Istvan was born and grew up in the beech forest in Hungary and have always been interested in forests and water – he always felt connected with the aquaculture where he fished.
He studied painting and art in Hungary, and ran a building company until he started travelling in 2001 and was introduced to Permaculture in 2003.
He continued travelling and got involved in Permaculture farming projects, living and travelling in community, harvesting fruit, and organic farming. He experienced working in the European climates from northern cold humid to southern Mediterranean.
Since 2006 he has been based in Ireland where he developed a property service business specialising in sustainable house retrofitting and land management to provide better living spaces for clients and training for employees.
He lived off-grid, providing my own energy, water & food security – this gave him more connection to the land and to his local community and came to realise the importance of educating people, in particular from a community perspective.
This led him to see the needs of the local community and immersed himself in local voluntary community development projects; waste management, water harvesting, food waste and food rescue, community forestry, fairshare favour exchange, community gardens, and school gardens.
He started to give¬¬¬¬¬¬ talks & provided workshops through local groups such as G.I.Y, local educational systems, and the community projects.
Currently he is working on establishing and growing the permaculture network in West Cork, Ireland and initiating permaculture waves across the country!
He provides Permaculture design consultancy supporting growers, restaurants, private properties, hotels, farms, community development to become more productive and independent.
His passion is to integrate Permaculture design into the education systems through identifying needs and supporting connections.
His direction and focus at the moment is teaching permaculture and deeper understanding of soil biology as a part of the overall design.
He has taken PDC’s and Permaculture workshops internationally, and continues to grow his knowledge.