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PDC in Homabay, Kenya

Text and photos: Steve Odhiambo

I reported to the  training on 15th November morning where I joined other trainees alongside very wonderful trainer by names  Maurice Obuya and James Thiong’o  and  many  online  guest speakers from all over the world. We started with five days of introduction sessions of understanding permaculture ethics and the principles according to Bill Mollison.  Then we had one day of  practical application of ethics and principles at Jeffasions permaculture ecosphere. Then one day of intense practicals on doing compost, planting beds and swales, One day of doing design on paper considering the principles and participants doing presentation. One day tour to four  different permaculture sites across Nyanza region while doing observation and assessments. One day of analyzing the assessments and observations, graduation and a goodbye party. In total ten intensive days.

Steve Odhiambo har fået sit certifikat for PDCen i Kenya

I must inform you that I have really learned so much by engaging in the course and I’m happy we had practicals to make sure that we understand the theory. This was a big part of the learning and we had an existing mature ecosystem to relate to. Now I know what to do with my already started project in the city, how to bring in the permaculture principles and be able to impact the community.

I’m set to travel by 30th to Zanzibar for 10 days internship  at Dada permaculture center in Zanzibar to get more diverse knowledge and to expand on my network.

Much thanks from me and the entire Tunaweza permaculture project Kenya.


Steven Odhiambo


For hver PDC certifikat der bliver givet i Permakultur Danmark regi går 100 kr. til den internationale sponsorpulje for at give en værdig person mulighed for at komme til  “International Permaculture Conference” – IPC. Pga corona virus og andre forhindringer er IPCen blevet udsat og bestyrelsen har derfor valgt i år at sponsorere Steve Odhiambo, som er kendt af et tidligere bestyrelsesmedlem.


Training course in leadership for sustainability

Author: Rubén Hernández Romero

Torri Superiore, a rebuilt village from the medievo era.

It has been already a month since I came back from Torri Superiore. However, it feels like it happened yesterday. The reason why I went there is because I had the chance to be involved in an Erasmus+ Training Course organized by  “Yes to Sustainability” and I wanted to learn skills and tools to better deal with challenges in my community in Ananda Gaorii.  

The Training “Young Leaders for Sustainability” took place in a restored ecovillage from thirteen century, located in the region of Ventimiglia, very close to France and the Mediterranean sea. Torri Superiore is nowadays a rural hostel and a hosting organization for courses. It is actually a beautiful piece of art composed of many stones and labyrinths with over 160 rooms.

A great place for a morning swimming.

As this was training for sustainability, for me it was very important to travel by land, as I usually do, in order to keep my footprint low. Despites all the restrictions and regulations due to Covid19, over 20 people from 10 different nationalities managed to come to the village. And the landscape was astonishing. I could not believe it!! From my terrace, there was a view of the valley, the town, olive orchards in terraces and the river. Yes, exactly, a river!! I was just arrived, met my roomie and after a few words exchanged, we looked at each other and decided to go for swimming! Man, why don´t we swim in the river? And yeah, we did so every morning until the end. Very refreshing!

Let´s come back to the topic!! I did not come just to swim. During the seven days, there were workshops, many tools presented, evening activities, walk & talks in nature, discussions with the local villagers, celebrations, lot of fun and gained new friends. Sometimes I am wondering why there are no such activities for youth happening in Denmark. One day, we will make it happen!

Lucilla facilitating a workshop.

I was particularly excited to listen to Lucilla, one of the local women that lived in the community since the very beginning. She was facilitating meetings teaching as skills on communication, leadership, conflict resolution and entrepreneurship.

The first day we set up the culture of the group and the space, took decisions together, taking in account everyone´s opinions, concerns and against. Further, we were introduced to a few tools like: Fishbowl, Deep Listening, Rank Privilege and World Café.

Social permaculture workshop


DATO: søndag d. 17 januar til søndag d. 11 april 2021

KLOKKEN: 19.00 – 21.00

STED: online

En serie af 6 online samtaler spredt ud over 12 uger

Future Conversations er et online faciliteret forløb, udviklet i England, som handler om at skabe både personlig og fælles modstandskraft (resilience), som kan hjælpe os til at håndtere de lammende følelser, der rammer os, når vi fokuserer på verdens tilstand og klimaforandringerne. Hvordan kan vi møde de udfordringer, fremtiden vil bringe, på en mere konstruktiv måde?

