• ENOUGH! The story of a peace community in Kabul

    The Afghan Peace Volunteers (APVs) organized a Permaculture Design Course in Kabul from February to March 2016 and invited Rowe Morrow to facilitate it. Here is her report on that PDC as well as a follow-up visit to… Read More

  • A PDC for people living on the top of the world

    In 2016, Rowe Morrow was invited to teach a permaculture course to students from Bhutan, Ladakh, Taiwan, and the Tibetan High School at the Dehradun monastery in India.  Find out what she learnt in her report: “Melting glaciers,… Read More

  • ALFRED DECKER: PERMACULTURE DIPLOMA

    Alfred Decker’s  Merit Diploma for Education and Community Development was awarded for establishing a permaculture website and a teaching team, as well as community outreach from Barcelona. His work is a model for others working from cities.

  • Tina Lymberis: Permaculture Diploma

    Tina Lymberis, a Greek woman who’s spent years in Australia, decided to take permaculture to Greek communities. Her Merit Diploma was awarded for pioneering Permaculture Education, Community Development and Media in Greece.

  • New Bioregionalism Course in Italy

    Traditional House – still occupied In August 2016 Rowe Morrow led a workshop on Bioregionalism in northern Italy. Here she brings that experience to life:

  • New book: Permaculture Teaching Matters

    We are happy to announce the release of the NEW book: Permaculture Teaching Matters, written by Rosemary Morrow and designed by Alba Teixidor. This book was funded by a crowdfunding campaign early in 2015. It is a step by step… Read More

  • Solomons Report

    Video: Tide of Change by Aimie Batalibasi (view at https://vimeo.com/11588800 ) In February 2015, a crowdfunding campaign to create Permaculture Teacher Training Resources based on Rowe Morrow’s teacher training courses, successfully raised US$20,426 dollars (more than US$5,000 over… Read More

  • A water design for every farm

     From Australian Geographic 2008:The 140-m high Gordon Dam in Tasmania  (Photo: Matthew Newton)   The Federal Agriculture Minister recently  released a green paper on agricultural competitiveness which listed 27 dams and irrigation projects across the country that could… Read More

  • Diploma: Lachlan McKenzie

    Diploma Recipient: Lachlan McKenzie. In 2010, Lachlan McKenzie was awarded his Permaculture Diploma at the Australian Permaculture Convergence in Kuranda, North Queensland, for his substantial body of work in East Timor and Indonesia. Lachlan worked in a team… Read More

  • Development

    When the Old becomes New: An 800 year old Food Forest. Rosemary Morrow’s Case Study of her work in Tenganan, Eastern Bali.  This project demonstrates the importance for permaculturists to apply themselves thoroughly to the history and conditions… Read More

  • Teaching

    Guide on the Side, or the Sage on the Stage?  Which teaching method has proven results?   In this research article, university professors from prestigious universities in USA (Maryland, Harvard and Arizona) looked at the effectiveness of students’… Read More

