IPEN & Education News

iLAND Centre Network

The pilot iLAND Network is taking shape with so far 3 aspiring LAND Centre projects having applied in Europe (in Latvia, Bulgaria and Ukraine), 4 across Africa, 1 in Armenia and 1 in Laos. We expect more to apply, to reach our target number of 12 projects in the pilot network, which we will provide more support to and which will help us refine the iLAND systems. We hope to have iLAND project profiles on the iLAND webpages by the end of October. From there we expect the network to expand significantly in Europe and around the world. For more information see: https://www.ipenpermaculture.org/ipen-priorities/iland-demonstration-centres/

Education Resources

A number of additional Case Studies of inspirational projects both in Europe and elsewhere are now available via IPEN’s Resources webpages, that can help provide guidance and inspiration to permaculture projects and organisations in Europe. A number of useful teaching and curriculum guides are also available, including the still highly valuable resources produced by the European Permaculture Teachers (EPT) partnership project – use the filter tool to search the topics at: https://www.ipenpermaculture.org/education-resources/

52 Climate Actions – https://www.52climateactions.com/

The webpages for the 52 Climate Actions project have now been launched.  IPEN and other EuPN members were involved throughout and IPEN drafted an outline for community-led Climate Action Training which is available through the website. With various EuPN members, we are aiming to host a number of online events that will share examples of permaculture-led climate action training and engagement activities, including a recent successful pilot that has been run in South Australia.

Ecolise BLAST Project

The 2-year BLAST project is underway to develop, strengthen and support a growing Europe-wide community of practise for community-led transformative blended learning for sustainability and climate action, with several members of the EuPN involved. This will help widen access to tools and a platform for blended learning, that can be used widely by permaculturists across Europe.

EuPN ReLeaP Project

It is hoped that the ReLeaP partnership project, taken forward by the Resources for Action Working Group, and involving 9 EuPN members, will be able to be confirmed by the end of the year. If Erasmus+ funding is approved this will deliver a 2 year ‘Regenerative Leadership Programme’ starting in January 2020 to support the pioneers and leaders in permaculture networks, organisations, projects and teaching across Europe, with the aim that at least 50% of the participants will be under 30 years old. The project will involve a series of physical and online events, and produce a number of good practice guides and resources to stimulate and support the permaculture movement across Europe.

Introduction to Engaging Children in Permaculture courses

In this two day course for parents, teachers and other educators to learn how to engage children in permaculture, participants will learn how the permaculture ethics and principles can be applied to education; discover some great benefits of outdoor learning; learn how to create child-led sessions which engage the whole child: eyes, heart, hands and head; and much more!  

28&29 Sep @ Landmatters, Devon, England

5&6 Oct @ the Sustainability Centre, Hampshire, England

5&6 Oct @ LearningInNature, Espoo, Finland

9&10 Nov @ Montrose, Angus, Scotland

and more… watch this space:

More info: http://childreninpermaculture.com/events/  

Contact us:  cip.info.training [at] gmail [dot] com

Spanish National Permaculture

This last May, some 80 permaculture designers and fans gathered under the full moon in the region of Albacete in Southern Spain. For four days we shared knowledge and practical information, as is typical for Permaculture convergences, but we also collaborated on the design of the national organization Permaculture Íbera and together dreamt it into the next phases. Several dynamics were used to slow down, be present, reflect, observe and then interact. New workgroups (anillos =  rings) such as Finance and Legalities and Education were suggested to be added to the previous sociocratic setup by the pilot group, middle ring or core group, which has been working (voluntary) towards a solid structure for 5 years now already. Willing participants positioned themselves in their working area of choice, and as we write/read, these new action groups are committing to sharing time and experiences in search of practical solutions to regenerate our landscapes and to up resilience through reinforcing connections across the bioregions of the Spanish country. 

Photos of the event are here and if you read Spanish, a lovely write up was made by Igor, one of the event’s kitchen coordination group and fervid Permaculture Designer himself. 

Search for niche innovations in Europe in the field of food and agriculture

Dear European Permaculture-Network,

We from NAHhaft together with our project partners Friends of the Earth Europe and Nyéléni Europe and Central Asia would be grateful for your support. This would involve reaching out to people from a variety of sustainable niche initiatives in the agriculture and food systems of Europe, and increasing awareness of these initiatives.

The research project aims at finding a plurality of food and agriculture related niche innovations that are not yet or barely known in Germany. By means of their Europe-wide promotion, impulses for a sustainable adaptation of the niches in many regions across Europe should be set. In addition, the diversity of niches is meant to unleash synergy effects on a sustainable transformation of these food systems.

