Below are just some of the many testimonials we receive from students who have graduated from our courses. Many students go on to achieve incredible results at their home and in their local and even worldwide communities. We are pleased to have had a part to play in helping to develop these students’ determination and skillsets.

Internship Program Testimonials

Nicholas Burtner, January 2013

Passion, commitment, and intensity can be felt in every footstep on Zaytuna farm. If you are wanting to jump-start your permaculture experience and understanding of natural systems then trust your internal dialog and go.

Dave Bauer, Permaculture Project Support Officer, Social Policy Ecology Research Institute (SPERI), Vietnam – sent by email on June 30, 2011

I spent six months volunteering with the Permaculture Research Institute in 2010, initially hoping to develop my practical skills and gain more experience in this exciting thing called Permaculture. I had recently made a big life change, leaving the security of a good job and a largely consumer existence, to engage in more meaningful work and lifestyle. My role at Zaytuna Farm quickly changed from participating as a volunteer, to helping to run the volunteer program and manage daily activities on the farm. That is how it is at PRI – if you are willing and eager to learn, opportunities are served up to you.

I learned a different set of skills to what I intended, but this actually turned out to be just what I needed in preparation for my current role supporting SPERI, a small Independent Scientific Organisation in Vietnam. As a partner organisation to SPERI, PRI supported my application to work in Vietnam and now I am almost finished my 12 month assignment here in a beautiful forested river catchment near the border with Laos. Working and living in a multicultural community of different ethnic minority groups as well as the local Kinh people, we are training youth in ‘Eco-farming’ – the word used here for Permaculture and sustainable living. There is a great diversity of other activities I am also involved in, to support the organisation in realising its long term vision here. My time at PRI definitely helped to prepare me for this role, and I am grateful for the training I received as well as a ‘foot in the door’ to international development work.

While living at PRI, I also made many good friends from all over the world; people of all ages and backgrounds who came to study or volunteer at Zaytuna Farm. There is great value in having active, likeminded contacts involved in great projects internationally and this presents opportunities for travel, work and further learning in different countries, climates and cultures. My future holds many exciting possibilities now. While I don’t know where I will be or exactly what I’ll be doing, I am confident that it will be interesting and meaningful. Thank you PRI, Geoff & Nadia.

Lindsay Dailey Founder, Edge Ecology, California, USA. Sent via email on the 4th of March 2011.

I headed to Australia in January of 2010 to study permaculture with Geoff and Nadia Lawton at Zaytuna Farm. There was nowhere in the U.S. to go and study water harvesting techniques, so I traveled to the Southern hemisphere. I had taken my PDC three years before and was working in the realm of non-profit sustainability education, and was looking to expand my practical skillset, particularly in the area of water harvesting earthworks and perennial polyculture.

The three months that I spent at Zaytuna Farm and PRI were life-changing. While on the farm, I immersed myself in the many learning opportunities available – helping to maintain the farm, participating in classes, learning from fellow students and interns, and even getting an opportunity to teach with Geoff. The practical experience I gained while at PRI was invaluable. I had the opportunity to help design and lay out swales and ponds, work with earthmovers and machinery, repair earthworks after a rainstorm, and understand how a mainframe water design is put together. Working on the farm I learned about the function and maintenance of a food forest, the use and application of compost and compost tea, and the maintenance and harvesting of livestock in a diversified farm setting. Experiencing applied permaculture on a working farm was an incredible experience, and added enormously to my skillset.

Geoff and Nadia are uncompromisingly committed to sharing permaculture with the world, and they share their knowledge with an openness and level of passion that is unmatched. Their dedication to permaculture is selfless, and their support and mentorship of students is unabashedly solid. For example, while on my first aid project in an aboriginal community in the Northern Territory, Geoff supported me remotely from PRI and provided mentorship and feedback throughout the duration of the project.

Through these opportunities to apply permaculture theory in a practical way at PRI, I gained the confidence to solidify my skills as a permaculture designer and educator, and now have a successful career. I don’t believe there is anywhere else in the world other than PRI where I could have gotten this hands-on opportunity to develop a skillset in such a rich learning environment. I will be forever grateful to Geoff and Nadia and PRI for the experience I had at their farm and the wonderful people I met.

For anyone dedicated to permaculture who is interested in pushing themselves to learn and grow, I highly recommend an education at Zaytuna Farm and PRI. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at Lindsay (at) EdgeEcology.com

David Stockhausen, San Francisco, CA, USA. Sent via email on the 6th of March 2011.

