Geoff Lawton is a world renowned permaculture consultant, designer and teacher. He first took his Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course in 1983 with Bill Mollison, widely considered the “father of permaculture.” Geoff has undertaken thousands of jobs teaching, consulting, designing, administering and implementing, in 6 continents and over 50 countries around the world. Clients have included private individuals, groups, communities, governments, aid organizations, non-government organisations and multinational companies, including:
consultancy in the environmentally green, Masdar City in the United Arab Emirates
development work from the Greening the Desert projects in Jordan
rehydration strategies in the deserts of Hadramaut, Yemen
housing projects for the Kurds in Iraq after the war, rebuilding an entire village with 53 straw bale houses
In 1996 he was accredited with the Permaculture Community Services Award by the permaculture movement for services in Australia and around the world.
He has currently educated over 15,000 students in Permaculture worldwide. These include graduates of the Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course and courses focused on the practical design of sustainable soil, water, plant, animal, energy, structures, legal and economic systems.
Geoff has established permaculture demonstration sites that function as education centres in all the world’s major climates — information on the success of these systems is networked through www.permacultureglobal.org. Geoff established the Permaculture Research Institute and thewww.permaculturenews.org website to network mainframe information worldwide.
Paul Taylor is a third generation organic farmer and has been an organic farmer for more than 30 years. Paul has extensive experience in: bringing non-productive soils back to life and turning properties into profitable systems, teaching Permaculture and sustainable soil management, operating and designing bulk composting systems, earthworks design and management, beneficial soil biology for improved organic production. He has owned and operated several organic farms and currently keeps busy as the Managing Director of Trust Nature Pty Ltd. Paul now works as a Permaculture designer and soils teacher, as a sustainable design consultant and as a horticultural specialist.
Educating community members and growers about the principles of biological farming and gardening methods is a key driver, he is an energetic, easy to understand speaker with a wealth of practical, hands on knowledge, promoting the practical understanding of beneficial soil microbes as the basis of a productive management system. His teaching and consulting over the past three decades has taken him to Australia, New Zealand, USA, the Middle East, India and South-East Asia. Combining the multiple disciplines of Permaculture, organics, biological farming, compost and soil pro-biotics, Paul has developed and teaches the Bio-Vital™ management system that uses farming and sustainable land management as a method for building soil fertility while we improve production and achieve profitability.
Tom Kendall grew up and worked on his parents’ farm and then took on the farm in 1992, when his father retired. He downsized the 11,000 acre farm to 7,000 acres and converted to biodynamics. The farm produced wheat and barley and ran cattle and sheep. In 2000 he sold the farm and moved to the Sunshine Coast. In 2005 he and his partner Zaia found their ideal property in Kin Kin, Noosa Hinterland. Tom had by then become interested in Permaculture, and started converting the property into a Permaculture site. With his background in farming, he was able to take on most jobs that needed to be done himself.
In 2008 he did a Permaculture Design Certificate with Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton. He followed that up early 2010 with a Teacher Training Course with Geoff Lawton. At that stage he realised he had so much knowledge to share with people about Permaculture and self-reliance that he decided to focus on teaching and consulting. Tom is a very practical person with a wealth of knowledge about shaping landscapes and creating infrastructure. Having spent all his life working the land he has an astute awareness of today’s environmental issues and aims to minimise his footprint as much as possible, and to show others how to achieve that as well. Tom is a PRI accredited teacher and runs the Permaculture Research Institute Maungaraeeda, Sunshine Coast, on his Permaculture demonstration site in the Noosa Hinterland, QLD, Australia, with his wife Zaia.
Set in motion with a permaculture design course at the tender age of thirteen in Tena, Ecuador, Danial followed up with a Permaculture Diploma in site development, site design, and research. At university Danial crammed in a Bachelor of Environmental Science with double majors in ecology & conservation biology and Land & Water Management, a Masters in Environmental Management and most recently a Masters in Environmental engineering. Danial also completed many specialty courses during his tertiary studies including Industrial Water and Waste Water Treatment, Hazardous Waste Management, Advanced Water and Waste Water Engineering, Renewable Energy Systems, Geographic Information Systems/remote sensing and ISO 14001 Environmental systems.
