Reviews

Our community of friends and fellow permaculturists has grown organically from our travels through our home country South Africa, South America and New Zealand. This what some have to say!


Viv Davy, Opunake New Zealand

I have had the great privilege of working with Danny in my start-up permaculture garden. I gleaned all kinds of really useful practical information from him in working discussions. Danny has a wonderful way of carefully assessing the site and the expectations of a garden and helping to optimise what can be achieved. He has many useful ideas for simple garden operation such as economical ways of installing watering systems that reclaimed water. At the other end of the process Danny has very good mapping and display skills that meant he produced a very useful current state map and possible plan map, which we refer to often. Danny’s body of knowledge is very extensive and his manner of presenting it is easy and responsive.

Aimée LeBlanc-Poulin, Canada

I love how for me Permaculture meant going against what we have been conditioned to do, having everything organised and structured. With nature, it is already that and Permaculture and Dan taught me that. Coming from an organised gardening background, I learnt that actually following Permaculture design created less work when everything flows together, so in essence it is no longer work but just a beautiful system..”
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Josh Stobart, UK

On my path to practicing Permaculture, my time with Dan and his partner Nina stands out for providing a strong foundation, giving me the tools and knowledge to seek deeper understanding. Without their passion and patience I would probably be scratching at the surface, not daring to “act”.
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Ann-Gaëlle, New Zealand

Dan’s in-depth knowledge and passion for permaculture are very contagious. the down to earth content and tips are a great way to get a start in this “field”. I really liked the concepts of herb spirals and food forests. The permaculture course is really appropriate in these changing times and will give you a head start in the “science” of growing your own veggies.

Jan-Philipp Kemmer, Freiburg Germany

 had my first proper permaculture experience with Dan. I was amazed to learn with and from him and he inspired me a lot. Dan is a very self-reflected person and introduced me to a way where one lives in tune with nature and all the abundance it offers us. With his experience and readiness to do things, he introduced me to much more than only growing food, but a whole way of life along with the permaculture philosophy. I can highly recommend meeting Dan in person or online and to enjoy his great qualities in opening up the knowledge and intuition that might already be inside you, but not accessible before.”

Amy Singh, Northwich England

“ Danny was an absolute pleasure to work alongside and to learn from in our couple of months together, and his passion for permaculture was clear from the get-go. Generous with his time and knowledge, he made permaculture accessible for me (I had never previously encountered Permaculture, and had a very rudimentary understanding of land use or cultivating crops etc) and inspired an interest and keenness to grow my knowledge and application of this way of living since the experience. Whatever piqued my curiosity, he could either build my knowledge base or point me in the direction I would find it. I highly recommend undertaking a course with this wonderful teacher, and wish the absolute best with spreading knowledge and application of the Permaculture principles I’ve come to so highly value and respect. ”
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Midori Baillie-Matsumura, New Zealand

I wish I knew this five years ago! I spent so much energy, money and time on my garden until I learnt about sustainable farming from Dan. I am now very peaceful with the land we have got and am able to produce safe and healthy food for my family. It is so fulfilling for my soul to know that what I am doing is good for the earth too.

Mike Vaystub, New York USA


I volunteered and learned about permaculture for about 3 weeks during my time in NZ. It was a great connecting experience with the earth. During that time I got a sense of how everything grows, learned to identify a lot more plants, and then got to make delicious meals from our harvests! Yum! Danny was super crucial in all this as well. He was full of info and happy to teach and also very creative with his ideas and compromises. He always seemed to know how to make everyone happy and I’d do it again in a heartbeat if I could!

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