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Learn Hands – On With Geoff Lawton

Start the New Year off the right way, when you begin designing your way to abundance. If you’ve always dreamed of creating your own permaculture operation, but never really had the skills to pull it all together, you can take advantage of a limited opportunity to learn hands-on, in-person with the world-renowned permaculture expert, Geoff Lawton. For nearly two weeks, you’ll live, eat and breath the permaculture lifestyle, as you gain the necessary skills to implement permaculture in your own life, and spread these valuable practices to those around you.

Starting in January, the Permaculture Research Institute based in The Channon, New South Wales, will be hosting a permaculture design certificate course, Jan. 2-Jan. 13. The intensive training session will give you all the tools you need to create a permaculture operation that you can be proud of, using valuable skills and knowledge to turn any space, from a backyard to acres of farmland, into an abundant and viable ecosystem that benefits both people and the planet. It’s all based on the late great Bill Mollison’s Permaculture Designers’ Manual, with courses taught in-person by one of Mollison’s most successful pupils, Geoff Lawton.

The course will immerse you into the world of permaculture, encompassing every area of this exciting new way of living. Learn about not only agriculture, but also about energy sustainability, natural construction, waste management, animal systems and even economics. This is the course that has provided much-needed skills to thousands of permaculture enthusiasts all over the world, the same people who are now influencing others with their thorough knowledge. They are not only permaculture operators, but educators, activists and game-changers. No matter what kind of climate or landscape you live in, no matter the amount of land you have to work with, you’ll walk away inspired and qualified, to take on permaculture issues such as food production, energy conservation, home design and more.


The course schedule is intense, and not for the unenthused. With four classes throughout the day, you’ll cover so many important subjects within the all-encompassing topic of permaculture. However, our courses would be nothing without the amazing and influential figures leading them. Geoff Lawton is the main instructor for this round of courses, passing on valuable knowledge that he himself gleaned from the same, original course taught by Bill Mollison in 1983. Since, Geoff has acquired an impressive amount of experience and accolades in the world of permaculture. He has taught thousands of individuals over almost 50 countries and six continents, instructing everyone from private homeowners to government organizations. Geoff is thoroughly considered “the real deal,” when it comes to permaculture. He and his family live on-site, where you’ll be learning, and is the founder of Australia’s Permaculture Research Institute. It’s easy to see why interested permaculturalists are flocking to this course, to learn from the number one permaculture expert in the world himself.

Damien Bohler, Co-teacher.
Damien Bohler, Co-teacher.

Assisting Geoff in the course is Damien Bohler, who studied under Geoff more than a decade ago in Thailand. Now, Damien is the internship program manager at Zaytuna Farm, Geoff’s model farm, home and the permaculture training facility. Damien is only one of many passionate staff members, most of which live and teach at the farm alongside Geoff.

Those interested in Zaytuna Farm will be happy to learn that the course actually takes place there, giving students a first-hand look at how a successful permaculture operation ought to work and run. Courses frequently include learning from the farm’s various systems and innovative processes, which it boasts in the permaculture sub-fields of water harvesting, food production and animal husbandry.

Currently, Zaytuna Farm fits about 45 individuals on its 66-acre property along Terania Creek. This idyllic setting is the perfect spot to fully immerse yourself in learning the permaculture lifestyle, without your normal, outside distractions. The diverse landscape is filled with swimming holes, wildlife, forests, ridges and valleys. Students who visit the farm additionally have the chance to work hands-on during the daily farming duties.

If you know for sure this is one experience that you won’t want to miss in the coming year, don’t waste another minute waiting to join this exciting program, designed to outfit you with the skills and knowledge you need to fully embrace the permaculture lifestyle. Included in course fees are all your classes; the 576-page Permaculture Designer’s Manual, written by the Father of Permaculture Bill Mollison; recognition of course completion; camping accommodations; all meals, including afternoon tea; after-hours internet access; and full access to an abundance of real-life permaculture examples and experiences. Graduates also have access to the Global Permaculture Network, a database of permaculture educators, consultants and practitioners from around the world. Course fees additionally off-set the cost of teaching permaculture practices in developing countries.

Start designing your way to abundance in 2017, with the Peramculture Design Certificate Course led by Geoff Lawton at Zaytuna Farm.

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The Permaculture Research Insitute

PRI Zaytuna Farm functions as a model farm (in development) and permaculture training facility. Geoff and Nadia Lawton, world-renowned permaculture educators and consultants, lead the project. Much of Geoff and Nadia’s time over the last few years has been spent away from the Institute, consulting and helping set up projects in diverse locales around the world. Seeing the worldwide demand for knowledgeable permaculture consultants and teachers increase exponentially, as fuel and fertiliser prices skyrocket and the effects of climate change, soil depletion and water shortages begin to hit hard, priority and focus is now shifting back to the Institute, where growing the training program will increase the output of quality teachers to help fill the growing need for them.


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