March 2010

Create the world we want

2010-Mar-26   ::   (0 comments)

David Holmgren

Melliodora, Hepburn Springs, Australia. Yesterday we visited David Holmgren and his partner Su Dennet. David, a visionary who co-founded the movement of Permaculture, talked to us about the destructive effects of industrialized agriculture, the loss of bio diversity and other problems caused by the continuous population growth in many countries. David's emphasis is on finding solutions to these problems and on the application of the principles of Permaculture to create sustainable habitats for people and nature, where food and shelter can be provided and self-reliance can be achieved, independent from social, geographical or climatic conditions.

In Meliodora, on their homestead, Su and David demonstrate visitors like us, how Permaculture offers solutions by designing landscapes, combining different systems efficiently and sustainably. We get the strong feeling that Permaculture offers the solution to create a human space in harmony with nature to sustain ourselves, that is nourishing and healing for everyone.

“In Permaculture, we try to create the world we want rather than to work against the world we don't want,” says David Holmgren.


Working with, rather than against, nature

2010-Mar-16   ::   (0 comments)

Permacultur Design Symbol

Jakarta, Java, Indonesia. Tomorrow we will head down to Australia where we will get in touch with a practice called Permaculture and its founder David Holmgren. After decades of destructive industrial-agriculture methods, he and his co-founder Bill Mollison saw that these methods were poisoning the land and water, reducing biodiversity and removing billions of tons of topsoil from previously fertile landscapes. In the mid 1970s they started to develop ideas about stable agricultural systems.

Permaculture (permanent agriculture) is the harmonious integration of landscape and people providing their food, energy, shelter, and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way.

The philosophy behind permaculture is one of working with, rather than against, nature and of looking at systems in all their functions, rather than asking only one yield of them.

We're looking forward to meet David near Melbourne!

In accordance with nature

2010-Mar-5   ::   (0 comments)

A papaya tree

Sarinbuana, Bali, Indonesia. After the tropical heat in the cultural center of this beautiful island we are enjoying the “cool” air in the balinese mountains, on the slopes of Mount Batukaru. We stay at the Sarinbuana Eco Lodge, which was built in accordance with nature and with the help of the local population and which represents yet another example of how sustainable tourism can work.

The Australian couple Linda and Norm vant Hoff, both committed environmentalists and experienced organic farmers, transformed this piece of land, which they took over as treeless plains, exploited by monocultures, into a lush forest. Today all bungalows are surrounded by exuberant fruit trees and palms and the restaurant serves organically grown vegetables from their own Permaculture garden. Sewage is treated in own wastewater gardens. Many locals are employed directly or indirectly by the lodge, giving them an income source alternative to rice growing, which harms the environment substantially.
As a guest in the lodge, you contribute to make this part of Bali a bit more diverse, original and eco friendly.

Feel free to have a look at their website.