For me the most satisfying design work comes from blending functionality and usefulness with creativity. Permaculture design puts these two together. As an art-form the canvas and media which permaculture uses are living environments, plants animals, peoples lives, our homes, and communities. As a practical science it looks not only to the cutting edge advances in modern technology but to tried and true methods passed down for generations or practiced by indigenous people.
Permaculture seeks the most efficient, beneficial, high yielding, low cost ways to do something, but never at the cost of peoples' well-being, nor that of the environment or ecosystems.
My job as a consultant is to listen, to ask relevant questions, to draw out of people what they truly want and help them arrive at a design that really works.
Here's a few sample images from a design I did for some friends in Estonia.
Here's a little about me and what I've been up to:
Freelance permaculture consultant, educator and designer
Wellspring Design and Living Rhythm Farm
March 2010 — Present
Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute
Workshop , Greenhouse design and management. 2010
Solar Energy International
Micro-hydro Electricity Design and Implementation course. 2010
Permaculture student In Australia
May 2009 — December 2009
Home-stay and work-study with David Holmgren and Su Dennett
Hepburn Springs, Victoria, Australia. Nov 7 - 25, 2009 (temperate)
Home-stay and work-study at Mulloon Creek Natural Farms
Bungendore, NSW, Australia July - November 2009. (temperate, semi-arid)
Internship at Rainbow Vally Farm.
Matakana, New Zealand. June 25 - July 15 2009. (temperate, oceanic)
Internship at Buena Fortuna Botanical Gardens - La Ribera, Baja Mexico.
November - December, 2009. (subtropical arid)
Volunteer Tree Planting.
Trees For Earth, Bungendore, Australia.
October 2009 — October 2009
Large scale tree planting operation and conservation work.
Farm forestry intern.
Terra Preta Truffles, Braidwood, Australia.
July 2009 — August 2009
Planted truffle inoculated oak trees and engaged in many various tasks related to maintaining a large farm forestry project.
Permaculture Design Internship with Geoff Lawton
Permaculture Research Institute Australia
January 2009 — May 2009
Permaculture Design Certificate Course (72 hours)
Geoff Lawton, (with Paul Taylor) Zaytuna Farm NSW, Australia. January 18 - February 2, 2009
Permaculture Aid Workers Training Course
Geoff Lawton, Zaytuna Farm, NSW, AU. February 3-8, 2009.
Introduction to Permaculture Course
Geoff Lawton, Zaytuna Farm, NSW, AU. February 12-13, 2009.
Introduction to Permaculture Course (2nd sitting)
Geoff Lawton, Mulloon Creek Natural Farm, NSW, AU. February 28 - March 1, 2009.
Permaculture Home Gardening Course (+ curriculum development)
Geoff Lawton, Zaytuna Farm, NSW, AU. March 14-15, 2009.
Permaculture Design Certificate Course (Review)
Geoff Lawton, Zaytuna Farm, NSW, AU. March 22 - April 4 2009.
Permaculture Aid Workers Training Course (2nd sitting for curriculum development)
Geoff Lawton, Zaytuna Farm, NSW, AU. April 6 - 11, 2009.
Permaculture Teachers Training Course (and curriculum development)
Geoff Lawton, Zaytuna Farm, NSW, AU. April 13 - 17, 2009.
Permaculture Earthworks Course
Geoff Lawton, Mulloon Creek Natural Farm, NSW AU. June 1-7, 2009.
Other Education and experience
2001 — 2007
Production design and direction. Booking and scheduling bands for 2 stages. Stage management.
Musician and web manager
2001 — 2007
Full time touring and studio musician on didgeridoo and percussion. Also was web designer and administrator for the band during this time.
Artist and designer.
1998 — 2007
Freelance artist, web and graphic designer.