A Chance to Dig For Permaculture Gold in Tasmania With Ringo (Earthworks Courses, February 2015)

I first met Paul ‘Ringo’ Kean sometime during the early portion of 2009 while staying at Zaytuna Farm. That year, we had the good fortune of being given the opportunity to take a number of courses being offered with both Geoff Lawton and Paul Taylor as instructors.

From my time becoming acquainted with Ringo – and in particular, his professional background working as an earthmover in the mining industry – I could immediately recognize that he had a very unique and valuable skill set to put to use as a permaculture designer and field operator. Earthworks as applied within the confines of permaculture as a practical pursuit is one of the topics most people who have taken a design course find most challenging – both large and small scale. There is certainly a technical aspect of this specific facet of the design system many people are uncomfortable with or (at the very least) aren’t terribly confident in implementing. One would think any chance given to develop improved hands-on understanding of how to more effectively utilize earthmoving technologies – and potential work capacity they represent – would be very welcome.

That opportunity is now provided through a series of courses being given at Ringo’s Tiger Hill Farm in Buckland, Tasmania this upcoming February 2015. I’m quite confident in saying that it would be difficult to find someone better able to share the combination of field experience Ringo has to offer within this course.

Click here to find out more and to register!

Rhamis Kent

Rhamis Kent is a consultant with formal training in mechanical engineering (University of Delaware, B.S.M.E. '95) and permaculture-based regenerative whole systems design. He has previously worked for the renowned American inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen at DEKA Research & Development, with subsequent engineering work ranging from medical device research and development to aerospace oriented mechanical design. After taking an interest in the design science of Permaculture, he sought extended training with permaculture expert and educator Geoff Lawton at the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia. This led to his involvement with design work connected to the development of Masdar City in UAE after Mr. Lawton and his consulting company (Permaculture Sustainable Consultancy Pty. Ltd.) were contracted by AECOM/EDAW to identify solutions which fit the challenging zero emissions/carbon neutral design constraint of the project.


  1. G’day Rhamis,

    thanks for your ongoing support for my work and the project. There is certainly a buzz of interest happening thus far and with that a fantastic opportunity to to get involved in a unique experience. We need more people out there with these and reforming skills.

    Thanks mate,

    Paul (Ringo)

  2. Hey, Ringo

    Absolutely – I couldn’t agree with you more. As soon as I get a chance, I’ll shoot down to your place.

    1. Hi Daniel,

      sorry for the late response. The course is advertised on the PRI. Option 2 and Intro to Earthwork places are available. Contact me directly if you wish to discuss.

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