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Bulletin of Visegrad and Beyond Network of Permaculture Centers

July 2018        3

Funding opportunities and organizational trainings        3

Seed Bank        3

Courses and events        4

Volunteering        21

Volunteers wanted!        21

I want to volunteer!        22

News        22

Products and services        23

August 2018        23

Funding opportunities and organizational trainings        23

Seed Bank        23

International courses and events        24

Volunteering        45

Volunteers wanted!        45

I want to volunteer!        45

News        46

Products and services        46

September 2018        47

Compiling information on community-led initiatives across Europe        47

Funding opportunities and organizational trainings        48

Seed Bank        48

International courses and events        48

Volunteering        60

Volunteers wanted!        60

I want to volunteer!        61

News        61

Products and services        62

October 2018        63

Funding opportunities and organizational trainings        63

Seed Bank        63

International courses and events        63

Volunteering        63

Volunteers wanted!        63

I want to volunteer!        64

News        64

Products and services        64

November 2018        65

Funding opportunities and organizational trainings        65

Seed Bank        65

International courses and events        65

Volunteering        65

Volunteers wanted!        65

I want to volunteer!        66

News        66

Products and services        66

December 2018        67

Funding opportunities and organizational trainings        67

Seed Bank        67

International courses and events        67

Volunteering        67

Volunteers wanted!        67

I want to volunteer!        68

News        68

Products and services        68

July 2018 

(publication date - 1 August)

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On the web-site and Facebook page of Visegrad and Beyond Network of Permaculture Centers you can promote your center, offer products and services, search for volunteers, sell and exchange planting material, be informed about what is going on in other centers via the (please, fill this form by 23rd of each month) and collaborate with them (please, join this closed Facebook group for permaculture centers). You don't need to speak English, as we we use Facebook and Google translate to remove the language barriers in communication between the centers and their potential visitors.

Funding opportunities and organizational trainings

Funding communication projects to mitigate anthropogenic climate change

Minor Foundation for Major Challenges (MFMC) shall support the development of innovative communication strategies that engage people, and that facilitate the transition necessary to prevent dangerous climate changes. Deadline - August 17 2018.

The International LAND (iLAND) Network

We want to work more actively with a first group of demonstration education centres, to help them understand and meet their needs to grow and become established, hoping that this will provide lessons for other centres to start or become stronger and more established around Europe/the world, although we know their will be differences across climatic and cultural ecosystems. For these initial iLAND centres we are looking for commitment to work together on areas such as translation of core education resources, such as Intro & PDC curriculum guides, and local tutor training and development. We also want to develop the IPEN website to help international collaboration between demonstration centres, so it will have a section particularly focused on iLAND centres.


Seed Bank

(offers and seed exchange events)

How to make the Seed Bank both simple and useful for permaculture centers?

Let’s share unique planting material - plants that that are hard to find in the seed shops, but which are particularly valuable in your permaculture center. For example, which are easy to propagate or self-seeding, require minimal maintenance, hardy to environmental conditions, resistant to pests and diseases, superfoods, valuable medicinal plants or important to maintain balance in your agroecosystem (e.g. nitrogen fixers, groundcovers, dynamic accumulators etc). Especially those, which combine several important function being  thus especially valuable in permaculture. Maybe, these are ancient or local cultivars which you want to maintain or spread, or tender / pot plants with especially delicious fruits or other edible parts. May each permaculture center define 3 - 5 of such plants and take a mission to preserve and spread it.

Though the project is called “Seed Bank”, many plants, especially named cultivars of trees and shrubs, are propagated vegetatively: by splitting shrubs, layering, grafting,cuttings etc. Meaning that you will hardy find them at the seed exchange events or in local seed repositories. In the column “Exchange conditions” we added the option “Order in advance”, so you can graft to requested rootstock or take cuttings only when requested. It would be mutually beneficial for permaculture centers to exchange useful and unique / rare plants, as both exchange parties will have something to offer in return. And you can exchange also during mutual visits and at the events, not only by post. In the section “Seed collection year” we added option “Always have viable seeds” meaning that you are taking care that the plant will thrive on your plot and you always have viable material to exchange. In such case enough to provide the information for the seed bank just once. And as this are your favourite plants you probably know everything about all their properties (or would like to learn to act as an education center).

Thus I propose to all centers (as well as to any other people or organization wishing to join the project) to take a mission to preserve and distribute valuable plants, master to propagate them, learn their properties and add 3 - 5 of “your” plants to this spreadsheet.

Pavlo Ardanov

The head of NGO “Permaculture in Ukraine”.

Courses and events

Czech Republic

Course for building COB ovens

In Czech and in English, one place is still available!

4 - 5 of August, Srbsko (Kněžmost), Czech Republic

We will build an outdoor clay oven from start to finish. We'll learn how to make cob and how to work with it. And what is actually a "cob"? Clay, sand and straw as a universal blend of natural construction. We will also look at various blends for different purposes - plaster, vault construction, cob like art. We will demonstrate how you can easily prepare a good quality natural plaster

PDC 2019 - Full Permaculture Design Course  in Prague and Žďárci

16 Dates · Jan 25, 2019 - May 5, 2019

This 90-hour course offers a deeper insight into the methods of permaculture design and their practical application. Certification Permaculture Design Course (PDC) opens your doors to further permaculture education around the world (teaching courses, advanced design courses, etc.).

Introduction to Permaculture in English

August 18 – August 19, Dejvice, Hlavní Město Praha, Czech Republic

In this course we will go through permaculture ethics and principles, we will learn a specific mindset inherent to permaculture - observant creativity. We will learn how observation of natural patterns of water, fire, soil, animals and vegetation can help us to create a better and more ethical habitat for people.

Introduction to Permaculture - Creating an Edible Forest

August 25 – August 26, Brno, Czech Republic

In addition to introducing the basics of permaculture, you will learn how to design plant communities, including practical examples. Lecturer Denisa Tomaskova.

