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Permaculture Gardening

By Laura Williams

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I still have a huge smile on my face from the joy of the Permaculture Gardening course Annelieke and I facilitated this weekend. 14 wonderfully enthusiastic, committed and curious participants came and dived right into quinta life, permaculture gardening and the waterfalls!

People said they felt welcomed by the people of the Project and embraced by the beauty of the valley and everyone settled into to a relaxed and easy rhythm from the very start. The kitchen crew provided sumptuous, fresh raw and vegetarian food which is a perfect complement to the clean air, fresh water and outdoor living.

Making a Capillary Herb Container

Making a Capillary Herb Container

The delicious food fuelled a combination of theory and practical. Nature was our teacher and the forest and garden our classroom as we explored the ecological principles that make nature so efficient and resilient and how permaculture is distilled from that combining natural wisdom with human innovation in order that we can evolve and create a new self-reliant culture in which we can all thrive.  All of this set in the context of the vision of the Awakened Life Project;  living as our true selves,  beyond ego and always going somewhere new – together.

Building frame for raised bed

Building frame for raised bed

Filling bed with organic materials including grape skins left over from harvest!

Filling bed with organic materials including grape skins left over from harvest!

In-between the theory came the practical and we mulched, weeded, sowed seeds, foraged for wild food. And for the grand finale created a wonderful raised bed using all local materials, most of them ‘waste’ like the left-over pressings from our grape harvest. All went in and all will be used by nature to create an abundant soil bursting with life. Everyone got their hands dirty and the finished bed was christened ‘Lola’s Paradise’ as Lola the cat seemed delighted with her new playground!!

Planting raised bed

Planting raised bed

Bed with irrigation, thanks Mim!

Bed with irrigation, thanks Mim!

After the course people told us that the ratio of theory to practical was just right, the theory putting into context and explaining the practical. Many people are just about to start their own gardens or have already started and were looking for inspiration. People said they had been given a fresh perspective that makes sense and the confidence to go and get started right away in their own plots! Participants  enjoyed the experience so much they requested more courses, a Part 2 or more specifics, so that may well happen next year. Everyone is keen to stay in touch and possibly help with each other’s projects on the future.

Soil Analysis

Soil Analysis

As so many people wanted to come to this course we scheduled another one for the 21st-23rd of October. So if you would like to come and gain the confidence to apply the principles of permaculture and experience  some of the practical aspects of gardening  all within the context of the Awakened Life Project then email me on arcticskua@gmail.com.

A job well done!

A job well done!

A huge thank you to all who came and made the weekend so dynamic, easy and enjoyable.

Laura

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