Category: Courses/Workshops

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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Permaclips – a PRI Internship Video Collage

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-Q2O0Pcos0 Geoff Lawton sent this fun little clip through to me, produced by the interns of the just-completed internship at PRI Zaytuna Farm. Enjoy!

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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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Earth Bag Building Workshop in Kyoto, Japan (July 2014)

Everything an Indian does is in a circle, and that is because the power of the world always works in circles, and everything tries to be round….. Everything the Power of the World does is done in a circle. The sky is round, and I have heard that the earth is round like a ball, and so are all the stars. The wind, in its greatest power whirls. Birds make […]

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Permaculture and Managing Holistically

I’ve been wanting to write and post this article for some time but have been hiding behind the excuse that I just don’t have the time. I suspect though, that it has been because what I want to talk about is probably a contentious issue for some and I’m generally a placid soul who doesn’t like to ruffle feathers.

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Natural Building Workshops – Changing Lives

I’m sitting here writing this article surrounded by 35 people, here to build Australia’s first council-approved Earthship in the Adelaide Hills — a home made largely out of recycled car tyres, cans, bottles and dirt. Among these people are travellers, architects, comedians, town planners, university students, artists, musicians, business owners and a handful of builders. Most of them have never built a thing in their life and are picking up […]

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Natural Building, Health and Healing Workshop (Starts 16th March, 2014, Euroa, Victoria, Australia)

From the 16th of March, Agari Permaculture Farm and Mud Mob are running a two-week natural building, health and healing workshop. The focus of the workshop is the build of a 10sqm Cob house using a number of natural building styles – cob, wattle and daub, light earth, recycled bottle walls, cordwood and a reciprocal roof – to give participants hands-on experience in a variety of building styles and the […]

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Create Your Own Paradise Lot: Food Tasting and Workshop (April 26, 2014, Massachusetts, USA)

Fuki (petasites japonicus giganteus) has great edible leafstalks and enjoys wet shade What: Food tasting and workshop When: April 26, 2014, 10am to 4pm Where: Holyoke, MA, USA Instructors: Jonathan Bates & Eric Toensmeier Cost per person: US$120 (does not include meals or accommodations) Spend a day with Jonathan Bates and Eric Toensmeier, the co-designers and managers of the garden that inspired the book Paradise Lot. We will tour the […]

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Earthworks Course Introduction with Geoff Lawton (video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_77wnW7ozs Trailer only – watch the full video here! If you’re considering doing Geoff Lawton’s Permaculture Design Certificate Course later this month and want to know more, check out the Bonus $1200 Earthworks course we are including for free. It’s a mixture of classroom and field lectures that will bring you up to speed and teach you how to build dams, ponds, swales, water features, spillways and house sites using […]

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Permaculture Fun in San Diego!

Introducing PRI Tipuana Farm A few years back Joey Delia had a vision of a Permaculture demonstration site that was highly accessible. Far enough to have a chunk of land but close enough for people from the city to see a real demonstration of Permaculture in action. There began the creation of what is now PRI Tipuana Farm. The search for the right property was long and tedious, but well […]

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Save the Dates – Tanzania’s 2014 Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Courses

Click to download (2mb PDF) They are finally here — the dates of the 2014 PDCs hosted by FoodWaterShelter in Tanzania. We look forward to welcoming English and Kiswahili speakers alike to our 2014 courses. And for the first time we’ll be offering a PDC outside Arusha (Tanzania) with a Kiswahili PDC in Morogoro (Tanzania) in September. See the poster (right) for further details of our three courses, that include: […]

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