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Diplomtanker 25.04.2015

Well, I guess I better write in English, as I am on the English diploma pathway.


I have tried to look at Fejø Retreat LAND Center as a whole, to see all the components that it consists of. I Haven´t got it all, but it is good to start to get this overview.

1. The house, the living area

2. The therapy garden

3. The selfsustaining garden

4. The Healing Garden on Fejø

5. The open land, the ponds, the energy forest, the …….

I´ve made one attempt to try the SADIMET, well actually only the S, the survey, on a couple of items – but what were they, my notes are in another notebook, that I have not brought with me. Doing this opens my eyes and my mind. A good proces. I will slowly move on along this path.

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Mad, mad og mad igen

Vi har jo haft det kursus, People and Permaculture, og jeg har ikke lavet mad i mange dage.

Så i går, ja så lavede jeg er herligt vegansk smørepålæg til frokost og til aften lavede jeg sammen med Sean en selleri-kartoffelmos, en linsesalat og pastinakfisk.

Sean bagte en himmelsk chokoladekage, det skulle også være lidt særligt, for det var Lou´s sidste aften.


Vegansk smørepålæg med tofu.

I køkkenmaskinen kommer man

1 pakke silketofu
1 håndfuld solsikkekerner
et par spiseskefulde soltørrede tomater i olie
1 spsk sennep
1 spsk god eddike
godt med frisk grønkål

Køres sammen i foodprocessoren til det er lækkert smørbart.

Kan spises på brød, sammen med pasta – you name it. Lækkert med frisk grønt, her mælkebøtteblade og cikorieblade, friske og unge.

De andre opskrifter skriver jeg i seperate blogposter.

Anne Moloney, 15.04.2015

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Lou is leaving

Lou was the first wwoofer in The Healing Garden on Fejø in the new era of the garden after Hanne Oustrup had left the project. Lou was here in the spring of 2013, when I myself was the voluntary garden leader, and Lou was voluntary garden leader July – oct 2014, Lou was planner in Jan 2015 and wwoofing again together with Astrid March – April 2015.

In all, she has been with us for 8 months or maybe even more. It has been a gift in my life to have the opportunity to know her. She is so gifted and talented, wise, loving, hard working, efficient in many fields. She cooks well, sings, plays music instruments, dances, laughs, swims, draws, uses the computer and the internet, takes photos, knows lots and lots of permaculture, plans and growing systems and techniques. She is a lover of chili. Does yoga, meditates, is aware of what she eats and why, travels without flying if possible. She plans, overviews, manages.

It is hard for me to let go. The fact that Lou is leaving is a real good lesson for me to practise the art of letting go. I want her to stay and she is leaving. Of course she is, her life paths is leading her to other venues and new life experiences and I want her to do that. And at the same time a part of me wants her to stay. So training the practise of letting go is good and hard for me, Lou is my teacher.

I just want to thank her for all she has given to me and this place.

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Third and fourth day of people and permaculture

The 3rd and the fourth day of our course People and Permaculture.
We started the 3rd day with organisation. First roles: group roles and group membership. Human beings are social creatures and in a culture like the present each individual is a member of many different groups and thus tha carrier of many cultures.

We did a group work on communication tools, official meeting tools and on ways of bringing clarity and connectedness to our work together.
(I have only written notes from the clarity-and-connectesnedd group, because that is the group I was in during this work)
1: Clarity on roles and responsibility: who has which role and who is doing what.
2: design the group culture and update regularly; encourage everybody to speak up.
3: Have a clear long term and short term vision; hold updated
4: Clear long term and short term goals, shared on wall physical or on internet.
5: Keep up contact between meetings
– virtual, like e-mail, facebook, skype, chats
– x-mas cards
– phone
– smoke signals  :-)
– greeting
6: Connect to self, the other group member and outside world by using tools as singing, dancing, performing, sharing, time for digesting and reflexion, do practical stuff together, use talking stick, expose vulnerability, have fun, laugh, wear a hat, have a drink, share and enjoy a meal together
7: Space for improvement
8: Akowledgement and honoring

Online tools
Internet task listing, you can use ie (or .com) and
Live editing and agenda/recoring: live editing and agenda/recording
Big files: use dropbox
Newsletter programs: mail chimp
file sharing: werise.up
forums: ning and diaspora

Work on sociocrasy, sorry folks, I don´t have notes from this Humørikonet smile

In the evening a most wonderful celebration with a wonderful lying, toga pizza meal, circle dancing (modern french version!), a lot of singing and open stage performance.

