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PERMACULTURE DESIGN COURSE: 10 AUGUST – 29 SEPTEMBER, 2018

The Blue Mountains Permaculture Institute will be running a Permaculture Design Course in Bathurst, NSW on Friday evenings and Saturdays, weekly from Friday 10 August to Saturday 29 September, 2018. Permaculture is a regenerative systems design strategy for building environmental, social and economic resilience to create a better future for everyone. This is a great opportunity for those who would like to take the time to fully absorb and integrate permaculture ethics, principles and design strategies, and offers a pathway to completing the internationally recognised course around other work or family commitments. (see contents of curriculum below) Read More

PERMACULTURE TEACHER TRAINING: BLUE MOUNTAINS, 15-21 JUNE 2018

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

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 Mahboba’s Promise.

Click on this link to read the report:

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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, sheer slopes, flash floods and permaculture.”

“The focus of permaculture on countries and districts in the Himalayas is critically important even if only to stay or buffer the worst of global warming and the worst of climate change outcomes.

Bhutan is an excellent model for the region with its commitment to the environment and 72% of natural forests in tact. The organic farmers were knowledgeable and supportive in sharing their experiences which could stand for the other countries and provinces. It was invaluable to have their participation. They were confirmed in the positive directions their government has taken when they heard stories from other regions. 

Ladakhis were pleased to tell their government has committed to a clean, green district although it is not fully functioning yet.

The PDC curriculum is challenged by melting glaciers and rising temperatures in these vulnerable and finely tuned ecosystems.   It also continues to be valuable in giving people knowledge to act appropriately and effectively to save lives and landscapes.

  • Where temperatures are not too low, many solutions lie in ‘restoring forests’ of relevant types from low scrubby to taller coniferous.
  • The permaculture approach of water harvesting in a multitude of small catchments and working with watersheds will be critical in the short term and yet has a large labour and cost component. Without these,  people need to start leaving the regions now.
  • Incomes are naturally a major preoccupation and new sources, or greater stability of older ones, needs thoughtful consideration. Meeting human needs within the region is traditional and could be widened and reinforced.
  • Integrated design for colonies and urban suburbs is a permaculture focus which is increasingly required because cities are more congested and polluted. 

Read the full report here

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. Read 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. Read 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: 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 guide to assist holders of a PDC to become effective and inspiring teachers. We look forward to them training the next generation of permaculture practitioners. 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. 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 its original goal), thanks to 145 generous contributors from around the world. The additional money raised is now funding a project in the Solomon Islands to assist communities affected by rising seas and climate disasters. 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 warrant possible Commonwealth involvement. 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 to bring written materials to equatorial  ecosystems where the country had been devastated, and where many farmers were illiterate. Here, he minutely documents the work with its ups and downs. He explains what it took to produce a manual, posters and other materials.    If you are considering producing materials from budget to editing, then there is much to learn from Lachie’s report for his diploma.  Read on …

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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 preceding the project design and implementation. This project had a surprising outcome. The article is somewhat of a model for designing projects and being ready for unusual outcomes.

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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’ understanding of physics concepts when the information was conveyed by  lectures, or, with more student involvement. Read More