Lawrence Yu wrote:Please let me know if anyone has started any permaculture projects in China, I would like to visit and learn. Many thanks!
We are nearby doing many Permaculture Projects in Thailand and nearby countries (Bhutan-Alpine, Malaysia, Cambodia).
You can find us at www.wwoofthailand.com or our soon to be released new website www.PermaculutreinstituteThailand.org
Our team is working on several projects right now in China.
Our main project is our own 10 acre mountain homestead, now two years old. This is our Permaculture education center and testing grounds outside of Hangzhou. We practice natural building, earthworks, greywater cycling, alleycropping, forest gardening, coppice forestry, hugelculture, heavy mulching etc. We offer weekend classes, weeklong hand-on workshops, formal PDCs and longer term internships. We do profit sharing with project managers, which we are always on the lookout for. We mostly speak Mandarin, but people are usually happy to translate, if they can.
We’re working with a newly forming Buddhist ecovillage near the Thousand Island Lake, helping them with some design and management issues. They currently welcome anyone with previous permaculture or related experience for work exchanges. Hopefully we’ll get some more permaculture principles at work there over the next few months.
We’re also setting up an eco-farm and restaurant outside of Nan’tong, Jiangsu. Some major activity will start there in the spring. We’ll be looking for people who want to learn natural building, garden design, aquaculture and animal husbandry while we run a few hands-on courses in the first half of next year. Ideally, we could find a project manager or two with experience to take the lead on the production front while the owners get the restaurant up and running.
I should mention you can look out for the occasional permaculture teacher coming over from Taiwan or other places. Sites that host their courses (Beijing, Fu’zhou, Cheng’du) might have a few demonstration projects, but I’m not sure if they are kept up or have any ongoing activities.
As far as I know, there isn’t much else going on project wise. We’ll be touring southern China this winter, giving lectures, teaching workshops and interviewing practitioners, trying to find any and all permaculture related projects. What part of China are you in?
Thank you very so much for your quite detailed information on permaculture projects in China. That's really eye-opening.
I base in Shanghai, however, I am now in Qin Huang Dao city till the end of November.
Your projects in Hang Zhou and Qian Dao Hu area interests me a lot because of the short traveling distance from Shanghai.
I am interested in learning simple and harmonious living methods with the nature, especially eco-building and off-grid energy supply, etc. Please kindly keep me informed of all your projects and I will see if there is anything can be arranged. I will send you an email in a minute.