Nordic Meeting 2015 at Ås in Norway

It was a joyfull resight at the meeting 30/10-1/11 2015

“We got a planet but without an instruction manual” says Jan Bang at the Oslo universitet in Ås.

We are for a seminar on permaculture with about 40 students present in nature conservation. January Bang is permakulturunderviser and has worked with ecovillages and permaculture in 30 years.

“… or did we?” Continues Jan Bang. “Nature and the ecosystems is our instruction manual. Nature works and the best we can do is to understand its patterns and use them in our designs. And when we need to redesign society. ”

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Philipp Weiss presented his work with Økolandsbyen Stjärnsund in Sweden and its lifestyle. He got his audience deep into the world of plants and soil, forest gardens and ecological construction, in a fascinating tale about the switch from a career to a balanced life in the country.

Cathrine Dolleris entertained with the story of LAND network, permaculture demonstration centers where one can get acquainted with permacultures essence. She talked about how networking and cooperation is a path towards a more resilient society where LAND centers are key vidensdelere for teachers, volunteers and curious. The network is underway not only in Denmark and Englang, but also on the way across Europe. Helene Boehler continued with a report on how far LAND has come in Norway.

Friday night offered national reports and collecting the meeting last year, while Saturday morning started with this year’s diploma presentation. Philipp Weiss was captivating in its deep transformation of his own life, manifested in the woodland garden in Puttmyra, the house, which form the basis of his family and økolandsbyen Stjärnsund in Dalarna in Sweden. Read more about Philipps design here (in swedish).

Cathrine Dolleris presented her diploma accredited by the British Association last year, see Diploma designs here (in danish). She also reviewed how the English learning path to the diploma is put together and how diploma tutors are trained. There were many positive comments in relation to the carefully designed structure that underlies diploma ring in the English system.

LAND project in Denmark was second on the program and Helene Boehler, from the Norwegian Board of Directors, took over and explained how far the work has come in Norway. She also got groups to provide feedback to the activities that could be part of the network.

A few words were said about the International Permaculture Convergence in London and the day ended with a presentation of the diploma to a delighted Philipp Weiss.

Sunday was time for a meeting of the Nordic Institute, where the new Nordic diploma system was adopted. See the new guidelines for diploma (in danish).

Next meeting will be at the Open Air in January 2017.

Thank you to Benedikte and Daniel for arranging the seminar “Redesigning Society” at the university in Ås. And thank you to Helene and the norwegian board for a good meeting. Jan Bang, Philipp Weiss, Helene Bøhler, Daniel, Cathrine Dolleris and Benedicte Brun.