Denis Madeleine returned to Sydney after completing the 2 semester Certificate IV in Permaculture, Sustainable Aid and Teacher Training course at Djanbung Gardens last year with a new set of skills and the confidence that he could make a difference.
After completing his first paying jobs as a professional permaculture design consultant in Sydney early this year, he decided to return to his homeland in Mauritius to introduce permaculture there. Throughout his studies at Djanbung he had talked about doing this as his ultimate dream.
Within a few months of arriving in Mauritius, Denis was already busy teaching workshops, consulting, writing srticles and building networks, and has already clocked up an impressive list of achievements. He recently updated the team at Djanbung and fellow students with the following report Oct 8, 2012.
“I would like to share with you my permaculture activities since last May.
I had an article titled ‘Permaculture: The Foundation for Nutritional Security’ published in Lemauricien.com on the 8th May.
9th July, I did my first no-dig workshop at ‘Lemon Tree Cafe’, Mapou.
24th July, I did a 3hr permaculture consultation of a 2 acres property at Deux Bras.
29th July, an article titled ‘ Organic Gardening with Denis Madeleine’ was published in L’Express-dimanche newspaper.
2nd Sept., I did my second no-dig workshop on a private property at Petit Raffray.
12th Sept., I did my 3rd no-dig workshop on a private property at Les Multipliants, Petite Riviere Noire.
13th Sept., I was interviewed for an hr. on national radio , talking about Permaculture in Mauritius.
19th Sept., I did a power pt. presentation of 20 mins. on the topic ‘ Conserving Domestic Energy Needs’ at Mauritius Research Council, Ebene. The presentation was based upon the wider topic ‘Green Building for Great Communities’.
21st Sept., I did my first Berkley composting workshop for the residents of Ruisseau Pourri, Le Morne.
29th Sept., I volunteered cleaning the beautiful island Ile aux Benitiers, off the west coast with the organisation One Future One Planet.
I have also joined SlowfoodMauritius of which I am a committee member. ”
Well done, Denis, and ongoing success with your excellent work.
Stories like Denis’s are why we are here and offer empowering and effective programs through PCA at Djanbung Gardens, training the agents of change and future makers of a better world.
See Denis’s report on his learning ecperience with Permaculture College Australia at Djanbung Gardens