International Permaculture Day May 5th in Nairobi

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One Day International Permaculture Day in Nairobi

Around the world, on Sunday 5&6th of May, permaculture centres will be opening their doors to showcase soil solutions. Come and learn about rebuilding our soils and creating healthy local food systems and learning how nourish our bodies with nutritious foods and medicinal plants.

When:  May 5th, 2018

Where: Nurisha, Swara Plains, Nairobi

Cost: Ksh 3,000

(Fees include tea break and excludes transport to and from the course. Pot luck (BYO for sharing) lunch is required)

Details: International Permaculture Day, held on the first Sunday in May, is an opportunity to celebrate and showcase the practice of permaculture all around the world. It is a day of celebration and action for permaculture around the world. It is a day when visitors can see these myriad initiatives, ask questions of their developers and decide for themselves whether the permaculture design system has relevance to the challenges we face and to creating communities that are resilient in the face of undesirable and unforeseeable impacts. Now in its 9th year, International Permaculture Day has grown rapidly from its roots as a local Australian initiative to a global day of permaculture celebrated in over 35 countries.

We celebrate International Permaculture Day with open homes, gardens, and farms, community gardening, educational workshops, and permablitzes – letting everyone learn more about permaculture and meet its practitioners and also the organisers at PRI Kenya. But this year, we can do more. We can incorporate the valuable, natural cycle Permaculture Founder, Bill Mollison was so determined to share with us into our homes and gardens, to see how this beautiful process can help build sustainability and encourage the act of giving back.

Day Activities:

  • Educational Medicinal Herbs and Plant session with PRI Kenya Chair, Gai Cullen and PRI Kenya Ed Consultant, Priscilla Nzamalu.
  • Tree Planting around Nurisha
  • Learn how to make Seed Balls – a great permaculture technique for growing seed in a more simple and effective way.
  • Pot luck lunch and sharing space


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What is Permaculture?

Permaculture is a design system for sustainable living that developed in Australia in the 1970s and is now practiced by millions worldwide. It’s about working with nature to create homes and communities that are environmentally friendly, productive and self reliant, and includes a wide range of ecological disciplines and practices such as organic agriculture, renewable energy, waste recycling, water harvesting, holistic animal management, natural building, sustainable economics, community building and earth repair.


International Permaculture Day 01Late Permaculture Father and Founder, Bill Mollison’s teachings have found their way into institutes throughout the globe – including the Permaculture Research Institute, which he founded in 1978 and spread over many continents. These institutes provide formalized training, where instructors can pass on the theory and practice of permaculture to eager students who, like Mollison, are seeking opportunities to give back. In this way, Mollison’s dedication to the future means that in spite of his passing, he’ll never truly be gone.

“When we design, we are always building for future floods, future fires, future droughts, and planting a tree a few inches tall that will be future forest giants, throw future shadows,” Mollison said. “Future populations will need future soils and forest resources, shelter, security. So somebody needs to range ahead in time, scout out the next century. We are not daydreaming. We are time scouts.”

This year, we can do more. We can incorporate the valuable, natural cycle Mollison was so determined to share with us into our homes and gardens, to see how this beautiful process can help build sustainability and encourage the act of giving back so join us on May 5th.

About Partner site, Nurisha and the Owner

Gai Cullen is one of the co-founders of PRI-Kenya. Born in Nyeri, she co-owns Wells Fargo and Fargo Courier and brings to PRI-Kenya a wealth of business, security, logistics and operations experience.

Gai is also deeply involved in a number of conservation and environmental sustainability initiatives across Kenya. Having lived over 17 years completely off-grid she also has extensive experience of sustainable living and is currently developing her permaculture organic certified homestead “Nurisha” on the Swara Plains wildlife conservancy outside of Nairobi.

Nurisha is now fully sustainable, organic and permaculture model homestead. Having a passion for helping people be food secure and loves getting her hand in the soil, who has lived off the grid for over 18 years now and is an organic certified farmer, Gai Cullen has opened her doors to several urban permaculture intro courses which has led to more and more interest, giving valuable insight to easy and manageable key solutions to adapt sustainability and a whole systems approach at any scale.


Co- Facilitator on Medicinal Plants & Permaculture

Priscilla Nzamalu, from Kibwezi region has a background in Biological Siences with a Bsc in Botany and Zoology, she also has a Masters in Training in Rural Extension and Transformation/Teaching and a Post graduate diploma in Food and Nutrition Security, Certificate in The Right to Food and Nutrition Security, Project Management, Conflict transformation, Anamed (Natural Medicines) besides other courses. Priscilla took her PDC with John Sheffy in May 2012 and our Training of Trainers Programme and Consultancy Design in 2014 and 2015 with Warren Brush and has since assisted on consultancies and trainings with PRI Kenya.
She chose to take the PDC, to dive deeper into learning the importance of sustainability and different natural systems, the soil, plants and animals and how to enhance ecosystems. She has a special interest in health and nutrition.

With support from the Slow Food movement, she has been involved in installing thirteen water tanks in seven community groups, three families, and six schools. Sixteen Kitchen gardens have been established and more health vegetable for the kitchens have been produced and used. This is contributing to improved health of those implementing the knowledge and skills learnt. Priscilla aims to enhance her skills through more training and being a mentor in her community.


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