Learn more about our presenters (video)

  1. Denisa Tomášková        2
  2. Petr Marada        2
  3. Alice Dvorská        2
  4. Ján Šlinský        3
  5. Maria Paholok        3
  6. Тeтiаna Chuchko        4
  7. Ben Lazar        5
  8. Dr Dóra Drexler        5
  9. Alfréd Szilágyi        6
  10. Tamas Varga        7
  11. Feоdor Ryabinin        7
  12. Bogdan Popov        8
  13. Jaman Tree        9
  14. Béla Baji        9
  15. Robert Palusinski        10
  16. Petr Hába        11
  17. Eva Hauserová        11
  18. Pavlo Ardanov        12
  19. Zbigniew Janczukowicz        13
  20. Lyubov Margitay        14
  21. Jennifer and Partick Lauruol        14
  22. Vincent Liegey        16
  23. Łukasz Kowalczyk        17
  24. Dr. Sławomira Walczewska        18

Denisa Tomášková

Denisa Tomášková is a leading Czech permaculture teacher and designer. Currently she teaches a PDC and designs gardens, water solutions in landscape (ponds, keyline design) and urban permaculture areas mainly in Central Bohemia. Her background is in garden architecture and she studied restorative and permaculture agriculture with Bill Mollison, Geoff Lawton, Darren Doherty and others. Her webpage is www.permadoma.cz

Introduction into the permaculture farming (an on-line lecture)

Key definitions and differences among conventional agriculture, organic agriculture and permaculture agriculture.

An overview of various methods and types of permaculture farming in the world.

Regenerative agriculture (Mark Shepard, Darren Doherty, Ben Falk, Richard Perkins, Sepp Holzer...), using of perennials and edible forest in agriculture, agroforestry, silvopasture and other methods of creating systems close to the natural ecosystems and of getting yield from them. Incorporating of the animals into the cycles of the farm.

Joel Salatin's (Polyface Farms) strategy for permaculture farming.

Yeoman's Keyline Design – water and soil management in the landscape.

Sustainable grains - Fukuoka-Bonfils method of growing cereals without plowing.

Holistic Management – method for responsible and functional planning and managing the system of the farm.

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Professor of the Mendel’s Universtity of Agriculture in Brno, counselor of the Ministry of Agriculture. Uses official grant system of Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Environment for systematic improving of the health of the landscape, water and soil management, stopping the water and wind erosion by planting so called “scattered vegetation” - windbreaks, small groves, bio corridors etc. See presentation ‘How to use creativity in daily management of an ecofarm’.

Implementation of the Programme of development of the countryside by means of ecoagroenterprising focused on ecosystem services in Czech Republic

Petr Marada is operating  In South Moravian village Šardice, where he owns land. The practice of current conventional intensive farming has disastrous effects on the soil, causing its degradation and erosion, and also to the water cycles in the landscape. The solutions used by Petr Marada are increasing the biological diversity, preserving and developing the agricultural and forest ecosystems of high natural value, consolidating the soil and retention of water in the landscape. Several examples of newly created wetlands, extensive orchards, biocorridors, groves and other landscape elements will be demonstrated.

These plots are also producing organic fruit, biomass, they support the pollinators and the other wildlife, and are source of education and inspiration for the others. They support the overall development of the countryside, reviving of its traditions and its local communities.

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Got her PhD in environmental chemistry. Subsequently, she spent eight years with research on the environmental fate of persistent organic pollutants including pesticides and she got involved in greenhouse gas measurements, too. Alice has long-term experience in voluntary work focused on environmental issues and participated in the international grassroots movement opposing economic globalization.

Chemistry in Agriculture

The term "agricultural chemistry" is usually linked with the application of chemical substances in farming. However, the discipline of chemistry plays also a fundamental role in understanding environmental processes connected with food growth. Basic rules of the phenomenon of chemical substances environmental fate will be explained and selected examples discussed. Are biopesticides always "green" and "natural"? Does burning of agricultural residues help to fertilize the soil and how does it affect air quality? Is mulching with plastic sheets a good idea?