We are currently in in the research phase. In order to reach as many initiatives as possible, it would be of great support to the project, if you could pass on the document in attachment to your members and associate networks or if you could upload it to your homepage and social media platforms.

Additional project related information can be found here:

https://www.ernaehrungswandel.org/fileadmin/Website/NEuropa/NEuropa_Flyer.pdf

If you have suggestions in this regard, please write them to us: helen.engelhardt [at] nahhaft [dot] de

You are invited to visit our homepage, if you are interested in getting to know more about our work at NAHhaft: https://www.nahhaft.de

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Best regards

NAHhaft– 

Helen Engelhardt

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin

Alfred Decker courses

 “Training Permaculture Teachers” (TPT). Rosemary Morrow developed TPT in order to have a multiplier effect in the development of permaculture, with the intention to develop the course in the different European languages by teachers from those countries. The following TPT courses in Europe 2019 are facilitated by Alfred Decker and local teachers: 

– Sweden @ Kosters Trädgårdar, November 5-12, with Cathrine Dolleris and Helena Von Bothmer. This course is available to PDC holders from any country who want to teach participatory learning methods from Rosemary Morrow’s experience and from the “Permaculture Educators Course”. Read More…  (or we could put the link to the announcement on the EuPN site: https://permaculture-network.eu/events/training-permaculture-teachers-course/)

– Portugal @ Vale de Lama, October 26-November 1, with Hugo Oliveira and Patricia Pereira

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 SOIL – CITY – SOLIDARITY 

Urban Permaculture Design Course Berlin 

June 1-15 (2019) 

Facilitated by Alfred Decker (core facilitator and convener), Nicole Wolf (convener) and guest tutors: Declan Kennedy, Mojisola Adebayo, Sonja Bach, Johanna Häger, Dennis Posthumus, Robert Strauch, Bouba Touré, Raphaël Grisey, Rosemary Morrow (via videoconference) and others 

Film Feld Forschung @ Silent Green Kulturquartier and 12P Permaculture Design invite you to a two-week intensive Permaculture Design Course (PDC), offering the internationally-recognized 72-hour permaculture curriculum. Our focus is on urban and social permaculture and how activist permaculture can work for climate justice and building a non-racist society where the permaculture ethic „People Care“ is practised. We will explore soil as the ground we live on and with, as a contested and extracted medium; how practices of soil regeneration connect to how we live together; and how the ethics and principles of permaculture and regenerating soil relates to arts and film practices. 

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Earth Activism & Social Permaculture @ La Loma Viva and La Bolina (Granada, Spain), September 4 – 11, with Starhawk, Alfred Decker, Alex Kruger, and members of La Loma Viva and La Bolina 

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LAND Centres in Europe

The Danish LAND logo

LAND Centres are steadily emerging across Europe, as well as seeds being sown for their later emergence. IPEN, which is acting as an EuPN Education Work Group, is keen to assist this as one of our six priorities is:

  • Supporting the development of permaculture demonstration and education projects and the iLAND Network to connect them and share lessons, education resources and good practice;
LAND centre “Træstubben” in Copenhagen, Denmark. Photo: Felix Becker

We also want to help national associations establish their own national LAND Centres systems. We see LAND Centres as important for building the educational infrastructure within countries, including having a potential role in teacher training and development, development of education resources in the relevant language and as hubs for local, regional and national networking and collaboration.

IPEN has recently launched its new website, and within that there are a set of iLAND pages which we really encourage you to look at. These set out the criteria for LAND centres, provide useful resources on good practice from established learning and demonstration projects, and an initial application system. We already have a number of initial applications in from Europe and around the world, and will shortly start to engage with them to form an iLAND pilot network of 10-12 centres which we will work with more closely, whilst the wider iLAND network grows and learns from the pilot network.

If the EUPN Erasmus+ ReLeaP application to establish a ‘regenerative leadership programme’ is successful there will be resources and outputs from that programme to support the development of LAND Centres in Europe, although even without it, it is clear that LAND Centres are here to stay, are growing steadily, and will play an important part in the development of the permaculture movement in EuPN member countries, and across Europe as a whole, which will help inspire a wider spread around the world.

We encourage national associations and academies to sign up to IPEN’s newsletter so that we can keep you informed of iLAND Network developments and related permaculture education issues.

“Koroinen” LAND centre in Turku/Åbo, Finland. Participants of a Nordplus funded LAND training and assessment tour in 2017 are striving through the rain amongst lush vegetables. Photo: Cathrine Dolleris