Workcamp Hvozd - Enjoy a real experience in a permaculture farm!

September 3 – September 12, Děčín, Czech Republic

“Hvozd” (aka deep forest) is a unique community of musicians, herbalists, jogis and craftspeople, who live in a beautiful village with many cultural and architectural highlights. The work will be focused on making the edible park more beautiful. That mainly includes manual work such as building paths, constructing benches, planting flowers, bushes and perennial vegetables.

Hungary

Gyüttment Festival - Move to the countryside and start a new life!

Aug 23-26, Zebegény, Hungary

The biggest sustainability and local living festival in Hungary, located in the fabulous Danube shore village, Zebegény.  MAPER (Hungarian Permaculture Network) will provide an ongoing Permaculture Course during the event, ideal for newcomers and beginners.

 

Poland

Through Simplicity to Harmony with Nature

Aug 6, Podlodówek, Poland

Through Simplicity to Harmony with Nature is a great way to experience for a few days the life close to Nature, relax, breathe clean forest air, enjoy the sun away from the noise of civilization, and at the same time "feed" your head with permaculture knowledge and practice.

Open YOGA Thursday

AUG 9 and AUG 16, Cieklin, Poland

Through gentle, careful exercise and breathing we begin to feel better and liberate tension and stress, which does not let us to feel good.

Perski Izerski local fair

AUG 19 and SEP 16, Średniowieczna Osada Kopaniec, Poland

We kindly invite you to our Perski Izerski local fair - a local country fair where you can find most beautiful and high quality products from Izera Highland. The event takes place around the stunning replica of medieval Kopaniec settlement just next to the Farma 69 - agroturystyka Kopaniec (not far from Szklarska Poręba).

Permaculture Design Course - Part II

Miedzylesie, Poland

NATURAL DESIGN COURSE - PART 2 - DESIGN - PERMACULTURE AND NATURAL CONSTRUCTION :). There will be plenty of practice, good food and a nice atmosphere! We cordially invite you :) because there are still places available. Regards: Magda, Tomek and Ben ♥.

EUL in a nutshell or in a walnut shell, part II

August 6 – August 11, Ecological Folk High School in Grzybów, Poland

We invite all those who want to spend their time actively and gain some knowledge about permaculture and growing vegetables using organic methods.

Acoustic concert of Wandererove Segry at the Dormouse’s House

August 8, Cieklin, Poland

Wandererove Segry is a musical group founded by two sisters from eastern Slovakia. They want to give people good energy, and to show freedom and to draw attention to ecology and nature.

Permaculture Design Workshops in Rebel Garden

August 9 – August 12, Brzezinki near Wrocław, Poland

FOURTH PERMACULTURE DESUGN WORKSHOPS within holistic sciences in the Garden Rebel Garden with Ben Lazar - a wandering permaculture teacher, designer and animator ...

Strawberry fields - meeting 11-12.08

August 11 – August 12, Dębe - Huby, 64-720 Czarnków, Poland

We invite everyone interested about the ecovillage project Strawberry Fields mo meet the villagers and see location. We also invite everyone who would like to stay in a nice place, come for a picnic, come to the forest or, for example, build something with us.

Natural Building Workshops in Jabłonka

August 17 – August 19, Jabłonka, Poland

We invite you to the annual workshopsin the village of Jabłonka, on the Dynowskie foothills, 55 km south of Rzeszów.

Permaculture Design Workshops in Jabłonka

August 30 – September 2, Jabłonka, Poland

FOURTH PERMACULTURE DESIGN WORKSHOPS within holistic science in theJabłonka with Ben Lazar - a wandering permaculture teacher, designer and animator …

Weaving workshops for beginners

September 1 – September 2, Karczak, Poland

We cordially invite you to the weaving workshops for beginners in the Tuchacki Ecomuseum at Karczak. No previous weaving experience is required, just a desire and some patience.

Slovakia

Beekeeping

4 Dates · Aug 2 - Aug 5, Hrušov, Slovakia

Experienced beekeeper will teache you the ecological practices of bee keeping, especially in preventing and treating diseases and pests. Will also look for the selection of suitable plants for bee pasture, bee-keeper’s equipment, processing and use of bee products.

Ukraine

Water management in permaculture

August 18 – August 19, Lviv region, Ukraine

Water is one of the most precious resources. How to manage it correctly? Where to get it, what are the main water management considerations, and what are the possible yields?

Permaculture Design Course

August 19 – August 25, Lviv region, Ukraine

After completing a 72-hour course, you will gain knowledge in various aspects of permaculture, an international certificate, and the possibility of further growth as a permaculture teacher or designer. A comprehensive understanding of permaculture will give you the opportunity to become a driving force for positive changes in your community, to develop ecological agriculture and local economy, to build just society, to protect and restore nature.

International

European Permaculture Convergence 2018

August 8 – August 13, Wicklow, Ireland

The 5 day event will take place from 8th to 13th August 2018 at Knockree Hostel, County Wicklow and will be a dynamic mixture of speakers, workshops and open space on a diverse range of topics, though the theme for the week is 'New Partners for Permaculture: Reaching Beyond Our Edges' so this will also be very much a community building and networking event.

Volunteering

Volunteers wanted!

Czech Republic

Hungary

Poland

Slovakia

Ukraine

I want to volunteer!

News

Czech Republic

Hungary

Poland

Slovakia

Ukraine

The permaculture center "Green Hills" in the ecovillage "Dubravushka" in Ukraine hold this summer two permaculture introduction courses which combined theory, practice and excursion at the permaculture farmstead "Carrot wolfs". The participants enjoyed the courses and the organisers are inspired to continue educational activity. You can see photos how it was 2-3 June: and 14-15 July 

Products and services

Czech Republic

Hungary

Poland

Slovakia

Ukraine

August 2018

(publication date - 1 September)

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Funding opportunities and organizational trainings

Funding communication projects to mitigate anthropogenic climate change

Minor Foundation for Major Challenges (MFMC) shall support the development of innovative communication strategies that engage people, and that facilitate the transition necessary to prevent dangerous climate changes. Deadline - August 17 2018.