Ján Šlinský

Founder of a Community supported biofarm growing organic vegetables on a very inventive and original principle of “circles”...See presentation Agrocircles - Implementation of sustainable Strategy of growing and sales of vegetables.

Growing vegetables between idealism and technocracy

Maria Paholok

Maria is a certified teacher of the Basics of Health Improvement and hascompleted the course "Reinhold Voll’s Method of Electroacupuncture Diagnostics". She is valeologist and Vice President of the International Federation of Fighting Hopak (traditional Ukrainian cossack's dance), where she is studying the impact of this practice on the pupil’s health. Maria is also co-founder of Galician Lyceum of Sacred Arts and Crafts in Opillya, Poltava region, Ukraine.

Maria participated in organizing a number of festivals and conferences in the Western Ukraine: "Creation of Carpathian Brand for Local and Traditional Products and Services" (2011), eco-festival "Lolyn 2015", eco platform Portofranko Gogolfest (2016), etc.

Wild plants for health and business

Wild plants help to expand our diet, let us cook new delicious, healthy and cheap dishes compensating for the vitamin and mineral deficiency.

Cultivation of the medicinal plants is always more profitable than grain production: twice for chamomile and valerian and 500% or more for some herbs. Processing will significantly increase the profit. According to WHO, the market share for herbal medicines will reach 60% of the pharmaceuticals market during the next decade.

Cultivation of medicinal plants in the Carpathians is a forgotten business that could improve both environmental, economic and even social situation. Many Carpathian plants have almost extinct due to overexploitation, this Maria has been cultivating medicinal plants on her plot for the past 30 years, and she will share her experience.

Тeтiаna Chuchko

Tetyana Chuchko has a background in phytodesign. Since 2006 she is the Head of Lviv branch of NGO ‘Organic Farming Club’. In 2011 she completed PDC and in 2013 - Permaculture Teachers Training Course (teacher - George Sobol). Co-founder and the leader of ‘Education’ group in the NGO ‘Permaculture in Ukraine’. Permaculture teacher, designer and facilitator. Tetyana is creating the cooperative for Ecological Producers in Lviv Region.

Worm farming: from the single box to the whole farm

Worm farming is a good example of how to transform agricultural, food industry and household waste into profit or valuable resource for your farm. It can create multiple income: biohumus, worm tea, worm biomass, and earn from waste disposal. 1 tonne of the raw material transforms to approximately 600 kg of biohumus and 300 kg of warm biomass.

Single household produces on average 300-600 kg of the kitchen waste annually that composes 50-80% of the waste-bin being the most problematic refuse on the damp sites.

Worm farm can start from the single box or occupy hectares of land, with very little money or by investing tens of hundreds of euros…

We will consider various options, their main differences, pros and cons.

Rozum-style beds: increasing soil fertility in a short time

Some lands may be challenging for crop cultivation because of low soil fertility, poor water holding capacity, in case of pioneering the plot or cultivating the land which is overgrown with weeds. Warm bed developed by Ukrainian school teacher Volodymyr Rozum represents an interesting and convenient solution to these problems.

The main feature of these beds is that we feed the soil biota, not the plants directly. Also these beds always retain fertility, moisture, heat and air needed for plant growth. Once formed there is no need to dig or plough such bed anymore.

The bed helps to increase soil fertility, reduce plant morbidity, and can be formed with machinery. Altogether these make them a good choice for commercial horticulture, gardens, and greenhouses.

During the conference you will get a detailed instruction on how to create such bed and you will see some working examples.


Ben Lazar

Permaculture itinerant teacher who is the founder and editor of the educational portal Permakultura.edu.PL that coordinates the map of permaculture in Poland. Currently is running lectures on permaculture in large cities and permaculture workshops on farms in Poland. He is also involved in urban gardening and animating social gardens.

