Robyn Francis Europe Tour 2015

Landed in Frankfurt early this morning after a long grueling flight half way round the planet. All my bamboo* carbon credits for flying this year are consumed by this journey, but as with nearly all of my travels over the past 3 decades, this journey has a purpose and will hopefully sequester many times the …

Vernal Restor(y)ation!

Kelly McMenimen writes about a permaculture school project turning a problem site into a beautiful frog  habitat – an inspiring  lesson in small and slow solutions. I feel so good about this newly-regenerated vernal pond!  Many years ago there was a vernal pond behind the school where I work which provided wetland habitat for frogs …

Permaculture rocks in Sydney’s inner west

Michele Margolis is passionate about grassroots urban permaculture, here she updates us on what happening in Sydney’s inner west. Cities are a bit harder than little towns in some ways but easier in others — and there’s plenty going on in Sydney in local communities within the huge Sydney megalopolis. Permaculture West is rocking! Tribes …

Permaculture at Shearwater School

Lauren Jardine writes of her experience following studies at PCA, Djanbung Gardens, putting her new-found knowledge and skills into practice as a volunteer at Shearwater Steiner School. The Journey Continues….. I have always toyed with the idea of being a teacher but never really liked the idea of teaching the curriculum in its most classic …

Macro to Micro: Introducing Eco-Social Matrix

The Eco-Social Matrix (ESM) developed by permaculture designer, Robyn Francis, provides a useful tool for bioregional planning, human settlement and ecovillage design, transition initiatives, and for thinking more deeply about the consequences of where we live in terms of accessing our needs and interacting with community

Art, Activism and Permaculture

The Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination, known for instigating the famous bicycle protest at Copenhagen, explain how permaculture influences their approach to activism and civil disobedience – this interview with the Laboratory’s co-founders Isa Fremeaux and John Jordan is from the new book Art and Activism in the Age of Globalisation

Design for the Human Lifecycle

It seems to be a common failing in a society that is so peer-oriented, that people rarely seem to design and plan for the changing needs of the full human life cycle. It is easy to relate to the here and now, and the needs of our immediate, short-term future. As permaculture designers we need …

Regenerative Aid and Building Resilience – Beyond Sustainability

Robyn Francis writes about the Permaculture approach to development and aid. The focus of permaculture working with communities in need, is to build resilience, empower people to solve their own problems, and to regenerate damaged environments to health and abundance.

Jarlanbah Community

A community treading lightly on the earth I enjoy wandering up the path weaving through my tropical food jungle, over the invisible boundary line and straight onto a Jarlanbah track. No fences obstruct my way, nor the freedom of the wallabies and other wildlife we share the land with. This is how it should be …

Dynamics of Culture

Some thoughts on the issues of teaching in other cultures Cultures are dynamic and human memory short – I have been alarmed at the rapidity of change, at the loss and erosion of sustainable traditional practices as ‘Green Revolution’ techniques and concepts introduced only a few decades ago have been accepted and applied unquestioningly in …