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What a day we had at Headspace Katoomba! Today a dozen young people worked hard to create a space they could all enjoy, thanks to the wonderful support they've been given by the Blue Mountains Community! Every bit of cardboard and wood chip was used (please keep it coming!) as they built a pond, fire pit, compost bay and raspberry patch. A big thank you to Susan Templeman MP who stopped by and gave a hand with the pond, and Lyndall Crompton who donated two worm farms (with worms) and showed everyone how to set them up. Thanks too, to Lachlan from Birches of Leura for a donation of vegetable seedlings which we'll put into the veggie patch we create next Saturday in our last working bee before the official headspace Katoomba Launch next Sunday (11am-3pm). We'll also do mass plantings of native plants, fruit trees and herbs next Saturday so, if you're aged 12-25ish, we'd love you to come along and give us a hand. Today we also planted a plum tree, weeded ivy and wove it into our privacy screen, and created a truly contemplative private and/or communal space. To finish the work we need to do we still need massive amounts of cardboard and wood chip so please give Lis a ring on 0407 437 553 if you can help out or just drop off to Headspace when you're passing (37 Waratah St Katoomba). Check out the two photos at the end ... the first was the Headspace Katoomba backyard on 8 Dec, and the second was this morning before the young people started to blitz it. ... See MoreSee Less
Dear Blue Mountains Community, did we say already how much we love you! We've been inundated with offers of support .... so many that we can't keep up with thanking everyone individually! We've been given a whipper snipper, a fire pit with barbecue top, loads of cardboard (we just can't get enough, so recycle with us), fruit trees, compost tumblers, worm farms, and ... at last ... a delivery of wood chip from the wonderful Ben Gorrick at Intree Solutions at Medlow Bath! We can breathe a sigh of relief for our Garden Blitz tomorrow. If you have any more wood chip the site is so big it can absorb 100 loads ... so please contact Lis on 0407 437 553 if you can help. All young people between the ages of 12 and 25-ish are invited to join us as we put in a pond, herb spiral, native vegetation to create habitat for wildlife, and a veggie garden tomorrow from 9.30am at Headspace Katoomba. In the afternoon you can even learn how to set up a worm farm with the fabulous Lyndall Crompton who runs the Compost Lab at Blackheath Community Farm! We'll be there even if it's bucketing down with rain. We're tough!!!!!! ... See MoreSee Less
Dear Blue Mountains Community, did we say already how much we love you! Weve been inundated with offers of support .... so many that we cant keep up with thanking everyone individually! Weve been given a whipper snipper, a fire pit with barbecue top, loads of cardboard (we just cant get enough, so recycle with us), fruit trees, compost tumblers, worm farms, and ... at last ... a delivery of wood chip from the wonderful Ben Gorrick at Intree Solutions at Medlow Bath! We can breathe a sigh of relief for our Garden Blitz tomorrow. If you have any more wood chip the site is so big it can absorb 100 loads ... so please contact Lis on 0407 437 553 if you can help. All young people between the ages of 12 and 25-ish are invited to join us as we put in a pond, herb spiral, native vegetation to create habitat for wildlife, and a veggie garden tomorrow from 9.30am at Headspace Katoomba. In the afternoon you can even learn how to set up a worm farm with the fabulous Lyndall Crompton who runs the Compost Lab at Blackheath Community Farm! Well be there even if its bucketing down with rain. Were tough!!!!!!
Regenerating the world doesn't depend on having sunny weather! Despite the rain we worked on all day at Headspace Katoomba and a highlight was our visit to the fabulous herb nursery Mountains Herbs at 51 Mort St Katoomba. The extremely knowledgeable and generous Nicole Bludau, who is a fountain of information on medicinal and other herbs, gave us a load of herbs for the herb spiral we're building on this Saturday's garden blitz (it's going ahead rain, hail or shine ... just bring wet weather gear!) NB. We are still desperately in need of a large load of wood chip if anyone has any leads. All other donations still welcome, including cardboard. We'll be at Headspace all day today if you'd like to drop any off. Ph. Lis on 0407 437 553

Find out more about Mountains Herbs here: mountainherbs.com.au/
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Regenerating the world doesnt depend on having sunny weather! Despite the rain we worked on all day at Headspace Katoomba and a highlight was our visit to the fabulous herb nursery Mountains Herbs at 51 Mort St Katoomba. The extremely knowledgeable and generous Nicole Bludau, who is a fountain of information on medicinal and other herbs, gave us a load of herbs for the herb spiral were building on this Saturdays garden blitz (its going ahead rain, hail or shine ... just bring wet weather gear!) NB. We are still desperately in need of a large load of wood chip if anyone has any leads. All other donations still welcome, including cardboard. Well be at Headspace all day today if youd like to drop any off. Ph. Lis on 0407 437 553

