

Hear Joel and Dan in conversation in this Making Permaculture Stronger podcast episode.

Joel Glanzberg

Joel Glanzberg (on the left in the photo :-)) is a renowned permaculturalist, tracker and systems thinker who will guide participants’ use of techniques to explore the patterns in bodies, breath, landscape, society and minds, personally guiding participants to master new tools and visceral ways to re-enter nature’s mind, remove barriers and advance opportunities, from the personal to professional and planetary. Check out a PDF example of Joel’s writing here and see this vid about his permaculture demonstration site:

A principal of Regenesis Group, Joel contributes over 25 years of experience as an applied naturalist to land and community development projects throughout the United States. An active author and educator in the fields of permaculture and ecological design, Joel is skilled in cross-cultural communication and teaching. He has taught throughout the United States as well as in Africa and South America, and worked with a variety of Native American tribes and communities. His diverse client base includes communities, colleges and universities, government agencies, and private developers. Learn more about Joel’s work at his website Pattern Mind. See Joel speaking in this short video:

Dan Palmer

Dan Palmer (on the right in photo) is co-founder and with Adam Grubb a director of pioneering Permaculture design company Very Edible Gardens.  Dan is also co-founder of PermablitzLandedHolistic Decision Making, and Making Permaculture Stronger. 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. According to participants, doing a workshop with Dan 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!” :-).


Ticket Type Price Spaces
Couples Ticket
for any two people coming together
Standard Ticket $350.00
Earlybird Ticket
Expires June 15 at 6pm