Episode-2126- Geoff Lawton on Permaculture’s Future

Geoff Lawton is a Permaculture consultant, designer and teacher. He first took his Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course in 1983. He holds a Diploma in Permaculture Education, Design, Implementation, System Establishment, Administration and Community Development. Both of these were awarded by the founder of Permaculture, Bill Mollison.

Geoff has undertaken thousands of jobs teaching, consulting, designing, administrating and implementing, in 6 continents and close to 50 countries around the world. Clients have included private individuals, groups, communities, governments, aid organizations, non-government organizations and multinational companies.

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 embraced the technology age. Not only is he the driving force behind the World Wide Permaculture Network (created in 2011), he also has an online training and education website named Geofflawton.com.

Geoff established Geofflawton.com in 2013 with the aim of educating as many people as possible in Permaculture and environmental sustainability. He has released Permaculture educational and inspirational films to his members regularly throughout each year and holds one Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course event per calendar year.

In 1996 he was accredited with the Permaculture Community Services Award by the Permaculture movement for services in Australia and around the world.

In October 1996 Bill Mollison, upon his retirement, asked Geoff to establish and direct a new Permaculture Research Institute of Australia (PRI Australia) on the 147-acre Tagari Farm. The Institute was a global networking centre for Permaculture projects. It is currently located at Zaytuna Farm at The Channon in Northern NSW, Australia. Geoff is the Managing Director.

The institute is a self funded non-profit company limited by guarantee. The institute has since founded PRI USA, PRI Jordan, PRI Sunshine Coast. Other Permaculture Research Institutes that have been launched or are in the process of being launched including: PRI Canada, PRI Chile, PRI Turkey, PRI Greece and PRI Afghanistan. PRI Australia won the Humanitarian Water & Food Award for 2010 for their initiative “Greening the Desert“.

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13 Responses to Episode-2126- Geoff Lawton on Permaculture’s Future

  1. I like Geoff. He’s almost exactly my age and looks a lot like my brother. He’s worked very hard to bring Permaculture to the world and produced a lot of good videos. He’s obviously very dedicated to the vision of Permaculture.

  2. Would love to find out more about your group, we live in rural PA and have stocked up food for a disaster

    • Julie permaculture is about more than stocking up on food it’s about living now and not relying on shipping in food from other places. Living well rather than just surviving. Abundance.

    • andrew greaves

      What group are you talking about?

  3. Aaron Lewis is a great artist.

    One of my favs is Northern Redneck.  https://youtu.be/brdUpwx8NBA

    I often feel Jack wants a long cold snowy winter…  like ‘back in the day!’ Lol



  4. andrew greaves

    How do you spell the name of that plant that you grow in the water? Aqua merica??????

    • Modern Survival

      Ipomoea aquatica

      • andrew greaves

        Thanks i relistened to the whole damn thing for a third time and still didnt get It on Pen and paper how it sounded. Im going to see if i can get some aquaponics started in my backyard and grow some of that for duck feed for the “farm” (if you can call it that)i work at.

  5. Geoff, along with Jack, has been an extremely valuable teacher for me in discovering myself and finding true freedom. Love hearing that Bill said permaculture is a revolution disguised as gardening and my story proves it.

    While working the corporate job and lifestyle I started looking for the best way to garden because I was buying a house in the heart of the city that had a back yard. While working for the man i spent days researching different methods. All my self schooling (I’m a high school drop out)  lead me  to Jack’s episodes on permaculture and that opened up the rabbit hole for me.

    Since then I quit my corporate slave job, sold my over valued property and bought raw land and an airstream to build a homestead.

    I have zero debt,  no mortgage and a better lifestyle all around.

    Thank you Geoff Lawton and Jack Spirko

    Oh I also got a PDC from PRI,  one from PermaEthos and attended a workshop at Jack’s.

    Anyone interested check out my website /YouTube channel

    • andrew greaves

      I subscribe to your channel. I think the name of the channel is dennis alan. Some may need clarification.

  6. Jeff brings a simple clarity to permaculture.  We need 1,000 more like him.  When I listen to him speak, I always learn and sometimes I think my head will explode from all the new ideas.

    fantastic interview, maybe the best all year IMO.


  7. Geoff needs to do a reality show on his Fijian Island work similar to “Homestead Rescue” => money maker, massive education, exposure, ??? => win, win, win, win!

  8. What was the book he mentioned? The Inhabitants of Earth?