About Us

Permaculture SA is a non-profit organisation whose purpose is to promote, practice, and represent permaculture in South Australia.  We also support the South Australian permaculture community.


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Officially we are known as the Permaculture Association of South Australia Incorporated, and for most of our 30 year history people have called us PASA. We have been an official association (under the Association Incorporation Act, 1956)  since August 1984.

The day to day management of the Association is carried out by a coordinating collective which is elected at each Annual General Meeting (AGM). The coordinating collective is supported by members of the permaculture community who contribute their time, energy, and skills to the many and diverse activities of the Association.

What is Permaculture?

Permaculture is an ecological design system for creating sustained abundance for human communities without threatening the natural environment.

Permaculture is about working in partnership with nature, learning the lessons of ecology and applying them, through design, to the way we live. Permaculture draws on ecological principles, the ingenuity and knowledge of traditional cultures, and developments in natural and social sciences.

At the core of Permaculture are the ethics of Care for the Earth, Care of People, Limiting Consumption, and Fair Distribution of Resources.

Permaculture has practical applications in many domains, from backyard to bio-regional, city to rural. It provides strategies to develop vibrant communities, sustainable food production, healthy ecosystems, energy-efficient homes, personally fulfilling lifestyles, and much more.

The practice of permaculture enables people to, over time, “create systems that are ecologically sound and economically viable, which provide for their own needs, do not exploit or pollute and are therefore sustainable in the long term.”
Mollison, Bill and Reny Mia Slay, Introduction to Permaculture

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Member Benefits

PASA members get a range of benefits for joining the association, including:

  • Regular newsletters with updates and events around SA
  • Invitations to our Quarterly gatherings
  • Discounts on excellent books on anything to do with Permaculture and beyond, at almost wholesale prices
  • Get connected to local groups in your area, and find out projects and other related groups in SA, Australia and the world
  • Opportunity to volunteer on stalls and events such as Garden Expo’s and WOMAD
  • Learn skills in permaculture, find out and be involved in training, working bees, building community projects and much more….

Community Networking

The Association facilitates courses, seminars and field visits to homes, gardens and farms which demonstrate permaculture’s practical local solutions to global problems.
We support members who are organising permaculture workshops, tours, courses, and other projects, including offering our public liability insurance to approved events.

The Association maintains a register of skilled local Permaculturalists. We can also help you contact designers, educators, gardeners, and builders. (Please bear in mind that not all PASA members hold formal Permaculture qualifications.)

We also provide up-to-date information on courses and events.


We support and encourage the decentralised network of community based local Permaculture groups throughout South Australia.
There is an increasing number of such groups which function independently, at the pace and interest level of their members. These groups work and share together in each other’s gardens, projects, and community activities.

Promoting Permaculture

Several members are available to give talks to groups about Permaculture design concepts and techniques. We will also attend events if requested, with our permaculture display and book stall.
Contact the Permaculture Association for a speaker for your group, or a display for your event.

Become a member, support permaculture, and work with us towards sustainable living in South Australia !


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