PRI Master Plan sites

Zaia

Zaia is a musician, homesteader, permaculturist, holistic health and wellness coach and sustainability advocate. She and husband Tom run permaculture designed farm "Maungaraeeda" on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia and the not for profit organisation the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast Inc. and teach permaculture and self reliance. Zaia loves cooking and always comes up with new and different recipes to prepare the food she grows. She is a percussionist and is involved in various musical projects, including community music projects. She writes about life on the farm and tries to post regular photos.

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  1. jyoti deshpande says:

    Hi. Great article and I agree there can surely be more master plan sites than what there are, not only in Australia but all over the world. I myself have been trying to get more info on what is required to be a PRI site but have been seeing only the info that is on the site which is not sufficient. There are a lot of matters which differ from country to country especially the legal ownership management etc. Have been a permaculture practitioner for three years and have done two pdcs. Am an online student of geoff this year. Because of the currency exchange rate it is not affordable to see the beautiful places in Australia. But havr been saving fr a trip and will be able to make it next year. Would have lovef to do a real course with you and geoff but again it is not affordable 🙁 Have been following you guys and zaytuna on the net and you both are my virtual gurus already along with toby hemenway who got me started again thru his book. Will try to volunteer on your place when I can visit to atleast see the Permaculture places if not afford to do courses. ..I plan to host teachers to teach courses in india in some time…all the very best for the wonderful work you all do…jyoti.mumbai-pune india.

  2. Hi Jyoti and Zaia

    Jyoti you should add a link so people can see how your project is going.

    So good to hear that you may get to Australia next year. You and yours can stay with us south of Sydney.

    I agree there is a problem getting focus on permaculture sites. Partly this is because few these days can afford to escape to the bush, fewer to have a retreat in the bush. I am now in a country town and practising ingrained permaculture, PDC 1993. While the demonstrations of the big as at Zaituna are important for some impact on large scale projects there needs also to be exemplary suburban practice visible.

    My
    http://suburbanfoodforest.blogspot.com.au
    Is perhaps exemplary mainly in showing erratic progress, mistakes sometimes learned from, constant design review, evolution of microclimates with plant growth, climate change or perversity …. and the rise and rise of a tree next door! It is also exemplary perhaps in that it excites some people, enrages others with their obsession with suburban conformity and worship of the godgrass. This is not an easy country these days for advocates of sustainability. The ABCs Gardening Australia these days has a strong PC and organic focus, but I’m not sure where it impacts. A mesh of projects mappable and accessible would help, though not everyone wants the tramp of boring tongues at the weekend.

    Best wishes

    Dennis, North Nowra NSW

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