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Sat, 17 July


Doc Spice Permaculture

2- Day Water Retention Earthworks Course

Come and learn the simple art of planting the water with us! Instructor: David Spicer, aka Doc Spice. The Doc is globally recognised as a master of his craft, and brings over 20 years of experience, designing and installing water retention landscapes around the world, in all climates.

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2- Day Water Retention Earthworks Course
2- Day Water Retention Earthworks Course

Time & Location

17 July 2021, 9:00 am AEST – 18 July 2021, 3:00 pm AEST

Doc Spice Permaculture , 1583 Gocup Rd, Minjary NSW 2720, Australia

About The Course

Time & Location

Date: Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th July 2021

Time: Saturday 17th 9:00am to 5:00pm, Sunday 18th 9:00am to 3:00pm

Place: Doc Spice Permaculture, 1583 Gocup Rd, Minjary NSW 2720, Australia

About The Course

Learn how to plant the water. It's really quite simple once you understand the very simple steps of the design process. Design theme, what's your goal? Surveying levels, what is possible? Understanding soils, what can I physically do?

Anyone can do this on their own scale Urban, Rural, or Gorilla water Harvesting.


Snowy Mountains Tumut, NSW, Australia

The venue is Doc Spice Permacultures home situated on half an acre, 10 minutes from Gundagai and Tumut.

Recently here at our home, the Doc has completed a whole host of examples that we are excited to share with you. The Water Harvesting structures, diversion drains and driveway shaping to feed water to the Water Retention Systems of terraces, swales, garden beds and soakage pits.

Our Water Storage is in the form of 2 dams, the larger at the bottom of the site 250,000 litres, which I like to add filled in 1.5 hours on a 25mm rain event late one night in February just from the stormwater drains on the main road.

The smaller dam of 70,000 litres at the top of the site, simply is a climate moderator and wildlife habitat. Creating serenity mostly so I can look at the life a water body attracts while I'm cooking in our cob oven.

We now have surplus water retained by design, come and check it out.

With these real-life examples on this site and the years of experience David has had, working across Australia and internationally for many years creating Water Retention landscapes, this course is not to be missed. 

This course will be taught with a good mix of design theory,

  • Reading landscapes and understanding contour maps
  • Forms of earthworks
  • Surveying before and during earthworks

and Practical lessons,

  • Surveying to see what's possible
  • Diversion drain
  • Terracing/Swale

Price: $500 including lunch and morning/afternoon tea. 

*Early Bird Special available* - $450 including lunch and morning/afternoon tea. Book before the 20th 0f June 2021. 

Limited to 15 people


Work boots, Hat, Water bottle, Wet weather gear, Ear and eye protection, Notebook and pen and Sunscreen.

Accommodation is available at the Caravan park in Tumut. 15 km away from the venue, as well as local pubs and motels or Gundagai the same distance from the venue. 


  • Standard

    2 Day Course - Includes Lunch, Morning and Afternoon tea. Did we mention we love good food! This course will be a real food experience for the participants.

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