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PRI Zaytuna Farm functions as a model farm (in development) and permaculture training facility. Geoff and Nadia Lawton, world-renowned permaculture educators and consultants, lead the project. Much of Geoff and Nadia’s time over the last few years has been spent away from the Institute, consulting and helping set up projects in diverse locales around the world.

Seeing the worldwide demand for knowledgeable permaculture consultants and teachers increase exponentially, as fuel and fertiliser prices skyrocket and the effects of climate change, soil depletion and water shortages begin to hit hard, priority and focus is now shifting back to the Institute, where growing the training program will increase the output of quality teachers to help fill the growing need for them.

Geoff Lawton – Expertise

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As a discipline that tries to create sustainable systems, permaculture is wonderfully diverse. You don’t just develop expertise as a gardener or as a farmer, but you also work with ideas from water, waste, from energy systems and architecture. You engage in the spectrum of human knowledge, and this is intensely rewarding. It is how we come to develop holistic systems that are sustainable. This diversity can also be daunting. […]

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Recording the Language of Nature

Language-of-nature

For 45-years Bernie Krause has been recording the soundscapes of the wilderness. In that time, he has heard the alterations in our environment change with the effects of global warming; how our actions as humans impact nature.

In June 2013 Bernie was at TEDGlobal 2013 where he describes how he records and listens to nature’s symphonies.

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Announcing the First Programme Details – Geoff and Nadia Lawton

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The Permaculture Research Institute (PRI) is excited to announce that Geoff and Nadia Lawton will be attending this year’s British Permaculture Convergence to present a series of workshops. Presenters include: Geoff Lawton – Permaculture Research Institute Setting up demonstration sites as education centres & training permaculture project managers Permaculture Earthworks design and implementation Nadia Lawton School gardens across the world Working with tribal women Matt Ralston & Adrian Lovett Making […]

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Geoff Lawton – Connections

Geoff Lawton - connections

One of the traps that we can fall into as consultants is to get very focused on thinking, on analysing, on understanding what it is that we are seeing. We can overthink what it is that we are trying to do with our design work, and when we do that, we risk seeing things in isolation. The land. The plants. The climate. The people. The geology and the fertility. In […]

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The PRI is on Vimeo

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We are working hard on our video resources for the wider community, please check out our videos that are in the process of being uploaded to Vimeo. Here you will find such films as Greening the Desert 2, and a great instructional video on worm towers by Geoff Lawton, And a great video of Geoff with using a swimming pool to grow fish.

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Growing Local – Eating Local

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One of life’s simple pleasures would have to be going to the local Farmers Market for the weekly shopping. The hubbub of chatter, cooking, banging and rattling. Talking to the people who actually produce your food. The smells, the sights, the touch on your skin. The sense of being part of a food system that is whole and sustaining. Local Farmers Markets are popping up everywhere and are in great […]

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Winter Zaytuna Farm Tour

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Zaytuna Farm is situated on a sixty-six acre (27 hectares) property that fronts Terania Creek opposite the village of The Channon, Northern NSW. The property contains 800m of creek frontage, numerous swimming holes, and abundant wildlife. The landscape is diverse, covering high frost-free hilltops, ridges and valleys with both cleared paddocks and forested areas. Zaytuna Farm is a working permaculture education and demonstration farm under continuous…

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Natural Renewable Building

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Come join this year’s Natural Renewable Building Course at The Permaculture Research Institute, Australia. This is an intensive, hands-on course, where you will learn how to build your own affordable, sustainable, and functional structures plus so much more! Geoff will take you through this course step by step in not just techniques but planning and designing the Permaculture way. This week-long course will be packed with learning opportunities. The early […]

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Did you miss Geoffs’ Latest Top Five – This One Was A Doozy

Did you miss Geoffs' Latest Top Five - This One Was A Doozy feat

Highlights include: • “Magic tricks” that can make water disappear…and appear. • Bill Mollison’s surprising perspective on how to measure gardening success. Hint: It’s not just about output. • My good friend Jack Spirko’s first-ever listener-voted podcast. • An incredible long-form article on solastalgia, a “form of psychic or existential distress caused by environmental change.” • An electric bike coming out of Silicon Valley that uses the same batteries as […]

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Nicholas Burtner – Beautifying Urban Spaces With Reclaimed Materials

Nicholas Burtner - Beautifying Urban Spaces With Reclaimed Materials

Nicholas Burtner visits Elijah Santoyo in a suburb or Los Angeles and gets rocked by some amazing implementation of urban design. You will definitely want to know how to get that natural patina stone look using urbanite, which we affectionately dub “Urbanite on Steroids”. Elijah explains it in this video. For more great information, please visit Nicholas at, http://schoolofpermaculture.com/ About Nicholas Nicholas is an established permaculture designer, consultant, practitioner, advocate, […]

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