Courses/Workshops — by Nick Huggins August 17, 2012
We’ve had an overwhelming response in bookings for the PDC starting in Canberra, Australia on 21 September, with Nick Huggins, Martyn Noakes and Colin Mclean. This course is staggered over four weekends, to make it more accessible. We have only a few places left, so we have decided to extend the early bird offer until the cut off date of 7th of September at 12pm.Comments (0)
Courses/Workshops — by Nick Huggins August 15, 2012
PCBW is offering its first round of Permaculture Startup Business Scholarships for 2012. We offer two Diversity Coaching scholarships per year as a part of our business ethics and return of surplus back into the community. The first scholarship is in January and the second in July each year.
Since we only launched PCBW last month, there’s no better time to get started. Submissions are now being accepted prior to the scholarship starting in September 2012. This is open to anyone, anywhere on planet earth.Comments (1)
Spring 2012 Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course, Canberra, ACT, Australia, with Nick Huggins, Martyn Noakes and Colin Mclean (Staggered over four 3-day weekends)
Courses/Workshops — by Nick Huggins August 1, 2012
Parliament House, Canberra
If we are going to effect change in Australia, then what better place to present it in than The ACT (Australian Capital Territory). On the doorstep of people who can effect broadscale change and policy.
The newly formed Permaculture Exchange Group, in Association with the Bredbo Community Land Care Group is calling for all interested ‘agents of change’ to sign up for Spring Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course. The Spring PDC, starting in September 2012, will be a good opportunity for all folk to find out more about permaculture and study in the Canberra region with a course specific to the Southern Tablelands.
For more information see the PRI courses page for more details and booking.Comments (1)
Courses/Workshops, Developments, Economics, Ethical Investment, Financial Management, People Systems, Society, Village Development — by Nick Huggins July 31, 2012
It’s been three years in the making — researching, designing, testing the application, and now it’s ready for the world to tap in and download the knowledge.
During my PDC back in 2009 at the PRI, I sat there as Geoff Lawton was going through the many applications that permaculture covers. All I could think about was how many different business ideas I had come up with that could follow the movements three core ethics and make a profit at the same time. Limitless, absolutely limitless are the possibilities to take a niche and run with it and make it a success.
While the opportunities for me were boundless it was so clear what I had to do. I couldn’t work out why others were not seeing what I could see. Stepping back and really observing what was happening, I saw that 90% of the PDC graduates I was encountering had hit what I call a ‘permaculture brick wall’, or as Daniel Parra Hensel described in an email to me, "post PDC syndrome" — Paralysis through (way to much) analysis and not knowing where to start, or just reverting back to old careers because that’s safe for them.Comments (19)
Courses/Workshops — by Nick Huggins January 18, 2012
Open to 10 persons (only) with PDC in hand that are keen to learn & assist in the design and planning of a kitchen garden, main-crop and animal system design for a young family in the beautiful town of Bangalow, Northern NSW, Australia, as a preamble to the Permaculture Urban Landscape Design course starting the following day. Click on the link here to book for the Urban Permaculture Landscape Design Course running from 13th February 2012.
