Designing the programme for the Permaculture Scotland Convergence – a reflection on what can grow from a seed

This is an example of what really can grow from a seed!!

In January 2013 I offered to help with the organisation of the Permaculture Scotland Convergence, offering myself up to take care of/organise the programme. I did this without really planning it through, or giving  much thought about how I would do this.

All I can say is that I knew I had to take this on, and I trusted I would be supported to complete the task well. I had no fear or apprehension that it wouldn’t all work out, in fact I was absolutely certain that it would. Don’t ask me why I had this certainty, this confidence or these feelings, it was just one of those occasions where my intuition told me it would be so, and I followed my intuition.

And what a journey it turned out to be!  A great opening of new horizons, fantastic learning experience, a joyful road-trip and a brilliant way for me to meet so many inspiring, creative and lovely people. I never realised just how much time it would take though..

Having not done a design on paper, as such (although the planning group had done lots of work prior to me getting on board), I just plunged right in,  with the help of a list of potential speakers, which had been brainstormed and compiled by the working group, and I also had the ongoing support of Lusi Alderslowe. I allowed synchronicity, knowledgable people, intuition, chance conversations and recommendations to guide and support me along the way.

I was overwhelmed by the response from potential workshop leaders;  the eagerness, the dedication, the creativeness, the knowledge base and the sheer amount of skilled people who are ‘out there’ doing their own thing with such commitment and passion, and they were all willing to come along and share their experiences. My role was positively easy with such a great group of people to liaise with.

Most of the communicating was done via the internet, however, I got a real sense of folks passion, their kindness, their compassion, their empathy, their eagerness to share, along with a general feel good element to most of the communications. I felt like I knew  these people, before I even met them. Which was a no bad thing for me, as up until I had offered myself up for this role I had very little face to face contacts in the permaculture circles here in Scotland, or elsewhere in the UK.

I was a novice in terms of permaculture, to say the least. I still am, but at least now I have had the good fortune to have met most of the workshop leaders personally, and to have participated at the Permaculture Scotland Convergence.

The ‘design’ (at least my part in the bigger picture)  was a constant work in progress guided by ongoing observation. Each new step taken seeming to propel me towards another offer or opportunity, or another seed being planted and bridges being made. There was real feeling and display of interconnectedness, not just between the permaculture community in Scotland, but also by the demonstrations of the way the information travelled amongst a wide and diverse group of people, almost effortlessly (although it must be said that we all worked very hard, in our respective roles)

One workshop leader after another led me to someone else, or towards some innovative idea, sometimes unconsciously and other times by directly guiding me in the right direction. Others inspired me to think outside of the box, to follow the leads with wild abandon (this is my way of telling the story anyway 🙂 And by offering up the least resistance I was supported, carried and inspired  in the true sense of the word. Organically, it seemed, the programme was unfolding in front of my eyes, and forming something tangible, special and incredible.

Before the event I wrote a piece about looking at the Convergence through the lens of David Holmgrens principles:  http://wp.me/p3hMCU-9E this blog was definitely written or guided by the inspiration of all that was happening to and around me at the time.

I have just re-read it and I almost feel it wasn’t me who wrote it, so I wonder where the words came from!!  After all I was working all hours of the day, was also in the middle of moving home, had visitors in my house on an almost constant basis and I was totally and utterly shattered. But I read the blog and I am perplexed!!  It is like when writers say they didn’t write the book, they were just the vehicle through which the book was written. This would be a great way for me to explain the organising of the programme (and the writing of that blog) I was purely the vehicle or conduit through which the programme manifested, almost miraculously, and I am not exaggerating.

I’ve still not had time to write-up the planning of the programme as a retrospective design, which I plan to do, but I think much of it is self-explanatory in terms of permaculture in action, on all levels.

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Here are just some of the things I learned, observed and was fed-back via the workshop leaders themselves:

Observe and Interact

Through observing what was already in place and what was required when I came on board my job was made much easier. By interacting with the right people (guided by the Permaculture Scotland Working group) I was led in the best direction at all times, resulting in an effortless and easy journey.

Observation at the event also led to an understanding of how things could be improved for future events, and also demonstrated what worked well.

Catch & store energy

Again, workshop leaders were full of energy, willing to share and offer advice whilst also pointing me in the direction of other possible workshops, or by passing on the information to others that we were on the look out for ideas. By not forcing anything there was an organic and natural progression leading to the ‘best’ possible outcome given all the variables.