Ben is also animator of the Movement of Food Sovereignty "Nyeleni Polska"


Movement of Food Sovereignty

I will talk about the current situation and state of permaculture in Poland, it's social dimension, urban actions and national strategies for food sovereignty (also in a global context). See Nyeleni Poland.

And I will talk about the workshops that I'm leading during the summer on different Polish farms. About the "permaculture tour" in Polish the big cities - this is what I am doing now.


Dr Dóra Drexler

Managing Director

ÖMKi – Hungarian Research Institute of Organic Agriculture

Dóra received her MSc in landscape planning at the Corvinus University of Budapest in 2004. She acquired her doctoral degree in 2010 at the Technical University of Munich, Department of Landscape Ecology. Previous to her appointment at ÖMKi she worked as a research associate of the Swiss Research Institute of Organic Agriculture, FiBL. She has experiences in coordinating national research projects on organic agriculture (on-farm network) and participates in several European research projects, such as FP7 and Horizon 2020 projects. Among these the Healthy Minor Cereals, the DIVERSIFOOD, and LIVESEED projects deal with various aspects of agricultural biodiversity and safeguarding genetic resources.

Diversification of organic food systems with minor cereals and landrace tomatoes

My presentation will focus on the possibilities of food system diversification using old species resp. their land races and varieties. I will present our experiences with land race tomatoes and ancient cereals (emmer and einkorn) with which we currently work in frame of a European research project called DIVERSIFOOD. My talk will try to cover the main issues of diversification from the question of propagation materials till the market entrance of new processed products.

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Emmer wheat

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Einkorn wheat

Alfréd Szilágyi

Alfred is currently doing his masters studies at Szent Istvan University in Hungary studying organic agriculture. He holds a bsc diploma in agricultural engineering. He was already interested in permaculture during his bsc studies and wrote his thesis about permaculture design that he applied to the development plan of the open-air museum in Szenna, Hungary. He completed his internship at Keveral Farm, UK where he completed the PDC course too, his teachers were Klaudia Van Gool and Bryn Thomas. In the meantime he took part in establishing the Hungarian Permaculture Association (MAPER) and he is still a board member, mainly concentrating on the research side of permaculture. He initiated an informal platform to bring together academics and practitioners, he organised workshops and a symposium at his university. Currently he is working on a research project in collaboration with Fibl (Research Institute for Organic Agriculture) and CAWR (Center for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Coventry University) to assess the sustainability performances of different farming systems. Besides he is active member of two other NGOs working on environmental education and local sustainability issues.

How sustainable permaculture is in comparison to conventional and organic farms?

There are more and more academic researches on permaculture and on other so-called social movements, alternative agricultural concepts but most of them concentrates on the social aspects and only a few of them look at the practices and the results of such systems. I wanted to see to which degree permaculture practitioners manage to reach sustainability goals in comparison to organic and conventional farmers.

During my presentation i will first introduce the SMART indicator system that has been developed by the swiss Fibl based on the SAFA guidelines published in 2013 by FAO about how to assess sustainability performace of a farm. I assessed and analised 30 farms in Hungary this year, conventionals, organics, and permaculture farms ten of each. At the end I will summarise the outcomes, and make further suggestions.

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Tamas graduated as a teacher and working as an IT professional for more than 16 years. Back in 2003 WWOOFing 2 months in New Zealand was a life changing experience for him. In 2009, he established WWOOF Hungary and started to work with hosts and volunteers locally. In 2012 was elected as a director of Federation of WWOOF Organizations and since 2015 serving as a vice Chair of the Federation. Participate multiple projects with the neighboring countries and also was part of the "Living and Learning on Organic Farms" project together with 10 European countries.

