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Geoff Lawton

CEO of the Australian Permaculture Research Institute

Geoff has been involved in Permaculture since the early days and received his PDC in 1983 from Bill Mollison the co-creator of Permaculture. He lives in Australia on Zaytuna Farm, a Permaculture school and example site.

  • He greened the desert in Jordan.

  • He has taught the Permaculture PDC to more than 15,000 students.

  • He has design experience on every continent on the planet.

Geoff, believes that Permaculture design offers the solutions our human world needs to create long term regenerative systems and world harmony.

Since 1985, Geoff Lawton has undertaken a large number of jobs consulting, designing, teaching and implementing in over thirty countries around the world. Clients have included private individuals, groups, communities, governments, aid organisations, non-governmental organisations and multinational companies.


Lawton's aim is to establish self-replicating educational demonstration sites. He has educated over 15,000 students in permaculture worldwide. These include graduates of the Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course and courses focused on the practical design of sustainable soil, water, plant, animal, energy, structures, legal and economic systems. Lawton's 'master plan' is to see aid projects being replicated as fast as possible to help ameliorate the growing food and water crisis.


In 1996 he was accredited with the Permaculture Community Services Award by the permaculture movement for services in Australia and around the world.

In October 1997 Bill Mollison, upon his retirement, asked Lawton to establish and direct a new Permaculture Research Institute on the 66-hectare Tagari Farm developed by Mollison. Lawton further developed the site over three years and established The Permaculture Research Institute Australia as a not-for-profit company. PRI was eventually moved to Zaytuna Farm, in The Channon where it continues today.


Lawton is the managing director of The Permaculture Research Institute Australia and The Permaculture Research Institute USA, a registered not for profit organisation that has tax deductible gift recipient status. Establishing sustainable aid projects as permaculture demonstration sites that also function as education centres for local and international students has become a major focus with the establishment of permaculture research institutes in Jordan, Afghanistan, Spain, Malaysia, Vietnam, Yemen, United Arab Emirates, Morocco, Thailand, China and many more countries underway.