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March 2015

                EPT Newsletter


Spring is upon us and days get lighter. The busy hibernating time is nearly over, the planning has been done for the activities of the summer buzz. Now comes even busier spring time  with all the preparation of gardens and courses. The world is transforming whether or not we take active part of it.  


“When we must pay the true price for the depletion of nature’s gifts, materials will become more precious to us, and economic logic will reinforce, and not contradict, our heart’s desire to treat the world with reverence and, when we receive nature’s gifts, to use them well.” 
― Charles Eisenstein

Beyond the EPT


By Joe Atkinson

The International Permaculture Convergence programme is coming together. Charlie Mgee and the Formidable Vegetable Soundsystem  are confirmed as the final night entertainment.

The EPT's own Aljaz Plankl has offered a workshop on No-dig Gardening and there are a range of other exciting workshops from leading international figures in permaculture.

The programme of Edge Events is also looking very exciting: one that hasn't been advertised yet is an international teachers' gathering 18-22 September in Lincolnshire - this will be the unofficial EPT gathering. Keep an eye on the IPCUK website for details.

There are still some cheap convergence tickets, but they are selling fast. If you want to come to the IPCUK and you want to save money, book now! 
We have news that the


EUPC 2016

will be on

7th to 11th September 2016
in Bolsena (VT), Bolsena lake,


Reserve these dates already!

Children in permaculture going for Erasmus+ funding

By Martina Petru

The children in permaculture project partners from the UK, Italy, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Romania and Finnland/Turkey have been really busy over the last couple months focusing at this time on a funding application for Erasmus+ due at the end of March. Busy times, but we take it with cheer and ever inspired by children. Thank you all for keeping up the great energy and excitment. Our own newsletter will come first out in April, so do look for that one.
ERASMUS + project Proposal

„Life from soil“

Call for partners: More information here

Idea:  Increase of skills and abilities of vulnerable groups of people to be self-dependent,  employable, active   and competitive in their effort – search for sustianable and fruitfull, rewarding life. 

Specific Objectives
  1. Increase the skills and abilities of trainers, teachers, practicioners and representatives of local municipalities in areas of formal and non-formal education. 
  2. Develop innovative learning and teaching tools that will fulfill the overal objective and satisfy the needs of the trainers and learners in area of social entreprices
  3. Through effective trans-national and local communication and cooperation improve the accessibility and dissemination of innovative learning tools and techniques on social rural entreprices and job creation.  

COUNTRY NEWS - what's going on

Erasmus+ in Britain

By Joe Atkinson

The Permaculture Association (Britain) has started its 2014/15 Erasmus+ activities by sending six new teachers to a Permaculture Educators' Course (PEC) at Friland, Denmark in October 2014. We have also helped to fund George Sobol & Rakesh 'Rootsman' Rak to deliver a teacher training in Croatia. In 2015, Peter Cow will deliver a People and Permaculture course in Denmark, another six new teachers will attend the next PEC in May, four more will attend a teacher training course run by Ecoherencia in Malaga in April, and two office staff will visit the German Permakultur Institut to find out more about their systems & processes. 

The Association has just submitted an Erasmus+ application for 2015/16. This year the emphasis is more on continuing professional development of teachers, so there is a stronger focus on providing specialist training to existing teachers. If successful, we will send British teachers on courses in Denmark, Spain and Ireland.

Denmark - 25 years of permaculture

by Cathrine Dolleris
This year the Danish Permaculture Association has existed for 25 years, set up by Tony Andersen. We will celebrate it on the island of Ærø and you're welcome! We will have Andy Goldring with us and a bunch of awesome Danish and some German permies. Music, workshops, storytelling, networking, raw food cakes and the edge of the Baltic Sea awaits at "Vitsøhus", the venue and soon to be LAND centre. More information here.

Scholarship campaign for the Balkans

By Joe Atkinson

The Permaculture Association (Britain) has been working with the Permaculture Association of Croatia on a crowdfunding campaign to set up a scholarship fund. This fund will help to cover training costs for permaculture teachers in the Balkans.

This project could make a massive difference to helping people build sustainable livelihoods in the region. Please support the campaign by pledging - even a small amount helps - and sharing with your networks:

Slovenia - Wicking bed winter salad

Photos and text by Domen Zupan

We made wicking bed at the end of October and we enjoy tender fresh salad since mid February! Raised bed on south side of the house is covered with double glazed recycled windows and also gets quite some heat from walls of the house.

EVENTS - upcoming



People and Permaculture – Designing Effective Collaboration 

Denmark: 9th April to 14th April at Fejø LAND centre and retreat.
Click here for registration

Skills and tools for productive organisations and individuals

Humans are social animals, we live, work and play in relationship with each other. These relationships can be hugely nourishing and productive, or challenging and frustrating, or both...

On this innovative course we will explore how permaculture design tools and other techniques can be used to help us come together and collaborate more easily and effectively in groups, businesses, relationships and organisations.

