PRI Australia Certified Teacher: Joshua Finch of Lillklobb Permaculture
Where: Lillklobb, Espoo, Finland
When: Currently a poll between 10-11.3.2018 or 17-18.3.2018.
Time: Saturday 10-17, Sunday 9-15
Course Fee: 150e inc VAT24%
I'll use a Google Form to take sign up information after the date is set.
Permaculture is an ethical design system developed in the 1970’s by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in Tasmania, Australia to provide a framework that would help everyday people design their lives, surroundings, and future in a “permanent” fashion. Permaculture grew out of the substrate of the 1960’s mass movements and the rising awareness about the impacts human decisions on the environment and each other. While it has continued to develop in the intervening decades, the concept’s core ethical guidelines and design principles have stayed virtually constant.
The founders rightly recognized what many are only starting to comprehend now: that everything is connected to everything else in one way or another. By providing a strong set of ethical imperatives and design principles to test ideas against, they created a design system that has incredible staying power and adaptability.
In sum, permaculture is a tool that people can choose to use to guide action in the real world.
An Introduction to Permaculture Course is generally intended for people who have already developed an interest in the concept of permaculture and want to both sharpen their understanding of it as well as see how it can be deployed in a real life situation. For those just learning about permaculture or more broadly about questions of sustainability, the environment, economics, design, and the whole of human experience, there will be enough background information presented on the first day to bring you up to speed as well.
As a weekend long course, you will have enough time to study the topic in depth, but without the commitment of a full 72-hour Permaculture Design Course. Please note that this course does not confer a “Permaculture Design Certificate” or “Permaculture Diploma” upon completion.
1) Develop an understanding of what permaculture is and is not
2) Provide you with enough consolidated information about how permaculture design can be applied in our Finnish context so that…
3) you are motivated to take action immediately in your personal context
With two days of instruction, the material has been divided into half: Theory on Saturday and Application on Sunday.
Permaculture is not a gardening technique, a physical tool, or other tangible device. Permaculture is a theory of design that springs from an ethical substrate to manifest principles and patterns that are in harmony with the practitioner’s own interpretation of those ethics. In many ways, permaculture is an ideology dedicated to converting people to live their lives in accordance with 1) Care for the Earth, 2) Care for people, and 3) Return of Surplus.
As a theory of design, one must become familiar with the concept’s origins, why it was created, and what it allows you to do. We also need to know what it is not.
The topics of lecture and conversation will focus on scientific information related to the environment and ecology as well as some other design and decision making frameworks that are especially compatible with permaculture.
These units will feature heavy use of videos depicting or discussing ideas from which we can build a foundation to grow out from. The design principles of permaculture are most easily seen in visual form before being expressed in written or symbolic language.
By the end of the day, you will be familiar with permaculture as a discrete system, applicable information about how life on earth functions, and the pattern language that emerges from this ferment.
On Sunday, I will demonstrate how I applied the theory of permaculture to the farm I have started in Espoo: Lillklobb Permaculture. This exercise is meant to provide you with a walk through of permaculture design in action.
I've extended the course by an hour in order to have a farm tour in the morning before starting this session so you are more familiar with the property. Please remember that this is still in the depths of winter, hence the focus on classroom style teaching.
We will walk through site analysis: what it is, what tools we can use to facilitate data gathering, and how that site analysis renders both design constraints and avenues of approach.
After analyzing the site, we will talk about the formulation of the holistic context I desire and what that means for which patterns are applicable in the situation. We can then discuss how design starts to differentiate from the site analysis onward depending on individual circumstance. With the context explained, the pattern language we developed the day before can then begin to be laid onto the site and a timeline of implementation unfolds.
I’ll then recap how the first year went: this portion will focus on the tools relatable to setting up core infrastructure and market gardening as a suitable enterprise for using permaculture in professional context.
I am a 30-year-old American originally from southwest Florida. I hold a Bachelor’s in History from the University of South Florida. I emigrated from the United States to Finland in the summer of 2012, interned in Helsinki’s urban farming scene, and founded Lillklobb Permaculture in late August 2016. Lillklobb Permaculture is a working urban farm founded to demonstrate ways of being which address ecological challenges in a manner that includes a positive role for humanity now and into the future.
My Permaculture Design Certificate was issued by Richard Perkins in 2013 after a few years of self study. Since then, my work has been celebrated for its rigorous approach to the concept of permaculture as a discrete system. A 100+ page design overview for a forest garden I started in North Carolina, USA, has been widely read and is being translated to Chinese for inclusion in a book on Natural Gardening, while smaller projects are included in Geoff Lawton’s online courses and appear periodically on Permaculture News.