€100,000 Design Competition for regenerative project

15 Sep - 15 Dec 2018

Regenerative agriculture incubator by Ridgedale Permaculture and Ecosia announced‼️🤩 EU only. Watch this 9-minute video first!

INTERNATIONAL MOBILITY

Up to €4,000 for representatives of culture and creative industries to travel from Ukraine to EU (and vice versa). Submit your application until 4 October


Seed Bank

(offers and seed exchange events)

Ark of Noah: Tomato: 'Chadwick' Cucamber: 'Veresti', Cornelian cherry seedlings, Eleagnus umbellata seedlings.

International courses and events

Collaborative topical visits, courses, workshop and apprentice programs

Our international network of permaculture center has a reach potential to design topical visits, courses, workshops and apprentice programs based on the expertise in our pool of centers and experts. This would be a valuable informal educational opportunities to dive in the field of interest and an advanced learning in addition to introductory and certification permaculture courses. Also it would be a logical continuation of this Visegrad program when centers start to collaborate independently as well as a prerequisite for another grant.

We did our best to define specializations of the centers registered. We tried to make these specializations noe very narrow so that it would be possible to find several experts among the centers and to collaborate. Though if you consider it reasonable you may propose several extra categories (e.g. berries, soft fruits etc) Please, write down in comments under the this post if you want us to re-assign specialization(s) of your center. This is not a list of everything what you do but rather your best experience where you feel the most competent to share your experience.

And let's start discussing about possible topical tours (visits), courses and apprenticeship (long term volunteering) for 2019 in the comments under respective posts.

Specializations

Dairy - e.g. free range pasture, cheese, yogurt etc. making

Vegetables - probably all centers grow them, but for topical education the most interesting are probably commercial systems (especially with organic, biodynamic etc certification), or if you grow something unusual (or developed an alternative processing methods) and managed to find a unique market niche, or have a unique experience / cultivation system to demonstrate.

Herbs and spices - if you are an expert, herbalist, grow your own or gather wild herbs, manufacture any herbal produce (medical, cosmetic etc), have your own business with herbs.

Orchard - again everyone have it, but commercial systems would be the most interesting for topical education, or of you have an expert knowledge, or developed / implemented a unique gardening and processing system.

Beekeeping - natural beekeeping.

Animal husbandry - free range, systems for self feeding, integration with the garden / greenhouse, expertize with specific animals, commercial systems.

Forest garden - it would be interesting to have a tour / courses to explore different approaches (e.g. forest garden and woodland garden), different sizes (any commercial systems with the forest garden or agroforestry), different stages of garden set-up and development. Maybe workshops on seasonal garden operations (also applicable to ‘Orchard’ specialization)

Intentional communities / ecovillages - here I combined both ecovillages and community (urban) garden projects as I believe that we can educate with holistic perspective on cooperation in both urban and rural context. Courses on different project planning and organizational frameworks (e.g. Dragon Dreaming, Sociocracy etc).

Ponds, aquaculture, water management - if you have an aquaculture system, dug your own natural pond (not obligatory with a clay retainer, but also with a plastic lining), know how to maintain it alive and functional, practice keyline system, have well developed rainwater harvesting system

Forestry - windbreaks, hedges, timber, energy (biomass), mushroom cultivation, berries etc.

Eco-building - construction from natural materials, passive houses (not neserrary with a natural materials), energy efficient stoves, ventilation, tiny houses etc.

Green tourism - different scales: farms, hotels or household, either as a main or an accessory business.

Crafts - carpentry, pottery, forgery etc.

Pavlo Ardanov

The head of NGO ‘Permaculture in Ukraine’

Czech Republic

Open day on permaculture projects

September 8, Permakultura CS, Rakovecká 83 (sídloNGO), 602 00 Brno, Czech Republic

On this day you can visit over twenty projects from our Network of Permaculture Projects of the Czech Republic, details and list of places you can find here. We recommend to negotiate with the host in advance !!!

Glass workshop with tiffany technique

Sep 28 – Sep 29, Spolek Hvozd, 95, 40502 Merboltice

We are opening a two-day glass workshop to learn about tiffany technology that can be used to assemble colored glass patterns using a copper tape. Pavel Jablonský - experienced teacher who also also worked with children, people with disabilities who encourage individual creativity - is the trainer.

Introduction to Permaculture

Oct 5 – Oct 7, Statek u zvířátek, Nová Buková 3, 39403 Horní Cerekev

383/5000

You will learn what is permaculte and practice farm design. We will focus on designing a natural garden. Three days packed with useful lessons and practical skills! Lecturers Jana Kotoučková, Eva Hauserová, Dana Kellnerová, Dáša Haladová.

Clay workshop with Míra Musil

Oct 5  – Oct 7, Spolek Hvozd, 95, 40502 Merboltice

Come and create your own piece of stoneware without the help of a potter's circle and experience a soothing day with this amazingly ductile material. The main purpose of these days will be hand squeezing and working with plates. You can try to make a tea service, something for the kitchen or in the garden.

PDC 2019 - Full Permaculture Design Course  in Prague and Žďárci

16 Dates · Jan 25, 2019 - May 5, 2019

This 90-hour course offers a deeper insight into the methods of permaculture design and their practical application. Certification Permaculture Design Course (PDC) opens your doors to further permaculture education around the world (teaching courses, advanced design courses, etc.).

Hungary

Poland

Weaving workshops for beginners

September 1 – September 2, Karczak, Poland

We cordially invite you to the weaving workshops for beginners in the Tuchacki Ecomuseum at Karczak. No previous weaving experience is required, just a desire and some patience.

Motanki or workshop on making powerful dolls!