Find out more about Mountains Herbs here: https://mountainherbs.com.au/Image attachment
What a wonderful community we have in the Blue Mountains - demonstrating the permaculture ethic of 'fair share'! Yesterday we did a call out for donations to help young people create a Permaculture safe space and haven at Headspace Katoomba and we've had the most amazing response already - with pick-ups and deliveries today from Blaxland to Mount Tomah!
Marion Whitehead, the senior horticulturist in charge of the nursery at The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah dropped off around 200 small natives that are the pioneer plants that emerged after the fires ... the perfect plants to regenerate the Headspace site; we also received a worm farm, compost, pots and garden sculptures from Kerry and Claire at Mount Victoria; garden netting from Tanith, and a mini 'water tank' from Caroline - both in Blackheath; Bunnings Vouchers from Blackheath Rotary; compost bins, hoses and fittings from Katrina at Springwood; and a mower from Maree at Blaxland! We've had even more promised over coming days. Thank you all so very much! If you've had time to check out any surplus you might have, we still need loads of cardboard and mulch, vegetable/herb seedlings, large fruit trees, rolls of garden dog-type fencing (that we can use to create a privacy screen and grow things on), manure, sleepers to create retaining walls on a sloping block, and garden benches if anyone has any spare. Logs or wood for seating and retaining walls would also be welcome. We're also open to ideas and suggestions!!!!
We'll be doing our garden blitz with young people aged 12-25ish on Saturday from 9.30am. If you'd like to donate or know more, contact Lis on 0407 437 553.
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Last Saturday, Costa from Gardening Australia came to Katoomba to throw his support behind the work these young people are doing to design and build a permaculture garden at Headspace Katoomba. He invited them to join him in a radio interview and then proceeded to inspire and motivate them to be agents of positive change in our world. All young people aged 12-25 are invited to drop in to Headspace next Saturday 20 Feb between 9.30am and 4pm to do a massive garden blitz to begin making their vision for a fantastic safe outdoor space in the heart of Katoomba a reality. We're also calling on the wider Blue Mountains community to help them by donating any or all of the following: cardboard, wood chip (we need a massive amount), rocks, edible and native plants, advanced edible or native trees, outdoor furniture, materials for a fire pit, clear polycarbonate, fencing wire, star pickets, netting, large sheets of marine ply and blackboard paint to make chalk boards, a mower and whipper snipper, screening materials for privacy, compost bins and worm farms, irrigation, and anything that can be used to store water.
If you're able to donate any of the above please contact Lis on 0407 437 553
A huge thanks to Mountains Youth Services Team for the use of your fabulous space ... it was bucketing down last Saturday!
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Last Saturday, Costa from Gardening Australia came to Katoomba to throw his support behind the work these young people are doing to design and build a permaculture garden at Headspace Katoomba. He invited them to join him in a radio interview and then proceeded to inspire and motivate them to be agents of positive change in our world. All young people aged 12-25 are invited to drop in to Headspace next Saturday 20 Feb between 9.30am and 4pm to do a massive garden blitz to begin making their vision for a fantastic safe outdoor space in the heart of Katoomba a reality. Were also calling on the wider Blue Mountains community to help them by donating any or all of the following: cardboard, wood chip (we need a massive amount), rocks, edible and native plants, advanced edible or native trees, outdoor furniture, materials for a fire pit, clear polycarbonate, fencing wire, star pickets, netting, large sheets of marine ply and blackboard paint to make chalk boards, a mower and whipper snipper, screening materials for privacy, compost bins and worm farms, irrigation, and anything that can be used to store water.
If youre able to donate any of the above please contact Lis on 0407 437 553
A huge thanks to Mountains Youth Services Team for the use of your fabulous space ... it was bucketing down last Saturday!Image attachment
We've started designing the permaculture garden for Headspace Katoomba after a week of learning about ecology, funghi, water, soil and how to do a sector and site analysis; as well as getting inspiration from the Blue Mountains Organic Community Gardens and Rowe Morrow's house and garden in Katoomba. We did soil samples for our class with Robin Shannon and we put in a huge joint effort to dig out the massive blackberry patch.

It felt like an archaeological dig and we're having a ball imagining the history of the site ... at the same time as designing its future!
The Permaculture Course continues Thurs, Fri and Sat each week at Headspace until the end of February .... and next Saturday 13 February Costa Georgiadis will be joining us for the morning session.
If you'd like to get involved contact Headspace on 1800 478 626
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Great opportunity for young people aged 12-25 to do a free Permaculture Design Course (PDC) and to dream and design Headspace Katoomba’s fabulous outdoor space into being! The course starts this Thursday and will run Thursday/Friday/Saturday throughout February. Bookings essential to Headspace Katoomba on 1800 478 626 #permaculture #outdoors #headspace #freepermaculture #pdc ... See MoreSee Less
Great opportunity for young people aged 12-25 to do a free Permaculture Design Course (PDC) and to dream and design Headspace Katoomba’s fabulous outdoor space into being! The course starts this Thursday and will run Thursday/Friday/Saturday throughout February. Bookings essential to Headspace Katoomba on 1800 478 626 #permaculture #outdoors #headspace #freepermaculture #pdc
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ENOUGH! The story of a peace community in Kabul

The Afghan Peace Volunteers (APVs) organized a Permaculture Design Course in Kabul from February to March 2016 and invited Rowe Morrow to facilitate it. Here is her report on that PDC as well as a follow-up visit to… Read More

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A PDC for people living on the top of the world

In 2016, Rowe Morrow was invited to teach a permaculture course to students from Bhutan, Ladakh, Taiwan, and the Tibetan High School at the Dehradun monastery in India.  Find out what she learnt in her report: “Melting glaciers,… Read More

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ALFRED DECKER: PERMACULTURE DIPLOMA

Alfred Decker’s  Merit Diploma for Education and Community Development was awarded for establishing a permaculture website and a teaching team, as well as community outreach from Barcelona. His work is a model for others working from cities.

Learn More

Tina Lymberis: Permaculture Diploma

Tina Lymberis, a Greek woman who’s spent years in Australia, decided to take permaculture to Greek communities. Her Merit Diploma was awarded for pioneering Permaculture Education, Community Development and Media in Greece.

Learn More

New Bioregionalism Course in Italy

Traditional House – still occupied In August 2016 Rowe Morrow led a workshop on Bioregionalism in northern Italy. Here she brings that experience to life:

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New book: Permaculture Teaching Matters

We are happy to announce the release of the NEW book: Permaculture Teaching Matters, written by Rosemary Morrow and designed by Alba Teixidor. This book was funded by a crowdfunding campaign early in 2015. It is a step by step… Read More

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