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Date(s) - 19 May - 20 May
9:00 am - 5:00 pm


Yes, it be time for another VEG rocket stove and efficient combustion workshop. This course will blow your mind showing you how you can use low-cost, easy-built, efficient combustion systems for all your heating and cooking needs. Join us at beautiful Melliodora in Hepburn, Victoria (one of the best-known permaculture demonstration properties in the world!) where we’ll delve deep into a suite of simple, low cost and crazily fuel-efficient technologies we’ll show you how to build yourself.

A workshop that will amaze you as to the possibilities of inventions and applications of the knowledge imparted to us. Incredibly fun, empowering and engaging – loved it (participant feedback)

In this two-day workshop we’ll build an in-place rocket stoves for household cooking (hotplate and oven) that we’ll be cooking on from  the end of the first day. We’ll also cover:

  • In-place rocket stove house-scale hot water heaters
  • Micro-rocket stoves that can fit in a bike pannier (perfect for camping)
  • TLUD (top-lit updraft) stoves
  • Rammed sawdust stoves
  • Hyper-efficient solar-cooking

You don’t need to be able to a whiz on the tools to attend – we’ll teach you basic tool use along the way – any one can to this workshop.

Both Joel and Tim are excellent educators – caring, inclusive, and consistent (participant feedback)

Workshop includes a free e-copy of our own rocket oven ebook and a bunch of other kick-ass resources. You can catch a flavour of some of the resources here. The tutors will be Joel Meadows and Tim Barker.

Bring your own lunch for saturday and pizza toppings to share for saturday night rocket pizza feast (we’ll supply bases and sauce and cheese). We’ll provide a simple breakfast and lunch on sunday as well as snacks for morning and arvo tea.

A well-rounded workshop with just enough theory and great practical tutelage – highly recommended to anyone (participant feedback)

Did we mention how special the venue is? Melliodora is home to David Holmgren & Su Dennett, and is one of the most beautiful, productive permaculture systems on the planet. IF you’re lucky you’ll also catch a peep of Nick Ritar and Kirsten Bradley of Milkwood Permaculture who are now in-residence on the property.

Here are some more testimonials to give you a feel for what you’re in for:

“Fantastic hands-on weekend – feel confident to now make something on my own” (Past participant)

“It’s a great workshop if you might one day actually build a wood-fired rocket oven. It’s also great if you’ll never do that, as its fun and fascinating and opens your eyes to energy efficiency” (Past participant)

“Awesome workshop – nice group, good size, great people, knowledgeable teachers, excellent food. Communal meals brought group together which was lovely” (Past participant)

“Thanks so much I really enjoyed becoming familiarised with an important technology important to the future. I can’t think of how it could be better” (Past participant)


Check out the Rocket Oven we built on a previous workshop (along with a rocket hot-water heater and a mini-rocket cooker all of which are working an absolute treat to this day).

The ticket price is $300 early-bird price till Feb10th, 2018 then $350 full price thereafter.


Ticket TypePriceSpaces
Standard Ticket$350.00