Introduction of WWOOF and the possibilities of an organic network

World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) is a wonderful way to experience rural life, see beautiful places, get physical exercise, and learn how to produce healthy food sustainably. WWOOF was born in the autumn of 1971 and soon spread abroad and today, some 45 years later, we have gone global. There are currently around 60 WWOOF organisations and you can WWOOF in over 130 countries. National WWOOF groups are all self-governing but co-ordinate regularly to keep the movement in good working order and introduce improvements. The Federation of WWOOF Organisations (FoWO) is a non-profit company that acts as the umbrella body for WWOOF national groups around the world to come together and co-operate.

I would like to introduce the WWOOF movement and the Federation, how we can help local farmers and communities, how this educational network helps anyone to learn more about the organic agriculture and sustainable life, also how farmers can share their knowledge and expertise for a healthier life and more sustainable future.



Feоdor RyabininРябинин Феодор Геннадьевич

Feodor is an expert in organic (natural) gardening. He has a solid experience in designing and creating ornamental and fruit gardens. He is skilled in training, pruning and grafting of the fruit trees and ornamental plants. Feodor is specialized in creating hedges and in topiary (clipping shrubs or trees into ornamental shapes). In 2011 in Donetsk (Ukraine) he has created Biological Complex "Joyful Garden" where he collects an unique animate and inanimate objects. He conducts practical and theoretical workshops for amateurs and professionals throughout Ukraine. The topics of his seminars include: garden design, training, pruning and grafting. He is the author of the basic course "Joyful Gardener" for amateurs and professionals which has several specializations. Feodor conducts field research in his garden where he is trying different techniques of natural agriculture. He is constantly testing all new gardening appliances that appear on Ukrainian market and he composes the analytical reviews. He is fond of sharpening different tools, including garden tools, and he constructs special equipment for sharpening.

Technology for rejuvenation of the  fruit trees with the cultivar change

The most troublesome trees I have encountered since the start of my career as a gardener were the cultivars grafted to natural seedlings. They started to fruit lated compared to normally grafted trees, and due to the vigorous shoot growth they required significant annual pruning. But the real problem started if pruning was not performed for 3 or more years. Than the fruiting zone has quickly moved upwards, while conveniently accessed part became a dieback zone.

 After 8 years of my experiments I have found a solution that allows simultaneously:

I would like to share this technology for permaculture farmers and designers as it allows to sustain yield for decades without grubbing the orchard and planting the new trees. I consider it perspective when creating a forest garden on the plots with many voluntary seedlings of the fruit trees.



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a blacksmith and ecologist, director of the «Ecosolutions Forge Agency” based in Transcarpathia (Ukraine).  Focused on designing and building ecosaniation systems for the mountains.   Student of B. Mollison, translator and editor of his permaculture books published in Russian.

Permaculture sanitation for farms and tourism

Sanitation can be a key element of permaculture design for farms and recreation facilities which closes the nutrient and water loops. The challenge is to create systems that fit in the local context meaning they are affordable, meet people’s expectations,  not overcomplicated  and require adequate energy and resource input while performing effectively.  

Bogdan Popov, a permaculturist and sanitation expert, tells about his practical experience with building these systems in Ukraine and outlines future ecosaniation trends useful for permaculture design.  



Jaman Tree

Jaman is an Australian Permaculture teacher/activist with more than 30 years experience.

Co founder of greengaiproject.org he works all over the world to spread the message of renewal and change.

He will be giving a presentation on the permaculture activist  - how to use permaculture and it’s principals as a vehicle for social and economic change.

Jaman is also is the author of the novel ‘I Crow River’ which has been warmly endorsed by H.H the Dalai Lama as a book to save the world. The Novel deals with some of the topics that he will present in the workshop.

Béla Baji

Education: University of Horticulture, Budapest, 1978. Permaculture design course by Lea Harrison, 1991. Permaculture diploma by Peter Birkett in Bro,1999.

Subjects of involvement: Dendrology (botany, and gardening of exotic trees, and shrubs), organic gardening, permaculture field work, permaculture consultation and design.

