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Permaculture Courses

Well the last few weeks have been focussed on preparing for running an Introduction to Permaculture Course, which along with another Lincolnshire based Permacuture designer, I ran at the weekend.

The Introduction to Permaculture Course followed a taster session, which Nick Vowles and I ran in August. That session was for the Lincolnshire Organic Gardeners’ Organisation.

LOGO WEBSITE

This meeting, held in August, was also attended by members of the Lincolnshire Smallholding and Self-Sufficiency Club

LSSSC WEBSITE

and by members of Transition Horncastle, Louth and Lincoln. Here is a picture of the audience during the first session, Permaculture Ethics, taken by Nick

Audience at Permaculture afternoon

Audience at Permaculture afternoon

Nick and I were asked to teach the Introduction Course, which was held last weekend at the Riseholme Campus of the University of Lincoln. Twenty people came for the weekend, and judging from the feedback it went pretty well. As this was our first course, there were things that we can tweak to improve things, but the feedback was pretty good.

Here is a picture of us at the end of the weekend, taken outside the fantastic building that we were given to teach in.

Students on Introduction to Permaculture Course

Students on Introduction to Permaculture Course

I have to say that it was a fantastic place to teach, and I hope to get the chance to repeat it.

Preparing to teach something also helped me to broaden my understanding of Permaculture, which has already fed into my own plans to re-design my own smallholding. So I’m pausing with my current plans and taking a few more weeks to think about it.

If any of you would like to check out Nick’s blog, you can use the link below.

Nick’s Blog

Now I need to find some good, cheap/free Landscape Design software, to use in my future projects.

Take Care

Deano

Transition Training 2

Hi All

Sorry about the lack of originality in the title, but it’s late, has been a long weekend, and if BBC iplayer had been working well, I would have been watching the Rugby.

I spent this weekend in Lincoln, doing the official Transition Town Training, provided by the Transition Town Network. The training was organised by Transition Lincoln, and was conducted by two trainers from Mid Wales. 22 of us attended, the majority of whom were from Lincolnshire, but with 2 from Ireland, and Brazil, joining us.

For those of you who know nothing about The Transition Town movement, the following links will provide the best sources of Information.

The Transition Town Wiki  http://transitiontowns.org/TransitionNetwork/TransitionInitiativeis probably the most comprehensive source of information about the movement.

It also lists all of the initiatives that are going on around the world.

Global Public media http://globalpublicmedia.com/ contains lots of articles on Peak Oil, for those of you who are not fully up to speed on the dangers that we face.

There are some great articles published on the oildrum.http://www.theoildrum.com/

In outline, Transition Towns are a ‘bottom up’ response to the threats of Climate Change, and Peak Oil, that realise that we cannot wait for politicians to take action, and recognise that we need to lead them, and not the other way around. We need to find a way to wean ourselves off of fossil fuels, and come up with alternatives that are sustainable, physically, mentally, and emotionally. What attracts me the most, is that instead of telling us all that we’re doomed unless we do something, but failing to offer an alternative, Transition Towns challenge us to decide for ourselves what type of world we want to create. It is then up to us to come up with our own plans to make our visions real, at a local level. Please take the time to look into the implications of Peak Oil, and Climate Change, and ask yourself is this the type of world that you want to live in?

I saw this little clip from youtube, and thought that it was amusing. there are plenty of clips about Peak Oil there.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ulxe1ie-vEY

This clip explains what Peak Oil is.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6uYmZmWAaxk

Can you tell that I’ve just learnt how to create a video link?

Back to the Training. I found the training more useful than I expected it to be. There was a lot about forming groups, and awareness raising, which was to be expected. There was also quite a lot about ways to conduct meetings, or ‘doings’, in order to get the most out of people. What was really inspiring was sitting in a room with 23 other people who had all decided that they were going to do something to change the way that we’re all heading. Closer to home, there were five of us from my own area, who are now going to look at how we can make Transition Horncastle a reality. Probably the most moving thing was to visualise for myself what I hoped that the world would be like in thirty years time, and discovering that everybody in the room had a similar vision. Perhaps deep down we are all longing for something similar, a sort of collective ideal that we don’t always understand, or express, but which is sitting there dormant, waiting for the opportunity to grow into something beautiful.

Is the world that you live in the one that you dream of?

Deano

Transition Training

This weekend I am away in Lincoln doing the official Transition Training. I became involved with Transition Lincoln by accident. I went along to a meeting of the Lincoln Urban PIGS (Pemaculture Interest Group), as I’m involved with Permaculture, and they were in the process of morphing into Transition Lincoln. I decided to get involved, even though I live 26 miles from Lincoln. In reality, I should be involved with Transition Horncastle, but they don’t exist yet. There are four of us from the Horncastle area scheduled to do the training, but only one of the four lives in the town itself. Perhaps we’re a few months away from forming a group, but it is something to aim for. Local solutions for local people. Perhaps my own village will, take up the challenge? Maybe not. The Burghers were outraged when we tried to get some affordable housing built. ” We don’t want poor people in the village” was the mood of the minority, and was actually said to me. The selfish way that we lead our lives has to change.

I intend to lend my support to Age of Stupid, by watching it again on Saturday. Hopefully, enough people will attend to convince the cinemas to show it more widely. Even though the film doesn’t offer any positive message, or solutions, I still think that we will turn things around. I don’t believe that it’s too late to change, and that it is imperative that we do so.

I will reply to any comments next week.

Have a productive weekend.

Deano