In the early 2000’s Megan began learning about permaculture - a system of design-thinking developed by David Holmgren and Bill Mollison. The permaculture philosophies articulated an approach to design that resonated with Megan’s own values. She travelled to Milkwood Farm to study permaculture design with Nick Ritar in 2013, and again in 2015 to complete a permaculture teaching certificate with Rosemary Morrow and Nick Ritar. Megan seeks to take the design lessons to be found in the permaculture philosophy out of the garden and into the built environment. She has used the permaculture principles and ethics to create a framework for interior design and retrofitting existing buildings.
In 2013 Megan's design for her own home and permaculture garden, the Merri Creek Passive Solar House, was the winner of Yarra Sustainability Awards for excellence in Sustainability Building Design and Development. Find out more about this project on the Brave New Eco blog.
For an extensive interview with Megan on how she combines her design process with permaculture principles visit the Milkwood blog.