Great news happening from the Central Coast! Permaculture education is now compatible with school engagements!
We’ve retrofitted the PDC programme so that parents and carers can snugly fit a PDC within their school duties of dropping off and picking up children.
“We’re very excited about this new format as it enables mums, dads, grand-parents as well as shift-workers to access permaculture education in a safe, engaging, affordable and stress-less way.”
Rosemary Morrow will teach alongside permaculture educators (and mums!) Paula Paananen from Options Disability Support and Alexia Martinez from Terra Permaculture.
It will run every Friday from 2 May to 14 November (no class during school holidays) from 10am to 2pm.
A Saturday option (full day) is also available from 3 May to 16 August and will run from 9am to 5pm.
These two courses will take place at the Common Ground Gardens which have been established by and for young adults with a disability living on the Central Coast. The gardens provide an ideal setting for building community and practical learning.
Hope you can join us in our efforts to promote and expand permaculture knowledge to families and carers of children.
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[styled_image w=”400″ h=”300″ lightbox=”yes” image=”http://www.permacultureaustralia.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/robina.jpg” align=”right”]New Zealander, Robina Mc Curdy, has a diverse and busy background in sustainability.
In 1995, she ran a three day course in working with permaculture in schools, immediately prior to the national Permaculture Convergence in Adelaide.
In building on the earlier work of Carolyn Nuttall (author, ‘The Children’s Food Forest’) and that of Black Forest primary in Adelaide, Robina’s workshop launched permaculture into this new area. Later, Robina worked in South Africa, in a rural dryland region and in a squatter settlement in Capetown, again with schools as well as with wider communities.
She has taught permaculture related topics in Brazil and the USA as well as in Australia. The mid-1990s saw her launch a year-long training program in organics and permaculture – Planet Organic – in her homeland, New Zealand. Robina has returned to Tui Community, the intentional community she has long been a member of.
The origins of permaculture can be traced to the book, ‘Permaculture One’, authored by David Holmgren and Bill Mollison in 1978.
After its release, David put his energy into developing his rural smallholding – Melliodora, at Hepburn, Victoria – into a model of permaculture landuse design and into developing his consultancy, Holmgren Design Services. Later, he started teaching the Permaculture Design Certificate there, which he continues to do.
Author of several books on permaculture, David has emerged over recent times as perhaps the leading commentator of the design system he helped create, a role accelerated by the release of ‘Permaculture – Pathways Beyond Sustainability’.
The book is a major thought piece regarded as the equivalent of Bill Mollison’s ‘Permaculture – A Designer’s Manual’ (1988). David’s public profile as a commentator on sustainability was improved by his 2006 tour with US peak oil campaigner, Richard Heinberg.
Also building his profile have been appearances on ABC television and radio, which have been enhanced by his considered, factual style of presentation. More about David: http://www.holmgren.com.au
Sydney resident, Damian Lynch, pioneered the ethical investment industry in Australia in the 1980s with his company, August Investments. At that time, the company had an office at the Permaculture Epicentre in Enmore. Damien set up Ecoforest Pty Ltd in the late 1990s, a forestry investment company with a mixed hardwood plantation in the Hunter region.
Damien was originally inspired by Bill Mollison and went on to complete a Permaculture Design Course (PDC). He taught the economics components of the Pacific Edge PDC in the late 1990s. Damien’s gift to permaculture and sustainability has been to show that we can all use our money towards sustainable ends.
For many years, Ted Trainer has taught limits to growth at UNSW.
His book, ‘Abandon Affluence’, offered a critique of overconsumption many years before the idea became popular. Ted has influenced many and his Pigface Point property in Sydney has served as an educational venue for students of his university course as well as for permaculture people.