The Integral Permaculture Academy announced the following message at the end of September:
“We are sorry to inform you that Stefania Stella Strega Scoz has passed away. Our activities will be on hold for the time being while we focus on grieving this great loss. As soon as we can, we will continue with the work to keep manifesting her visions and honor her life mission.
We have also created this Facebook Group to share about her and the any ways in which she enriched our lives, and you are also invited to contribute in honoring her together.”
Stella has been part of a group of enthusiastic people that discussed the creation of the European Permaculture Network in 2014. During this, she was very keen on promoting online collaboration to increase our focus on working locally.
A member of the European Permaculture network writes: “I invite you all to look at the Manual the Academy has created (collaboration of many students and mentors) and maybe you feel inclined to help build it even further. Her legacy lives on in that way.”
It was very sad and completely unexpected news to hear of Stellas death. We wish that family, friends, partners and students at the Integral Permaculture Academy find good ways of saying goodbye, grieving and caring for each other.
During the EuPC in Ireland, which took place between August 8th and 13th, 2018 in the Wicklow mountains, daily EuPN-meetings took place.
We used the arrival day of the 8th to discuss and clarify how we would want to spend the following days and what we would like to get out of them. We wanted to take ourselves through a process which started out with a vision: in 2023, we want to have a big party to celebrate our achievements as the European Permaculture Network. How do we get there?
The EuPC started on the morning of the 9th with an Elders-panel. Ten people shared what brought them to permaculture and where they are at now. At the end of this panel, we had the opportunity to present the EuPN, to outline its roots at the European Permaculture Institute and to mention the vision that we are working towards. It was important to us to say that the EuPC is the meeting space of EuPN. At the end of this mini-presentation, we invited the EuPC-participants to join our first session: to plan the party in 2023.
From here, we worked in small groups and started to design an action plan of how to make those achievements and the party happen.
During our discussions about the party it became very clear that we want it to be an event which is happening decentrally across Europe, so that we cut down on CO2 for travelling, and also so that we can involve as many people locally and regionally as possible.
And you can save the date already: it will be on the first weekend of May in 2023 – on the International Permaculture Day!
The groups that met were:
- EuPC-working group – discussing the future of the EuPC => info about this will follow
- Education working group – blending EuPN-education issues with IPEN-issues and integrating IPEN into EuPN => the network will be kept updated
- Communication working group – discussing information flows and different media => this will be continued in the online meetings of the group
- a group that developed a draft of an action plan, putting the future achievements into goals and then thinking about how they could end up in a sensible and doable order => a team will continue to work on this and discuss possible funding options towards reaching these goals
We also got new people to join and spoke to representatives of both “Youth in Permaculture” and “Children in Permaculture” whether they want to become working groups within EuPN and join the General Circle calls, so that we can increase synergies.
This time, we did not have the technical equipment and possibility to offer blended EuPN-meetings for those that stayed at home, but we managed to write down a summary of results in our shared meeting notes file so that other EuPN-members could follow what happened.
From time to time we get requests from lovely permaculture people that are looking for opportunities to make our world a better place – through permaculture. We hope that our network members can help them along. Here is an example.
We are Hanna & Felix, two mid-twenties from Germany. Right now, we are traveling through South America in search for some land to start a self-sufficient farm & join the reforestation movement. We have decided to come here after living on a farm in Northern California for one year. Originally, we abandoned our European life in the course of learning enough about the current state of the planet & the crises ahead of us. Being too young to ignore that outlook, we decided we had to fundamentally change our lives & join the efforts to fight the upcoming catastrophe. Hence, we are set to dedicate our time & energy to promoting life in all its forms – permaculture being the perfect tool to work towards a greener & healthier world.
By now, we have to change course in one respect: We have to come back to our home land Europe. We have a group of friends & family who would also join our efforts in case we find a proper piece of land to start with. Hence, we now begin our search, especially in Southern and Eastern Europe.
Our advantage is that we don’t need a “good” piece of land at all. We are looking for the challenge to bring life to a place that is not already abundant of it or even especially suitable. Our aim is to experiment with ways & methods to grow plants in preparation for a future without fossil fuels. We want to start with at least 10 hectares, but the final scale of the project depends on the number of people involved.
Please, if you can help us find a place to begin our journey towards a more beautiful world, get in touch with us.
Thank you so much in advance!
Hanna & Felix
Dear Friends and Members,
As you are aware, we are in the eighth year of Terrafest, which, with your support has progressed step by step and making a very special impact in uniting several bioregions and organizations to get their voices heard on the necessity of a transformation in our relations with each other, our land and all its species.
So, its your chance to act during our this year’s manifestation in finding local solutions, with the help of this life cycle analysis from Seed to Climate change which can lead us all to a better understanding of how to decouple economic growth from environmental degradation. Development is going in the right direction but we are still far from a compatible path to reaching it, so join us taking the right steps towards a sustainable future starting with seeds as our health and our democracies are the related to our social, economic and ecological patterns that will need to change.
- Join our crowd funding campaign on https://www.ulule.com/terrafest/, to help us in proceeding with our project, you are one of the co-creators of this initiative, thanks!
- Vote for our event on the “Best Climate Solutions” award on https://www.bestclimatesolutions.eu/sign-up-login/ by logging in and choosing Terrafest. During the online polls, registered users on the Best Climate Solutions website can vote for the admitted candidates and share them on the social networks, increasing their chances to win. The online polls are open from September 24 to October 15, 2018 (5.00 pm CEST).
The walk will begin on 27th July, 2018 from Karlovac, Croatia, entering into Slovenia, Nuovo Mesto and conclude at Zalec, Slovenia near the border to Austria. Hosting is provided by local organizations on the way who are joining as members in the network.
Thank you for your interest in our dreams. We hope to see you going on this path into the green countryside of Croatian rivers and Slovenian hills to enjoy this moment of sharing,
Terrafest working Team
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The European Permaculture Convergence will take place 8 – 13 August 2018 in County Wicklow in the Republic of Ireland. Just an hour by public transport from Dublin.
The site is in a beautiful valley in the Wicklow Mountains which gives a unique opportunity for a restorative 5 days total immersion in nature. There is a specially designed and professionally led Children’s Programme centred around the theme Children in Nature, based on nature mentoring and the ethos of Forest Schools.
Attendance tickets are €100 for the 5 days of the programme. Children under 15 can attend for free. With a range of accommodation options from €25 camping to €80 for a hostel bed for the duration. Catering will be a choice of wood fire cooked whole food vegan menu plans and exciting local food trucks.
We are excited to release a limited number of 2-for-1 tickets to this year’s convergence whereby you purchase one ticket and Abundant Earth Foundation will sponsor the other for you! There are only 10 available and they are sure to be popular so do be quick! More details on this here.
There’s much more info about the programme, tickets, fringe events and volunteering on our website at eupc2018.ie