‘I have truly lived the Permaculture Life at Djanbung Gardens this year.

I have learnt more than I imagined and realised that Permaculture is so much more than just growing food!

This year has been an amazing journey of truly living the Permaculture life and I would like to share with you components of the APT program that have inspired and empowered me.’ – Denis

My journey in Permaculture actually started 6yrs ago in Sydney going to Permaculture Sydney North meetings and volunteering for Permablitz most weekends.  I finally did my 1st PDC in 2010 in Denmark, WA though still felt I wanted more training to really understand the essence of Permaculture so that I can share my knowledge and empower people.

Now with a 2nd PDC under my belt and completing my Certificate IV, I have truly lived the Permaculture Life at Djanbung Gardens this year. I have learnt more than I imagined and realised that Permaculture is so much more than just growing food!

This year has been an amazing journey of truly living the Permaculture life and I would like to share with you components of the APT program that have inspired and empowered me.

My 1st presentation of the permaculture principle 2 “catch and store energy”, put me totally out of my comfort zone and conquered one of my fears, public speaking!

The Advanced design skills enabled me to refine my design skills.

The importance of understanding what a Bioregion is & how it fits in Permaculture, was vital knowledge!

The Growing Abundance and Post Harvest workshops where I learnt a great deal about growing food all year around, and storing and preserving the surplus .

The Bush foods course with Peter Hardwick broadened my knowledge and created awareness of the abundance of diversity of native edible plant food out there.

Open day, planning and presenting  gave me the opportunity and  confidence to  share my knowledge with others . [Photo on right: Denis giving a workshop on compost tea at Open Day, June 2011]

Taking visitors on Garden Tours also boosted my confidence in understanding and being able to explain to people the Permaculture concept.

Bamboo Construction Project- What a challenging and interesting experienced working with the tallest grass in the World . Very rewarding.

Learning about composting toilets and grey water systems. I thought the trip to the Dharmananda community was very empowering.

Biochar workshop- again, learning a new way to improve soil structure and sequester fixed carbon.

With all the sustainability shows and events, I experienced another rise in my confidence talking about Permaculture to the public .!

Doing the sustainable aid course , I have gained skills which will enable me to help the less fortunate   in my home country Mauritius.

All the field trips and excursions. Again, experiencing farmers out there implementing Permaculture principles on there properties were inspiring.

I have learned something from all the visitors and short course students.  And the amazing speakers that came to Djanbung through out the year have all been valuable learning’s for me for my future. People doing amazing things out in the world gives us hope.

Experiencing Robyn’s seasonal Celtic Rituals and Celebrations throughout the year was a bonus!

Robyn’s passion and commitment to teaching is infectious.

My fellow Cert III, IV and diploma friends from each of whom I’ve learnt a great deal about life and community living.

Being privileged and grateful to receive such a quality Permaculture education from a great teacher Robyn Francis.

And finally, my partner Jo who has been a great help and support through the year on my Permaculture journey!

Ohh…and the YUMMY food at Djanbung- WOW!

Denis Madeleine, Dec 2011