Right Livelihood

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The term “Right Livelihood” originates in Buddhism and means that practitioners ought not to engage in trades or occupations which, either directly or indirectly, result in harm for other living beings. This is in line with the Permaculture ethics and in 1981, Bill Mollison was awarded the Right Livelihood Award for his work on Permaculture. At the same time, “Livelihoods” is what we live on, and usually Permaculture teachers have to make some sort of a living, too. Including our livelihoods in our design to professionalize our work, taking its global implications into account, is true Permaculture and makes it “right livelihood”.

Because of this, a workgroup focused on doing interviews:
“Telling our stories of livelihood”.

We asked a number of people with a questionnaire and in interviews to tell their personal example as an active permaculturist. How do you earn your livelihood through Permaculture? What do you do – teach, design, build communities, …? How do you relate your work to the Permaculture ethics and principles? Can you survive on Permaculture based activities alone?

We set out to find these good examples, to share all the good stuff going on and to bring inspiration and certainty:
Permaculture can be an integral part of our WHOLE life. These are the stories we are sharing with you here. Find the interviews here

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