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Thanks for a great yearly meeting and general assembly!

Text: Charlotte Lou Langdon
Photos: Carsten Agger

Although February the 29th was a rainy day in Copenhagen, we, were around 70 members of the assoiation who gathered at Mellemfolkligt Samvirke, in their large bright meeting room “Community Hall.” Here we would spend the day together: a day of presentations, workshops, eating together and the annual general assembly



The purpose of our annual meetings is to:
– create network between our members
– disseminate about the association and it’s work
– involve all our members in decisions
– get through all the typical paperwork and protocol of the general assembly.

We incorporate the ethics and principles of permaculture into our event designs – and try to devise solutions that embody the permaculture ethics.

2020’s Annual Meeting opened with the presentation of an exciting vision for the future of farming in Denmark.


Karoline Nolsø Aaen and Tycho Holcomb from Permaculture Garden Myrrhis presented a clear model for the regenerative agriculture of the future. In this model, Denmark’s population could be provided for on 20% of Danish agricultural land, while at the same time combating climate change and biodiversity loss.
Here you can see a short clip from Karoline and Tycho’s presentation at the annual meeting. (in Danish!)


Network –
The annual meeting is a great opportunity to meet others in the network and the event is moved to a new part of the country every year. Most of the attendants this year had come from the metropolitan area, so there was ample opportunity to get in touch with others who lived in the immediate area.
It was really nice to see several local networks represented at the annual meeting. If you want to find a local network near you, check out our website here.
 


At the Annual Meeting Andreas Jonsson presented the upcoming Nordic Permaculture Festival to be held at Holma Folkhøgskola, from the 6th – 9th of August 2020
Read more about the event and buy tickets here.

Strategy –
At the annual meeting, the board of 2019 presented a draft version of our 10-year strategy for the association. We wanted to involve members early in the process – and have therefore publicised the document for feedback and input from the many members who attended the annual meeting. It has been great to get this feedback that we can take forward in the process.

If you did not attend the annual meeting but would like to see the strategy draft and tell us your opinion, check out the strategy here. Feedback from the annual meeting is shown in the right-hand side as comments.

If you would like to add something, comment or provide other feedback, it is very welcome! Just send an email to kommunikation@permakultur-danmark.dk and remember to write which page of the strategy your comments are about.

Our strategy is an overall policy for how we work and in sociocracy, policy decisions must be approved with consent when the proposal is “good enough for now and safe enough to try”.  Also, according to sociocratic principles, policy decisions are given a date for review and evaluation. Its possible to make improvements, which means our strategy is not static but is a living process that can be adapted if the need to do so arises.


The General Assembly

At the general meeting, the association’s 2019 financial account and the budget for 2020 were presented and approved.

We went through all the agenda points with the calm, engaging and structured facilitation of Andreas Jonsson. We could respond with comments to each point, so that we could build a common understanding of the problem and the dimensions that should be included in our solution. After this round of comments, we were presented with a proposal for a solution, to which we could give our consent, or raise objections to.


Decisions taken at general meeting:
The Education Committee is working on a reformulation (of the 7 requirements for holding PDC in Denmark) for the next annual meeting and at least one person from the group in North Jutland is invited to join the process. APPROVED


Electronic voting: We are not starting an working group now and here. If anyone wants to set up a working group to get electronic voting to function, they are very welcome to come up with a proposal for next year’s meeting. It must be made clear that it is already possible for members to vote by proxy: APPROVED

The entire minutes of the general meeting will be posted on our website soon.

Elections to the board:
Adam Jørgensen, Cathrine Dolleris, Charlotte Lou Langdon, Jette Hye Jin Mortensen, Kurt Holm, Mette Brodersen, Ruben Hernandez Romero and Tanja Condrea have been elected to the Board of Directors.

The date of the statutory meeting is coming soon and all board meetings are open to members. (with the right to speak!) The General Assembly would like to thank the outgoing board members Dorte Fløjgaard and Tove Bang for their great help and hard work in 2019!

