Workshops 2016

Workshops in 2016 will include:

‘Messages of Hope from the Permaculture Edge’:

Maddy Harland

Is it too late to adapt to climate change? How can we use Permaculture to work with Nature to make an impact? What attitudinal principles do we need to face an uncertain future with courage, wisdom and compassion? Maddy , editor of Permaculture Magazine, will be speaking about vital new developments in carbon sequestration, farming, forests and the shamanic edge too. We are discovering many ways of locking up carbon and we are at the beginning of a journey that needs to be celebrated and heard by a far wider audience. We are just starting to understand soil science and how to repair landscape. Whether you have garden or not, you have the capacity to carry messages of hope and influence everyone you meet in a positive way.

Maddy Harland co-founded Permanent Publications in 1990, and co-launched Permaculture magazine in 1992 to promote small-scale, positive, low carbon solutions. Maddy became the editor in 1994. The company has won many awards for its work, notably a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in 2008 for ‘its unfettered dedication to promoting sustainable development internationally’. Maddy co-founded The Sustainability Centre in 1995, a former Naval base, which is now a thriving educational charity on the South Downs in Hampshire, UK. Maddy is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an accredited teacher with the International Network of Esoteric Healing.

Urban Hens – Keeping Chickens in London

Sara Ward

Come and meet the hens from Hen Corner and find out how to keep chickens in London.

Over recent years Sara Ward and her family have transformed their Victorian terrace house into an urban smallholding allowing them to have the best of both worlds. Nestled in West London, they are living the good life complete with 20 hens, two colonies of honey bees, a fruitful kitchen garden and a micro bakery which is making 30-40 loaves of bread each Friday along with hundreds of sticky buns, cakes and savoury treats.

Soils Alive: Creating a healthy and vibrant soil

Joel Williams

Although hidden to the naked eye, soil contains a vast and diverse ecosystem utterly bursting and brimming with an abundance of life. This hidden workforce performs a multitude of wonderful benefits to soil and plant health. This workshop will delve into this fascinating world and explain how to work with a living soil to optimise soil structure, nutrient supply to plants and how to keep pests and diseases at bay. After introducing the residents of this underground community and their varied functions, we will discuss practical ways to build soil life with plant diversity, composting and compost teas.

Joel Williams is an independent farming educator and crop and soil health adviser. He is also the grower for Growhampton – an edible campus at the University of Roehampton; growing organic vegetables to inspire and teach students, staff and local community about food growing. He has a keen interest in soil health, agroecological food production systems, urban farming and plant-microbe interactions. Through educating and engaging both farmers and consumers around food production and consumption, Joel is motivated to improve the sustainability of our food systems.

Making a living through permaculture

Audley Genus

This workshop will be about the research into innovation, community entrepreneurship and technology policy, currently working with the Permaculture Association on how to help their members make a living through permaculture-inspired enterprise. Audley is a researcher at Kingston University.

Spiritual Ecology: A deeper response to the environmental crisis

Amrita Bhohi and Michel Thill

Amrita helps to coordinate the Spiritual Ecology strand of work at St Ethelburga’s which includes the Spiritual Ecology Youth Fellowship programme, public events and workshops. Amrita’s interests lie in new economics, systems change and social and environmental regeneration. She is passionate about the role of younger generations in the urgent transition to a more socially just, ecologically sustainable and spiritually fulfilling world.

Michel has lived in a number of places around the world including at eco-villages and a Permaculture Education Centre in Asia. Such experiences allowed him to explore the relationship between inner and outer resilience, personal transformation as well as the creation of community and environmental sustainability. He now lives and works in London where he teaches Permaculture Design and runs various community and food growing projects.

Composting for urban gardeners

Sue Amos

Composting is inherent to the success of every space and garden community so come and find out how you can compost in the city. A gardener of 25 years, Sue has broad experience in all types of gardens from designing and building urban roof terraces to country estates in Italy and permaculture projects in London and Spain. More recently she’s turned her focus to her neighbourhood of south London, greening a series of public spaces including Glengall Wharf Garden. Soil, sustainability, recycling and plants are at the core of her interests.

 Starting your Urban Permaculture Garden

Cecilia Litvinoff & Pamela Bhanvra Adams

A brief workshop for beginners where, together, we will identify the elements needed to design a permaculture garden. We will look at the basics for transforming your growing space into a beautiful and diverse haven in which to relax, grow food, meet your friends and observe wildlife. We will explore what is needed, making the most of the available resources. We will look at creative ways to develop and continue to enhance the ‘garden’, making it into a living system, which is interconnected, using the principles and tools of permaculture. Come and develop with us your own ideas on how to get started.