PRI’s 10-week Internship was a powerful life-changing experience for me. Throughout the ten weeks at Zaytuna Farm, Geoff and the other experts gave me a practical foundation to explore my permaculture passions and, beyond that, helped me personally focus on my areas of skill to develop confidence as a professional. For those who are driven to create a self-directed learning trajectory in permaculture, this experience provides invaluable mentorship as well as an ample opportunity to explore ideas and permaculture concepts only touched on in a PDC course.

After my internship at Zaytuna Farm in Summer 2010, I returned in Spring to assist PRI at Zaytuna and continue my learning. Now, back home, I have applied the skills garnered at Zaytuna to design my own permaculture classes and courses, perform consultations, administer detailed designs, implement design strategies, as well as organize my community through public speaking engagements and community projects. Most importantly, the 10-week Internship gave me the personal confidence to teach others the valuable lessons I’ve learned throughout my years practicing earth repair. Come prepared to participate and you will leave with a new perspective on how to create a regenerative future.

Shawn Tisdell. Sent via email 10th of March 2011.

Wow, the world looks different, brighter — there is hope in a sustainable future. The hope is in applying the principles of permaculture to the world around me. But where do I begin? What can I do to help create and live a life of surplus so that others can know that permaculture is the best solution for healing the earth while taking care of each other? This is how I felt coming away from my PDC. Yet I didn’t know what to do next. I felt lacking in so many areas, who could I turn to for support? How could I prioritize the time above my existing work schedule? I didn’t feel ready to go out and become a permaculture designer. I didn’t know my next step. When I saw an opportunity for participating in a 10-week internship with PRI Australia, I felt that this is what I needed to continue on my odyssey into permaculture.

During the 10 week internship with the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia at Zaytuna Farm, I experienced the peace of knowing I was living a sustainable lifestyle, studying and working with like minded people from all over the world and was moving in a direction that would provide hope for future generations. When I came to the internship I came with the attitude of participation. There was so much I wanted to learn, yet also so much I could offer. Coursework and hands on course related activities were the main educational opportunity, but there were also many additional opportunities to participate in other areas of the farm and surrounding area.

The 10 week Permaculture Internship gave me the opportunity to:

  • form community with other interns and with other volunteers and employees on the farm
  • spend time with an assortment of permaculture based systems, both on the farm and in the surrounding region
  • be educated by a variety of outstanding teachers in classroom settings, around the farm while being encouraged to do relevant work, and while going on field trips to several diverse and interesting locations
  • help educate others in my areas of proficiency
  • network with a variety of like minded people
  • to connect with PRI Australia and have access to many new resources

I enjoyed the experience so much that if I wouldn’t have had other commitments, I would have loved to continue on, learning, working and teaching with the fine people at PRI Australia.

Rob Avis, Verge Permaculture Inc., Canada. Sent via email on the 3rd of March 2011.

During my stay at Zaytuna Farm I gained an enormous amount of confidence both in my ability to work within permaculture systems, and to teach about them. The vast variety of permaculture systems on the property provide a unique opportunity to to build understanding and hands on skills quickly. One of the most unique aspects of the property is its interconnected nature, specifically with regard to the water systems. I would highly recommend Zaytuna Farm to anyone that is highly motivated and wanting to progress their skills quickly as a designer and teacher in the field of permaculture.

Jonathon Chan (Australia), current AYAD Volunteer, Social Policy Ecology Research Institute (SPERI), Vietnam

My Permaculture journey really began when I sat a PDC with Bill Mollison, Geoff Lawton, and Greg Knibbs in Melbourne in 2008. I found Geoff especially inspiring – his talks opened up a permaculture world of possibilities in me. The following year I began a 4-month stay (internship) with PRI, Zaytuna farm. During this initial time I learned a great deal not only from Geoff and the other knowledgeable people at farm, but also myself. It was great having the opportunity to live and work in an establishing permaculture environment, and with all the challenges associated with a working farm. These challenges and lessons learned have been an invaluable experience for me.

As the months passed by, I worked hard, and began refining my own understanding of permaculture. I think Geoff recognised my hard work and passion, informing me of the opportunity to apply for a permaculture volunteer position with PRI’s Vietnamese partner organisation the Social Policy Ecology Research Institute (SPERI), through the Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development Program (AYAD).

