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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.

Registrations are now open for Geoff Lawton’s 2016 Online PDC

Earlier this year, Geoff Lawton started filming a brand new Permaculture Design Certificate course (PDC 2.0). His intent was to create a course that was both in depth and thorough using his vast knowledge of both Bill Mollison’s book Permaculture: A Designers’ Manual and his 30+ years of Permaculture teachings. The end result is a course that is vastly different to any other PDC Geoff has ever taught before. So […]

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Toby Hemenway – Permaculture Crusader – Needs Your Help

Sadly, tragedy struck Toby and his family in 2015. In the fall of that year, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. After undergoing chemotherapy, he was nevertheless told that his cancer had spread from his pancreas to his liver. While Toby had recently begun his second round of chemo in October, he developed septic shock just last month. Septic shock occurs when an immune system weakened by cancer allows for […]

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Friend To The PRI Needs The Help Of The Community

Childhood meant countless doctor and hospital visits, leg braces and corrective surgeries to perform ankle fusions, tendon transfers and bone grafts. My symptoms worsened considerably in my 30s and 40s. My balance has been affected and it’s challenging to safely walk across the room. I’ve had three falls resulting in broken bones over the past seven years alone.

Daily I deal with considerable pain, numbness and instability, along with fear and uncertainty of what my future holds. My disease has progressed so far that I now must use a mobility scooter or motorized wheelchair to move around. Accepting this has been very difficult because I feel like I’m losing my sense of self. Fighting heavy depression has been a constant over the past few years.

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Learn Hands – On With Geoff Lawton

Start the New Year off the right way, when you begin designing your way to abundance. If you’ve always dreamed of creating your own permaculture operation, but never really had the skills to pull it all together, you can take advantage of a limited opportunity to learn hands-on, in-person with the world-renowned permaculture expert, Geoff Lawton. For nearly two weeks, you’ll live, eat and breath the permaculture lifestyle, as you […]

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Installing an Urban Food Forest – Updated

Last year, the city of Pottstown, Pa., saw new growth and opportunity in the world of permaculture, as several local and broader groups came together to transform a dead, empty lot into a food forest. Biochar Bob from The Biochar Company and Soil Reef Biochar took viewers around the space, introducing them to participants and the project. The empty lot, situated perfectly in an urban space, near a busy street, […]

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Greenhouse of Abundance Online

Solution Era has now launched a crowd funding campaign for our online course, Greenhouse of Abundance. This project will help to dramatically change the way people live their lives. The response has been enormous!! Within in the first 24 hours, we managed to reach our initial goal!! Now, we are aiming for a larger amount, which will enable us to translate the course into English and other languages, as well […]

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The Seabin Update!

Last year, we introduced you to two Australian surfers with a mission to clean the world’s oceans. Andrew Turton and Peter Ceglinski are the creators of Seabin, an innovative technology designed to sweep up ocean pollution often found around marinas and docks. The invention is created from recycled materials and is affixed to docks in pollution-heavy areas. How does it work? A water pump sucks all floating trash and debris […]

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Flow Hive Update!

Flow Hive is the brainchild of father-and-son team, Stu and Cedar Anderson. Passionate beekeepers, they knew there was a better alternative to traditional beekeeping methods. After years of hard work and brainstorming, Flow Hive was born. No one, however, could have anticipated the overwhelming success the project would experience via crowdfunding. The Indiegogo campaign launched in February 2015, with a goal of $70,000. Within 15 minutes, they had gathered $250,000 […]

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Permaculture Education Centre

A Permaculture Educational Centre in cool climate Australia to support so many people. Being parents of 8 children plus foster caring 28 and hosting 8 from various countries we know how important and invaluable it is to create a sustainable future via permaculture education for future generations. We all learn differently and our lives take many twists and turns when travelling life’s journey but I think we all know when […]

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One Man’s Mission to Revive the Last Redwood Forests | Short Film Showcase

David Milarch’s near-death experience inspired a personal quest: to archive the genetics of the world’s largest trees before they’re gone. This short film from The Story Group documents his effort to save the redwood champions of Northern California from the effects of climate change. The Story Group: http://thestorygroup.org/ Courtesy of Youtube

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Planting Justice

Based out of Oakland, Calif., Planting Justice is a remarkable organization headed up by a former student of Geoff Lawton, Gavin Raders. With a five-acre food forest, an orchard and nursery, educational center, sliding scale organic shop and more, the non-profit is battling food deserts and assisting the community through their prison permaculture program, as well as high school permaculture education. Gavin Raders’ story begins at UC Berkeley, where he […]

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