What-Our-Students-Say

What Our Students Say

Passion, commitment, and intensity can be felt in every footstep on Zaytuna farm. If you are wanting to jump-start your permaculture experience and understanding of natural systems then trust your internal dialog and go.

Nicholas Burtner

I spent six months volunteering with the Permaculture Research Institute in 2010, initially hoping to develop my practical skills and gain more experience in this exciting thing called Permaculture. I had recently made a big life change, leaving the security of a good job and a largely consumer existence, to engage in more meaningful work and lifestyle. My role at Zaytuna Farm quickly changed from participating as a volunteer, to […]

Dave Bauer

I headed to Australia in January of 2010 to study permaculture with Geoff and Nadia Lawton at Zaytuna Farm. There was nowhere in the U.S. to go and study water harvesting techniques, so I traveled to the Southern hemisphere. I had taken my PDC three years before and was working in the realm of non-profit sustainability education, and was looking to expand my practical skillset, particularly in the area of […]

Lindsay Dailey

PRI’s 10-week Internship was a powerful life-changing experience for me. Throughout the ten weeks at Zaytuna Farm, Geoff and the other experts gave me a practical foundation to explore my permaculture passions and, beyond that, helped me personally focus on my areas of skill to develop confidence as a professional. For those who are driven to create a self-directed learning trajectory in permaculture, this experience provides invaluable mentorship as well […]

David Stockhausen

Wow, the world looks different, brighter — there is hope in a sustainable future. The hope is in applying the principles of permaculture to the world around me. But where do I begin? What can I do to help create and live a life of surplus so that others can know that permaculture is the best solution for healing the earth while taking care of each other? This is how […]

Shawn Tisdell

During my stay at Zaytuna Farm I gained an enormous amount of confidence both in my ability to work within permaculture systems, and to teach about them. The vast variety of permaculture systems on the property provide a unique opportunity to to build understanding and hands on skills quickly. One of the most unique aspects of the property is its interconnected nature, specifically with regard to the water systems. I […]

Rob Avis

My Permaculture journey really began when I sat a PDC with Bill Mollison, Geoff Lawton, and Greg Knibbs in Melbourne in 2008. I found Geoff especially inspiring – his talks opened up a permaculture world of possibilities in me. The following year I began a 4-month stay (internship) with PRI, Zaytuna farm. During this initial time I learned a great deal not only from Geoff and the other knowledgeable people […]

Jonathon Chan

Growing up and living in cities, I could hardly imagine life on a farm and having to grow my own food. However, doing a 10-week permaculture internship at Zaytuna Farm changed my perception totally of what real sustainable living means and more…. I continued the internship straight after going through a 2-week PDC in April. My course mates from the PDC were 24 others from different parts of the world. […]

Joelyn Ong

Hello, I’m Aaron and spent 4 amazing months from January 2009 interning with Geoff and Nadia mostly on their farm, but I also got to travel with them to some other locations as well. Zaytuna Farm has been in the hands of Geoff Lawton for 9 years, though he reported to me that he has spent a good portion of that time away, teaching and doing those amazing projects you […]

Aaron Jerad

I spent one year volunteering at PRI. During this time I was active in creating food forests, implementing water harvesting systems, helping to manage an edible forest producing nursery, practiced daily in integrated animal systems and dug around in and ate from a rich and diverse vegetable garden. I appreciated being given space to be creative and try new ideas using permaculture principles and felt like I was participating in […]

Robert Gray