September 1, Dom Popielic, 38-222 Cieklin

Workshop of making your dreams come true. Take some rags, unnecessary textiles and strings that lie in your attic and come. Dolls made in a circle also have the power of a group.

Introduction to Sociocracy

Sep 1 – Sep 2, Podlodówek

Sociocracy is a governance tool using consent decision making and feedback loops.

Sociocracy is an inclusive creative efficient and transparent method for decision making.

Let's make Pająki (spiders) together!

September 2, Dom Popielic, 38-222 Cieklin

Pająki (Spiders) - folk spatial forms that served not only for interior decoration. First of all, they had a symbolic and ritual function. They protected the house, brought him happiness, prosperity and health.. Sitting in a circle under our willow gazebo, you will also learn the history and meaning of spiders, learn to construct them and move your imagination - necessary to create something.

We play to the Water

Sep 3, Oct 1, Polska i Świat

With intention of widening the global consciousness and to make a positive change. Through humans first, beginning with self to get everywhere. Wherever you are, you can take a part in this set meditation over the Water. The initiator is a wandering permaculture teacher who creates workshops of deep ecology and metaphysical permaculture approach - Benia Lazar -

ANIMATE EARTH.

Workcamp Hvozd - Enjoy a real experience in a permaculture farm!

September 3 – September 12, Děčín, Czech Republic

“Hvozd” (aka deep forest) is a unique community of musicians, herbalists, jogis and craftspeople, who live in a beautiful village with many cultural and architectural highlights. The work will be focused on making the edible park more beautiful. That mainly includes manual work such as building paths, constructing benches, planting flowers, bushes and perennial vegetables.

Cool preserves!

September 4, Dom Popielic, 38-222 Cieklin

In addition to being healthy, they look beautifully. And they drive our fantasy.  It may be carrot, cucumber, clover flower, woody fennel, favorite herbs, zucchini and much more.

Natural SPA and creative chillout for women in Podlasie

Sep 7 – Sep 9, Nowa Wieś 133 - kolonia Karczak, 19-104 Trzcianne

We would like our "feminine adventures" again to be the way we like the most - free and natural, with a pinch of magic and challenges. We would also like the participants of our Feminine Adventure to feel more confident away from civilization - a dark and quiet village night, a trip to the swamp, bonfire, canoe and an ax - it really can be liked and even loved!

Escape from the city to the countryside - a very practical workshop

Sep 7 – Sep 9, Farma Martynika, Jaroszówka 59, 59-225 Chojnów

If you have enough of the city noise, living in a concrete anthill, smog and constant pursuit of anything  thanTHIS WORKSHOP IS FOR YOU! Five years ago, we left a full-time job, we sold a flat in the city and settled at our end of the world (moving about 600 km). Now our life is more colorful, tastier, happier and healthier. During the workshop, we will give you a lot of practical tips supported by our knowledge and experience.

Perski Izerski local fair

Sep 16, Średniowieczna Osada Kopaniec, Kopaniec 69a, 58-512 Kopaniec, Dolnośląskie

We kindly invite you to our Perski Izerski local fair - a local country fair where you can find most beautiful and high quality products from Izera Highland. The event takes place around the stunning replica of medieval Kopaniec settlement just next to the Farma 69 - agroturystyka Kopaniec (not far from Szklarska Poręba).

Woodcarver workshops in the Artists' Settlement

Sep 22 – Sep 23, Osada Twórców, Zadzim

We invite you to the first carpentry and artistic woodworking workshop in Osada Twórców. During the two-day workshop, participants will be able to familiarize themselves with the basic techniques of wood carving and to create decorated utility objects for themselves. The outputof the workshop will be a carved box and decorative kitchen spoon.

Clay plasters - workshop

Sep 22 – Sep 23, Osada Twórców, Zadzim

We open the door of the Artists' Settlement and invite you to the intensive, two-day training in the field of clay plasters. The aim of the training is to provide a balaced theoretical knowledge about clay plasters and the acquire related practical skills.

Setting up a vegetable garden - workshop

Sep 22 – Sep 23, Osada Twórców, Zadzim

We invite you to the workshop for setting up a garden for beginners. During two days we will help you create a plan for setting up and running a small vegetable garden according to  agroecology principles with the use of permaculture. We want you to leave this workshop with a plan of action in your garden, which will enable you to enjoy life-long food that will be grown in your garden or on your balcony!

Dogtrekking and Orienteering on the Wolf Trail

September 29, Republika Ściborska

The Wilek Trail is an amateur party that combines dogtrekking and orienteering. The competition will take place on the following routes: 10 km, 20 km, 40 km. The competition takes place in a very attractive but difficult to navigate area. Checkpoints are located in attractive natural and tourist places - that's why competition can be treated as learning about the unknown and very attractive part of Masuria.

Pickling, soaking, fermentation. Workshops with Georgia in mind

Sep 29 – Sep 30, Permakultura Farma Czerniec, Czerniec 1, 83-042 Czerniewo

Two days of workshops on pickling everything that is possible and fermenting everything that is suitable for tea. Recipes taken from a trip to Georgia our own ideas.

Slovakia

Who keeps sustainability (?)

September 8, Stanica Žilina-Záriečie, Závodská cesta 3, 01001 Zilina

The second meeting of nonprofit organizations, associations and volunteers from the region that will inspire the public throughout the day and each contributes little to a big common theme of sustainability. This year, during lectures and workshops, we better focus on children, because without sustaining the next generations, without their interest in the environment and nature conservation, we will not maintain our sustainability.

Permaculture Design Course

12 Dates · Sep 7 - Oct 28, Hrušov 472, 991 42 Hrušov, Slovenská Republika

Accredited (also suitable as a retraining) 90-hour Permaculture Design Course with the possibility of obtaining an international certificate. After completing the course participant should be able to plan their land spatially, temporally and financially to bring it to abundance. They can also become a teachers of permaculture design, consultants and / or designers of their and others land.

