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Introduction to RetroSuburbia

19 May, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm


Introduction to RetroSuburbia

Sunday 19 May 2019

1.00pm to 3.30pm

Level 3, Toowoomba City Library


Bookings are essential at Eventbrite

$30 per person

All proceeds to Permaculture Toowoomba

  • Are you looking to create a more sustainable and resilient household?
  • Do you want to grow food, reduce your energy use and have a more satisfying, fulfilling life?

These and other themes from David Holmgren’s new book RetroSuburbia: the downshifters guide to a resilient future will be explored in this 2½ hour workshop.

RetroSuburbia brings to life David Holmgren’s vision of a sustainable, productive and vibrant permaculture lifestyle right in the suburbs where we live.

  • Learn practical and positive solutions for retrofitting our homes, gardens and households, and to build and empower resilient individuals and communities.

This dynamic workshop will be presented by three Registered RetroSuburbia Facilitators:

  • Debbie Bassingthwaighte
  • Kirsten Bradley
  • Kat Swan

RetroSuburbia focuses on creating stronger, happier and more resilient households as we face climate and energy uncertainties.  This Introduction to RetroSuburbia Workshop will provide an overview of the ways households and families can live in a meaningful, productive way that reduces dependence on fossil fuels, the industrial food system, and the consumer economy.

The venue is wheelchair accessible.

Limited free undercover car parking is available on site (3 hours max).  Paid all day parking is close by at the Water/Herries Street Car Park.


Bookings are essential at Eventbrite


Debbie Bassingthwaighte

Debbie is a teacher and designer with a deep interest in permaculture-inspired self-reliance and resilience. Motivated by vivid childhood memories of tasting food plucked fresh from the garden, she enjoys growing and preserving abundant organic produce with her husband Brodie in their own backyard. With an insatiable curiosity and passion for learning, she’s been an educator for almost 40 years, and feels privileged to nurture the limitless potential of learners at her home-based learning centre, Optimise Learning.



Kirsten Bradley

Kirsten Bradley is a modern-day homesteader and local food advocate.  She has been growing vegetables for over twenty years and raising chickens for almost a decade.  Currently, her focus is on producing a diverse range of fruit, vegetables, eggs, meat and dairy products, while also applying permaculture and regenerative techniques to increase the productivity of her small farm.




Kat Swan

Kat Swan is president of Permaculture Lockyer Valley Inc. and a home educating (unschooling) mother to 6 children and 2 grandsons.  Inspired to create a Permaculture design for her property she completed a PDC at Northey Street City Farm, and with the help of her family started implementing their design. Kat continues to learn all she can, she absolutely loves sharing knowledge and learning from others. Kat’s love of Permaculture and all things related has lead to the creation of Firefly Living which is both a blog where Kat shares about her experiences in unschooling and permaculture and the beginnings of a future business.


Bookings are essential at Eventbrite


19 May, 2019
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Event Category:


Permaculture Toowoomba Inc.


Toowoomba City Library
Corner of Vicoria and Herries Street
Toowoomba, Queensland 4350 Australia
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