Join us for an experiential journey, helping us shift our thinking towards “business as unusual.”
Two summers ago I made three wonderful friends when I signed up to help build the Gaia Gallery and learn about permaculture. Ever since then I’ve been itching to know more and so are the rest of the Heads and we want to do it together. We are excited to learn more about permaculture techniques and thinking and to apply them to how we operate as a community as well as how we approach sustainability and we would love you to learn with us. We hope that by learning these design principles together we can go on to co-create something very special. So we have put our heads together with that wonderful team we met on the Gaia Gallery and they have come up with a fantastic Introduction to Permaculture Course just for us that will be run on the 26th -27th September.
What is Permaculture?
Permaculture is a whole new way of seeing the world. We look at problems and see how we can re-imagine them as solutions. It follows three strong, simple ethics:
People Care, Earth Care and Fair Shares.
Permaculture focuses on systems thinking and design that can be applied to any situation, for any set of objectives, and is excitingly insightful when brought into industrialized, urbanized landscapes.
Permaculture is a design process by which we adapt as human beings to the Earth, rather than trying to adapt the Earth to us. Using simple tools and techniques, we apply the wisdom and success of nature to create abundance and resilience in our lives and businesses.
“An economy that’s aligned with permaculture would be an economy in which the best business decision is the same as the best ecological decision.” – Charles Eisenstein, Inhabit, 2015
The two day course will be held at the inspirational Bow River Farm Project, a fledgling collective and hub of permaculture and creativity on the River Lea, opposite the Olympic Park in East London. The course will both support and feed the project, specifically by creating a rocket stove cob oven, a unique functional asset and focal point for the community using the space.
Kerry Lane – Thriving Ways
Kerry is working for a healthy and nurturing culture for everyone, which expands beyond human nature. Her favourite way of achieving this is by supporting and inspiring people on their journeys. Courses are a powerful medium for this. She is near the finale of her Permaculture diploma and co-facilitated the last 7 ways to think differently course with Looby Macnamara, after apprenticing on the previous one.
Linda Royles – Cob In the Community
Linda set up Cob in the Community – a community interest company in 2008, after a previous lifetime at the corporate mill. She wanted to do something practical and, working with community to yield physical, mental and spiritual well being. Since 2008, Cob in the Community has helped built a community centre, several sculpted and heated benches and taught more community and growing groups in London how to build earth ovens by hand, than anyone in town.
Louis Rutherford – Gaia Gallery
Louis is a permaculture designer, events curator and circular economy specialist. He is currently completing an MSc/Dip in Urban Regeneration at the Bartlett College, University College London. He is the Director of The Gaia Gallery, Managing Trustee of Cob in the Community and has co-lead the Biomodd London [LDN5].
Claude Oprea – Biomodd London
Claude is a Permaculture designer, queer artist, linguist and healer. Through his collaboration with NASA space researcher, artist-biologist Angelo Vermeulen and Biomodd he is exploring novel ways of connecting his main passions, plants and people through play and the use of technology. Inspired by his mentor, Looby Macnamara, he is furthering his Permaculture facilitation training with his main focus on creating resilience in urban environments through regenerative design.
We hope you can join us on this journey. For more information on the course please contact Louisa at Louisa.firstname.lastname@example.org
£130 for those in full employment
We will all eat together. Please bring something to share with the group.
When 26th & 27th September – 10am to 6pm
The River Bank Garden – Unit 6, Riverbank Business Park, Dye House Lane, E3 2TB.
The entrance to Dye House Lane is between the Shell garage and Jewson, off Wick Lane. It’s right next to the A12.
Bow Church, on DLR, Bow Road on District Line and Hackney Wick on the Overground are within 20 minutes walking distance.
Notebook, pens, smiles and an open mind.