Ethical Lifestyle Toolkit

It’s a really exciting time for online permaculture education. 

We are in our final month of crowdfunding the Ethical Lifestyle Toolkit – a project from the Permaculture Association Britain and Ethical Consumer  – which is at 63%  with 348 supporters all hoping to have an impact on people and planet via our new permaculture based online toolkit. It will help us ensure that our lifestyle impact is positive and that we can all live for the future. 

But we need your help to get to 100%  *please pledge NOW and share it widely throughout your communities* 

We are hosting a webinar on the 14th January at 3:30pm UCT+1 / BST, for anyone interested in becoming a partner in this project – in part to make this online toolkit applicable internationally. 

The Permaculture Association has just recruited an experienced online course developer and will begin working on its own online courses in January, with the hope of providing more diverse and inclusive education opportunities worldwide. Many of the international educator members are working together to create new content to reach local communities. 

This work should feed into a variety of other projects we are working on to encourage the growth of permaculture education online and in supporting transformative permaculture educators worldwide, including exciting work as partners with BLAST. 

The purpose of the BLAST partnership is to enable educators, trainers, facilitators, mentors, researchers etc. in delivering transformative learning opportunities to citizens, communities and professionals that engage as change-makers and game-changers in the social-ecological transition. 

There will be a UK BLAST multiplier event on May 14th 2020, co-hosted by the Permaculture Association Britain, GEN and Gaia Education- save the date!  

All of the above projects offer opportunities for permaculture educators to get involved. If you are interested in any of these projects: Ethical Lifestyle Toolkit partners meeting, BLAST, or the PAB’s education platform, please get in touch @ education [at] permaculture [dot] org [dot] uk

Best wishes,

Jemma Findley

Education Lead permaculture.org.uk/education

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.

Bioregional Regeneration through Permaculture in Coastal West Africa

Hi European Permie Friends 🙂

We (Jillian Hovey and Ben Burnley) have been on the ground in The Casamance, which is the southern Senega, and the “bread basket” of that country as the desert has advanced all through the north. We are working with a team of locals, several of whom took an EDE (Ecovillage Design Education) and PDC with Jillian and other international & African teachers in The Gambia 2015, which they say was a life-changing experience. With some on-going support from Jillian, they hosted a Casamance Permaculture Convergence in 2016. And most recently, they formed the REPCA Permaculture and Ecovillage Network of Casamance, which grew out of their dream to unite their efforts and to share what they have learned to help their communities.

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Because Water is Life

by Aline Van Moerbekee

PermaMed is excited to be involved in yet another project that provides solutions to real and urgent problems, S’Aigo Mallorca. Water is Life. There is no two ways about it. We need Water to survive, and right now we are seeing shortages crop up around the world (California, South Africa…) as well as on Mallorca too. It’s common enough to have the taps turned off in summer for all but a couple of hours per day, whilst tourism is churning on and whilst ever more pools are being built, wells are being drilled, inhabitants are staying year round.

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Permaculture for Refugees

Permaculture for Refugees (P4R) took its first steps right after the European Permaculture Convergence workshop on Permaculture and refugees, in Italy in 2016. The very same people who attended the workshop, facilitated by Rosemary Morrow, and Rosemary herself joined and formed the working core group. We were united in our conviction that permaculture offers integrated and humane responses to the refugee crisis now and in the future, and that we wanted to take this concept further practically:

  1. To refugees in camps because this is where there is some of the worst suffering
  2. To refugees in communities where life is also extremely difficult especially at first.
  3. For refugees returning home to damaged environments and painful memories

These were our basic motivations and direction. We called ourselves LandEd and our overall project Permaculture for Refugees. We all agreed that refugee camps could feasibly become ecovillages….

News from the Resources for Action Working Group

by Steve Charter

R4A is working towards submitting a funding application in March to Erasmus Plus for a 2019-21 ReLeaP project, for partners to deliver a Regenerative Leadership Programme across Europe to support the activity and development of permaculture pioneers and leaders, including those involved in national organisations, teaching or organising courses, LAND centres and so on, with the hope that Youth in Permaculture will also be very involved. Already 7 national organisations have confirmed they want to be core partners, with invitations going out soon to invite as many EUPN members organisations as possible to be participating organisations, so that the benefits of ReLeaP can be spread widely across Europe. If the application is successful ReLeaP will start in September and it is intended to have options for in-person and online participation in ReLeap events. So look out for more information on this in the next newsletter … or in your inbox!