Permaculture Teacher Training Course with Geoff Lawton

The Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Teacher Training Course is intended to provide a starting point for becoming a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) teacher. It will help you to develop a format and framework for teaching the curriculum, which is the extensive 72-hour transformative PDC course. This course covers the philosophy of teaching including the following: What you will be doing as a permaculture teacher; who you are likely to be […]

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Geoff Lawton speaks with Permaculture Tonight

by Matt Powers, host of Permaculture Tonight What’s interesting about our interview is it was supposed to be 15-20 minutes of time, not impose on Geoff’s schedule & to really get an update on his upcoming projects which I was sure everyone wanted to hear about. What was interesting was that I initially ended up interviewing Latifa, Geoff’s 5-year-old daughter, and then having my 4-year-old boy hijack my interview with […]

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Mushroom Cultivation

Mushroom cultivation is an intricate, but rewarding art. The fungal networks called mycelium need specific conditions to produce healthy mushrooms. If the conditions are off, the mycelium will be too busy fighting microbes to produce healthy fruiting mushrooms. For the beginner, I recommend a mushroom growing kit. These kits come with a pasteurized substrate, grain spawn, and a suitable container for cultivation. These kits provide novice growers the opportunity to […]

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When Industry Goes Permaculture

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A Fresh Perspective on the Drought in California and the Future of the Water Crisis

California’s epic drought began in July 2011 and continues to make life increasingly difficult for its residents as the flow of the water diminishes to a trickle. California has a climate that is classified as Mediterranean partially because the majority of the precipitation accumulates from October to March, when greater than 80% of the state’s rainfall occurs. After an insignificant amount of rainfall in the wet season we are now […]

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Green in Guatemala, or Planting the Perennial Seeds of Permaculture

Earth Lodge, Aldea El Hato, Guatemala My wife Emma and I have recently been offered roles in two separately exciting projects that are striving to bring permaculture to two very different audiences. One is working with an indigenous community near (as in a two-and-a-half hour bus ride, crossing rivers that have no bridges, into the thick of the jungle) Rio Dulce, Guatemala, one of the most bio-diverse stretches of land […]

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Permaculture – A Real Education for Children

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Mudbrick / Cob Studio Building Workshop

We’re heading back to Christmas Hills. Site of our amazing 5 week workshop back in March. This time we’ll be completing a Mudbrick, Cob, Timber, Glass and Recycled bottle wall studio with huge round sliding windows and an amazing arched door, with a stilted deck. Join us for hands on building and theory about everything you need to know to build your own natural home on a small budget. We’ll […]

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Cultivating Drought-Resistant Heirloom Varieties for Your Permaculture Garden

Copyright Ingrid Pullen Photography I live in Washington State, USA, and you may already know that we’re experiencing a state-wide drought. This is shocking: everyone jokes about how it’s always raining, so you’re lucky if you get a tan, but it hasn’t rained as much lately. Supposedly we were going to have the same amount of rain but the snowpack would be depleted, which in turn affects the rivers and […]

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The Importance of a Defined Edge

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Understanding Water Part 2: Working with Flow

Copyright Ingrid Pullen Photography In my previous article, we explored how the basic principle of water is that of flow, and so in order to work well with water it is important to be aware of what the flow is and where it is going. On a practical level, this involves some basic observation and a wealth of techniques which can be used to help utilise water to the advantage […]

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‘Abundance’

‘Abundance’ is a hallowed concept in Permaculture. Abundance is what we permaculturalists aim for: abundant, multifarious yields of fruits, nuts, herbs, medicines, fibres… all things useful and edible. The way I see it abundance is nature’s reward for careful, insightful design work. I like abundance. As a form of feedback it tells us we’re doing something right. In my mind the word ‘abundance’ conjures up the world of Sofia Coppola’s […]

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