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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!

2-day Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training in Fejø Retreat Center

An exciting course coming up first weekend of june in LAND center Fejø Retreat:

Become a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader and help to spread the laughter in permaculture places, yoga and fitness studios, senior care facilities, and many more places.
Denmark needs more laughter and impro.
Ruben has learned with UK´s Laughter Ambassador: Lotte Mikkelsen, who has trained more than 800 individuals over 10 years.

In order to participate you have to sign up and pay before may 8th.

Deadline to register: may 8th

This popular course is ideal for individuals who are looking to expand their set of skills, learn new energizers and bring more laughter into their lives and their teaching.
Or simply learn the Laughter Yoga techniques to add more laughter in your own life.

Who is Laughter Yoga Leader Training for?
The training is ideal for people in the following professions – but is not exclusive to those:
 Recreation activity facilitators
 Yoga teachers and sports coaches
 Occupational therapists and health care professionals
 Psychologists, psychiatrists, and psychotherapists
 Nurses and social workers
 Permaculture teachers
 Health care workers and senior care workers
 Professional speakers
 HR and management training professionals
 School teachers
 Entertainment professionals, actors and singers, clowns and comedians
 Life coaches and alternative therapists
 Tourism and nature guides
 And finally anyone who wants to add laughter and joy to their live

Ruben offers the popular Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training in the following formats (for more details about courses and dates write to
 Group training (residential):
2-day Laughter Yoga Leader Training which runs in different locations.
 Private or workplace groups:

2-day or 4-half- day Laughter Yoga Leader Training running on request and always to suit your busy schedule, as well as running workshops by request.
NB The course content is the same for all Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Trainings.

For further details and information about tailored Laughter Yoga programmes for the workplace or information about Laughter Yoga and laughter training please contact us.
Course fee: Booking early is recommended.

Registration: Please secure your place via email/google form. You will receive confirmation and details once booked.
The world needs more laughter!

The course is held in the following location:
– Fejø Retreat Center – june 1-3
It comprises of two days of Laughter Yoga Leader Training as originally outlined by Dr.
Madan Kataria, Founder of the Laughter Yoga Movement.

Course Content
During the training you will
 get an understanding of the need for Laughter Yoga
 find out how the idea of Laughter Clubs originated
 learn the basic guidelines for a Laughter Session
 get to know the benefits of Laughter Yoga as well as the risks
 learn to present Laughter Yoga
 find out how to start a Laughter Club
 find out how to run community workshops
 practice a minimum of 40 laughter exercises
and much more.

EARLY BRID (Until april 30th): (1700dkk)
– Your own tent: 2550dkk
– Common room: 2650dkk
– 2-beds room (only x places): 2800dkk

Normal Price (From may 1st to may 8th): (2000dkk)
– Your own tent: 2850dkk
– Common room: 2950dkk
– 2-beds room (upon availability): 3100dkk

Fejø Retreat website:


Nordic Meeting 2018!

Nordic meeting2018 will be held at Stiftelsen Holma-
in Höör, Skåne (Sweden!)
From Friday the 9th Feb -. Sunday the 11th Feb

We will visit Holma Skogsträdgård (Holma Forest Garden) and there will be a presentation “Holma Folkhögskola- from idea to reality”

You can find the full program from january, on :

Registrations here!

Höör is easily reachable by train. (They go from Malmø a few times every hour) When you get to Höör station, it’s just 2,3km to Stiftelsen Holma. (takes a little under 30mins to walk)

For practical info, and sign-up
Contact Kicki

For the program and questions about diploma accreditation
Contact Hans


Launch of the European Day of Sustainable Communities

This conference brings together policy makers and representatives of the thousands of community-led initiatives on climate change and sustainability in Europe in order to launch the first ever European Day of Sustainable Communities (EDSC) that takes place the following day.

The conference aims to engage European Union (EU) policy-makers and stakeholders in Brussels by demonstrating how community-led initiatives on climate change and sustainability have a vital role to play in achieving climate targets. The potential of community-led action is significant, and the EESC is delighted to work together with ECOLISE to promote local action on sustainability. The event will also contribute to the action week that celebrates the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals.

To mark the European Day of Sustainable Communities on 23 September, communities across Europe will be showcasing their pioneering efforts to create new models for sustainable living. Ecovillages, Transition initiatives, permaculture projects, the agroecology movement, and many others will open their doors and invite the public to observe, discuss and be inspired by a diverse range of projects, covering everything from community energy, to local food, sustainable mobility, resource management and much more. You may find events close to you by consulting the European Day of Sustainable Communities events map.