Election of accountant:
Sune Scherfig was re-elected as auditor of our accounts. The Board and the Assembly wish to express gratitude to Sune for his great voluntary efforts for Permaculture Denmark over the last many years! Thank you!

 

Nordic Permaculture Festival 2019 at Søhøjlandet

Please be welcome at the Nordic Permaculture Festival 2019 in Denmark at Himmelbjerggården at Søhøjlandet.
The Nordic Permaculture Festival is – a festival about Permaculture where we exchange knowledge, skills, and ideas via workshops, music, food, and community. Every year it is arranged in a new Nordic country and in Denmark every 4th year.
COMPETITION:
Permaculture Denmark would like to offer 3 half price tickets to either one who can create
  1. Take 3-5 amazing pictures from the festival
  2. Make a 30sec-1min movie from the festival
  3. Write a text about their experience on the festival

The competition finishes at 10am sunday July 28th.
Please send your contributions to post@permakultur-danmark.dk before this time

The material will be used for promoting Permakultur Danmark and events such as this festival.

We invite you to join us for a weekend of great fun. Read more at the festival site https://nordiskpermakulturfestival2019.dk/

Permaculture Teaching Matters

Text and photos: Krista Klijzing

Hej, my name is Krista Klijzing and I would like to share a bit about my experience at the recently held “Permaculture Teaching Matters” course, 18-26 August 2018, Sösdala Sweden.

The venue, Ankholt, Sösdala Sweden

This PTM course serves as a training course designed to assist PDC holders to become effective and inspiring teachers, and as such, to have a multiplier effect in spreading and sharing permaculture. It is designed by a woman named Rosemary Morrow. Now, I had never heard of this woman, so I did a bit of googling and you tubing, only to find a truly inspiring, compassionate, pragmatic and down-to-earth woman with an IN-credible amount of experience. Suffice to say she’s been around and walks the talk. She currently dedicates her time to travelling alone around the world, mostly to war-torn nations, and offers to learn people -who have otherwise no opportunity to do so- about sustainability and food growing. How is that NOT amazing? What also stood out about her was the fact that in many pictures, she was sitting on the floor with such ease and grace. And this is a woman who is well into her middle age. The reason why that kind of thing strikes me is because I teach whole-body, multi-planar movement (and lots of it, yes, on the floor) on a daily basis, as a way for us people to age dynamically and gracefully.

Back to the course. In total, 12 participants from different parts of the world, came together at the venue: Ankholt, a cooperative farm located in Sösdala, south Sweden. There we were met by the teaching tandem; Alfred Decker & Candela Vargas. I can warmly recommend these people if you ever have the chance to follow a course with them: they are experienced and gifted facilitators, with a huge toolbox to draw from. And not to forget funny! I laughed my hat off J. Anyway, they are also humble people and very well equipped for the task, which was to teach us about facilitation (aka the art of communication). How to make your teaching effective (as in: resulting in appropriate learning outcomes) and lasting (as in: beyond the moment)??

When it came to the content of the course, they really made us think about how to create a learning community, in which trust, confidence and exchange can emerge, whilst respecting each other’s abilities. So basically, how to integrate people care in your teachings? And that both the learning environment (physical setting) and drawing out a course culture/or class code amongst learners (how do we like to treat each other??) are really important to this end. These topics were eye-openers for me.

    

Our learning environment

Furthermore, we looked at the learner, the teacher, and how does a teacher inhibit and stimulate the learning in others? Next, we discussed the kind of teaching methods one can use (f.e. chalk & talk, Q & A, group work). And how we have a variety of teaching tools to our disposition, ranging from; field trips to objects, to games, to your own body. Only your imagination sets the limit as to how you, as a teacher, can appeal to a broad array of learners. And the take-home message is; how to choose and use your teaching methods and tools appropriately in order to facilitate the learning in others whilst making the teaching as effective as possible?

