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Denmark – sixth meeting

Case study for Friland (Denmark)

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DATE:    27.05.2014
PROJECT NAME: Friland Eco Village
LOCATION: Denmark, Friland
SIZE: 10 hectares, 105 people (75 adults, 30 children),
DATE DESIGNED/PLANNED: 2002
DESIGNER: Steen Moeller and others
CLIENT/DEVELOPER: Friland community
MANAGED BY: Community of Friland
CONTACT AND FURTHER INFORMATION: www.friland.org (Catherine, Tove, Tycho, Karoline)

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Networking Garden

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One of the activities we did at the Friland meeting was to create a Networking Garden with links relevant to our work of important organisations, places and people at international and national level.

Networking garden

NATIONAL LEVEL

Denmark:

Eco­villages (LØS), Baltic ecco­villages (BEN), Ø­network (Island­netwpork), Landsforeningen for økologisk byggerei (LØB), Vocational colleges, LAND / PLANT, PAUK (www.permaculture.org.uk) Transition network

Germany:

Transition radio (studioansage.de), GEN EUROPE & Germany (gen­-europe.org), Berlin development network, Urban gardening network (urbanacker.net), soned.de, Wildnisschulen.org, Transition network (www.transition-initiativen.de), Tiefenökologie (www.thiefenoekologie.de, Deep Ecology), International Degrowth Conference (leipzig.degrowth.org), ANU (www.umweltbildung.de)

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Third Day at Friland Meeting

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Sandra Campe

Like every morning, we formed the opening circle to start off the day, where everyone shared something learned the day before.

The morning was dedicated to working on widening participation when designing permaculture courses. The aim is to reach different audiences that are not usually represented in permaculture courses. The topics were chosen from a survey that had been passed among the members of the partnership. The topics covered in the session were: Continue reading Third Day at Friland Meeting

Second Day at Friland Meeting

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Karoline and Tycho at Myrrhis, the home they are building by hand according to Permaculture principles

We started with a morning circle where we shared in pairs, how we felt about the day before, and we were also asked to pop-corn inspiring moments about yesterday’s events. The rest of the morning was dedicated to working on the primary activities, where progress has been made in the production of materials for the COMPOST (this website).

After lunch, a visit to Tycho and Karoline’s home (and LAND project) was repeated on behalf of those who didn’t do it yesterday. The first activity right after lunch was a World Café to envisage the future of the European Teacher’s network, with an objective to determine the next achievable steps. The rest of the afternoon continued with work on the primary activities.

After dinner we enjoyed learning traditional Danish folks dances accompanied by violin, thanks to two incredibly patient teachers, circular dances from Israel and Romania, an impromptu, improvised, interpretive music and dance experience accompanied by piano, guitar, drum and violin, and typical food and drinks from several countries, celebrating our diversity.

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Review of the EPT journey done on first day of Denmark meeting

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What have we learned or gained together so far?

  • Supporting the Permaculture movement through quality assurance of offered courses.
  • European togetherness.
  • Creating a support network that is flexible to carry out the PA activities.
  • Creating an understanding of the outcomes of the delivery outcomes.
  • VSM dynamic between people / getting rooted in VSM _ learning that it works but takes practice.
  • Social permaculture group facilitation.
  • Creation of new methods – Levels:General:Certificate:Diploma:Further? Masters PHD?
  • The whole is bigger than it’s elements.
  • Diversity put into a compost creates a new culture _ through it’s heat!
  • Learning how to network in an effective way and being confident in that process.
  • Microteaches . learning from each others style.
  • Learning not to try and do too much!

What can the EPT bring to the world – what can we share?

  • Global website and network – keep the website alive and active for worldwide use.
  • Permaculture becoming more mainstream as a result of this and other similar partnerships.
  • How to create community out of complexity.
  • Conflict resolution solutions.
  • To celebrate and manage diversity.

First Day at Friland Meeting

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Peter Cow at Opening Circle

The sixth of the EPT meetings has started today at Friland ecovillage, in Denmark with some 35 participants from Germany, Bulgaria, Ireland, Britain, Spain, Czech Republic, Latvia, France, Slovakia, Finland, Holland, Sweden and Denmark.

After the welcoming and presentations we did a group dynamic where we explored
what happened in the previous meetings through an Appreciative Inquiry, reflections on the I, the We, the world pattern and reconnecting with the primary activities (PAs), with a brief presentation of each one.

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Next Meeting in Denmark

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friland_permaThe next EPT meeting will be in Denmark, at the intentional community Friland, on 26th of May to 1st of June 2014.

We look forward to welcoming you all here! The focus of the meeting will be around finalising the Teachers’ Handbook and the other primary activities, outreach beyond the permateachers’ group, as well as looking ahead to the time after the partnership ends. Already plans are being discussed and opportunities are being checked out.

So come and take part in this important work!