I returned to PRI for another 3-months to prepare for my year abroad. I sat a number of courses such as the Aid Workers, PDC Teacher Training, Compost Soil Biology and Natural Fertilisers with Geoff and other teachers such as Robyn Francis and Paul Taylor. As well as giving me some insight into permaculture teaching, international development, and soil biology, they gave me experience that assisted my application for the AYAD program.

I am now currently in the second half of my one-year assignment in Vietnam with SPERI, teaching permaculture design, creativity and critical thinking, and assisting with permaculture curriculum and general systems development of the Farmer Field School (FFS) and the organisation. Meanwhile I continue to learn a lot about Permaculture especially through the traditional knowledge and techniques shared with me by the local staff and minority youth we work with at the FFS.

I am very thankful for this opportunity, and the support of Geoff and PRI. I believe the time I spent at Zaytuna Farm and all the invaluable lessons I learned, have taught me a lot about permaculture and also myself. They helped me open the door into the world of permaculture teaching and development.

Joelyn Ong, Singapore. Permaculture Internship, Zaytuna Farm, April – July 2010

Growing up and living in cities, I could hardly imagine life on a farm and having to grow my own food. However, doing a 10-week permaculture internship at Zaytuna Farm changed my perception totally of what real sustainable living means and more….

I continued the internship straight after going through a 2-week PDC in April. My course mates from the PDC were 24 others from different parts of the world. The magic of this is that we were able to interact and share experiences such as the problems we faced in our part of the world and the creative ideas that were implemented there. The PDC did help to create a meaningful circle of network and friendship other than imparting valuable knowledge that would help us take permaculture beyond our imagination.

After the PDC ended, and one by one my classmates left the farm, I was among the eight interns who were to continue the highly anticipated internship. Besides being taught and closely mentored by renowned permaculture teacher Geoff Lawton, we also undertook four other short courses in Earthworks, Soil Biology, Project Aid Worker and PDC Teacher’s Training. One of the highlights during the internship took us to the Sunshine Coast on a field trip, including a homestay in Janet Millington’s fabulous property.

We witnessed permaculture in action in the very interactive community of Noosa when we attended a local meeting held for over a hundred members. Geoff was also the guest speaker at the meeting. In the next days we visited schools who adopted permaculture as part of their educational activities. The children sparkled in the gardens when they went around explaining what they planted and how they set up the worm tower and so on. I do believe that the young ones will continue to the pillars of a sustainable culture as they spread the goodness of permaculture on.

Personally for me, the most exciting part of the internship was in fact what seemed to be the simplest of all…. a vegetable plot to call my own. Learning to start a plot from scratch using the cardboard method, applying compost and carefully transplanting the seedlings and so on, gave me precious hands on lessons on gardening. And of course, the worm juice which I diligently collected from the worm farm was a great booster to my plot.

Putting my labour to the soil also taught me other intangible values such as patience and persistence while I absorbed the wisdom of clever gardening techniques like beneficial planting.

The real fun came when harvest time was due. I remembered how proud I was when I announced to Aure, our chef that my vegetables were ready and he could use my home grown produce for his preparations. Among the list were Pak Choi, Lettuces, Spinaches and Turnips. (Heaps!!!)

Each day, I would harvest the vegetables just within the next hour before preparation when the nutrient density was at its peak. I was gleaming away when everyone was enjoying the fruits of my labour. I finally understood how rewarding it is to grow both soil and food in a sustainable way, without chemical fertilisers.

During the last few weeks, I also had the opportunities of working on the Asian Garden in Zaytuna. My work was simply to rescue the fruit trees struggling to outgrow the surrounding cover crops and weeds. Lots of hard work in chopping and dropping were done, but all of it was worth it when the happy trees finally revealed on the garden plains. I hope they remembered that there was once an Asian girl who worked in the Asian Garden. ?

All in all, the ten week internship spent on Zaytuna farm was a priceless experience that I would never trade anything else for. I bought a ticket to Australia and in return, I gain knowledge, friends, a vision for a sustainable future and memories that will continue to bring a smile to my face.

Aaron Jerad

Hello, I’m Aaron and spent 4 amazing months from January 2009 interning with Geoff and Nadia mostly on their farm, but I also got to travel with them to some other locations as well.

