B. Introduction to Integral PermaCulture

https://www.facebook.com/groups/IntroCourseIntegralPermaCulture/


In this introductory course we take you through the most important topics of Integral Permaculture. 

It will help you to:
  • get an idea what Integral Permaculture has to offer
  • orientate in the vast resources we provide in the Manual and Integral Permaculture Design Courses
  • start the journey of learning Integral Permaculture
We organized the classes in a facebook group to encourage discussion.

We promote action-learning in every step of education, so we are offering you the introductory videos, resources in the Manual and a platform to connect with other students but most of the learning is in your hands -

it depends on you how much you take out of it!

Questioning is a vital part of learning process, so we see active discussion as a must in completing this course.

We would like to see at least one comment from you under each class, so we know what did you think (also useful as a feedback!) and so we can learn together.

Programme

1) Introduction - What is PermaCulture?
How & why it was created, how it developed & why are we now talking about Integral Permaculture? 
 

What does it consist of exactly, why is it important in this historical phase of Transition? 
And what patterns do we foresee for the future?


2) Visions & Hopes 
Visions are the basis of any design.  
In this class we propose some tools or essential maps for creating in a conscious way, we talk about collective visions that exist nowadays, how they affect us and how to have integrity about this, if we really wish to design for sustainability. 


3) People Care
People Care is one of the three Permaculture ethics, but what does it mean exactly?  And in our times, how can we design for this? Group work is something that is fundamentally important, we need good tools to encourage collective intelligence, fortunately we have many, but they are not sufficiently well known and they are applied even less.


4) Vital EcoSystems
the Most Important Challenge.  Many 'natural disasters' are actually created by the ignorance of human interventions in the environment.  In this class we look directly at the urgency of the consequences of this, to the great effectiveness of permaculture systems for repairing the damage, and we pay particular attention to learning to understand our place in Nature.

 

5) EcoTechnology
We know that the options that we choose in terms of technologies and which energy sources we use can totally change the course of history, and the appearance of our society, but very few people really understand the critical foundations of these subjects enough to consciously and actively get involved in this dialogue.  In this class we give some pointers to improve this situation.


6) Designing the Future
There is growing agreement around the idea that we have to re-design the economy that forms the basis of many of our social systems.   But Who designed them and how?   It seems that not all of it was designed in a conscious way, and the parts that 'have acquired a life of their own' are perhaps now the key elements that need changing ... but we can only change them if we understand how they work.


7) EcoEconomy
More and more people are realising that no truly sustainable activity can survive in an economy which is inherently exploitative. What's more, now we understand that there is a basic and serious fault in how current money is designed. But exactly how does money work? and - especially - where can we start, ourselves, as ordinary people, to change it?


8) Transition
We live in very interesting times, of radical changes whilst we try, collectively, to design a society that doesn't have the profound contradictions which are becoming increasingly obvious. What are the alternatives that are being proposed and what do each have that is viable and desirable, and for whom?


9) PDC+ Course
Conference on the PDC+++ course, March 2011
This Conference was for all people interested in the PDC+++, a year long Permaculture design course.    Here we talk about the design of the course which then developed to the rich variety of courses you can now see under our Courses  section.   We provided lots of space for questions, comments, sugestions, dialogues... including during the whole course which followed, which is how we ended up co-designing with our students all of this ...

Vídeo de YouTube




To Enroll

To enroll on this course, follow instructions on the Welcome page

The price for this course is 10€-20€
 
sliding scale - pay what you can afford. See more information about financial support

After recieving your details we will add you to this Facebook group, where you will be able to see the contents + dialogue of each of the classes linked here.

 

Testimonials

    Thank you very much for this great introduction. The 2 articles linked (defining permaculture, and integral permaculture) are so inspiring. By presenting it as a movement, a co-creating on-going project, it gives hope and strength. It encourages us to be an active part of this community. Bérénice

    Thanks for this wonderful video! - Mirja

    What I am most enjoying is the fact that the information in this mini course so far is very web-like, you don't just go in a linear fashion from one piece of information logically to the next, but branch out through so many explorations of the question 'what is integral permaculture?'
-  Eloise


    Thank you for this overview about the general Integral Permaculture philosophy! I especially appreciate that in this new approach not only considering the physical environmental in which we leave, but accounting also for the socio economical and political setting – a holistic approach! - Nico

    Thank you for this introduction! I am happy to participate in the course! - Luca



    Intro to PC minicourse is great, thanks for your work on this :). like the video's, esp as they are so concise/short
- Adam