Individually it helped that all the working group members were focussing on their areas of work/interest, applying their skills and energy, which came together to create a rounded and well thought out event.

Obtain a yield

For me there were many yields, to many to mention here, but I was right to follow my intuition and faith that the yields would be abundant.

Yields are interchangeable, and always go two ways, at least. I think we all benefited from the experience, that is some amazing yield.

Apply self-regulation & accept feedback

I had to remind myself several times that my role was in putting together the programme, I have a tendency to want to take on all aspects of organising events, or anything else I am involved in.

The feedback came in various forms and all of it was positive, even the suggestions of how we or I could do things better in the future. We need to be open to hearing the feedback at all times, otherwise we miss opportunities to build connections and broaden our horizons.

Use and value renewable sources

There were so many valuable renewable resources and making use of them came easy as people were so willing to share, on every level. The infrastructure for a Permaculture Scotland Convergence was all there, just waiting to manifest, all it needed was some gentle persuasion and the floodgates opened.

Produce no waste

Nothing was wasted in my opinion, it was all one big learning experience, for everyone concerned, how we use that learning is the important thing

Design from patterns to detail

This is the only way to design, it makes life so much easier, and truly does allow a more natural ‘going with the flow’ experience

Integrate rather than segregate

I thought it worked really well having workshops which brought in new aspects or ideas towards what is traditionally known as permaculture. Opening up to new experiences seemed to enrich the whole design, and all of the workshops were well attended.

Use small and slow solutions

I took a step by step approach, while retaining a bigger and more holistic picture in my head, but nothing was set in stone. I had no preconceived ideas of how the final programme would look, apart from it being the best one that I could come up with, and the one that transpired via the enthusiasm of those wishing to offer their skills. The whole process was a slow and small solution to find the larger picture, it worked for me.

Use and value diversity

The diverse skills, backgrounds, interests and knowledge base of the workshop leaders led to an exciting, creative and inspiring overall programme. Again, I had no fixed ideas, I just went with the leads given and followed the path, which took me down a diverse and interesting route

Use and value edges and the marginal

I consider myself to have been on the edges of permaculture when I entered into the agreement of organising the programme, but I knew I had other skills which would compliment and assist the work I was taking on. I believe that because I was more on the ‘edge’ and I had no (or not much) prior knowledge of the possible workshop leaders, so therefore no value judgements, I was led more by intuition and blind faith. Which resulted in new people getting involved and the opening of the circle, so to speak.

So many people involved in permaculture are used to valuing the edges and the marginal, which again made my job so much easier. 

Creatively use and respond to change

When one workshop leader couldn’t make it, another one always came along to fill the place, the changes just meant that things worked out differently, and it was never the case of better or worse. The changes that happened at the event in terms of workshop venues caused a bit of chaos, we need to learn from that

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I feel very privileged to have had the opportunity to be part of something so much larger than myself, which opened up my awareness on a great many levels. It truly was a joy filled experience for me, and inspired me in more ways than I could ever have hoped for.

I would like to say great big thank you to everyone who made my journey so smooth and supported. I am filled with gratitude.

Until the next time!!

Tracey Hay

August 2013

Still some tickets available for Permaculture Scotland Convergence: A Festival in the Year of Natural Scotland 14 – 16 th June at Comrie Croft, Perthshire

8/6/2013

Six days to go until the convergence begins and we still have some tickets left, if you are thinking about coming along.

Of the total 200 tickets available for the Convergence we still have 33 tickets left.

So you still have a chance to join us, or you can let your friends and colleagues know about this fantastic permaculture event in Scotland. With the present number of tickets sold we are sure to have a great time, and lots of opportunities for net-working, sharing ideas and learning, but it would be great to have a sell-out event, and use up all those camping & indoor spaces that we have booked.

Over the two days, we have planned;

40  Workshops covering a huge range of topics

5  Outdoor practical workshops for hands on learning experiences

Outdoor nature /observation walks and activities

Early morning yoga/meditation sessions

Design presentations/talks

Full prgramme details here: Permaculture Scotland Convergence_ full PDF version

We will  be served some wonderful, healthy vegetarian and vegan food (included in the ticket price)

And then there is a sauna, natural swimming pool, evening entertainment including a celidh & an open-mic session (fancy dress) where there will be some great organic wines, beers and soft drinks on offer and we have  some great films to show.

The Forest School Leaders are planning some really creative and fun activities for the kids, of all ages.

