Permaculture Designer, A/CH
Due to a serious incident, Marcus Pan had to leave his home and family in the Salzkammergut/Austria as a young man and came to Switzerland with a duffel bag full of clothes and books, where he had to rebuild his life. He pursued a vision, namely the creation of an international permaculture academy, which he is currently building up close to Lake Zurich. Permaculture means – in the spirit of Bill Mollison, the founder of permaculture (and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize) – the creation of “little paradises here on earth”. Originally mainly oriented towards landscape ecology, economic and social aspects have been added over time. Mollison’s approach has inspired many and has been taken up worldwide. Today permaculture (derived from permanent agriculture) is not only horticulture, but a holistic framework of thinking tools, ideas and suggestions.
In the newly created Academy, which Marcus Pan is building up with the help of his friends, he offers these principles to people in order to support them in their desire to make their lives, their living space, their social and economic relationships more sustainable. Nature serves as a role model.
“Without coming to rest, and then into connection with nature, I cannot observe it. Then I’m not really able to learn anything from it.”