From the 9th – 12th of March I attended the 12th Australasian Permaculture Convergence (APC12) hosted in the beautiful town of Penguin, Tasmania.
The theme of this years convergence was ‘Honouring the Past, Transforming the Future: The Challenge to Permaculture’, acknowledging the movements 40 year long history as well as the impending need to revaluate its direction and strengthen collaboration on an international scale.
Over the 3 and a half days, attendees heard from some of the leading thinkers and practitioners from within permaculture and the broader field of sustainability including David Holmgren, Bob Brown, Nicole Foss, Stuart Hill, Robyn Francis and so many more.
As a young person and newbie to permaculture, it was fantastic to be able to learn from and work side by side with those who have been on the scene since its beginnings in the mid 1970’s.
For me, the most valuable aspect of APC12 was the ability to network and meet likeminded people doing incredible things within Australia and across the globe. It is the chance conversations in the hallway and engaging discussions held over dinner that most stick in my mind.
I am so grateful to have been part of this experience and look forward to what permaculture can achieve over the coming years.
A huge thank you to all of the organisers, volunteers, hosts and participants who made APC12 a fantastic success.
Bring on APC13!
“Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity” — Albert Einstein
Kirsty and I “Jumping into Action” – Photo by Ben Habib
More photos from APC12 are available here: http://www.apc12tas.com/