With 15 years experience in the Permaculture field, Danial has worked for international permaculture projects in Central and South America, as water systems manager for Tagari farm (PRI Australia) and later as farm manager for Zaytuna Farm (PRI Australia). Within this time Danial has taught and facilitated a variety of permaculture design and hands on courses through Griffith University, PRI Australia and Northey Street City Farm. As a design consultant Danial draws on environmental science and permaculture principles to design sustainable systems worldwide and for local Australian clients and government organisations.
Rhamis is a consultant with formal training in mechanical engineering (University of Delaware, B.S.M.E. ’95) and permaculture-based regenerative whole systems design serving as an accredited permaculture design instructor with the Permaculture Research Institute. He has previously worked for the renowned American inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen at DEKA Research & Development, with subsequent engineering work ranging from medical device research and development to aerospace oriented mechanical design.
Since 2010, Rhamis has taught permaculture design in Palestine/Occupied West Bank, Greece, Ethiopia, Yemen, Turkey, Thailand, and the United States. He has also performed additional consultancy work on projects in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and throughout the greater MENA/GCC region.
Nick has over 15 years experience in horticulture, landscape design, construction, maintenance, land planning and permaculture design — undertaking projects in eastern Australia and south east Asia, from high end residential to medium sized commercial development projects up to $1m and now many years in the business of permaculture design and regenerative farm land planning.
Eric has studied permaculture design with Geoff & Nadia Lawton since 2007 and has traveled with them on consultancy and aid trips around the world. Eric is a graphic designer by trade, specializing in the packaging industry. He has studied tracking, nature and wilderness survival since 2003 with Tom Brown Jr. Permaculture allows Eric to combine these two skill sets in a positive and meaningful way. Eric is a director of the Permaculture Research Institute USA, a national non-profit with an aim of establishing self replicating demonstration sites around the world.
In 2009 he worked as project manager for the Permaculture Research Institute of Jordan’s demonstration site. Working in such a harsh desert environment instilled in him a great appreciation for water and practical solutions. The traditional Muslim setting illustrated the importance of culturally sensitive practices. Eric recently returned to PRI Zaytuna Farm to focus on teaching and is now committed to establishing a model urban permaculture demonstration site in the USA that can be replicated across the country.
Salah’s passion for sustainable food production started while working with struggling small farmers in Jordan. The experience exposed him to the urgent need for an alternative approach. This is when he decided to make the transition into a career in permaculture following a 10 year long career in the food industry. During his career Salah has led and trained large teams in different food production related projects and setups, including manufacturing, service and sales. Salah is now designing, teaching and practicing permaculture at the Permaculture Research Institute under the management of Geoff and Nadia Lawton.
With experience in dry arid, temperate, and subtropical climates, covering both urban, rural and broad acre setups, he is aiming to design and install systems that empower individuals and communities with permaculture tools that will help them meet their needs and care for the earth.
David’s approach to design comes from his proven practicality, having over 15 years’ experience in permaculture design and education, working and teaching with Bill Mollison at the Permaculture Institute in Tasmania, and Geoff Lawton, managing director of the Permaculture Research Institute Zaytuna Farm in Australia. David worked as farm manager of the renowned Tagari farm in northern NSW, and has taught and designed nationally and internationally, working in five states of Australia, Morocco, Jordan and Palestine in many different climate zones. He is renowned for his work ethic and getting the job done.
Owen’s core work is empowering people and communities to create robust land health and resilience through stewardship. As a consultant, educator, and group-facilitator his clientele include ranches, farms, non-profits, NGOs, universities, government agencies/ministries, and other land managing entities.
Owen’s working, living, and learning has occurred in multi-cultural environments (U.S., Mexico, Australia, North Africa, Middle-East, Zimbabwe, Canada), in both rural and urban contexts. He has experience working at levels from ver