needed to weave together all the threads I’d been exploring with grounded practical tools for transformation. It was there too that I met my husband, Evan. We were both 24. Travelling from different cities to this permaculture hub, we threw ourselves into an experience I think we both knew would change us. And it did.
The Permaculture Web of Connection My sense is that when you finally decide to do a permaculture course, you’re wide open, looking for new direction. You open the door to the permaculture world and find a web of people doing positive action everywhere. I remember feeling a rising smile inside, an immediate sense of belonging.
Permaculture is a shared global language adaptable to wherever you are and whatever you have. For the next decade, Evan and I travelled as permaculture educators in over 20 countries. We slowed down enough to create our base in the ecovillage where we met and owner-built our home and surrounded it with a food forest we use as a classroom. We wanted to remain debt-free, so our house is a series of buildable, affordable modules.
Our children have grown up here and become natural educators. Permaculture life is their normal. Our eldest, Maia Raymond, now leads the Permayouth which recently won a Youth in Permaculture Prize thanks to PM and the Abundant Earth Foundation.
My livelihood is teaching permaculture teachers online with people from six continents. During COVID-19, I could stay local, but continued to connect globally – I love it. The online course also allows me to offer half of the places as full scholarships to those in the Global South and refugee settlements.
Permaculture humanitarianism has become a huge part of my world since taking my children to East Africa to work with permaculture programs in children’s homes and women’s groups. Our permaculture education charity, Ethos Foundation, supports local permaculture teachers to widely offer free courses, particularly refugees involved in Permayouth.
I talk often with permaculture friends about how we as elders in the movement can be more engaged [pr]activists too. May East, from Gaia Education, says we must step up to ‘take permaculture from being on the menu, to being on the table’. Teaching permaculture teachers and being a speaker is my way of amplifying permaculture, as well as creating podcasts, YouTubes and writing.
I am so grateful to have found permaculture. It seeps into everything I do. I see in so many places that it really can be the ‘difference that makes a difference’, touching the hearts and minds of people everywhere, one garden at a time. I used to think it was too slow, not enough. But I realise now that change is not linear. Permaculture myceliates.
Morag Gamble is a global leader of the permaculture movement for change. She is a writer and film-maker and writes the popular permaculture blog, Our Permaculture Life, also on YouTube under the same name.
Morag and Amale in Ladaki village
School garden project, Bali
Morag Gamble and Mama Visolela from Namibia - Global Ecovillage
Morag teaching a PDC in her garden www.permaculture.co.uk