This course brings wisdom and tools from the People and Permaculture movement, Sociocracy, Nonviolent Communication, Dragon Dreaming and the 8 Shields. Participants will learn about themselves and about how groups work, and find new ways to bring regenerative design to their co-creativity. 

The 3 day weekend (Friday to Sunday) introduces tools and frameworks to grow better organisations, and the optional 2 day deepening (Monday and Tuesday) provides mentored design time to help participants explore and bring these ideas into their own lives and work more fully.

Lead trainer – Peter Cow

Peter is an experienced Permaculture trainer and facilitator from Britain, leading People and Permaculture courses and Permaculture Design Courses around Europe. 

A founding member of the Thriving Ways social permaculture teaching and coaching collective, Peter co-designed and co-taught the first ever People and Permaculture Facilitator Training in 2013 with Looby Macnamara. He also co-founded a British permaculture eco-community in 2000 where he lived for 7 years, in deep collaboration with the land and the community of people. Peter is passionate about using Permaculture to support insightful personal growth, regenerative relationships and effective organisations.

Permaculture in Community

LOCATION / HOSTS: This course will be held at a new community just outside Brasov in Romania, about 200 KM north of Bucharest. The name of this community is "Armonia Brassovia" and you can find out more about them on the english version of the webpage here:
Armonia Brassovia is a recently developing community, that has grown to more than 50 families since this great project started in 2012, and the members have been active in a number of festivals already, like this one:
COSTS: This is a fully inclusive live in course with all accommodation and food included in the one fee. It also includes a full Course Handbook with the whole curriculum detailed. Travel is not
included. However assistance for any internal travel could be supported with respectful requests.
This all inclusive fee is 700 Euros. Scholarships maybe available. A deposit payment of 350 Euros to ensure your space in this course is required by 1st of May.
CONTACT: Address all communication to the hosting group from Armonia Brassovia through

Permaculture Educators' Course


Friland, Denmark, 9-17 May

with Andy Goldring and Cathrine Dolleris

During eight interactive and information-filled days, Small Planet will be offering a course to enhance your skills in teaching permaculture and to add new information to your curriculum. The course is suitable for anyone teaching, or interested in teaching permaculture or other related topics.

More information here

Regenerative Culture Gathering  

Bringing together Permaculture, Deep nature connection and Indigenous cultural wisdom
20-25 June 2015, Schweibenalp ecovillage, Switzerland

Catalysing, Connecting, Sharing, Co creating, Celebrating

In this gathering we aim to bring together Art of Mentoring/8 Shields and Permaculture as pathways to a new earth-based culture. We invite all you wonderful people aiming and working for cultural regeneration to share your experiences, skills and visions. Therefore we invite people from these movements and related networks. We want to connect to each other, listen to the land and to our stories, growing together as an international village including elders, children and young people.

This event includes a rare 2 day facilitator/mentoring training with Lauren Dalbeth Hage and Dave Hage, who have been running the 'Regenerative Design Nature Awareness' and 'Weaving Earth' programs in California - immersive 9 month courses combining Permaculture ideas with indigenous cultural wisdom, gathering and practising tools and skills for regenerative culture. They will share their experiences and learnings, as well as introducing coyote teaching and other mentoring methods.
After this weekend training there will be 3 days to learn from each other, share ideas and visions, and explore ways to develop these wisdoms and techniques in Europe.

We will meet each other in the circle: our feet on mother earth with our heads in the sky, ready for a new culture in peace with ourselves, the earth and each other. From there new stories can arise, we will strengthen our connections and our networks and share our visions.

Seminar price: CHF 270.-

Food & accommodation:
- Single room CHF 120.- per night
- Double room CHF 105.-per night
- Multiple bed room CHF 95.- p.n.
- Tier pricing for tent 
CHF 70.-p.n. (solidarity price), 
CHF 55.- p.n. (normal price), 
CHF 40.- p. n. (reduced price)

Location - Center of Unity Schweibenalp, 3855 Brienz, Switzerland
Dear Friends of Permaculture
Permakultura CS is very pleased to invite you for an international PDC with Tomas Remiarz in August 2015 in Czech republic

These 2 weeks of learning, sharing experience and practice can make a real difference to your personal and professional life and be the best investment of your time and money towards a real sustainable future.

August 1st – 16th, 2015 in Slunakov eco-centre, Czech Republic

Course cost: 610 Euro, teaching language English

Contact and applications:

all other information you will find in attachments and or our website....

International Social Permaculture Course (pre IPCUK)

1-6 September 2015, The Sustainability Centre, Hampshire, UK

Led by Starhawk, Robin Clayfield, Robina McCurdy, Looby Macnamara and Peter Cow, this course will explore and share how Permaculture is used around the world to create effective individuals, and regenerative communities and organisations.

More information coming soon -

New diploma holder ready to teach

After 6 years, our own Joe Atkinson has just passed the Final Portfolio Assessment for his Diploma in Permaculture Design. Two of his designs relate to the EPT: &

He's still deciding when to hold his accreditation presentation, but is open to invitations to come and teach across Europe!
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