The Tanglewood Sign welcoming you to the permaculture internship at Tanglewood Farm. Visitors, students, and interns are invited by Leonie-Ruth and David Acland's permaculture farm.

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Tanglewood Permaculture Internship

Are you an enthusiastic gardener/permaculture/organic/food security/sustainability community-minded nature-loving type? We are excited to be setting up the opportunity for interns to live and learn with us at Tanglewood and we would love to hear from you if our internship sparks your interest.

*Applications Open April 2024*

Who Are We?

We are Leonie-Ruth and Dave. We have been co-creating space for the healing and regeneration of soil, soul and society, so that all can flourish at Tanglewood, for the past twenty years. Read More Here

Over this time, we have enjoyed the reciprocal richness and mutual benefits of co-creating relationships with people who have visited and worked alongside us, and with the broader local community (read what they have to say about their experience with us under testimonial section below).

The Tanglewood motto is ‘growing learning caring sharing’ which is the lens through which we make our decisions and live our lives. We have wide experience in different living situations in Australia, PNG, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia and Tanzania.

We deeply care for people and the earth. We are musicians, and met through music. We are keen organic gardeners, with areas on our property Tanglewood set aside for fruit and vegies, firewood harvesting, and areas for personal enjoyment.

For Leonie-Ruth’s bio Read More

David is a country boy, who worked for many years for government agencies in Australia and PNG as a geologist, specialising in near surface earth materials (including soil, subsoil and groundwater) and their relationships to landforms. He also ran a handyman/gardener/music teacher business for 9 years during a period of professional “time out”. He has owner-built three houses and an array of studios/cabins/sheds, and is always on the lookout for useful recycled building materials for garden structures. He is trying to single-handedly solve the earth’s carbon store problem by using woodchip mulch by the truckload.

The People of Tanglewood Permaculture Farm. Leonie-Ruth and David Acland teach farming sustainably, permaculture agriculture, and chare their homesteading garden

Where Are We?

We have been lovingly treading and tending Tanglewood which is on Ngambri, Ngunnawal, Ngarigu land for twenty-five years. Tanglewood is located a few kilometers from the well-equipped, small rural town of Bungendore, NSW, just outside Canberra, Australia.

What Are We Looking For?

We are looking for a keen person or people to live, work, experience and contribute to the daily running of our permaculture inspired garden.

We offer accommodation that suits a couple; work pair, or single, but is not particularly child friendly.

The role will be an internship model, which will allow you to contribute to the direction and content of the daily tasks and vision of Tanglewood, with mentoring and space for you to develop your skills.

A reasonable level of physical fitness is required for the variety of garden tasks we share.

Our hospitality is warm, generous, and genuine. 

The opportunities to learn are extensive and include permaculture practice, regolith geology and its application to permaculture, building structures of all sizes and functions, drawing plans and last but not by any means least, upcycling with creativity and flare.

Starting Date

Applications accepted for any time from April 2024 onwards. The ideal time frame for an internship for most people will be 2-3 months, but time frames can be negotiated prior to taking up an internship.

 The Setting

The setting is idyllic and your accommodation is in a brand-new cottage (Woodland Cottage) nestled amongst established gardens and adjacent to the planted coppicing woodland.

Scenes Across Tanglewood Permaculture Farm.

Our Vision

It is our hope that the experience will be one of mutual, non-monetary benefits, giving you as an intern, a taste of what is involved in keeping a permaculture smallholding thriving. You will be working synergistically and generatively with the land and people at Tanglewood. With our networks, there is the potential to create ongoing opportunities for you. Read about some of our community engagement here

You will have an initial taste of small-scale community living, and the expanded opportunity to continue to engage with others day to day, in a regenerative environment, so that all flourish.

What we offer :

Woodland Cottage on Tanglewood Permaculture Farm. Accommodations for those here for learning farming, permaculture agriculture, companion growing, and organic farming.
Accommodation in Woodland Cottage
  • Ready for occupancy April 2024
  • New, carefully designed, solar passive build that is double glazed and eco friendly
  • Set in mature planted woodland with a private courtyard garden 
  • Fully furnished 
  • A well-equipped kitchen/diner; laundry/bathroom; and sitting room
  • Bedrooms: one large, one small
  • Heated by a Morso wood burning stove (wood and an ample supply of kindling is sourced from our coppicing woodland)
  • Water is rain water (with separate tap for drinking water)
  • Mains electricity with solar input
  • Woodland Cottage can accommodate two singles or a couple
  • Numerous vegetable gardens
  • A polytunnel
  • An orchard-apples, pears, stone fruit, a few citruses, fig, pomegranate, persimmon and mulberry trees
  • Chooks and ducks
  • A young hazelnut grove
  • Planted coppicing woodland
  • Seasonally
  • Includes home preserves as available
  • Reading the land
  • Designing and building structures
  • Seed collection 
  • Pruning
  • Planning/planting
  • Propagating
  • Rotating/resting garden beds
  • Companion planting
  • Composting
  • Worm farming
  • Ideal timing if you have completed a PDC and now want to know if the working with the land is the life for you
  • Ideal opportunity if you love gardening and want to know more about Permaculture
  • Join Leonie-Ruth in the kitchen for next level ‘garden cooking’ including
    • Options to learn how to cook directly from the garden with the fresh harvest of the day
    • Balancing meals to optimise bioavailability of nutrients
    • Unleashing your kitchen creativity
    • Cooking with colour and texture for fabulous taste
  • Enjoy refreshments and a mid-day meal on the days you work
  • Seasonal opportunities to participate and explore the myriad ways of preserving surplus produce and live abundantly
  • Let’s co-create and collaborate and see what unfolds…

Organic Harvest from Tanglewood's Permaculture Farm

The organic produce from Tanglewood's homesteading garden. The Acland's companion growing and permaculture agriculture.

"Garden Cooking" with Leonie-Ruth from Tanglewood's Harvest

Meals and preserves made from the homesteading garden at Tanglewood permaculture farm

What We Expect:

  • For a couple or working pair: 4 days (total between two people) per week engagement and participation with the management and care of Tanglewood. Single, three days per week
  • Hours roughly 9 to 4 with a break for morning tea and lunch, seasonally adjusted as necessary
  • You will need your own transport (sadly cycling/walking into town is not advised due to safety issues) 
  • A desire to learn, grow, and share
  • Good work and community ethic
  • Appropriate clothing including strong work boots, wet weather gear
  • Sun protection
  • A respect for the principles of earth care, people care, fair share
  • A large dose of curiosity and a dash humour
  • Non-smoker(s)/vaper(s)

The Animals and Pets of Tanglewood Farm

The Animals you will meet during the permaculture internship at Tanglewood Farm.


Applications accepted now for a in late April 2024 and ongoing thereafter into 2025 (Initially 2–3-month internships offered). Apply Here …

Leonie-Ruth and David Acland playing a violin and guitar on their permaculture farm, Tanglewood.