Zaytuna Farm has been in the hands of Geoff Lawton for 9 years, though he reported to me that he has spent a good portion of that time away, teaching and doing those amazing projects you can find out about online. Still, what has been accomplished here is amazing. There is a system of swales and dams that drought proof and provide a seemingly infinite amount of irrigation for the developed 30 acre half of 66 acres. Roof tanks provide all the drinking, kitchen and bathing water, heated by the sun. An off-grid solar system provides electricity. All gray-water is purified through a reed bed system and a compost toilet handles the human waste while the chooks, worms and compost pile process the rest of the organic waste. I’m told that there have been a lot of additions since I was there, including new buildings, earthworks and gardens.

There is a small kitchen garden and larger main crop garden where we were harvesting corn, malukhiya, (orchorus olitorius), amaranth, and okra. Four dairy cows provided more milk than we could drink and the chooks are quite productive as well. This is obviously a lush place and enjoys the sub-tropical climate of northern New South Wales. There have been extensive food forest plantings throughout the site. You can walk through and see the progression from day one plantings, put in with seedlings from the large on-site nursery, to the maturing 9 year old trees. When I arrived, the Feijoa were just kicking into full production, yumm! And I haven’t talked about the buildings or world class permaculture courses happening here.

I’ve had a couple great moments of epiphany. One was the first time we put in a new patch of food forest. Geoff describes himself as a serial over-stacker, but I understand now the reasoning. Here’s how it goes: Take a 10 meter circle, freshly chicken tractored and mulched. Its free of weeds and full of nutrient. Put in 2 or 3 main canopy target fruit trees, plus a couple under-story fruit trees. The 3-6 main pioneer support trees, all nitrogen fixing, fill out the tree planting. But its not done yet. We add a couple shrubs and lots of bushy perennial garden herbs, plus a scattering of annual garden veggies and lots of cuttings of perennial vines and low perennial cover plants. Into this goes a bunch of pioneer tree seed and a full planting of an inoculated annual cover crop. There is little room for weeds to get into this system, both in space and in time, as one species succeeds the next. By the time the annual cover crop dies off, the perennial vines and plants will have had time to establish.

But, as I came to realize after spending more time on the farm, the system still needs attention at various key points in its evolution. Water is an obvious one, but what I found most fascinating was working in an older food forest system doing "chop and drop". The pioneer trees shoot up and take over the canopy as the slower more valuable trees come up underneath. At key times in the season you wade into this jungle-like growth and start cutting. Watch out! It may look like a machete is the best tool for the job, but its about precision. Its a chop and trim of all the pioneer trees, back to sticks, and a drop of all material at the feet of your target trees, some of which are hidden in the rampant cover crops and vines. Any weeds that manage to infiltrate get the same treatment. When we began the first chop and drop the forest looked pretty good to my untrained eye, lush and thick. The chop and drop seemed a bit severe. I was hesitant at first to cut away big trees and healthy vines. But what happens is a rapid acceleration of the system toward something that is both beautiful AND productive. As their tops are cut, the nitrogen comes off the roots of the pioneers, and the canopy is opened for light to flood the slower trees underneath, which had been benefiting from a warmer, under-the-canopy, micro climate through the winter. The heavy mulch helps keep back any weeds and provides another slower burst of fertility as it breaks down.

The lesson was really emphasized when I did a "chop and drop" on a system that had been under-stacked, not enough things planted in the beginning. This section of food forest was more open and maybe a bit more "standard" in that the trees were planted far apart as if to accommodate their future, mature size. However what this creates is a vast number of unfilled niches in the landscape. The weeds go rampant and are difficult to cut back. If after all that work a target tree is lost to insects, frost or just isn’t a good choice for the site, there isn’t anything to fill its place in the system. Without perennial cover crops and pioneer trees to take up the niches it is "weeds" that come right back and then you have to battle or come up with other ways to control them. My thinking on what is a weed has changed entirely, after all the "weeds" are just working hard at a job that nature wants done. Its up to us to include in our design plants that do jobs that nature needs, shade, fertility, and erosion control, that also have benefit for us.

Another highlight of my permaculture studies was a week of travel with Geoff and Nadia to the area west of Canberra. As I hope one day to be able to read landscapes and do permaculture design I jumped at the chance to go traveling with Geoff and observe as he did 4 different consultancies and an Intro course. It was interesting to see how much of the consulting was starting right at the beginning, looking at water, swales, dams and access. Systems that at Geoff’s place were already in place and functioning so well that it was easy to overlook the huge amount of design and work that had gone before.

