Let us take you into the world of Permaculture with a weekend ‘Zaytuna Farm Tour’ at our home, The Permaculture Research Institute of Australia.
Zaytuna Farm is a highly active Permaculture demonstration site. It is at the forefront of Permaculture Design and you will have the unique experience of observing permaculture principles producing an abundance of food and other yields from our living environment.
Zaytuna Farm is situated on a sixty-six acre (27 hectares) property that fronts Terania Creek opposite the village of The Channon, Northern NSW. The property contains 800m of creek frontage, numerous swimming holes and abundant wildlife. The landscape is diverse, covering high frost-free hilltops, ridges and valleys containing both cleared paddock and forested areas.
Our property tour will start with a brief introduction to Permaculture. We will then take you on a walk, inspecting some of the highlights of the farm including the animal housing, some of our biological cleaning elements, our natural buildings, our commercial farm projects, our compost systems, energy systems and food forests. You will be guided through our annual and perennial food systems, irrigation, potable water, soil conservation, waste systems & recycling, water harvesting and plenty more.
You will have the opportunity to pitch in on morning and afternoon chores and get a little dirty with some hands-on experience, if you wish.
8:30am Meet at the Education Hub, adjacent to the camping grounds for introduction
9:00am Morning Tour of Zaytuna Farm (break for morning tea)
12:00pm Noon Zaytuna Farm lunch
1:00pm Afternoon Tour of Zaytuna Farm (break for afternoon tea)
5:00pm Tour finishes
Geoff Lawton is the main tour guide as a highly experienced Permaculture consultant, designer and teacher. He first took his Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course with Bill Mollison in 1983. He holds a Diploma in Permaculture Education, Design, Implementation, System Establishment, Administration and Community Development given by the founder of Permaculture, Bill Mollison.
He has currently educated over 13,000 students in Permaculture worldwide. These include graduates of the Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course and courses focused on the practical design of sustainable soil, water, plant, and legal and economic systems.
Nadia Lawton completed her PDC in the Dead Sea Valley in 1999 then proceeded to work on the “Green the Desert” project. She established the Permaculture Women’s Group and The Permaculture School Project. Nadia went on to complete her Permaculture Diploma in design, education and site development. Nadia is registered as a Permaculture Teacher in English and Arabic under the Bill and Lisa Mollison’s Permaculture Institute of Australia.
Since 2003 Nadia has been working with the Permaculture Research Institute as an international Permaculture teacher, consultant, and aid worker.
Zaytuna Farm has a number of active teaching and support staff.
Zaytuna Farm is one of the best demonstration sites in the world and what better way to learn about Permaculture than to take part in one of these special events. So come and learn more about Permaculture and how Geoff, Nadia and the team at PRI apply it in their everyday lives to create sustainable abundance.
Please note: PRI recommends that all students and visitors to Zaytuna Farm have a valid tetanus immunization. This is due to Zaytuna Farm being an active farming site.