Ukraine

Permaculture for Academia - international conference

Sep 30 – Oct 1, Open International University of Human Development "Ukraine", Kyiv

Aim: to collect and share permaculture- and agroecology-related educational practices for universities and vocational institutions. Blended conference: In-person and online presenters and participants. Academic education often lacks holistic analytic approach needed to analyse complex natural and social systems. Permaculture- and agroecology-centered academic education will not only prepare specialists equipped with knowledge and tools relevant in sustainable post-industrial society, but will also improve the quality of their lives, learn how to learn an live in harmony and peace with society and planet.

Volunteering

Volunteers wanted!

Czech Republic

Hungary

Poland

Slovakia

Ukraine

I want to volunteer!

News

Czech Republic

Hungary

Ark of Noah

We have had a hot, and dry summer. Мegetables, and planted tree saplings have been grown successfully. Harvested cherries, apples, plums, grapes, cucumbers, much tomatoes.

Poland

Slovakia

Ukraine

Permaculture center "Green hills"

Picturesque TV reportage from the ecovillage "Dubravushka" and permaculture center "Green hills" (in Ukrainian)

Products and services

Czech Republic

Hungary

Poland

Slovakia

Ukraine

September 2018

(publication date - 1 October)

Compiling information on community-led initiatives across Europe

Dear Colleagues.

You are invited to contribute to a new key strategic initiative: creation of a knowledge commons for community-led action on sustainability and climate change. Our vision is of a network of active transdisciplinary knowledge co-creation communities, sharing their skills and expertise in order to sustain a comprehensive repository and summary of available information, from academic, practitioner and all other sources. By pooling our efforts and working in cooperative fashion, we envision enabling all of us to be more effective in our work, because the information we need to support it is always readily available. By feeding back into the common pool based on our own work, each of us will in turn enrich this collective resource, maximising both individual and collective benefit while allowing the necessary maintenance work to be undertaken wherever interests and capacity best allow.

This project is currently being held within the ECOLISE Knowledge and Learning Team, by Tom Henfrey and Gil Penha-Lopes. We wish to invite, at this early stage, key member organisations and networks, including activists and researchers in the permaculture movement, to get involved and help shape and co-create this collective resource for the greatest common good. Our long-term aspiration is that this will be part of a transition towards collaborative, open source, commons based approaches to creating and sharing knowledge.

We are currently assembling information for pages about permaculture movements and projects in specific European countries, and thematic pages on all-permaculture projects. In the short term, these will feed into creation of a Status Report on community-led action on sustainability and climate change in Europe, with input open until December ahead of final release in February 2019. Longer-term we are seeking to assemble a wide community of co-creators to shape this resource as a key element in the permaculture research landscape.

If you would like to contribute, or want further information, please contact tom.henfrey@ecolise.eu

In community,

Tom Henfrey

Research Coordinator, ECOLISE (European Community-Led Initiatives for a Sustainable Europe)

Useful background information:

Current wiki page on Ecovillages

Knowledge commons design concept

Background paper on commons and transformation strategies

Presentation about knowledge commons

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Funding opportunities and organizational trainings

Training course on European Solidarity Corps (ESC) of Erasmus + program

Does your project has at least 3 full time  members and you want to host a long-term (2-12 month) international volunteers. Green School Village and Balkan Ecology Project invite you for training and as partners for Erasmus + project. Deadline is October 2nd 2018.


Seed Bank

(offers and seed exchange events)

Seed saving guideline - let’s develop it together!

It is autumn, and hopefully the permaculture centers in our networks have collected plenty of seeds (including some species and varieties of special interest and value) to share with others. Ukrainian professional seed grower Ivanna Biolus has shared her experience on seed collection and storage, and we invite all other permaculture centers to contribute with their wisdom and co-develop a seed saving guideline for our network. Please, share your advices straight in this document. And don’t forget to share your seeds via our seedbank!

International courses and events

Czech Republic

Clay workshop with Míra Musil

Oct 12, Spolek Hvozd, 95, 40502 Merboltice

Come and create your own piece of stoneware without the help of a potter's circle and experience a soothing day with this amazingly ductile material. The main purpose of these days will be hand squeezing and working with plates. You can try to make a tea service, something for the kitchen or in the garden.

Permaculture and SOWING in Hvozd - for beginners and advanced

Oct 12 - 14, Spolek Hvozd, 95, 40502 Merboltice

A practical course focused on sowing in a small garden.Cultivating healthy food begins with healthy seed, and the art of cultivating your own seed is one of the basic knowledge in a sustainable cultivation system. We will practice the garden autumn work: compostin, and whatever participants ask.

Pumpkins in Bydlin Garden

October 13, Těšíkovská bydlina, Těšíkov ev. č. 659, 785 01 Šternberk

Live commodity market and surplus from the garden: pumpkins, apples, pears, jams, marmalades, cheeses, milk, wine, herbal teas, medicinal seeds, and many other products. Tasting traditional and unknown pumpkin dishes: pumpkin soup, pies, cakes + RECIPES! Tasting of sour bread. For children we have a play area in our permaculture garden with a pond. A lecture on medicinal herbs and permaculture Wine and cider tasting.

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Volunteering in Jabłonka :)

Sep 21 - Nov 10, Jabłonka 101, 36-204 Jablonka, Myjava District

As every year, we invite you to volunteering in Jabłonka, a place which for years has been guided by the idea of building alternative communities, permaculture, natural building, art and broadly defined self-sufficiency. Our farm is located 65 km south of Rzeszów. For years, we have been promoting and popularizing the concept of creating ecovillages in line with the concept of parmaculture.

