The Many Paths of Permaculture
“Permaculture gives people a place to be a part of the solution” ~ Rosemary Morrow
“Change can come from anywhere and happen very fast, come be part of the solution on the side of life.” ~ Rosemary Morrow
There are as many definitions of “Permaculture” as applications…
Most people know Permaculture through its most obvious physical manifestations: landscaping design with many twists on organic, local, resilient and sustainable ways to produce food and regenerate ecosystems…
Many finish a PDC and start “doing” by implementing projects that may include food forests, community gardens, hugelkultures and the like…
But Permaculture is much more than that: it is a way to see the world deeply rooted on systems thinking and ethics. It is not just “doing stuff”: it involves the observation, thinking, design, implementation, assessment and maintenance of systems around almost any facet of human life: from food to energy to livelihood to shelter, also includes how we relate to each other and the Earth, how we see our own inner ecosystem and how we see and approach life…
I’ve always thought that we can’t teach what we don’t know and we can’t teach if we don’t walk the talk…
If you are curious about Permaculture, check the resources below.
Some have a more practical approach (i.e. “hands-on” learning of strategies and techniques, such as how to compost, mulch or build a cob oven). While these are fun, they do not go deep enough into the why’s, the how’s and the when’s and where’s: you may end up full of techniques but with no idea of how to apply them to your life or whether they would work in a different community, ecosystem or climate.
Some have a more theoretical approach: these are for those who want to dig deeper (like me), those who want to understand and look at the bigger picture and those who want to teach or influence big projects in diverse communities and at different levels (behavioural, physical, economic, social).
Yet others give you a different layer: they give you inspiration and plenty to think and reflect about. They give you resources for more personal, spiritual and relational applications.
If you are like me, you may want to explore them all: doing without thinking/reflecting, sharing/asking for feedback and caring doesn’t work for me.
With all the challenges ahead, we need them all: we need the doers and the thinkers, the caring ones and the activists.
Check them out!
Starting? Curious? Have had enough of the “just doing” and are thirsty for something deeper?
Ground Level : Free Permaculture Activation Days
Experience permaculture in a creative new way. Join a group of conscious learners to experience a unique and creative introduction to the permaculture post-paradigm.
October 12 Sunshine Coast
November 21 Vancouver
Check link and poster for registration and details: http://gaiacraft.com/category/courses/intro-days/
Want to enroll in a full PDC? Want something flexible that allows you to travel once a month, read, reflect and work on your transformation and design on your own?
Gaiacraft : Southern British Columbia
Permaculture Design Certificate Course
This low cost, ultra flexible courses cater to the busyness of modern life. If you miss a class you can jump in on the the same module in a different class at no extra cost and there is no time limit to complete the certification. Gather together a conscious and creative ring of learners to grow with plants and animals, gardens and farms to learn about how nature designs itself and how we can become sustainable designers ourselves. Together we will learn how to map and design our land and our lives, plan for emergency, grow organic food in all four seasons and work to build a more sustainable future. The certification granted upon completion of the course will empower participants as permaculture designers, consultants and beginner teachers able to use the word permaculture legally in their practice, business or project. This sustainability education eco-training certificate is a practical path for greening your life, resume and portfolio. Join this adventure in learning as it journeys to farms, forests, gardens and eco-locations.
January 9, 2016 – April 15, 2017
For details and registration: http://gaiacraft.com/category/courses/permaculture-design-certificates/
Advanced (here is where I am now!)
Want to take it further? Become a teacher, community leader/activist, designer or consultant? Want to be supported by a great mentor and inspired by other advanced permaculturists?
Advanced Social Permaculture Program : November 2015 – March 2018
Already have your Permaculture Design Certificate and ready to take the next step in your Permaculture Education? Join an advanced permaculture learning guild in a uniquely creative, flexible and ultra low cost program that can be done at a distance with optional in person meet ups each season. Sharing your permaculture life and work with a supportive group of permies. Earn a Gaiacraft advanced permaculture certificate. This program also stacks to support those doing a Permaculture Diploma.
Document your Permaculture Life
2 year Mapping and Design Project
Community Resilience Assessment
Advanced Permaculture Curriculum
Check here for registration and details: http://gaiacraft.com/category/courses/advanced-permaculture-courses/
Structured/”academic” (I’m also taking this one!):
Do you want to learn Permaculture from a college and be guided course by course, having a cohort and knowledgeable teachers and designing your work step by step?
Gaia College offers a full Permaculture Diploma (online). You can also take individual courses as needed: http://www.gaiacollege.ca/
An excellent way to learn permaculture and meet incredible people doing incredible things: O.U.R. Ecovillage PDC with Satarhawk: http://ourecovillage.org/events/2016-permaculture-design-certificate-earth-activist-training/
Are young at heart, strong, healthy and have plenty of time in your hands? Want to learn Permaculture by living it? Check out this internship at O.U.R. Ecovillage: http://ourecovillage.org/events/our-2015-regenerative-living-and-community-homesteading-skill-trader-2/
Books I am currently reading or re-reading and highly recommend to all curious/serious minds:
Looby McNamara “People and Permaculture” (till now, I haven’t seen any course dealing with what Looby does here, but I envision this taking place in the near future). This is an excellent book for those who want to change from the “inside-out” or want to take Permaculture beyond the garden… http://www.resilience.org/resource-detail/1412695-people-and-permaculture and http://www.resilience.org/stories/2013-01-21/transition-permaculture-and-peoplecare-an-interview-with-looby-macnamara
Toby Hemenwey “The Permaculture City” a great book to fully understand the design process and how this can be applied where most needed: our cities: http://www.resilience.org/stories/2015-08-04/an-interview-with-toby-hemenway-author-of-the-permaculture-city
For those thinking in teaching Permaculture, I highly recommend: “The Earth User’s Guide to Teaching Permaculture” by Rosemary Morrows: http://www.bluemountainspermacultureinstitute.com.au/product/earth-users-guide-to-teaching-permaculture/
Rosemary also has a new book (which I can’t wait to have!), check it out: http://www.bluemountainspermacultureinstitute.com.au/resources/permaculture-teaching-matters/
More about me: http://gaiacraft.com/silvia-di-blasio/