• 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

  • Permaculture Design Course: 17 March – 13 May, 2017

    The Blue Mountains Permaculture Institute will be running a Permaculture Design Course on Friday evenings and Saturdays, weekly from Friday 17 March to Saturday 13 May (excluding Easter). This is a great opportunity for those who would like to take the time… Read More

  • Permaculture in Precarious Places: 13-19 April 2017, Blue Mountains

    A 6 day workshop for permaculturalists wishing to work in challenging environments such as refugee camps, remote communities, disaster zones, low income countries and areas of conflict.

  • Permaculture Teacher Training: Blue Mountains, 20-26 January 2017

    Join Rowe Morrow and Lis Bastian for an intensive Permaculture Teacher Training Course in the World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains.

  • 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:

  • Permaculture Design Course 13 May – 27 August, Blue Mountains

    The Blue Mountains Permaculture Institute will be running a Permaculture Design Course on Friday evenings and Saturdays, fortnightly from Friday 13 May to Saturday 27 August (excluding the long weekend). This is a great opportunity for those who… Read More

  • 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

  • Permaculture Teacher Training at Applewood, UK

    “Change can come from anywhere and happen very fast, come be part of the solution on the side of life.” – Rosemary Morrow It was a historic day in the beautiful British countryside surrounding by endless rolling grassy… Read More

  • Launch of Advanced Permaculture Course in Community Disaster Mitigation

    “Preparedness is always better than Response.” A course for disaster mitigation for communities has been developed at an IPC 12 Edge Event at the Sustainability Centre at Petersfield in the United Kingdom.

  • 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

  • Permaculture Outcomes

    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

VALE LIZ SOUTER

Liz Souter was among the first permaculturists in the world and lived in Ballarat. She attended one of the earliest PDCs given by Bill Mollison who was inspirational and so Liz, fired up by the course, returned to her home at Gracefields Road where she and John, and their three children lived on a small acreage.

Liz Souter was one of the few people mentioned by name in Bill’s ‘ Manual’ and he admired her design work and often referred to it. After her PDC Liz started to live an integral permaculture life and continued until her death to design, and innovate according to permaculture design principles. She lived one of the most ethical lives without really talking about it. Right livelihood was a way of living for Liz. She told me recently that she hadn’t used soaps in her washing machine for 20 years. She always appeared wearing clean, casual, un-ironed clothes.

She grew food abundantly, gave it away and bottled it. She had a cart and used to attend Ballarat markets selling herbs from it. Liz was not only a permaculture plantswoman. She had an eye and instinct for design and the family home and land should really have been preserved for the nation as an early and beautiful permaculture property.

She was an artist and her vocation was basket making. Her home with its long water pond and flagstone floor for soaking reeds, then working with them before the fire in winter, reflected this. She studied baskets from Africa and China. Yet she had her own style. Her baskets are now in museums and galleries in various states in Australia. She taught basket making for years and also began to make her own books and always her own cards. To receive a card from Liz was to receive an art work. She kept detailed diaries and perhaps, one day, we will be able to know what she felt and thought about living a permaculture life with such style and panache.

She carried a sense of upmost gratitude for her life in Australia, in Ballarat for her family and community and although, like all of us, her life presented challenges, she maintained thankfulness for all experiences even seeing the difficulties as enriching.

We have lost one of permaculture's most lovely and exemplary pioneers in Liz Souter.

Travel on well, my friend, Vale Liz.

love Rowe
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VALE LIZ SOUTER

Liz Souter was among the first permaculturists in the world and lived in Ballarat.   She attended one of the  earliest PDCs given by Bill Mollison who was inspirational and so Liz, fired up by the course, returned to her home at Gracefields Road where she and John, and their three children lived on a small acreage.  

Liz Souter was one of the few people mentioned by name in Bill’s ‘ Manual’ and he admired her design work and often referred to it.   After her PDC Liz started to live an integral permaculture life and continued until her death to design, and innovate according to permaculture design principles.  She lived one of the most ethical lives without really talking about it.  Right livelihood was a way of living for Liz.    She told me recently that she hadn’t used soaps in her washing machine for 20 years.  She always appeared wearing clean, casual, un-ironed clothes.

