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An Unlikely Journey to Permaculture: we all have a story, and why it matters

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A couple years ago I had a conversation with a woman who started a phenomenal affordable housing program in Utah using education and natural building as her means. I asked about the story of how she got there. Was she in construction? Was she an educator? She was a mortgage officer for a bank. She got tired of turning people down who didn’t qualify for a home loan due to low income, and knew personally […]

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Intentional Community and Permaculture

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For those of you interested in Intentional Community this essay is about two such communities.  The Permaculture Institute has presented the Permaculture Design Course (PDC) at Lama Foundation over the past 7 years, and will begin teaching the PDC at Sat Yoga Ashram next year. Lama Foundation was formed in 1967 and is one of the few remaining intentional communities from that era.  Lama was founded around spiritual growth and has been the home and […]

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New to Permaculture? 7 Steps to Remember

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Permaculture is a powerful and practical answer if your goal is to become more sustainable. Embracing permaculture practices in your life is an exciting proposition, but it quickly becomes overwhelming if you don’t  avoid common mistakes. Look at this list of 7 steps that help you succeed in your permaculture journey.

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All Souls Day, Firewood and Tea

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All Souls Day upon us, the day of remembering ancestors, about their experiences in life, their understanding of nature, seasons, family life. In the Autumn chill, I think about kindling the fire of warmth in our home and beyond. What acts help us build a life that is slower, simpler, imbued with meaning and beauty, that is restorative, caring and nurturing for the generations before and after us? How does my commitment to sustainable living […]

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Costa Rica Permaculture Course – Accommodations

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This is the third post in the series that describe upcoming permaculture design course in Costa Rica. We are hoping to make your trip planning much simpler by providing more photos and information on class logistics. For topics of travel planning, food and people (hosts, teachers, participants) and about fitting in, please visit this post. For teacher’s notes and impressions about this class, please visit here. And a short video of the class is here. […]

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Harvest Swap – and the Third Ethic of Permaculture

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I feel like a field mouse lately, the cold nights and cool days of late September inviting actions directed at keeping warmth in the house, gathering the food stuffs for the long winter ahead. Preparing the firewood, knitting a few more garments to keep the family cozy…. searching for the slippers that were put away for the summer.

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