[permaculture] Fwd: Design for Sustainable Community course
ecmare at antiochsea.edu
Fri Sep 9 12:03:01 EDT 2005
for SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY
- where Permaculture meets
Tues 20 Sun 25 SEPTEMBER
Sahale, Olympic Peninsula, WA
This course offers a
wholistic approach to building sustainable human settlement, by
balancing and integrating social and economic design with
environmental and physical design. The courses intention is to equip
participants with sufficient knowledge and skills to facilitate a
healthy community culture and create comprehensive permaculture
concept designs - with urban neighborhoods, co-housing clusters, rural
communities and ecovillages.
This course is for anyone who is interested in ecovillages and
intentional communities, and especially those who:
want to further their understanding of ecovillage and community
want to apply their learnings to a new or existing settlement
dream about living in community but dont know how to bring this
want to specialize in community and ecovillage facilitation
are community development facilitators, and want to extend and
enrich their toolbox
are permaculture practitioners (or trainees) and want to extend
their work into the field of community design
In order to get optimum benefit from this course, and to enable topics
to be covered in greater depth, participants are strongly encouraged
to advance their background in Permaculture. This could be done by:
attending a Permaculture Certificate Course or introductory workshop,
visiting Permaculture properties or demonstration sites, or doing some
background reading in Permaculture. Check relevant websites.
The following topics will
be covered, with priorities of the participant group determining their
FORMATION & FOUNDATION LAYING
Permaculture Principles & their application
Definitions and Descriptions of ecovillage and community
Evidence of intentional communities and ecovillages as a
sustainable solution to
Ecovillage Diversity: a slideshow presentation of some
ecovillages around the world
Ecovillage-Community Range (Communal - Private): examples from
kibbutzim to freehold ecological subdivision; determining your
groups range positions
The Stages of Ecovillage Formation, typical highs and lows of each
stage, ways of moving forward, propelled by the learnings.
13 Key Issues of Social Design which block the success of
intentional communities and ecovillages, issues most pertinent to
participants, some unblocking processes
Designing for Social Ecology: introduction to internal community
systems, organizational structures and physical layout - for ultimate
energy flow to serve intentional group culture.
Core Human Ecology Issues - communication, power, ownership,
gender, labor, freedom and governance.
Cooperation in Business
- dealing with money together; systems for internal community
accounting; social and physical design for ethical business in
Land Purchase a checklist and some wise prerequisites.
SKILLS FOR COMMUNITY
The Group as an Organism -
phases & cycles of a group; forming new groups; defining group
identity; shaping a healthy code of behavior; honoring each persons
role and contribution.
The Ingredients of a Successful Ecovillage, and methods to develop
the following: social & physical action planning, capital investment
and internal financial systems, skills, labor and time management.
Introduction to Social Design - for clarity and workability
regarding rights, responsibilities, ownership and power
Some Facilitation Techniques for working with emerging
ecovillages, with application to the common needs of the workshop
Facilitating Group Alignment - social mapping, identifying the
reality of what is now as a
springboard for visioning the future; clarifying and activating
common purpose; operating synergy; building group power for effective
Introduction to Wholistic Goal Setting
learning to use Earthcare Education Aotearoas manala templates,
Community Culture, Social Structure and Physical Environment, as
powerful community building and planning tools.
Group Process & Decision Making Skills - some keys skills for good
communication; designing out conflict and designing in trust & safety,
conflict resolution strategies, leadership & power; formats for
successful meetings; meeting facilitation; decision-making methods;
working with the consensus process.
Self Nourishment & Self Empowerment - keeping ourselves centered
and balanced in the midst of it all; working in harmony with
natures rhythms and cycles to optimize our energy and time;
sustaining vision, maintaining energy, choosing appropriate action
when faced with opposing forces.
Earthcares Integrated Design
Methods: a slide presentation of Earthcare Education Aotearoas
stages and processes for facilitating the formation, development,
establishment and sustenance of ecovillage land use.
Introduction to Site Analysis, involving all generations (children,
adults, elderly) in the
process and the use of 3D models in participatory design.
Zoning from several perspectives, to arrive at a marriage of the
needs of the people and the
needs of the land.