Oh, and we will be CELEBRATING the 30th anniversary of Permaculture Association (Britain), the Year of Natural Scotland, along with all the abundant opportunities at hand!!

The backdrop for all of this is the beautiful Comrie Croft Eco-camping site in Perthshire, where Aileen will also have her lovely little cafe open and she sells some gorgeous home-made cakes, coffees and other treats. http://www.comriecroft.com

Help us to make this a sell-out by sharing this with your friends

We look forward to seeing you next week!!

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This project is supported by Scottish National Heritage

This project is supported by Scottish National Heritage

Permaculture Scotland Convergence – applying the permaculture principles

A Festival in the Year of Natural Scotland

14 – 16 June 2013, Comrie Croft, Perthshire, Scotland

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Twelve brilliant reasons you should join us on this fantastic permaculture journey

(A  look at the Permaculture Scotland Convergence, through the lens of David Holmgrens twelve principles)

 

Obeserve & Interact

All the participants at the Permaculture Scotland Convergence this year will have plenty fantastic opportunities to observe and interact with the landscape, some of the workshops lined up will introduce us to observational skills as the basis for permaculture; observing wild Scotland; plant identification; nature connection; right through to our expertly led Bio-danza (a dance with nature) workshop and all in the grounds of the beautiful Comrie Croft. These and other workshops  are all about cultivating  and expanding our observational skills and increasing our interaction with nature, from a mind, body and spirit perspective. We can begin to observe where we are today, here and now, which in turn will inform us about where we would like to be heading, in a future full of possibilities for having a more intimate connection with nature.

This weekend gives us an opportunity to observe and interact with each other, learning and creating community and human networks.

Observe & Interact

Observe & Interact

Catch & Store energy

What gives us energy, motivation and support? How do we store that energy and make sure our future and our planet is safe?

We can begin by learning about building a community business; creating Eco-villages; learning more about how we integrate people care into our day to day lives and our communities; how a local community built a successful resilience plan; and how through touch we can reconnect with our own vibrant energy and intuition. We will also learn about re-using materials to create useful tools; and designs for catching and storing energy.

Sharing information, skills and knowledge helps us to ‘catch’ and store the energy and with so many people around we are all bound to learn something new. Of course to be able to do all of this we need to feed our bodies, so we will be offered some amazingly healthy and tasty food to help re-charge our batteries and tantalise our taste buds.

Obtain a Yield

If ever there a was an opportunity to obtain a yield in terms of learning, exchanging ideas, sharing experiences and being with others interested in permaculture, here in Scotland (and further afield) then this is it!

The two days offer an amazing platform for some of the country’s experts, innovators and ‘apprentices’ to share with us their learning, and for us to obtain many yields. Educational yields are key to this event – from the amazing Forest School activities for the kids to the workshops. Education will be of different types – including head (knowledge), such as how to harvest wild plants for medicinal purposes or how to mimic nature (biophilia); of hand such as building a rocket stove or planting a herb gutter bed; and of heart such as healing through the Work that Reconnects. There are so many yields which can come from this weekend; the list is endless, and limited only by our imagination.

Gutter gardening

Gutter gardening

Apply Self-Regulation & Accept Feedback

Feedback is all around us, and it is probably safe to say that those coming along to this convergence will be well aware that our planet is giving us feedback continuously. Luckily some of us have the eyes and ears to listen, and we are starting to apply self-regulation, accepting the feedback is sometimes not so easy.

Permaculture offers us design tools which support us to learn more about how to apply self-regulation & accept feedback. Through observation and careful design we can begin to mimic nature, working with and not against her. We can hear about forest gardening methods; designing our back gardens so that they produce food and support wildlife; mimicking natures patterns and cycles; we can use creative writing to learn about our inner consciousness; we can also hear about what people have learned through using permaculture designs over many years of experimenting and growing.

Knowing how to apply self-regulation and accept feedback can help us to feel empowered and more creative.

Apply self-regulation & accept feedback

Apply self-regulation & accept feedback

Use and Value Renewable Resources

How can we meet more of our needs with renewable resources? This is not just about solar panels or wind turbines, but using what skills we have, and sharing our skills and gifts with others.

Again, this weekend will offer many opportunities to get to know people who can teach, support and encourage us to use and value renewable sources. We will learn through nature how to create relational resiliency; have an introduction to The Work that Reconnects (based on Joana Macy’s Deep Ecology); we will hear about working towards community; and also how the teachings of the Tao complement many permaculture principles, learning from ancient wisdom. There will be presentations on diploma designs demonstrating how to use and value renewable resources.

