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Permaculture’s Origin Story: Mollison’s PDM. Oh, and Nature

The last video  of the 4-part Permaculture Masterclass series is now complete with this 40-minute video titled “Permaculture’s Origin Story: Mollison —and Nature.”

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This one is special to me for two reasons: First is that I talk about Bill (Mollison) — the “Father of Permaculture,” my teacher, and above all, my friend. Bill passed away in 2016, but his continued impact on the world is mind-boggling.

Talking about Bill automatically puts me in a reflective mood; some of that was captured for this film. Secondly, although I love the theory and stories “about” permaculture, my greatest interest is actually DOING it. And this fourth and final video shows plenty of doing. 

It also connects the doing to the framework and instruction, i.e. how what we teach and learn in the classroom in a PDC course translates into phenomenal real-world results.

p.s. Also, check out the enormous 750-node Permaculture Mind-map (PMM) that accompanies the video.

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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 Geoff's Facebook profile can be found here.


  1. Hello I am trying to understand if I should integrate two plants in my yard that seem to take over and shut out the growth of other plants. One is a native pink sweet pea and the other is saint Augustine grass. I live in Oakland California. I am interested in improving my soil quality – I have a double lot and bees and four chickens….

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