Designing with Microclimates for Maximum Diversity

When we begin a Permaculture design for a particular landscape, its important to firstly recognise all the qualities a land holds. If there is slope and areas that differ in the characteristic of the land, there will be microclimates. Microclimates highlight environmental conditions of an area based on local factors and influences. By designing from patterns to details, Annaliese Hordern will explore the 5 major factors that determine microclimates, unpacking each these, examining the gifts they bring to our design thinking and how we can recognise them in the landscape. Microclimates influence our design choices of relative location – where we place elements in the system, our zonation, how we select our plantings, where to place our homes, our sacred spaces and enhance social nodes.

Annaliese Hordern is an inspiring, passionate Permaculture educator and gardener. Residing in Northern NSW, Annaliese has lived amongst numerous communities globally, many off the grid, contributing to edible gardens, food forests, wildlife corridors, building structures, composting toilets, water harvesting and eco-village development.

Annaliese has a degree in Environmental Resource Management, specialising in waste management and human impact on wild spaces. She has a commitment to progressive activated adult education, evolving a dynamic, interactive and inclusive teaching style, fostered by some of the great Permaculture pioneers: Rosemary Morrow, Robyn Francis, Robyn Clayfield, Robina McCurdy and Geoff Lawton.

Currently Annaliese is tutoring at Djanbung Permaculture College, teaching PDC’s with Robyn Francis and facilitating workshops for community participation in Eco themes and local food security.
Annaliese is a visionary earth steward member of Gaiacraft, facilitating global Permaculture outreach and creating interactive teaching resources.