Permaculture for Transition Pilot Course - Brixton people interested?

A new Transition Training course has been developed and is ready to be piloted. This is a 2 day Introduction to Permaculture designed specifically for those involved in Transition Initiatives. Transition is based on Permaculture, and a group of Permaculture teachers and Transitioners felt that using Permaculture ethics and principles to both start Initiatives and develop projects could help to make them more effective and more resilient.

The course has been approved both by the Transition Network and the Permaculture Association of Britain. The organizers have asked us to contact our groups to see how many people are interested.

Although designed as an introduction, it would also be appropriate for people who have already taken permaculture courses as it is a new focus that applies permaculture ethics and principles explicitly to Transition.

For more details from the organizers, see below.

NB: Although this form will remain open til the date for the course is known, for planning purposes, numbers will be sent to the organizers on 3rd March 2014.

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    Further information about the course from the organizers

    Permaculture in Transition Permaculture is a creative approach that constantly asks us to look at the bigger picture. Its Ethics of Earthcare, Peoplecare & Fairshares act as a compass helping us through an endlessly changing landscape of decisions. Its Nature Inspired Principles, and the Principles of Attitude remind us of different ways of seeing the world and act to catalyse creative thinking. Rob Hopkins has called Permaculture the ‘glue to stick together all the elements for a sustainable and resilient culture’. This course has been designed specifically as an introduction to permaculture for those involved in the Transition Town movement - we believe that understanding the basic ideas of permaculture design; the principles, the ethics and the design process more fully will enable those involved in Transition to become more effective. Although this course can only give a brief outline, we hope that it will provide enough to sign-post participants to more information/training if required. Day 1 of the training is designed as an overview of permaculture, making links to Transition concepts and ideas. On Day 2, the participants practise using the Principles, Ethics, and Design Process tools to reflect on themselves, groups and community case-study projects . We know each Transition Initiative is going to be unique, but the fact that there is no ‘template’ can be quite daunting. What’s special about this course is that it provides some concepts and tools for developing an initiative that is appropriate for the place, the land, the community, the individuals and organisations that are there. These concepts and tools are equally useful for starting an initiative, or for developing a new project, or re-considering how to structure the steering group, for example. One example: One of the principles of permaculture is ‘work with nature, not against’. When designing a garden we would observe how nature’s cycles and processes are working in that particular space. We would look at how the sun and wind affect different parts of the garden, and by looking at the plants that grow there well we can find out more about the soil. We can then design the garden that will enable nature to work efficiently. That way, there will be less work for us. When designing a Transition project, if we base our plans on what is already there and working well, the project is more likely to be effective. After the initial hard work of setting the project up, it should run more smoothly.
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