Living in the Future began as an exploration of community and low impact living through film. In 2005, Living in the Future’s director, Helen iles, made a series of 12 programs about the history of ecovillage development in the UK which turned into a 50 minute film Ecovillage Pioneers selling 10,000 copies around the world. In 2013 a sequal DVD was released telling the story of Lammas ecovillage in Wales and their long struggle to gain planning permission . Living in the Future is Helen’s latest film project, where she travels the world visiting successful communities and low impact development and living. This journey brought her to Djanbung Gardens in 2013, to film us as the subject of Living in the Future Episode 54 Djanbung Gardens.
Helen iles writes “Djanbung Gardens is an international permaculture centre in the Nimbin valley of northern NSW, Australia. It was designed and founded by permaculture pioneer, Robyn Francis, who teaches permaculture, earth stewardship and sustainable practices.
Robyn Francis is busy, that much is clear, and she flits around the lush green site. I watch her teaching volunteers and students how to harvest bamboo for building, oversee the current permaculture course and liaise with her daughter, who has recently moved from Melbourne to cook for the centre.
But Robyn still makes time to give me a guided tour, a lengthy interview on principles of community building and she also takes me around the neighbouring intentional community – Jarlanbah Permaculture Hamlet
She tells me about the development of Djanbung Gardens, which is named for the spirit of platypus – one of Australia’s most intriguing and elusive creatures. Robyn is also knowledgeable about community building, collaborative decision making and conflict resolution, which was useful research for the new Living in the Future documentary about how we live together in community.
Enjoy the sights and sounds of a vibrant, holistic garden, which demonstrates the full circle of nature conservation on one small plot in Northern New South Wales.”