Permaculture: designing our way to a sustainable future

A talk on Friday 28th June 2013, 7-9pm, at the Abbey Sutton Courtenay, Oxfordpermaculture flower

Permaculture is a holistic approach to designing sustainable settlements based on the observation of nature. It is also research through action and reflexive learning… all arising from a deep recognition of our interdependence with nature.

From organic farming and gardening, to natural building; from resilient communities to new approaches to economics, permaculture’s systemic approach has something to offer at every scale and in every area of life.

This talk will explain the principles of permaculture, its relevance to the design of a sustainable future – including the design of communities and the building of relationships.

Joanna Crowson puts permaculture principles into practice in Casa Gaia – her home in Southern Spain. She is also a ‘sacred activist’, seeking genuine transformation on personal, societal and planetary levels, through a renewed connection to the Earth. She has an MSc in Sustainability and a Permaculture Design Certificate, and is co-author of ‘The Key to the Universe.’ See

Photo of Abbey, copyright Ruben MartinThe Abbey Sutton Courtenay is a Centre for Transformation: a retreat, education and conference centre in which individuals and groups engage with spiritual development, personal growth and organisational enquiry. At the heart of the Abbey is a small resident community living in a unique medieval building, set in extensive grounds, tucked away in the small village of Sutton Courtenay, just 10 miles south of Oxford. This peaceful yet creative setting never ceases to inspire all who visit.

7-9 pm, £15
Please book in advance and inquire about overnight stays and sharing a meal before the session.

The Abbey, Sutton Courtenay, Oxon OX14 4AF
01235 847401