" Nature doesn't do straight lines, humans do straight lines."
- Richard Perkins
We only ended our two week Permaculture Design Course last week Sunday, but it feels like a month ago. Time is doing strange things to me here. Almost moving willingly on it's own. Allowing me only moments to gasp a breath, yet stretching out one day into millions of fragments.
Oh Permaculture, two weeks of 9am - 6pm, six days a week. It was it's own microcosm of exhaustion, frustration and at times for me, the pleasure of having that clicking feeling when missing links suddenly come together and make bridges into new understanding. Oh Permaculture. It marked the beginning of Autumn, chilled fingers burnt by weeding and the first group cold that took down the whole house. We coughed our way through the making of a compost, and turned our ideas of sustainability into regenerative. We peeked into soil, water and food and even dabbled in economics and chocolate making.
Everyday was a challenge.
What really got me about Permaculture, is that it isn't actually about Permaculture. It's about the ideas behind Permaculture, systems, patterns, cycles, ethics, resilience and efficiency. It's about understanding these ideas and how they work together, and then applying them, not to Permaculture but to life.
Oh Permaculture, it's a lifestyle and a question.
How and where do I fit into our greater system?
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And for the ever curious minds, the below link will tell you a little more about the practical tools we learned and put into practice during our weeks in Permaculture.