THE FINAL PART – practical design!

hard brain work – putting ideas into system that makes sense

taking different perspective…

presentations!

and mentorship 😀 that resulted with 20 permaculturally brainwashed activists!

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PART 2 🙂 the mid-days of the PDC

It has been rather intensive, educational, inspiration…. with diversity of topics and lectureres, whose stories have puzzeled into final interconnected approach to life that goes deep into systems, connections, relations and functions.

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Day 4 – gardening, growing food in zones I and zone II, no-dig gardening

‘Life and death are relative. So called ”dead” treas are in fact more alive than living once, because they are home to more species of microbes.’

Day 5 – growing food in zones III and zone IV, regenerative agriculture and agroforestry, animals, succession, plant guilds and forest garden (was rather rainy day…)

And we learnt about an amazing initiatives in Bulgaria and Jordan. A group of friend is trying to bring back life to a mountain area nearby Sofia. In Jordan, a group of enthusiasts and volunteers initiated a Greening the camps project in refugee camps which are settled by Palestinians.

‘Growing perennials is the most potent thing we can do in order to change climate in positive way.’

Day 6 – visit to Kuterevo Refuge for bears and people, getting to know the story of brown bears, local traditions, carpenters and handicrafts

Day 7 – a bit of practical rock’n’roll work and natural building

‘Energy is the ability to perform work.’

Day 8 – energy and water in permaculture system, urban permaculture and good economy

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‘Every problem is profit spelled backwards.’

4 days left for getting into permaculture design process through practical project designing in smaller groups. Stay tuned!

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PART 1 🙂 the first 3 days of the PDC

It has been 3 days since PDC has started. Twentish participants from Bulgaria, Albania, Serbia, Kosovo, Spain, Italy, Greece, Croatia, Germany and France, mostly from SCI branches, have stepped into the world of permaculture, where problem is solution and where everything gardens.

‘Permaculture is not a religion, so don’t get stuck in definitions. Just observe your environment. Permaculture is a new culture’

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Day 1 – introduction to the Recycled Estate & Permaculture history, 5 elements and 5 catashtrophies, permaculture ethics, principles and tools.

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‘It is not about self-sustainability. It is about becoming resilient.’

Day 2 – permaculture tools: zones, sectors and patterns, edible wild plants and sustianable communities – the 5th element

‘You have to live with your food.’

Day 3 – reading the landscape and waters behavior in it, soil care and soil biology, composting

‘Landscapes are alive and soil is an unrenewable resource.’

We are also getting to know each others through evening activities, music sessions and presenations of projects we are involved in back home.

Ben from Greece has been working on an educational garden with the organization Together for Better Days at Lesvos island, which is maintained by local people and refugees.

Marie has been part of a traveling community – Land in Curiosity – in Sweden which is exploring natural connections, nonformal education and communal living.

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‘Even if climate change was not happening due to human activities, would it give us right to destroy ecosystems, extract fossil fuels, blow CO2 into the atmosphere? Permaculture is not about climate change. It is about our relation to life.’

To be continued…

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