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Observe and Interact

Observe and Interact

The following Principles are those first identified and defined by David Holmgren in his book “Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability.” My own adaptation follows each as to how I feel these Principles may be applied to our lives and business practices. Bill Mollison has offered another list of design principles that I’ve interwoven into these for the purpose of keeping this essay succinct. The exciting thing about these principles is that they are tools that we can use to think deeper into any aspect of our life or business. Contemplation of these Principles can lead one to discover new and exciting options for living a more sustainable life, more efficient business, and a more integral contribution to the community and humanity’s chances for survival.   How These Principles Work “By taking the time to engage with nature, we can design solutions that suit our particular situation.” Making solution-based decisions, of any sort, requires that we can first...

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An Approach Grounded in Ethics

An Approach Grounded in Ethics

In Part 2 of our Permaculture Lifestyle Series, we're going to take a look at the role that Ethics plays in guiding our decision-making and design. Most people have some concept of ethics and (hopefully) think of themselves as ethical human beings. But what does that really mean? How often do we really stop and think of what the word "ethics" means to us?   Linda Elder defined ethics as "a set of concepts and principles that guide us in determining what behavior helps or harms sentient creatures".  Google defines ethics as "moral principles that govern a person's behavior or the conducting of an activity." Before we dive into the practical applications of the Permaculture Design Principles and how they can apply to our lifestyles, let’s take a look at the Ethics from which they’re all based: Earth Care, People Care, and Fair Share. Earth Care In the wake of the corona pandemic, we’ve seen what it can look like when industry and petroleum-based travel take a pause.  In a short time,...

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What Is Permaculture and How It Can Make Your Life Better

What Is Permaculture and How It Can Make Your Life Better

Many have come to know the term "Permaculture" in reference to land management.     As a result, many of those people mistakenly think that it doesn't apply to them and their life in the city or suburbs.    It's a shame, really, because the principles that guide permaculture design are exactly the kind of approach that can solve a wide spectrum of today's urban imbalances.  I'd like to take you on a journey, in this series, to help you understand not only what permaculture is, but how it can make your life better, no matter where you live. The term “Permaculture” was initially coined in the 1970s by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren. They devoted much of their lives to traveling the world, investigating best practices for land management from indigenous, traditional, and modern-day land stewards alike.  The term originally referred to “permanent agriculture” but was later expanded to represent “permanent culture,” since social aspects were recognized to be inseparable from a...

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Giving a Voice to Permaculture & Community in Costa Rica

Giving a Voice to Permaculture & Community in Costa Rica

Stories, strategies, & insights from some of Costa Rica’s more interesting eco-centers   Regeneration Nation Costa Rica is designed to support landowners who have a dream to do something ecologically and socially beneficial with it, as well as those veterans who want to broaden their own perspectives for who's doing what and how they might improve the model of their existing project. Other listeners maybe those who are actively planning to steward land soon, or who are looking to join forces with an existing project and want to show up with sufficient perspective for how they might be a more beneficial contributor. The podcast sets out to explore stories about how different people are operating different aspects of their businesses. Each of the projects on my list has its own unique focus and may be called by a different name (permaculture farm, retreat center, homestead, eco-lodge, intentional community,) but they all have this in common. They chose to live somewhere in...

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Observe and Interact

Observe and Interact

The following Principles are those first identified and defined by David Holmgren in his book “Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability.” My own adaptation follows each as to how I feel these Principles may be applied to our lives and business...

read more
An Approach Grounded in Ethics

An Approach Grounded in Ethics

In Part 2 of our Permaculture Lifestyle Series, we're going to take a look at the role that Ethics plays in guiding our decision-making and design. Most people have some concept of ethics and (hopefully) think of themselves as ethical human beings. But what does that...

read more
What Is Permaculture and How It Can Make Your Life Better

What Is Permaculture and How It Can Make Your Life Better

Many have come to know the term "Permaculture" in reference to land management.     As a result, many of those people mistakenly think that it doesn't apply to them and their life in the city or suburbs.    It's a shame, really, because the principles that...

read more
Giving a Voice to Permaculture & Community in Costa Rica

Giving a Voice to Permaculture & Community in Costa Rica

Stories, strategies, & insights from some of Costa Rica’s more interesting eco-centers   Regeneration Nation Costa Rica is designed to support landowners who have a dream to do something ecologically and socially beneficial with it, as well as those veterans...

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