Member of the Hungarian Permaculture Association.

Thirty years of experiences on a permaculture experimental site

The presentation is based on a slide show, to show the results of some projects and experiments inspired by the permaculture principles.

The following project will be shown:

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Robert Palusinski

I work with groups as a trainer since 1998 and  since 2002  as coach, therapists, teacher and facilitator in Poland and also abroad using Process Oriented Psychology (Processwork) as my main approach.

I teach Process Work and Deep Democracy in Poland, Estonia, Germany, Slovakia and Italy (I had privilege to introduce Deep Democracy to this country in several places and now it is blossoming!).

From  many experiences I know that every organisation and group - from the smallest unit to the global company is human-like, living organism and each has it's own way and unique wisdom and the role of the facilitator is to help to have access to it.

I live in Krakow, Poland and work as psychotherapist, counsellor, coach and facilitator in Poland and around the Europe. I'm  ex-president and co-founder of the Deep Democracy Foundation where I teach how to work with conflicts and promote organisational awareness  with groups from all walks of life using Worldwork and Deep Democracy methodology and Dragon Dreaming Process Design. In my work I integrate Process Oriented Psychology with Carl Gustaw Jung work with Buddhism and Zen practice and shamanism.

Deep Democracy meets Permaculture: the cutting edge of diversity!

Diversity in the ecosystem is significant to human existence for a variety of reasons. Ecosystem diversity boosts the availability of oxygen via the process of photosynthesis amongst plant organisms domiciled in the habitat. Diversity In an aquatic environment helps in the purification of water by plant varieties for use by humans. Diversity increases plant varieties which serves as a good source for medicines and herbs for human use. A lack of diversity in the ecosystem produces an opposite result.

But how about people's diversity - both: their inner and outer life?

Can we look at any given person and/or the group as the ecosystem?

Deep Democracy unique approach emphases that diversity is a condition of sine qua non of any sustainable human system. Unfortunately our xenophobic parts are often against the "unknown" or "foreign" parts treating the other as potential enemy or "weeds".

Process Work and Deep Democracy bring together the outerwork of social activism with the innerwork of psychology and meditation, grounding it in our connection with the sentient earth.

One of the most important goals of Deep Democracy is nurturing diversity awareness and also our natural tendency to discriminate and marginalise unwelcome parts. When some tension or social complexity arise there is often a tendency to marginalise our inner diversity and (in the same pattern) the outer diversity of the situation. In essence Deep Democracy is about fostering awareness within and of oneself and in groups.

From Deep Democracy point of view any so called 'unwelcome' behaviours or figures are important and necessary for the diversity of the system to thrive !

It is the same when we look at weed or parasites through the permaculture's lenses.

Is it possible that Deep Democracy might be in fact the permaculture for the human systems ?

Let's look at the astonishing similarities and diversities :)

Petr Hába

My project Garden for the Future

An example of a very diversified project of a permaculturist who supports himself by many ways: by growing medicinal herbs (8 acres) including very exotic species, by producing his own food (self-sufficiency) both in forest garden (0,5 ha) and in an intensive plot (0,5 ha of annuals), by educating (teaching courses) and other.

Subsistence farming and agroecological research go hand-in-hand in this project Farming practices are principally "biointensive," which fosters healthy soils, conserves space, and requires very low input, while maximizing yields and increasing sustainability and overall health of this small-scale food production system.



Eva Hauserová

Czech editor, writer, translator, permaculture organizer, teacher and gardener

Czech farming projects Pozemská zahrada and KomPot

Pozemská zahrada is a family farm (1,6 ha) with an old traditional farmhouse, forest garden, vegetable plot, herb garden and animal pastures (horses, sheep, cows). Alena Gajdušková focuses on finding out and reviving the old methods and techniques of farming and housekeeping, like traditional domestic healing, production of natural cosmetics, cooking of traditional Czech meals for tourists - on-line advertisement of a “domestic restaurant”, processing of food (milk, cheese, meat…), her husband teaches using horses in draught, excavating the ponds etc. Specialization: old traditional varieties of fruits, vegetable production, herb production, work with horses, sheep and cow products, education, designing of natural and permaculture gardens (main source of self-support).

