Inspired by their visit to Koster Trädgårdar in Sweden, a team of Permaculture teachers from Bulgaria made a video about the LAND initiative, its roots as well as its future. Mihaela Tsarchinska, the founder of Green School Village, an organization that functions as a hub for ecological projects, has jumpstarted the implementation of a diploma process as well as LAND center approval for the Balkan Region. This means that in a few years time, there will be three regions in which people seeking permaculture demonstration sites can do so through the LAND NETWORK: The UK, Scandinavia and the Balkans.
The film was directed by Mihail Kossev, an alumnus of the European Permaculture Teacher Partnership, and co-funded by Erasmus+. Mihail walks us through the journey of setting up a LAND center through interviews with Cathrine Dolleris (LAND coordinator for Denmark and helping Scandinavia and the Baltic area) and Helena (co-owner of the Kosters farm). We hope you enjoy watching this made in between the sessions of our enlightening permaculture teacher training with Cathrine and Alfred Decker.
A number of additional Case Studies of inspirational projects from across the globe are now available via IPEN’s Resources webpages. They can help provide guidance and valuable ideas to permaculture projects and organisations. 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 (such as: Case Studies; Permaculture Curriculum Resources; Children and Schools; etc): https://www.ipenpermaculture.org/education-resources/
For those involved or interested in applying permaculture in the humanitarian and disaster relief sectors in Europe or elsewhere, the Re-Alliance Coalition brings together field practitioners, policy makers, educators, community leaders and humanitarian and development workers. Re-Alliance will soon be publishing their first case studies on their website. An annual course on Permaculture for Development Workers has been run twice by Chris Evans, Giselle Henriques and others, and is likely to be available again in Autumn 2020 or as an online course. Contact Chris at Applewood Permaculture for more information.
The ReLeaP partnership project application, taken forward by the Resources for Action Working Group, and involving 8 EuPN members, will be submitted at the end of March. If Erasmus+ funding is approved this will deliver a 2 year ‘Regenerative Leadership Programme’ starting towards the end of 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 events (for partners) and online events (open to all), and produce a number of Good Practice Guides (LAND Centres; permaculture education systems; permaculture organisation development; etc) and resources to stimulate and support the accelerated succession of the permaculture movement across Europe. If successful this will allow the project to bring together and present a lot of the well-proven and innovative permaculture education activity that is happening across Europe, and lead to on-line ReLeaP training and resources being accessible across Europe and around the world on an ongoing basis.
Several EuPN members are partners in the 2-year BLAST project, which is now underway to develop, strengthen and support a growing Europe-wide community of practise for community-led transformative blended learning for sustainability and climate action. This will help widen access to tools and a platform for blended learning (which combines in-person and online training and resources), and accelerate their take up and wider use by permaculturists and its associated movements across Europe.
52 Climate Actions – https://www.52climateactions.com/ – has been launched, and work amongst the European and global partners and wider activity on climate action is continuing to move forward. An Erasmus+ application is being developed for a Community Climate Coaches project, with a core idea that many permaculture educators can be excellent enablers and educators to catalyse positive, action-oriented community climate initiatives, using tools such as 52 Climate Actions and other resources from successful initiatives that have already been run e.g. Cultivate’s LEADER funded community climate programmes in western Ireland.
52 Climate Actions is a great resource, from simple understandings to indepth detail and links to further resources. It’s all about how to positively tackle our climate emergency through a permaculture design lense, and it’s open access for all. Future work hopes to see it translated to Spanish and other languages. IPEN were involved throughout and drafted an outline for community-led Climate Action Training which is available through the website and which has already been successfully piloted in South Australia, linking with David Holmgren’s Retrosuburbia training and events.