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Permaculture Association of Serbia Supports the EuPN
By Zvonko Orsolic
The Permaculture Association of Serbia is starting the new year with 50 regular members, mostly certified permaculture designers. The Association was established in April 2014 and has since been working actively to popularize permaculture in Serbia and to establish links with similar organizations in the country, region and worldwide.
During 2016, the Association plans to:
- Organize the first national permaculture convergence in Serbia
- Run regular monthly meetings and permablitz events
- Coordinate our working groups and connect geographically distant members by the use of interactive internet tools
- Continue working on translations of the most important permaculture texts and publications
- Organize workshops in schools and kindergartens
- Continue sharing information about permaculture activities in Europe and the world to permanauts in Serbia and neighbour countries
- Motivate our members and other interested people to participate in the work of PIRN
- Create conditions beneficial to future Permaculture Diploma holders from Serbia.
In December 2015 the Management Board of the Association come to a decision to join the European Permaculture Network. In 2016 we look forward to becoming part of this network and taking an active role in its establishing.
Do you have an experience teaching permaculture in foreign country where English is not spoken language? We invite an apprentice teachers to get an experience in running bilingual
Permaculture Design Course. We had organized 3 bilingual courses before with experienced trainer George Sobol and now we can teach how to do it well. Obviously this mean at least twice less text, more visual tools and interactive methods - an interesting experience, isn’t it? We offer an opportunity to teach either webinars (we know how to do this and can teach you) or to residential PDC the artistic ecovillage near Kyiv during the 1-st week of May 2016.
FIRST Permaculture Conference and Convergence in Ukraine
We are also planning to organize the FIRST permaculture conference and convergence in Ukraine in Summer 2016 (wish us luck!) and we are looking for the volunteers and speakers who would like to offer hands, share knowledge and experience and to enjoy pristine Karpatian nature with lots of mushrooms and berries. This is the first and challenging experience for us therefore we would like to cooperate with permaculture movements from Eastern Europe to organize high quality but affordable event with some joint events of mutual use, to mobilize our permaculture communities and simply to have a cultural exchange. We still need visas to visit Europe, but you don’t need it to go to Ukraine.
Fundraising for printing
We are grateful to everyone who contributed towards our book translation project - together we have managed to cover the cost of language editing, and now Ukrainian translation of Permaculture Design by Aranya is ready to be printed! The printing cost is terrific for us - but manageable for the international permaculture community. Therefore we keep running our crowdfunding campaign (web, facebook - please, share!) and believe that we can do this together!
In France, two young men have decided to make a beautiful and artistic movie about permaculture. See the clip here and don't miss your chance to support them if you want.
Words are not enough!
Linking Research and Practice
Next Big Step - feedback from IPC UK
Thank you to everyone who has joined in the thinking and designing of the Next Big Step project for permaculture so far. Over 30 core topic themes emerged from surveys and scholars in the run up to the International Permaculture Convergence (IPC 2015) and more than 500 people worked on these during the convergence. Outcomes are summarised here: https://international.permaculture.org.uk/nextbigstep
Several groups are continuing this work with enthusiasm, including Research, Education, and Climate Change, and you are invited to join in the planning and designing for areas you are most passionate about.
Isnäs village is located at the Southern coast of Finland, in the municipality of Loviisa. It is about 1,5 hours from the Helsinki.
The main festival area is a rather historical place, since there use to be a saw mill and buildings such as the mill owner's house and the workers houses are still in use. In addition, there is a biodynamic cattle farm, Labby gård near by. Our hosts also run their own catering company, so we will be sure to get delicious locally produced food.
Isnäs town is a very active town, with youth projects and an own music festival happening every summer. There are many opportunities for both planning and practical workshops in the area, so get ready for some hands-on permaculture!
We will be planning some common transport that you can catch in Stockholm and take the ferry all together - more fun to ride together right? Looking forward to see you all there!
A new course being delivered by Joe Atkinson, Cathrine Dolleris and Hannah Thorogood, this course will give students the opportunity to deepen their design skills. After the course, students will be better able to apply permaculture principles to their designs, be more confident with design processes, have a deeper understanding of some key design tools and have greater confidence in applying patterns in their design work. We will also explore the skills needed to present your work well (drawing skills, models, CAD etc).
The course will run in the UK in May, and again in Denmark in October. Please email Joe Atkinson for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cultivate Permaculture Courses in Ireland
by Davie Philip
Cultivate are offering a number of Permaculture courses in 2016 in the wonderful learning environment of the sustainable neighbourhood of Cloughjordan in rural Ireland.
This unique ecovillage is now home to 130 people,
15 businesses, a community-supported farm, Ireland's largest community-owned, renewable-energy heating system, 55 high performance buildings, an award winning bakery, research gardens, community woodlands and a biodiversity trail, as well as a green enterprise centre that features a co-working space and FabLab. This setting provides participants with a unique opportunity to see many key sustainable systems and social technologies in practice.
Cultivate PDC Cultivate have been successfully delivering Permaculture Design training courses since 2000. In recent years we have added a series of accredited courses and a one-day introduction to Permaculture.
The nationally accredited QQI courses held over three weekends are being hosted in the spring and autumn, and allow us to offer a Permaculture learning experience to anyone on welfare for free.
Our full Permaculture Design Course is held in August.