I grew up mostly in Canberra and parts of NSW including Sydney, Goulburn and Tumut, in a family of teachers and home vegetable gardeners. I was introduced to sustainability as a small kid; we moved to the bush when I was three to build a mud brick house and experimented with living off the land.

We eventually  moved back to civilisation where I was introduced to skateboarding, television and the rest of 80s/90s culture.

Out of school I got a job at the CityNews and worked there in various roles including delivery boy, telemarketer (I only lasted a week in this role), graphic designer, production manager and photographer for 13 years. I decided I needed a change, so with my backpack and a one way ticket to Kuala Lumpur in hand, I set off on my around the world adventure.

Along the way I discovered workaway.info which was a revelation for me. It meant I could spend more time getting to know people and places by volunteering my time in exchange for food and board. I was naturally attracted to sustainability and especially Permaculture projects, reminding me of my childhood in the bush.

I spent two years this way volunteering through Asia, India and Europe until I found myself in a small village in Hungary volunteering for a Belgian couple who were living almost completely off grid. Whilst chopping wood, which I discovered helps you think, I realised that I knew what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. I promptly booked a ticket back home to study and work in Permaculture.

Commoner and design team member at Lyneham Commons - Current

Advanced Permaculture Design with Dan Palmer - 2015

“Perma-Tech” Renewable Energy Course at Permaculture Research Institute - 2015

Permaculture Design Certificate with Geoff Lawton - 2015

International Permaculture volunteer - 2013-2015

Silas Brown, Permaculture Designer.

Silas Brown, Permaculture Designer.

Living in the bush.

Living in the bush.

A child of the 80s.

A child of the 80s.

Building a drystone wall in Bulgaria.

Building a drystone wall in Bulgaria.

Permaculture is a design system. It is a method of designing to provide all your needs by working with nature, not against it. It is based on three ethics earth care, people care and return of surplus to the earth and to other people. It is a system of designing how we live for everyone, urban and rural.