Wow… we're online at last!


Story by Ross Mars, convenor of APC13

And now you can follow us as we invent the thirteenth Australasian Permaculture Convergence — APC13 in Perth, Western Australia.
We’re going to add new information as it becomes available, including how to register to attend this event that will bring together permaculture practitioners from across the country.
You can already apply to register a workshop and we’ll soon be posting info on courses and tours.
So… what are you waiting for? Click… read… think… plan — and we’ll see you in 2016.
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Update 23 December 2015…

You can now register and subscribe to the APC13 News and Updates. At least subscribe then you can be sent relevant info as it comes to hand. Please also join up on our facebook group, as we intend to post regular info about the program of events.
While you can register you can’t finish by paying for things such as the convergence, tours and courses. We are still sorting out the payment gateway and hope to resolve soon.
The website now has some info about the four different tours on offer, as well as the various courses before and after. We are not offering a PDC beforehand, as part of the formal APC13 program, and would encourage everyone to attend a local one in their own state or region. However, Greg Knibbs is organising one just before, in case overseas visitors need to do PDC.
You can now send in your abstracts should you wish to present. The guidelines and deadlines are listed on website.
We are looking at presenters and workshops for the public open day on Sunday (The Expo). If you have suggestions or can run a hands-on workshop please let us know.
There is an early-bird registration (end June). If anyone has words of inspiration please send them along to me to add to the fantastic statements already on website.
Hope everyone has a safe and wonderful Xmas and New Year.
Kind regards,
Dr Ross Mars. Wastewater specialist. Permaculture Teacher, Author, Designer
Water Installations Pty Ltd,  — Greywater Reuse Systems
Candlelight Farm Permaculture Centre 
Mundaring Ecostay
Red Planet Plants

Carbon offset – funding available for projects


Story by Ross Mars, Perth, October 2015

Air travel is recognised as one of the highest producers of carbon dioxide, and so contributes significantly to an individual’s greenhouse gas emissions. Most airlines offer customers a chance (and choice) to pay a little more to offset their travel. Unfortunately most people seem to ignore this offer and I also suspect the (small) cost increase in an airfare is really well below the true cost.
While it would be great if all permaculture practitioners automatically considered accepting the carbon offset addition to a fare, it may not be possible to do so for a large number of reasons. While all such schemes are registered by the Australian Government and the funds raised are given to legitimate organisations for tree planting and other endeavours, Perth is considering donating part of a participant’s Convergence fee to local organisations to enable worthwhile food-based and other revegetation projects to be funded.

Applications are invited…

Applications are invited for consideration for any planting schemes that require funding.
Please write and submit:

  • a short description of your project
  • outcomes expected
  • funds sought and timeline for implementation.

Your proposal should be submitted before June 30, 2016 to…

You can go online and find any number of calculators to work out the carbon produced by travel from one city to another and to also give you some estimate of cost. We intend finding ways in which we can reduce everyone’s carbon footprint to attend the Convergence in Perth October 2016.
Won’t you join us?

Stories from around the world – international permaculture convergence

Thanks to Ian Lillington for sharing — a nice 5 min grab from the IPC people…

Filmed at the 12th International Permaculture Convergence, where people from over 70 countries came together. Thank you very much to all the people interviewed. Visit the IPCUK’s YouTube channel and see their playlists for great content from the convergence and the conference. Many thanks to Jacob Redman and Ana Sany, producers of this video.

Postcard from IPCUK


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Story by April Sampson-Kelly, 27 October 2015

Recently, we went to IPC UK – International Permaculture Conference and Convergence in London.
I have been going to Permaculture Conferences since 1996 and they are a great chance to glean new ideas and get a sense of where the movement is headed.  This conference had a bright confident atmosphere and there was a deep sense of maturity and belonging at the convergence.
Congratulations to Permaculture UK – the hosting association was strong, purposeful, empowered and well-organised with great teams and buckets of enthusiasm.

Great cultural icons

What I loved most about this conference was the was bright and tangible cultural flavour.  Of course, the meetings were openly welcome for all the international delegates, but always there was a lovely English cultural flavour.
There was a touching sense of pride and value in:

  • Native foods (such as apples, berries, cider, beer, sandwiches, cheeses).
  • Traditional folklore such as wreaths for crowning the hard-working, well deserving volunteers, and traditions such as natural plant dyes.
  • Epping forest, London IPCUK delegates from Africa and Hong Kong marvel at the abundant wild food in a major city.

