Dakar, Senegal – the western-most tip of Africa, and former slave trading post – was home to the Global Ecovillage Network’s international conference December 10 – 14. There were meetings with the country’s king, spiritual leaders, and musical icon Youssou N’Dour (who is now Senegal’s Minister of Culture and Tourism). This is because ecovillages (and permaculture) are a strategy of resilience for the country – Transition Towns take note! Continue reading “Permaculture in Africa”
Briefly before Christmas, 18 participants came together to do a 5 day intensive Training of Permaculture Teachers Course (in short: ToT) in the Ecovillage of Sieben Linden with Aranya and Chris Evans ofDesigned Visions.
After 3 days of input and intense exchange and lots of small group work, everybody of the very diverse group of participants did a microteach on day 4 – wow, what a collection of good sessions on so many interesting topics! This highlight was followed by a Q&A in the evening and a talk by Chris about the Permaculture Network in Nepal and then a final Sauna… before we rounded it off on Friday and most people went home. Continue reading “Training opportunities with Aranya and Chris Evans”
Call for partners!
Contact: Gejza Legen <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Idea: Increase of skills and abilities of vulnerable groups of people to be self-dependent, employable, active and competitive in their effort – search for sustianable and fruitfull, rewarding life.
Rationale: The trans-national partnership aims to develop and test an innovative, needs tailored, inclusive learning process, based on the creation of activities among project partners and target groups ( mayors of local municipalities unemployed and vulnerable adults and students) using social entreprices of organic farming and cultivation in various EU countries, that would enable the development of a certified training course. The project also aims to create methodology, usable video tutors, teaching tools and demonstration activities in order to increase the skills and abilities both the learners and teachers – trainers and local mayors as well. This will enable to establish and run social agricultural entreprices in currently unused land and thus ecourage and create local jobs. Continue reading “ERASMUS + project Proposal „Life from soil“”
EPT was a great success, bringing people together from around Europe, exchanging about culture, education and best practices, making new friends and seeing awesome places. Naturally, the question arises: how can we continue to build our network? Not only within the subject of education but taking care of many more fields of Permaculture.
At the EuPC, we have had several productive meetings about how this wider network can be taken on by the EuPC Council: can the council hold tasks beyond organising the convergences and hosting a website? Can it organise Permaculture European wide, promote political engagement, be the hub of communications for other parts of the world, fundraise and much more?
One of the first steps was that several people stepped up from a number of European countries to become representatives in the European Permaculture Council and to make sure that information between the council and the countries’ networks keeps flowing.
On top of that, there are now 3 working groups within the council:
– A group that coordinates and designs the EuPCs.
– A group that is in charge of the website.
In one of the meetings, we created a first draft for a vision and mission statement:
Vision: We envision a diverse and vibrant Europe grounded in the Ethics of Permaculture.
Mission: We actively support the transition to an ethical and resilient Europe through nurturing an effective Permaculture network with strong connections to the wider society and the world.
So a third group will work on how this vision and mission and the objectives that we worked out in Bulgaria can be put into action.
To start communication about Permaculture on a European level, a new mailinglist has been created.
This is the place where everything from what the European Permaculture Council is working on to practical questions Permaculture and newsbites about the EPT – and everything in between – can be shared.
To join this list, please sign up here:
The Permaculture College of Europe was officially launched at EUPC12 in Batak, Bulgaria July 2014. It was one specific very practical and immediate outcome of the series of EPT Conferences formulated by Leo Bakx and Steve Hart with considerable support from Martin Giannini, Dr Peter Sherwood-Roberts and Dr. Martina Petru. The challenge now is to build on this outcome to evolve it into a very worthwhile and supportive energy right across Europe. The website has evolved and much brainstorming on policy process and programmes is highly active. We invite all members of the entire European Permaculture community to come on this great journey with us. The energy will be mutual as will the outcomes and opportunities. Please do read through all links of the website and offer your comment. http://permaculturecollege.eu/ It is an evolving tool as nature is teaching us. We will be driving this vehicle for all to be satisfied. Continue reading “Permaculture College of Europe”
A slow traveling & learning network throughout Europe, building on existing long distance walking trails and permaculture projects. PLAN brings traditional pilgrimage and nomadic permaculture together.
Status: journey of discovery – mapping long distance pathways, accommodations and permaculture projects; identifying gaps in the network as potential places to establish new permaculture projects; building economic capacity to plan and execute the project.
Needed: volunteers, with the option to develop your own livelihood.
Project home: http://atelier.aardwerk.org – soon to be announced (Netherlands)
Organisation form: cooperative of network nodes (proposed)
Economic model: Lean Startup