During the conference at the EESC, there will be a live video link-up with the organisers showcasing a selection of these Europe-wide events. The latest information from the ECOLISE network will be shared with conference participants, including research findings on the status, impacts and challenges of community-led initiatives in Europe in achieving climate targets, preserving natural resources and biodiversity, and creating a fairer and more equitable society.

Participants at the European Day of Sustainable Communities launch event will include EU policy-makers such as the European Commission, Members of the European Parliament, Members of the EESC, government representatives, and community leaders, including ECOLISE members, partner organisations, associations and NGOs.

Please register here to reserve your place. A draft programme is now available. Visit our website for further information. For any question, please email

Permaculture tour


We are happy to invite you to the 1st Permaculture tour in Denmark.
Along this trip, we will visit permaculture projects; having introductions, guided-tours and helping them in the gardens.
Along the way, you will have the opportunity to meet beautiful people, buy local products, books about permaculture, establish new friendships and have loads of fun. And of course, you will gain knowledge in permaculture and a lot of inspiration.
During our trip, we will visit LAND centers. You can read about them in this link:


Between the 22nd and 26th of June 2017.


Meeting point: Byhaven2200, Copenhagen

The following links are some of the places which will be visited:

Ananda Gaorii (

Byhaven2200 (

Farendløse Mosteri (

Fejø Retreat Center (

Kattekærhus Land center (

Myrrhis Permakulturhaven (

Skolen for Livet (

We drive in private vans and take ferries to get to different islands. Moreover, we will be eating rescued food and sleeping in tents. We will also help for a few hours in different tasks in most of the places.

We will be sleeping in tents in the different farms.

If you play an instrument, you are more than welcome to bring it along. And if you like taking pictures, bring your camera!! If you have a car/van and would like to join us, it can be possible. There could be room for up to 14 people.  Contact us for more details.


We will rescue food to prepare vegan meals. 


Sleeping bag, sleeping mat, towel, headlamp, own set to eat (plate, cutlery,  cup), working clothes, swimsuit. You don’t need to bring your own tent.

In order to sign up, fill in the form attached to this post and send it to the email below . *Signing up available between 2nd and 16th of june. Send the form to

Permaculture tour_form_PKDK

Make sure you don’t miss it !!
Only 2 spots left available.


Price: 850dkk members of PKDK / 1100dkk non-members of PKDK

Bank account details: 8401 1047697

When you send the transfer, remember to write “permabus + your full name”

If you have any questions about this trip, you can contact Ruben (

Thursday 22nd (Byhaven2200, Kattekærhus, Ananda Gaorii)
10.30h Tour in Byhave2200 (Copenhagen)
13h Leave by car towards Holbæk
14.30h Ferry to Orø (only by walk; short distances/ 30 min ferry + 25 min walk)
15.30h Tour to Kattekærhus Land center
18h Back to Holbæk and drive to Ananda Gaorii
19.30h Dinner in Ananda Gaorii
20.30h Introduction to Ananda Gaorii Ecovillage and Permaculture project
22h Open space (games, fire, music jam and stories)

Friday 23rd (Ananda Gaorii, Friland)
6.30am Yoga and Kiirtan
8am Breakfkast
9-12.30h Permablitz in Ananda Gaorii
13h Lunch
15h Ferry from Odde to Ebeltoft (it takes 55 min)
16.30h Arrive to Friland
17h Guided tour and introduction to Myrrhis Land center/ Friland ecovillage
19.30h Dinner
21h Set up tents + open space

Saturday 24rd (Friland, Fejø Retreat Center)
6.30am yoga and Kiirtan
8am Breakfast
9-12am Permablitz
13h Ferry from Ebeltoft to Odde
14h Drives towards Fejø
17h Ferry (it takes 15 min.)
17.30h Introduction to Fejø Retreat Land Center
19.30h Dinner
21h Set up tents + open space

Sunday 25th (Fejø, Langeland)
6.30am yoga and Kiirtan
8am Breakfast
9-12h Permablitz in Lene’s Garden, Fejø
12.30 Lunch
13.40 Ferry from Fejø to Kragenæs
14h Drive from Kragenæs to Tårs (25 min)
15.15h Ferry from Tårs to Langeland (45 min)
16.30h Tour on Langeland
19.30h Dinner
21h Open space

Monday 26th (Skolen for Livet, Farendløse Mosteri)
6.30am Yoga and Kiirtan
8am Breakfast
10.15h Ferry to Tårs (45 min)
12.30h Stop in Skolen for Livet project (Stege)
13.15h Help wwoofers in the garden
15h Introduction to the project
16h Drive to Farendløse Mosteri (Ringsted)
17-19h Tour in Farendløse Mosteri
19-19.30 Closing Circle and evaluation
19.30h Drive back to Copenhagen
21h Arrival in Copenhagen