About Travel Galleries
As indicated in the name “Permaculture Journeys”, our lifestyle is nomadic; and discovering new places is one of the best things about it.
Travelling expands our horizons both in geographical and spiritual terms; it allows us to appreciate the beauty of the world and renew our commitment to protect it.
If you have read about our Vision on our About Us page, you know already that it encompasses “[…] inspiring and empowering people to care for themselves, all life form and the environment”.
And so I have created a “Travel Gallery” series to do just that; as I hope that showing people the beautiful places we visit will inspire a sense of gratitude and love. And as Louie Schwartzberg channelled it so well in his 10min TEDx talk in San Francisco in 2011, “we protect what we fall in love with”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXDMoiEkyuQ
Sunshine Coast, QLD, Australia
Tobi and I discovered the Sunshine Coast in March, April and May 2017 after I left my Corporate job to study permaculture. I attended a Permaculture Design Course (PDC) at Noosa Forest Retreat in Kin-Kin and then did an internship to gain a first practical experience. Tobi would join me there over the weekends and we would go touring around.
This photo gallery will show you parts of the permaculture workshops, but also the coastline from Noosa to Rainbow beach, Kin-Kin and its surroundings, as well as Maleny and the hinterlands up until Mudlo National Park and Gympie.
It is a beautiful region with a near-perfect climate to grow food. Warm in summer, cool temperate in winter, and with abundant sunshine and rainfall all year round.
A word about Permaculture Design Courses
The intent of permaculture is to design landscapes that are sustainable and resilient while also creating access to food, water, energy, shelter and other needs of human settlements.
Permaculture Design Courses (PDC’s) follow the contents of Bill Mollison’s reference publication: “Permaculture: A Designer’s Manual”. They teach about systems and patterns in nature, including climatic factors, trees, soils, water systems, and also about design strategies. On a practical side, there are many areas of competencies that relate to permaculture. These include environmental conservation, horticulture, landscaping, natural building, renewable energies, animal husbandry, etc.
Depending on the PDC, students may learn about beekeeping, earthship building, food preservation, seed saving, etc. They may also learn how to make hot compost and compost tea, biochar, biogas, rocket stoves, clay ovens and many more structures.
I surely enjoyed my time on the Sunshine Coast and hope you do, too.
Happy travels !