Workshop numbers are strictly limited to 12 participants.

On the Stone has secured Master Craftsman, Geoff Duggan of Geogenic Landscapes, to produce a hands on weekend workshop to reignite the ancient craft of dry stone walling in Central NSW.  At the end of the weekend you will learn how to engineer and build a retaining dry stone wall. This two-day course is aimed at anyone wishing to gain a greater appreciation of this ancient craft, from gardening enthusiasts, DIY builders, to the professional landscaper or project manager. Everyone benefits from learning the ancient craft of dry stone wall construction that has stood the test of time.

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Workshop Dates:

28 & 29 October 2017

7 & 8 April 2018

Location:  On The Stone, 263 Killongbutta Rd, Killongbutta.

The course includes:

  • Instructional video introduction
  • History of Dry Stone Walling
  • Full tuition and guidance
  • Slide presentation on various styles and applications for Dry Stone Walling
  • Open discussion advice and access to further information
  • Tools and gloves
  • Certificate on completion
  • Class photo
  • On The Stone wall plaque to recognise the group’s achievement
  • Free bush camping with spectacular views over the river
  • All meals including a Greek feast on the Saturday night

Cost per person:
Full price: $690.79 ($600 for the weekend plus $90.75 for GST and online booking fee) for the two day workshop inclusive of all meals, and the Greek feast on Saturday night.

Accommodation bookings (at your own expense) in Bathurst for the Friday and Saturday night can be made through OTS. Alternatively, free bush camping is provided at the On The Stone property overlooking the spectacular Macquarie River valley.


Master Craftsman, Geoff Duggan, is the only internationally accredited examiner and advanced instructor of dry stone walling in Australia. His work has been regularly televised on popular home and garden shows and his passion for keeping this ancient craft alive and well is through holding his weekend workshops that are hosted on properties.

Former landscape architect of The Australian Botanic Gardens, Mount Annan, he now runs Geogenic Landscapes, his own landscape design, construction and horticultural consultancy business.

To gain his international qualifications Geoff had to travel to England to complete the four levels of the respected Craftsman Certificate Scheme of the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain (DSWA). As an accredited examiner he must return to England with other eminent ‘wallers’ from across the world to have their skills periodically reassessed to maintain their examiner status.

Geoff says the constant DSWA training and examinations are intended to ensure the ongoing integrity of the craft is maintained throughout the world.

Dry stone walls are built without mortar, and rely solely on the forces of gravity and friction for their strength. These structures were once used as a means of survival — for shelter and to contain livestock. Today they are used in gardens as retaining and feature walls, and as sculptural artworks in public open spaces.

As a Master Craftsman, Geoff likes to push the boundaries of his craft to new limits and has created stunning sculptural artworks and landscapes including the impressive ornate dry stone entry wall at The Australian Botanic Garden and its large sculptural pieces that include ‘The Knot’ and the ‘Door to the Sun’.

For further course information contact:

Geoff Duggan
Phn: 0409 122951

Marje Prior, On The Stone
Phn: 0409 200616