I also enjoyed the chance as an intern to watch and interact with new students as they arrived and took their PDCs or other courses. Being able to give them a tour of the land and explain some of the systems felt good and really helped me see how much of the learning I was getting was more of a slow-soak, just from working on the land everyday. Discussions with other students around the dinner table and in the field were rich and often shed light on areas where I was missing a connection or not seeing things clearly.

However, it was the quality of the courses and classroom learning that got me firmly and quickly established so I could understand and participate in the land and farm. There was so much going on all the time that opportunities to learn something new or hone old skills were never far away. It is great now, several years later as I prepare to teach my first PDC, to revisit my notes and experiences and feel a solid foundation of permaculture understanding that was formed during my internship at PRI.

Robert Gray

I spent one year volunteering at PRI. During this time I was active in creating food forests, implementing water harvesting systems, helping to manage an edible forest producing nursery, practiced daily in integrated animal systems and dug around in and ate from a rich and diverse vegetable garden.

I appreciated being given space to be creative and try new ideas using permaculture principles and felt like I was participating in something greater than my immediate surroundings, part of the permaculture web. After one year of developing a permaculturalist’s sensitivity to the landscape through observation, practice and interaction with teachers and mentors, PRI supported me in beginning my permaculture career in Vietnam where I have remained till this day.

Nearly three years have past since my time at PRI. Looking back I can see that although it was often hard work, as it can be on a rapidly developing site, it was both rewarding and interesting. Through patience, openness and a willingness to listen in an interactive learning environment, PRI proved to play a pivotal role in my present condition. It would have been difficult to predict I would end up where I am now before my time there. I currently enjoy my permaculture work immensely and feel that my actions have a positive effect on the earth and others. I am thankful for my time at PRI.

 

Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course Testimonials

Nam-Ha Quach, September 2012 PDC

I recently took my PDC with Geoff in Melbourne and without a doubt, he has changed my life. I have always been a permie at heart, but this course has confirmed it and has also inspired me to continue spreading the Permaculture word to as many as I can. In the coming years I aim to implement a course at the school I am involved with and as time progresses and my own farm matures, I plan on doing aid work and change the world! Thanks Geoff for being such an amazing and inspiring person!

Erin Dumbauld, April 2012 PDC

I had a wonderful time at the course and enjoyed my experiences each day. Everything ran smoothly. I was pleased that we were able to help with some of the chores around the place. The camp site was well maintained and the WWOOFers/workers did an amazing job at taking care of our needs. The food was nourishing, at times adventurous and always delicious. Needless to say the PDC itself was fantastic and I found learning through Geoff’s teaching style much more fulfilling than any ‘academically structured lectures’ could have been. I realize constructive criticism is helpful, unfortunately I have none to give.

Leif Andreassen, April 2012 PDC

I really have only positive things to say about the course and the overall experience. Food was tasty, nutritious and fresh. Camping facilities were fine and easy to access (I suppose an extra shower could help). The course itself was informative and inspiring, sort of gives you the kick you need to take action and start designing. Geoff is great at informing, motivating and breaking down the barriers to action – he can really light a permaculture fire – and this makes the course priceless. He did a great job of showing us that succeeding begins with doing; the more you dwell on theoretical impediments to success, the further from success you are.

Thanks to you and the whole PRI staff.

Ben Smith, October 2011 PDC

The October PDC course was the most interesting and intellectually / spiritually / philosophically stimulating two weeks I’ve ever experienced.

Christina Cotterall, July 2011 PDC

The course was great! I enjoyed it all and hope to visit again to do wwoofing or maybe an internship in the future.

Andrew Pegler, July 2011 PDC

We were inspired to learn about permaculture when we saw Geoff’s DVD, Establishing a Food Forest. We then followed up by watching all of the PRI DVDs and we knew that we wanted to do a permaculture design certificate taught by Geoff. Well we weren’t disappointed! Two weeks of back to back lessons interacting with Geoff exceeded all our expectations. We came away from the course knowing that we are now totally dedicated to the permaculture movement and hope to continue to learn and teach and consult in this amazing field. In the words of David Suzuki, "what permaculturalists are doing is the most important activity that any group is doing on the planet".