THEN we got to put all this to practice J. What would a Teacher Training course be, without trying to teach?? On 5 occasions we had to present a micro-teaching; 3 times on your own, 1 co-teaching, and 1 group teaching, presenting permaculture related subjects. So, real hands-on experience; trying out different teaching methods and tools, whilst modelling pleasant behavior, thinking about your body-language and using non- violent communication. Each micro-teaching session would end with a round of feedback, so we also got to train our debriefing & appraisal skills

Now, I would lie if I would say this week was easy-breezy. The days were JAM packed; with learning sessions, AND working on your own micro-teaching, AND finding time to also work on the group assignment AND participating in chores such as washing up and keeping the place tidy.

Washing up and filing buckets was part of our daily activities

But you know, it was perfect. We came there to learn, and to be inspired. And we had fun. And there was an atmosphere of solidarity, we were amongst peers and could find mutual support in one another. New friends and networks were created. It made me think about all the teachers I have had in my life, both in the formal and informal education system, and drawing out which were the ones I enjoyed most and why. And I am definitely also reviewing my own ways of teaching and how to put into practice the things I’ve learnt at the course. No doubt about it, it was a worthwhile & lasting experience!

The Erasmus+ mobility project supported the participation in this course.

Sprouting Permaculture Network on Lolland-Falster

The discussions were lively at the Permaculture network meeting in Ursulas garden in Vesterborg, Lolland, on Sunday 2nd September.

We were given a guided tour of the garden. A garden in the process of change, where some of the principles of permaculture are already being demonstrated, whereas other projects are still on the drawing board.

While we drank coffee, tea and homemade Kombucha, and ate lovely apple cake with Fejø- apples and raw-food cake- we talked about many different subjects. We were shown Ursulas homemade cosmetics from natural ingredients, which got us talking about everything from chemical and plastic-free cosmetics, to raw food, veganism, animals in our systems, health, fermentation, and of course, how nice it was to meet like-minded people with the same interests.

We agreed that we will continue to try to hold these events at least a few times a year- at our places, or other places! We will also try to focus on different topics for each visit

These events are open to everyone with an interest in Permaculture

Next meeting for permaculture- interested on Lolland-Falster will be the 30th September 14.15-17.30 in Flintinge
Find the event here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/537917283332336/

Nordic Permaculture Festival

text and photos: Kurt Holm
translation: Charlotte Langdon

The Nordic Permaculture Festival, Jondal, Norway- it’s over and now I’m here summing it all up- I’m thinking especially about why you should allow yourself the pleasure of taking part in the Nordic Permaculture festival, which by the way will be held in Denmark next year.

There has already been written some fine articles by Cathrine Dolleris, Karoline Aaen and Charlotte Lou Langdon,  that tell about the content of the festival and workshops, so I won’t be delving into that here.

The Nordic Permaculture Festival is not just all party and bright colours- it’s more of a place where permaculture practitioners meet, and hear new things, swap ideas and experiences, take part in meetings and workshops, eat healthy food and get cosy with likeminded people from the Nordic countries and in fact individuals from around the world. All this and it doesn’t need to break the bank. Accomodation choices ranged from tents and dormitorieson the cheaper side, to individual rooms at the more expensive. The travel could have been better planned… twenty-five hours on buses and five changes (You can imagine I was numb from sitting down, but it was all worth it)

The thing that makes it so special for me, is the experience of the different countries. Each year we change country and the hosting country work hard to make sure you get a really “local” experience with local food, local features and the local culture can really be felt.

Between the many participants, younger and older, experienced and beginners, is that common postive permaculture attitude of meeting other others, listening and talking with each other without prejudies and judgement. You can feel the common ethics (care of the earth, care of people and fair share of resources) It’s a bit like meeting old friends.

You don’t have to be “something special in permaculture” This year there was actually a larger group of people, that weren’t already a member of any permaculture association, but had that “green” interest. It was nice to speak with that group, since it gives a good picture of where we are heading. Alltogether it gave a real boost/kick of new energy and motivation to have been a part of the event.

If you’ve got a bit of GO in you, and you’ve now become curious, then take a few days off, to come to next years Nordic Permaculture Festival, you won’t regret it.

Best-permaculture-wishes, Kurt Holm

 Hardanger Peace Academy, which beautifully hosted and framed the Festival, was situated out to Hardanger Fjord- and a great place to go swimming!