iLAND Centre Progress

The pilot iLAND Network is taking shape with 7 aspiring LAND Centre projects having applied in Europe (in Latvia, Bulgaria (x2), Romania, Portugal, Ukraine and Netherlands), 4 across Africa, 1 in Armenia and 1 in Laos. IPEN will accept 15 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 during the first 3 months of 2020. 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-centresHowever, there are challenges having the capacity to support the projects and network in the way they deserve. So several EuPN members are collaborating on an Erasmus+ application to try to provide significant funded support over 2021-22 to the development of iLAND Centres across Europe, as well as an innovation that adapts the idea to a more urban, less land focused concept of iACT hubs (ACT = action for community-led transition), that would connect with LAND Centres in one learning and demonstration centre network. More news on this next time!

A celebration of rewilding the world – Feral Dutch Design 2020

During Dutch Design Week, 16 to 25 October 2020, De Kloosterbostuin in Eindhoven The Netherlands is organising the first edition of the annual Feral Dutch Design* show at Landgoed Eikenburg.

Dutch Design Week is an established international design show that attracts over 350,000 visitors to Eindhoven each year in the last full week of October. It showcases the harvest of innovative, creative and esthetic design by young and established designers. DDW is known for radical, challenging and controversial work. The past few years have seen a surge in “green” and “sustainable” design. Still even this innovative work seems stuck in greenwashing the urban mindset and industrially manufactured world. Due to the triple bottom line of biodiversity, climate (energy) and material resource emergencies, new windows are opening. There is a renewed interest in rewilding not just nature but also our own human societies and individual lives.

From the DDW.nl web site: “Dutch design DDW does not just see Dutch design as a label for a certain group of designers or design aesthetic, but as a permanent reflection of a culture and attitude that is characteristic of the Netherlands and of Dutch people. We identify with a solution-oriented approach, functionality, humanism, free thinkers, brutality, humour, ability to put things into perspective, single-mindedness, not hindered by thinking in terms of hierarchical barriers, the unconventional. But also the readiness for taking stakeholders seriously and involving them in the solution, in the creative process. Dutch design is an attitude and does not by definition refer to a nationality.”

“In October of each year, Dutch Design Week (DDW) takes place in Eindhoven. The biggest design event in Northern Europe presents work and ideas of more than 2600 designers to more than 350,000 visitors from home and abroad. In more than 110 locations across the city, DDW organizes and facilitates exhibitions, lectures, prize ceremonies, networking events, debates and festivities.

Although during the event every imaginable discipline and aspect of design is on offer, the emphasis is on experiment, innovation and cross-overs. Exceptional attention each year goes to work and development of young talent.

DDW concentrates on the design of the future and the future of design. It is our objective to show how designers from around the world shape a positive future and to strengthen the position and meaning of Dutch designers.”

Feral Dutch Design aims to show design from the perspective of the free and wild world of unconditional hospitality of nature. An exploration of a new relationship between mobile human communities of permanauts (enduring sailors) and a replenished biosphere. The show celebrates the remaining wilderness and recapturing the wildness of free people like you and I. Come join us for a week of co-creation and inspiration of life beyond urban permaculture. Exhibition, demonstrations, courses, workshops, fashion show, music, food tastings, Open Space and networking opportunities.Register your interest by email to info [at] dekloosterbostuin [dot] nl. Please include your name and address so we can get back to you.

De Kloosterbostuin is the first emerging iLAND centre in The Netherlands.

*Feral Dutch Design is a working title.

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

Feral Dutch Design 2020

Call for participation & work
De Kloosterbostuin in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, warmly invites all European permanauts to submit proposals to participate in and exhibit recent innovative work relating to sustainable lifestyles in a post-climate, post-urban world. Work can cover all aspects of life and livelihood, preferably in a tangible form. We are also open for proposals for workshops, courses and performances.

First harvest in De Kloosterbostuin 2019

During the event there will be indoors and outdoors exhibitions, performances, fashion show, music, food, workshops, open spaces, courses and whatever else is on offer.

What is it?

Dutch Design Week is an annual international design show during the last full week of October. Last year it drew more then 350,000 visitors from all over the world and 2600 designers showing their most recent work. Even though in the past few years “green” and “sustainable” design has been featured prominently in the show, it was generally a greenwashing of inherently unsustainable urban life. Due to the triple bottom line of biodiversity, climate (energy) and material resource emergencies, new windows are opening. There is a renewed interest in rewilding not just nature but also our own human societies and individual lives.

Bee happy @ De Kloosterbostuin


“Feral” is an interesting term in the English language.feral |ˈfi(ə)rəl; ˈferəl|adjective(esp. of an animal) in a wild state, esp. after escape from captivity or domestication : a feral cat.• resembling a wild animal : a feral snarl.

ORIGIN early 17th cent.: from Latin fera ‘wild animal’ (from ferus‘wild’ ) + -al .
The association with “escape from captivity or domestication” is particularly appropriate.What we are looking to present with Feral Dutch Design 2020 are the right tools to liberate and repair ourselves as we must liberate and repair the landscape, if we want to live.

If you are interested to participate or exhibit work, please send a proposal, no more then 1000 words, with good quality images or links to images and video, by email to info [at] dekloosterbostuin [dot] nl. Submission deadline is 15 February 2020.
If you would like more information, feel free to contact us at info [at] dekloosterbostuin [dot] nl.
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Landgoed Eikenburg, peri-urban site for housing, top sports, education and palliative care… and home of De Kloosterbostuin. View towards the Groote Heide nature reserve.

14IPC Argentina – Children, Youth and Regenerative Education

The 14th edition of the International Permaculture Convergence will be held this year from 28th November to 4th December in Argentina, hosted by the Ná Lu’um Permaculture Institute (naluum.org). The chosen theme is “Children, Youth and Regenerative Education”.

The 14IPC Argentina Council shares a message with the world:

“We are pleased to invite you to our house, your house, so that together we can work on the regeneration of the social fabric of the worldwide permaculture movement. The Eco-Centro Madre Selva project, headquarters of the Ná Lu’um Institute, calls on you to join the change we want to see in the world.”

Read further for the full story of the how and why of the IPC in 2020.