Find out what you can create, what skills you already possess, what new things you would be inspired to try out, how you can share your skills and gifts, and how to value your own resources.

Produce no Waste

Permaculture is all about getting maximum yields from minimum efforts, literally catching and storing energy and producing no waste, or creating a closed loop system. We will hear about the world-wide Transition Movement and the ideas and innovations behind its success as a community movement. Learn about Systems thinking in Action; more about Forest Gardening and growing perennial vegetables; how to identify wild food and herbs which we can eat and use for curative purposes.

We will use the two days to pack in as much information as we can, but also provide spaces to rejuvenate, chill-out, be creative, sing and dance. How is that for producing no waste?

Produce no waste

Produce no waste

Design from Patterns to Detail

What patterns are at play? How do we benefit from existing patterns in nature? How do we identify our own spirals of abundance (or erosion) and enhance our positive patterns, making them work for us in a way that creates amazing details in our lives?

We will hear about how to get a Transition Group going in our community; the highs and lows of setting up a small business; explore how The Natural Step (TNS) might compliment permaculture and help us to thrive and survive economically; more about ethical and co-operative businesses and how they have grown; and with practical tasks offering us hands-on chances to look at patterns and details in nature, we will learn first-hand how we can incorporate this into our own lives and designs.

This whole Convergence has come together as a design from patterns to details and we just know that it is going to work in setting the scene for creating an amazing spiral of abundance.

Design from pattern to detail

Design from pattern to detail

Integrate rather than Segregate

Which aspects of our lives can we bring together to form a more solid ‘foundation’ on which to build a more resilient future?

Again, a fantastic opportunity over the weekend to come together; to create integrated systems and circles; to unite and become stronger; to make friends and learn new skills. Through working together creating art, tools, designing growing spaces, dancing, and making chocolate, we will be integrating with others in an educational but meaningful way. The opportunities are boundless for integration here, and the land rich for sowing seeds.

Integrate rather than segregate

Integrate rather than segregate

Use Small & Slow Solutions

There are many clichés out there on this principle “Rome wasn’t built in a day” being the most commonly used, but we did literally have to learn to crawl before we walked, and every baby step is another step in the right direction, and at this stage in our evolution, any small step (however slow) in the right direction, can help build momentum and make a difference.

This is the 4th consecutive year of the Permaculture Scotland Working Group organising a gathering, and this is the next step – getting gradually more ambitious each time.

There is an opportunity to hear about other permaculture projects in and around Britain; and also about what is happening around the world in terms of innovative and resilient projects; how by working together as communities each compost heap we make and seed we plant assists in regenerating our earth and our resources. We will look at how by involving children in permaculture designs and plans, we are preparing for a healthier future generation; and by learning how to grow our own food or buying from local growers, we are helping to take the pressure off farmers from around the globe.

Of course we will also have time for slow chats, slow food, slow contemplation, slow exercises, slow breathing and some beautiful slow solution finding!

Slow times at Comrie Croft

Slow times at Comrie Croft

Use & Value Diversity

How many different skills do you have? How many skilled and creative people do you know? How do we learn from other cultures and languages? How do we learn from the vastness of biodiversity and apply it to our gardens, lives and communities?

We have participants coming to the Convergence from far and wide, some who are new to permaculture and quite a few who are ‘old hands’. Diversity and opportunities to value it, will  literally be handed to us on a plate at this convergence: via the people; the workshop subject matters; in the places that we can go to; the conversations that we can have; the snippets of information we can hear; the learning of different methods and ways we can apply permaculture principles to our lives; in the sharing of the experience; in the welcoming of new people; in gratitude for those prepared to share their knowledge; through the expression of art, music, crafts, practical tasks, food, and through our re-membering, our movements, our language and our very good fortune to be able to be in this wonderful place together.

Use & value diversity

Use & value diversity
photo of Graham Bells Cottage Garden, Coldstream, Scotland

Use and Value Edges & the Marginal

We will be able to explore many edges throughout the weekend: the edges of our comfort zones, and knowledge, our abilities to give and receive, connect with people outside our circles of friends and/or family and the many edges created by bringing such a diverse group of people together.

We will of course be observing the edges in nature, and the abundance sometimes ignored in marginal spaces. Here we will be in a country at the edge of Europe, with a chance to explore new relaxation methods; think about how we can make socially engaged permaculture and art work; learn ways of using new technologies to make an impact, through video and working with community projects, and how about if we begin to think like a bee? And we can, if we chose, value all of the new edges which will be formed, and learn how the marginal can compliment what we are already doing in making changes.