Introduction to Permablitz Design

Kayode Olafimihan

This session will cover principles of permablitz design drawing on our experience of designing and implementing over 30 permablitzes in a wide range of gardens across London over the past 3 years. Permablitz London was initiated in July 2013 as a social experiment in reciprocal edible garden makeovers. We typically hold free one day permablitzes that create or develop a community or household edible, wildlife-friendly garden, based on permaculture designs. Once you have helped at three you can have one yourself.

This workshop is lead by Kayode Olafimihan: founder Permablitz London, designer of award-winning Cecil Sharp House permaculture entrance garden, chair London Permaculture Network, coordinator London Permaculture Festival

Music and culture of the Baka, rainforest people of Central Africa

‘This world has an abundance of everything we need. Scarcity is due to people forgetting how to share.’ Baka Forest People

Su Hart

Come along and learn the joyful compelling singing of the Baka rain forest people of Central Africa. Their multi-layered polyphony has accompanied daily tasks and ritual for millennia and is great fun. We will learn songs and chants to soothe babies, play with children, enchant animals, heal arguments and celebrate the abundance of life.

For the Baka people, the forest is mother, father and guardian. The Baka have hunted and gathered, sung and played their way through life for thousands of years. The forest provides their medicines, shelter, food, work and play.

For more information about London rainforest workshops:

Building with Straw Bales

Mary Rawlinson

This talk will introduce you to building with straw bales, describing the building methods, the advantages of using straw and how this method of building could provide affordable houses for the future. Finally, there will be an invitation to get involved and learn through the School of Natural Building.

Forest Gardening – Designing an Edible Landscape

Kevin Mascarenhas

Together we will explore the fundamentals of forest gardening. We will draw on nature as our inspiration to appreciate whole systems design thinking. My intention is to make it thought provoking and interactive – let’s have fun and learn stuff!

Introduction to Permaculture Principles

Chloe Anthony

Come and be introduced to the twelve Permaculture Principles by Chloe, who is a permaculture tutor and practitioner. She works with Brighton Permaculture Trust and has a special interest in community living, forest gardening and transition.

One-Year Journey: From IPC UK to IPC 2020, and Beyond

Tierra Martinez

Film and Skype brief introduction from Spain

Tierra Martinez, Director and Co-Founder of Permaculture Na Lu Um Institute This session will invite the audience to journey through the many activities that Permaculture Na Lu Um Institute has embarked in 2015-2016, ranging from teaching a number of PDCs throughout Latin America to co-designing an international permaculture demonstration site, with emphasis on social permaculture and education.

Design Through the Mind of the Body

Maria Prieto

Documentary film Duration: 25 mins + 5-10mins discussion-feedback By This presentation centres on a film-in-progress on design through the ever-fresh mind of the body. This documentary is intended as an embodied visual-anthropology project that contributes to a new understanding of design and its associated technologies through the every-mysterious lens of the soma. The script outlines a simple one-question interview with a number of permaculture elders and somatic healers and educators, and deploys an unsettling kaleidoscopic imaging as the soma journeys through (un)known conditions of specific urban and rural permaculture settings, with the collaboration of some volunteers, dancers, somatic movement educators. Interviewees: Starhawk, Rosemary Morrow, Margot Anand, Robert Silber, and many others.

Fermenting Foods: Back to our Roots and Health on a Plate

Gill Jacobs

This workshop will focus on the benefits of fermenting food, not just for our health but also for the planet. Throughout history most indigenous peoples have fermented food for preservation, but also for the huge health benefits from increased friendly bacteria, necessary for life. As we move away from sterile prepackaged food, this workshop will inspire you to make you own ferments to add to your diet. A simple fermented ginger carrot recipe will be demonstrated, and samples tried, as well as beetroot kvass, and kefir.

Introduction to Permaculture

Randy Mayers

During his presentation Randy will cover the basics of Permaculture: the building blocks for conscious design and living in harmony with the planet and all its’ inhabitants. He will touch on ethical and ecological principles, some design tools and some ways to get started on your very own Permaculture journey.

Building with Dirt – EarthBag Construction Technology

Devandra Tiwari

In this workshop Devendra will talk about the benefits of natural buildings that are earthquake resistant, created using inexpensive materials. Devendra is from the beautiful and historic district of Lamjung,Nepal, and is at heart, a permaculturalist. He came to the UK at the tender age of 18 to pursue Business Studies but became more and more passionately drawn to building, nature, adventure, and travelling. After spending a third of his life here in the UK working as a professional general builder, Devendra journeyed back to his roots, to his childhood village in Lamjung. There he set up Mango Tree Resort as a permaculture and adventure centre to promote ecotourism; a place where people of all ages and backgrounds could gather to learn, enjoy and be inspired to live in harmony with nature as well as take his training courses for various adventure activities.

