“Introduction to Permaculture”
1-Hour or 3-Hour Comprehensive Seminars
Online (phone or Skype) or in Person
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“Bill, Thanks so much for coming to Purdue and inspiring us. In my opinion, your overview of permaculture was one of the best presentations we’ve had at Purdue in many years.”
“Listening to Bill was like a breath of fresh air. I knew that there had to be a way out of the energy and societal challenges before us, and now I see it.
Very inspiring and hopeful…!”
Consider this: The ratio of tensile strength-to-density of spider silk is approximately 5 times greater than that of steel, while a single thread, wrapped around the earth, would weigh only 1 pound (16 oz.).
Also, the amount of sunlight that intersects our earth in 40 minutes is equivalent to the total, global-annual-consumption of energy (400 quads).
Permaculturists look at facts such as these and ask the question, if there is that much energy available, and if a spider can make something so strong simply by eating crickets, what kind of world can we create for ourselves and our neighbors if we work hand-in-hand with the natural systems surrounding us?
Permaculture is a creative and artful way of designing our lives, where wastes become resources, productivity and yields increase, work is minimized, people and nature are preserved – all by thoughtful planning and a respectful approach to life. Thus embraced, we create an environment where all may thrive for untold generations.
We as humans have the ability to re-design the world we live in. All it takes is desire, know how, will, and time. Even if it takes 50-100 years, the change can begin with each one of us right now and the effects of our work can have beneficial consequences for generations to come.
The 1-hour seminar is concise but loaded with clear explanations and inspiring examples. Bill can hold the attention of students even after lunch. 🙂
During the 3-hour seminar Bill shares pictures and descriptions of some exciting examples of how permaculture design is transforming the possibilities before us. Some of the successes explored will be:
|* A permaculturist who has learned to grow bananas and figs in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado|
|* A new permaculture greenhouse that produces food all year round with 90% renewable energy, allowing the grower to provide fresh food to local consumers and restaurants in January as well as July.|
|* A village that uses its common areas to raise fruit and nuts not only for community use but also to generate income used for other community overhead needs.|
|* A farmer who makes a better living on his 20 acres, growing fresh organic food than his neighbors do on their 700 acre conventional farms|
* A straw-bale home that uses 75% less energy than the average American household
|* Commercial buildings and industrial plants that use 75% less energy than their equivalents|
* Laurie’s permaculture yard in Peoria where she now has over 300 useful plants that require no planting, fertilizing and little weeding
|* The Mandala garden which is capable of producing a bounty of fruit and vegetables for an entire family of 4 by simply mimicking patterns found in nature. It is 30 foot in diameter and can be adapted for one’s own back yard|
* And the chinampas or ‘floating gardens’ created by the Mayans and Aztecs around the area known today as Mexico City from 1000-1500 AD. The chinampas have been described as the most productive agricultural systems ever developed on our planet.
To be clear, permaculture is a lot more than just food production. All the above are examples of the various components that could be an essential part of creating a ‘permanent-culture’. A thorough study of permaculture invites us to look at our homes, our uses and sources of energy, our work, our relationships with others, and even our relationship with ourselves. The goal of permaculture is to create harmonious relationships with all aspects of our life.
|This 3-hour introductory seminar will include a 30-minute video of permaculture’s founder Bill Mollison (right), who shares his unique overview on the subject while taking the viewer to many places around the globe where permaculture has changed peoples lives.Mollison takes us to devastated lands in India, the dust bowl/deserts of the American Southwest, the tropics, New York City, and some suburban back yards.|
There will also be a couple of hand-outs and some resource tips for discovering more information on permaculture.
The purpose of this comprehensive, introductory seminar is to give the beginning student:
1. a grounded understanding of what permaculture is,
2. a good idea of where and how it can be applied,
3. some vivid examples of what permaculture can actually accomplish,
4. and where someone can go to find more information on this fascinating subject.
“Permaculturists can grow food just about anywhere,
repair environmentally damaged lands,
design lovely and long lasting green-buildings,
run successful, people-oriented businesses,
and build authentic community –
all by using the same fundamental permaculture principles
and applying the three Permaculture Ethics:
Care of People – Care of the Earth – Share the Surplus.”
Bill Wilson – Midwest Permaculture