Conferences with links to Facebook threads:
International PermaCulture Day
We celebrate International PermaCulture Day this year by launching a month-long conference to honor the contribution of women to Permaculture, to human evolution and to the nurturing & fierce protection of all Life.
Because in addition to being International PC Day…
- Mothers’ Day falls in May in most countries that celebrate it
- Earth Day has been allocated to the 22nd of April but we think the Mother of all of us deserves at least a month-long celebration
- Maia is one of the names of the Great Mother Goddess (In ancient Roman religion and myth, Maia embodied the concept of growth)
- May Day is a traditional spring/summer celebration in Europe, often featuring the May Queen which is one personification of the Life Force
- And because it’s high time that we CELEBRATE the contribution of women in Permaculture, Great Mothers of Invention!
you can simply see each stroll or conference
in the the Integral PermaCulture Facebook group,
Designing Invisible Structures
One part of the Integral Model that is critical for the foundation of Integral Permaculture is represented by this diagram of the four quadrants, which emphasizes the importance of always remembering that the internal structures of a design (left-side quadrants) are as important as the external elements (right-side quadrans), and totally inter-connected with each other, in the same way that the individual (quadrants above) and collective (quadrants below) structures are, also.
People in Transition
People in transition are the hope for the future: they are the many people who are thinking on how to change their life and actions so that they are more coherent with their values, but who also are often afraid to leave a job that doesn’t fulfill them or unable to get out of unemployment and have the courage to take the first step to build something that fulfills them (because they don’t have enough information or support in creating new habits), like launching their own micro-business, going to live closer to Nature, or taking leadership in a transition project.
And these new initiatives you can see below (courses, free conferences and support groups) were all inspired by our most pro-active students, and are some of the support structures that we offer for this very important collective that we serve.
Designing your Life
Living within the destructo-culture,
we are pushed to abandon our greatest dreams and let ourselves be dragged by the system’s current. Many of the people who are attracted by Permaculture are youngsters who oppose that current, or who are waking up from going every day to a job that doesn’t fulfill them, or frustrated and trapped in unemployment after years of studying.
(Option C and above), we have seen the effectiveness and transformational capacity that having good design tools brings us, especially to help us find our personal life mission (because even when we identify as Permaculture designers, we sometimes have a hard time in finding our particular niche, especially because conventional permaculture is, in some aspects, limiting).
And the most important design we can possibly develop is without a doubt our lives – but we rarely think of applying the Permaculture design tools to these invisible structures, even those that are very big and primary, although it’s very effective when we do.
And in fact we included it in our courses because it’s a classic manual for personal empowerment used for decades in small and big businesses and in professional coaching programs, and it has a very permacultural content – even though in alternative communities it hasn’t been traditionally recognized, it is an extraordinary tool and very aligned with the design techniques, values and ethics of Integral Permaculture.
It was Carolina, one of our new students in the Diploma program,
who decided to take as a personal challenge (and action-learning exercise, in one of her course’s practical designs) the task of facilitating a study circle on Covey’s Habits.
¡Thank you so much Carolina for your initiative!
Women and Men Groups
For women it’s impotant to know that we have great allies in the men who choose to be more conscious of the mechanics of oppression, so we have designed Women and Men Circles to work in parallel and get together to share our insights and challenges.
formed by various groups of people in many parts of the planet, united against oppresion, to which we have added our point in order to join the movement.