April Sampson-Kelly

A Permaculture Elder with over 30 years of research, writing, implementing, designing and living with Permaculture principles. Her work has been published in international articles and books.


April is a creative being with a background in the performing and visual arts and a passion for sustainable living. She has created music, writing, dance and film as well as Permaculture designs, texts, artworks and videos.

After her masters in Music performance and analysis, she studied Biomedical science because she wanted to understand how the brain works to acquire and refine skills. So, how did her training in music and arts lead her to develop an interest in Permaculture Design?

Her popular Permaculture Design for Callala Bay
This permaculture design was created by April
and has been popular around the world.

HER MIND FULL OF STEAM:
ScienceTechnologyEngineeringArts, and Mathematics 

April is a big picture thinker. She had politically active parents. And she was often sickly as a child and knows the joy of staying well and active. And she always had a strong love of nature and conservation.

April and Wes around a campfire at one of the International Permaculture Conference

For April, Permaculture is not separate from her creative life, it is a lifestyle.
The Permaculture principles fit her core values.

Her enthusiasm for research lead her to write the first international online permaculture course in 1993. It was designed especially for participants in remote areas. Some were in prison, another was on a boat in the Timor sea.

April [left] empowered Flo to build a combined rocket stove/Fagao

Through her teaching, she has mentored people in more than 62 countries. And over the years she still develops music, graphics and artworks as well tending the family’s food forest.

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April enjoys making stuff especially building in Earth.

The Short Permaculture History of a Little Woman

She did her Permaculture Design Course in 1994 with Jude and Michel Fanton of Seedsavers. In addition, Rosemary Morrow was a guest teacher on the course. Afterwards, she wrote the comprehensive plain English text to run a course online.

Her course notes were approved by Bill Mollison. And she became the 2nd certified teacher in from Bill Mollison’s accreditation system around 2000. Since then, she was certified by Ross Mars for a Certificate 3 in Permaculture through recognition of prior learning. She taught Permaculture at the local TAFE.
Today, she teaches online and at the Permaculture Sydney Institute and facilitates Advanced Permaculture Field Days to develop permaculture design processes.

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April has created numerous permaculture designs. And as part of her teaching online has created artworks and infographics to develop the art and science of design.

Leading from Behind

She has spent decades quietly helping Permaculture communities. She works on the communication team for Permaculture Australia. In 2015 at APC in Tasmania she was awarded recognition as a Permaculture Elder.

Photo by Robyn Francis https://permaculture.com.au/ipc11-cuba-report/
April at IPC11 in Cuba assisting the Indian bid to host International Conference

The gregarious Emeritus Professor Stuart B. Hill has been a mentor for April.

Furthermore, you can see her numerous interviews of Permaculture leaders on our PermacultureVisions Youtube channel.