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Permaculture co-originator, David Holmgren, has launched his bestselling book, RetroSuburbia: the downshifter’s guide to a resilient future, published as a pay-what-you-feel online book. His decision is in response to the latest health and economic crisis, that has galvanised enthusiasm in permaculture and kindred circles. David hopes his book will inspire those who have been ‘stuck’ at home with digital access and time to read.



20 September 2020

Tour some of Australia’s most environmentally progressive homes on Sustainable House Day. A ‘sustainable house’, or ‘green house’, has been designed, built or renovated to be more environmentally friendly, cheaper to run and more comfortable to live in. If you have worked hard to make your house more sustainable and you’d like to share this knowledge with your community, visit the website and submit your house for the open day.



With more than 2000 illustrations and clear comprehensive text, this revised and expanded edition is a practical reference guide to tropical permaculture. This unique book will accelerate the understanding and application of permaculture for everyone, regardless of experience. The download edition is now available in PDF format on a pay-what-you-can basis, putting the fair share permaculture ethic into action. Plus, 100 percent of profits from download and print editions goes back into the project.



Brisbane, QLD: 12 – 15 April 2021 (New dates)

The next Australian Permaculture Convergence is being organised by Northey Street City Farm in Brisbane’s Windsor. The Convergence will kick off with a permaculture festival on the Sunday, which will run in conjunction with Northey Street’s bustling organic market. The festival will showcase community gardens from around the region, sustainable living in cities and you can visit Northey Street’s established permaculture garden.

The four-day convergence to follow, held in Redland Bay, has a full program of speakers, workshops, presentations and awards. The exciting array of keynote speakers already includes Starhawk, Stuart Andrews and Robin Frances. Accommodation and camping available at the PGL Kindilan site.



Postponed to November – December 2021

The IPC-14 Argentina has been postponed due to the consequences of the COVID-19 global pandemic. We acknowledge the importance of permaculture and the need to share this way of life with all the world’s inhabitants. What better opportunity to do that, than at an international gathering such as this one?

In the meantime, there will be a series of online activities organised by a team of permaculture members and collaborators of the 14IPC, in order to weave and strengthen the network, maximising this time of change we are in. These activities will offer talks, presenting permaculture as a solution to what is happening in the world right now; and videos about various inspiring projects in the world that are facing the crisis in an incredible way.

For all updates, check online:

Instituto de Permacultura N. Lu‘um



17 – 30 September 2020

Celebrate organic food and products with a week of local activities designed to increase people’s awareness and encouraged them to eat organically-grown food, wear organically-produced clothing and learn about local organic farming. Find out what’s going on in your local area, or hold your own event, whether it’s an education session for your staff, or in your local school or community. CORE (Centre for Organic Research and Education) can help out with products and promotional materials for your event.


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