    Epping forest, London IPCUK delegates from Africa and Hong Kong marvel at the abundant wild food in a major city.

    The Arts – theatre, poerty and song.  Three Acres and a Cow did a fantastic play that mentioned the clearances and sang about the value of people versus the land. This made me surprisingly sad because I am descended from people those very same people who were undervalued and shipped off.  Later, as I left the English Autumn, I remember how blessed I am that my people landed in a rich and creative culture.
    I really enjoyed the magical personal and fun session by Charlie Mgee, so proud of you and pleased our little crowdfunding donation was very well spent!!
  • Local history was honoured. Even the venues were of cultural significance.
    The Conference venue [The Quakers Friends house] is an old English Society that has changed the notion of peace around the world.
    The Convergence venue [The World Scout Headquarters] is also an English international movement and has taught many young people world-wide life skills (including myself).
    We enjoyed a guided talk through Epping forest by permaculture teacher, Richard Webb. It was great to see these cultural icons. (people, traditions and places)

A clear future for the permaculture movement

Keri Chiveralls is heading up the first Permaculture Graduate Diploma with world-wide recognition.

Keri Chiveralls is heading up the first Permaculture Graduate Diploma with world-wide recognition.

Since the last Permaculture International a lot of social aspects of the movement have been addressed. The movement is getting more skilled at finding the balance between people care and earth care.
We are seeing a lot of strategies that were once touted as alternative-living or hippy practices (composting, solar power, growing your own food, supporting local markets, fixing things and having a go at doing-it-yourself) are now recognised as common-sense and even good business strategies.
There is a huge passion in building scientific based research and a world-wide scientific research community to investigate, document and publish findings.
There is also incredible growth in permaculture education at university level (The new Permaculture Design and Sustainability Program at CQUniversity looks very exciting).
The eductation and training for young people is also growing (including the fantastic energy from Charlie Mgee).
Finally, the most promising development for me was the emergence of co-operation overcoming the competitive corporate thinking that rules most of the western world and building a new community of resilient, intellectual harmony.

Co-operation on the world-wide permaculture stage


April and Wes Trotman discussing the value of getting together at International Conferences and Convergences.

The Next-Big-Step project got hundreds delegates together listening to one another and talking about their passion and challenges and we saw the beginning of a plan to bring permaculture together as truly cohesive and aware  — documenting one another’s projects:

  • successes
  • failures
  • goals and
  • well-researched movement.

This Convergence demonstrated the incredible potential of co-operative projects rather than competitive permaculture.  Competitive behaviours sometimes rear their ugly heads in permaculture.
This is all part of a democratic, empowered society.
It was a joy to see the maturity of a movement that can sit together and learn from one another regardless of how famous or successful each individual has become.

Presentations at APC13

Submissions are now open for presentations, workshops and specific sessions during APC13. You are invited to submit a half to one page abstract of your presentation outline for consideration. A selection panel will review all submissions and chose those that will complement each other and provide a balance, depth and spread to discussion on the themes of the convergence.

Theme: Designing for resilience

The overall theme for APC13 is Designing for Resilience, but a number of sub-themes as headings for concurrent sessions have also been mooted and include:

  • design
  • resilience,
  • best practice
  • tools and techniques
  • leadership
  • community
  • research
  • education
  • future possibilities.

Important dates and guidelines for submissions

  1. Submissions of abstracts by May 31, 2016.
  2. Notification of acceptance by June 10, 2016.
  3. Presentations should be 30-45 minutes, with final time determined once all submissions provided and the timetable can be developed.
  4. A number of workshops are planned for the open-to-public Expo on Sunday October 2. You are invited to offer to run a hands-on workshop on some aspect of permaculture practice. Your session should be informative and engaging, as we anticipate people with little permaculture background may attend.
  5. Your presentation and final submissions of full paper will only be accepted from participants who have formally enrolled in the convergence.
  6. Your full paper or presentation or workshop outline and outcomes must be submitted by August 31, 2016 to enable all presentations to be published and made available to participants at APC13.
  7. Deadlines will be strictly adhered to.

Let’s all make this convergence a resounding success by supporting our endeavours to provide a full and varied program.

Email your abstract by May 31, 2016 to…


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