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Norman Joseph Smith
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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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Sub tropical
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My Projects

(projects i'm involved in)

Mongeal Mapu - Tierra para la Vida - Land for Life

Mongeal Mapu - Tierra para la Vida - Land for Life

Chepica near Lolol and Santa Cruz, CL

Michael Smith's (Brother's) Property

Michael Smith's (Brother's) Property

Logan Village, Brisbane, AU


(projects i'm following)

Permaculture Research Institute Chile Instituto Chileno de Pc Permablitz Brisbane
Byron Moriarty Joshua van Veen Kirsty Mack Nicholas Burtner Sarvesvara Dasa
Benjamin Standring Geoff Lawton
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About Norman Joseph Smith

I was a Buddhist monk from 1986 to 1993. I did the PDC with Hector Hill in Brisbane in Jan 1994. I have applied my Permaculture knowledge in small ways since doing my PDC, but have not been able to develop a whole property. From mid 2008 I became a Buddhist monk again, with the monk's name Dhamma-daaso (Dhamma-darsa) Bhikkhu.

I have been concerned about the environment since a young age. I was looking for new skills after disrobing and asked Centrelink (which was then the Department of Social Security - government department looking after the unemployed) to fund my PDC course.

I have been restudying Permaculture materials and have done the PDC offered online for the first time in 2013 by Geoff Lawton.

I was invited to Chile to develop a sustainable living centre, which was to include teaching non-ritualistic meditation and teaching and applying Permaculture to regenerate 10 acres of land. Went there end of 2013, but that did not work out, but based on the design I did, they received funding of one million pesos to implement swales.

Now I'm back in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.


free PDC online

Here is a place that offers the Permaculture Design Course online for free.

Posted almost 10 years ago (1 comments)

personal PDC online

They offer one on one courses, including a dipoloma.

Posted about 10 years ago (0 comments)

Building huts in Chile


Posted over 10 years ago (0 comments)

Another Online PDC (not material)

geofflawton.com has an online PDC and here is another one. This one is offered twice a year.

Posted over 10 years ago (0 comments)

Property Design

This is the design I've done for this property.

Posted over 10 years ago (4 comments)

proposed timetable

this is the proposed timetable with 3hrs for work, study and meditation each day :-)

Posted over 10 years ago (0 comments)

where people and things are

Diego Urra Gosselin (land donator), Sergio Andrés León Candia (fund raiser) and I are the main people involved.

Posted almost 11 years ago (0 comments)

plant database

7000+ plants with many details

Posted almost 11 years ago (1 comments)

Other PDC online resources

These are the resources for a PDC held in New Zealand including some video of lectures.

Posted almost 11 years ago (1 comments)

raising some funds

Chilean inviter comes to Australia to work.

Posted about 11 years ago (1 comments)

the price of things

just an idea about the price of things

Posted over 11 years ago (0 comments)

more online PDC material

Here's a course taught at NC State University by Will Hooker.

Posted over 11 years ago (0 comments)

Videos of Bill Mollison teaching

Quite a load of information, Bill teaching a PDC couse, donwloadable for free.

Posted over 11 years ago (0 comments)
My Badges
My Permaculture Qualifications
Permaculture Consultant's Design Course
Type: Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course
Verifying teacher: Hector Hill
Other Teachers: Philip Booth
Location: 128 Swenson's Road, Mt Crosby, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Date: Jan 1994
Pri verified
Permaculture Consultant's Design Certificate
Type: Online Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course
Teacher: Geoff Lawton
Location: The Channon, NSW, Australia
Date: May 2013

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