New school of regenerative design opens in Kingscliff


For anybody interested in sustainbility, permaculture and produce nutrition – and who isn’t these days – there’s a new kid on the block.  Holos: School of Regenerative Design in Kingscliff is celebrating its opening with a free talk on September 10, at 10.00am.

What might a team of educators, designers and entrepreneurs might have in common? “The passion to live in a regenerative way and inspire others to do the same,” says  Eurico Vianna, the educational director at Holos, and a third generation farmer passionate about regenerative living who is currently finishing a doctorate in Community Development (Sociology) at Griffith University (QLD).  “Four of us have put our skills in permaculture, holistic management, design and entrepreneurship together to create Holos; a learning platform which we hope will inspire and empower those interested in making a shift from a failing society based on consumption and scarcity, to one based on autonomy, abundance and resilience,” he says.

Holos offers a wide range of courses tailored to empower people to pursue their personal projects through regenerative design and a hands on approach using nature as a template. Their upcoming courses will teach people how to design abundant and regenerative food production systems; how to use alternative energy sources; how to use chooks to convert waste into highly nutritious and truly organic eggs, and how to use native bees to boost your veggie garden’s crops – and much more. “We’re also setting up both an online and a physical platform of interaction,” says Eurico. “Both our website and the school will serve as a knowledge and labour resource base to support our students’ and community’s projects.”

As well as Eurico’s expertise in permaculture, the small band of

four bring some impressive credentials to the new business.  Tiago Pires graduated in Industrial Design with a special interest in the fields of eco-design, ergonomics and usability; Fernanda Icasuriaga is an entrepreneur specialised in branding management and the financial director of Holos and Alan Minzon, the marketing coordinator at Holos, has consulted to Universities and Start-ups in Brazil and Africa, gathering skills to reach people interested in change and innovation.

To book your place in the school’s opening talk, send an email to [email protected].



Introduction to Permaculture with Eurico Vianna

Eurico Vianna in his veggie garden.

Eurico Vianna in his veggie garden.

Event Details

Date: October 7, 2016 5:30 pm – 9, 2016 4:00 pm

This introductory course will get you started in Permaculture design. You will learn about Permaculture’s ethics and key designing concepts. This course will upskill you to start designing and implementing food production, water harvesting and energy producing systems.

Alternative Energy Sources with Dr Doone Wyborn

Energy specialist Dr Doone Wyborn.

Energy specialist Dr Doone Wyborn.

Event Details

Date: November 5, 2016 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Learn about Peak Oil, the economic uncertainty it brings and how to use EROEI (energy return on energy invested) to guide your designs and actions towards resilience. Learn about the advantages of on and off grid PV, battery types and storages and join us for a hands on workshops on how to use solar energy for electric fencing, water pumping, 12 volt LED lights and keeping car batteries charged.

Dr Doone Wyborn is a Renewable Energy specialist with over 25 years of research and practical experience. He worked on the potential of Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) geothermal energy from 1992 to retirement in 2013 and is recognised as the leading Australian authority on this subject.

Doone currently lives off grid and is developing a rural land share community on 830 acres of land in the Scenic Rim. The community will operate on permaculture principles aimed at minimising input from external sources for food, shelter, energy, water and waste management.

Fundamentals of Native Bee Keeping with Steve Maginnity

Bee-keeper Steve Maginnity.

Bee-keeper Steve Maginnity.

Event Details


November 19, 2016 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

It is estimated that in North America around 30% of the food humans consume is produced from bee pollinated plant life. The value of pollination by bees is estimated around $16 billion in the US alone. We would be unable to enjoy most of our favorite fruits, vegetables, or nuts without these pollinators.

Learn the fundamentals of native stingless beekeeping, how to use your hives to boost your veggie garden and orchard production, and how to harvest their medicinal honey.

Steve Maginnity has a degree in Agricultural Science and a Graduate Diploma in Education.  He has been sharing his passion for stingless native bees in schools and communities all around Australia since 2008. Steve also sell hives and offer a pollination service through his business – The Australian Native Bee Company.

Fundamentals of Backyard Chooks with Syd Welling

Syd Welling - the chook guru!

Syd Welling – the chook guru!

Event Details

Date: December 3, 2016 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Just as there is the right tool for each job, there is the right chook for your needs. Learn how to breed and raise the appropriate heirloom chickens for your specific needs and environment. You’ll love your chooks. They’ll turn your food scraps into truly organic nutritious eggs for you. They can also help you keep your veggie garden or orchard pest free. You can even use them as ‘tractors’ to get rid of grasses, scratch and fertilise specific spots to establish veggie patches or orchards.

Syd Welling is a permaculture designer with over 20 years of practical experience. Syd used permaculture to design and regenerate his parents farm from degraded pastures to a diverse and productive orchard in QLD. He has also designed his own farm, an abundant and resilient off grid permaculture property with over 18 years of established systems in Uki, NSW. In addition, Syd runs one of the most profitable and high quality solar energy companies in the Northern Rivers.


To book your place in our opening talk, please send an email to [email protected].

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Holos: School of Regenerative

Contact – Eurico Vianna – [email protected] – 0430445540




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