Michael Wright, July 2011 PDC

I had a wonderful time, 3 things in particular:

  • I was honored that Geoff and Nadia allowed us to intrude upon their personal living space (some of us come from much different places with different upbringings)
  • Having the opportunity to slaughter and process our food in a respectful manner (I don’t know of anywhere in Australia that teaches this basic human process)
  • and seeing Geoff and Nadia with Latifa around the farm, still working, a big contrast to the developed worlds view on living with toddlers.

Nikola Cuca, July 2011 PDC

PDC course was excellent. I really enjoyed it. The only thing that I would change would be to have more info on Aquaculture systems and little bit less on desert climate solutions. In all it was 10/10. Thank You !

Mark Notaras, January 2014 PDC

Geoff and the PRI team opened my mind to the possibilities of Permaculture to change this world for the better.

Robert Slob, January 2014 PDC

The course was great! All by all a fantastic experience.

 

PDC Teacher Training Course

Carolyn Payne, November 2011

Doing a PDC with Geoff changed my life by giving me very clear directives for action, always in context, illuminated by ethics. I know exactly what I have to do with my life now.

Delvin Solkinson, November 2011

As the lineage bearer of Bill Mollison’s teachings, Geoff Lawton brings the jewels of the planetary permaculture curriculum and movement into a beautifully modern and condensed teaching. As a master facilitator with incredibly refined information and delivery methods, Geoff Lawton has designed a teacher training that is sure to evolve the teaching practice of new teachers, experienced teachers and advanced permies alike. Anyone interested in growing their understanding of permaculture and ability to communicate it is sure to benefit greatly from taking this course.

 

Permaculture Earthworks Course (taught by Geoff Lawton)

Gregor D, April 2012

The PRI Earthworks course was exactly what I needed. As I’m in the process of converting my farm property to permaculture, I could not have asked for a more topical course. I was glued to every word Geoff Lawton said. Likely to be back for more.

 

Compost Soil Biology Natural Fertilizer Course (taught by Paul Taylor)

Beverly & Tony De Vere, March 2013

From the bottom of our hearts, a very BIG THANK YOU… for the time and passion and commitment you put into the course for all of us.

Personally it re-focused, and let me see how truly amazing the soil / bio organisms making process is. Wow!!

Both of us feel renewed in our focus and looking forward to our next steps.

Looking forward to our unfolding and wonderful life with Permaculture.

Cameron Taylor (Organic farmer), November 2011

After completing Paul Taylor’s soil biology course at Zaytuna farm in November 2011 I returned home to the farm with the absolute confidence to make specialist compost and biological fertilisers. Paul’s wealth of knowledge and experience alongside his natural teaching ability has helped me to understand the nature of the
soil and its requirements.

Highly recommended.

 

Urban Permaculture Design Course

Craig Phillips, February 2013

My experience with the PRI team was brilliant and cannot wait to get back to the Institute for more education and experience.

From the beginning, the enrolling online and the support from yourself was reassuring. And the uTube video links were great for a heads up about the property and what to expect when you turn up.

The only thing was that when I turned up there was no guidance as to where I could set up camp. I knew from the video where the camping area was but was unsure of the protocols as to where best to set up. One of the interns came over and put me at ease straight away and made me feel welcome. Which over the the duration of my course I saw the relationship between the interns, Geoff and the team which was fostered and you could see why this was so.

The course structure was great and well spelled out, but Geoff being Geoff would move off this path at times and give you everything he had. Which is something I wouldn’t change even at the expense of missing out on a subject.

The campsite and amenities are good quality and a learning feature in their own right. ie: the rocket hot water heater and composting toilet.

Food from Ish made you look forward to breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Being able to join in on daily chores and maintenance of the property was fantastic and a very valuable learning experience. By just going up and asking the co-ordinator (I’m sorry but i have forgotten that beautiful bull of a man’s name) he paired me up with some interns and off I went. Perhaps for the ‘not so forward’ peoples there could be way to drag them into a roster or encourage them to participate in something they want to learn about?

But all in all the Institute seems to be evolving beautifully and fruitfully and I cannot wait to get back.

Thanks for the opportunity to assist in the development of PRI and I will be in touch soon about organising to enroll myself and my wife in the PDC in Jan 2014.

Penny Kothe, February 2013

The Urban Permaculture Design course up at Zaytuna was inspiring! Geoff was enigmatic as always, the food and company great and best of all was the experience of being involved in the daily activities at the farm. I’d highly recommend the experience.