I seneste nummer af Permakulturtidsskriftet skriver Mira og Esben om, hvordan angsten for klimakrisen kan handlingslamme os. Future Conversations byder på en fortroligt samtale-rum hvor der er plads til følelser af angst, smerte og melankoli – følelser som vi er nødt til at finde en ny måde at være med, for at kunne bevæge os videre. I samtaler om vores forbundethed til kloden, og alt det levende, kan nye fortællinger, motiver og planer spire. Samlet kan vi inspirere hinanden, lære fra hinanden og generere ideer der fanger fællesskabets interesse. Det skaber momentum og styrke til at handle og komme i gang med noget, der er brug for.

Facilitator af forløbet bliver dygtige Pamela Candea. Pam har været med til at udvikle Future Conversations med sine kolleger i The Surefoot Effect i England, og de trækker på mange års arbejde med Carbon Conversations (Rosemary Randall), The Work that Reconnects (Joanna Macy), og andre resiliens- og fællesskabsorienterede projekter og metoder.

Faciliteringen vil foregå på engelsk, men i gruppearbejder kan vi tale en blanding, hvis nogen har det bedre med at udtrykke sig på dansk.

Det samlede forløb koster 400 kr.

Vi arbejder på at sammensætte et hold af 8 – 12 spændende og indsigtsfulde deltagere, som sammen gennemgår og udvikler sig i forløbet. Pt er der 5 pladser tilbage, så skynd dig!! Er du forhindret i at deltage en enkelt gang, er det ikke afgørende.









17. januar

31. januar

21. februar

7. marts

21. marts

11. april

Vi – Krista og Frederikke – inviterer til denne serie, og er medværter.
Er du i tvivl om noget, er du meget velkomne til at kontakte os!

Frederikke Oldin 22444852
Krista Klijzing 27824112

Tilmelding er senest 10 december til kklijzing@gmail.com.


Author: Victoria Schou, landscape architect. Denmark

The medieval village of Torri Superiore is a small jewel of popular architecture located at the foothill of the Ligurian Alps, a few kilometres from the Mediterranean Sea and the French border, close to the coastal town of Ventimiglia. Originating in the thirteen century, the village is structured in three main bodies with more than 160 rooms, all connected by an intricate fabric of stairways.

Its complex structure has often been compared to a fortress or a labyrinth, perched on the mountainside. The village has been entirely restored and is now open to ecotourism, for courses, meetings and programs of environmental education, and offers an accommodation for stays and vacations. It is perfect for people interested in getting to know Ecovillage Life and looking for a holiday in a natural environment full of suggestions. This was the place, where the training for ‘Young Leaders for Sustainability’ took place.


Youth leaders

This training course was made for current and aspirant youth workers to learn tools to work with young people in ecovillages and sustainable projects. Participants from Italy, Spain, Denmark, Germany, Portugal, Slovenia, France, Finland, Sweden, Greece and the Netherlands came with the motivation to become young leaders and developing their leadership skills.

The first days we had an introduction to group facilitation and we explored ourselves in relation to the group and different leadership styles. We have been introduced to different tools to work with groups of young people, especially related to life in ecovillages. After having had these theoretical lessons we got to put our new skills into practice during sessions of groupwork, where the goal was to facilitate a workshop ourselves. The participants had many fun and interesting inputs on what to facilitate a workshop on and how to structure it. We split in five groups with , and the topics of the workshops ended up being: ‘The Jounrey from Fear to Love’, ‘Finding your Personal Gift’, ‘Shadow Work’, ‘Menstruation’ and ‘Lunch’. These topics were prepared as workshops for sharing knowledge and experience from one participant to the other. During one and a half day of groupwork, the workshops were discussed, prepared and refined, so that we were able to hold space for each other.

Tools for holding space

Sociocratic methods of decision making were used to create a safe room for everybody to be in. The first day measures for Covid19 was discussed in the group, where everyone could share their thoughts and feelings on the topic. Some of us were so touched in their heart by restrictions and the urgency, that we were crying and shouting. This is the truth we live in and we see it better to express our feelings, than to suppress.

