Permaculture Ireland Creating sustainable food and shelter.
A Definition of Permaculture extracted from Wikipedia:
“Permaculture can best be described as an ethical design system applicable to food production and land use, as well as community building. It seeks the creation of productive and sustainable ways of living by integrating ecology, landscape, organic gardening, architecture and agroforestry. The focus is not on these elements themselves, but rather on the relationships created among them by the way they are placed together; the whole becoming greater than the sum of its parts. Permaculture is also about careful and contemplative observation of nature and natural systems, and of recognizing universal patterns and principles, then applying these ‘ecological truisms’ to one’s own circumstances”.
The Aim of Permaculture Ireland
To promote permaculture across Ireland, in the form of positive solutions to environmental problems, towards the creation of greater sustainability and a more permanent culture.
1. To maintain a website to act as a portal for information about positive permacultural solutions for and in Ireland, including links to other relevant websites, groups and individual permaculture designers and sustainable living promoters.
2. To generate a free on-line magazine every two months, for upload on the first day of each of the months February, April, June, Aug, October and December. Archiving of old permaculture articles.
3. To provide training courses, exhibitions, talks and other public events; plus produce articles, films, books and resources on the subject.
4. With help from others, co-create an annual public event, ‘The Eco- Living Festival,’ to be held on the first weekend of June at the Drumsna Community Resource Centre, Drumsna, Co. Leitrim. Looking for volunteers and help with publicity!
The event, which will be made as affordable as possible to all, will offer to the public:
a. A diverse and stimulating programme of short talks and presentations in one large room;
b. Large foyer space / sun room for product & information stalls;
c. Café / dining room with tables where “green tea” is all day available and organic scones can be had;
d. Outdoor undercover space for stalls and demonstrations; and hopefully somewhere to create some permaculture gardens and plant trees over the weekend.
e. Short field trips to local sustainable dwellings, farms etc.
In the village vicinity – ample parking, attractive riverside parks, pub, shops, fuel, garden centre, good atmosphere! For transport to Drumsna – Shannon River & N4 highway & nearest rail station (Carrick on Shannon) not far away.
Expressions of interest in all aspects of the Festival are sought for now.
Who we are:
Alanna has a background in permaculture and related areas:
Three Permaculture Diplomas – in Media and Communications, in Implementation and in Teaching, 1993.
Studies of permaculture and related subjects:
* Attended Permaculture Convergence, Yarrahappinni, New South Wales, 1986.
* Permaculture course – Blue Mountains, NSW, tutor Ro Morrow, 1987.
* Building Biology, certificate course, 1989.
* Permaculture Design certificate course – Nimbin, NSW, 1990, taught by Jude and Michel Fanton of the Seed Saver’s Network.
* Organic Farming and Plant Propagation, TAFE courses, Wollongabar NSW, 1990 – 1992.
* Earthworks Teacher training (household waste reduction and compost making) Lismore NSW, 1993 – 94.
Teaching permaculture and related subjects:
* Taught permaculture design subjects for the Fantons’ courses – 1991-2.
* Undertook Permaculture Teacher Training – tutor Robyn Francis, NSW, 1993.
* Presentations given at
• Permaculture Convergence, Crystal Waters Community, Queensland – 1993,
• International Permaculture Convergence, Perth 1996.
• NSW Convergence at Nimbin, 1997.
* Committee member Northern Rivers Permaculture group, including fund raising for the convergence, 1996-97.
* Earthworks Trainer for Lismore City Council (NSW) 1994-97, providing public education about household waste reduction and compost making.
* Teacher of esoteric approaches to farming and gardening, 1994 – current, around Australasia, plus Europe.
* Teaching short permaculture courses for living and gardening in dryland, temperate Australian conditions in central Victoria, 2009.
Implementing permaculture and landcare:
* Practitioner of permaculture: implementation of permaculture plans on seven properties, from 1987 to current times.
* Bush regeneration team member and education officer, ‘Friends of the Blue Mountains’, NSW, 1986 – 88.
* WWOOF host, teaching permaculture skills to WWOOFers, 1993 – 1999.
* Landcare co-ordinator for three Landcare groups, northern NSW, 1990 – 94.
* Poultry breeder specialising in rare breeds, 1991 – 98.
* Professional consultant for permaculture, landcare, building biology, geobiology and geomancy, 1992 – current.
Member editorial team of Permaculture International Journal, NSW, 1991 – 96.
Member of board of directors ‘Permaculture International Ltd’, 1991 – 96.
Editor ‘Greening Schools’ magazine, Lismore NSW, 1993.
Editor Technical Journal, Sub-tropical Bush Foods Association, 1997.
Freelance eco-journalist, writing for –
‘Permaculture International Journal”, NSW, 1991 – 96;
‘Green Connections’ (permaculture magazine, Victoria), 1999 – 2001;
‘Australasian Poultry’, 1992 – 1997;
‘Permaculture UK’ magazine, from 1991 to current;
‘Acres USA’, 2000 – current;
‘Earth Garden’ regular column from 1999 – current; Numerous articles in other magazines, such as ‘Owner Builder’ and publications of the Permaculture Associations of Western and South Australia.
* Small magazines:
‘Dowsing News’ magazine, 1984 – 1989;
‘Earth Spirit Quarterly’ magazine, 1989 – 1991; ‘Geomantica’ web-magazine, 1998 – current;
* Python Press books: author of
‘The Dowsing and Healing Manual’ (out of print) 1987,
‘Backyard Poultry Naturally’ 1998,
‘Stone Age Farming’, 2001,
‘Divining Earth Spirit’, 2004,
‘The Magic of Menhirs and Circles of Stone’, 2005,
‘The Wisdom of Water’, 2007.
‘Water Spirits of the World’, 2008.
Books published by other publishers: ‘Backyard Poultry Naturally’ and ‘Stone Age Farming’ by Acres USA, ‘Stone Age Farming’, and Lapis Lazuli Press in Taiwan.
Alanna’s books are distributed by Brumby in Australia, Counter Culture in UK and Europe, Acres USA in the US and Lapis Lazuli in China.
Her website is at www.geomantica.com
Peter is an Irish architect, teacher, writer and the founding director of the Living Architecture Centre, the internet school of architecture.
He began teaching people how to design their own homes in 1989. This original ‘Be Your Own Architect’ Course has now developed into the unique and highly popular Course In Sustainable House Design & Construction.
He has a particular interest in mortgage-free shelter. His EconoSpace Project focuses on the creation of small, debt-free sustainable buildings.
His work has been received much media coverage including a documentary Building on the Edge broadcast on RTÉ 1 television in 2006. He has helped to organise green festivals in the recent past in Co. Leitrim.
Peter teaches Living Architecture worldwide. For further details, visit:www.livingarchitecturecentre.com