Networking Garden

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



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


Transition radio (, GEN EUROPE & Germany (gen­, Berlin development network, Urban gardening network (,,, Transition network (, Tiefenökologie (, Deep Ecology), International Degrowth Conference (, ANU (

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Third Day at Friland Meeting

Sandra Campe
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

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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Case study for the gASTWERKe Community in Escherode (Germany)

DATE: 25.03.2013IMG_0528_3
LOCATION:    Escherode, Staufenberg; Germany
SIZE: 10 ha
DATE DESIGNED/PLANNED:    Project Start 2008
DESIGNER:    All community members
CLIENT/DEVELOPER:    Intentional community gASTWERKe e.V.
MANAGED BY:  All community members
Forstamtstraße 6
34355 Staufenberg

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Case study for Ekokmetija Pri Sustarju – Ecological Farm Shushtar (Slovenia)

DATE: 26.03.2013DSC05992
PROJECT NAME:     Ekokmetija Pri Sustarju [Ecological Farm Shushtar]
LOCATION: Hotemaze, Slovenia
SIZE: 2 Hectares + 1500H Zone 5
DESIGNER: Primoz Kriselj
MANAGED BY: Primoz Kriselj

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Case study for the Permaculture Center Vale da Lama (Portugal)

DATE: February 14th 2014
PROJECT NAME: Quinta do Vale da Lama
LOCATION: Vale da Lama, Odeáxere, Lagos, PORTUGAL
SIZE: 43ha
DATE DESIGNED/PLANNED: all site design not yet complete
DESIGNERS: Walt Ludwick, Nita Barroca, Xana Piteira, Ana Marreiro, André Carvalho, Maria Rute Costa, Patricia Russo Pereira, Sandra Peixoto, Gonçalo Teixeira, Rita Domingues, António

Walt Ludwick & Nita Barroca

A partnership between Vale da Lama -Seviços de Gestão Hoteleira e Turística and
Projecto Novas Descobertas -Not for profit NGO and Public Institution for Social
Solidarity (PND from now on)


Walt Ludwick –
Nita Barroca –
Xana Piteira –
Patricia Russo –
André Carvalho –

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

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

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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EUPC in Bulgaria

Permaculture Ball Rolls Rapidly down to the shores of Lake Batak

 IMG_9748In Bulgaria this month, the team of volunteers who are participating in the first-of-its-kind, FREE, year-round PDC have completed a detailed site analysis of this year’s location of the European Permaculture Convergence.

The first phase of design, already on its way, has been to bring together enthusiastic people from all over the country who are interested in permaculture, and provide them with a pleasant atmosphere of learning, sharing and designing. Once we made sure our group had bonded and worked together well, we took them onto the second phase: a week-long session at the actual site to dive them straight into the design process. Continue reading “EUPC in Bulgaria”

Escherode (GE)

During the kick-off gathering in Escherode, Germany, the partners met for the first time. The days were spent with intense discussions about how to come to the results that the Partnership wants to achieve.

The decision was taken to use the “Viable Systems Model” as a working structure throughout the EPT-Partnership. A description of this model can be found here. The following graphic displays very simply what the different parts of the VSM are: Map of our Viable Systems Model

Some posts that include a video of impressions and the original invitation follow below.

Meetings of the EPT-Partnership


The kick-off gathering took place in Escherode, Germany, in August 2012. At this meeting, the basic foundation of the Partnership and it’s working structure were laid.

The 2nd meeting happened 2 months later (October 2012) in Trenta, Slovenia, and focused on the exchange about “Educational Structures”: how do the different partners organize training options in Permaculture in their country?

At the 3rd meeting in March 2013, all partners gathered in Portugal at the project “Vale da Lama”. Here, the main subject of the exchange was “Content and Curricula”: What content do teachers deliver in their courses and what kind of formats do their courses have?

In May 2013, Leeds (UK) was the place to be for the 4th meeting, to speak about “Cultivating Learning”: How does “learning” work and which methods and approaches do teachers use to deliver their content?

The 5th meeting was organized to be in northern Spain and Barcelona in September 2013. A combination of “microteach-sessions” and the discussion of the content of the “Teachers’ Handbook” were the focus points of this week.

During the 6th meeting at Friland, Denmark, the partnership concentrated on finalising it’s various outputs for online publication. Also, there were exchanges about “widening participation and outreach to marginalised groups” and site tours to several forest gardens in Sweden and a community garden and intentional community in Copenhagen.

The last meeting will take place at Eco-camping Batak in Bulgaria in July 2014. Here, the results of the partnership will be presented and discussed – and celebrated!

Micro-teach session: Community Resilience

Community Resilience: Exploring how communities can thrive in these challenging times. A summary of a micro teach with Davie Philip – by Andrew Zionts

I’m interested in using video tools and media in class plans introducing teaching resilience in PDCs. I’m particularly interested in how we frame the concept of resilience and its importance, framing it as something that helps us thrive and flourish, rather than something negative or defeatist.

How do we design for resilience? Normally we focus on place, and on physical structures, I believe that it is more important to focus on building resilience in our communities. I believe that rather than focus on sustainability, it is more important to focus on our ability to cope with change. An important part of this is identifying the assets and resources that we have to approach resilience.

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Micro-teach session: Community Supported Agriculture

Framing a context for a social permaculture of creating livelihood. A summary of a micro teach with Davie by Andrew Zionts.

I’ve been largely inspired by Berkana, more information on this can be found at Berkana describes the two loop theory, the first of which is the typical loop of “peak everything” which is the curve of exponential growth, peaking and leading to sudden decline.

We can look at different ways to approach this loop, do we continue growing towards infinity? Do we stabilize with green technology? Do we try to apply permaculture principals to slow the decline? Or the fourth option, do we just collapse? The second loop is an upswing from the first, connecting, nourishing, and illuminating possibilities for growth.

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Micro-teach session: Abundance games

This post describes how to teach a game called “Resource Line” (and is a summary of a micro teach session with Mirka by Andrew Zionts at the Barcelona meeting).

The lesson plan is as follows:


  • To discover more about each other’s knowledge and skills.
  • To create more beneficial connections between participants.
  • To explore the abundance paradigm.
  • To build community.

Useful for adults.

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