Come and get hands on design, client interaction and design delivery experience in a tight time frame of 7 hours — or 77 person hours including me — in the process of site assessment, set out of earthworks and garden design and development.Comments Off
Commercial Farm Projects, Courses/Workshops, Land — by Nick Huggins October 4, 2011
Wanted – 2 persons (only) with PDC that are keen to learn and assist on a 15 acre farm that is undergoing re-design in Northern NSW, Australia.Comments (5)
Courses/Workshops — by Nick Huggins September 27, 2011
To showcase the work Matt Kilby and I have been undertaking on Nambrok in Gippsland, Victoria over the past 18 months, we have been granted the opportunity to swing open the farm gate and invite one and all to share our success and minor failures in this landscape of repair & regeneration.Comments Off
Aid Projects, Commercial Farm Projects, Community Projects, Courses/Workshops, Demonstration Sites, Project Positions, Urban Projects — by Nick Huggins September 6, 2011
In June, students underwent the PRI’s first Urban Landscape Design Course which aimed at formulating the skills required to successfully transfer the theoretical knowledge of Permaculture into a professional, efficient and effective small business operation. The course was an intensive 5-day, 12hr per day immersion into the world of professional consultancy and project management. The course offered students hands-on experience with a design project, building skills that can be translated into other areas such as aid work or paid work in either urban or rural environments, or even taking away the practical experience to better develop your own place.Comments (30)
Courses/Workshops, DVDs/Books — by Nick Huggins August 4, 2011
Since I starting teaching at the PRI with the new Urban Landscape Design Course there have been calls to make the information from the course available to students and interested people out there in the world that can’t jump on a plane and get to The Channon.Comments (16)
Commercial Farm Projects, Courses/Workshops, Energy Systems, Land, Project Positions, Retrofitting, Waste Systems & Recycling — by Nick Huggins July 22, 2011
by Nick Huggins
I just purchased a farm in the New South Wales Southern Tablelands, 30min south of Goulburn and 50min east of Canberra, the Australian Capital, and a good friend of mine and of permaculture, David Spicer, has set his sights on the development of his consultancy business in the town of Tumut at the base of the Snowy Mountains, NSW. In moving to a new bio-region there is also an element of adjustment and making yourself known to the good people within it. As such, David and I have set ourselves individual goals that overlap so that we can both compliment each other’s skill sets to take permaculture to our wider communities.Comments (7)
Courses/Workshops, Economics — by Nick Huggins April 29, 2011
Professional development for permaculture consultants is one of the biggest opportunities moving forward — expanding permaculture into a business/energy transfer system. (Most permies I run into get scared when money is mentioned, so lets call it energy transfer.)
Geoff and Nadia Lawton have given me a monumental opportunity to integrate professional development into PRI’s education line up and for that I’m very grateful. Since most of the world’s population live in an urban setting, there is thus the most demand for retrofitting human habitats. As such, I will be running a 5-day Permaculture Urban Landscape Design Course.
I ran a 2-day intensive course with the PRI’s January 2011 Interns to gauge their thoughts and their personal responses. The course, while short, gave them a new lease on permaculture life and a direction for building a career in professional permaculture and business.
In the 5-day course starting, 13th June 2011, is going to be intense! You’re going to become part of a permaculture design firm — a member of a team that will function as a professional design firm. We will be engaged by a real life client with an urban garden, with real life outcomes of producing an urban permaculture design presentation in a professional manner. The design created will be used by students of the next course.Comments (12)
Animal Forage, Commercial Farm Projects, Economics, Energy Systems, Financial Management, Gabions, Land, Livestock, Plant Systems, Swales, Waste Systems & Recycling, Working Animals — by Nick Huggins February 16, 2011
I want to share with you a few things about a permaculture design project I finished in late October 2010. Details of the design, some details of working with clients on design projects, basic costing and what to be aware of when doing so. I also outline how I put the project together and what it included.Comments (14)
Plant Systems, Trees — by Nick Huggins December 8, 2010
I had these YouTube links sent to me by a good friend, Connor (Gareth) Jones from California, USA — a fellow Permie from the January Internship at Zaytuna farm this year (2010).
This movie, while only a story, struck a chord with me and I hope it will with you. Here is some information on the film taken from Wikipedia.
The Man Who Planted Trees (French title L’homme qui plantait des arbres), also known as The Story of Elzéard Bouffier, The Most Extraordinary Character I Ever Met, and The Man Who Planted Hope and Reaped Happiness, is an allegorical tale by French author Jean Giono, published in 1953.
It tells the story of one shepherd’s long and successful singlehanded effort to re-forest a desolate valley in the foothills of the Alps near Provence throughout the first half of the 20th century. — Wikipedia (click for more details)
Community Projects, Food Forests, Food Plants - Perennial, Nurseries & Propogation, Plant Systems, Trees, Water Harvesting — by Nick Huggins November 20, 2010
A footnote on the progress of the Southern Beaches Community Garden at Tugun in south east Queensland, Australia.
Just after planting
Our last planting of the food forest was held on the 4th August 2010. Since then we have had a very wet winter and spring this year in the lead up to the wet season in Queensland. So our food forest in now on its own and thriving.Comments (11)
Biological Cleaning, Commercial Farm Projects, Conservation, Gabions, Land, Regional Water Cycle, Rehabilitation, Soil Conservation, Soil Erosion & Contamination, Trees, Water Harvesting — by Nick Huggins September 28, 2010
Story by Nick Huggins.
Video by Patrick Blampied.
For the past month I have been in and out of airports and driving from one end of the Australian continent consulting and talking Permaculture, and one topic that is of great interest to me – the repair of the Australian Landscape.Comments (22)