Permaculture Stories – Permaculture Haven

Permaculture Stories – Permaculture Haven

  1. What is your background with permaculture and how did it lead to the creation of Permaculture Haven?

Both of us (Sebastian and Ewa) while growing up in Europe, were helping our parents and grand-parents in the gardens, sewing, planting, harvesting and processing food, using composting toilet, re-using, re-purposing and repairing anything and everything. We were learning and implementing natural gardening and farming a long time before we heard about the permaculture movement specifically. (more…)

Permaculture Stories – George Gilmour

George Gilmour

PA member George Gilmour describes his experience with permaculture succinctly: “it has changed the way I look at everything”. Since his PDC in 2017, he has been working on his site, One Tree Reach, in Gunderman NSW, overlooking the Hawksbury River, and applying permaculture principles to its challenging 16-22˚ slope. (more…)

Permaculture teacher training – Hannah Moloney, Good Life Permaculture and Brenna Quinlan

Hannah Moloney and Brenna Quinlan

Two of our PA members, Hannah Moloney and Brenna Quinlan have just finished teaching an intensive Permaculture Teacher training in Hobart in October 2019. Thirteen newly trained and inspired participants spent six days receiving a game-changing toolkit to use in the classroom (and life in general). This included tools on how to communicate clearly and confidentially with a group of people and deliver engaging teaching without using powerpoint. (more…)

Permaculture stories – Meg McGowan

PA member Meg McGowan does a bit of everything. Author, artist, designer and coach is the best way to pin it down. Meg’s approach to teaching and living permaculture focuses on the three principles of earth care, people care, fair share and her primary goal is to find ways to get more permaculture happening on the ground.

Meg and her husband, Graham King, have developed a model they call “Permashare”, where students trade helping in the garden for learning. Courses range from introductory courses to a full Permaculture Design Course, all available without money changing hands. The model ensures that permaculture knowledge is accessible to everyone, and is based around a one-for-one calculation: an hour of training is paid for with an hour of labour. Students are learning equally in the classroom and the garden (some believe they should be paying for the gardening days as well!). This alternative to the mainstream economy is a social permaculture venture. (more…)