Hi, I'm new to this forum and to permaculture. I've read Introduction to Permaculture by Bill Mollison and it's got me very excited. Hopefully I'll be on this forum for the next several decades! I'm possibly looking at setting up a permaculture home/site in New Zealand. However, one thing that concerns me is the ability to go on vacation. I'm 35 and possibly semi-retired by the time I get to NZ. This means I would like to take several long vacations and travel extensively (may up to 2 or 3 months at a time) for many years to come. If I have a site with chickens, pigs, etc. I'm concerned this essentially ties me to the land because the land is 'living' and needs care, as opposed to the suburban scenario of locking the door, putting the dog in a kennel/with friends and setting off without any worries. How can you manage big (1 hectare or more) permaculture sites when you live alone and travel extensively? Is it possible? I know the design principles should mean chickens/pigs, etc. can feed themselves but does this really work in practice? Is it easy to get to this state? Or do newbies need to give nature a hand every so often (which what worries me) to ensure the anaimals don't starve/have problems.