RetroSuburbia Workshop Melbourne via NERP

June 13, 2020
Please check with the event organiser, as due to social distancing guidelines, event may be cancelled or may happen online instead.
Saturday, 13th Jun All Day

Two-day workshop: Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 June, from 10 till 4.30
Trainers and facilitators add-on day: Monday 15 June, from 10 till 4.30

Are you looking to create a more sustainable and resilient household? Wanting to grow more food, reduce your energy use, and enjoy a satisfying, fulfilling life?

Join us for a two-day workshop exploring David Holmgren’s new book RetroSuburbia: The downshifter’s guide to a resilient future.

You’ll have the opportunity to:

  • learn how suburban homes can be transformed into productive, resilient, and ecologically sound places to live, without the need for large-scale investment
  • be empowered to make changes to your own house, garden and lifestyle to increase your family’s sustainability and resilience
  • explore a range of practical retrofits to reduce your use of power for heating, cooling, cooking and other activities
  • discover local, edible plants for the garden, and learn about the importance of climate conditions, soils, and their impact on home food production
  • investigate different lifestyles geared towards sustainability and resilience, and take home positive ideas for change
  • meet and connect with other likeminded people who can motivate and support you on your journey.

Trainers and Facilitators add-on day

Trainers, educators, and community facilitators are invited to attend an extra ‘Trainers and Facilitators’ day at the end of the workshop. By attending this add-on day, you can become a registered retrosuburban trainer, and gain access to extensive training resources along with the opportunity to have your courses listed on

This extra day will explore retrosuburban themes in more detail, including how they might be applied in community and education activities. It will also be a chance to share your ideas and experiences with other participants working in similar fields. It is expected that participants in the add-on day will have read and be familiar with the material in RetroSuburbia.


Hurstbridge Learning Co-operative,
10 Lacey’s Rd, Hurstbridge VIC (Melbourne’s northern suburbs).

Travelling by car: Plenty of parking is available on site.

Travelling by train: The Learning Co-op is 2.5km from the Hurstbridge station. Transport to and from the Co-op can be arranged for those travelling by train.


Shared lunch each day – bring a plate! (More information on booking.)


Two-day workshop: $250 ($220 concession)
Three-day workshop with trainers add-on day: $400 (no concession)

Bookings: For information, enquiries, or to register your interest, contact NERP at (preferred), or call Jules Jay on 0400 750 750.


Hosted by NERP (North East Region Permaculture) and presented by Beck Lowe

Beck Lowe worked closely with David Holmgren on the RetroSuburbia book as chief editor, researcher and project manager. Since publication, she has also taken on the role of education coordinator. Beck is an enthusiastic and experienced permaculture educator and has been involved in permaculture training at all levels for more than 15 years. She has practical permaculture experience in private and community spaces in inner city, urban and rural areas.

NERP is a network of people from Melbourne’s northeast suburbs who love learning about and practising permaculture. NERP members meet regularly in each others homes, and share permaculture skills, knowledge, produce, and enthusiasm. We organise a range of community events including garden tours, workshops, and permaculture projects.

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