transformative work space: La Pacha

brainstorming permacultureDuring the 9th and 24th of August, will take place a permaculture design course ( PDC ) in La Pacha, Villavicencio, Colombia. After a short visit to the place, we proposed us a common challenge:  learn and share tools transforming our consciousness and practices to achieve a balance. 

My question today is: what is the meaning of permaculture? some people say, a permanent culture, what an abstract concept, isn’t it?

In the 1970s Ecological Activist Bill Mollison of Australia, retreated from popular culture to study and develop a set of principles that would assure success in ecological minded farming. His resulting 34 principles for Permaculture were refined by his close associate David Holmgren over 25 years of practice. In his book Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability (2002) Holmgren lays out his refined list of twelve principles for sustainable living systems.

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Permaculture ethics and design principles.

1. OBSERVE AND INTERACT: beauty is in the eyes of the ones that perceive it.

2. CATCH AND STORE ENERGY: collects hay while the sun shines

3. OBTAIN A YIELD: you can not work on an empty stomach

4. APPLY SELF REGULATION AND FEEDBACK: the sins of the fathers are visited upon the children unto the seventh generation


6. PRODUCE NO WASTE: can avoid producing waste prevents generation shortage

7. DESIGN FROM PATTERNS TO DETAILS: tree obscures the forest

8. INTEGRATE RATHER THAN SEGREGATE: many hands make work lighter

9. USE SMALL AND SLOW SOLUTIONS: slow and steady wins the race

10. USE AND VALUE DIVERSITY: do not put all your eggs in one basket

11. USE EDGES AND VALUE THE MARGINAL: don´t think you’re on the right way just because there are many traces

12. CREATIVELY USE AND RESPOND TO CHANGE: the vision is not seeing things as they are but as they will be

My conclusion about all this beautiful ideas is that permaculture is the key to sustain humanity during our actual energy descent.

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