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Geoff Lawton’s Permaculture Masterclass – 5 Acre Abundance on a Budget!

Geoff Lawton, with Zaytuna Farm behind (upper left).

I’ve been staggered by the reaction to my latest video I put up on the weekend; Permaculture Masterclass – 5 Acre Abundance on a Budget!. Over 500 comments, with most people telling me it’s my best video yet.

If you haven’t seen it, check it out. We hit the design wall on a 5 acre cow paddock and redesigned it with 7 dams and a huge food forest system for under $20 thousand.

Most people couldn’t believe what can be done on the small scale.

Watch it now!


Geoff Lawton

Geoff Lawton is a world renowned Permaculture consultant, designer and teacher. He first took his Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course in 1983 with Bill Mollison the founder of Permaculture. Geoff has undertaken thousands of jobs teaching, consulting, designing, administering and implementing, in 6 continents and close to 50 countries around the world. Clients have included private individuals, groups, communities, governments, aid organizations, non-government organisations and multinational companies under the not-for-profit organisation. In 1996 Geoff was accredited with the Permaculture Community Services Award by the Permaculture movement for services in Australia and around the world. Geoff's official website is GeoffLawtonOnline.com. Geoff's Facebook profile can be found here.


  1. does geoff offer permaculture course,,if so where when ,,prices etc,,just amazing stuff i must learn it,,,,regards Mike

  2. Hi Mike – yes, Geoff teaches regularly. Please see the ‘Courses’ tab on the navigation panel above.

  3. Hi, Where can I get a copy of Permaculture Designer (magazine?)? I’m really interested in reading this article. Thanks for this.

  4. A well designed, practical, excellent tools, cost effective, brilliant teaching plan and paying it forward model that I will continue to study and check on the website. Thank you Geoff Lawton and Team. Very interesting!


  5. I agree Geoff, amongst a whole range of inspiring videos, this is your best video yet, or perhaps I have made myself ready to understand the message, but it is most inspiring and I now look forward to obtaining some small acres. It is the simplicity of the water holding system that is so striking. I am of the opinion that you should be employed across the land directing earth moving machinery to build resilience into the landscape. The fact that our govt does not employ people such as your self is a whole other story but wouldn’t it be brilliant? To see the landscape restored and with inbuilt resilience. The thing is, you and others have proved that this can be done. As Mollison says, take note of what people do, not what they say, and I take note of what you do Geoff.

  6. I saw the first video when I signed up.
    I’m having trouble getting this new video to play and I believe the last one if there was one in between.
    after I enable javascript using noscript, it says “file not found”. Anybody else have this issue and figure out how to watch the vid? I’m using firefox and have the latest flash.

  7. There are 3 titles make sure you click on the one you want to watch.




  8. Also can’t view the video. Can’t download the pdf that is shown either.. please help? Need to see this. thanks so much.

  9. Dear Geoff and friends,
    Would you consider adding captions to your key videos?
    Passionate deaf permie designer here who is so often disappointed to miss out on good stuff like this!
    Amara.org offers free captioning >> https://www.amara.org/en/.
    And translation into other languages for good causes!!
    p.s. Captions also help viewers who struggle to follow the dialogue when English is not their native language.

  10. “Please try using the latest version of explorer some people have problems with Firefox, Please try again with downloading the PDF. There was a glitch with the PDF last night but its working again now.”

  11. Have you taken all these videos down? Wanted my brother-in-law to watch them but the link now goes to the online course.

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