Morag Gamble – Our Permaculture Life

22 Aug Morag Gamble – Our Permaculture Life

 I would like to start with a definition of Holism: the theory that parts of a whole are in intimate interconnection, such that they can’t exist independently of the whole, or can’t be understood without reference to the whole, which is thus regarded as greater than the sum of its parts. Holism is often applied to mental states, language, ecology and medicine of which is the treating of the whole person, taking into account mental and social factors, rather than just the symptoms of a disease.

It is with great pleasure I introduce you to Permaculturalist Morag Gamble. For those of you who are not familiar with permaculture, in short it is sustainable living, at length it is understood as a system of agricultural and social design principles centered on simulating or directly utilizing the patterns and features observed in natural ecosystems. Permaculture is centred upon the philosophy of holism and ethics include;

Care for the earth (Earth care): Provision for all life systems to continue and multiply.

People care (Care for the people): Provision for people to access those resources necessary for their existence.

Fairshare (Return of surplus): Reinvesting surpluses back into the system to provide for the first two ethics. This includes returning waste back into the system to recycle into usefulness.

Cofounder Bill Mollison was quoted saying “Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless labour; and of looking at plants and animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as  a single product.”
Morag grew up with the ethics and practice of healthy and sustainable living. Her work and life are totally interwoven through the connecting fabric of permaculture. Morag enjoys community gardens, food coops, ecovillage living, permaculture education, school gardens, earning through a permaculture livelihood, and natural parenting and home schooling. Morag shares this permaculture life with her husband, Evan, and three children, Maia (9), Hugh (7) and Monty (2). Morag resides in a permaculture village near Maleny in the subtropical part of southeast Queensland, Australia where they remain mortgage-free and enjoy simple living. Household income is derived from permaculture-related activities and a lot of their vegetables, herbs and fruit are grown in the polycultural garden-playground surrounding their home. Permaculture living sees them collect all of their own water, deal with wastewater on site and produce most of their own power.

Morag is the CEO at the http://Ethos Foundation, Director at http://Permaculture Australia, Simple Living Correspondent for ABC radio, Performs Sustainability Seminars for the http://Brisbane City Council, blogger at http://Our Permaculture Life: Morag Gamble and is involved in Permaculture Education and Design as the Program Director at SEED International: Sustainability Education and Ecological Design.

I had the pleasure of meeting Morag at her home at Crystal Water’s earlier this year and was so moved by her passion for permaculture and her commitment to the environment that I wanted to share her story with you in the hope that she will inspire and increase awareness within you too.

What do you do?
I am a permaculture teacher, designer, writer, filmmaker, gardener and home education parent. I think living a simple life contributes to the health and wellbeing on many levels – health of ourselves, our communities and our planet.

Why do you do it and what are the benefits to you, your community and environment?
Through my organisation, the Ethos Foundation (, I run permaculture and nature connection programs for adults and children with head, heart and hand:
Permaculture Life
Nature Kids
Young Ethos Scholars
Earth School.

I regularly write and post films on my blog and youtube channel – Our Permaculture Life about simple and abundant ways of living lightly on the earth.

My work, my home life, my relaxation time, my ethics connect through this work and bring me a great sense of joy and fulfilment. My goal is to make a positive contribution toward a peaceful and sustainable world – ecological integrity and social justice. My hope is that the programs help people to explore and experience positive ecological futures and the decisions and strategies needed.

What does health mean to you?
To me feeling healthy is:
being surrounded by love
being nourished by fresh real food from my garden
being in nature – breathing fresh air, drinking clean water, feeling connected
being in my body and moving freely
having the clarity of mind to think clearly

What inspires you?
Living closely with nature is a deep inspiration – every day I am in awe. I love to wander and wonder.
My children inspire me to be the best I can be and do the most I can to make a positive contribution.
For decades, I have sought out examples around the world of how we can live sustainably and well. The inspiration is everywhere – local communities everywhere doing amazing work!
I also deeply feel injustice, always have – both socially and ecologically – and cannot sit back. Once I know something, I cannot ‘unknow it’.

Name one change you would like to be and see in this world?
Reduce my ecological footprint by 80% and show how to gracefully do this. If all the world lived like Australian’s we would need 5 Earths – we only have one!. Let’s live within the ecological limits of the Earth – live healthy, abundant, respectful and joyful lives without the waste.

If you could pass on just one valuable lesson to others, what would that be?
If you want make a change – live it, do it, be it.
Do what you love and love what you do.
Say yes to every great opportunity that comes your way.
Keep learning and share everything you learn.

Thanks Morag.