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evan raymond and morag gamble

We are positive permaculture people, with a passion for practical solutions, local food and this planet.

Morag Gamble and Evan Raymond are passionate permaculture designers and educators who love teaching and helping individuals, groups and communities to create abundant permaculture food gardens, and cultivate fantastic networks around food and edible gardening. Our award–winning permaculture garden is our main classroom, set within the world’s first permaculture village, Crystal Waters (recipient of a UN World Habitat Award). We have built our own eco–home at Crystal Waters using many reclaimed resources, natural finishes and some timbers sustainably harvested from the ecovillage forests. Our house collects all its own water and processes the waste water. We have a $0 power bill and no mortgage.

Our three young children are also keen permaculturalists and emerging teachers. Our programs welcome families and children. We co–founded Northey Street City Farm in Brisbane and the Australian City Farms and Community Gardens Network. We facilitated the student design and development of the Conondale School Garden, and the cross-faculty design of the Moving Feast project at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Our unique courses have been offered in 20 countries, including the first PDCs in South Korea and Hong Kong, and the first Ecovillage Design course in Italy. Our film, Think Global: Eat Local – a diet for a sustainable society has been shown by schools and community groups around the country. We have also authored many articles, reports and a book chapter.

• Permaculture design
• Permaculture design education
• Urban agriculture, community gardens, school gardens, community food systems, local food
• Sustainable settlement and landscape design, ecovillages
• Sustainability education – program design and delivery
• Participatory community design processes
• Food Politics

international experience
Over the past two decades, we have worked overseas undertaking sustainability education, ecological design work and research. The countries we have undertaken this work include: Bulgaria, China, Cuba, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong , India (including the Himalayan region of Ladakh), Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Scotland, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, The Bahamas, Turkey, USA, Wales.

teaching experience

Morag Gamble and Evan Raymond have led numerous Permaculture Design Courses, permaculture workshops, permaculture school camps and tours at Crystal Waters since 1998. Each year, Morag is in demand to deliver community workshops throughout the Brisbane City and Sunshine Coast libraries. Morag is an adjunct researcher at the University of the Sunshine Coast and lectured in Food Politics for many years at the School of Science, Griffith University.

In addition to this, Morag and Evan have provided permaculture education extensively around the world at leading centres for sustainability and in a wide variety of universities, colleges and communities. Below is a selection of places where Morag and/or Evan have given lectures and led courses around the themes of local food, community food systems, community gardens, urban agriculture, ecovillages, permaculture and sustainable living strategies.

• Schumacher College, Master of Holistic Science, Plymouth University, ENGLAND
(Design for Life: a 3 week residential course co–taught with Janine Benyus)
• UNSECO Master of Sustainability, Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Terrassa, SPAIN
• Faculty of Agriculture, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, SPAIN
• Faculty of Social Science, Genova University, ITALY
• School of Sustainable Systems, University of East Anglia, ENGLAND
• Master of Sustainable Design, University of East London, Centre for Alternative Technology, WALES
• Centre for Human Ecology, Edinburgh University, SCOTLAND
• International Agricultural Development, University of California (Davis) USA
• Humphrey Fellows Lecture, International House, University of California (Davis), USA
• Liberal Studies, University of New Mexico, USA
• Faculty of Built Environment, Seoul National University, SOUTH KOREA
• Green University, Hamyang Province, SOUTH KOREA
• Faculty of Architecture and Design,Nippon University, Tokyo, JAPAN
• Kyushu University, JAPAN
• Pacific Lutheran College, Washington, USA
• University of Orlando, Florida, USA
• Master of Environmental Education, Griffith University, Queensland, AUSTRALIA
• School of Science, Griffith University, Queensland, AUSTRALIA
• Faculty of Built Environment, QUT, Queensland, AUSTRALIA
• Environmental Management, University of Sunshine Coast, Queensland, AUSTRALIA
• School of Landscape Architecture, RMIT University, Melbourne, Victoria, AUSTRALIA
• School of Environmental Planning and Design, University of Melbourne, Victoria, AUSTRALIA
• Year of Design Lecture, Barcelona City Hall, SPAIN
• Portogruaro Town Hall, Venezia, ITALY
• Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) of Europe, ITALY
• Dartington College of The Arts, ENGLAND
• Energy 21, Stroud Town Hall, ENGLAND
• Findhorn Foundation, GEN Europe, SCOTLAND
• Occidental Arts and Ecology Centre, CA, USA
• Centre for Ecoliteracy with Ecocity Builders (with Fritjof Capra and Richard Register), Berkeley, USA
• Global Ecovillage Network of the Americas, Tennessee USA
• Alternative Technology Center, SOUTH KOREA
• Pool Moo College, Chuncheon Province, SOUTH KOREA
• Soil Research Union, 10th Anniversary Lecture, Memuro Town Hall JAPAN
• Ladakh Ecological Development Centre (Helene Norberg-Hodge), Leh, Ladakh, INDIA
• Balcova Arts Centre, Balcova Local Govt, Izmir, TURKEY
• The Island School, Eleuthera Island (with Amory Lovins, John Todd, David Orr) THE BAHAMAS
• Centre for Sustainable Havana, Havana, CUBA
• Woodford Festival, Woodford Queensland, AUSTRALIA
• Real Food Festival, Maleny, Queensland, AUSTRALIA
• Queensland Garden Expo, Nambour, Queensland, AUSTRALIA
• Courageous Conversations, Gondwana Centre, Queensland, AUSTRALIA
• Urban Agriculture Lecture, Brisbane Town Hall, Queensland, AUSTRALIA
• Local Food, Griffith University Ecocentre Queensland, AUSTRALIA
• Sustainable Design Lecture,AGDF & QUT, Queensland, AUSTRALIA

Morag and Evan are advisors to the Hong Kong Permaculture Institute and the IDEP Foundation (Indonesian Permaculture Institute). With IDEP, Morag taught a women’s PDC and the Ekasari Village PDC, and also designed the framework for the Indonesian school garden (Learnscapes) curriculum.

Morag is a founding Director of the Ethos Foundation. Over the past decade, Evan has designed and developed innovative sustainability education programs and led the creation of key sustainability policies for one of the largest Councils in Australia.


morag gamble
Master of Environmental Education (Hons), Griffith University (completed 2005)
Postgraduate Diploma of Landscape Architecture, University of Melbourne (completed 1991)
Bachelor of Environmental Planning and Design, University of Melbourne (completed 1989)

evan raymond
Master of Environmental Education, Griffith University (completed 2004)
Postgraduate Diploma of GIS, University of Queensland (completed 1994)
Bachelor of Applied Science (Coastal Management), University of New England (completed 1991)