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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.

Los Cedros Under Threat – Film

Friends, the Los Cedros Biological Reserve is under serious threat. The Rainforest Information Centre, with funding from the Australian Government’s development assistance bureau, helped establish the Los Cedros Biological Reservein Ecuador in 1988. We have continued to support reserve director Jose Decoux throughout the intervening 30 years, and as a result, Los Cedros is the last remaining well-forested watershed in Western Ecuador. Geoff Lawton Speaks about the Importance of Los […]

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Raising Money Is Never Fun, But For Us Now Is The Time.

Hello to the extended Panya Permaculture family! Unfortunately, the main reason for me writing you is not as joyful. Most of you know Kae, one of our community members since the founding of Panya is in dire need of our help. Her son, Namcha has been diagnosed and is now being treated for late-stage lung cancer. The good news is that so far he has reacted well to the treatment, […]

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Celebrate International Permaculture Day

International Permaculture Day, held on the first Sunday in May, is an opportunity to celebrate and showcase the practice of permaculture all around the world. This year, the 8th annual celebration will be a little different – this will be the first year this day is recognized without one of permaculture’s founders, Bill Mollison, who passed away in September 2016. In honor of Mollison’s lifelong contributions to the permaculture movement, […]

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Permaculture Co-founder Honored at Milestone Event

David Holmgren, co-originator of the concept of permaculture design, has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate from CQUniversity. The award was presented during the school’s launch of a new Graduate Diploma in Permaculture Design, on 19 April at The Joinery in Adelaide. Early last year, late permaculture co-founder Bill Mollison was recognized in a similar manner – with the receipt of an Honorary Doctorate from CQUniversity by South Australian Premier Jay […]

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The Koanga Institute: Farming for the Future

While most may think of permaculture, and they immediately imagine sustainable agriculture, renewable energy sources and other similar aspects, how many actually think generations ahead into the future, and how permaculturalists today can affect them for the better? This is exactly what Kay Baxter and Bob Corker are doing in New Zealand, at the Koanga Institute, the largest and most comprehensive seed repository in the southern hemisphere and a permaculture […]

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Become a WWOOFER with PRI!

Learn more about organic farming and sustainable living by volunteering as a WWOOFER with the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia (PRI)! PRI is now offering limited WWOOFing opportunities, we can only take 3 enthusiastic workers at a time, with a minimum one month stay. Working with PRI, directed by world renowned Geoff and Nadia Lawton, gives volunteers the opportunity to live and work at Zaytuna Farm – under the guidance […]

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Samuel Alexander: Reimagining The Good Life

Combining concepts from ecological, economic, political, and social literature, Samuel Alexander’s books provide insightful commentary on the challenge of living within our limits – during a time of ever-increasing overconsumption. “Mainstream environmentalism calls on us to take shorter showers, recycle, buy green products, and turn the lights off – but these measures are inadequate,” said Alexander, an academic from Melbourne University and co-director of the Simplicity Institute. “We need more […]

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The Permaculture Student 2: A Guidebook For The Future

Author and teacher Matt Powers is publishing his second permaculture volume, The Permaculture Student 2, following an incredibly successful Kickstarter campaign. A companion to the first high school permaculture textbook ever written, Powers’ newest book received backing from more than 330 backers who pledged over $20,000 to help support the project. The book is designed for students, teachers, families, and learners – a year-long curriculum filled with projects, activities, and […]

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What Plants Talk About (Full Documentary)

When we think about plants, we don’t often associate a term like “behavior” with them, but experimental plant ecologist JC Cahill wants to change that. The University of Alberta professor maintains that plants do behave and lead anything but solitary and sedentary lives. What Plants Talk About teaches us all that plants are smarter and much more interactive than we thought!

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Jeff Speck: The Walkable City

How do we solve the problem of the suburbs? Urbanist Jeff Speck shows how we can free ourselves from dependence on the car — which he calls “a gas-belching, time-wasting, life-threatening prosthetic device” — by making our cities more walkable and more pleasant for more people.

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