Applewood Permaculture Centre

Regenerating lifestyles, landscapes and livelihoods

Our big vision & how we are making steps towards it

Welcome to Applewood Permaculture Centre


Our big vision is for an abundant and fair world where Earth and people are treated with respect.

Our mission (i.e. our positive steps to reach this big vision) is to provide inspiration, motivation and tools to enable people to be proactive in growing the ethics of Earth Care, People Care and Fair Shares.

What is Permaculture?

Permaculutre is a way of thinking about ourselves and the world differently. Through shifting our thinking and using the permaculture principles and design tools we are able to create the world we want. While permaculture is often thought of as just a gardening and farming methods, it has many more applications for our well-being, effectiveness, community building, social structures, education, health-care and businesses.

What is Cultural Emergence?

Cultural Emergence is an invitation to create cultures of personal leadership, collective wisdom and Earth care. It is a toolkit and book written by Looby Macnamara Emergence initiates breakthroughs that expand our thinking and enable us to build personal and collective resilience, and embody new ways of being and interacting. It nourishes and empowers us to design the world we want to live in.

Meet the Applewood Team

Looby Macnamara and Chris Evans own and run Applewood Permaculture Centre. They are highly experienced facilitators, designers and authors, who have dedicated their lifetime's work to developing and sharing regenerative solutions for people and the planet.

Looby has published 4 books; Cultural Emergence, People and Permaculture, 7 Ways to Think Differently and Strands of Infinity.

At Applewood we create learning environments that enable and empower people to bring forth their own gifts and wisdom to manifest positive change in their lives and communities. We run courses at our training and demonstration centre, Applewood Permaculture Centre as well as online and internationally.

Updates to Our Website

Like a well tended garden, occasionally websites need weeding, mulching and to be reimagined, with new seeds sown and plants removed. At the moment we are in the process of making updates to our pages. If you can’t find what you are looking for or have a question please email us at

Our Current Courses

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Here is our Course List for 2024.

Either click on a link below or email Emma at to express your interest.

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2024 Online Courses

Cultural Emergence Taster Course with Looby FREE: enroll any time

CEED - Cultural Emergence Effective Design Course with Looby & Jon Young February to March 2024

Group Diploma Adventure with Looby & Delvin next in take February 2024

2024: In person Courses


ACE - Activating Cultural Emergence Course: with Looby 10-12th May

Forest Gardening Course: with Chris 18-19th May


Mothers as Natural Leaders Course: with Looby & Emma Gorbutt 7-9th June

Introduction to Permaculture Course: with Chris 14-15th June or 28th- 30th June

PEACE - Peace, Empowerment And Cultural Emergence Course: with Looby & Leona Johnson 18-23rd June


Cultural Emergence Empowerment & Design Deck - The CEED Deck

Open for Pre-Orders


Looby has created a hand drawn card deck that shares thinking tools, design tools, connection tools and reflection tools. Each of the 96 cards has beautiful artwork and wisdom for playful engagement and easy access. While it is a great companion to Looby’s books, People and Permaculture and Cultural Emergence the deck is also accessible for those completely new to Cultural Emergence and permaculture.

We are now ready to take pre-orders for the Empowerment deck which will be available later in 2023

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