London Bio-region Design Strategy – Starting a conversation: please bring your ideas

Les Moore

An initiative inviting permaculture diploma holders, other permaculture designers and those interested from other fields to start to consider how to develop a sustainable, regenerative design strategy for London as a bio-region.

Les holds a Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design and specialises in urban broadscale design. His interests include Community currency design, Sociocracy, and Social Enterprises.

Meet the film-makers: Screening with Q&A of ‘Living with the Land’ series showcasing permaculture in UK

Lauren Simpson & Phil Moore

A series of nine free to view and stream films exploring permaculture(s) in the UK. Screening a selection of the shorts (‘Forest Gardening with Martin Crawford’, ‘Stock Free Farming with Iain Tolhurst’ & ‘No Dig with Charles Dowding) Lauren and Phil will share some of the film making process, stories from the road and the importance of storytelling in communicating permaculture to wider audiences. Lauren & Phil are Permaculture People – film-makers & communicators

Solar Panel Making Taster

Margo McShane

This is a taster workshop for people interested in learning how to make their very own 12 volt portable solar panel, which can be used to charge a car battery or 2 USB devices at once. These are ideal for people who are always on the move, for when you are camping or at a festival, or just want to be able to charge a phone or other USB devices for free. You will learn the basics of electricity: current, voltage, resistance, power. Then Margo will demonstrate how to build DIY solar PV panels.

Introduction to Permaculture

Nat Mady

Nat will give an overview of permaculture, its key design tools and some practical applications. The workshop will be lively and thought-provoking and should give you plenty of ideas for your garden, your balcony or even your lifestyle! Nat is a member of Cordwainers Garden in Hackney and is also part of Permablitz London. She is currently developing Cordwainers Grow, a social enterprise that focuses on environmental education by bringing people together through creative learning experiences. She has an MSc in Environment and Sustainable Development from UCL.

Building a Bamboo Bike with Bamboo Bicycle Club

James Marr

Hear from James Marr about how to construct a bamboo bicycle. James is a founder of the Bamboo Bicycle Club, an established London based workshop, which enables people to design and build bespoke bamboo bicycles.

The Bamboo Bicycle Club London helps people who are passionate about cycling to build and ride their own self-build bicycles from our workshop. We provide you with everything you need to get creative and learn to build your own unique bamboo bike from scratch. Our bamboo bike builder’s club was founded by James and Ian, two bike riding engineers, who after their own enthusiastic experiments in building bamboo bikes, decided to create a bicycling community with others who are interested in building their own beautiful, robust and environmentally friendlier bamboo bicycle frames.

Positive Solutions around the World

Restoring Soil Fertility in the Ecuadorian Amazon

Nicola Peel and Antony Melville

This year Nicola Peel was asked by Rainforest Saver to help set up a system of agroforestry called inga alley cropping. She helped to train 500 people, grew 4000 inga edulis trees and set up 20 demonstration farms.

Nicola and Anthony will give a talk with slides and videos, followed by Q&A, about positive solutions from around the world, particularly the introduction of Inga alley-cropping – a technique of agrofrestry which restores fertility to wasted soils in tropical rainforest areas – to Ecuador, with a training at a college in the heart of the Ecuadorian oil industry. The workshop will describe the technique, and how it can be used to aid indigenous people threatened by oil extraction.

For 15 years Nicola has been working around the world, primarily in the Amazon to bring solutions to current environmental problems. She founded the Amazon Mycorenewal Project to bring scientists and permaculturists to the Amazon to work with mycoremediation (fungi to clean up oil spills). The project now includes working with bacterial and phyto remediation. She builds indigenous communities rainwater systems, educates the local council on waste water treatment and is working towards a zero waste waste dump. Nicola has also taught about the use of eco-bricks (plastic bottles filled with rubbish) and built numerous benches, walls and even a restaurant, school and health centre.

Antony Melville is from the Ecuador Inga Project (Rainforest Saver Foundation)

Creatively using Permaculture Principles 10 and 11

Ian Solomon-Kawall

Embedded within the design principles of permaculture are 10 + 11 : ‘Use and Value Diversity’, and ‘Use Edges and Value the Marginal’. The workshop will provide practical steps and solutions to make permaculture more resilient for people living and working with permaculture in urban environments. Ian Solomon-Kawall is a founder of the May Project Gardens

Cities As Resonant Bodies: Introducing London to the Integral City

Maria Prieto

In this workshop, I will introduce the collaborative paradigm so-called “Integral City,” with its key concepts, history and stories, and co-labor-action lines, in theory and practice. This session aims to provide a collaborative experiential demonstration, somatically grounded, to exemplify through play and embodiment the living co-creative processes of the “human hive” or self-organizing meshwork, from the integral vision of the human evolutionary intelligence (Ken Wilber, et al.). Maria Prieto is Founding Director of Architecturepublic and Gaia Shakti.


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