George Sobol Dip.Perm.Des.
George Sobol is an experienced trainer and facilitator who has been organising and teaching permaculture courses since 1989. After growing up in a Russian-speaking family, George completed a Russian degree at Manchester University in 1973. Moving to Bristol, he then trained as a cabinet maker and had a key role in the establishment of Bristol Craft Centre – co-operatively run community workshops. Connections with the Dartington Hall Trust led to a move to Devon in 1983, where he worked as a designer for their furniture and joinery manufacturing company. Twenty-plus years’ work in permaculture design and teaching started in 1989. After completing a Permaculture Design Course with Andy Langford, George took on the role of co-ordinator for the Permaculture Association [Britain] for the next four years.
In 1994 along with his partner, Patsy Garrard, George launched the Permaculture Education Project. The focus has been the development and delivery of permaculture training and permaculture teacher training programmes in Central and Eastern Europe and England to promote the establishment of permaculture networks and teaching teams. In 2011 a PDC in Ukraine was the start another such programme. Permaculture has allowed George to merge his various passions, skills and concerns inspired by his Home - this living planet with its endless diversity of systems, species, cultures and challenges - and the infinite opportunities for learning with and from others. He continues to teach locally, nationally and internationally by invitation. He has been a trustee of Plants For a Future since 2009.