On the 4th day, monday we started the morning circle with a massage circle, a sound and movement circle and an appreciation of 1 person round.

The review of the day before was by the 5 finger method, wonderfully facilitated på Simon. This method I will definitely explore more!

Review of sociocrasy, 2 person-sharing, key learnings in whole group.

Stages of group life (Tuckmann).
Forming (here we have the design and creation of culture)
Storming (group conflict and discussions)
Norming (group maintenance, culture is more established)
Adjourning (close and finish the group, celebrate, what have we learned)
Mourning (sadness, missing)

Recap of course

Dream circle on what more do we want to learn and spend time on

Open space used as the planning and doing space for all the wishes in the dream circle.
– the rest of the day was open space

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Second day of People and Permaculture

The second day of the Course People and Permaculture, facilitated and taught by Peter Cow and arranged by the Danish LAND Center Network, turned out to have a completely bright and shining energy, very nourishing and healing for everybody. So, I guess, we in permaculture would say that the regenerative aspect of culture is succesfull. It is so nice and I appreciate it more than I imagines I would.

We started out in the morning, singing “Let us see the beauty every Day” from Joanna Macey. 

We did the morning circle with stretching and a review of yesterday and a short comment – thumbs up or down – on how we all are physically, mentally and emotionally.

Gratitude circle, very powerful and, I believe, regenerative. WE talked a little about what gratitude IS, and came to the conclusion (maybe not the final conclusion) that gratitude is an expression of a full body-mind-feeling-from-the-heart-experience. Gratitude is a way of sharing needs; gratitude connects us with our emotions and with each other. Peter referred to Joanna Macey and “The Work that Reconnects”.
Important issue is how to use gratitude in our circles to create more connectedness and understanding.

Non violent communication was next topic of the day – again a social-communication tool to help us connect at get our needs met, rather than separate us.
Also there is our communication with ourself, the zone 00. Important to be aware of how we can design and redesign our patterns of inner communication towards more nourishment and regeneration.

Mentoring, powerfull tool to be of service to each other.

In the afternoon we used the Design Web in pairs together with the mentoring model. No giving advice!! Listening, asking questions. Very powerfull.

Roles. There are many roles in a group/community. Important to explicate them and give aknowledgement to all the roles. It is also useful to switch roles.
The 8 shields is among other things about this, useful handout and a lot more to reflect on and learn from experience.

Diversity in groups. Important to have as much diversity and inclusiveness as possible in a group.

Group Learning experience about diversity in groups using a swift version of the World Cafe tool.

Reflexion session on personal learning about roles.

Dragon Dreaming, a short presentation of the quadrants: Dream, Plan, Do and Celebrate.

Reflexion session on awareness of the cultural tool that we have seen in action during the 2 day course, until now.

And the there is THE FOOD. Astrid and Lou are cooking and it is soon good.

In the evening we had a very powerfull and nourishing talking circle. When people are sharing what is dear and precious to them you get a glimpse og their beautiful soul. A Talking Circle is magical , like Aladdin´s cave. Thank You.

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Impressions from the first day of “People and Permaculture”

This course, People and Permaculture, with the English permaculture teacher and facilitator Peter Cow is — well, it is difficult to find words: good, inspiring , mind opening, lovely. The first day of the corse was Friday 10th of April as we had the introduction evening on Thursday 9th.

On this first Day we were through a wide range of relevant topics.
Needs: What do I need? What do we need as a group? How are my needs met? And how are the group needs met? This is basically what design is all about.

Culture: We all live in a certain cultural context. And we both benefit and suffer from this culture. We can design a new culture – which we did for this specific course group. And we can contribute to the development of the existing culture.

