Geoff Lawton has recently come out with a free online masterclass that consists of 4 videos. Each one of the 4 videos focuses on a slightly different aspect of permaculture, and together deliver more than 2 hours of practical information about permaculture, Geoff’s own journey to and in permaculture.
If you don't know who Geoff Lawton is here is a blurb from his website:
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.
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.
I have learned a lot from Geoff over the years--his videos on YouTube were some of the first to introduce me to permaculture. That eventually led me to permies as I explored the concepts that Geoff had introduced me to.
This masterclass is a great series and I have already watched them all myself. Great information and getting over 2 hours of Geoff's content for free is awesome in my opinion. The videos do talk a bit about Geoff's upcoming online PDC but they provide great information on their own including a lesson unit from Geoff's Online PDC. Here is a bit more about each of the 4 videos and links to watch them.
First Video - Green is the New Silver (Lining): Crisis, Hope and Permaculture
This video introduces how permaculture can provide the solutions through design for the problems facing our world today. Geoff talks about how through permaculture people can become the most beneficial element on the planet instead of the most harmful. This video really serves as an introduction to permaculture and the work Geoff does. This includes the Greening the Desert project in Jordon. The video gives an overview of the various methods being used in this project to grow food in the middle of a desert.
Second Video - From Exploitation to Regeneration: Rob and Michelle’s Story
Video 2 focuses on the story of Rob and Michelle from Canada who are the founders of Verge Permaculture. They both come from the oil and gas industry but left that behind to start a new journey using permaculture to help regenerate the land instead of exploiting it. A great inspirational video that also covers what Rob and Michelle are doing to make a difference on an urban lot in a cold temperate environment in addition to their consulting work through their business Verge Permaculture. The key takeaway is that anyone can learn permaculture and become a permaculture designer.
Third Video - An Urban Food Forest and Therapy Garden: Angelo and Lana’s Journeys
Continuing with telling the story of past students, video 3 covers Angelo from Deep Green Permaculture and Lana's permaculture journey. Angelo takes the viewer through a tour of his amazing urban permaculture garden with 30 fruittrees and tons of other edible and medicinal plants. Lana's sits down with Geoff to talk about how learning permaculture let her create a therapy garden for herself and her community that she shares 2 acres with. Lana is an artist and her permaculture garden is part of her creative expression.
Fourth Video - Permaculture’s Origin Story: Mollison’s PDM. Oh, and Nature
This final video focuses on what you need to know to truly understand permaculture design and the mindset you need to have to truly understand permaculture. Geoff talks passionately about how he teaches permaculture and how he stays true to Mollison's approach in the Permaculture Design Manual. The video then shifts to sharing a lesson unit on creating compost in 18 days which is taken from Geoff's Online PDC. If you want to learn to make compost quickly (both the theory and practical sides of it) then make sure to watch this video. This is a great example of what the Online PDC offers.
- Module 14: Strategies of an Alternative Global Nation (21 Lesson Units)
- FDE Flow: Final Design Exercise (10 Lesson Units)
- Q&A: New Weekly & Archive (93+ Lesson Units)
Ready to Get Started?
If you are ready to take the next step in your permaculture journey but don't have the ability to travel to take an in-person PDC then Geoff's 2019 Online PDC 2.0 is a fantastic option for you to get your PDC certificate from home.
Don't miss out on this opportunity. Enrollment is only open for a limited time.