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Cecilia Macaulay
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Sydney/Melbourne/Tokyo, Australia
Climate Zone:
Warm Temperate
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My Projects

(projects i'm involved in)

Asaba Art Square

Asaba Art Square

Yokohama-shi, JP


(projects i'm following)

The Panya Project
Anton Lo Barry Batchelor Darren J.  Doherty Eliza Pearson Geoff Lawton Gordon Williams Jack Heimsoth Janet Millington Kathleen McCann Kevin Thien Mark Brown Mark Ermacora Mark Garrett Miguel Varella-Cid Nick Sikorski Richard Perkins Richard Telford Ross Mars Warren Brush
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About Cecilia Macaulay

I'm a Permaculture designer, and I draw the quirky, love-filled worlds I want to live in, and sometimes actually do.

I'm 'Made in Melbourne', and its shows, but these days live in harbor-side Sydney, and sometimes Tokyo, my winter home of the last 21 years.

My job, and my life-mission, is Permaculture designer for our Inner life.

Its about getting into people's homes, their ways of talking and being, and showing how we can design to have less traps and pits in our lives.
No more kitchens that fight us, no more expectations we will never meet.
I see Permaculture as a design system for more creativity and connectedness, design for telling the truth more quickly, and being surprised by the results.

One test of how well we are doing is how often we can eat home-grown lunches, under dappled light, in the company of people we admire, who admire us right back.
Another test is how willingly we head back to work, work that we know is important.

Do I live like this?
It ebbs and flows.
Can I help you and your students live like this?
If your observation skills are already good, the chances are high.

I want this way of living now, but also in my future.
I want this way of living for everyone.
Permaculture design principles will get you there. Japanese traditional culture will get you there, elegantly (you have to select, though).
I have a feeling Apple Mac design principles will get you there, but I'm still extrapolating, still testing.

There aren't enough people doing what I do.
So far, its just me.
Initiating mysterious workshops, home decluttering, hope-giving Presentations.
Making things sparky between people, digging a new world into being.
Our cities need one designer like me in each street. I had better start hustling. xx Cecilia

-Whole-systems thinking
-Embodying Permaculture attitudes:positive & generative.
-Edible self-maintaning balconyscapes
-Permaculture for creating beauty
-'Inner Permaculture' for Creative, force-free Communication
-Conflict-free home and share-house design: 'Companion Planting' of people
-Excellent WWOOF hosting
-Japanese Kaizen efficiancy (design principles echo permaculture)
-How to draw gardens to inspire your clients into action
-How to create your first garden.
-Design to make housework and cooking struggle-free and successful.

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Here are lovely illustrations for you to use for free. Just ask me first, and attribute the image to Cecilia Macaulay, with a link if you can:



How to be a Paid Urban 'Start-at-your-Doorstep' Garden designer - The story of meeting Steve Webb

Every street in Sydney needs a part-time Permaculture 'doorstep garden' designer. We arrange to get paid, which gets us to commit to being excellent, world class. We learn on the job, a steep and exciting learning curve. This 'side'job expands who we are

Posted over 12 years ago (1 comments)

What David Saw - David Holmgrens visit to my place, Harborside Sydney

This story from my blog the other month, of David Holmgren and Su Denett's visit to my place in Sydney. They are such an inspiration, so fully engaged in the world around them.

Posted almost 13 years ago (2 comments)

Start at your doorstep - John and Laura's Shade-garden makeover, Inner Urban Sydney

"If you want to change the world, start at your back doorstep" said Permaculture's Bill Mollison. Here is the story of how John and Laura turned a shady dirt-patch into a little jewel-box organic garden.

Posted about 13 years ago (3 comments)

The Year of Living Homelessly gets even better - Permaculture from Harborside East Balmain

I've come to a lovely interlude of my Year of Living Homelessly. Ive found myself house-sitting at a jungle-like home on Sydney Harbor, until mid-September. From here I can catch my breath, write up my Japanese Permaculture adventures, and start finding c

Posted over 13 years ago (1 comments)
My Badges
Consultant Aid worker I'm female, single, and looking for a permaculture partner
My Permaculture Qualifications
Pri verified
Type: Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course
Verifying teacher: Geoff Lawton
Other Teachers: steve cran
Location: Mullumbimby
Date: Dec 1998

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