Who's in charge here?

Who's in charge here?

Welcome to Rancho Relaxzo, a sweet Maui Permaculture joint.

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Rancho Relaxzo is a five acre dry-land Permaculture “organism”.  It is integrated in its diversity by the myriad activities and interactions of plants, wind, animals, insects, soil, humans, sunlight, birds, fish, water, weather and wonder.

It is an attempt at mimicking and hopefully creating a climax ecosystem whose key feature is a sustainable future, whose key components are human friendly and whose ethical compass strays little from the direction of peaceful and cooperative observation, action and acquisition of knowledge.

We are located at approximately eighteen hundred feet on the leeward slopes of Mount Haleakala on the island of Maui. Our view faces west and is unobstructed.

John Pollock has been a student and practitioner of Permaculture since 1982 when he studied with Bill Mollison and is certified in both basic and advanced site design and development. Workshops for children and adults have been ongoing for the past 19 years.

Along with his son Tyler (when he’s not gallivanting about) and an ever changing and never ending flow of WWOOFers (Willing Workers on Organic Farms), we’re getting a grip on living well.


home grown music

organically grown music

Mission Statement

Permaculture by definition seeks to develop methods which care for and nourish the earth, which in turn nourishes all life. It is:

“The conscious design and maintenance of agricultural ecosystems that have the diversity, stability and resilience of natural systems and seeks the harmonious integration of landscape and people providing food, energy, shelter and other material and non material needs in a sustainable way.”

One might  say that we are trying our best to give up any sense of being in control of what we create here and instead to initiate projects which are well thought out, watch how they evolve and apply the wisdom of our observations over time to ever more productive and functional designs.

These designs will continue to yield food, fuel, building materials, medicinals, fertilizers, biological pest controls, seed, mulch, compost, habitat and a lifestyle choice central to creating abundance while avoiding negative impacts whenever possible.

Our hope is that the net result of our efforts will provide an opportunity for people to connect with the good food grown here and participate in educational programs designed to bring these methods and practices to the public.

As the mindful element in this weave of living interactions, we seek as deeply as anything to discover the meaning of being human. No small task, but for us, the name of the game.