KomPot is a NGO for the Prague residents who are interested in growing healthy vegetables for themselves and also of community and sharing. It’s a unique combination of a community garden and community-supported agriculture (CSA). Specialization: vegetable production, beekeeping, a new form of CSA and community gardening fusion

Central European network of permaculture demonstration sites

Presentation of the Czech network of demonstration PC sites as the inspiration for creating a multi-national network, discussion

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Pavlo Ardanov has completed his PDC in 2011 and Permaculture Teachers Training in 2013 with George Sobol. In 2012 he has obtained PhD degree in plant Physiology at the University of Oulu specializing on Plant-Microbe interactions. Pavlo is co-founder and the head of NGO “Permaculture in Ukraine”, permaculture teacher, designer and translator. Since 2012 Pavlo one of the delegates from Europe in the International Permaculture Conference and Convergence Council

Permaculture for Farms: planning future collaboration

Visegrad Permaculture Partnership was created in September 2016 to share the best experience of permaculture farming and support development of the permaculture education and demonstration networks in our countries. The founding organizations are Permakultura (CS), Czech Republic, Ecological Institute for Sustainable Development, Hungary, Deep Democracy Foundation, Poland, Permaculture SK, Slovakia, and NGO “Permaculture in Ukraine”, Ukraine.

What kind of support permaculture farmers need in Central Europe? Specialized courses and workshops? Internship opportunities in the region? Sharing best practices at the international gathering? Integrating our national networks of permaculture demonstration sites? Organizing international farm tours? Community seed banks?

Your opinion is valuable for us - please, come and share! And we are open for new partners within and outside of our region!

Zbigniew Janczukowicz

Master of Philosophy of the Jagiellonian University. Traveler, writer, story-teller, who have spent several years in many permaculture farms, for in 2015-16 running an informal, open education center in Średniówka, eastern Poland.

A certified teacher of philosophy and ethics, who prefers working for Waldorf institutions and forest nursery schools.

In the years 2014-2015 lived in Indonesia; intends to return to Borneo for PhD research, which is about interpreting the self-sufficiency of local farms on this island as a tool of resistance to the process of javanisation.

One year on permaculture farm – Integrating with local community

I will present an expanded photo and video material from permaculture farm in Średniówka, from years 2015-16, when I was living there permanently and organizing a lot of activities, which are:

Regular meetings with local children – teaching English, trips to the forest: recognizing trees and edible plans, workshops with clay and wood.

Winter-holiday theatre workshops for local children – preparing a play concerning local agricultural legends, animating parents to renovate for this purpose the old school-building which was unused for 20 years.

Educational Festival „15-Minutnik” (26-29 May 2016) - inviting school teachers from neighborhood to our stage, integrating local community to have fun without alcohol.

Collecting stories and songs from older people and traditional musicians living in the neighborhood.

Ecological cooperation with local countryside:

I will summarize the gained experience, what we have achieved and what can be improved. I want to share some ideas and strategies about what should we sacrifice in order to create mutually beneficial relationship with local community, and finish with the accent that it is not easy, but surely worth the effort.

Lyubov Margitay

Was born in 1970 in the picturesque Transcarpathian village. PhD, Doc. in Uzzhorod National University (Ukraine), Department of Fruit and Vegetable growing and Viticulture, agricultural expert and advisor. Dr. Margitay is teaching soil science, land reclamation, and agrochemistry. She has more than 80 academic and methodical publications, and around 15 presentations on TV (channels ‘Tisza’, ‘21 channels’), as well as a number of presentations at the international research conferences. Lyubov is married and has four sons. She is practicing permaculture design, organic technologies for fertility enhancement, organic methods for cultivation of fruits, vegetables, berries, grapes, medicinal and spice-aromatic plants, and ornamental crops, as well as ecotourism.

