Sustainability Centre launches Bill Mollison Permaculture Course Bursary

Maddy Harland
Thursday, 20th October 2016

The Sustainability Centre in the UK has created a lasting tribute to Bill Mollison, an annual bursary that will fund a free place on their annual permaculture design course.

The Sustainability Centre in Hampshire, UK, home of Permaculture magazine and Permanent Publications, has created a lasting tribute to Bill Mollison, the co-founder, pioneer and 'father of permaculture' to be launched in 2017.

The tribute will be in the form of an annual bursary funded by centre's Charity - the Earthworks Trust - to enable at least one student place to be offered, at no cost to the student, on our Permaculture Design Course every year. It will be called the Bill Mollison Permaculture Bursary.

Bill Mollison felt strongly that money should not be an obstacle to learning so he encouraged teachers to make available funded places on their courses. The Sustainability Centre wants to revive this tradition of 'Fair Shares'.

"We offer this out of deep respect and acknowledgement of the important role and inspiration that permaculture has within our organisational design, site and courses. We are the home of Permaculture magazine and through a working partnership with them, we are connected to the international community of permaculture, its ideas and network of real people doing real things. 

"In offering this bursary we would like inspire others to create a network of bursaries across the globe to reflect the global influence that Bill has had as a power for good seeking to influence real and lasting change," says Christine Seaward, the Centre's CEO.

About Bill Mollison

Bruce Charles "BillMollison (4 May 1928 – 24 September 2016) was an Australian researcher, author, scientist, teacher and biologist. In 1978, Bill and David published Permaculture One, the precursor of Mollison’s more detailed Permaculture – A Designers’ Manual (1988) that was to become the permaculture 'bible’. Bill eschewed his academic career and set out to teach the ethics, principles and application of permaculture design worldwide. He developed a 72-hour permaculture design course that required no qualifications to attend, just a willing and open mind. He taught thousands of students and encouraged them to teach others. In 1979 he founded the first Permaculture Institute, teaching the practical design of sustainable soil, water, plant, and legal and economic strategies.

In 1981, Bill received the Right Livelihood Award (the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’) for his work. Of all the accolades he was most proud of Russia’s Vavilov Medal, in large part due to the tenacity, courage and contributions of the award’s namesake, whom Bill considered a personal hero. Bill was also the first foreigner invited and admitted to the Russian Academy of Agricultural Sciences.

About the Sustainability Centre

The Sustainability Centre offer a variety of courses promoting permaculture practice and principles, and welcome students and tutors from around the world. In 2015, they held their first well attended social permaculture course with Looby MacNamara, Robin Clayfield, Starhawk, Robina McCurdy and Peter Cow.

They also work with schools, community groups and like-minded organisations from all over the world. The Centre is located in its own a beautiful 55 acre woodland site in the heart of Hampshire’s The South Downs National Park.

This year The Sustainability Centre celebrates its 21st anniversary and is one of the earliest of its kind to provide a broad range of opportunities for outdoor environmental learning programmes and sustainable lifestyle solutions. Their education programmes encourage people into the great outdoors, learning about nature and how to live with a deeper connection to our environment, whilst acknowledging our fragile eco-system and how we can live in harmony with our surroundings.

This couldn't be a better site to launch a permaculture bursary. For more information

Introduction to Permaculture Course

Tutor: Aranya
Venue: Sustainability Centre
Dates: Monday 31st October - Thursday 4th November 2016
Cost: £300 Non-residential but accommodation can be booked seperately
(Sorry bursary starts in 2017.)

About Permaculture magazine

Permaculture - practical solutions beyond sustainability - is a bestselling international green/environmental magazine. Its quarterly 88 pages are handcrafted and artisnal, packed with inspiring articles written by leading experts alongside the readers' own tips and solutions.