120: Morag Gamble on Permaculture Education.
Living a full life, simply and in conjunction with nature’s principles.
Morag loves living a permaculture life. She is a passionate permaculture teacher, an experienced designer, a permaculture blogger and film maker, a regular feature writer for the the Australian Permaculture Magazine and Correspondent for the new ABC Simple Living and Permaculture radio show.
She lives at Crystal Waters a permaculture village in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast with her husband and young family, who she homeschools. They designed and built their eco-home without going into debt, collect all their own water, deal with their own wastewater and produce their own power. Morag loves teaching from her gardens – in this educational space she leads her Nature Kids programs, Young Ethos Scholar programs, Earth School camps for high school students and the Permaculture Life education series for adults.
IN THIS PODCAST: Greg and Morag cross time to chat about the beauty of living a simple life in conjunction with nature. She tells an inspiring story of how she has implemented her permaculture learnings into her life and how she is now reciprocating by sharing that knowledge in a variety of permaculture education programs. Listen to learn and be inspired, and perhaps bring a little bit of Crystal Waters into your own world.
Listen in and learn about:
- Her path to get to where she is at based on strong ethics, environmental activism and natural health upbringing from her parents.
- Her early teenage year with activism and being connected to nature
- How growing up with the awareness of nuclear war potentials and oils shortages influenced her messages
- Her father’s teachings to look for positive solutions
- Being influenced by Fritjof Capra, author of TAO of Physics,
- Her adventures in England that introduced her to permaculture foundations and teachings
- Her head and heart filling up with possibilities
- How she transformed her ideas and inspiration into the reality of her life in Australia
- Her life on the amazing Crystal Waters village community (you need to hear all of this to believe it) with 83 households working together in a true permaculture community
- WWOOFers that come to the village and the WWOOFing that helps teach her kids so much about the world
- When your green you grow, when your ripe you rot
- Her son’s homeschool project of solar powered transportation for their community
- How she learned so much more about successful permaculture after she left the university
- What she feels is needed to start successful polycultural systems
- Her connected pods that create her home which expanded as her family did
- The story of how their home was built by themselves and what that means to them
- How she can forage for food just outside her door
- Why she considers her home an ecological system that looks after itself
- Some real treats in her garden that demonstrate how many edible parts there are in any garden
- What the biggest products that come from her garden are besides food for her family
- What she does with the recycling depository in her carport
- How her children are already living and speaking permaculture
- How she is un-schooling her kids and the benefits of this method
As well as:
- How she is learning to accept that some of her ideas have not reached their time yet
- Why she thinks her project of Northey Street City Farm is her biggest success
- Why feeling the pain and injustice of the earth being destroyed and cultures being dismantled actually drives her to seek out better solutions
- Her final piece of advice is to be open and listen to learn
Books Morag Recommends:
The Turning Point: Science, Society, and the Rising Culture By Fritjof Capra
Ancient Futures, 3rd Edition By Helena Norberg-Hodge
How to get a hold of Morag and find her Blog:
Her Blog: our-permaculture-life.blogspot.com
Her Website: ethosfoundation.org