Thank you all for a fantastic yearly meeting and general assembly!
Last week over 60 permaculturists from Denmark and abroad, took to the roads, railways and seaways , to meet up at Gammel Skærmøllegård near Fredensborg, Nord-sjælland for our annual meeting and general assembly
So what did we get up to?
The first workshops: Social Permaculture, and Sociocracy, kick-started the weekend by offering us a focus on the human element of permaculture. That is, how we organise ourselves and processes for working together and making decisions effectively
There were practical workshops where you could get hands-on experience with grafting and soap-making and we had the opportunity to get a look into projects that are happening all around Denmark. There were heartily inspiring and informational workshops about compost, fungi , herbal medicine, carbon farming and CO2 neutral farming with an introduction to an exciting transition project taking place on Langeland.
If you weren’t at the meeting and even if you were, I recommend visiting Andelstanken.dk/langeland to find out about the exciting advances they are making in transitioning their food network through respectful communication and carbon neutral farming. (Especially if you are looking for a livelihood in permaculture or to become educated in carbon-neutral systems on a farm sized scale)
We were also nourished with news from the association and many participants found the answers to how the can expand their work in permaculture, from their own homes and projects- out into the wider network! Inspiration came from workshops about: visiting or becoming a LAND centre through the LAND network, starting on the course to a diploma, teaching permaculture and getting involved in researching with PIRN.
And don’t worry if you weren’t at the meeting, there are plenty of these opportunities for everyone and you can find a lot of the information here on our website!
With all this going on you’d think we were rushed off our feet, but there was plenty of time for inspirational conversations, morning-exercises, being a part of the cooking and cleaning teams and just pitching in with the things we individually like to do, whether it was voluntary tasks or a performance on the open stage. There was even time for a fantastically fun and energetic evening of folk-dancing and we could join our lovely hosts for a guided tour.
The general assembly took place on Saturday and we voted on, amongst other things- membership in Permaculture-Denmark (The price of membership will stay the same this year!) and we expanded the board to 9members in total so there are a few extra hands to pitch in with the associations local and international work. (You can read the minutes and meet the new board here on our website)
SO what will we be taking forwards from the meeting?
Such an overwhelming wealth of inspiration and knowledge was shared not just in the workshops but also in all the passing conversations about practical, personalized and global solutions!
The meeting meant for many of us that we met people from our local areas and got some ideas for how we could start to see each other more, work together and share our experiences and resources with each other. We talked a lot about networking and feeling like a community while we work with our individual projects. Many people even expressed that they would be happy to hear from other permaculturists if they needed help with anything. We have so many resources, so now it’s just about making beneficial connections!
I’m sure this meeting sowed many seeds for the future and just like in nature the plants that grow from these will spread their own seeds out into the wider world.
So what will the ripple effects of the meeting be? We have many possible ways forwards from here and even if you weren’t at the meeting it’s possible to harvest some of these yields. You can strengthen your local network by finding other permaculturists in your area with our LAND map. You could also organise a permablitz and get help with your project. What about visiting or becoming a LAND centre, working with a diploma in applied permaculture design, or volunteering for the association (Help out using the skills and interests you have! There’s a space for everyone)
The Nordic Permaculture Festival is on the way again and many participants expressed the wish to find a group to travel with so don’t miss out on that opportunity! And I will see you all at next year’s meeting- I already can’t wait!!