Beauty in Completion : Part 1 Permaculture Pioneers
5 days ago
– Sun, Aug 07, 2022 at 07:47:23 PM
"The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
A song of gratitude from the coastal rainforests British Columbia in high summer.
Endlessly appreciate you pre-ordering a Permaculture Design Deck. Joyed to have raised over half the funds needed to produce the deck with pre-orders. Without this support it would never have happened. We are starting to ship the decks out with great love!
To celebrate the 'beauty in completion', a principle of cultural emergence created by Looby Macnamara, I wanted to share a few highlights and milestone moments of the 20 year creation of the Permaculture Design Deck. This will come in two parts, the first expressing gratitude to some of the key mentors, teachers and inspirations for the project. For lack of space I just chose a small number to share here and am entirely grateful for all my teachers and mentors along the way who are all credited in the deck itself.
The project began in 2002 with my first Permaculture Design Certificate Course and being fascinated by the principles. I taught my first PDC casually to a couple friends later that year and visioned a set of cards sharing the principles. I discovered a set of cards from Robin Clayfield sharing principles which became a core inspiration to expand the deck and take it to the next level.
Studying with her in Australia, then again many years later in the UK was transformative and evolutionary. This marked the source inspiration for the deck that we share today. Robin and I corresponded by zoom and email during this new creation of the and collaborated to add many more of Robin's principles and tools to the new version of the deck.
Early iterations of the project received feedback from Bill Mollison during my Masters Degree with him.
It was amazing to take his PDC in Melbourne and spend time with him on Tagari farm in Tasmania.
Geoff Lawton was on the PDC with Bill, and I travelled the next year to study with Geoff Lawton at Zaytuna for a teacher training, further evolving my permaculture principles list.
The project developed with much mentorship from permaculture pioneers over the course of three diplomas, a masters and doctorate in permaculture education including 13 teacher trainings and 13 advanced courses. Everywhere I learned I took good notes and paid particular attention to principles and tools.
Another of the most influential teachers that helped evolve the project with plenty of mentorship and critical feedback is Rosemary Morrow.
Taking teacher trainings with her in Australia and the UK was followed by a life changing PDC in rural Greece.
Another milestone moment for the project was during a Teacher Training at the Bullock's Homestead with Sam & Doug Bullock , David Boehnlein and Michael Becker. I came back many years later to an Advanced Permaculture Training there and get more input.
Soon after meeting Grace in 2015 we began work on a vastly updated edition beyond anything previously imagined. This was created and kickstarted in 2018 after I took an Advanced Permaculture Planning and Process course with David Holmgren and Dan Palmer where I met Brenna Quinlan.
Travelling to Melliodora to learn directly from David Holmgren on two occasions was a massive upgrade to my permaculture understanding and yielded much learning that would become cards.
A considerable influence, inspiration and wisdom source for the project is Starhawk.
Taking a Social Permaculture course in BC, then a social permaculture apprenticeship in the UK was life changing.
One of the greatest inspirations for the Permaculture Design Deck and source of many cards is the extraordinary Larry Santoyo.
I did two teacher trainings, a master class and a non-accredited Doctorate under the mentorship of Larry Santoyo. The newest version of the deck is a core project for my current Post-Doc in Permaculture Education.
Another amazing mentor and teacher who has taken the project to the next level is Looby Macnamara.
I travelled to the UK to study with Looby twice and did a 3 year Diploma with her as my tutor. The permaculture design deck was one of 10 designs for my Diploma.
There are so many more teachers to honour! I took so many in person trainings and received much mentorship over the decades on this project. In this light I consider the project a community collaboration.
I will mention one more beloved teacher who contributed in significant ways to the newest 2022 edition by contributing a number of wisdom gems and new principles not previously included.
Joyed to visit Graham in 2017 to recieve his wisdom directly in Scotland.
We were happy to return this year to explore his forest gardens and spend time soaking in his wisdom.
There have been many many different versions of this deck. Each is a huge evolution above the previous, rewritten and redesigned for clarity and effectiveness.
In the next installation of this 'beauty in completion' celebration of highlights of this project's co-creation we will share a bit about our trip to the Emerald Isle where the new set was rewritten, edited and polished.
Delvin & Grace