Sunshine Coast Permaculture Urban: the beginning


Zaia grew up in a family of musicians in Holland, and has a background in top sport (snow skiing) and web development and design. She co-founded the PRI Luganville and PRI Sunshine Coast Inc (now PermEco Inc.) with Tom, and runs the “invisible structures”, like finances, business administration, website design and maintenance, writes articles, records and edits videos and also organises the cooking and the kitchen on site. She assists Tom in running the Kendall Permaculture Farm and supervising other volunteers. She also specialises in consulting and advice for smaller scale properties (up to 5 acres). She has researched and studied nutrition and health for 20+ years, has a certificate in Nutrition and continues to study by research, reading and daily observation. She is an active member of several musical projects and bands, involved in community music and runs percussion and marimba workshops, is the percussion leader for the Woodford Folk Festival People’s Orchestra and composes as well as plays music. She is passionate about community music and loves seeing people discover that they can play!

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2 Responses

  1. Paul Gahan says:

    Hi all, Iam from a little island in the bog of Allen Kildare Ireland .

    Could you give me some pointers to start me off, I worked in construction for 15 years, with the downturn I had to find something more solid.

    I found a 40 acre nursery on the bog of Allen : lullymore nurseries was set up by a state body as a shrub nursery 60 years ago, and failed..

    I can send some pics on your reply.

    Kind regards
    Paul Gahan

    • Zaia says:

      Hi Paul,
      Have you done a PDC? To really get started in Permaculture I would highly recommend doing one if you haven’t yet done so. This will teach you how to put a Permaculture Design in place on your property, which is the ideal place to start. The best time to make a Permaculture Design for your property is when you have lived on the property for long enough to know where the winds come from, what water does on the property and where water sources are, and where the ideal location is for a dwelling.

      It is difficult to be able to guide you on what to do if we cannot see the property itself in real life. Tom does do consultations, but it may be difficult as you are in Ireland. If you would like to get further information about a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) or Tom’s consultations, please contact us by email at info (at) permeco.org (replace (at) with @, no spaces. Otherwise we wish you the best of luck with your Permaculture endeavours!

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