Open Days in the weaving Biebrza Eco-museum "On the Karczak"

Oct 6 - Oct 7, Karczak, Nowa Wieś 133 - kolonia Karczak, 19-104 Trzcianne

On the occasion of the Weaver's Day celebrated on the first weekend of October, we would like to invite you to the Biebrza Ecomuseum of Tkacki "Na Karczaku". The event was under the patronage of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018. #EuropeForCulture. We invite you to see the exhibition of two-seed fabrics in Podlasie and traditional weaving equipment. You can try your hand at a loom under the supervision of Malgorzata Górska's folk weaving instructor and watch a unique documentary about the two-seeded fabric (directed by Joanna Wierzbicka). We encourage you to talk about weaving, and weaving and ecotourism, where cultural heritage plays a special role.

Escape from the city to the countryside - a very practical workshop

Oct 5, Farma Martynika, Jaroszówka 59, 59-225 Chojnów

If you have enough of the city noise, living in a concrete anthill, smog and constant pursuit of anything  thanTHIS WORKSHOP IS FOR YOU! Five years ago, we left a full-time job, we sold a flat in the city and settled at our end of the world (moving about 600 km). Now our life is more colorful, tastier, happier and healthier. During the workshop, we will give you a lot of practical tips supported by our knowledge and experience.

Weekend with Jin Yoga - Dom Dobry

Oct 4 – Oct 7, Werstok- Dom Dobry, Werstok 30 D, 17-204 Dubicze Cerkiewne

I invite you to a special - intimate workshop of deep yoga practice for 8 people; you can expect an individual approach :-). The group, as usual, mixed - both people who are already experienced and beginners - because in these classes there is freedom when it comes to the range in the following positions :-))). A unique and friendly clay house, built by artists. Accommodation in double or triple rooms with bathroom. Vegetarian or vegan diet. Werstok is a charming village located in the buffer zone of the Białowieża Forest.

Hands on the beds! Volunteering and permaculture at the Dom Popielic

Oct 11 – Oct 14, Dom Popielic

We live in a nearly hundred-year-old cottage in the Beskid Niski. Hut, to which you have to walk, a hut, where around only forests, meadows and the view of the mountains. In a hut, where in the cold evenings you can hear the wood slamming in the brick oven, turning from side to side.

This is where we wanted to invite you.

Preparing garden for winter - lecture

October 13, Służewski Dom Kultury, ul. Jana Sebastiana Bacha 15, 02-743 Mokotów, Warszawa

1. Lawn and leaves: Autumn care of lawns, Setting up alawn before winter, Mushrooming in your own garden, What is leafy soil and how to make it? 2. Ornamental plants: Autumn propagation of perennials, Pre-seeding, Planting bulbs of spring flowers, protect flowers and ornamental shrubs from the cold.

Indian summer. Autumn workshops for women

Oct 12 - 14, Stowarzyszenie Ekologiczno-Kulturalne Ziarno, Grzybów 1/2, 09-533 Słubice, Plock

From the beginning of time, singing and dancing accompanied man. It allowed us to celebrate important moments in life, express emotions and give relief. Singing is a kind of meditation when you stop thinking and you are just there. You are a voice that flows, unites with other voices and fills the space. In singing, as in meditation, you focus on the breath and release tension from the body. And it just happens, you do not need any great theories.

UN energy summit - Lectures and exhibition on eco design

Oct 10 - 24, ulica Rynek, 40-003 Katowice

COP 2018 or the UN Climate Summit in Katowice. On this occasion, a natural pavilion was created in the city market and one of the exhibitions and actions about natural designing and building will start with it. EKODAMA (www.ekodama.pl) was invited to this exhibition with her natural projects and to give lecture / lecture. How nice! I cordially invite you.The exhibition itself will start around October 10. Lectures, not only mine, but also by other specialists in the field, will be provided on a regular basis during this event.

Slovakia

Permaculture Design Course

12 Dates · Sep 7 - Oct 28, Hrušov 472, 991 42 Hrušov, Slovenská Republika

Accredited (also suitable as a retraining) 90-hour Permaculture Design Course with the possibility of obtaining an international certificate. After completing the course participant should be able to plan their land spatially, temporally and financially to bring it to abundance. They can also become a teachers of permaculture design, consultants and / or designers of their and others land.

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Planting trees, daffodils and crocuses

October 13, Eco-Village and Permaculture Center Green Hills, Boguslavsky District, Kyiv region.

We invite you for an autumn planting of trees, daffodils and crocuses in our permaculture center. It will be the fourth planting event, where we invite volunteers and always receive positive feedback from the participants. We are happy to share this positive mood if you come for one or several days do do something useful for yourselves (physical activity in the open air), for nature (increase biodiversity) and for people (investment in the development of ecological settlement and permaculture center).

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Excursion to Green Hills during the conference Permaculture for Academia

On 29-30 September the ecovillage and permaculture center “Green Hills” held an excursion for Ukrainian, Czech and Hungarian participants of the conference "Permaculture for Academia" which took place in Kyiv. The guests had a tasty dinner with Ukrainian traditional dishes and slept in a picturesque eco hotel “Lisova kazka”. In the morning Anastasiya Volkova made a tour in English around her homestead and the permaculture center. One of the guests was Volodymyr Rozum, the inventor of the warm Rozum bed, with whom we showed how to create this kind of bed and how it works. The guests had possibility to buy local products and returned to Kyiv full of impressions to participate in the second day of the conference

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Funding opportunities and organizational trainings

Funding communication projects to mitigate anthropogenic climate change

Minor Foundation for Major Challenges (MFMC) shall support the development of innovative communication strategies that engage people, and that facilitate the transition necessary to prevent dangerous climate changes. Deadline - August 17 2018.


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Advices to permaculture centers on organizing courses and hosting volunteers

We have started collecting an experience from our community on how to organize successful courses and host happy volunteers. In addition, we have designed some sheets - an algorithm how to create course budget, program and run promo campaign. Please, read these documents and contribute with your experience!