Together we are going through the process of accept, holding space, letting everyone be heard. While we wear a mask, when we speak, sanitize our hands after touching and keep distance of each other. We are living together, sharing our inner thoughts and feelings, when there is no room for touching or embracing.

We have learned skills in communication, facilitation, leadership and entrepeneurship during this training for sustainability. Lucilla is the local Italian woman living in Torri Superiore, taking part of the training as a co-facilitator. She is experienced in facilitating meetings in a positive and efficient manner to serve the association or organization to the best.


Personal experience

Jasper Keus from Finland has expressed himself about what the training has helped him to understand:

“For me the experience was very eye-opening. I found people with willpower and knowledge for solutions to the world crisis and ways to make them more possible. I found hope. Now I can connect with people who I know have made an effort to understand each other and themselves. People who are capable of facing conflicts and accepting our differences. It’s making us capable to work together.

We lived together for a whole week. It was special to share our backgrounds and experiences while using the tools we were gaining from the training.

I’ve learned a lot with leading and facilitating a group and I will definitely put these things into practice. I’m willing to learn more and go deeper into the art of leadership.”


Conflict management and communication

One of the main components of the teaching was how to handle conflict and communicate in a group, but also with your peer people. Communication at the basis is about how we exchange information with each other. Our values and our personality are recognized through communication, which can happen through three channels: verbal, para-verbal and non-verbal. If there is a duality in any of these three, there will be a miscommunication.

When a conflict arises, it will cause an emotional reaction between the people involved in the conflict. These feelings will be disagreement and discomfort. The discontent is rooted in the fact that there are two arguments going against each other, which is what the conflict arises from. Two different expectations of what was needed and requested creates the disagreement. This situation can create discomfort and our feelings will be hurt, sad, angry or disappointed. As a facilitator it is important to be able to recognize and distinguish what disagreement evokes emotions and analyze the situation from a more objective point of view. In this way a resolution to the conflict can be found when both parts are heard and understood from the basis of this understanding.

Active learning

A big part of the learning was as Jasper expresses not only done in the formal training sessions, but also during lunch and at the jam after dinner. In this way we got to know each other and create new relations across Europe. I personally feel the courage and wonder of what we can do as a group. We have the common mindset that we want the change to happen through personal effort. If we all do a little in our place in the world, together we can change the world. I have learnt to step up in front of a crowd and tell the story I want to live.

Etik workshop på Diplom gathering

Af Aiah Noack

De tre etiske grundregler er enkle at huske, og kendt af alle permakulturister.


På Permaculture gathering i London marts 2020 blev etik drøftet i en workshop og det er tanker og indtryk herfra, som jeg kort vil belyse og trække op.

Kerry … der holdt workshoppen indledte med et taknemmelighedsritual der lagde stemningen og integriteten for hele workshoppen. Hun beskrev etikken således:

  • Jorden – Gaia – indbyggerne
  • Folket – det hjerte de bringer – forfædre der bringer livet videre
  • Fordelingen – de ressourcer vi tager vare på – den overflod som naturen øser af – før og efter

Vi refererer til David Holmgren for etik og principper, men Mollisons kunne også være fine.

Spørgsmålene der kommer op:

  • Er alle etikkerne lige vigtige?
  • Etik i permakultur designs?
  • Etik sammenlignet med andre discipliner, som buddhismens fem forskrifter, de ti bud, the do’es and the don’ts
  • Det regenerative landbrug i permakultur?

Helt centralt for os der gerne vil lave ti designs i et diplomarbejde – er etik noget der går dybere end at checke om det passer til designet som en eftertanke eller en checkmetode? Skal og kan der checkes op til sidst, eller kan og skal de etiske grundregler indtænkes ved designets første skitser og noter? Der var overvejende enighed blandt workshop deltagerne om at etikreglerne blev checket til sidst, ikke indtænkt fra start. Spørgsmålet er om det er noget vi skal arbejde med, udvikle på, gøre mere centralt i opgavearbejde. Er det ikke i virkeligheden etikreglerne i en nøddeskal?

Aiah Noack, PDC-holder, indehaver af LAND-centeret Naturplanteskolen

Deltagelse i diplomforsamlingen 7-8. marts var støttet af Erasmus+.

Der var godt liv i forsamlingen og netværket blev styrket på kryds og tværs.

