Permaculture; “The revolution disguised as organic gardening.”
“Popularly seen as a ‘cool’ form of organic gardening, permaculture could be better described as a design system for resilient living and land use based on universal ethics and ecological design principles. Although the primary focus of permaculture has been the redesign of gardening, farming, animal husbandry and forestry, the same ethics and principles apply to design of buildings, tools and technology. Applying permaculture ethics and principles in our gardens and homes inevitably leads us towards redesigning our ways of living so as to be more in tune with local surpluses and limits.
Permaculture is also a global movement of individuals, groups and networks working to create the world we want, by providing for our needs and organising our lives in harmony with nature. The movement is active in the most privileged and the most destitute communities and countries. Permaculture may be Australia’s most significant export for humanity facing a world of limits.from Permaculture’s co-originator, David Holmgren’s latest book RetroSuburbia
Djaning co founders Fionn and Laura teach the full 2 week, 72 hour face to face Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course at the Krishna Village Eco Yoga Retreat in Eungella, Northern NSW.
Fitting with the surrounds, Fionn and Laura’s philosophy of non-violence, interdependency, interbeing and a desire for deeper connectivity socially and environmentally guides the course itself.
The aim of the course is to enable you to feel comfortable designing any landscape into abundance, leaving you with a feeling of competence and having the certification to begin your permaculture inspired life in ernest.
Laura was born on a spring day in the newly budding suburbs of Southern England. Some of her fondest memories are of mountaineering adventures with her family, and all the days and nights spent adventuring in the nearby Alice Holt forest.
Laura studied fine art at UCA, Surrey, and has worked in as diverse positions as chocolatier, painter and decorator, therapist, gardener, councelor, artist, teacher and designer.
One of her more obvious introductions to the ecological aspects of the permaculture concept came when working in a remote village in the Western Ghats of Tamil Nadu, India. Being shown, and tasting, the layers of this tropical forest garden or ‘food forest’ was a key point in her beginning the process of what is now a full time passion and occupation. One that is now moving beyond the physical and sensory aspects of a forest of food, to the emotional and sociological landscape of us all.
Laura has trained with many of the worlds leading permaculture, nature connection and nature philosophy practitioners and pioneers. Laura digs hand drawn designs, community development, and the internal landscape. She walks the walk and directly applies the internal and external landscape design factions of what she teaches.
Fionn was born in Sydney, though promptly moved from Australia’s largest city and earned his first memories on a 10,000 acre sheep farm in central West New South Wales. Upon gaining a taste a for wide open semi-arid spaces, he and his family moved to the Northern Rivers of NSW, to a 72 acre ‘hobby farm’, where most of his days were spent tending to cattle, regenerating rainforest with his father or skipping school to go surfing.
Fionn holds a Bachelors Degree in Music, a Graduate Diploma in Education, a Masters Degree in International Development and is about to complete his Permaculture diploma.
Fionn has worked as an adult educator in sustainable community development organisations the world over, namely India, Ghana and Cambodia, where he met Laura.
Many years of ongoing participation in civil disobedience movements, deep investigation through sociological and ecological lens led Fionn to permaculture, feeling it the only positivistic, solutions based concept that made sense.
Upon ‘discovering’ permaculture for himself he has hit the ground running, studying and teaching alongside many of the movements best known characters. A combination of the practical philosophies of Masanobu Fukuoka, Murray Bookchin and David Holmgren have been paramount in his development as a teacher, philosopher and permaculture practitioner.
If you feel you’d like to spend two weeks in gorgeous surrounds, with Fionn and Laura taking you on a trip to be remembered click here to be redirected to the Krishna Village retreat page for more details.
We look forward to seeing you there.