Greatfulnes: Awareness of what we are grateful for is important and also expressing this. We do this as a training in the morning circle.

Connectedness: Feeling connected to nature and other people (who are basically also nature!!) is important and also expressing. We train this in the morning circle.

History: Knowing one´s history is important. We had a bries story of the history of permaculture and that of social permaculture.

Ethics is important. We had a conversation about the ethics of permaculture: People care, nature care, recycling of surplus.

Principles are important: We looked at the principles of permaculture and trained the application of them on business, education, relations and community living.

Learning from nature and working with nature is important. We went individually for a walk in nature and observed what and how we can learn directly from nature.

– And that was just the morning program! In the afternoon we went round the Fejø Retreat LAND Center and I had the opportunity to tell our story, which feels very good.

Design principles are important to be aware of, several models of design have been developed through the years: SADIMET, CEAP, OBREDIM, PRIME and the Design Web developed by Looby Macnamara. We plunged into the design web, which contains 12 fix points: Vision, Help, Limits, Appreciation, Ideas, Pause, Function, Action, Momentum, Patterns, Integration, Ideas, Principles.

We used this design web model AND the principles to create a design for approval of individual health. Very creative and very useful.

Patterns are important: We looked at patterns. Some patters are effective and regenerative, som are not in fact even degenerative, often in combination with addiction (addiction in itself is addictive). Our task as permaculture designers are to design and alternate non-regenerative patterns. Regenerative is abundant, more life and more biodiversity.

Input-output analysis is important. We did one on ourselves with 3 things that we need and 3 things that we will offer and had a little practise on that.

The food was incredible and the evening meal was served by the straw bale cabin.

The evening program was a film, but I must admit, I was just to tired. It was something about edges. I had come to my edge!

Thank you for a most wonderful day!

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Kartoffelbedet, det ny kartoffelbed

Det har været en pænt stor beslutning, om vi skulle udvide grøntsagshaven med endnu et bed. Der er ca 100 m2 med et årige grøntsager, dvs der er et lille bed med stauderug, som imidlertid endnu ikke er blvet til staude og der er et større bed med hvisløg til selvforsyning, hvisløg sættes i efteråret og høster året efter – ok. det er etårige. Vi har jo lissom nopk at gå og holde. Syns man.

Men så er der det, at vi er blevet LAND Center. Det motoverer i den grad til faktisk at arbejde med permakultur, dvs arbejde med at realisere designet, som vi udarbejdede i 2009 i forbindelse med at jeg tog mit certifikat, designet har en 20-årig realisationstid og der er udlagt jord, således at 30 familier skulle kunne brødfødes, med grøntsager, så er der jo også alt det andet man spiser.

Siden 2012, hvor vi begyndte at anlægge Den Helbredende Have på Fejø har jeg “arbejdet” med grøntsagshaven, jeg ved ikke hvorfor men det er bare så stor en glæde for mig at så og høste de grøntsager, selv om jeg kan synes at det er svært at prioritere netop dét i hverdagen.

Men hvorom alting er så besluttede vi i november, efter kurset “Pengenes Magi” at vi ville anlægge yderligere et bed, startende med kartofler og som den første udvidelse af grøntsagshaven, hvor visionen altså er at der dyrkes til 30 familier. Lige nu og her er det os selv, der bor her plus alle de frivillige.

Stedet har jeg haft i tankerne længe, så først skal græsset slås med le – det gjorde vi faktisk i efteråret. OG så en omgang med elplæneklipperen.

Derpå et lag pap – som vi får fra lokale på øen – og ovenpå det: tang.

Vi har hentet 5 læs tang ved stranden indtil videre og bedet er ca 30 m2, det skulle egentlig have været ca 40 m2, men det må blive udvidet til næste år.

Jeg har haft 2 kg kartofler til forspiring, tidlig Marabel og middeltidlige Sava. Spændt på udbyttet! Og hvornår vi mon kan høste de første!

Jeg lagde dem i dag, den 6. april. Har bestilt flere læggekartofler i Det Økologiske Gartnere Plantagen i Horslunde, skal hente dem på tirsdag.


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