Haven udenfor centeret i London, hvor diplom-forsamlingen blev holdt.

Midt i en fremlæggelse af design og metoder brugt.

Youth Exchange i Portugal



Et Youth Exchange er en aktivitet der er finansieret af Erasmus+ Fonde. I denne aktivitet vil man lære om og hjælpe med at bygge en muldtoilet, undendørs bruserbad og udendørs køkken med pizzaovn samt deltage i vedligeholdelse af haven og fælles aktiviteter.


Denne Youth Exchange vil finde sted på et permakultur-sted der hedder Aldeia do Vale, i Portugal. Aldeia do Vale har ansøgt penge til et projekt med hjælp af andre organisationer i Europa. Projektet handler om at lære om permakultur og skabe noget sammen med hjælp af unge.



I august eller september måned, i 2020. Der kommer flere oplysninger om nogle måneder


Man skal sende en ansøgning + CV på engelsk til Permakultur Danmark (Ungdom@permakultur-danmark.dk) før den 31. Maj.
Det er vigtigt at du tænker over hvordan Permakultur Danmark kan drage nytte af at du tager på denne ungdomsudveksling og hvad du skal bruge dette kursus til, når du er tilbage i Danmark.
Der er 5 pladser til unge (18-30år).
Finansieret af EU Fonde

Training for Future: 3-ugers Kursus I Schloss Tonndorf

Vil du hjælpe børn og unge med at skabe en bæredygtig fremtid?
Vil du selv lære mere om bæredygtighed?
Fra den 29. august til den 20. september 2020, afholdes der et certificeret bæredygtighedskursus, en Ecovillage Design Education, ved navn ’Training for Future’ i økolandsbyen Schloss Tonndorf i Tyskland. Skal du med eller kender du en der skal med? Dette kursus er specielt for dig, der arbejder med børn og unge, enten frivilligt eller professionelt – og har lyst til at udvikle din viden indenfor bæredygtighed.

tager dig igennem 4 dimensioner af bæredygtighed: økologisk, socialt, kulturelt og økonomisk, og lærer dig at bruge bæredygtighed som udgangspunkt for læring og undervisning. Kurset er et holistisk undervisningsrum det blander ’hands-on’ arbejde med teori, refleksion, et Design Studio og læring igennem kroppen, hoved og følelser. Værts-økolandsbyen vil blive brugt, som et levende eksempel igennem hele kurset. Du vil opleve hvordan det er, at bo i et økolandsbys-fællesskab, igennem gruppedynamikker og tæt kontakt med beboerne i Schloss Tonndorf. Der vil også være studieture til andre økolandsbyer og bæredygtige projekter i området. Du kan læse mere om kurset og se programmet i det vedhæftede dokument.

Schloss Tonndorf er et gammelt middelalder slot i Østtyskland, som i 2005 blev overtaget af økolandsbyens stiftere. Der bor nu 65 mennesker på slottet og i slotsområdet. Sammen har Schloss Tonndorf et landbrug, et catering firma, en café, en skovbørnehave, en bi-gård og er vært for internationale ungdomsudvekslinger og festivaller.

Kurset er certificeret som ’Ecovillage Design Education’ af Gaia Education, og deltagere vil modtage et kursuscertifikat, hvilket bl.a. giver dig mulighed for at videreuddanne dig som ’GAIA trainer’. Det koster mellem 150-350€ at deltage, alt efter hvad du har mulighed for at bidrage med. Resten af kursus-, opholds- og rejseudgifterne er dækket af Erasmus+.

Du kan nu ansøge om, at tage med på dette kursus igennem Landsforeningen for Økosamfund. LØS sender i alt 4 deltagere afsted. For at ansøge, skal du enten 1) arbejde (frivilligt eller professionelt) med børn og unge, 2) gå på en uddannelse der berører arbejde med børn og unge eller 3) have konkrete planer om at arbejde (frivilligt eller professionelt) med børn og unge og have tidligere erfaring. LØS sender i alt 4 deltagere afsted. Ansøg inden d. 20. maj 2020, ved at sende en kort tekst (maks. 500 ord) om dig selv, din motivation for at deltage, og dit arbejde med, eller planer om at arbejde med, børn og unge til dicte@okosamfund.dk

Læs mere om kurset og ansøg inden d. 20 maj her