Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course September 2014 at PRI Sunshine Coast

PDC 21 September – 3 October 2014

We had another great group of people doing the PDC in September. Read some of their feedback here. Everyone had a wonderful 2 weeks. The photos below were taken by one of our PDC students for a visual impression of the PDC. Thanks to Leah Hattendorff for the photos! Continue reading

Bamboo house in Vanuatu

Permaculture in Vanuatu

We were invited to come to Vanuatu in August, to go to 2 small villages and conduct workshops, do a consult on a property and to talk to government and NGO officials in relation to setting up an ongoing Permaculture project in Vanuatu. Continue reading

Tom Kendall and Geoff Lawton co teach at the Permaculture Research Institute Australia's July PDC

PRI Sunshine Coast update

First, my sincere apologies for not being more regular with posting updates this year. Things have gotten really busy at PRI Sunshine Coast, so it has been hard to find the time. Tom and I are currently at Zaytuna farm, where Tom is co-teaching a Permaculture Design Certificate with Geoff Lawton, I am now sitting in the sun after a very cold night in our camper, and have some time to write an update.  Continue reading

Geoff Lawton teaching at PRI Sunshine Coast

PRI Master Plan sites

We just finished another PDC here at Maungaraeeda. Everyone was very happy with the course, the food, the people and the experience! (see student feedback page) We had a big surprise for the students in our course, when Geoff Lawton came here and taught the first two days. Geoff, Nadia and the gorgeous Latifah kindly came to Maungaraeeda to lend their support to our growing organisation, as we are a PRI Master Plan site. Continue reading

Leanne Ejack, PDC student at PRI Sunshine Coast Jan/Feb 2014

Permaculture – A lesson in patience

By Leanne Ejack
Alberta, Canada
Student PDC Jan/Feb 2014 at PRI Sunshine Coast

I was bred, born and raised in the Western Canadian prairies surrounded by massive cattle feedlots and kilometre-long stretches of monoculture grain crops. I always enjoyed the farming lifestyle, but I knew as a young teenager that the farming practices that I was surrounded by were inflicting long-term harm to the soil and environment. Spending a year after university working for a large agricultural company opened my eyes even further to how these large companies have spent years manipulating farmers into complete dependency upon their chemical inputs. Farmers are caught in a toxic and corrupt spiral of powerlessness. I was driven to start educating myself about a more sustainable way of food production that also placed the power back in the hands of farmers. I had heard about permaculture and,after researching it further, I knew I needed to become more immersed in it.  Continue reading