She grew food abundantly, gave it away and bottled it.  She had a cart and used to attend Ballarat markets selling herbs from it.   Liz was not only a permaculture plantswoman.  She had an eye and instinct for design and the family home and land should really have been preserved for the nation as an early and beautiful permaculture property.  

She was an artist and her vocation was basket making.  Her home with its long water pond and flagstone floor for soaking reeds, then working with them before the fire in winter, reflected this.  She studied baskets from Africa and China.  Yet she had her own style.   Her baskets are now in museums and galleries in various states in Australia.   She taught basket making for years and also began to make her own books and always her own cards.  To receive a card from Liz was to receive an art work.     She kept detailed diaries and perhaps, one day, we will be able to know what she felt and thought about living a permaculture life with such style and panache.

She carried a sense of upmost gratitude for her life in Australia, in Ballarat for her family and community and although, like all of us, her life presented challenges, she maintained thankfulness for all experiences even seeing the difficulties as enriching.

We have lost one of permacultures most lovely and exemplary pioneers in Liz Souter.   

Travel on well, my friend, Vale Liz.

love Rowe

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Donna NeeditBeautiful words for a wonderful life lived so well. 🙏

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Emmanuela PrigioniWould love to see her diaries 💕

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Wesley RoeI am looking for a picture of Liz Souter PC Pioneers who passed away in Oct 2017 - so we can honor her at International Permaculture Convergence - IPC India 2017

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Peta HudsonA life well lived and even in death.

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A new book: "Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life" suggests that it's not only possible to restore soil on a global scale, but that it's feasible to do so remarkably fast; Barcelona residents have pushed back against the power of finance capital in defence of their own needs; and "acequias", an ancient form of community water management, are helping to resist the flow of water toward corporations in New Mexico and Colorado.

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A new book: Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life suggests that its not only possible to restore soil on a global scale, but that its feasible to do so remarkably fast; Barcelona residents have pushed back against the power of finance capital in defence of their own needs; and acequias, an ancient form of community water management, are helping to resist the flow of water toward corporations in New Mexico and Colorado.

These stories and more in todays Solutions Digest:
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Rowe Morrow accepting her Advance Global Australians. award for services to agriculture last night at the Art Gallery of NSW.

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Peta HudsonThank you. So very good to see her receiving this!

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This is a valuable and rare opportunity to hear an overview of permaculture projects around the world. Eunice Neves, from Portugal, spent 15 months with permaculture pioneers and researching permaculture practices internationally, and she'll be in Lawson tomorrow night to give a presentation about what she's learnt.

There is a community dinner at 6.30pm followed by her talk at 7.30pm. Very highly recommended!
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This is a valuable and rare opportunity to hear an overview of permaculture projects around the world. Eunice Neves, from Portugal, spent 15 months with permaculture pioneers and researching permaculture practices internationally, and shell be in Lawson tomorrow night to give a presentation about what shes learnt. 

There is a community dinner at 6.30pm followed by her talk at  7.30pm. Very highly recommended!

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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Permaculture Design Course: 17 March – 13 May, 2017

The Blue Mountains Permaculture Institute will be running a Permaculture Design Course on Friday evenings and Saturdays, weekly from Friday 17 March to Saturday 13 May (excluding Easter). This is a great opportunity for those who would like to take the time… Read More

Learn More

Permaculture in Precarious Places: 13-19 April 2017, Blue Mountains

A 6 day workshop for permaculturalists wishing to work in challenging environments such as refugee camps, remote communities, disaster zones, low income countries and areas of conflict.

Learn More

Permaculture Teacher Training: Blue Mountains, 20-26 January 2017

Join Rowe Morrow and Lis Bastian for an intensive Permaculture Teacher Training Course in the World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains.

Learn 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.

Learn More