Creatively Use & Respond to Change

Change can be fraught with tension and sometimes provoke resistance, but learning to creatively use and respond to change helps us to become more supple, adaptable, resilient and fortified. Change when it happens can bring about positive chain reactions, and opens up new avenues for us to stroll down, appreciating the views.

The Transition Movement (with its roots firmly planted in permaculture) looks at how we can make change more palatable, how we can ease ourselves into the changes, and make bridges between the present and the future. Enhancing our skills, re-learning traditional skills, building on our knowledge base all help to support us with changes. The development of the ScotLAND project and connecting up of existing permaculture projects, gardens and people will be also be working towards supporting and assisting us with change. Hear all about both from those who are steering the projects.

In short, coming to the Permaculture Scotland Convergence at Comrie Croft and meeting new people, catching up with old friends, eating delicious foods (cooked for you by our wonderful caterers) having a break from the routine, seeing new horizons, stepping on new ground, inspiring our creative juices and opening our eyes to change can only lead to a rejuvenation of the head, heart and hands, literally.

We look forward to seeing you there for all the sharing, learning, growing and celebrating!!

Kilts are not compulsory 😉

Tracey Hay

June 2013

This project is supported by Scottish National Heritage

This project is supported by Scottish National Heritage

 

 

Less than five weeks to go… and the nights are getting lighter..

Just under five weeks to go before we converge at the beautiful Comrie Croft, Perthshire!!!

We will be coming together to celebrate (big style) Permaculture in Scotland,  AND the 30th Birthday of the Permaculture Associations (Britain).  All the organising details are coming along  great,  bringing  individual elements  together harmoniously, to compliment, enhance and create the final grand design.  And we are very excited about what is promising to be an amazing event for permaculture.

We have arranged an inspiringly diverse mix of workshops, which includes, amongst many other things, forest gardening; introduction to permaculture; diploma designs; Talk & nature walk -Creating relational resiliency; “Towards community – creating a vision of a peaceful, sustainable world”; The Natural Step Framework; Community Video Workshop; Biomimetic and Biophilic practices, a two hour foraging walk, History of Permaculture in Scotland AND raw chocolate making!!!

Outdoor practical activities will include rocket-stove making, nature connection and planting a vertical herb garden. There will also be a yurt set up as a creative work space, offering singing, massage, basket weaving, creative writing and much more!

We really do have great balance of head, hands & heart workshops planned.

What we have scheduled for the weekend:

  • Workshops x 37
  • Forums/ Discussion panels x 4
  • Design presentations/talks  (Diploma standard) x 4
  • Outdoor Nature activities x 9
  • Outdoor practical activities x 3

We have a total of 57 workshops/talk/presentation sessions!!!  These will be offered, throughout the weekend, over 10 carefully programmed time slots, (which means an average of 5 – 6 workshops happening in any given time slot) allowing time for breaks, chats, tea & cakes and lunch.

Workshops will finish at 6pm both nights, in time for dinner, followed by night time shenanigans & celebrations (more details to follow) 😉

We also have some relaxation/exercise slots for the early birds on Saturday and Sunday, and the sauna will be set up and open at certain key points throughout, alongside the natural swimming pool.

  • Morning meditation/yoga sessions x 4

A lively weekend, full of practical, relaxing, invigorating, creative, educational, participatory and fun sessions. And you can chose:  how involved and active you get,  to take time out when you need it, to opt to facilitate an impromptu session of your own in the ‘open space’ area, chilling out in the beautiful natural surroundings and/or be networking like a busy bee!!

Some of you have already asked about the timings for the workshops, and excitement is rising in anticipation of working out your schedule and deciding how to divide your time. So, we will be putting out the full programme online very soon!! Watch this space. Paper copies will also be sent to all participants in good time before the event.

You’re only problem might be choosing between all the brilliant workshops! To help with this, we will be asking workshop leaders to share any notes, info or material they have, which will be put up on the website after the event – phew!

Kids at the Convergence

Forest School Leaders Alice and Rachel, plus a team of lovely helpers will be providing fabulously exciting childcare throughout the whole weekend. For older and more adventurous explorers we’ll be heading into the forest to build dens, cook on open fires, climb trees, examine and track wildlife, build obstacle courses and whatever else takes our fancy… and for those that want something a little less exhilarating we’ll have stories, crafts, games, dressing up, nature walks and more, a little closer to camp.

