Geoff Lawton

Geoff Lawton is a permaculture designer, teacher, and activist.  When Bill Mollison retired in 1997, he asked Geoff to create a new Permaculture Research Institute on Mollison's 147-acre Tagari Farm. 

Today Geoff Lawton remains active as the managing director of the Permaculture Research Institute.  He has personally helped permaculture to spread all around the globe, and he is still one of the most vocal and recognizable activists for permaculture in the world today.

Geoff Lawton Work and Teaching

Geoff became involved in permaculture when he took a permaculture design course with Bill Mollison in 1983.  He went on to ​receive his Diploma of Permaculture Design in 1995 from The Permaculture Institute of Australia.  His diploma includes certification for education, design, implementation, community development, and administration.  He became registered as a permaculture teacher in 2000.

After becoming a registered permaculture teacher, Geoff Lawton began teaching training courses all around the world.  A short and incomplete list of countries he has taught in includes: Australia, South Africa, Jordan, the United States, New Zealand, Vietnam, Iran, Cuba, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Brazil, and Mexico.  He has personally educated more than 15,000 students.

In addition to teaching, Geoff Lawton also takes work performing permaculture design and consultancy.  The list of projects he has undertaken and their locations is equally as impressive as his teaching resume.  He has completed design and consulting projects around the world on six continents. 

Geoff Lawton as a Permaculture Leader

As an activist, Geoff Lawton has served in leadership roles around the world.  While he is best known as the managing director of the Permaculture Research Institute, he has also served as director of the Permaculture Research Institute (USA) and director of Permaculture International Ltd. 

Geoff served as Vice President of Permaculture Noosa, served as a committee member for the Cooroy Butter Factory, served as director for Permacultura America Latino, and served as a committee member for Permaculture Nambour.  ​

He has also provided a wealth of publicity to the cause, hosting a short weekly show on national Australian radio for 14 years and appearing on various radio and television shows around the world for decades.  He has also worked as a representative for Tagari Publishing, which produces and distributes the written works of Bill Mollison.

Image of Geoff Lawton demonstrating worm farming

Image from Hort Media channel on YouTube

Geoff Lawton Movies and Publications

While Geoff has not authored any books to date, he wrote extensively for Permaculture International Journal until it ceased publication in 1999. 

In recent years, Geoff has focused his creative energies on creating films to help spread the message of permaculture online.  Some of his notable films include Harvesting Water the Permaculture Way (2007), Establishing a Food Forest (2008), The Greening of the Desert II (2009), Permaculture Soils (2010), and Urban Permaculture (2011).  Most of Geoff Lawton's movies can be viewed for free at YouTube.

Where to Learn More About Geoff Lawton

Geoff Lawton maintains an active online presence through various websites with which he is affiliated.  For personal information about Geoff, refer to his website  Here you'll find some great introductory videos and plenty of in-depth info about Geoff and his work.  Consider subscribing to his weekly newsletter for free updates and information. 

For information about Geoff's work as managing director of the Permaculture Research Institute, visit their website at

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