Permaculture legend David Holmgren to appear at Renew Fest


Legendary co-founder of permaculture David Holmgren is coming to the Northern Rivers in May, appearing as a headliner guest at Renew Fest in Mullumbimby.

David will be of great interest to many walks of life, well beyond regenerative gardeners and farmers. He also works on urban and rural development projects, runs resilience workshops through his RetroSuburbia program, and is an author, eco futurist, activist and designer.

He writes of our deep responsibility for the planet: “The Earth is a living, breathing entity. Without ongoing care and nurturing, there will be consequences too big to ignore.”

Festival director Ella Rose Goninan said “It’s so exciting to be featuring David at Renew Fest this year. His passion is as infectious as his expertise is broad and cross-pollinating. Just what the festival is all about. He brings such a wealth of knowledge and commitment to local action, connecting human systems to earth systems.”

David is travelling up with his partner and collaborator Su Dennett, and he will be featured in one of four headliner slots on the festival weekend, as well as appear in a workshop and in a panel with local experts. His books will also be on sale.

“Our festival program is once again rich and multi-layered, and draws on many highly engaging local heroes and organisations. We can’t wait to come together after the pause of Covid!” added Ella.

Renew Fest is Mother’s Day Weekend, Mullumbimby Showground, 7-9 May. Information
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