Pavlo Ardanov

The head of NGO “Permaculture in Ukraine”

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Tiffany Glass Workshop 2

Spolek Hvozd, 95, 40502 Merboltice

We are opening a glass workshop, where you will learn about tiffany technique, which can be used to assemble colored glass patterns using a copper tape. Pavel Jablonský is the trainer.

How to Design in Permaculture - Conferences, discussions, lectures

Nov 17 – Nov 18, Toulcův dvůr, Kubatova 32/1, 10200 Prague, Czech Republic

we invite you to the annual permaculture conferecne. Together we will look at the PERMAKULTURE DESIGN process, which will help us to correctly select, plan and implement our projects. Sometimes we can lose the essence and "not see the forest behind the trees", thus learn from many of invited guests. At the same time, we will celebrate what has been and what is going on for a year, we will start nominations for Oskurus Prize, and we will answer any questions.

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Permaculture - why is it worth becoming a permian? - lecture

Saturday, November 10, Służewski Dom Kultury, ul. Jana Sebastiana Bacha 15, 02-743 Mokotów, Warszawa, Poland

Do you know what is permaculture? These are the principles for organization of sustainable garden, farm or human settlement. During the lecture you will learn more about how to become a permaculturist / permian.

Workshops: Reintroduction of  the Old Varieties for Farmers

Monday, November 12, Stowarzyszenie Ekologiczno-Kulturalne Ziarno, Grzybów 1/2, 09-533 Słubice, Plock, Poland

We invite farmers and practitioners for the workshops on Plant Genetic Resources of the Horticultural Plants at the Institute of Horticulture and the National Center for Plant Genetic Resources of the IHAR-PIB, in cooperation with Nyeleni Polska and the Ecological People's University. The workshop is a meeting of people keenly interested in the practical REINTRODUCTION of OLD plant varieties to the farm and increasing agro-biodiversity in the countryside.

Natural SPA and creative chillout for women in Podlasie

Nov 16 – Nov 18, Stacja Bobrowa, 16-060 Zabłudów gmina

We cordially invite you to another - this time autumn - female meeting near Wildlife. We would like our feminine adventures to be the way we like the most - free and natural, with a touch of magic and challenges. And a great ladle of beauty, giving us the opportunity to spend time together in nature and acquire new skills.

Escape from the city to the countryside - a very practical workshop.

Nov 23 – Nov 25, Farma Martynika, Jaroszówka 59, 59-225 Chojnów

If you have enough of the city noise, living in a concrete anthill, smog and constant pursuit for anything - THIS WORKSHOP IS FOR YOU! Five years ago we left a full-time job, sold a flat in the city and settled at our end of the world (moving about 600 km). Now our life is more colorful, tastier, happier and healthier. YOU ALSO NEED THIS!

Village of Witches

Nov 23 – Nov 25, Dom Popielic, 38-222

It's a meeting for you - you create it, meet and share it with each other. The group organizes everything as it is necessary -> donates the payment for accommodation and meals for the girls from the Popielice House and we will do a graphic of your workshops.

Village of Witches

Nov 30 – Dec 2, Dom Popielic, 38-222

My Women, I miss you! Meet with me. By the fire, in the forest, on the top of the mountain, on the clearing. Immerse yourself in the forest. The last 9 years have been for me a time of nurturing the Family of Blood and Belly, now I feel that there is also a time for nurturing the renewal and re-birth of the Women's Family.

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Workshop on set up the green roof

Saturday, November 3, HomeReset, Ferka Urbanka, Trnava

We will learn practically how to create a green roof from A to Z. The workshop is the culmination of a three-day series of courses on which we learn theoretically and practically how to self-build a little house - mobile home.

Friday yoga night :)

Friday, November 9, Ekocentrum Sosna, Okružná 17, 044 31 Druzstevna pri Hornade

Breathe and come to enjoy a 3-hour relaxation from stress and tension throughout the working week, soothe the mind and pull every muscle in the body.

Make it Yourself - a workshop of kalimba making with Marek Bolf

Nov 23 – Nov 25, Zajezova, Sekier

Kalimba is an intuitive musical instrument that everyone can play. At the workshop you will experience, what it is like to be a musical instrument maker. You will go through the entire production process and make your own kalimba.

Ukraine

Workshop on creating composter

Saturday, November 10, permaculture center “Ecoincubator”, Lviv region.

On November 10th, you will be able to personally and practically to get acquainted with the project "Organico" on the processing biowaste  - to create jointly the RIGHT composter, to feed worms and goats, learn more about the project and the process of composting, drink herbal tea from the local herbs.

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13-15 October the permaculture center Green Hills held a three days big scale event "Planting trees and flowers". The event was organized in cooperation with "Green school" and "Greenmaker". More than 40 fruit trees were planted into the forest garden, about 500 pines into the winterbreak, about 1000 bulbs of daffodils and crocuses. The event gathered representatives of different ecovillages, ecocenters, ecomouvements. The ecovillage "Green Hills" and eco hotel "Lesnaya Skazka" hosted guests and fed with tasty lunches and dinners.
Fine video report from the event

Also, the ecovillage
Green Hills have joined the global ecovillage network GEN Europe and two representatives of the ecovillage went to a tour around ecovillages of Baltic countries to exchange experience

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Funding communication projects to mitigate anthropogenic climate change

Minor Foundation for Major Challenges (MFMC) shall support the development of innovative communication strategies that engage people, and that facilitate the transition necessary to prevent dangerous climate changes. Deadline - August 17 2018.


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Where is my home? Without the accounts and payments, beautiful and free of bills.

December 15, DanceLAB Praha, U Zvonařky 9, 120 00 Královské Vinohrady, Hlavní Město Praha

An all-day seminar that will change your view, what is all possible today not only in the building industry. I built a beautiful small 40m2. Both old house and apartment can be modified. Whether it's "classic" or "eco".

Pre-Christmas Glass Workshop Tiffany Technique

Dec 15 – 16, Spolek Hvozd, 95, 40502 Merboltice

We are opening a glass workshop, where you will learn about tiffany techniques, which can be used to assemble colored glass patterns using a copper tape. Pavel Jablonský is the master.

