What’s Permaculture?

We have been asked so many times by family, friends and acquaintances what this so called “Permaculture” now means. A few had heard it has something to do with gardening. Or how to raise a flower bed …

So we decided to explain it the most simple way via a video so it’s slightly easier to understand. Btina did a fantastic job in front of the camera hanging in the hammock. You can see my foot on the left side 🙂

What’s Permaculture video on YouTube

We did translate it in Spanish, German and French so when you watch it on YouTube the subtitles should automatically change to the language you use on your device.


“Permaculture is a 10,000-year-old technology based on knowledge of our tribal ancestors. It’s not only a sustainable way to grow own food (fruit, vegetables and animals) but an holistic lifestyle and philosophy.”


“Permakultur ist eine 10’000 Jahre alte Technologie, die auf das Wissen unserer Vorfahren aufbaut. Es ist nicht nur eine nachhaltige Möglichkeit, die eigene Nahrung (Obst, Gemüse und Tiere) zu erwirtschaften, auch einen ganzheitlichen Lebensstil und Philosophie zu leben.”


“La permacultura es una tecnología de 10.000 años de edad, a partir del conocimiento de nuestros antepasados tribales. No es sólo una manera sostenible para crecer propios alimentos (frutas, vegetales y animales), sino un estilo de vida holístico y una filosofía.”


“La permaculture est une technologie 10 000 ans sur la base de connaissances de nos ancêtres tribaux. C’est non seulement un moyen durable de croître propre nourriture (fruits, légumes et animaux), mais un mode de vie holistique et une philosophie.”


Permaculture presentation (Spanish)

Further information about Permaculture

Of course there is much much more and detailed information about Permaculture available for example here on Wikipedia or if you like to read books to feel free to check our Goodreads Permaculture recomended list. Our top Permaculture books so far:

Permaculture: A Designers’ Manual by Mollison, Bill
Permaculture Design – a Step by Step Guid by Aranya
The One-Straw Revolution by Fukuoka, Masanobu
Sustainable Revolution: Permaculture in Ecovillages, Urban Farms, and Communities Worldwide | Birnbaum, Juliana

November 2015 status update

After exploring for almost 90 days Colombia it was time for us to move on. The retro perspective about Colombia will follow a little later for those who wish to read about our experiences and findings there.

Now we started to explore Ecuador. Which is about 4 to 5 times the size of Switzerland (47000 sq km). What we have seen so far seems very promising after the first 14 days. As you may know we started our exploration for PermaTree the 1st August 2014 in Paraguay then Bolivia and then Colombia. But we are not yet in the regions of Ecuador we want to explore more deeply. Next box stop is the city of Guayaquil located in the south near to Peru bordering the coast of the great Pacific Ocean.


So far the tropical winter climate was really good for us. Not too cold 😉 it seems that anything grows here also we have seen all tropical fruits from Colombia in Ecuador too so the diversity is absolutely given. Bamboo seems to be the main construction material for humble people this is another interesting detail. Of course the bamboo grows absolutely everywhere and very fast so it’s a sustainable construction material which can be used for furniture, bridges, food and many other uses we have seen so far.

In Ecuador our beloved Chicha drink is also something people still do consume even there is commercial beer available everywhere but the natural Chicha is the preferred alternative for us. We have been eating every day other typical Ecuadorian food and it reminded us a lot about the so rich and tasty Asian dishes. Lots of rice, fish, vegetables, eggs, corn, cacao, banana, platano, citrus fruits, meat and lots of peanut called “mani” here.

The west region of Ecuador was colonized earlier because it was more accessible than the east region bordering to the great Amazon basin. Where we will be heading after Guayaquil. 🙂

TreeOfLife in Ecuador powerd by PermaTree