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Through an Intimacy with All of Life
Village Economics

Offered in Partnership with the School of Integrated Living (SOIL)

Decolonizing Permaculture

Exploring the Permaculture Principles through an Equity Lens

Saturdays, May 22 – June 19
11am – 1pm EST

As a community steeped in the ecological design model known as Permaculture, Earthaven is taking a good long look at the ways in which the “Earth Care, People Care, Fair Share” movement has fallen short on the inclusion of black and brown voices, on addressing systemic injustices, on acknowledging where most land-based wisdom has originated. At the same time, the permaculture principles carry important messages that encourage us towards right-awareness, right-relationship, and right-consciousness with both the human and more-than-human world. 

Join us on this exploration of both the celebrations and the challenges of permaculture as seen through the lens of three “marginalized” voices. We’ll explore how the concepts of colonization, power-over, and dominator thinking have pervaded modern culture and offer suggestions about how to move towards a more holistic, equitable, integrated, and life-centered mindset. 

The course will address the first four permaculture principles through the framework of African land-based wisdom, ᏣᎳᎩ (Cherokee) earth-based (non-European) language, and the common uses at Earthaven Ecovillage. We’ll also discuss how to use these principles to transform ourselves, our values, our behaviors, our projects, and our society by interpreting them through a decolonized lens. 

This workshop is hosted by SOIL (School of Integrated Living) and is a partnership between SOIL and Reclaiming Wisdom. Lee Warren is a co-founder of SOIL. 

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