2022

Our Year of Inner and Outer Permaculture

Permaculture is a philosophy of working with rather than against nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless action: of looking at systems and people in all their functions rather than asking only one yield of them; and of allowing systems to demonstrate their own evolutions.” - Bill Mollison

May Principle - Apply Self-Regulation and Feedback

Understanding where we’ve succeeded and where we’ve gone wrong is vitally important to creating real and lasting change. For example, by analyzing and evaluating all the things that we bring into our homes, we can make better purchasing decisions moving forwards: reducing, reusing, recycling and regulating our worst consumerist tendencies.

April Principle - Produce No Waste

Moving towards a zero-waste lifestyle means looking at all the trash we chuck out and trying to eliminate it. We can do this by reducing the amount we buy, by buying wisely, by reusing or recycling where possible, by composting, and by working with ethical companies who look at waste throughout the entire life-cycle of their products.

March Principle - Design from Patterns to Details

Whether designing a new vegetable garden, or an entire new sustainable way of life, we have to look at the big picture before we get bogged down in the little things. Thinking holistically, about all areas of our lives, can help us move forwards in a positive direction.

February Principle - Use and Value Diversity

Just as ecosystems work best when filled with a greater variety of different plants and animals, so human society functions best when a variety of different people are represented. In your garden, home and your life in general, it’s a good idea to promote and value diversity in all its forms.

January Principle - Observe and Interact

 

Being observant and responding to what we see is really important in moving towards a more ethical and sustainable way of life. We can learn from nature, and from other people, observing how others have moved to a greener and more ethical approach, and working with the world around us to succeed in our goals. -https://ethical.net/ethical/permaculture-principles/

 

“Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention in the present moment, objectively observing the behavior, attitudes and beliefs of ourselves and others. In other traditions, it has been called self observation. The ability to impartially observe our own personality and make changes is a fundamental key to spiritual growth.” -Ernest Holmes