Organic cultivation of vegetables, fruits, berries, grapes, medicinal and ornamental plants in the system of permaculture design

I will review the specifics of plant cultivation using organic technologies, as well as the main technologies for increasing the soil fertility and creating a stable agrobiocenosis. I will summarize me experience of  establishing a permaculture farm on 0.48 hectares plot on a sod-podzolic gleysol formed on alluvial deposits in the former floodplain of Latorytsia river on the territory of the Latoritsky drainage system in Transcarpathia, where a food forest was created with fruits, berries, vegetables, medicinal, spice-aromatic plants and with grapes.

Jennifer and Partick Lauruol

Jennifer Lauruol is a permaculture garden and landscape designer and teacher. She has over 40 years’ experience as a horticulturalist, and has been providing training to adults and children since 1993. She has run her permaculture design business (www.carpediemgardens.co.uk ) since 2000.

Patrick Lauruol | Business Coach 


Patrick is an experienced business coach supporting small businesses to develop and grow.


He has a passion for helping businesses develop from the ground up, using pattern thinking and Permaculture design principles to inform his work as a business advisor.


Patrick has developed a framework to make starting and developing new businesses easier for people new to business.



Jennifer and Patrick use permaculture design principles in their work, and are committed to the three ethics of caring for the earth, caring for people, and social justice through sharing abundance. In business, this is ‘the triple bottom line’.

The session would be led by Jennifer and Patrick according to their particular expertise. The second part of the workshop would include an active question and answer session.

The workshop: How you can earn a livelihood through multiple income streams as a Permaculture farmer or gardener

Introduction to some influential business ideas that may helpful in creating and running a business

Vision vs market led entrepreneurship / what is marketing? / supply and demand





Workshop Format:

Vincent Liegey

Сo-author of A Degrowth Project, Éditions Utopia, 2013 (Eszmelet, 2014), spokesperson of the French Degrowth movement, engineer and interdisciplinary researcher and coordinator of the Degrowth inspired Cargonomia social cooperative, center for sustainable logistical solutions and local food distribution by cargobikes in Budapest. He was also one of the coordinators of the 6th international Degrowth conference which took place in Budapest in September 2016.

Cargonomia, sustainable transportation, healthy and local food and convivial space in Budapest

Cargonomia (see also Facebook page and videos Cargonomia - Cargobike & local food distribution hub - Budapest, and Vincent LIEGEY on Degrowth and Cargonomia) is a partnership between social cooperatives and a social enterprise. Being a cooperation between a cargobike messenger company, a biodynamic farm and low-tech design and fabrication cargobike workshop, Cargonomia operates as a food distribution and cargobike sharing point. Moreover, Cargonomia offers an open convivial space for community and educational activities related to degrowth, well-being, ecology and sustainable transition or agriculture. Cargonomia is coordinated by five committed members and, also cooperates with several other local partners. Today, Cargonomia with its diverse activities aims to present an alternative way of organizing not only economic activities but to question the meaning of work, re-appropriate technology and food production and to construct urban sustainability with also better cooperation and dialogue with rural areas.

Cargonomia is now about to launch its last project about urban agroforestery and is enthusiastic to share with you its experience in an open participatory discussion workshop.

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Degrowth and permaculture

"Degrowth" (see also Facebook page and An Interview with Vincent Liegey on Degrowth) has emerged over the last 10 years. This "bomb word" has been used to open in-depth debates on whether infinite growth in a finite world is desirable or even possible. Degrowth warns about a potential crisis of civilization and answers this by exploring alternative and coherent solutions on different levels. With a multidimensional understanding of the interconnected challenges we face, degrowth questions how could we implement democratic and serene transitions toward new relocalized but connected models of society based on social and environmental justice.