Natural Building Prague II (CZ)

December 16, DanceLAB Praha, U Zvonařky 9, 120 00 Královské Vinohrady, Hlavní Město Praha

This all-day seminar will provide you with deeper instructions on how to build natural, healthy low energy. a long-lasting house without mice, mold and chemicals. Wood, straw, earth, stone.

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Weekend with mindfulness

Dec 7 – 9, Dom Popielic, 38-222

Let's start the last lunar month of this year - with us, at the edge of the forest, with a view of the mountains - with the best of you - the peace, mindfulness and ... yourself.

Construction of a rocket stove

Dec 7 – 9, Farma Martynika, Jaroszówka 59, 59-225 Chojnów

The workshop will be conducted by Mateusz Miłkowski who has several years of experience. Plastering and decoration will be conducted by Marta Miłkowska - a ceramist.

Pozytywnik - rozmowa z eKodamą w Radiu DHT

December 9, Warszawa

With Magdalena Rutkowska, a radio journalist, as part of her POZYTYWNIK program, we will talk about natural architecture and building. Two hours of talk. We cordially invite you.

Escape from the city to the countryside - a very practical workshop

Dec 14 – Dec 16, Farma Martynika, Jaroszówka 59, 59-225 Chojnów

If you have enough of the city noise, living in a concrete anthill, smog and constant pursuit for anything - THIS WORKSHOP IS FOR YOU! Five years ago we left a full-time job, sold a flat in the city and settled at our end of the world (moving about 600 km). Now our life is more colorful, tastier, happier and healthier. YOU ALSO NEED THIS!

Creative Christmas with Art - Agritourism Farm Martinique

Dec 21 – 26, Farma Martynika, Jaroszówka 59, 59-225 Chojnów

We cordially invite you to spend this magical time actively and creatively with us.

For these six days we have planned a lot of workshops for you:

- ceramic workshops including:

* manual forming from clay,

* turning on a potter's wheel,

* ceramics glaze,

* demonstration of firing ceramics using the Raku technique;

- jewelry making workshops (earrings, necklaces, bracelets, key rings);

- culinary workshops - home baking of bread and breadcrumbs.

All the work done during the workshops will be taken by participants back home.

Creative New Year's Eve with Art - Agritourism Farm Martinique

Dec 28 – Jan 1, Farma Martynika, Jaroszówka 59, 59-225 Chojnów

We invite you for five active and creative days and the fun of New Year's Eve.

We provide:

- four nights in dormitory rooms with shared bathrooms;

- full homemade vegetarian meals (on request - vegan) + coffee, tea, cake, fruit;

- New Year's Eve party (two hot meals, snacks, music, toast with champagne - other alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages on participants' own);

- workshops for adults and children, including:

* ceramic (hand-molding made of clay)

* turning on a potter's wheel

* glazing of the work done

* demonstration of firing pottery with Japanese Raku technique

* jewelery making workshops (making earrings, necklace, bracelet, key ring)

* bread baking workshops and breadcrumbs

All the work done during the workshop will be taken by guests.

Slovakia

COURSE: Drawing portraits with the right hemisphere

Dec 7 - Dec 9, Ekocentrum Sosna, Okružná 17, 044 31 Druzstevna pri Hornade

On the course we create a space to move mentally to a different level of information processing than we use most of the day. Manual skill is not the primary factor of good drawing. That is perception.Using various exercises, we try to unlock your right hemisphere and take advantage of it. We will work more with ideas, symbols and encourage our creativity.

Workshop on self-making mobile (wood) house

December 8, HomeReset, Ferka Urbanka, Trnava

Look inside the timber construction. Learn theoretically and practically everything essential for insulation, heating systems, passive house, low energy and preparation of house for blow door air test. Lecturers, construction engineers, talk to you and show the opportunities to insulate our homes having at the same time healthy and ecological home. In one day, we will practice many of possibilities of insulating house, show the structure of the walls and their closure.

Where is my home, beautiful and constructed for up to 20,000 €, free of bills and payments

Centrum Svet možností, Tehelná 25, Bratislava, Slovakia

Eko-osada o.z. organizes an all-day seminar which will change your mind on what in possible in modern building.

Ukraine

Conference "Urban Permaculture" and IV Ukrainian Permaculture Convergence

Jan 26 – 27, Kyiv, Ukraine

We are glad to invite you to research and practice blended conference (with both online and in person participation for presenters and participants) coupled with the annual gathering of Ukrainian permaculture community! The main topic of our gathering will be urban permaculture. We will talk about reducing and recycling of waste, building safe, energy-saving, low-cost housing for people and preserving and creating habitats for the wildlife, efficient mechanisms for self-governance, establishment of direct economic and friendly ties between farmers and city dwellers, urban farming, environmental services and inclusive environments.

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Do you want to become a pilot center for iLAND network?

The purpose of the iLAND initiative is to grow an international network of Permaculture Learning and Demonstration Centres (LAND Centres + 'i' for international) that demonstrate and expand good practice in permaculture design, permaculture practice and permaculture education. The intention in the first half of 2019 is to establish a pilot international network of iLAND projects. Within this pilot network, IPEN has capacity to support 10-12 centres more actively, where these 10-12 centres partner with IPEN in producing materials and resources that assist both that centre, the pilot network as a whole and other projects around the world. For example, pilot Centres could be involved in translation of curriculum guides and other education resources, establishing systems for training of teachers and providing permaculture learning pathways that enable people to progress from introductory to more advanced levels.

If you want to become one of pilot centers, please, fill this form.

Transformative Cities Award

Transformative Cities is an opportunity for progressive local governments, municipalist coalitions, social movements and civil society organizations to popularize and share their experiences of building solutions to our planet’s systemic economic, social, political and ecological crisis. Deadline - 28th of February 2019.

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