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Our History

Ark Eden is a leading permaculture education project & accredited Forest School site located in an isolated valley in the foothills on Mui Wo, Lantau Island, Hong Kong.


It is dedicated to the principles of permaculture, ecological restoration, nature connection  & well being  - repairing a connection and respect for the natural environment, ourselves and each other through educational workshops and restorative projects that create a shift in the mindset and people's habits.

To read more on how Ark Eden was conceptualized, read a personal note from Jenny

What is Permaculture?

Permaculture is a design system creating consciously designed landscapes which mimic the patterns and relationships found in nature, while yielding an abundance of food, fibre and energy for provision of local needs.

It can provide solutions to some of the toughest ecological and economic challenges we face today.

Permaculture can be modified and applied to both urban and rural settings so is very relevant in its application for Hong Kong.

It draws together the diverse skills and ways of living which need to be rediscovered and developed to empower us to move from being dependent consumers to independent providers.

Site Systems

  • Organic Vegetable Gardens

  • Perennial Food Garden

  • Banana Circles

  • Wild Forest Foods

  • Drip Irrigation

  • Water Harvesting using contours

  • Ponds & Minis Streams

  • Natural Swimming Pool

  • Zero Waste Composting Systems

  • Vermi Composting

  • Composting Toilets

  • Waste Segregation Bins

  • Passive Solar Design for Houses

  • Rocket Stoves

  • Wood Fire Pizza Oven

  • Forest Playground

  • Natural Swimming Pool

  • Community Kitchen

  • Wooden Deck for Events

  • Traditional Home Stay







Forest School Accredited

While Ark Eden is not a regular Forest School with ongoing sessions, it is an accredited Forest School Site, draw a lot of its methodology from Forest School methodology and principles. 


Our core team are Forest School trained and our programmes reflect the Forest School methods.  It is a long-term program that supports play, exploration and supported risk taking. It develops confidence and self-esteem through learner inspired, hands-on experiences in a natural setting

The Forest School looks at the holistic well being of the child, helping them develop socially, emotionally, spiritually, physically and intellectually


To Learn More Click Here

Site Facilities 

2 fully restored, demonstrative eco farm houses.

Full functional Wi Fi on site

3 main campsites with fire pits. 


20 - 30 pax at each location.


Mini- hidden campsite locations as well

8 toilets -

4 flush

4 compost

2-4 mountain stream showers

1 regular hot showers

Zero waste ethos

Large composting and vermi composting facility 

Upcycling & segregation areas

3 outdoor classrooms


Eco Learning hub ​with library 

Outdoor movie screen & sit out area

1 natural swimming pool 

Seasonal mountain stream showers 

Several veg gardens & farmland


1 fully functional large kitchens

1 wood fired pizza oven 

Forest playground

Diverse eco-system learning trails


Plant Nursery 

Tree House

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Site Map

Site Ecology

Jenny began planting trees in Hong Kong over 25 years ago – several years after she came to live here. At one point she got so frustrated with them all burning down again that she planted behind a fire-station so the firemen could put out the trees if they caught fire. Then, with the help of the Government she started planting trees on the hillsides of the valley in which she lived and to date 37,500 native trees of 110 species have been planted by local volunteers and students.

Want to learn more about Permaculture? 

Ark Eden offers live in internships and occasional added adult learning courses around Permaculture education. 

If you'd like to sign up for a course, please click the link below to see what is on offer

Want to Intern on our site?

Ark Eden can support up to three full-time, live in interns for a course of one year.

Our interns are generally graduate students who are highly passionate about making environmental
solutions possible

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