For very wee ones (3 and under) there will be a super cosy and safe space for parents and their little ones to enjoy together, jam packed with toys, books, art materials and a few other practical odds and ends.

Please don’t hesitate to email if you have any childcare related queries. Contact: Alice Warren – aliceawarren@gmail.com

Oh, and we have ordered sunshine!!!

Oh, and we have ordered sunshine!!!

Practical stuff

Bookings:

http://www.permaculture.org.uk/scotland/booking-scotland-permaculture-convergence-2013

Lift shares:

Remember if you are traveling by car, and have a spare seat, please sign up to lift share (equally, if you need a lift, put a shout out and see if anyone is passing your way)

http://www.freewheelers.co.uk/Permaculture_Scotland_Convergence

Travel information:

http://www.permaculture.org.uk/scotland/travel-permaculture-scotland-convergence

See you soon!!!!

 

Gutter Gardening, anyone?

Any volunteers to facilitate the planting of herbs and salads?

Do we have anyone coming along to the Convergence who would like to volunteer to facilitate a workshop on herb and salad growing?

We offered Comrie Croft, as the host site, the option of choosing a project, that we could contribute to, as a group while we are there. This was in terms of some practical task that would add to their overall permaculture design idea. We have some funding to contribute to this for materials.

One of the ideas was a herb spiral/garden, but Comrie Croft are still not at the stage of knowing where everything will be placed, so they came up with a herb wall (Gutter garden) which you can see on the attached photo, for  growing herbs and salads to use in their on-site cafe. Andy from Comrie Croft, has said that their handy person could design and build this, but not as part of the demonstration.

So, we need  someone to facilitate a session here: talking about what kind of plants might be suitable to grow in such a structure, what kind of maintenance/upkeep it requires, maybe even a bit about zoning (this structure is planned for just outside the cafe) and finally planting in some seeds and/or cuttings. Also any other information that would be useful to pass on, so that others can replicate the idea at home and Comrie Croft get the best use out of the structure.

Anyone interested in leading such a workshop? Do you have experience to share about a maintaining a similar structure? Or would you like to do a wee bit research beforehand and work alongside Comrie Croft, to make sure that this structure is positioned in the best place for maximum yields and efficiency.

We have some funding allocated for facilitating this workshop. As with other workshop funding that we have allocated, you can claim £50 as a contribution towards your costs (as a volunteer workshop leader)**

Please email: Tracey at courses@jameschapman with ideas or offers, thanks

Gutter gardening, anyone??

Gutter gardening, anyone??

**please note, that if you have already been allocated funding you cannot claim again. 🙂

An opportunity to be pampered with a healing head massage

Just imagine, your head feeling light as a feather, and floating up to the clouds, indulging in the therapeutic and healing touch of a very experienced massage therapist.

Well, that’s what we have on offer..

For the lucky participant, who is the 100th person to book a ticket at the Convergence, we are offering a full head massage.

A lucky draw, or right timing!!

Will it be you??

We will book a slot for you at the Convergence, and you can kick back, relax, be pampered and lose yourself, knowing you are in very safe hands.

This is the ultimate treat in people care 🙂

And a perfect compliment to a full-on and exciting weekend.

head in the clouds..

head in the clouds..

Why April 15th is important…

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Well, because it is a Monday and the beginning of another glorious week of Spring time (and if you are living here in the UK you may be wondering just when Spring will begin to burst through with full joy!!)

The 15th April is the deadline for applications for the one funded place available for this years convergence. If you are un-waged and would like to put yourself forward for this opportunity, then please follow this link: http://wp.me/p3hMCU-3s

WORKSHOP LEADERS: the 15th April is  the date that I shall require your details (if you have not already given them to me) e.g. biography, details of workshop etc etc AND you need to confirm your booked place so that we can pay out funding (if this is applicable to you)

PLEASE send me all the details necessary so that we can conclude the administration and finalise the programme details.

And also, on the 15th April we will be just under nine weeks away from the Permaculture Scotland Convergence, please support us in making this a roaring success and an event to remember by booking your ticket and coming along to celebrate; community, the Permaculture Association Britain’s 30th anniversary, Scotland’s heritage and beautiful wildlife, permaculture – and the future we wish to create.

Booking information and details here: http://www.permaculture.org.uk/scotland/booking-scotland-permaculture-convergence-2013

Spring is in the air..

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