Hi There and Welcome to Permaculture Journeys.
I’m Melanie, a nature-lover who used to work and live a standard life in the corporate world until I decided to start a more meaningful one, respectful of the environment and all living things.
A life-long appreciation for natural ecosystems and a double background in project management and pharmaceutical & biological sciences have given me the drive to use my time and skills in service of our planet.
Permaculture Journeys is an online platform where you can follow my travels and transition towards a permaculture lifestyle, ask for help, work with me, learn, get involved, shop and share all things related to permaculture and sustainable living.
Working in the background for all IT-related things, including the maintenance of this website and photography is my partner Tobias. Tobi has extensive experience in computer systems and recently created his own business in IT services. You can learn more about him here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tobias-rosenau
Our vision is to minimise our environmental footprint; do our part to regenerate the ecosystems; and inspire and empower people to care for themselves, all life form and the environment.
Our mission is to present an alternative path towards sustainable living; live and promote the permaculture ethics; and provide others with the guidance, tools and support they need to take on this journey with us and become agents of change.
The values that define the content, products and services of Permaculture Journeys are:
Minimalist, as opposed to superfluous, for we acknowledge the resources of the planet are decreasing at an alarming rate and encourage substantial consumption reduction. Also, most eco-nomads live in a car or a van, and everything we own needs to fit in there. This means we don’t range fancy gadgets, home decor stuff, stylish accessories or dozens of beauty products. Just what we need to live simply and happily everyday.
Ethical, meaning we source our products responsibly; and we ensure that every item promoted on our website represents a better alternative than conventional choices.
Vegan, which means not containing any animal source whatsoever; because we care about all sentient beings and believe in a world of love and compassion where every being on the planet is free from harm and exploitation and appreciated for their intrinsic value.
Free from palm oil, because we never know how sustainable RSPO is.
Non-toxic, i.e. not containing harsh chemicals, only natural ingredients.
And as far as possible, locally-sourced, zero-waste through reusability, recyclability, biodegradability and/or compostability of product parts, and made of renewable resources.
They align with the 3 permaculture ethics:
- “Care for the Earth”
- “Care for the People” and
- “Fair Share”.
… as well as with the permaculture principles:
- #4 “Apply self-regulation and accept feedback”
- #5 “Use and value renewable resources” and
- #6 ”Produce no waste”.
I heard about Permaculture for the first time in my former corporate job as I studied for a certification in sustainability. I was already thinking about transitioning career; and shared with my partner Tobi a desire to use my time and skills to do some good for the planet rather than creating more value for shareholders, for I believe in David W. Orr’s quote: “[…] the planet does not need more successful people. But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every kind […]” – Ecological Literacy: Educating Our Children for a Sustainable World, 2005.
I therefore started to research “Permaculture” on the web and took a first Permaculture Design Course (PDC) online. Convinced it was the most sensible turn I could take in my life and my career, I left my corporate job. Then I took another Permaculture Design Course, residential this time, and followed by an internship to gain a first practical experience.
Tobi also values the natural world and he enjoys travelling. So shortly afterwards, we left Sydney and started touring around Australia to learn and practice permaculture and a sustainable way of living.
The idea of Permaculture Journeys emerged later during our travels. This is yet another journey and who knows where it’s going to lead us… So welcome and enjoy the voyage!
– A bit more about Tobi:
Tobi is in his mid-thirties. He’s from Germany and arrived in Australia in 2013. He’s got a background in IT as Support Engineer and is a geek. He loves computers, photography, modern technologies, cars and mechanics. He also likes refurbishing old systems and making them as performant as modern ones. An old Mac left at the tip can be turned into a performant gaming PC, you name it. He’s part of the lucky ones who ran the NYC marathon; and he also enjoys hiking, camping, mountain biking, and periodically practicing meditation.
– A bit more about Melanie:
Melanie is also in her mid-thirties. She’s from France and lived in Belgium before coming to Australia in 2012. Her background is in Pharmaceutical sciences and Project Management in Corporate environments; As a result, she’s very organised and task-oriented with strong work ethics. She obviously loves the Natural world and tries to respect all living things, flora and fauna included. She’s also passionate about Nutrition, using the power of plant-based food to ensure optimal health.
Melanie likes practicing yoga, meditating, hiking and camping; she also enjoys running, which took her to the finish line of the 2015 Queenstown, NZ Marathon.