What is Permaculture; A Common Man’s Perspective.

It struck me that as much as Permaculture changed my life, I have never actually written about it. There’s also the fact that Permaculture is something we need to be educating all people on and I could at least share my perspective on it here.

I think I’ve avoided writing about it because I don’t feel the competence to do so. There’s so much to learn and so much sources of knowledge around.

I think though it is time to write a little something, simply my perspective on what the Permaculture is.

Permaculture

Permaculture is quite a broad “discipline” and as such might be a little bit hard to explain or give a definition of. It encompasses every aspect of our life.

In one of the articles where I mentioned Permaculture I quoted:

Permaculture is a system of agricultural and social design principles centered around simulating or directly utilizing the patterns and features observed in natural ecosystems.

The above is a short description taken from Wikipedia.

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On The Beauty Of Nature

I love Nature.
Well I am Nature, we all are Nature.

When I look at the World around me I see that in general, we humans see ourselves as separate from Nature. The truth is that nothing is separate from Nature.

I think I wrote something on that note a loooong time ago.

What I wanted to write shortly about is my love of taking photos of the elements of Nature and share a few them as well. I’m in no way professional (what can be seen when looking at the photos) and don’t even own the camera besides the one in my old Samsung Galaxy II smart?phone…

I used to go for a stroll with the phone listening to A.J Hickling hitting the right keys and observing… capturing…

It’s very relaxing to me…

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On Growing Food

When I was still renting a room in Midlands in 2016, I wanted to experience how it would be to grow some food. I always wanted to do it but somehow allowed myself to get distracted from it.

Ideally I would want to grow majority of my food, which would be possible on a piece of land since I don’t consume dead animals or any of their excretions.

But for now, since I didn’t even have a garden to myself, I wanted to plant some vegetables and see what can be done in a few pots and a growing bag.

On my previous visit to Poland I bought some seeds so they were ready to go. Next I needed the potting soil to raise my seedlings. I went for Canna Terra 50L Professional Soil Mix. It turned out to be really good soil and I highly recommend it. I ended up buying two more bags.

It was all an experiment… 😉

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A Tale Of A Silent Pilgrim

Few weeks ago I took the opportunity to take some time for myself and went for a few nights solo camping in Dartmoor.

The idea was to leave all the electronics, phones, books etc behind and just be with myself.
No distractions.
Well, the allowed item was an empty journal and a pen.
And a map.

Eventually I would want to do that without any food, which is sometimes referred to as a Vision Quest.

This time the challenge was to just go and be there with myself and check whether I can survive without distracting myself.

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A Very Inspiring Food Production Garden

I have been a fan of Charles Dowding for a while and been following his work at Homeacres with great interest.  He’s got a fantastic library of videos on his YouTube channel where he shares his wisdom and praises the NO DIG method (and rightfully so in my humble opinion).

If you’re new to “no dig” it’s basically a way of growing food without digging up or ploughing the soil, which by the way is a highly employed activity in agriculture, which greatly disturbs the soil, damages the life within it (like earthworms, mycelium, etc.) compacts it and brings all the weed seeds to the surface so they can germinate.

Homeacres

Homeacres is the name of Charles’s current where he’s been growing and selling produce for 5 years now using the “no dig” method all along while conducting many experiments to demonstrate how “no dig” compares to conventional, digging up the soil.

He does that by planting the same variety and quantity of plants in both dug and un-dug bed and compares the growth and finally the yield from both beds. I’ve seen the results of many different vegetables and “no dig” always seems to be giving better results.

Homeacres is also a great educational places where Charles teaches a number or courses.

Recently Charles uploaded one of his amazing videos giving a tour of his Homecres garden which is in its fifth season. I highly recommend watching it. It’s an amazing learning source and a great inspiration.

I hope you’ll enjoy it… (it’s a 24 mins long)

Canoe Trip with High Heathercombe Tribe in Photos

Recently I’ve been privileged to join the High Heathercombe tribe for a day trip, canoeing on the Dart river.

It was a beautiful day and the weather was perfect for it.

If I’m not mistaken there was around 23 people on the trip. A big happy bunch.

We all met at The Malsters Arms in Tuckenhay where we were awaited by our skippers Hugh and John and these two amazing 12 man canoes from Canoe Adventures:

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The Magic of Leewood Glamping

In my travels, I have been fortunate to visit my friend Nick, whom I first met at the Permaculture Design Course at High Heathercombe Centre last November.

Nick is an artist who, among many other things, runs a Glamping site, together with her partner Ryan, an artist and a photographer with a rather unique approach to photography.

But have you ever heard of Glamping?

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The Lie We Live

More often than not, our lives our devoid of meaning.
Endless striving for more, without much reflection on why, what for?

We are surrounded by people, yet very lonely.
Rarely looking into someone’s eyes for long enough to see in their eyes the very same pain we experience ourselves.

Feeling powerless, yet being so powerful.
Crying for change to come to us, instead of looking for change within.

Mindlessly, we repeat the motions, day by day, counting hours, days and months.
We destroy our very organism, the fabric of what sustains us, the Life itself, the Earth.

The change that will come won’t come after we elect the “right” president, or when “our” party get’s into power.

The change will come when we’ll take the responsibility for our own actions.
Once we’ve become aware of the consequences of these actions and correct them.
Once we’ve become able to see the value in REAL things.

Here’s the video made by Spencer Cathcart that necapsulates The Lie We Live:

Call To Adventure

For a long time, I have been feeling that it is time to leave the comfort zone again.

We live this life mostly on autopilot, fooling ourselves that what we do is what needs to be done.
Work, home, food, sleep…

We look around, unhappy.
All we see are copies of ourselves drowning in their misery, all feeding the system we hate, system we are slaves to.

But what can we do?
It always been this way.
That’s how the World is.
That is life.

Is it?
Does it have to be this way?

Is life only about paying the bills?
Is life only about having more and better?

What about connection?
What about Nature?
What about friendship, helping each other, growing together, love, service, laugh and play.
What about living, truly living life?

Last year in November I’ve attended the PDC (Permaculture Design Course).
It was an amazing life changing experience.
I’ve met the most wonderous people, amazing beings that all want something better for the World around them and themselves.

During the course I’ve made a decision to leave my job, get on my push bike and ride the UK lanscapes.
Straight after the course upon my come back to work, I have handed my notice in (3 months notice period).
I decided to let the Life take me where I need to go.

My last day of work is March 2nd 2017.
I intend to set off on the 3rd or 4th.

I do not have plans but intentions.

I intend to learn and grow.
I intend to help people along the way.
I intend to meet communities that live in a different way.
I intend to document the journey and maybe produce a documentary showing all the people I meet, projects I’ll visit, events I’ll attend, ways of Life with Nature, the “other way of living” Life.
I intend to have fun.

I really don’t know.
I don’t need to know.

I’ll let it unfold before me.
I’ll let the Universe use me as the instrument of Betterment and Good Making… 😛

So yes, I have some intentions.
One of them is to also blog about the journey here.
Yet I’m not attached to any of these intentions.

I wanted to write about the journey once. in 2014 and I didn’t.
So no promises made this time. 🙂