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Permafund is Permaculture Australia’s tax-deductible fund. Donations are accepted and a dedicated voluntary committee distributes the funds to worthy permaculture projects both in Australia and overseas. $500–$2000 go a long way in many countries and it’s a tangible action that demonstrates our third ethic of redistributing the surplus. You can set up a one-off or recurring payment through PayPal or you can pay by direct deposit or cheque/money order. Payments are easy to make via the website.


1–28 February 2019, Various locations around Melbourne

Celebrating 20 years, expect Australia’s largest festival of its kind to be even bigger and better in 2019. With a program packed full of workshops, talks, forums, film, art and live performances, only organisations who ‘walk the talk’ are invited to attend. So you know you’ll be inspired and empowered to live more sustainably simply by visiting. Pip will be there with a stall at the Big Weekend’s Green Market from the 8th to the 10th of February at Federation Square.


1–5 April 2019, Hepburn Springs, VIC

In the third iteration of a unique collaboration, David Holmgren and Dan Palmer further explore, deepen and share their understandings of sound permaculture design process. This workshop covers reading people, reading landscape, distilling and synthesising observations, designing and implementing, and system evolution. David and Dan hope to meet people where they are and support their journey forward with permaculture design. The cost for this five day workshop is $890 – $940.


26–28 April 2019, Candelo, NSW

Candelo Village Festival is a celebration of arts, farming and a community that connects through culture. A weekend program of performances and a field day will be held in the beautiful village of Candelo come April 2019. You’ll find traditional crafts being practised by local artisans, inspiring speakers such as Bruce Pascoe and Charlie Massey, a specific kids program, plenty to eat and drink, and a range of fantastic musicians from around the globe.


December 2018–February 2019, East coast of Australia

Charlie Mgee and band will be gearing up to the release of their new album EARTH PEOPLE FAIR with a tour down the east coast of Australia. They will be playing at Woodford Folk Festival in Queensland (27 Dec- Jan 1) then travelling down the east coast in search of community gardens, permaculture action parties and/or house concerts to play along the way. To find out where they’re playing or if you would like to host a concert, get in touch:


The Tropical Permaculture Guidebook is a guide to permaculture design from a typical tropical community perspective. It provides practical knowledge that can be used by anyone, especially in poor and vulnerable communities, helping people to help themselves. The clear and simple text combined with over 2000 rich and detailed illustrations enables readers with low literacy levels to understand and even use the text as a literacy tool. They use the fair share ‘pay what you can’ approach to allow open access to all, and ask for those with money to contribute to the project for those that can’t. Download a digital file now and a printed edition will be available soon from the website.


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