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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