Since its beginning, Degrowth also often connected with other movements like the transition network or local initiatives like community supported agriculture. In this discussion, links, complementarities and convergence between Degrowth and permaculture will be discussed in particular from a philosophical point of view.

Łukasz Kowalczyk

Pracownia TO

Gaia theory and it’s practice in a local community ( Dancing Garden Workshops)

The journey - holistic process and integrating our experiences, Is everything possible if you reach out? Gaia can make as many dreams come true as we can - we let ourself to dream or did we? “According to James Lovelock the key to Gaia theory is miraculously holistic and devoid of hierarchy: it suggests that Gaia is a wholesome system capable of self regulation, it’s a sum of all twists between life. atmosfere, rocks, water which causes growth and development of Gaia as a self regulating being, which since ancient times holds optimum conditions for life within the biosphere”

Being - Quality of being - simplicity - “country-life” - intentionality of reality ( intentional communities) - iniciative, just trying is worth it! - From being alone to group learning process and sharing experiences in a group process, how a local community is built? - taoist wu-wei helps a hell of a lot - being and deepening in contact with nature - “The secret life of trees” ( title of Peter Wohlleben’s book) - what is the role trees in my life? Is it ok to be in a work in progress state of being? - building a permaculture lifestyle

Difficulties - Co-housing? Extended familly, many siblings Is it my way? - the role of design and different designing methods ( key-line, process design, reaching out to the local community)- communication - group process : emotionality or hipersesitivity? Governmental institutions ignorance among the authorities - GMO, monoculture and devastation of nature - Is activism and public opinion pressuring my way? Freedom to information and from information. Golden rule of community building: A chain is as strong as the weakest link.

Opportunities - The role of Planning?, Creativity, green standards, protecting wild nature, what is most important for us? Different way of financing a project: valuing yourself, bottom-up approach, funds and grants, crowdfunding or economy of happiness, barter? Zielony standard, ochrona środowiska, co dla nas ważne? Which way to food sovereignty? Personal autonomy ( holistic, i.e lotus birthing, education in the wilderness), local leadership - or path-building drudgery? The necessity of exchanging experiences connecting through festivals : i.e for kids “ Skowronkowy jarzmin”, conferences i.e. ‘Nyeleni’ food sovereignty.

Doing - From: All is done by itself - through: Nothing gets done by itself - till: Let’s do it! Safety: through certification? Water and earth tests, OC personal insurance? bravery plus communication, getting the project safely out of control? Gaia theory in practice? From getting experiences to getting to practice in our piece of a paradise.

Dr. Sławomira Walczewska

Philosopher, feminist author and activist, co-founder and co-director of the Women's Foundation eFKa, member of council at, a.o:  Center of Women's Rights, Workshop for All Beings, LGBT-Foundation, Deep Democracy Fundation. Co-editor of the feminist magazine "Zadra". Publications a.o.: "Ladies, Nights and Feminists. Feminist Discourse in Poland", 1999 (in Ukrainian in "Ji", in Slovak in "Aspekt", in Italian in "it.pl", German version pubished in 2015), "Feminists. In their Own Voice", articles.

current affiliation: Feminist Institute for Research and Education at eFKa, tel. +48 - 602 120 142, Cracow, Poland

"Permaculture in the Gendered World"

Who feeds and gives a birth? Women and nature. Who is expected to give food and to give birth? Tired, exploited nature and frustrated, over-worked women. How is the feminist intervention in such situation? First of all, there is no one, proper feminism but many feminisms. However, most of feminisms is an attempt, to make a voice of the frustrated, over-worked women heard. The trials, to stop that attempt by blaming feminists as “murders of the unborn children”, do not work anymore. Murdering, war, unhealthy food and global pollution are coming from somewhere else, but not just from feminists.

We are trained to perceive all our social relations through the gender glases and to see in each person either a man, or a woman. Permaculture offers something else: it is a way to learn diversity and to respect it both in the nature and in the social world.