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Senem Tufekcioglu
Istanbul, Turkey
Climate Zone:
Warm Temperate

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Permaculture Research Institute of Turkey
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Alex McCausland Andy Goldring Aykut Istanbullu Banu Onuk Bill Mollison Brad Lancaster Cathe' Fish Deniz Ucok Dr. Murat ONUK Esin Isin Ethan Roland Filiz Telek Geoff Lawton Hira Dogrul Iraz Candas Mustafa Fatih Bakir Nadia  Lawton Owen Hablutzel Rhamis Kent Rob Avis Sakina Grome Warren Brush
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About Senem Tufekcioglu

I graduated from the Landscape Architecture program at the Faculty of Forestry in Istanbul University. During my 4 years at the Bahcekoy Campus which is within a forested area, situated 25 km. from the city centre, I had an opportunity to receive a good foundation on ecology, as the faculty offered a sound theoretical education from a variety of departments, as well as a comprehensive applied education in its well kept campus.

Although my studies mostly focused on urban landscape development, I found joy in working as a volunteer in IFSA (International Forestry Student’s Association) and collaborating with students studying Forestry Engineering from all around the world. I participated in two of IFSA’s annual symposiums, first one held in Turkey in 2002 and the second in Canada in 2003, as a representative of Istanbul University.

After receiving my degree, I couldn't work as a Landscape Architect because I felt that the industry’s work ethics didn’t match mine. Instead, I started working in a publishing company as an editor in training. In the next four years, I worked in media as an editor and web content manager.

I became interested in permaculture after I attended Penny Livingston’s workshop on Urban Permaculture held in Istanbul in October 2009. I continued my research about the subject in my free time and started considering a career change. When I attended Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton’s PDC held in Istanbul in November 2010, it was clear to me that I needed a drastic change in my life path.

In January 2011, I quit my job and joined PRI Turkey. I started working on creating a course about the practical ways permaculture can be implemented in urban houses/apartments. My course, "Practical Permaculture for Home" became one of PRI Turkey's courses; it was designed to offer solutions for the city life, and it aimed to target women in particular.

Since I started my permaculture journey, I've had the pleasure to teach permaculture to a variety of people, including high school students. Since 2016, I am a guest teacher in Bilgi University's Studio Sustain class.

Between the years 2011-2020, I worked with PRI Turkey. In 2020, I decided it was time to take a break and be on my own for a while.

So yes, right now, I am on vacation. Let's see what happens and I'll update when there are enough exciting news to share! <3


My Permaculture Qualifications
Pri verified
PDC Istanbul 2010
Type: Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course
Verifying teacher: Geoff Lawton
Other Teachers: Bill Mollison
Location: Istanbul
Date: Nov 2010
Other course verified
Introduction to Permaculture
Type: Introduction to Permaculture
Teacher: Mustafa Fatih Bakir
Location: ?zmir, Turkey
Date: Jun 2011
Other course unverified
Urban Permaculture
Type: Other
Teacher: Penny Livingston-Stark
Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Date: Oct 2009
Other course verified
Permaculture Teacher Training Course
Type: Teacher Training
Teacher: Mustafa Fatih Bakir
Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Date: Nov 2013

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