Category: Courses/Workshops

Missed Out On Geoff Lawton’s Online PDC Course? You Have 24 Hours to Sign Up!

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We have a great video for you this week. We visit the farm of one of Geoff Lawton’s students and see all the cool features he put in place after studying Permaculture with Geoff Lawton. It’s quite a dynamic property. You’ll get to see how wind is harvested and put to work to irrigate a food forest of edible plants and timber trees, how the roads were cleverly built, and […]

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Intro to Permaculture in Kodai Kanal, South India, April 17th 2014

During the Earthship Building Course at the farm here in India last month, I taught what I called a ‘Permaculture Primer’. I had one afternoon to summarize my 12 years of self education, my 10-week Internship and PDC with Geoff Lawton at the PRI, and somehow explain what Permaculture is, what it can do and how one could get started and continue learning until either deciding to take a course […]

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Earthship Building Course Finishes in South India

Years ago, I was in India, half way through my Visa, wondering what to do and where to go. I was tired of the tourist trail and randomly googled ‘Earthship India’ and found exactly what I was looking for — a project in Tamil Nadu, building an Earthship for a fellow hoping to make a change toward a more sustainable lifestyle, starting with his home. Alex Leeor had chosen a […]

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Permaculture Design Course, Tanzania, May 26 – June 6, 2014

Following the success of our three PDCs in 2012 and 2013, foodwatershelter is pleased to offer you the chance to join USA-based instructor Steve Whitman and a team of local teachers in Arusha, Tanzania from May 26th to June 6th, 2014, for two weeks of intensive learning and an incredible networking opportunity. You’ll gain direct permaculture design experience through Kesho Leo’s farms and other projects in the Arusha region, while […]

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Regenerative Farm Forestry 2-day Course, with David Spicer at Eagles Deep Farm, Tatong, Victoria, Australia (May 31 – June 1, 2014)

Learn how to manage our exciting native forest for saw logs, pole wood, fence post, firewood, etc., while having a very beneficial effect on the structure of the forest itself – increasing bio-diversity from the forest floor up to the canopy. You will also learn the basics of portable sawmills. Find out how relatively easy it is to set up a portable sawmill, then be ready to start milling in […]

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Registrations for Geoff Lawton’s 2014 Online PDC Course Close Today! (April 6)


Update: Sorry, course registrations have now closed for 2014. There are only a few hours left to go before we close the 2014 Online PDC Course to new students. Seats are filling fast with just a few seats left to go. If you’ve been thinking of taking my online course, now is the time to do it. You get a 30 day money back guarantee if you change your mind. […]

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Registrations for Geoff Lawton’s 2014 Online PDC Course Close This Sunday, April 6th!


Update: Sorry, course registrations have now closed for 2014. We’ve had a terrific response to the start of the 2014 Online PDC Course and want to thank you all for the tremendous support you’ve given us towards making this first week a resounding success. Seats are filling up fast and the doors are closing this weekend. We’ve had over 2400 comments since Sunday from our new students, who are making […]

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Community Action at Earthship Building Workshops

People are ditching mortgages and finding community through earthship building The past few years have seen a dramatic increase in accessible earthship building and sustainable lifestyle workshops across Australia and Internationally. The basic message for participants is empowerment through action and networking which provides the opportunity for communities and individuals to develop skills and community support for building and other types of projects that rely upon voluntary labour — similar […]

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Geoff Lawton’s 2014 Online PDC Course Opens!

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Update: Sorry, course registrations have now closed for 2014. People were commenting on Facebook that it was like waiting for tickets at midnight to a Mick Jagger concert. Geoff Lawton’s famous Online PDC course kicked off midnight across three American timezones on the weekend. The sales came in fast and furious when the doors opened and have been running at a steady flow for the last few days. The course […]

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Ram Pumps

People are always fascinated by ram pumps. I think partly because they achieve the seemingly impossible task of pumping water to a higher height than the water supplying the pump, and they do it for no added energy input. This is often misunderstood as needing no energy, but even a casual understanding of the laws of thermodynamics tells us this is impossible. You will notice I said no added energy […]

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Permaculture Voices 1 – the First of Many?

Event organiser Diego Footer’s introductory address (Photo: John Newall) Early morning on Sunday the 23rd of March I was brushing my teeth and wondering how I was going to structure my week. By mid morning, thanks to equal parts generosity of friends and unbelievable serendipity, I was rushing to book flights from Perth, Western Australia to Los Angeles — making my way to the Permaculture Voices conference in Temecula, California. […]

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Surrounded By Giants

Myself, Nadia & Geoff Lawton and Salah Hammad "It depends — do you want to be a consultant, a designer, an implementer, aid worker? What do you want to do?" Dave asks. The problem with that question is I want to do it all. As the weeks have passed here on the Zaytuna Farm Internship I find myself thinking how fortunate I have been to learn from such great mentors.

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