Ansa Permaculture Design is the product and continuation of a lifetime’s work and passion for sustainability and design in Ireland.

I grew up in a small town in the south of Ireland. I’ve always been creating and designing and as a teenager developed more and more of an interest in the natural world and environmental issues. After many efforts to combine these interests, it came as a relief to find that there were reliable procedures already developed for designing with nature. So began a permaculture design journey that I’m still on.

Irish permaculture designer

I studied mechanical engineering specialising in design at the University of Limerick in Ireland and after graduating worked in medical device R&D engineering, engineering drawing, renewable energy, environmental education & training and energy research and publication.

I’ve been involved in community based environmental campaigning, particularly against the development of new fossil fuel exploration and extraction in Ireland.

I’ve completed two permaculture design certificate courses and many more courses & workshops connected to sustainability.


B.Eng in Mechanical Engineering, University of Limerick, 2004
PDC with Aranya, Devon, 2010
PDC at Kinsale College, 2015
City and Guilds chainsaw course, Coillte, 2016
Permaculture Teacher Training Course, Bulgaria 2019
Train the trainer course, online, with DCM Learning 2021
Many other courses related to natural building, orchard care, grafting renewable energy and growing.