Marcus Pan

Marcus Pan
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.

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“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.”