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My guest for this episode is Byron Joel, a permaculture designer, teacher, and practitioner from Margaret River, Australia, where he operates Oak Tree Designs.
We originally sat down to speak about his background and work as a professional designer in Australia, but didn’t wind up going in that direction at all. This is a powerful, personal, and candid conversation between the two of us. This is open and honest like Dave Jacke kind of open and honest, for those of you who have listened to that interview. If you haven’t, the whole archives are still available through the RSS feed so go check look it up and give it a listen.
In the space we created for one another we talk about finding a calling to practice permaculture and with it a transformative experience that delivered us from the paths we were on to something better. We also touch on the history of permaculture and where we stand today in this current wave of permaculture growth and transition from the earliest pioneers to the next generation of designers who can change the world. We also talk about hope and the importance of preserving cultural traditions.
Every interview recorded for this show, every guest I speak with, is important to me and transforms the way I look at the world and what we can do to create a better place. Sometimes, however, one stands out that really touches me and makes me a better person for it. This is one of those conversations.
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And that was Byron Joel. I’m not going to add anything to this conversation, except to say that you can find out more about Byron, his work, and listen to other interviews he’s given, by going to:
And here are the other resources mentioned in this episode:
Loess Plateau Watershed Rehabilitation Project
Edible Forest Gardens
Firestick Farming and Land Management
The Biggest Estate on Earth by Bill Gammage
Tending the Wild by M. Kat Anderson
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