In 2002, I came across the permaculture movement in the U.S. when i attended an alternative summer vacation funded by the St. Joseph Foundation of Concordia, Kansas. For two weeks, together with a small group of students, I joined in different faith based sustainability projects in Kansas, New Mexico, Texas and Mexico.
What caught my interest was the natural housing design implemented in the edge/border communities of El Paso on the U.S. side and Juarez on the side of Mexico.
I had such a life changing experience that i decided to terminate my doctoral studies in the u.s. and return to the Philippines. Upon my return, I embarked on personal study of permaculture and made small home projects.
Finally, in 2008, I, together with brother- Joel Lee and nephew, Mikko, attended a permaculture course with Bert Peeters in Cabiokid. We were very happy that there was a local permaculture learning site with a very competent permaculture teacher.
Upon our return, our family decided that we would follow the permaculture way in our business and way of life.
Thus, we have the following projects in progress: permaculture inspired hotels and properties, an urban permaculture garden, and a rural permaculture farm.
Permaculture keeps us inspired and inspiring as we "share our sustainable way of life" with our clients, staff, collaborators and the community.
I have an english blog which shows the progress of our projects:
For our permaculture sites progress: