Integrate rather than segregate

In Robin Wall Kimmerer’s magnificent book “Braiding Sweetgrass” she invites the reader to think about the fact that, in her view, “All flourishing is mutual.” Or put simply, that when we fail to be mutual we cannot flourish. We are only as vibrant, healthy, and alive as the most vulnerable among us. She goes on […]

Three Simple Things – Thinking about the Permaculture Ethics

At the heart of Permaculture sit three deceptively simple ethics: Earth care. People care. Fair share. I say deceptively simple because for many people their instinctive response when they first encounter them is: “Well what’s so radical about them?” On paper I guess maybe that is a fair reaction, but when you really start to […]

Design From Patterns to Details

“Writing a play is like smashing that (glass) ashtray, filming it in slow motion, and then running the film in reverse so that the fragments of rubble seem to fly together. You start – or at least I start with the rubble.”  TOM STOPPARD The seventh of Holmgren’s Permaculture principles invites us to “design from […]