Co-operation with Nature - ways of including the nature kingdom in
Physical Infrastructure: considerations for buildings, water,
sanitation, access etc
Community Scale Food
Production: considerations for orchards, vegetable gardens, herbs,
animals for meat & milk products.
WEAVING IT ALL
Ecovillage Web - integrating natural, social, cultural, physical
and economic elements, pulling together what we have learned and
cumulatively designed, into a full-integrated community-village
Robina McCurdy (Aotearoa/New Zealand)
Robina is co founder/resident/trustee of Tui Land Trust & Community &
founder/trustee of the Institute for Earthcare Education Aotearoa. She
has a Diploma in Permaculture, plus various teaching qualifications.
For 20 years Robina has been engaged in community development,
permaculture design & tutoring, organic growing, the development of
environmental education resources & the creation of participatory
processes for decision-making & collective action. She has taught &
applied these powerful community-building methods with households,
neighborhoods, schools, farms, ecovillages & bioregions, in
Aotearoa/New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Ireland, Brazil & USA.
Robina was the originator/coordinator of Golden Bays PLANET
Organic, a year-long vocational training in community-scale
sustainable landuse design, management & facilitation. Throughout her
life, she has worked with minimal resources to bring about significant
changes in the lives of people, their communities & their environment.
Consequently, human capacity building is one of Robinas special
skills - inspiring, guiding & offering specific tools & techniques for
people to access their gifts, develop their potential, build their
resourcefulness, & live their dreams.
Tyrone LaFay (Bellingham, WA)
Tyrone is the director/founder of Earthcare Design Solutions a
community based organization offering services in permaculture,
sustainable settlement & ecological design education & consultation.
He has been working for the past 3 years as an Associate Faculty
member with the Village Design Institute. Tyrone holds a BSc in
Environmental Science: Sustainable Ecological Design, plus
Permaculture and ecovillage qualifications from USA, Australia and NZ.
Over the past seven years, he has been studying, practicing & teaching
applied human ecology, permaculture design, organic gardening &
eco-village design in the Pacific Northwest, and overseas. He is
currently living & working as the Permaculture Design Program
Coordinator at O.U.R. Eco-Village, in Canada.
Huckleberry Leonard (Olympic Peninsula, WA)
For the past 30 years Huckleberry has been owner & primary consultant
for GREENWORLD edible landscaping. He is also a plant adviser for
Raintree Nursery. He has qualifications in zoology, landscaping,
permaculture & community development. Huckleberry has taught
permaculture design, native plant identification, wild foods foraging
& seed collecting, internationally, including within community
projects in South America. He facilitates deep nature connection
experiences in the Olympic National Park wilderness. Two strong
underpinnings in his life are yoga & music, including a diversity of
LOGISTICS & REGISTRATION
Cost: $700 - $350 + $25 night for indoor accommodation or $15
night for camping.
Sliding scale, based on income, with consideration for affordability
(higher waged - students/lower waged)
Cost is inclusive of food, tuition, & all educational materials. (If
finance is a problem, make contact about this).
Accommodation Options Indoor: $25 per night = $125 total
Camping: $15 per night = $75 total
Food: delicious, mostly vegetarian & organic.
Further details: sent upon registration, eg program, what to bring,
travel info, personal needs.
IT IS POSSIBLE TO ATTEND FOR PART OF THE TIME ON A DAILY BASIS, for a
daily fee, based on the above cost divided by the number of days
Arrive Tuesday morning. We begin at 10.30am.
Registration/Enquiries to: Selma Ruth
Email: robina at context.org (cc to: hoff at goodenough.org)
To register: All email registrations need to be received by Wed 5pm
on 14 Sept, and will be responded to then. Send a deposit of $50 by
Fri 17 Sept to:
Sustainable Community, c/o Huckleberry Leonard, PMB 181, 2442 NW
Market St, Seattle, WA 98107
Payment details: Checks should be written out to: /Robina McCurdy.
Other payment methods: cash-in-mail or postal order. Remainder of fee
payable on arrival.
Include with registration:
your name, postal address, phone & email contact;
a letter/note which covers
your motivation for participating in this course, your permaculture
education & experience, whether or not you live in or are initiating
an intentional community/ecovillage.
* the amount of days you will be attending.
please state the full fee you will be paying.
To know about our venue, visit Sahales website:
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