Permaculture Design Course with Nick Ritar

Date 22 Jun 2018 11:00 AM - 07 Jul 2018 11:00 AM Location The Kul Kul Farm Book Now

Join us in Bali this June & July with Nick Ritar of Milkwood, to learn how to provide for yourselves, your family and community in regenerative ways using nature design and permaculture. Immerse in farm living whilst meeting environmental entrepreneurs in one of the most abundant settings in the world.

You will be introduced to Balinese farmers that have for decades interwoven permaculture principles into their cultural and agricultural practices. Learn from The Kul Kul Farm Co-Founders Orin & Maria about their journey starting a farm enterprise based on permaculture principles here in Bali.


Permaculture provides an effective solution-based design system to address the problems of today. Based on a set of principles and natural patterning, permaculture design is applicable in all climate conditions; in both urban and rural situations. Many indigenous communities who have been relocated or disconnected from their home are studying permaculture design principles to help re-weave cultural connection and relationship.

This 2 week certified Permaculture Design Course includes an Introduction to Permaculture and workshops on soil fertility, agroforestry, home gardening, bamboo & natural building, and more. You will learn about the ecologically sustainable water management and intricate irrigation system for rice paddies in Bali called the Subak. Listed a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2012. You will learn how Balinese rice farmers relate to the natural world and how they see nature, humanity and spirit intrinsically linked through a philosophy called Tri Hita Karana.

You will be given a personalized tour of Green School and Green Village and learn how the Green School is pioneering education using systems thinking, experiential and nature education. You will learn how to transform a wild grass into a beautiful building material from the bamboo architects and builders who were involved in building the school and some of the most cutting edge natural bamboo homes in the world. You will learn different ecological food production systems and how to follow the design process to create onsite designs. Learning will be facilitated with a mixture of classroom time, tours, excursions, discussions and hands-on workshops.


This course is suitable for anyone interested in sustainability. People apply permaculture design to their daily lives, homes, gardens, businesses as well as helping facilitate positive change in their communities.


During the course you will get an inside tour into the inspiring Green School and Green Village. Lectures and workshops will be held on the Green School campus itself as well as at The Kul Kul Farm. On one of the days you will experience the Subak (Bali’s irrigation management system) up close and personal by trekking through Bali’s rice fields and irrigation canals. We will also have a number of local Balinese farmers and guest speakers join us to share their vast knowledge, experience and skill.

The globally recognised fully certified Permaculture Design Curriculum includes:
Permaculture principles and ethics
Reading the landscape
Pattern design and pattern application
Water harvesting and Earth Works
Site analysis (Sector Analysis)
Site planning and Layout (Zoning)
Climate and micro-climate strategies- Tropical, Temperate, Dryland and Humid Climates
Land access
Community building
Plant guilds
Soil Carbon Sequestration and Biochar
Food forests and agroforestry
The design process, principles, strategies, and techniques
Soil building and sheet mulching
Pond management and ecology
Bamboo building
Grey water systems
Renewable energy systems
Watershed management
Economy and Equity
Group work on a conceptual design project.

Whether you’re interested in growing food on your rooftop, designing a kitchen garden, starting a community garden, developing techniques to reduce waste and energy consumption or you may have a larger professional project in mind, this permaculture design course will improve your ability to understand and interact with your local environment and give you the inspiration, knowledge and confidence to create permaculture designs.


Accommodation on the farm is available at an extra cost. We have two accommodation options; rooms in our bamboo bunkhouse are available for US$150 for the 2 weeks, and accommodation in our newly built bamboo yurts are available for US$170. These options are both shared. If you would like a private room these are also available upon booking. All participants are encouraged to stay on site during the course. Both accommodation options include composting toilets and warm outdoor showers.


During the course you will eat like a king, or at least a vegetable king. We do our best to provide quality local ‘off the land’ ingredients to make delicious meals. We cater to vegetarians, vegans & people who don’t eat wheat or gluten.


Nick Ritar is co-director of Milkwood an education enterprise dedicated to teaching skills to regenerate the earth. Since 2007 Nick, with his partner Kirsten Bradley, have given over 7000 students the chance to learn from the world’s best sustainable farmers, market gardeners & permaculturists.

Based at the iconic demonstration site, Melliodora, in the central highlands of Victoria, Nick spends his time growing good food, keeping bees, cultivating mushrooms, teaching permaculture design & advocating for community-scale resilience.

Nick has been teaching Permaculture full time since 2007 and has taught on over 30 PDCs

Milkwood’s first book of permaculture skills will be released in September 2018.







Orin Hardy was first introduced to Permaculture when he was 16 years old by Penny Livingston and her husband James Stark. Since then he has done Permaculture Design Courses with Dave Jackie at Milkwood, Penny Livingston and James Stark at the Regenerative Design Institute and Paul Taylor at Jambaroo Farms.

After graduating from the Evergreen State College in Olympia Washington, he returned to Bali in 2012 and started IBUKU Gardens, a landscape design group that is part of IBUKU. He and his team completed over 20 permaculture design projects in Bali. His most recent project was for the Sumba Hospitality Foundation on the island of Sumba.

The Kul Kul Farm is a culmination of his years of studying permaculture and implementing regenerative food systems and exploring its relationship to people and communities.






Maria Farrugia. Together with her husband Orin, Maria created The Kul Kul Farm just 3 years ago. She was born and raised in the little mediterranean island of Malta, where she did her first Permaculture workshop with local food producer, Peppi from the Bahrija Oasis Permaculture Farm. She moved to Bali 5 years ago.

She is passionate about gardening, yoga, herbal medicine, creative facilitation, storytelling and nature connection. Maria has hosted and co-facilitated several Permaculture Design Courses and gardening workshops.