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Holistic Farm Management Training

May 31, 2013 @ 9:00 am - June 1, 2013 @ 3:30 pm


TAFE Holistic Farm Management course

This course consists of 8 two-day sessions, 3 to 4 weeks apart. The first session will be held on May 31st and June 1st, 2013 from 9:00 am to 3.30pm on both days. For the full session guide please see below.


$450 (This includes over $200 worth of materials, including 600 page text book, hand book, manual and all lunches and teas – great value. This course without the subsidy costs $4 500 – it is available for an amazing 10% of its cost whilst this Government subsidy is in place).


  • Holistic Management, A new decision making frame work for Sustaining Civilisation – 600 page text by Allan Savory
  • Holistic Management Handbook – step by step approach to Holistic Financial planning, Holistic Grazing planning, Biological Monitoring and Holistic Land planning
  • Comprehensive training manual
  • 15 CD set audio of the text – great for learning on long journeys
  • Bi monthly InPractice magazine from Holistic Management International (USA) – full of great ideas and stories
  • Post training support and management club continued learning

About the workshop

“The results (of Holistic Management) are amazing. Holistic Management is one of our key tools available to combat Climate Change.” This comment was made by eminent scientist, Tim Flannery.

Developed by African biologist, Allan Savory, Holistic Management is now practiced on over 12 million hectares worldwide with ‘amazing results’. Recently Allan Savory’s TED2013 talk on Holistic Management received a standing ovation.

Although Holistic Management has its roots in environmental management, it is essentially a decision-making process it is applicable to people in all walks of life – households, both rural and urban based businesses, government and educational organisations. By changing the way we make our decisions, we can tackle many of the problems we face today. Holistic Management is all about you and your family, business and community, keeping all areas of your life in balance. This results in healthy and happy communities and healthy, productive and biodiverse land.

Landholders around the world who have embraced the Holistic Management principles are reporting Increases in soil carbon, increased productivity, better time management and a decrease in costs

Holistic Management developed in the wildlife areas of Central Africa where Allan Savory made a significant breakthrough in understanding what was causing the degradation and desertification of the world’s grassland ecosystems whilst working on the interrelated problems of increasing poverty and shrinking biodiversity. He recognised that environments everywhere only function in complete whole natural systems and that we need to change the way we view and manage the land. This led to the development of the Holistic Management decision making framework, as we know it today – a complete management process for both land-based and non land-based businesses

TAFE Western Institute has developed a Holistic Management Diploma course.

Workshop Outcomes

The TAFE Holistic Management course provides:

  • a holistic understanding how the environment works
  • a deep understanding of what drives you, reflected in your own written Holistic Context
  • a new decision testing framework that allows you to make socially, financially and environmentally balanced decisions
  • skills for better communication and time management
  • Holistic Grazing plans for your property (if applicable)
  • a Holistic Financial plan for yourself or your business
  • ideas on developing a holistic property plan.

This workshop will provide you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to go home to make better decisions for yourself, your family and your business.

About the Trainers

Brian Wehlburg

Brian-WehlburgI am passionate about Holistic Management and what it can offer to people’s lives, land and the environment.

Together with my partner I part-own and manage a pastured foods company in the New South Wales Mid North Coast, raising grass-feed beef, pastured pork and pastured eggs supplying local and Sydney markets.

We immigrated to Australia in 2001 from Africa, where I obtained my initial training experience as an educator with the Zimbabwe National Air Force Parachute School. Following this I obtained an agricultural diploma and, in 1981, after two years as a farm manager I started my own agricultural enterprise, growing crops for export, breeding cattle and operating a safari business and wildlife conservancy.

An introductory Holistic Management course in 1995 inspired me to implement my new understanding and knowledge, using grazing as a tool to improve the environment with resultant increased stocking rates, significant pasture improvement and regeneration of water seeps. In 2001 I completed my Holistic Management Certified Educator’s course.

Since arriving in Australia I broadened this hands-on experience, working for a pastoral enterprise in South West Queensland as a pasture and cattle manager and grazing consultant before moving to New South Wales to start our current venture.

As a director of Inside Outside Management I have worked with diverse groups, including Permaculture, Landcare and CMA groups, family businesses and sole operators across Australia, New Zealand and in Africa, delivering Holistic Management practitioner training and grazing management courses. Currently I am running the TAFE Holistic Management courses at venues across New South Wales.


Ph: 02 65874353 Mobile: 0408 704 431



Workshop Program

TAFE St Albans Holistic Management Training – June 2013

The workshops are hands on include sessions in the paddock.

Session 1 – 31/1 May June

  • Introduction
  • History of Holistic Management and its success
  • How we think and change – power of Paradigms
  • Ecosystem function – how nature functions holistically
  • Tools for making change to our environment
  • Diagnosing the Root Cause of problems
  • What is causing Biodiversity loss

Session 2 – 21/22 June

  • Review ecosystem function and the tools
  • Assessment task 1
  • Holistic Diagnosis of environmental problems
  • The Change process
  • Personal Profiling – what moves you
  • Conventional decision making
  • Holistic Context formation and goal setting
  • Creating your Holistic Context

Session 3 – 19/20 July

  • Review and photos
  • Discovering the Testing Questions
  • Testing decisions using a testing matrix
  • Testing decisions – personal examples

Session 4 – 9/10 Aug

  • Review and photos
  • Grazing and Animal Impact as tools
  • Generic non-growing grazing planning
  • Feed budgets and plant monitoring
  • Paddock walk and practical feed budgeting

Session 5 – 30/31 Aug

  • Introduction to Holistic Financial planning
  • Generic small business financial plan example
  • Review non-growing grazing plan
  • Biological monitoring theory
  • Paddock walk – set up a bio-monitoring site

Session 6 – 13/14 Sept

  • Generic growing season grazing planning
  • Individual grazing planning for non-growing
  • Computer aids for grazing planning
  • Review individual biological monitoring results

Session 7 –  11/12 Oct

  • Financial planning – actual individual plans
  • Grazing Planning – assess and review

Session 8 – 15/16 Nov

  • Financial planning – actual individual plans
  • Holistic Land planning process group exercise
  • Review, assessment, evaluation


May 31, 2013 @ 9:00 am
June 1, 2013 @ 3:30 pm
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Bandusia Country Retreat
1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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(02) 4568 2036


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includes over $200 worth of materials, including 600 page text book, hand book, manual and all lunches and teas – great value. This course without the subsidy costs $4 500 – it is available for an amazing 10% of its cost whilst this Government subsidy is in place