Good friends we have, good friends we have lost.
We will carry on co-creating a world that is more sustainable in every sense and we will honour our friends when we enjoy the fruits of all our shared contributions and actions.
Read an interview that took place between Joe Atkinson and Lusi Alderslowe in early April 2015, about the innovative European Children in Permaculture project.
A new EU Partnership may hatch!
Creating a European Permaculture Network
By Sandra Campe
During the last European Permaculture Convergence (Bulgaria 2014), a "vision group" has been formed as part of the European Permaculture Council - with the task of working out the "Vision, Mission and Aims" of a Permaculture Network for Europe.
In a mostly skype-based process which went from high motivation directly after the EuPC through bumpy strips in the winter towards an increasingly productive and exciting spring time (sounds like a familiar pattern?), the Vision and Mission that have been coined in Bulgaria (see the picture) have been consented on by our group as "good enough for now and safe to try". That means that the vision that we now work with is: "We envision a diverse and vibrant Europe grounded in the ethics of permaculture."
Based on this decision, a draft of the aims of a European network of permaculture have been discussed and then developed into longterm strategic aims and more short term next steps to move permaculture in Europe forward and to make this continent more resilient, fair and connected. A lot of the activities that would support the aims are happening already, all across Europe. The idea is that a network supports this work so that it can be done even more effectively and collaboratively. And to help a network and a shared framework to emerge, we drafted a set of clear principles and a proposal for a slim structure.
Feedback from across Europe
These drafts (of Vision, Mission and Aims and of the principles and structure) will be shared with all national permaculture organisations and regional permaculture networks across Europe within the next weeks - to be discussed within these organisations and networks. We would like to receive feedback on these proposals and based on this feedback, we will prepare workshops for the International Permaculture Convergence in London in September 2015. Delegates of the national organisations and networks will be invited to meet in these workshops to develop a strategy how to create a European Permaculture Network and which steps to take till the next European Permaculture Convergence (Italy, September 2016).
The Next Big Step
All of this is happening in collaboration with the Next Big Step project, which wants to support a similar strategic process on a global scale. Isn't that totally exciting!?
Pascal and Chenli were married at the Pumendadi project in 2009. Chenli's parents belong to the autonomous community of Hunan, these communities have developed an incredible level of technology, confort and culture. The valley is now being abandonned and their huge rammed earth houses and their terrassed land is also being deserted. Pascal and Chenli have started a project there to help save this patrimony and revive the valley by developing a large scale permaculture project. Preserving, experimenting and teaching the wisdom and knowledge of its people is the main objective, but also farming and developping a local community by saving the houses and the perfectly designed landscape by bringing appropriate technologies and permaculture strategies and technics.
- PDC from the 20th of september to 4th of october with Pascal Depienne, Geoffroy Godeau and Sam Trousdale
- Permablitz 4-25 october 2015
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. We will have our own Mihail Kossev to entertain us with his PermieComedyShow. Music, workshops, storytelling, networking, raw food cakes and the edge of the Baltic Sea awaits at "Vitsøhus", the venue and soon to be From the Danish archives in the 1990s... LAND centre. More info and registration in Danish here
Tribal Permaculture Project - Aranya - India
"To develop an intimate relationship with the Mother Nature and to reconstruct its deteriorating glory, Aranya Agricultural Alternatives have embraced “Permaculture”, the most traditional way of respecting nature and the best alternative to soothe the ecological crisis. Permaculture provides the human beings the real warmth of nature and makes the man feel her aura."
By Lisbeth Nielsen
Permakultur Danmark has supported our Indian friends in Aranya over the past 2-3 years. The project has now come to a successful closure.
Some of the tangible results are:
- 32 of the poorest families in 6 villages in northern Andhra Pradesh have become more or less self sufficient with food, has had some surplus in their production and have been able to sell vegetables at the local market. From eating rice, rice and nothing but rice, they now get a varied diet with vitamins and proteins and the general health of the families have improved.
- A nursery has been created with propagation of mango trees.
- Solarpanels charge lamps that the families can pick up and use each evening after dark. The lamp is used while cooking, for school homework and for work in the fields at night when day temperatures soar past 48 degrees Celcius.
- Every familie now has a functioning well, several of them with pumps driven by solar panels.
- The book "Introduction to Permaculture" has been translated to the local language Telugu and permaculture is in the curriculum at the local school.
- Two people have been full time employees at the project for over 2 years. Their job included visiting the families once per week to instruct them in cultivation methods and other useful practices.
- The project has inspired the surrounding villages and several of them have adopted permaculture practices.
All this for less than 25.000 Euros.
EVENTS - upcoming
The Permaculture Association have launched a special edition of Permaculture Works magazine in partnership with International Permaculture Day and IPCUK! Leading voices from the worlds of permaculture, ecology & regenerative culture, share their thoughts on Designing the World We Want, and why they are Soil Supporters
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 tents
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
Damanhur, in partnership with Gaia Education, presents
Ecovillage Design Education (EDE) training for sustainability: August 1 – 29, 2015.
The course takes place in Damanhur, Italy, a federation of ecocommunities with their own social and political structure in continual evolution - eager to share 40 years of experience in creating sustainable society and building global consciousness.
PDC and Teacher Training with Robyn Francis in Bulgaria
We are proud to inform you that this year in August 2015, University of National and World Economy, Sofia and Permaculture College of Europe offer the opportunity for participation in the Summer School in the following courses:
- Permaculture Design Course: - 12-19 August
- Permaculture Teacher Training Course:
- 20-28 August
Award-winning international permaculture pioneer, designer, educator, presenter and innovator, Robyn Francis is the principal tutor of the courses.
The venue is the rural Deshka guest houses in the village Gorno Draglishte, Bulgaria. It is situated 13 km northern from the town Razlog and 15 km from the tourist mountain resort Bansko.It is also not far from the village Bania, famous for its mineral waters. Gorno Draglishte is in the foot of Rila mountain and is surrounded from two more mountains – Pirin and Rodopi.
The application form and all the needed information regarding the organization of the courses can be found directly on the following link: http://2015.permaculture.bg/
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.