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  • Permaculture designer, and artist and workshop leader
  • Melbourne Uni, and being an unstoppable reader
  • From Melbourne and Tokyo
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About Me


Creating two awesome creative Permaculture households in Sydney


Im a Permaculture Designer, working mostly in Japan and Sydney. What I do is a bit like User Experiance Optimizing, but for your house.
I teach people how to use Design -power, rather than willpower and effort, to make live easier, better looking, and surprising.

The goal is a life with plenty of 'margin': free time and energy to be creative, sit and eat home-cooked lunch in dappled light and moving air with people you admire, who admire you back.

After my workshops, people start decluttering, stop nagging, and see they have so many more choices than they realized.
Nice job!

I mostly do this work in Japanese, in Japan. Now thats ironic, as they taught me everything really useful that I know.

My audiences are Chiropractors, Town Planners, Podiatrists, Yoga teachers, Architects.

I draw quriky illustrations of the world I wish I lived in. Google 'Cecilia Permaculture Illustration'. . I write articles for magazines, in Japanese (slowly) and English (more slowly).

Its my dream to re-create the 19th Century Technology house that I grew up in, With its copper and bluebags and wringer in the laundry, its parlor and its woodshed.

Lets see if I can do it. With your help, maybe it will happen.


This question makes me love whoever is running this couchsurfing thing. I won't answer just now though.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I've been a WWOOF host and traveler and SERVAS host and traveler for 18 years (an early-version couchsurfing). This makes you old and wise, but keeps you happy & fresh.


I'm Just beginning on Couchsurfers, but very experianced at finding my own couch in my long traveling life.
Its a kind of gene.


My hobbies are Japanese tea ceremony, drawing, creating balcony and urban edible gardens, and social design of share houses. These are also my jobs.

Afternoon naps. Bodypump at the gym, Permaculture, gardening, lateral thinking, creative thinking, 1910's costume, Japanese culture, Tea ceremony, travel, people with quirky dreams, etymology, composting, interiors and rearranging furniture, old farm houses. Cats. Youtube is amazing, but must be managed like circus lions - it will eat my evenings otherwise.
Things that are very difficult for me to do include being in a room with television, eating margarine, and remebering to turn off light switches.
But I can do them.

Music, Movies, and Books

Amadeus, The Prestige, Spirited away, Triplets of Belleville, The Mission, Shawshank redemption, Greening the desert, The Castle.

Miss Smilla's sense of Snow, The curious incident of the dog in the night time, Memiors of a Geisha, In praise of shadows, Mrs Rabbit and the wandering Hedgehog, Collapse, The art of loving, To have or to be, The secret garden, W isdom of crowds (that book gave me permission to relax - it will all work out fine), One flew over the cuckoo's nest (when he lifts the water cooler) Mrs Frisbee and the rats of NIMH

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I have a knack for spotting, meeting and hanging out with my heros. Not stories for publishing, but good to tell after dinner.

Teach, Learn, Share

I teach So many things, I just can't help it. Ive become a kind of repostiary of ideas of unique people who visit and stay in my life. Things I teach that people seem happiest about are:
How to declutter your house
How not to nag, but still have the dishes always washed and put away.
Balcony Gardening
How to make your house love and support you. Not just interior decorating.
Low-tech tricks for drawing up garden designs that look good.
How to blog, and being found in Search Engines.

Things I want to learn during 2010:
How to write an e-book
How to fall gracefully, say, if you are bushwalking and trip (akido style)
How to not rush
How to use my new AppleMac
How to Tango
How to use Facebook, Twitter etc. so It enriches real relationships without bugging myself and my friends.
I hope to be introduced to new music that I would love. Music is the poorest area of my life right now.

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