The catch cry of Permaculture is that it is a solutions focused method for land and community systems. Encouraging people to think about what they don’t like or control in the world they live in, stirs up the visionary aspect of ourselves which could initially lead to a state of frustration.
One of the early introductory modules of the Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) looks at what we perceive as wrong with the world we live in. Everyone has something to add whether it is privatisation of resources, economic exploitation of fossil fuels, agricultural practices which degrade soil quality, unequal access to education, security, medical assistance or quality food; this list could go on and on.
That initial step of looking at the world as it is, is a fantastic starting point to agitate the part of ourselves which wants to imagine what it takes to put it back together. Realistically, there isn’t a quick and easy solution. The following 11 days of the PDC consist of going through some of the best practice and result oriented solutions which lead to resilience building in community infrastructure, agricultural restoration and renewable resources.
It’s a bit like going down the rabbit hole….you find out about the fertilisers and soil science and when you dig a little further to come across Genetically Modified Organisms, the privatisation of nature, Industrial Agriculture and Government policy on natural resources, that has the hole going so deep that day might as well be night down there.
Digging back out of the hole is a mighty step towards rebuilding the spirit. It can be an empowering experience of seeing how so many individuals are teaming up and creating viable communities, farms, homes and community supported resources. It is a practical experience and one which frames our success in working well together with respect for each other’s needs.
If you are anything like me, you might aim to find out what a world created with Holistic design looks like through books, documentaries, travel, volunteering and meeting and visiting projects and progressive communities. Reassuringly, Permaculture and other initiatives (which don’t call themselves Permaculture but share the value system and principles of design) are beginning to worm their way into schools, businesses, agriculture and universities.
There’s still a long way to go and it really does start with you. My experience of Permaculture has been that it has ultimately been an empowering process into creative project management which carefully considers the social and environmental intentions and impacts of the project. The well established and growing Permaculture peer network provides templates and resources that are enthusiastically shared through skill exchange, workshops and online material. The process of seeing what has worked in one region and bringing it home is becoming increasingly demystified with a decent network of methods and advice.
I can’t recommend the Permaculture Course enough for anyone looking to activate their sense of can-do. The benefits and methods of project management spread into areas of business and personal interest, due to the their common sense practicality.
We currently have a limited number of places at our discounted ‘mid morning bird’ price for our Permaculture Design Course.
This is a fantastic opportunity to learn from a vastly experienced teacher and Permaculture gardener and teacher, John Champagne. John has over 20 years experience in farming and systems design and has taught Permaculture in a range of countries around the world. Assisting John, will be Tierney Woods, who is a skilled community organiser and has set up and run CSA’s in Norfolk, England, as well as supporting Hannah Thoroughgood and Aranya in PDCs. She will be teaching a few components in community growing. Alan Charlton will be teaching sections on People and Permaculture which explore how to apply Permaculture principles for people to restore personal, social and planetary well-being. He has studied extensively with Looby McNamara and assisted teaching PDC’s with Aranya Gardens, Looby McNamara and Wilf Richards.
Here is a video of John on River Cottage Australia explaining Permaculture (It’s the third video on the page)
We are hosting a Permaculture Design Certificate from August, 22 – September, 4, 2015, taught by John Champagne, Tierney Woods and Alan Charlton. For information about the course, please check out this page.